Well-Paid Slave Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports

ISBN-10: 0452288916
ISBN-13: 9780452288911
Edition: N/A
Authors: Brad Snyder
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Description: After the 1969 season, the St. Louis Cardinals traded their star center fielder, Curt Flood, to the Philadelphia Phillies, setting off a chain of events that would change professional sports forever. At the time there were no free agents, no  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/25/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

After the 1969 season, the St. Louis Cardinals traded their star center fielder, Curt Flood, to the Philadelphia Phillies, setting off a chain of events that would change professional sports forever. At the time there were no free agents, no no-trade clauses. When a player was traded, he had to report to his new team or retire. Unwilling to leave St. Louis and influenced by the civil rights movement, Flood chose to sue Major League Baseball for his freedom. His case reached the Supreme Court, where Flood ultimately lost. But by challenging the system, he created an atmosphere in which, just three years later, free agency became a reality. Floods decision cost him his career, but as this dramatic chronicle makes clear, his influence on sports history puts him in a league with Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali.

BRAD SNYDERsprevious book, Beyond the Shadow of the Senators, won the Robert Peterson Recognition award from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and was a finalist for SABRs Seymour Medal, Spitball Magazines Casey Award, and Elysian Fields Quarterlys Dave Moore Award. A graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School, Snyder has written for the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, and the St. Petersburg Times.

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