Curt Flood, American Athlete ( January 18, 1938 - January 20, 1997 )

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All the grand work was laid for people who came after me. The Supreme Court decided not to give it to me, so they gave it to two white guys. I think that's what they were waiting for.~Curt Flood

Work Waiting People

Baseball was socially relevant, and so was my rebellion against it.~Curt Flood

Baseball Rebellion Against

People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life, and they can't do it. I'm too happy.~Curt Flood

Life Happy People

Whatever I contributed to the unique morale of the Cardinals was part of this growth, and so, of course, was my decision to have it out in public with the owners of organized baseball.~Curt Flood

Baseball Growth Decision

And I'd be lying if I told you that as a black man in baseball I hadn't gone through worse times than my teammates.~Curt Flood

Baseball Man Black

Baseball regards us as sheep.~Curt Flood

Baseball Sheep Us

But I want you to know that what I'm doing here I'm doing as a ballplayer, a major league ballplayer.~Curt Flood

Doing Want You

Customary though it may be to write about that institutionalized pastime as though it existed apart from the general environment, my story does not lend itself to such treatment.~Curt Flood

May Environment Story

I lost money, coaching jobs, a shot at the Hall of Fame.~Curt Flood

Money Lost Coaching

I was leaving probably one of the greatest organizations in hte world at that time for what was probably one of the least like, and, by God, this is America.~Curt Flood

Time God Greatest

I was told by the general manager that a white player had received a higher raise than me. Because white people required more money to live than black people. That is why I wasn't going to get a raise.~Curt Flood

Money People Black

I'll also say, yes, I think the change in black consciuosness in recent years has made me more sensitive to injustice in every area of my life.~Curt Flood

Life Change Black

I'm a child of the sixties, I'm a man of the sixties. During that period of time this country was coming apart at the seams. We were in Southeast Asia. Good men were dying for America and for the Constitution.~Curt Flood

Time Good Man

I'm a human being I'm not a piece of property. I am not a consignment of goods.~Curt Flood

I Am Property Human

Remember when I told you about the American dream? That if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough and kicked yourself in the butt, you'd succeed? Well, I think I did, I think I did.~Curt Flood

American Dream Yourself

The baseball establishment is permissive about revelry.~Curt Flood

Baseball About Permissive

I'd often wondered what would I do if I were ever traded, because it happened many, many times.~Curt Flood

Because Many Times

If you destroyed the underpinnings of this great American sport, you are a hated, ugly, detestable person.~Curt Flood

Great American Ugly

It was so difficult for the fans to understand my problems with baseball.~Curt Flood

Baseball Problems Fans