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The Baseball TrustA History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption$
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Stuart Banner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199930296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199930296.001.0001

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The Supreme Court Steps In

The Supreme Court Steps In

(p.63) 3 The Supreme Court Steps In
The Baseball Trust

Stuart Banner

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the 1922 case Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore v. National League, in which it decided that the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 did not apply to professional baseball on the ground that baseball was not a form of interstate commerce. Before discussing the case's long-term consequences, and in particular how it created baseball's so-called “antitrust exemption,” the chapter offers details on the Baltimore Terrapins's antitrust suit against the National League and its president John Tener, the American League and its president Ban Johnson, and National Commission chairman August Herrmann, among others. It analyzes the Terrapins's claim that organized baseball was an unlawful monopoly and thus violated federal antitrust law.

Keywords:   baseball, Supreme Court, Sherman Antitrust Act, interstate commerce, antitrust exemption, Baltimore Terrapins, antitrust suit, monopoly, antitrust law

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