Remembering Earl—Not George—Toolson: The Plaintiff Who Took the New York Yankees to the US Supreme Court

By Ed Edmonds

This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.

In 1953, the United States Supreme Court issued a one paragraph opinion in Toolson v. New York Yankees, Inc.1 The decision affirmed three lower federal court decisions that turned aside lawsuits challenging the Court’s 1922 ruling regarding the application of the nation’s antitrust laws to Organized Baseball. The life and baseball career of the plaintiff at the heart of the 1953 Toolson case is largely unknown. On November 9, 1953, the United States Supreme Court issued a . . .

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