Magazine
Latest Issue

Boyz with bats

In Britain, sport is no longer seen as a form of moral education. But in a crime-ridden ghetto of Los Angeles, a Victorian form of cricket is teaching young gangsters how to be gentlemen

By Edward Smith   March 1999

For those who believe that sport brings out the best in people the past few months have been rather unsettling. The Olympic games have been tarnished by allegations of bribery and corruption; the professional basketball season in America was delayed by a dispute over player salaries; Rupert Murdoch tried to buy Manchester United for ?625m, amid accusations that he will rig the television schedules to make sure that it is money well spent; the international cricket establishment was faced with allegations of bribery and illegal betting by senior Australian cricketers; an earbiting former boxing champion was invited to re-enter the…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect