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Elephant Rumblings: A’s Praise Lowrie’s Flexibility, Barreto Gets His Chance

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  • 1972 - By a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court confirms lower court rulings in the Curt Flood case, upholding baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws and the legitimacy of its reserve clause. Its decision is narrowly construed, however, and leaves the way open for legislation or collective bargaining to undercut the reserve system.
  • 1972 - Colorful Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley holds baseball’s first ever “Mustache Day.” Finley agreed to pay $300 to each of his players for growing mustaches by Father’s Day. Reggie Jackson had started the trend by reporting to spring training with a mustache, to became the first major leaguer to do so since Frenchy Bordagaray in 1936.

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