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One of the biggest political achievements by activist playing the sports card is the boycott against South Africa by a number of sports and sporting events. The story is outlined in Pitch Battles: Sport, Racism and Resistance (Rowman & Littlefield) by two central figures in the anti-apartheid struggle, Peter Hain and André Odendaal. Wray Vamplew is our appreciative reviewer; he is, however, keen to point out that racism in sport did not start, nor did it end, with South African apartheid.
The edited collection Cricket and Society in South Africa, 1910–1971: From Union to Isolation by Bruce Murray, Richard Parry & Jonty Winch (Palgrave Macmillan) is a fascinating exposé of the role of cricket in the checkered twentieth century history of South Africa. In his review, our resident cricket aficionado Russell Holden is obviously both impressed and delighted.