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    Pre-Presidential Papers of Richard Nixon—contains a number of letters and memos about the Nixon’s relationship with Jackie Robinson



Flood v Kuhn [407 US 258], 32 L Ed 2d 728, 92 S Ct 2099 

Benjamin J. Guthrie, Statistics of the Congressional Elections of November 3, 1970 (Washington, 1971). 

Public Papers of the Presidents: Gerald R. Ford, 1975, vol. 1, January 1 to July 17 (Washington, 1977). 
-----: Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1974 (Washington, 1970-1975)—collection of public statements.  Important source, but some public comments are missing, including Nixon’s all-time baseball all-star team. 

U.S. Congress, Congressional Record 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974.  Washington—important source to document public reaction to several events involving sports, particularly the death of Roberto Clemente.


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John Adams, and libretto by Alice Goodman, Nixon in China, 3 disks. (New York, 1988).



Elvis Meets Nixon. Produced and written by Alan Rosen. Directed by Allan Arkush. Showtime Networks, Incorporated, 1997. 

Kissinger and Nixon. (1995). Directed by Daniel Petrie. Script by Lionel Chetwynd—made for television film that mentions the 1972 historic baseball team. 



H.R. Haldeman, The Haldeman Diaries: Inside the Nixon White House—The Complete Multimedia Collection. (Santa Monica, California, 1994)—important primary document that includes photos, home movies—including the President’s visit to the Redskins’ practice—Nixon’s daily schedule and the entire Haldeman diary; the book version contains only 40 percent of this journal. 


Washington Senators Official Program & Scorecard, [1970].

Newspapers and magazines were an important source for this study, equal in importance to the documents stored at the Nixon Presidential Project.  The New York Times and the Washington Post were the two papers that proved to be the most useful publications.  If these papers were biased against Richard Nixon, that sentiment did not reach into their sports departments.  Both publications reported extensively and in largely positive terms about Nixon's interaction with the world of sports.  As extensive as the coverage of these papers was, the regional publications as a collective whole were of greater value.  The President's initiatives in sports transpired across the country, and took him to many different cities.  When he visited, it was the news of the day.  Local reporters, eagerly seizing the opportunity to cover a national story, devoted an extensive amount of space to assorted aspects of the tripinterviews with advance men, descriptions of flights on Air Force One, explanations of the logistical details of the Presidential trip, and local crowd reactions.  In the late 1960s and early 1970s, most major American cities still had more than one newspaper, and the competition between these publications only gives the researcher more information to draw upon.  Since then many of these papers have ceased operations or merged with their competition, and the titles listed below are as they appeared then.  The titles of some papers did not include the name of the city they served; in these cases the city name appears without italics.  The guide for determining the proper listing was, with a few exceptions, the front page banner of the paper. On Sundays, many newspapers issued a combined edition with the metro competition and slapped both banners on the front page and left to the reader to figure out the exact title.  In those cases, the word “and” is used to connect the proper nouns with out repeating the name of the city.  The use of the word “Sunday” in the title of the large weekend issue has been ignored when it is the sole distinction from the name of the weekday editions.  Finally, in a view instances, shorter version of titles are used when the longer name was the temporary product of a merger or buy out.  The most prominent example is that of the Washington Post which was technically The Washington Post Times-Herald during this era, following the purchase of a District of Columbia morning newspaper.  These additional nouns were slowly phased out over time, and the paper is cited by its shorter, better known name.

Akron Beacon Journal
The Arizona Republic
Arkansas Democrat
Arkansas Gazette
Asahi Evening News
The Atlanta Constitution
The Atlanta Journal
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
The Austin American
Austin American-Statesman
Austin Statesman
Baltimore Evening Sun
Baltimore Sun
The Birmingham News
The Boston Globe
The Cedar Rapids Gazette
Chicago Sun-Times
The Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune Magazine
The Christian Science Monitor
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Columbus Evening Dispatch
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Times Herald
The Denver Post
Detroit Free Press
Durham Morning Herald
The Florida Times-Union
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Gary Post-Tribune
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Harrisburg Patriot
The Hartford Courant
Houston Chronicle
The Houston Post
The Indianapolis Star
The Japan Times
The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Times
The Lexington Herald
The Lexington Leader
Lexington Sunday Herald-Leader
Lincoln Evening Journal
Louisville Courier-Journal
The Louisville Times
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
Los Angeles Times

