Toolson V. New York Yankees

By: Blake Cassell

The Toolson V. New York Yankees case was a case in court in which George Earl Toolson, A pitcher for the Newark Bears (One of the Yankees' AAA farm teams), filed a lawsuit against the New York Yankees, arguing that the reserve clause was an restraint of trade, and that baseball should not be exempt from antitrust laws. This means that because of the reserve clause (A clause in the player contract that stated that until the expiration of the contract, that the rights of the player were retained by the team), Toolson was restricted from negotiating with other teams. The end of the trial resulted in the court upholding 7-2.


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