THE IMPERFECT DIAMOND: A HISTORY OF BASEBALL'S LABOR WARS, 3rd ed.

This is a pioneering work in baseball labor history. Covering the Players League of 1890, other attempts to bring market freedoms to baseball
players prior to epochal Messersmith-McNally decision of 1975. Second
edition updated story through 1980s, current edition updates story from mammoth 1994 strike that wiped out World Series through the Mitchell Report on steroid abuse.

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