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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 Curt Flood Case

The Curt Flood Case

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(p.187) 8 The Curt Flood Case
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The Baseball Trust
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Stuart Banner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199930296.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the Supreme Court's 1972 ruling in Flood v. Kuhn, a case that presented a futile challenge to baseball's antitrust exemption. The antitrust suit was filed by Curt Flood, a center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, against Major League Baseball and its commissioner Bowie Kuhn after he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. The chapter analyzes the Supreme Court's decision, which reaffirmed baseball's immunity from federal antitrust law, along with some of its indirect longer-term effects on the legal climate surrounding professional sports. It also considers issues of race, labor relations, and the generation gap of the 1960s that were brought to the fore by Flood v. Kuhn.

Keywords:   baseball, antitrust exemption, antitrust suit, Curt Flood, Major League Baseball, Bowie Kuhn, Supreme Court, antitrust law, race, labor relations

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