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When Curt Flood, all-star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, refused to be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1968, he sent shock waves throughout professional baseball that ultimately reached the Supreme Court. Flood challenged the game's reserve clause system that bound players to teams as if they were property; and while others had previously spoken out against this arrangement, protected by Congress and the courts for a century, he was the first to pursue his grievance as doggedly or as far.

Robert Goldman now offers a new look at Flood's efforts to shake the foundations of major league baseball. One Man Out takes readers back to the pre-steroid era when baseball was as much a passion as a pastime-and when race was often still a factor-to focus on decisions made in the courtrooms rather than the dugouts.

Flood claimed that the prevailing system was illegal because it violated the Sherman antitrust laws by allowing teams to monopolize the sport in a way that impeded players' freedom and financial gain-and was even unconstitutional because it, in effect, imposed a form of slavery. Baseball owners countered that players owed their success to the reserve system because it maintained competitive balance among teams and heightened interest in the game, which helped fund their high salaries.

Although the Supreme Court ruled against Flood, it left the door open to legislation that would remove baseball's special exemption from antitrust regulation and to future collective bargaining. With its credibility enhanced, the players' union continued negotiations until it finally won a version of free agency very similar to Flood's, with his final vindication coming in the form of the Curt Flood Act of 1998.

In replaying the confrontation between Flood and baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, Goldman demonstrates that even a lost lawsuit, with its game-like competition, can be a landmark. And by telling the inside story of the case, he highlights a key labor relations issue in America's most popular sport. Concise and balanced, and written in a fast-paced narrative style, One Man Out reminds students, general readers, and fans that Flood holds a unique and important place in both baseball and American law.

Synopsis:

Chronicles star baseball player Curt Flood's attempt to overthrow the "reserve" clause system of professional baseball, which bound players to teams as a form of property. Although he lost his legal battle, the Court left the door open for the players to eventually negotiate a version of "free agency."

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface

Preface

1. The First Inning

2. "Your Grandfather and I"

3. "Just a Game"

4. More than Just a Game

5. The Trial

6. "The Senator from Copenhagen"

7. The Ex-Senator and Ex-Justice Meet the Supreme Court

8. "Flood Strikes Out"

Epilogue: One Man Out

Chronology

Relevant Cases

Bibliographical Essay

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700616039
Subtitle:
Curt Flood versus Baseball
Author:
Goldman, Robert Michael
Author:
Goldman, Robert M.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Antitrust law
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
African American baseball players
Subject:
Antitrust law -- United States.
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Landmark Law Cases & American Society
Publication Date:
20080910
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.30x5.40x.50 in. .50 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Law » Legal Guides and Reference
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Baseball » General

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"Synopsis" by , Chronicles star baseball player Curt Flood's attempt to overthrow the "reserve" clause system of professional baseball, which bound players to teams as a form of property. Although he lost his legal battle, the Court left the door open for the players to eventually negotiate a version of "free agency."
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