Curt Flood (1938-1997) grew up in Oakland, California and became an iconic figure in sports and history when he refused a trade and challenged Major League Baseball’s restrictive “reserve clause” and its long standing anti-trust status. His legal case rose as far as the United States Supreme Court in 1972. He lost his challenge, and his baseball career, but helped pave the way for free agency in baseball.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) and the National Archives at Kansas City (NARA), in partnership with Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association/University of Missouri-Kansas City Continuing Legal Education (KCMBA/UMKC-CLE), will present “A Supreme Decision: The Curt Flood Symposium” on Sunday and Monday March 30-31, 2014. Guests and scholars at the symposium will discuss Flood’s personal and professional life, his influences from the Civil Rights Movement, his impact on sports and media, as well as the various arguments and precedents surrounding his legal case.
This site will serve as the cyberspace home of the symposium, complete with documents, links, photographs, news and information in association with the event. Please use it as a resource to study and comment on the legacy of Curt Flood to sports and the law.