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Portrait of Curt Flood

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
15 6958 .293 .342 .389 100 39.9
Birth Date1-18-1938
Height5' 9"
Weight165 lbs
Age81 years, 9 months, 2 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1956 CIN 18 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 86 0.0 -0.4 0.0 0.0
1957 CIN 19 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 1.333 106 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1958 SLN 20 121 461 110 17 2 10 31 56 4 2 12 .261 .317 .382 87 -4.8 -0.7 28.4 3.9
1959 SLN 21 121 226 53 7 3 7 16 35 0 2 1 .255 .305 .418 91 -0.4 0.7 -3.0 0.4
1960 SLN 22 140 443 94 20 1 8 35 54 4 0 3 .237 .303 .354 82 -6.3 -6.2 0.4 0.1
1961 SLN 23 132 380 108 15 5 2 35 33 3 6 2 .322 .391 .415 102 3.8 0.3 13.0 2.9
1962 SLN 24 151 701 188 30 5 12 42 57 10 8 6 .296 .346 .416 100 6.0 0.7 15.0 4.4
1963 SLN 25 158 714 200 34 9 5 42 57 2 17 12 .302 .345 .403 102 6.9 8.4 9.9 5.1
1964 SLN 26 162 739 211 25 3 5 43 53 5 8 11 .311 .356 .378 104 6.9 5.0 9.8 4.7
1965 SLN 27 156 683 191 30 3 11 51 50 6 9 3 .310 .366 .421 115 15.3 11.1 -3.7 4.7
1966 SLN 28 160 667 167 21 5 10 26 50 4 14 7 .267 .298 .364 90 -5.4 3.2 7.2 2.6
1967 SLN 29 134 562 172 24 1 5 37 46 2 2 2 .335 .378 .414 113 10.4 3.6 8.7 4.4
1968 SLN 30 150 666 186 17 4 5 33 58 5 11 6 .301 .339 .366 110 11.7 3.9 -3.2 3.6
1969 SLN 31 153 672 173 31 3 4 48 57 7 9 7 .285 .344 .366 94 2.1 0.2 9.6 3.4
1971 WS2 33 13 40 7 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 1 .200 .300 .200 79 -0.6 0.2 -2.4 -0.2
Career1759695818612714485444609528873.293.342.38910045.629.989.739.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1956 CIN MLB NL 5 1 .239 .292 .364 .000 81 -0.3 0.0 0 86 12 0.0 -0.4 0.0 0.0
1957 CIN MLB NL 3 3 .242 .302 .380 .000 111 0.8 0.1 0 106 18 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1958 SLN MLB NL 121 461 .264 .322 .404 .281 116 -12.5 12.4 1.1 87 13 28.4 -0.7 -4.8 3.9
1959 SLN MLB NL 121 226 .255 .321 .394 .274 111 -1.5 6.2 0.5 91 13 -3.0 0.7 -0.4 0.4
1960 SLN MLB NL 140 443 .258 .318 .388 .254 94 -8.3 11.9 1.1 82 10 0.4 -6.2 -6.3 0.1
1961 SLN MLB NL 132 380 .261 .323 .405 .353 104 9.8 10.8 0.9 102 9 13.0 0.3 3.8 2.9
1962 SLN MLB NL 151 701 .263 .324 .394 .308 105 4.9 19.5 1.8 100 9 15.0 0.7 6.0 4.4
1963 SLN MLB NL 158 714 .247 .304 .365 .324 105 12.5 17.9 1.6 102 8 9.9 8.4 6.9 5.1
1964 SLN MLB NL 162 739 .254 .307 .374 .331 106 8.9 18.9 1.7 104 7 9.8 5.0 6.9 4.7
1965 SLN MLB NL 156 683 .248 .305 .371 .322 104 18.1 17.3 1.6 115 10 -3.7 11.1 15.3 4.7
1966 SLN MLB NL 160 667 .256 .308 .383 .275 98 -5 17.0 1.5 90 9 7.2 3.2 -5.4 2.6
1967 SLN MLB NL 134 562 .252 .309 .368 .357 98 24.4 13.5 1.2 113 13 8.7 3.6 10.4 4.4
1968 SLN MLB NL 150 666 .243 .296 .343 .324 87 15.6 14.7 1.3 110 9 -3.2 3.9 11.7 3.6
1969 SLN MLB NL 153 672 .250 .316 .369 .309 97 5.4 17.3 1.6 94 9 9.6 0.2 2.1 3.4
1971 WS2 MLB AL 13 40 .244 .305 .363 .212 99 -1.6 1.0 0.1 79 16 -2.4 0.2 -0.6 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1956 CIN MLB NL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
1957 CIN MLB NL 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 1.333 1.000 0 0
1958 SLN MLB NL 461 422 50 110 17 2 10 161 41 31 56 2 12 .261 .317 .382 .121 0 4
1959 SLN MLB NL 226 208 24 53 7 3 7 87 26 16 35 2 1 .255 .305 .418 .163 2 0
1960 SLN MLB NL 443 396 37 94 20 1 8 140 38 35 54 0 3 .237 .303 .354 .116 4 4
1961 SLN MLB NL 380 335 53 108 15 5 2 139 21 35 33 6 2 .322 .391 .415 .093 0 7
1962 SLN MLB NL 701 635 99 188 30 5 12 264 70 42 57 8 6 .296 .346 .416 .120 6 8
1963 SLN MLB NL 714 662 112 200 34 9 5 267 63 42 57 17 12 .302 .345 .403 .101 2 6
1964 SLN MLB NL 739 679 97 211 25 3 5 257 46 43 53 8 11 .311 .356 .378 .068 1 11
1965 SLN MLB NL 683 617 90 191 30 3 11 260 83 51 50 9 3 .310 .366 .421 .112 3 6
1966 SLN MLB NL 667 626 64 167 21 5 10 228 78 26 50 14 7 .267 .298 .364 .097 4 7
1967 SLN MLB NL 562 514 68 172 24 1 5 213 50 37 46 2 2 .335 .378 .414 .080 5 4
1968 SLN MLB NL 666 618 71 186 17 4 5 226 60 33 58 11 6 .301 .339 .366 .065 4 6
1969 SLN MLB NL 672 606 80 173 31 3 4 222 57 48 57 9 7 .285 .344 .366 .081 2 9
1971 WS2 MLB AL 40 35 4 7 0 0 0 7 2 5 2 0 1 .200 .300 .200 .000 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1967-07-07 1967-07-28 21 20 Right Shoulder Strain - -

