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Legacies: Lives lived / past progressive – Curt Flood

Curt Flood, outfielder of the St. Louis Cardinals, poses in Tampa, Fla., during spring training on May 16, 1965. (AP Photo)

(Feb. 2) – CURT FLOOD, the all-star centerfielder who was the first major league baseball player to challenge the owners’ control of the game and paved the way for free agency, died January 20 in Los Angeles at the age of 59. He died of pneumonia related to the throat cancer which struck him last year.

Flood spent most of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was considered the finest-fielding outfielder in an era which included Willie Mays. Continue reading

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