TheBaseballPage.com

When occured: 
Wed, 1969-12-24

On December 24, 1969, star outfielder Curt Flood refuses to accept a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies, less than two months after being dealt by the St. Louis Cardinals. The trade had sent Flood, catcher Tim McCarver, outfielder Byron Browne, and pitcher.  Flood writes a letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, explaining that he should be free to sign with any team he chooses. “I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes,” writes Flood. Flood will file suit against Major League Baseball, challenging the game’s reserve clause, which binds a player perpetually to his team. After losing the suit, Flood will attempt a comeback with the Washington Senators.

 

More From Around the Web

Sponsored Links

This day in baseball history

August 01

  • 1994

    On August 1, 1994, Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles ...

  • 1982

    On August 1, 1982, the major leagues’ all-time home run ki ...

  • 1978

    On August 1, 1978, the hitting streak of Cincinnati Reds sta ...

More Baseball History

Player Profile

Johnny Bench

C, Cincinnati Reds

Read Bio
Hall of Fame

Jack Chesbro

P, New York Yankees

Read Bio
Season Profile

1906 World Series Ch

The 1906 World Serie

Read Bio
Historical Figure

Vin Scully

 

Read Bio
Manager Profile

Cy Perkins

Philadelphia Athletics

Read Bio
Ballpark Profile

Qualcomm

Formely Jack Murphy Stadium,

Read Bio
Tagged:
Bowie Kuhn, Byron Browne, Curt Flood, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Tim McCarver, Washington Senators
Login or register to post comments

Stay Connected

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014: