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Author Sarantakes, Nicholas Evan, 1966- author.

Title Fan in chief : Richard Nixon and American sports, 1969-1974 / Nicholas Evan Sarantakes.

Publication Info. Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2019]


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  973.924 N654Bsa 2019    ---  Available
Description xiv, 349 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-335) and index.
Contents Welcome to Washington -- The second centennial : the Texas-Arkansas game and other football-related matters -- The Olympics and the All-Star Game -- The midterm elections of 1970 -- The final death of the Washington Senators -- Of Redskins and Dolphins -- The election of 1972 : the first half -- The election of 1972 : the second half -- The second term, 1973-1974.
Summary "Both sport and Richard Nixon fascinate the nation, but they are not usually seen as connected. Many people have forgotten that Nixon loved athletic events and let his guard down in sports settings. As president he invented the practice of calling teams after winning the Super Bowl, World Series, or other important contests. He held a White House reception for the players in the 1969 Major League All-Star Game that many found strange and surreal, and in 1972 he selected a historical all-star baseball team that received heavy media coverage. He forced the National Football League to change its policy for televising home games to the one currently in use. Nixon attended a Washington Redskins practice session to help boost the spirits of his team after a devastating loss to their archrivals the Dallas Cowboys, and he even called the coach of the Miami Dolphins to suggest plays to use in the Super Bowl against the Cowboys. One Powerful Fan is a study of Richard Nixon and his political use of sport. In addition to being an avid fan, he used sport to garner publicity without having to take any political action. Although he had a number of chances to use his position to influence events in the sporting world, Nixon rarely took action to shape national sport issues unless there was a political upside to the matter in which he would win votes or garner political support. As a result, this book is part biography, part political history, and part policy history"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 -- Political and social views.
Sports -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sports and state -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sports spectators -- United States -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1969-1974.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. (OCoLC)fst00031384
Political and social views. (OCoLC)fst01353986
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Presidents. (OCoLC)fst01075723
Sports and state. (OCoLC)fst01130564
Sports -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01130493
Sports spectators. (OCoLC)fst01130755
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780700628520 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0700628525 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780700628537 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0700628533 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780700628544 (ebook)

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