Curt Flood - 1964 Topps

Curtis Charles Flood (January 18, 1938 - January 20, 1997) was a key figure in the establishment of free agency after he refused a 1969 trade to the Philadelphia Phillies citing Major League Baseball’s “reserve clause” was akin to slavery. Flood began his career roaming centerfield in Cincinnati for eight games (1956-1957) before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals where he established himself as one of the top centerfielders in the National League. He played 12 seasons with the Redbirds (1958-1969), led the league twice in at-bats and once in plate appearances and hits. Curt was a three-time All-Star in St. Louis, won seven National League Gold Gloves and won two World Series titles (1964, 1967). As the Cardinals faced the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 World Series Game 7, Curt misplayed a fly ball off the bat of Jim Northrup with two outs in the seventh inning enabling Northrup to reach third. The Tigers score twice on the play and won the game 4-1. In some small circles, Flood is often blamed for the error that cost the Cardinals a second consecutive World Series title in 1968. When he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1969, Flood took the move personally and felt that a club should not have the right to “own” a player, arguing that the “reserve clause” was against the anti-trust laws. He took his fight all the way to the Supreme Court, where the ruling favored organized baseball’s right to own the rights to players and trade them, as they deemed necessary. Despite the ruling, Curt Flood’s case against baseball opened the door to the establishment of free agency, more familiar in the current sports. Flood sat out the 1970 season and then played his final year in 1971 with the Washington Senators, where he only appeared in 13 games before retiring in April. Curt Flood finished his career with a .293 career batting average, 1,861 hits including 271 doubles, 851 runs scored and 636 RBI. He also posted a .987 career fielding percentage with 4,023 putouts on 4,191 chances.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (21)

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