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ON A MOMENTOUS ANNIVERSARY IN BASEBALL LABOR HISTORY

Stories about Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s saving baseball have been inundating the media since President Obama nominated her on Tuesday to SCOTUS. There is no doubt that her ruling in supporting the National Labor Relations Board's request for an injunction was crucial in April 1995 because replacement players (or scabs if you come from a union family) were ready to take the place of the regular major leaguers as the August 1994 strike spilled over into spring training.

Today May 29th is the anniversary of another big moment in baseball labor history. On this day in 1922 Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Oliver Wendell Holmes ruled for a unanimous court that baseball was sport and not commerce and therefore was entitled to an exemption from anti-trust laws.  Read More 
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THOUGHTS ON A GAME OF REDEMPTION

When I became an Oriole fan in the early 1970s there used to be a billboard advertising Oriole baseball as an exciting drama in 18 acts, at least. On Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards before a small matinee audience those half-innings turned into 22 acts with the final one being as dramatic as it gets.  Read More 
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