Memphis Commercial Appeal
The Miami Herald
The Milwaukee Journal
Milwaukee Sentinel
The Nation
New Haven Journal-Courier
New Orleans Times-Picayune
New York Daily News
New York Post
The New York Times 
The New York Times Magazine
Newark Star-Ledger
Oakland Tribune
Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman
Omaha World-Herald
The Orange County Register
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Press
Rocky Mountain News
The Salt Lake Tribune
St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Petersburg Times
San Antonio Express and News
San Antonio Light
San Diego Evening Tribune
The San Diego Union
The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
San Jose Mercury
San Jose Sunday Mercury News
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Seattle Times
The Sporting News
Sports Illustrated
Tallahassee Democrat
The Tampa Tribune
Tulsa World
USA Today
The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Daily News
Washington Evening Star
The Washington Post
The Wichita Eagle
The Wichita Eagle and Beacon
Youngstown Vindicator



Henry Aaron with Lonnie Wheeler, I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story. (New York, 1991). 

When Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record for most home runs in a career, Nixon called him to congratulate him.  The baseball legend recounts that moment in his memoirs.


Jonathan Aitken, Nixon: A Life.  (Washington, 1993). 

A British member of Parliament wrote this one volume biography with Nixon’s cooperation, but it is silent on subject of sports. 


Charles C. Alexander, Our Game: An American Baseball History. (New York, 1991). 

A one volume, concise scholarly study of professional baseball that is well written and was quite useful in explaining changes that took place and affected play on the diamond.


Jennifer Allen, Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach's Daughter. (New York, 2000). 

A memoir from George Allen's daughter that includes material on her father's relationship with Nixon.


Stephen Ambrose, Nixon, vol. 1, The Education of a Politician, 1913-1962. (New York, 1987). 

-----, -----, vol. 2, The Triumph of a Politician, 1962-1972. (New York, 1989). 

-----, -----, vol. 3, Ruin and Recovery, 1973-1990. (New York, 1991) 

A very good multi-volume biography, but it says little about sports.


Jimmy Banks, The Darrell Royal Story, revised edition. (Austin, Texas, 1994). 

A short and favorable account of the coach with useful information on the 1969 Texas-Arkansas game. 


James Barber and Amy Verone, Theodore Roosevelt, Icon of the American Century. (Seattle, 1999). 

A study of the man's place in American society as an icon.


Ira Berkow, Red: A Biography of Red Smith. (New York, 1986). 

The sports writing legend hated Nixon and was a tough critic of his effort in 1972 to select the greatest baseball players of all time.


Larry Berman, No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam. (New York, 2001). 

An authoritative, yet angry analysis of how Nixon and Kissinger ended the American war in Southeast Asia.


J. Neal Blanton, Game of the Century: Texas vs. Arkansas, December 1, 1969.  (Austin, 1970). 

A contemporary account of the game with lots of details, but the date in the title is incorrect. 


Thomas Boswell, et. al, Redskins: A History of Washington’s Team.  (Washington, D.C., 1997). 

A collection of essays by Washington Post reporters about the team’s tenure in the nation’s capitol. 


Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963.  (New York, 1988). 

This book is good for setting the Nixon-Robinson relationship in the context of the election of 1960 and the civil rights movement.


Frank Broyles with Jim Bailey, Hog Wild: The Autobiography of Frank Broyles. (Memphis, Tennessee, 1979). 

In these memoirs the coach discusses the huge rivalry his school had with the University of Texas.  A rivalry that was extremely significant in the 1960s.


William P. Bundy, Tangled Web: The Making of Foreign Policy in the Nixon Presidency. (New York, 1998). 

Nixon rather than Kissinger made the important decisions about foreign policy, but the President's love of secrecy antagonized both the public and Congress because they felt deceived, and ultimately undercut his own policies. 


Wilt Chamberlin and David Shaw, Wilt: Just Like Any Other 7-Foot Black Millionaire Who Lives Next Door. (New York, 1975). 

The basketball legend explains his support of the man he addressed as "Richard" even after the election.


Ed Cray, General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman. (New York, 1990). 

In 1971 Nixon a Washington Redskins practice session and mentioned an incident from World War I when General John Pershing removed a general from command of a division because of its poor organization and morale.  Marshall, at the time was a staff officer in the division, and this biography has an informative account of this incident.


Tom Dowling, Coach: A Season with Lombardi. (New York, 1970). 

Dowling, a Washington sports reporter, wrote this contemporary account of Lombardi's one season with the Redskins and includes a section of Nixon's trip to RFK stadium to watch a game.


