Autographed Baseball from Rosa Parks to Curt Flood, December 18, 1994

Summary

Simple, courageous actions that change society will inspire others. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white man. Her action helped transform race relations in America. Fourteen years later, Curt Flood challenged Major League Baseball's "reserve clause," and transformed owner-player relations in team sports. In 1994, Rosa Parks signed this baseball for Flood.

Simple, courageous actions that change society will inspire others. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white man. Her action helped transform race relations in America. Fourteen years later, Curt Flood challenged Major League Baseball's "reserve clause," and transformed owner-player relations in team sports. In 1994, Rosa Parks signed this baseball for Flood.

Artifact

Baseball (Ball)

Date Made

1994

Subject Date

18 December 1994

Creators

Wilson Sporting Goods Company 

Place of Creation

Haiti 

Creator Notes

Made in Haiti for the Wilson Sporting Goods Company.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2009.190.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Leather
Rubber (Material)

Technique

Sewing (Needleworking technique)

Color

Black (Color)
Red
White (Color)

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.75 in

Inscriptions

Printed on face of ball: Wilson®/ A1010/ PREMIUM LEATHER/ SENIOR PROFESSIONAL/ BASEBALL ASSOCIATION/ SYMMETRICALLY WOUND/ HAITI handwritten in ink: 6/ To Curt Flood/ Rosa Parks/ 12/18/94

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