Cardinals catcher Joe Torre at a baseball clinic, 1970
Published: July 2, 2010
Joe Wesley ©Stars and Stripes
Wiesbaden, Germany, January, 1970: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Joe Torre talks with a participant in the USAFE baseball clinic at Wiesbaden Air Base. In an interview, Torre said he supported teammate Curt Flood in his lawsuit against baseball in pursuit of free agency, and that "the reserve clause definitely needs to be reviewed and modified — perhaps something like the arrangement which pro football players have would be satisfactory." But, he added, "I hope that it (the suit) never goes all the way. I'd hate to see the reserve clause thrown out entirely. That could be disastrous for baseball."
• Read Stripes' 1970 story about Joe Torre and free agency here.