Baseball Player Sues Over Being Traded Without His Consent

1972

Curt Flood, one of baseball’s top players, is traded to the Philadelphia Phillies without his consent and is not allowed to shop his talents to other teams in the league. Because Flood had the option to quit playing baseball altogether, the U.S. Supreme Court in Flood v. Kuhn denies his claim that the trade violates the 13th Amendment’s prohibition on involuntary servitude.