[Marxism] He left pro football to become a socialist

Barbara Winslow bwpurplewins at gmail.com
Fri Nov 8 16:47:49 MST 2013


I was in SDS at the University of Washington. He was the lead organizer of a teach-in on sports and society at the UW in 1071. He was able to bring Meggeysy, jack Scott and Harry Edwards. We tried to get Billie Jean King. Rick supported women 's liberation, and feminism. His stature at the UW was so great , the football jocks wouldn't physically attack protestors . 

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> On Nov 8, 2013, at 12:38 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
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> Rick Sortun, a six year veteran with the St. Louis Cardinals (now Arizona Cardinals), wrote that in a letter to Stormy Bidwell, the Cardinal owner in 1970. As you might imagine, most of Rick's story has been erased from the internet, and unless you happen to read an obscure interview from Dave Zirin's blog site with Dave Meggyesy, you might never know his story.
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> Rick left pro football and joined a socialist movement, working toward a socialist revolution in America. He played football from sixth grade until he left for political reasons even though he "hated playing football. I stuck it out...because it was the only way I knew to make $30,000 a year and still have six months off."
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> full: http://caliboyinbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-different-time.html
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> Picture of Sortun on an antiwar protest: http://depts.washington.edu/labpics/repository/v/antiwar/ludwig/ludwig0011_800.jpg.html
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