Voices for the Voiceless: Ross Horning, Cy Block, and the Unwelcome Truth

By Warren Corbett

This article was published in the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal.

In 1951, two unknown minor-leaguers stepped forward to challenge Organized Baseball's view of owner-player relations in the US House Judiciary Committee's hearings on baseball's antitrust exemption and the reserve clause. "The general public, or baseball fan, when he thinks of baseball thinks of the major leagues. He thinks of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. He thinks of huge salaries, of terrific baseball parks and beautiful lights and marvelous conditions, hotels, trains. That is baseball. Only 5 percent of baseball players in the United States play that way." — Ross . . .

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