James B. Dworkin, Owners Versus Players: Baseball and Collective Bargaining. (Boston, 1981). 

Good for background on the Curt Flood case and the 1972 baseball strike, the first in U.S. professional sports.


Fred Emery, Watergate: The Corruption of American Politics and the Fall of Richard Nixon. (New York, 1994). 

A journalistic account of the Watergate crisis without lots of villains and no heroes.


David Falkner, Great Time Coming: The Life of Jackie Robinson from Baseball to Birmingham. (New York, 1995). 

As part of this biography Falkner explores the origins of the Nixon-Robinson relationship and Robinson’s reasons for support Nixon in 1960.


Terry Frei, Horns, Hogs, & Nixon Coming: Texas vs. Arkansas in Dixie's Last Stand. (New York, 2002). 

A good narrative of the events surrounding the Texas-Arkansas game in 1969.


Irwin F. Gellman, The Contender: Richard Nixon, the Congress Years, 1946-1952. (New York, 1999). 

A positive account that argues Nixon rose to prominence due to talent rather than dirty tricks and a shift in public sentiment.


Frank Gifford and Harry Waters. The Whole Ten Yards. (New York, 1993). 

The football legend/sportscaster includes a passage in his memoirs about his interview with Nixon at the 1971 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.  His account, though, must be taken with a grain of salt.


William Gildea and Kenneth Turan, The Future is Now: George Allen—Pro Football’s Most Controversial Coach. (Boston, 1972). 

A contemporary biography of the Washington Redskins coach written after his first year in the nation's capitol.  This book includes an entire chapter on Nixon's trip to the team's practice facility.


Katharine Graham, Personal History. (New York, 1997). 

In her memoirs, the publisher of The Washington Post discusses the fall of Richard Nixon from her perspective.


Allen Guttmann, The Games Must Go On: Avery Brundage and the Olympic Movement. (New York, 1984). 

A biography of the President of the International Olympic Committee during the 1960s and early 1970s.


Eric Hamburg, editor, Nixon: An Oliver Stone Film. (New York, 1995). 

The script of the motion picture. 


Pete Hamill, Why Sinatra Matters. (Boston, 1998). 

A study of the man's place in American society as an icon.


Luke Harding, David Leigh and David Palister, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken. (London, 1997). 

A British biographer of Nixon, Aitken had a seat in Parliament and was a member of the cabinet until a scandal of his own sent him to prison.


Meiron and Susie Harries, The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917-1918. (New York, 1997). 

This survey of U.S. involvement in World War I had a short account about General John Pershing's removal of William L. Sibert from command of the 1st Infantry Division in 1917. Nixon mentioned this incident when he talked about the importance of morale when he visited the Washington Redskins practice session in 1971.


Orville Henry and Jim Bailey, The Razorbacks: A Story of Arkansas Football, new edition. (Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1996). 

A detailed history of this college football team with a good amount on the 1969 game with the Texas Longhorns and Nixon's trip to Fayetteville.


Joan Hoff, Nixon Reconsidered. (New York, 1994). 

A study that examines the policies of the Nixon administration and puts them in a favorable light. Giving him more credit for his domestic accomplishments rather than those in foreign affairs. 


Jerome Holtzman, The Commissioners: Baseball’s Midlife Crisis. (New York, 1998). 

A collective biography of the men who held this office.  Holtzman suggests that Bowie Kuhn's most successful moment in office might have been the reception at the White House in 1969.


Donald Honing, The New York Mets: The First Quarter Century. (New York, 1986). 

In 1969, the Amazin' Mets shocked the almost everyone, including their fans, and won the World Series.  This books gives a lot of information on a team full of unknowns at the time  who went on to have impressive careers.


William Jay Jacobs, They Shaped the Game: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson. (New York, 1994). 

A study of Ruth's place in American society as an icon.


Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Packaging the Presidency: A History and Criticism of Presidential Campaign Advertising. (New York, 1984). 

Although silent on the subject of sports, this impressive study that helps put the into context. 


George Jonas, Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team. (New York, 1984). 

Jonas tells the story of how Israel went after the terrorists responsible for planning the kidnapping of Israeli athletes t the 1972 Olympic games.  This account proved useful for its short account of that attack.


Jeffrey P. Kimball,  Nixon's Vietnam War. (Lawerence, Kansas, 1998). 

In this study, Kimball argues that Nixon had no real policy or idea on how to end the war.


