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CURT FLOOD - BASEBALL GLOVE SIGNED 02/10/1980 CO-SIGNED BY: MIKE NORRIS - HFSID 293800

CURT FLOOD Both Golden Glove winners inscribe a baseball glove to Judy. A woman Flood spent time with while they were both hospitalized in 1980. Baseball Glove signed: "To My Pal/Judy Love Always Curt Flood/2-10-80" and "To Judy Best Wishes/Always Mike Norris #17

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CURT FLOOD
Both Golden Glove winners inscribe a baseball glove to Judy. A woman Flood spent time with while they were both hospitalized in 1980.
Baseball Glove signed: "To My Pal/Judy Love Always Curt Flood/2-10-80" and "To Judy Best Wishes/Always Mike Norris #17". McGregor model GF 20 baseball glove, signed by Flood on the outside of the pocket and by Norris on the inside of the pocket. Inscribed to a woman named Judy who met Flood while the two were hospitalized together in 1980. Curt Flood (1938-1997) played Major League Baseball from 1956 to 1969, and made a brief reappearance in 1971. Flood was a reliable hitter who topped .300 three times in an era when pitching dominated the game. But Flood's greatest talent was in centerfield, which he roamed for the St Louis Cardinals, beginning in 1958. One of the finest defensive players of any era, Flood had 223 consecutive games without an error, and made no errors at all in 1966. A three-time All-Star, he won seven consecutive Gold Glove awards. He played in all seven games of three World Series for the Cardinals: victories over the Yankees and Red Sox in 1964 and 1967, and a loss to the Tigers in 1968. He was one of only four Cardinals to appear on all three teams. After the 1969 season, the Cardinals traded Flood to the Phillies. Flood refused to go, and challenged the "reserve clause" which had long denied players the right to negotiate with multiple teams for the best offer. He sat out the 1970 season, taking his suit against Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn all the way to the Supreme Court. The Major League Players Association endorsed his suit, but not one active player was willing to appear in court on his behalf. With former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg as his lawyer, Flood lost by a 5-3 vote in the Supreme Court. He made a brief return to baseball with the Washington Senators in 1971, but his skills were gone, and he soon retired. Flood fought law suits and the Internal Revenue Service for the rest of his life. He twice tried to organize a new baseball league, but was unsuccessful. In 1975, an arbiter voided the reserve clause in cases involving two other players, and the era of free agency began. Flood had been five years ahead of his time. Pitcher Mike Norris was born on March 19. 1955 in San Francisco, California. He played with the Oakland Athletics for ten consecutive seasons (1975-1983) and made a short return to the team for one season in 1990. Norris was an All-Star selection in 1981 and a two-time Gold Glove winner (1980, 1981). He had his best season in 1980 going 22-9 with an ERA of 2.53. His career statistics include an ERA of 3.89 and a record of 58-59 in 201 games pitched. Lightly worn. Overall, fine condition.

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