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"Drugs, fashion, pop music, political upheaval, Black Power, the sexual revolution, gay liberation— all of these things left their mark upon ’70s baseball in ways that would have been unthinkable just a few years earlier, and might be just as unthinkable now."
- Dan Epstein, Introduction to Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70's.
A night at the baseball park is like few other experiences in sports. Throughout history, changing American culture played itself out on the field. The hot, funky decade of the 70's gave us outlandish, unforgettable – almost unbelievable – sports stories. Award-winning author Dan Epstein shares these legends and more.
Dan is an award-winning journalist, pop-culture historian, and avid baseball fan who has written for Rolling Stone, SPIN, Men’s Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and more. He blogs at Big Hair and Plastic Grass.
Let's talk about how the 70's drug craze compares with today's steroid era, baseball's most recent black eye. And how are teams dealing with dwindling number of African-American athletes in the clubhouse?
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