» December 5, 1957:
The Cards turn down the Phillies offer of Richie Ashburn and Harvey Haddix for Ken Boyer, trusting that Boyer will turn into a good 3B. Then, in one of their best trades ever, the Cardinals acquire outfielders Curt Flood and Joe Taylor from the Reds for pitchers Marty Kutyna and Ted Wieand. The 19-year-old Flood, who appeared in eight games for Cincinnati over the past two seasons, will anchor the St. Louis OF for the next 12 years.
» July 30, 1960: Just as he predicts, Philadelphia P Art Mahaffey, just called up from Buffalo, picks off the first batter to get a hit against him. Then with the next batter to get a hit, he does it again. Curt Flood and Bill White are the base runner victims, but St. Louis still wins 6–3. In his next game, the first batter to get a hit off Mahaffey will be Jim Marshall, and Mahaffey will pick him off as well.
» August 16, 1964: Sandy Koufax (19-5) pitches a 3–0 win against St. Louis, but he will miss the rest of the season because of a elbow injury suffered when he slid back into 2B against Milwaukee on August 8. In the nightcap, Curt Simmons matches Koufax with a 4–0 shutout of the Dodgers. Card CF Curt Flood has eight straight hits in the doubleheader split.
» September 6, 1965:
The Phils split with the Cards, taking the 2nd game 10-5 behind Chris Short. Curt Simmons, who had won 17 of 20 from the Phils since they released him, is the loser. Rookie Adolfo Phillips has three doubles and his first ML homer to pace the attack. In the opener, the Cards win, 10–3 behind the spark of Curt Flood, who singles home a run, steals his 56th base, and hits a 3-run homer. He adds a 2-run homer in the nitecap.
» October 2, 1966:
Cards rookie Jim Cosman makes his first ML appearance, shutting out the Cubs, 2–0. St. Louis OF Curt Flood concludes the season with his 159th consecutive errorless game, the most by an NL outfielder in one campaign. Flood handled 396 chances without a miscue.
» June 4, 1967:
Curt Flood's record string of 568 straight chances without an error ends when he drops a fly ball during a 4–3 win over the Cubs at St. Louis. The Cardinals CF had played a National League-record 227 straight games without an error beginning September 3, 1965.
» June 19, 1967:
In the Cardinals 5–4 win over Houston, St. Louis CF Curt Flood pulls off an unassisted DP. It is the 1st by a National League CF since Danny Taylor in 1933.
» September 15, 1968: The Cardinals clinch the NL pennant with a 7–4 win at Houston. Roger Maris hits his 275th, and last, regular-season home run, off Don Wilson in the 3rd, and Curt Flood racks up five hits.
» September 18, 1968: Sixteen hours after Perry's feat, Ray Washburn of the Cards makes ML history by hurling a 2nd consecutive no-hitter in one park. Run-scoring hits by Mike Shannon and Curt Flood at Candlestick down the Giants, 2–0.
» October 7, 1969: The Cards trade outfielders Curt Flood and Byron Browne, P Joe Hoerner, and C Tim McCarver to Philadelphia for 1B Richie Allen, 2B Cookie Rojas, and P Jerry Johnson.
» December 29, 1969: The New York Times reports that Curt Flood will sue baseball and challenge the reserve clause.
» January 16, 1970: Curt Flood, Cardinals Gold Glove outfielder, files a civil lawsuit challenging ML baseball's reserve clause, a suit that will have historic implications. Flood refused to report to the Phillies after he was traded by the Cardinals three months ago, contending the baseball rule violates federal antitrust laws.
» April 8, 1970: The Phillies acquire minor league 1B Willie Montanez as partial compensation for their loss in the October 7, 1969 deal in which Curt Flood refused to report.
» August 12, 1970: Curt Flood loses his $4.1 million antitrust suit against baseball, as Federal Judge Irving Ben Cooper upholds the legality of the sport's reserve clause. Cooper does recommend changes in the reserve system, to be achieved through negotiation between players and owners. Less than six years later, this recommendation would become a reality.
» November 3, 1970: The Phillies trade Curt Flood to the Senators for three minor league players.
» April 7, 1971: The dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by a 3-judge U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
» April 27, 1971:
Curt Flood jumps the Senators after 13 games and departs for Denmark, ending his playing career. Flood batted .293 and won seven Gold Glove Awards during his 15-year tenure in the major leagues. He will continue his antitrust suit which will eventually reach the Supreme Court.
» June 18, 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. By the year's end the ML owners will destroy it themselves by agreeing to salary arbitration.
» January 20, 1997: Former major league OF Curt Flood, who challenged baseball's reserve system and made possible today's megasalaries, dies at age 59.