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A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports (Paperback)

A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports By Brad Snyder Cover Image
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A “captivating”* look at how center fielder Curt Flood's refusal to accept a trade changed Major League Baseball forever.

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. Flood’s 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.

*The Washington Post

About the Author

Brad Snyder’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, and the St. Petersburg Times. His previous 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 SABR’s Seymour Medal, Spitball Magazine’s Casey Award, and Elysian Fields Quarterly’s Dave Moore Award. He is a graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School.

Praise For…

“Generations of ballplayers—Curt Flood’s children—have never honored him properly....But with this fine book, Brad Snyder surely has.”—The New York Times Book Review

“An absorbing—and long overdue—look at Curt Flood’s life and influence.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Robust and poignant.”—The Boston Globe

Product Details
ISBN: 9780452288911
ISBN-10: 0452288916
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: September 25th, 2007
Pages: 496
Language: English