On April 11, 2011, the Albany Government Law Review hosted
its semi-annual spring symposium, Baseball and the Law:
America’s National Pastime. Following the daylong event, we
collected scholarship concerning all facets of the sport from the
some of the most noted and thoughtful commentators.
The result is a twice Murder’s Row of authorship on the
intersection of baseball and the law. The Baseball and the Law
issue is presented, more or less, in chronological order beginning, quite appropriately, with the origins of the sport and followed by the advent of the reserve system in 1879 during a meeting of National League owners in Buffalo, New York, following by its ultimate demise nearly one century later. The articles continue with an examination of baseball’s first player to earn over a million dollars annually, in the late 1970s, which seems quaint when measured against the bulging, present-day contracts of sluggers like Alex Rodriguez and Albert Puljos, and a thoughtful examination of whether Barry Bonds was wronged by his union. Finally, the issue includes unique treatments of the role of agents of college athletes and the comparison of the roles of judges and umpires. Also included in the issue is a student-written comment about the growing split among the circuits regarding personal jurisdiction analysis in internet commence and the resulting tension on the Due Process Clause.