CURT FLOOD - CONTRACT SIGNED 09/25/1989 CO-SIGNED BY: RON PRUITT - HFSID 295585
Sale Price $595.00
CURT FLOOD CO-SIGNED BY: RON PRUITT
As Commissioner of the Senior Professional Baseball Association, he signs off on a contract between the Fort Myers Sun Sox and player Ron Pruitt.
Contract signed: "Curt Flood" and "Ronald R. Pruitt", 11 pages, 8½x11. Medina, Ohio, September 30, 1989. Contract between the Fort Myers Sun Sox and player Pruitt, also signed by Flood as Senior Professional Baseball Association Commissioner. The contract, signed by a club representative on September 30 and by Pruitt on September 30, hired the latter as a player for the 1989-1990 season. 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. 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. The Senior Professional Baseball Association, with Flood as commissioner, was a winter league based in Florida. The minimum age was 35 (32 for catchers); its oldest layer (Ed Rakow) was 44. The SPBA played a full 72-game schedule in 1989 but folded in the middle of its second season. American baseball player RON PRUITT was born on October 21, 1951 in Flint, Michigan. An outfielder and catcher, he played the majority of his career for the Cleveland Indians (1976-1980, 1981). While playing for the Sun Sox, he batted for .306. Staple holes at top left edge. Lightly toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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