Since 1876, when the National Association became the National League, and power transferred from players to owners, there has been a struggle over whether baseball is a sport or just a business.
Baseball has remained firmly in the hands of business interests over the last century, despite the early efforts of the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players, the short-lived Players' League, and the support of the Knights of Labor and the IWW for unionization.
Despite the hold of corporate greed over the national pastime, there has been a long and progressive history of organizing to keep baseball, as they say in Cuba, "el derecho del pueblo," the right of the people.
Seven Yankees fans--who are also supporters of the campaign to end the U. S. Navy bombing of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques-- take to the field. They were arrested, but not before one gave Bernie Williams a flag.
Visit the Virtual Hall of Fame for the player who was banished from organized baseball by Kennesaw Mountain Landis, the man who also prosecuted union activists and kept Black players out of the big leagues.