Sport: Free Tigers

The baseball farm system, by which big-league teams own or control whole minor-league teams or some of their players, was considered a form of slavery in the early days of baseball. Nowadays it is considered quite legal. The World's Champion Yankees, for example, control 13 minor-league teams. The main rules are: 1) no team may own or control two teams in the same league; and 2) all deals, transfers, etc. must be properly recorded with High Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

Snowy old Judge Landis hates the farm system. His office mail is packed with squawks about it from players. Two years ago...

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