The Federal League Of Baseball

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The Federal Baseball Club was a member of the Federal League of Baseball Players. This case was often called the Federal Baseball Ruling (Baseball-reference). It was believed that the National League of Professional Baseball Club and the American League of Professional Baseball Club conspired to monopolize the business of Professional Baseball by buying out members of the Federal League and by telling the members of the Federal League to leave. Monopolize is defined as either a group or organization that obtain exclusive possession or control. The federal league declared to be a third major league, having competition with the national league and the American league in 1914 (Baseball-reference). While competing for players and bringing in…show more content…
Having &80,000.00 of damages, then it tripled to $240,000.00 under the Clayton Act. The Court of Appeals reversed the verdict saying that baseball was not a subject to the Sherman Act, stating because it didn’t constitute a form of interstate commerce (Baseball-reference). Curtis Charles Flood was born on January 18th, 1938 in Houston, Texas. He was youngest of six children. When Flood was nine, he joined the Junior Sweet Shop team. His coach was George Powles. His coach taught a lot of talented baseball players who went to the major leagues. After graduating from high school he signed a contract to play for the Cincinnati Redlegs, for $4000.00. Racisms was a problem back then. While headed to training camp, Flood was rushed out of a side door at the hotel he was staying, and was made to stay at a boarding house, where blacks were housed (sabr.org). Curt Flood filed a suit in a federal court in New York, against Bowie Kuhn, a commissioner. The president of the American and National Leagues and all twenty-four Major League Baseball Teams. The Cardinals traded Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies in October 1969. Flood then wrote a letter to Kuhn later that year, saying the leagues players were reserve clause. A reserve clause was part of a player’s contract that said upon the contract, the right for the players was to be retained by the team. The player had to either negotiate a new contract to play another year, or ask to be released or traded for another team. Kuhn
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