Toolson v. New York Yankees

By: Daniel Huynh

George Earl Toolson

Georg was a pitcher for the Newark Bears a AAA team for the New York Yankees. He thought he was good enough to pitch in the Major Leagues but the Yankees wouldn't give him a chance. He wanted to go to a different team but in his contract it said he couldn't talk to any other team. So the Yankees would own him for the whole year.


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The Lawsuit

When the Newark franchise was dissolved prior to the 1950 season, George was demoted by the Yankees organization to the Binghamton Triplets, an A-class team within its farm system. He refuse to report and filed a lawsuit, arguing the reserve clause was a restraint of trade and that baseball should not be exempt from antitrust laws.


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The Outcome

Toolson v. Yankees,346 U.S 356, is a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court upheld, 7-2, the antitrust exemption first granted to Major League Baseball three decades earlier in Federal Baseball Club v. National Leagues.


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