Do you know who Curt Flood is?
When we think about Blacks in baseball, we often go to the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, who was indeed a force to be reckoned with. But Curt Flood is one of my heroes. He was fierce, loyal, obedient, outcasted and determined.
- F – Fierce
- L – Loyal
- O – Obedient
- O – Outcasted
- D – Determined
According to TIME Magazine, “In 1969, St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Curt Flood was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He didn’t want to go and eventually sued baseball, challenging its reserve clause, which gave owners absolute rights over players. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court. Flood lost, but his suit paved the way for modern free agency. He died in Jan. 20, 1997.”
Curt was also an artist and one of my favorites pieces of his is the painting of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a son, a husband, a father, an activist, a baseball player and one of my heroes. And he should be in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
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