Fall 2009 Baseball Research Journal
A Crank on the Court: The Passion of Justice William R. Day
William Howard Taft was a baseball fan, but he was neither the first nor the most fanatical on the Supreme Court that decided the Federal Baseball antitrust case — not by a long shot.
- Alito: The Origin of the Baseball Antitrust Exemption
- Comiskey's Detectives
- A Tall Tale of "The Brethren"
- A Tale of Two Umpires: When Al Salerno and Bill Valentine Got Thrown Out of the Game
- The Deadball Era’s Worst Pitching Staff
Modern Baseball’s Greatest-Hitting Team: The 1930 Phillies’ Opponents
What was the best-hitting team in modern (i.e,. post-1900) baseball history? There are many ways to answer that question. If you were to rank offense by runs, the 1931 Yankees crossed the plate a record 1,067 times. But there was a “team” that scored almost a run per game more than the 1931 Yankees, that collected nearly 2,000 hits and whose .346 batting average far surpassed that of the 1930 Giants' .319. They were the opponents of the 1930 Philadelphia Phillies.
Arbitrator Seitz Sets the Players Free
The most important labor arbitration decision of all time involved baseball, two pitchers and one of the finest labor arbitrators of all time, a true arbitration “superstar.” Peter Seitz's 1975 decision in baseball’s Andy Messersmith case still reverberates throughout the multibillion-dollar sports industry.