Lawfuel.net – Combining the World Series, the Texas Rangers, Cardinals, Game 7 and everything else to do with baseball’s top event with legal challenges and legal arguments may seem strange. But not to Chicago Mag writer Whet Moser, who comments about the atrocious nature of the game up until the ninth innings.
He also talks about the book he is reading, “A Well-Paid Slave” about Curt Flood’s challenge to baseball’s infamous reserve clause. As Moser says:
“It may seem odd to commemorate my favorite team’s trip to the World Series by reading a tragedy about antitrust law—after taking major-league baseball to the Supreme Court, Flood became a destitute alcoholic exiled to Majorca—but a great deal of it is about how baseball reduces grown men to children.
“The majority opinion in Flood was written by Harry Blackmun, a Harvard grad in math and resident counsel for the Mayo Clinic. His opinion is somewhat notorious in Supreme Court history for beginning with a florid tribute to the game, purple and overwritten like a Ken Burns narration:
“Then there are the many names, celebrated for one reason or another, that have sparked the diamond and its environs and that have provided tinder for recaptured thrills, for reminiscence and comparisons, and for conversation and anticipation in-season and off-season….
“Blackmun then launches into a random list of players—just their names. The footnotes include a Grantland Rice poem and “Tinker to Evers to Chance.” Chief Justice Warren Burger, after politely asking Blackmun to cut back on his pointless history of the game, signed on to all of Blackmun’s opinion except the first part.
“In another scene, Snyder describes a scene in which Arthur Goldberg, Flood’s lead counsel, was in a limo with Flood and journalist Jimmy Breslin. Goldberg was one of the century’s great legal minds: he finished with the highest GPA in the history of Northwestern Law School but was only able to practice after suing the Illinois Bar Association over its age limit, which was 21. He became a labor lawyer, serving as the chief legal adviser in the AFL-CIO merger, was tapped by JFK to run the Department of Labor, and joined the Supreme Court at the age of 54.”
And so the combined interests and intrigues of the World Series, baseball and the law show that the game is played on more than just one stage – and will doubtless continue to be so played.