A New Sports History Book Shows How Texas Athletes Have Always Fought for Equality

A New Sports History Book Shows How Texas Athletes Have Always Fought for Equality

Jerry LeVias with Bob Hope, Homecoming 1968.Frank Guridy wasn’t raised on Texas exceptionalism. He’s a New York City native, a Spurs fan by marriage, and a Longhorn only inasmuch as he spent more than a decade as a professor at UT. But with his new book, The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics, recently released by the University of Texas Press, Guridy puts forth an extremely everything-is-bigger-in-Texas thesis. He argues that the state’s signature zeal to be the best—to innovate and entertain while also winning games and making money—created unprecedented opportunity and culture change for Black, Latino, and female athletes, symbolically, practically, and sometimes inadvertently. It’s a work of scholarship that’s also the stuff of barstool arguments and Twitter dunks.  Delving into such landmark moments as the…View Original Post

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