2007.1.32

27-Oct-76
10 in HIGH x 8 in WIDE
(25.40 cm HIGH x 20.32 cm WIDE)
Oakland Tribune Collection, Oakland Museum of California, gift of ANG Newspapers
2007.1.32

"Curt Flood, with Ed Jeanett story" (handwritten in black ink on back); "1st Mon Spts / Flood / 4 1/4" wide by 6" deep" (handwritten in pencil on back); "1st Thurs / Flood / 3 1/4" (20.6 cms) / x4%" / 324= / x / & gems / cap / 13.39 / string to / Levitt Col" (handwritten in red ink on back); "RUSS REED / OCT 27 1976" (stamped in purple ink on back)

Black and white photograph of baseball player Curt Flood. Flood is sitting at a desk or table wearing dark slacks, a black shirt and a blazer. His hands are together with fingertips touching. A pair of sunglasses sits on the table. Flood is wearing a small microphone on his collar and appears to be giving an interview. The bottom right corner of photo is blurred but may be the shoulder of the person at whom Flood is looking. The wall behind Flood is decorated with photographs of St. Louis Cardinals players. There are red ink marks in margins for cropping purposes. Tribune captions affixed to back of the photo read, "OCT 28 1976 [stamped in blue ink] Where It All Started Back in 1969, Curt Flood took baseball to court rather than accept the trade that sent him from St. Louis to Philadelphia. He lost his battle challenging the reserve clause, but next week 25 free agents will start reaping what originally was sown by Flood. Curt Flood won't. See Ed Levitt's column. Tribune photo by RUSS REED." & "JUN 12 1978 [stamped in blue ink] Curt Flood returns to Cardinal glory."

Curt FloodFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curt_Flood (5/3/2007)Curtis Charles Flood (January 18, 1938 _ January 20, 1997) was a Major League Baseball player who spent most of his career as a center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. A defensive standout, he led the National League in putouts four times and in fielding percentage twice, winning Gold Glove Awards in his last seven full seasons from 1963-1969. He also batted over .300 six times, and led the NL in hits (211) in 1964. He retired with the third most games in center field (1683) in NL history, trailing only Willie Mays and Richie Ashburn.His major claim to fame is becoming one of the pivotal figures in the sport's labor history when he refused to accept a trade following the 1969 season, ultimately appealing his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although his legal challenge was unsuccessful, it brought about additional solidarity among players as they fought against baseball's reserve clause and sought free agency.

Used: Oakland Tribune

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