One Nation under Baseball: How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime

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Epilogue 1975

Three years after losing Flood v. Kuhn in the U.S. Supreme Court, Marvin Miller and the Players Association were back at it—this time in front of independent arbitrator Peter Seitz. On behalf of pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally, neither of whom had signed contracts, the Association was again challenging the reserve clause. As part of its evidence, Jim Bouton read excerpts of Ball Four, specifically those that covered his salary negotiations with the Yankees.

In the end, Miller’s instincts proved correct. Seitz ruled that player contracts ran for one year, no more. Messersmith and McNally were now free to negotiate with other teams. Paragraph 10a, as originally written, was dead. The days of servitude were over—and the door to free agency had been unlocked.

The ruling is generally considered the most transforming event in baseball history.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword Bob Costas vii
  • A Note to the Reader ix
  • 1 1
  • 2 8
  • 3 23
  • 4 31
  • 5 43
  • 6 51
  • 7 58
  • 8 65
  • 9 72
  • 10 86
  • 11 100
  • 12 111
  • 13 126
  • 14 129
  • 15 138
  • 16 150
  • 17 156
  • 18 164
  • 19 173
  • 20 180
  • 21 192
  • Epilogue- 1975 201
  • Acknowledgments 203
  • Bibliography 205
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