Seven-time Gold Glove outfielder and two-time World Series champion Curt Flood fought the system and lost his career. By rejecting a trade from St. Louis to Philadelphia, Flood became a pariah. But in doing so, paved the way for free agency in professional sports. Fifty years after taking his stand, Flood remains on the outside of the Hall of Fame. But thanks to his family, Flood will not be forgotten with a push to get him into Cooperstown. Curt Flood Jr. spoke to Dave about his father’s legacy and the continued fight to get the recognition he richly deserves.
Curt Flood Jr. Continues Push to Get Dad into Cooperstown
"Hopefully, the iconic players and the superstar players will recognize that their great fortune has roots. And if you let Cooperstown tell the story, between lifetime contracts and voluntary servitude...going from that to free agency to blockbuster $330 million deals, there's a continuity issue...It"s a glaring and embarrassing, in my opinion, absence.""
"We had two and half minutes to talk. None of the coaches did for about two minutes and 20 seconds. And then I kind of realized what we needed to do. And I said to the team, 'Gentlemen, we need to score." And we broke and went out and ended up winning the game. So it just goes to show you how important coaching is. You have to be technically very sound."