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Standard fit grey t shirt

  • 5 oz., pre­shrunk 100% cotton
  • Seamless body with set ­in sleeves
  • Double­ needle stitched sleeves
  • 1x1 rib seamless collar
  • Shoulder ­to­ shoulder taping

Curt Flood: The Athlete Who Made LeBron James

Year Inducted: 2013
Sports: Baseball
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals

Curtis Charles Flood was born January 20, 1938 in Houston, Texas. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Oakland, California where he attended West Oakland’s McClymonds High. A part of a high school outfield that included Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson, Curt signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1956 and made a handful of appearances for the team in 1956-57 before being traded to the Cardinals in December 1957. For the next twelve seasons, he became a fixture in center field for St. Louis. Flood helped the Redbirds win three National League Championships and two World Series in the 1960’s. A player of extraordinary ability and renowned for his tremendous defensive prowess, Curt led the National League in putouts four times and in fielding percentage twice, winning Gold Glove awards seven consecutive seasons from 1963 – 1969. The three-time All-Star batted over .300 six times in his politically – shortened 15 year career and led the National League in hits (211) in 1964. He set major league fielding records for most consecutive games without an error (226), and most consecutive chances without an error (568). He had a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 in 1966.

Flood became one of the pivotal figures in the sport’s labor history when he refused to accept a trade following the 1969 season, ultimately appealing his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although his legal challenge was unsuccessful, it brought about additional solidarity among players as they fought against baseball’s reserve clause and sought free agency. In 1970, the owners and the MLBPA agreed to the “10/5 Rule” (sometimes called the “Curt Flood Rule”), which allows players with ten years of Major League service, the last five with the same team, to veto any trade.

Curt finished out his playing career in 1971, with the Washington Senators.

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