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Everyobody thinks of baseball as a sacred cow. When you have the verve to challenge it, people look down thier noses at you. There are a lot of things wrong with a lot of is one of them.

Curtis Charles "Curt" Flood
St. Louis Cardinals

Dear Mr. Kuhn:

After twelve years in the Major Leagues, I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes. I believe that any system which produces that result violates my basic rights as a citizen and is inconsistent with the laws of the United States and of the several States.

It is my desire to play baseball in 1970, and I am capable of playing. I have received a contract offer from the Philadelphia Club, but I believe I have the right to consider offers from other clubs before making any decisions. I, therefore, request that you make known to all the Major League Clubs my feelings in this matter, and advise them of my availability for the 1970 season.

Sincerely yours,

Curt Flood

Subsequent to being advised that he was being traded from the Cardinals to the Phillies, Flood's letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn asking for his freedom from the Reserve Clause

Note: Flood sued MLB and his case advanced to the Supreme Court; this action cost him the remainder of his playing career and he lost the lawsuit but his case was the first step towards Free Agency.

December 24, 1969
Curtis Charles "Curt" Flood
St. Louis Cardinals

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