From Howard Cole at Forbes.com on April 21, 2016, with mention of SABR members Robert Jarvis and Louis Schiff:
Flipping through the pages of “Baseball and The Law” like I would any new baseball book that arrives in spring, my eye lands on familiar names: Andy Messersmith, Ray Fosse, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Jackson, George W. Bush, “Hank Aaron and Willie Mays,” “Gus Bell and Wally Post.”
I see a case called “Fleer Corp. v. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc.” and one called “Selig v. United States” and another called “State of Illinois v. Cicotte.”
I see a picture of George Brett going apewire in 1983, one of Ted Turner mockingly letting “umpires know he plans to keep his mouth shut during the upcoming game,” and a color version of the photo above, from the Congressional hearings on steroids in 2005. That’s Curt Schilling on the right pondering unemployment.
But “Baseball and The Law” — full name, “Baseball and the Law: Cases and Materials” (Carolina Academic Press, $120) — is like no baseball book I’ve ever had the pleasure to pick up (or, at hardback and 1040 pages, do curls with). And while I am both interested in the law and invested in baseball as a person can be, I’m not exactly among the intended audience.
Co-authors, attorneys Robert Jarvis and Lou Schiff penned the work specifically for use in law school courses, with the country’s 120,000 law students and their professors as the target audience.
Originally published: April 26, 2016. Last Updated: April 26, 2016.