MLB: 47 years of the first free agent in GL history, who was he?

It was a day like today but 47 years ago, New Years Eve 1974, that baseball changed forever. That was the day that Jim “Catfish” Hunter left the Oakland Athletics after what a referee named Peter Seitz ruled that the A’s had violated Hunter’s contract by not paying him the money he was owed.

At that point, Hunter, one of the great pitchers of his time, became the first free agent in baseball history. Ring out the old. Call the new one. Hunter signed on December 31, 1974 with the New York Yankees on a five-year, $ 3.25 million deal:

You may not have fully understood how baseball had changed forever because of Seitz’s decision, a year before Seitz essentially terminated baseball’s reserve clause, which had previously tied players to their teams until, already unless, they were released.

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But baseball had changed forever, years after a brave man named Curt Flood ended his career when he challenged the reservation clause to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Rafael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even a friendly NBA 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: 47 years of the first free agent in GL history, who was he?