National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: February 27, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

A Supreme Decision: The Curt Flood Symposium at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association/University of Missouri-Kansas City Continuing Legal Education, will present A Supreme Decision: The Curt Flood Symposium over two days March 30 and 31 at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. On Sunday, March 30 an opening session will begin at 6:30 p.m. featuring a discussion with Curt Flood, Jr. and Allan Zerman and will be moderated by KCTV 5's Michael Coleman. Opening keynote remarks will be provided by the Honorable Jon Gray.

From 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 31 legal scholars will discuss the impact of the Flood case over multiple sessions throughout the morning. Coffee and snacks will be provided. More information can be found at

Curt Flood (1938-1997) grew up in Oakland, California, and became an iconic figure in sports and history when he refused a trade and challenged Major League Baseball's restrictive "reserve clause" and its long standing anti-trust status. His legal actions went as far as the United States Supreme Court in 1972. Although he lost his challenge, and his baseball career, his case helped pave the way for free agency in baseball. Guests and scholars at the symposium will discuss Flood's personal and professional life, his influences from the Civil Rights movement, his impact on sports and media, as well as, the various arguments and precedents surrounding his legal case.

This event will feature legal and historical experts in baseball from across the nation including Stuart Banner (UCLA), Ed Edmonds (Notre Dame), Mitchell Nathanson (Villanova), Abraham Khan (University of South Florida), and Brad Snyder (University of Wisconsin). Scheduled special guests include Lou Hoynes (former attorney for Major League Baseball), Allan Zerman (former attorney for Curt Flood), and Curt Flood, Jr.

Registration Information:

All events will take place at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108. Registration is $20.00 for the March 30 and March 31 sessions, it includes access to the NLBM galleries and a one-year membership to the Museum. To register for the events visit Continuing Legal Education Credits are available to registered participants for $95.00 through KCMBA/UMKC-CLE, register at or call 816-474-4322.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a privately funded, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of African American baseball. Experience a tour of multimedia displays, hundreds of photographs and artifacts dating from the late 1880s to the 1960s. The Museum opened its permanent 10,000 square foot facility in 1997 in the heart of Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine Cultural District. For more information visit

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