|Sports Illustrated cover October 7, 1968. The cover is entitled "Manager of the Money Men," about Red Schoendienst's management of the world's best paid team.|
Snyder portrays Curt Flood after the end of the 1969 season as a ballplayer who had enjoyed considerable success in the major leagues. His '69 season was one that was not his best, and at age 31, today sabermetricians might view it as the beginning of his decline years. (We'll never no, because for all intents and purposes he never really played the game again.) A great defensive center fielder and an effective singles hitter, we might reasonably compare him to Ichiro Suzuki without the drop dead arm. Flood, paid $90K, a lot for his time, experienced a trade in his minor league career from the Reds to the Cardinals. He felt like property, and was sent to play in the segregated south, where he endured racial taunts and threats, separation from his white teammates in dining and accommodations. He vowed it would not happen again.
|August 1968 SI cover of a fabulous Flood grab at the wall. Well-compensated for the times, Flood was paid for his glove and less for his bat.|
|Flood and Player Asssociation president Marvin Miller. Miller, a smart hard working representative for the the players, told Flood he didn't believe he could win his case.|
|After he regained his sobriety, friends in and out of baseball helped Flood find his self-respect and rebuild his finances. One job he held was as commissioner of the short lived Senior Baseball Association 1989-90.|
*Please, no letters. I know Julian Javier was the very talented 2nd baseman with the Cards, and the father of former Mariner outfielder Stan Javier.