Connie Kirchberg, and Marc Hendrickx, Elvis Presley, Richard Nixon, and the American Dream. (Jefferson, North Carolina, 1999). 

A study of the place the two men have in American society as icons.


Bob Knight with Bob Hammel, Knight: My Story. (New York, 2002). 

Memoirs of the controversial basketball coach.


Dean J. Kotlowski, Nixon's Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Policy. (Cambridge, Massachusets, 2002). 

Nixon did more in this area than people generally remember even though he was courting the votes of angry southern white voters.


Egil Krogh, The Day Elvis Met Nixon. (Bellevue, Washington, 1994). 

A thorough account of an odd moment in U.S. history by an eyewitness.


Bowie Kuhn, Hardball: The Education of a Baseball Commissioner. (New York, 1987). 

Kuhn’s memoirs contain chapters about the relocation of the Washington Senators and the strike in 1972. 


Stanley I. Kutler, The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon.  (New York, 1990). 

Kutler argues that the Watergate crisis was the natural result of Nixon’s systemic approach to governance, and this book, as a result, is about more than just the Watergate crisis. 


Thom Loverro, Washington Redskins: The Authorized History. (Dallas, 1996). 

This illustrated history shows the dramatic impact George Allen had on the team when he became the coach.


Lee Lowenfish, The Imperfect Diamond: A History of Baseball’s Labor Wars, revised edition. (New York, 1991). 

Good for background on the Curt Flood case and the 1972 baseball strike; the first in U.S. professional sports.


Jeb Stuart Magruder, An American Life: One Man’s Road to Watergate. (New York, 1974). 

A Watergate-era finkography with useful information on the San Jose riot incident.


John Maher and Kirk Bohls, Long Live the Longhorns! 100 Years of Texas Football.  (New York, 1992). 

A book by two Austin area journalist that includes an account of the 1969 Texas-Arkansas game. 


David Maraniss, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi. (New York, 1999). 

This biography includes useful material on the Nixon-Lombardi  and the coach's place in American society as an icon during the turbulent sixties.


Bruce Markusen, Roberto Clemente: The Great One. (Champaign, Illinois, 1998). 

Nixon deeply respected the Pittsburgh Pirate legend, and with good reasons for his actions both on and off the baseball diamond.


Fred J. Maroon, The Nixon Years, 1969-1974: White House to Watergate. (New York, 1999). 

Maroon, a photographer, had special access to the White House during the first Nixon administration, which produced this collection of photographs.  These snapshots give the viewer a great appreciation for what it must have been like to work in executive mansion.  Maroon was also with Nixon when he visited the University of Nebraska in early 1971 to award the national championship in college football to the Cornhuskers. 


Christopher Matthews, Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America. (New York, 1996). 

In this dual biography, Matthews, the host of a political talk show on cable television, exaggerates the "friendship" of his two subjects and their importance in postwar America. 


Allen J. Matusow, Nixon's Economy: Booms, Busts, Dollars, and Votes. (Lawerence, Kansas, 1998). 

The main argument of this book is that short term political considerations drove most of Nixon's economic decisions and policies.


Susan M. McKinney, editor, Joe DiMaggio: An American Icon. (Champaign, Illinois, 1999). 

A study of the man's place in American society as an icon.


William B. Mead and Paul Dickson, Baseball: The President’s Game. (Washington, 1993). 

An interesting study on the relationship between professional baseball and the Oval Office.  It contains an account of the political pressure President Dwight D. Eisenhower applied to keep a professional team in the nation's capitol; something Nixon refused to do in 1971. 


James Edward Miller, The Baseball Business: Pursuing Pennants and Profits in Baltimore. (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1990). 

A study on why the Orioles were so successful in the same region where the Senators were such a huge failure.  This book also has important information on the departure of the Washington team in 1971. 


Marvin Miller, A Whole Different Ball Game: The Sport and Business of Baseball. (Secaucus, New Jersey, 1991). 

The memoirs of the head of the players' union.  Miller has a lot to say about the Curt Flood case and the 1972 strike.


Greg Mitchell, Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady: Richard Nixon vs. Helen Gahagan Douglas-Sexual Politics and the Red Scare, 1950 (New York, 1998). 

An entertaining account of the campaign for the U.S. senate in California.  The author is quite critical of Nixon, but his evidence fails to support many of his contentions. 


Roger Morris, Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician (New York, 1990). 

