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Curt Flood
January 18, 1938 - January 20, 1997
Nationality: American
Category: Athlete
Subcategory: American Athlete

Baseball regards us as sheep.


If you destroyed the underpinnings of this great American sport, you are a hated, ugly, detestable person.


I'll also say, yes, I think the change in black consciuosness in recent years has made me more sensitive to injustice in every area of my life.


I'm a human being I'm not a piece of property. I am not a consignment of goods.


Remember when I told you about the American dream? That if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough and kicked yourself in the butt, you'd succeed? Well, I think I did, I think I did.


All the grand work was laid for people who came after me. The Supreme Court decided not to give it to me, so they gave it to two white guys. I think that's what they were waiting for.


Whatever I contributed to the unique morale of the Cardinals was part of this growth, and so, of course, was my decision to have it out in public with the owners of organized baseball.


I lost money, coaching jobs, a shot at the Hall of Fame.


People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life, and they can't do it. I'm too happy.


Baseball was socially relevant, and so was my rebellion against it.


I was told by the general manager that a white player had received a higher raise than me. Because white people required more money to live than black people. That is why I wasn't going to get a raise.


And I'd be lying if I told you that as a black man in baseball I hadn't gone through worse times than my teammates.


Customary though it may be to write about that institutionalized pastime as though it existed apart from the general environment, my story does not lend itself to such treatment.


The baseball establishment is permissive about revelry.


I'm a child of the sixties, I'm a man of the sixties. During that period of time this country was coming apart at the seams. We were in Southeast Asia. Good men were dying for America and for the Constitution.


It was so difficult for the fans to understand my problems with baseball.


I was leaving probably one of the greatest organizations in hte world at that time for what was probably one of the least like, and, by God, this is America.


I'd often wondered what would I do if I were ever traded, because it happened many, many times.


But I want you to know that what I'm doing here I'm doing as a ballplayer, a major league ballplayer.


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