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Old 11-02-2009, 07:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hunt Auction Will include Babe Ruth's 42nd HR Baseball

Hunt Auction Will include Babe Ruth's 42nd HR Baseball

Hunt Auctions will be offering 60-plus lots of memorabilia from the personal collection of seven-time Gold Glove winning center fielder Curt Flood. The Flood items will be sold as part of a 650-plus lot auction of collectibles to be offered live on November 14 at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction in downtown Louisville, KY. In addition to the memorabilia from Flood’s career, the auction will feature other historically significant pieces from Hall of Famers including a Jackie Robinson game used road jersey which is expected to fetch $250,000+.

After debuting in 1956 with the Cincinnati Redlegs, Flood was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for the following season, where he spent the majority of his 15 year professional career. While still in his prime, Flood was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies for the 1970 season. Not wishing to be traded against his will, Flood refused to report. When then commissioner Bowie Kuhn denied Flood's request to consider offers from other teams, Flood filed a lawsuit alleging that the reserve clause violated federal antitrust laws. Flood vs. Kuhn eventually reached the Supreme Court, and though the Court ruled against Flood, the case paved the way for an arbitration ruling in 1975 that permanently struck down the reserve clause, ushering in the era of free agency.

“Curt Flood’s memorabilia is noteworthy not only because of his significant accomplishments on the field,” said David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, “but also because of his impact on modern free agency and his lasting legacy on Major League Baseball and all professional athletics.”

Many pieces of memorabilia representing Flood's career and achievements will be auctioned, including his 1964 World Series Ring ($15,000-$20,000), his 1963 Gold Glove Award ($5,000-$7,000), and a number of signed baseballs, including ones inscribed to Flood by historical figures such as Rosa Parks ($1,000-$1,500) and Joe DiMaggio ($500-$750).

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