An extremely long and critical account  that takes the reader only up to 1953; the first of a multi-volume biography.


Robert K. Murray and Tim H. Blessing, Greatness in the White House: Rating the Presidents, Washington through Carter. (University Park, Pennsylvania, 1988). 

-----, Greatness in the White House: Rating the Presidents, George Washington through Ronald Reagan, 2nd updated edition. (University Park, Pennsylvania, 1994). 

Polls of historians that attempt to rank the Presidents, and generally place Nixon at the bottom.


Eric Nadel, Texas Rangers: The Authorized History.  (Dallas, 1997). 

This book concentrates on the team’s existence in Texas, but offers some important information about the move to Dallas-Ft. Worth. 


Richard Nixon, RN—The Memoirs of Richard Nixon (New York, 1978). 

-----. Leaders (New York, 1982). 

-----. The Real War (New York, 1980). 

-----. Real Peace (Boston, 1984). 

-----. No More Vietnams (New York, 1985). 

-----. 1999: Victory Without War (Boston, 1988). 

-----. In the Arena: A Memoir of Victory, Defeat, and Renewal (New York, 1990). 

-----. Seize the Moment: America's Challenge in a One-Superpower World (New York, 1992). 

-----. Beyond Peace (New York, 1994). 

In writing these memoirs and policy-oriented books, Nixon was working to rebuild his political reputation and downplay the importance of the Watergate scandal in his presidency.  He made little mention about his love of sports in these works.


Lindsey Nelson, Hello Everybody, I’m Lindsey Nelson. (New York, 1985). 

The sportscaster includes a passage in his memoirs about his interview with Nixon at the 1970 baseball all-star game in Cincinnati.


Michael O’Brien, Vince: A Personal Biography of Vince Lombardi (New York, 1987). 

This biography includes useful material on the coach's  relationship with Nixon.


-----. No Ordinary Joe: The Biography of Joe Paterno (Nashville, Tennessee, 1998). 

A good biography with lots of useful information about the 1969 dispute with Nixon.


Herbert S. Parmet, Richard Nixon and His America. (Boston, 1990). 

A life and times biography that is a lot more times than life. 


George Paterno, Joe Paterno: The Coach From Byzantium. (Champaign, Illinois, 1997). 

A biography of the coach by his brother, who is also a coach, which includes material on the 1969 team that Nixon overlooked.


Joe Paterno with Bernard Asbell, Paterno by the Book. (Boston, 1990). 

The coach is still bitter about Nixon’s slight of the Nittany Lions in 1969. 


Merrill D. Peterson, Lincoln in American Memory. (New York, 1994). 

A study of the man's place in American society as an icon.


Arnold Rampersad, Jackie Robinson: A Biography. (New York, 1997).

An extremely good book that shows the strength of Robinson’s support for Nixon in 1960 and the reasons for their parting. 


William M. S. Rasmussen and Robert S. Tilton, George Washington: The Man Behind the Myths. (Charlottesville, Virginia, 1999). 

A study of the man's place in American society as an icon.


Robert V. Remini, Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832. (New York, 1981). 

Many observers compared the White House reception for the baseball all-stars to the infamous inaugural reception in 1829 when a mob forced its way into the executive mansion.  This study provided a solid account of that event.


Simon Reeve, One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation "Wrath of God". (New York, 2000). 

The title is a fairly accurate description.


Richard Reeves, President Nixon: Alone in the White House. (New York, 2002). 

A very good biographical study that focuses primarily on Nixon's first term.


Randy W. Roberts and James Olson, Winning Is the Only Thing: Sports in America since 1945. (Baltimore, 1989). 

A useful survey on the subject.


-----, John Wayne: American (New York, 1995). 

A study of the man's place in American society as an icon.


Jackie Robinson as told to Alfred Duckett, I Never Had It Made.  (New York, 1972). 

Robinson includes a chapter on his relationship with Nixon, but he allowed his later bitter feelings towards the President to color his account. 


Ray Robinson, Iron Horse: Lou Gherig in His Times. (New York, 1990). 

This biography includes a section on the man's place in American society as an icon.


John F. Rooney, Jr., The Recruiting Game: Toward a New System of Intercollegiate Sport, second edition, (Lincoln, 1987). 

Useful study of the recruiting practices in college athletics; this study provided useful information on the strength of the Penn State program in the late 1960s.


James N. Rowe, Five Years to Freedom. (New York, 1971). 

