The Law: Safe--Kind of

Baseball fans were mystified. It was rather like an umpire with one thumb hooked in the air and the other hand spread out, saying, "You probably should be out, but you're safe, I think, kind of." For the third time in 50 years, the Supreme Court was considering major league baseball's exemption from the antitrust laws. In 1922 Oliver Wendell Holmes had stated for a unanimous court that baseball was not engaged in interstate commerce and therefore was not covered by antitrust regulations. Last week Justice Harry Blackmun held that baseball is, of course, engaged in interstate commerce in the modern...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!