Compensation

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2019 Preseason Forecast

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about the minor league wage suits? Do you think minor leaguers will ever organize / obtain better terms?
(James from Bethesda)
I think minor leaguers should be compensated more than they are. They are paid below minimum wage and only 5 months a year. Something is broken and should be fixed. They need a Curt Flood and a Marvin Miller but time will tell. (Joshua Kusnick)
2012-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What baseball team lends itself most poetically to the myth of Icarus? Prometheus? What baseball coach is the most like Willy Loman? Is baseball tragedy or comedy?
(BIG CHUD from miracletown)
The Rangers are Icarus. They've flown really close to the sun the last 2 seasons and they've gotten burned.

Curt Flood was Prometheus.

Ozzie Guillen is a loud-mouthed Willy Loman with a funny accent. (Ian Miller)
2011-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hard to compare owners from different eras. So what are the ownership eras of baseball? A) Abner Doubleday to the demise of the Federal League, B) The BlackSox to Jackie, C) Integration to Curt Flood, and D) Free Agency
(Paul from DC)
No, it's not that simple. You'd have to pinpoint the moment that ownership became a class of rich guys as opposed to some random grubby entrepreneurs shuffling guys in dirty uniforms around the country. You'd find key changes with the submission of owners to the National Commission and then to Judge Landis. There is the demise of "syndicate" baseball in the early part of the 20th century, where an owner could own more than one team and shuffle players between them for the best mix. And Jackie didn't change anything as far as ownership. For most of them, they just kept right on being primitivist bastards. (Steven Goldman)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, did you see the piece William Rhoden wrote in the Times this week about Steinbrenner and Curt Flood and the Hall? He said if George makes it, Flood should make it first. I have to admit to having reservations about Flood being in there even though I wrote a book about him, admire his off-the-field actions, and would be more than happy to see him honored. What are your feelings about Flood and then George being in the Hall?
(Alex Belth from Bronx)
Yo, Alex! If Flood makes it, it won't be because of his merits as a player, it will be some kind of unique honor. He was a legitimate whiz in center field but not a tremendous hitter even after adjusting for the times; at best I see him coming up with a case somewhere between Lou Brock and Johnny Damon - a run at 3000 sprinkled with some postseason chops - if his career had continued and his challenge had never happened.

As for Steinbrenner, I'm for it. The man was probably the game's most influential owner after O'Malley, who's finally in and should have been a long time ago. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Books you're currently reading, and plan to read, baseball and non-baseball divisions?
(BL from Bozeman)
In the baseball division, I finally picked up a copy of D'Antonio's Forever Blue, and I keep meaning to crack Brad Snyder's A Well-Paid Slave (about Curt Flood). I'm currently finishing up Sebestyen's 1989 (a light run through the fall of the Wall) and Howe's What Hath God Wrought (heavy slog through 1815-1848 US history), and debating whether to turn to Herwig's new history of First Marne or Blom's The Vertigo Years. Also, Kerr's A Quiet Flame needs attention, since I like the Bernie Gunther series quite a bit. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-14 16:30:00 (link to chat)As an economist, how about a quick explanation of baseball's anti-trust exemption--why it was established to begin with, and how it's relevant today? I may be asking a bit much for a chat format, but seems worth a try. Thanks!
(jromero from seattle)
I actually was discussing this with my wife who just graduated law school last week. Apparently, it started in the '20s because the Supreme Court said baseball was a "state issue" and therefore shouldn't be covered under federal law (which can regulates only interstate commerce). Challenges were unsuccessful because of precedent, but other sports never got the same treatment. Curt Flood challenged it back in the '70s when he didn't want to be traded under the reserve clause, but that didn't work. It did open the door to free agency, though. That's the legal stuff, at least as far as I can remember. As an economist, I don't really see other baseball markets popping up if it were removed, and I'm actually pretty confident that removing the reserve clause itself might have disastrous consequences for players given baseball's playoff structure. Some kind of market restriction does help, though the current one is quite rough on players with short peaks. (Matt Swartz)
2008-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Travis Snider stay in the outfield long-term or does his body type necessitate a move to first at some point? How athletic is he?
(Tim from Lansing MI)
He's hardly Curt Flood out there, but he's actually a pretty solid outfielder. He's not a pig there and he has pretty good instincts and an average arm. I think he could stay there for a while. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)How about Curt Flood as the fifth?
(Gump from ny)
Curt Flood was a tremendous baseball player and a good human being. He gets FAR too much credit in the timeline of history, however. His case went nowhere. Put everyone else--McNally, Messersmith, Hunter, Seitz, Miller--in front of him as far as influence.

My #5 would be Marvin Miller. He was the perfect man for the job.

For those who think baseball was made worse by him, consider that the need to compete for players and pay them market salaries woke up an industry that was a generation behind the times in terms of marketing itself. I dare say that if not for Marvin Miller, we would not enjoy baseball in the many ways we can today. (Joe Sheehan)


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