Hooks & Runs

Ep. 104 - When Sport Defeated Law: The Curt Flood Case w/ Prof. Jeremi Duru

June 17, 2022 Professor Jeremi Duru, Season 3 Episode 104
Hooks & Runs
Ep. 104 - When Sport Defeated Law: The Curt Flood Case w/ Prof. Jeremi Duru
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Professor Jeremi Duru, a nationally recognized sports law expert, joins us this week to talk about a baseball-related U.S. Supreme Court case, Flood v. Kuhn, decided 50 years ago this week (June 19, 1972, to be exact). The case sparked the movement that birthed the free agency era in baseball and sports.

Curt Flood was an All-Star and Gold Glove center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals during their 1960's heyday. The Cardinals won 2 World Series titles, in 1964 and 1967, and Flood played a big role for both teams. After the 1969 season though, the Cardinals traded Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies. Flood protested the trade and ultimately sued Major League Baseball -- a lawsuit that cost Flood his career.

Professor Duru leads us through the background, Flood's career, the lawsuit and the aftermath, ultimately reminding us that Curt Flood deserves to be remembered today as an excellent baseball player as well as a trailblazer for athlete's rights.

You can follow Professor Duru on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Flood v. Kuhn on Wikipedia.
Professor Duru recommends: Brad Snyder, "A Well Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sport" (Plume, 2007) for further reading about Curt Flood.
Curt Flood's career statistics at Major League Baseball.

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Craig recommends Wilco's new album "Cruel Country," a return to Wilco's alt-country roots. This is the title track.
Rex recommends the German thrash-metal band Kreator's new album "Hate Über Alles," released June 10th on Nuclear Blast Records. This is the title track.
Andrew recommends the new single by Joji, "Glimpse of Us."

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Too Late the Mohawk
Introducing Professor Jeremi Duru
The Reserve Clause and Baseball's Antitrust Exemption Explained
Curt Flood Was a Very Good Player
Curt Flood's Case & the Aftermath
How Should We Properly Remember Curt Flood Today?
On the Washington Nationals
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