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Last week’s annual Baseball and American Culture symposium at the National Baseball Hall of Fame attracted the largest attendance of scholars, writers, and informed fans in its 21-year history. There were so many interesting presentations that concurrent sessions were the rule and it was impossible to hear many of the  Read More 
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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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