This book recounts the experience of one U.S. Army officer as a prisoner of war; one of his prison mates later appeared at a Washington Senators game as a guest of Nixon's.


William Safire, Before the Fall: An Inside View of the Pre-Watergate White House. (Garden City, New York, 1975). 

 The highly literate memoirs of a Nixon speech writer with useful information on the San Jose riot.


Michael Schaller, Altered States: The United States and Japan Since the Occupation.  (New York, 1997). 

There was brief talk of using baseball in improving U.S.-Japanese relations, and this study was useful in providing background information on the state of that partnership. 


Mike Shropshire, Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “the Worst Baseball Teams in History”—the 1973-1975 Texas Rangers.  (New York, 1996). 

A Dallas-Ft. Worth sports reporter shows that the move to Texas did nothing to make the Senators a better team.


Melvin Small, Johnson, Nixon, and the Doves. (New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1988). 

A well-written study of a controversial subject that still inspires strong emotions.


-----, The Presidency of Richard Nixon. (Lawerence, Kansas, 1999). 

A balanced, even account of the Nixon's time in office, which is a lot easier said than done.



Freddie Steinmark, I Play to Win. (Boston, 1971). 

Memoirs of the Texas Longhorn football player who died from cancer months after his team won the national title.  His book includes material on the attention he recieved from Nixon during his battle with the disease.


Bob St. John, Landry: The Legend and the Legacy. (Nashville, Tennessee, 2000). 

A biography of the legendary head coach of the Dallas Cowboys that focuses mostly on his career in Dallas.


Richard A. Swanson and Betty Spears, History of Sport and Physical Education in the United States, 4th edition. (Madison, Wisconsin, 1995). 

A useful survey on the subject.


Helen Thomas, Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times. (New York, 1999). 

The memoirs of a long-time member of the White House press corps provided information on Nixon's efforts to show that the anti-war protests were of no concern to him. 


Frank E. Vandiver, Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing, vol. 2. (College Station, Texas, 1977). 

The standard biography of the General; the second volume proved useful in providing information about the removal of General Sibert that Nixon mentioned when he visited the Washington Redskins.


David Quentin Voight, American Baseball, vol. 3, From Postwar Expansion to the Electronic Age. (University Park, Pennsylvania, 1983). 

A scholarly study of professional baseball that provided context for the state of the sport during Nixon's time in office.


Theodore H. White, Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon. (New York, 1975). 

An early, journalistic account of the Watergate crisis.


James Whiteside, Colorado: A Sports History. (Niwot, Colorado, 1999). 

Provides important information on why voters in Colorado and Denver turned down the honor of hosting the 1976 Winter Olympics.


Tom Wicker, One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream. (New York, 1991). 

A favorable reassessment of Nixon, focusing mainly on domestic affairs. 


Ted Williams with John Underwood, My Turn at Bat: The Story of My Life. (New York, 1988). 

The memoirs of this legendary hitter also contain useful sections on his tenure as the last manager of the Washington Senators.


Garry Wills, John Wayne’s America: The Politics of Celebrity. (New York, 1997). 

A study of the man's place in American society as an icon.


Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong, The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court. (New York, 1979). 

This book has useful information about process that led to the decision in the Curt Flood case and the opinion which embarrassed many of the justices on the high court.


Collins, Robert M. “Richard M. Nixon: The Psychic, Political, and Moral Uses of Sport,” Journal of Sport History, vol. 10, no. 2 (Summer 1983), 77-84.

Gable, John Allen. “Theodore Roosevelt: The Renaissance Man as President,” in William D. Pederson and Ann M. McLaurin, eds., The Rating Game in American Politics: An Interdisciplinary Approach (New York, 1987), 336-355.

Horowitz, Ira. “Sports Broadcasting,” in Roger G. Noll, ed., Government and the Sports Business (Washington, 1974), 284-287.

Moore, Jack B. “Literature About Joe DiMaggio, 1936-1986,” in Richard Gilliam, ed., Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio (New York, 1999), 237-325.

-----. “Literature About Joe DiMaggio, 1987-Present,” in Richard Gilliam, ed., Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio (New York, 1999), 326-355.

Porter, David L. “American Historians Rate Our Presidents,” in William D. Pederson and Ann M. McLaurin, eds., The Rating Game in American Politics: An Interdisciplinary Approach (New York, 1987), 13-37.

Simon, Paul. “The Silent Superstar,” Jack B. Moore, in Richard Gilliam, ed., Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio (New York, 1999), 1-4.

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