Major League Baseball and the Major League Players Association reached agreement on the terms of a two-year contract, the first ever negotiated between the league and the players. The agreement called for a minimum salary of $10,000 a year. Many players now make that much, per at bat. Meal money for the players was increased from $12 to $15 per day.
And on the VERY SAME DAY, the National Football League agreed to recognize the N.F.L. Players Association as the exclusive bargaining agent for the athletes.
On December 13, 1969, Curt Flood went before the MLB Players’ Association Executive Board and asked for financial assistance for his litigation against Major League Baseball. He was attempting to prove that the reserve clause was a violation of antitrust laws. The board voted 25-0 in favor of supporting Flood. It didn’t help his career at all, but now there are hundreds of baseball playing multi-millionaires who have Curt Flood to thank for their life styles.