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Curt Flood in the Media – Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete - University Press of Mississippi
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Curt Flood in the Media: Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete

Abraham Iqbal Khan


This book examines the public discourse surrounding Curt Flood (1938–1997), the star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals throughout the 1960s. In 1969, Flood was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. At the time, all Major League Baseball players were subject to the reserve clause, which essentially bound a player to work in perpetuity for his original team, unless traded for another player or sold for cash, in which case he worked under the same reserve conditions for the next team. Flood refused the trade on a matter of principle, arguing that Major League Baseball had violated both U. ... More

Keywords: Curt Flood, center fielder, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Major League Baseball, reserve clause, U.S. antitrust laws, 13th Amendment, involuntary servitude, Bowie Kuhn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617031380
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031380.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abraham Iqbal Khan, author