On This Day In Baseball History: October 7, 1969

Curt Flood

 

The St. Louis Cardinals trade Curt Flood, Byron Browne, Joe Hoerner, and Tim McCarver to the Phillies for Dick Allen, Jerry Johnson, and Cookie Rojas. Flood refused to report to Philadelphia and would challenge baseball’s reserve clause ultimately leading to the free agency that today’s superstars enjoy. Seemingly overlooked in Flood’s legacy is he was an accomplished player who had been selected to 3-All-Star teams, won 7 consecutive Gold Gloves, and finished as high as 4th in the NL MVP voting. Players who enjoy signing large lucrative contracts owe a piece of their wealth to Curtis Charles Flood.

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