New York Court Declines to Label Wiffle Ball Bat a Lethal Weapon

Vintage Wooden Wiffle Ball Bat - Photo Credit: Schuh v. Hickis, 37 Misc.2d 477, 236 N.Y.S.2d 214 (N.Y.Sup., 1962)What Happened?Sandra Tasyn (14) was visiting relatives in New Hyde Park, New York on June 1, 1958.  She and her cousin went to the defendant Hickis' home, about a block away from her cousin's house, and began... Continue Reading →


Toronto Blue Jays Oppose Creighton University Trademark Application

Rogers Blue Jays Baseball Partnership v. Creighton University, In re Application Serial No. 86067719 The Toronto Blue Jays have filed a Notice of Opposition with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in an effort to prevent the approval of trademark protection for the new logo being offered on sports apparel by Omaha's Creighton University.... Continue Reading →

The Supreme Court of Missouri Declares that Getting Hit by a Hot Dog is Not an Inherent Risk of Attending a Royals Baseball Game

Coomer v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., SC93214 (Mo., 2014) Coomer v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., WD73984, WD74040 (Mo. App. 2013) Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, 1016-CV04073 What happened? The Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, is a large lion played by John Byron Shores.  Since 2000, Shores has been famous for launching hotdogs into the crowd from... Continue Reading →

Over Fifty Years Before Jackie Robinson Broke Major League Baseball’s Color Barrier, an Integrated Minor League Team Battled for the Rights to Future Hall of Fame Black Ballplayer Frank Grant

Harrisburg Base-Ball Club v. Athletic Association, 1890 WL 2997, Pa.Com.Pl. (1890)Who was Frank Grant?The plaintiff in this case, better known as the Cuban Giants, was admitted to Eastern Interstate League as the representative from York, Pennsylvania and played as the Monarchs.  The manager of the defendant Harrisburg Ponies, James Farrington, was none too pleased that... Continue Reading →

James E. Bennett – Inventor of Baseball’s Most Ridiculous Patented Equipment

What is a patent?Long ago, governments recognized that protecting inventors’ efforts was essential to encourage technological advancement but realized that limiting the time in which an inventor had the exclusive right to market their invention served the greater good by preventing the inventor from controlling a useful product forever.  Patents were first granted in Europe in the... Continue Reading →

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