On January 18, 1938 Curt Flood is born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Oakland, California, Flood played in the same outfield in West Oakland’s McClymonds High School as Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson. All three would eventually sign professional contracts with the Cincinnati Reds

He is a seminal figure in MLB history for refusing a trade in 1969 and taking his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. He lost his case but he did set in motion for MLB players and its union to successfully challenge the Reserve Clause and causing MLB owners to allow free agency beginning in the mid-1970s. Unfortunately, the process took its toll on Flood and he only played in 13 more games after his unsuccessful court challenge.

He was a 3X All-Star, won 7 Gold Glove Awards, and was a key member of 2 World Series champions (1964, 1967 St. Louis Cardinals). He is also a member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame.

In his 15-year career (1956-1969, 1971), Flood had 1861 hits, 851 runs, .293 BA, .342 OBP, & .732 OPS.
Curt passed away in 1997 at the age of 59.


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