100 Americans Making Constitutional History: A Biographical History presents 100 profiles of the key people behind some of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases. Edited by Melvin I. Urofsky, a respected constitutional historian, each 2,000-word profile delves into the social and political context behind landmark Court decisions. For example, while a case like Brown v. Board of Education is about an important idea—the equal protection of the law—at its heart it is the story of a little girl, Linda Brown, who wanted to go to a decent school near her home. The outcome is accessible and objective “stories” about the individuals—heroes and scoundrels—who fought their way to constitutional history.

Curt Flood

Curt Flood

Major League Baseball

“I do not Feel that I am a Piece of Property”

Flood v. Kuhn

407 U.S. 258 (1972)

In the late summer of 1968 Sports Illustrated anointed Curt Flood of the St. Louis Cardinals as major league baseball's premier center fielder by placing him on its cover. At the time, Flood was earning $90,000 per year, the highest salary of any player who was not a pitcher or a power hitter. But his good fortune soon changed. In October 1969, just after the end of the season, Flood, a three-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner, and integral part of two World Series championship Cardinal teams, learned that he had been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Flood had spent twelve of his fourteen major league ...

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