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Baseball and the Law

Posted by Library Blog on 10/24/2013 at 09:54 AM

Baseball and the Law!

With the Red Sox squaring off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, take a break from the commercials during the game to read some of the following resources for baseball and the law. 

  • Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law (KF3989 .A27 1998, by Roger Abram, highlights some famous (and infamous) players and their legal trials and tribulations.
  • Legal Issues in Professional Baseball (KF3989 .A75 L44 2005), edited by Lewis Kurlantzick, contains essays by scholars on the topic.
  • The Little White Book of Baseball Law (KF3989 .M56 2009), by John H. Minan and Kevin Cole, discusses cases that have shaped the game of baseball since the 1890s.

RWU School of Law Professor Michael Yelnosky has authored a law review article in which he explains why Chad Oldfather is “out in left field” for criticizing judges who use baseball metaphors in opinions. See:

  • Michael Yelnosky, If You Write It, (S)He Will Come: Judicial Opinions, Metaphors, Baseball, and "The Sex Stuff", 28 Connecticut Law Review 815 (1996)
  • Chad M. Oldfather, The Hidden Ball: A Substantive Critique of Baseball Metaphors in Judicial Opinions, 27 Conn. L. Rev. 17 (1994)

Also take a look at the classic humorous law review student note, Aside. The Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule, 123 U. Penn. L. Rev. 1474 (1975), about the relationship between baseball’s infield fly rule and the common law. (Hat tip to Professor Yelnosky!)

Why is being a lawyer like being a professional baseball player? A blog post Lawyers, Baseball Players and Social Media on “Lawyernomics”, by attorney Joe Masiuk, compares the skill sets of both:

Lawyering Skills Ball-Playing Skills
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Managing client relationships
  • Knowing the law of your specialty
  • Hitting
  • Throwing
  • Catching
  • Base Running
  • Knowing how to play your position


A Law Guide created for the RWU School of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SPENT) offers more resources for sports and entertainment law.

Finally, the leading Sports Law Blog is a must- read for the continuing saga of A-Rod and others.  Archives date back to November 1, 2003.