President Obama introduced his choice to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter today. Judge Sonia Sotomayor grew up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, and presided over a case at the center of the 1994-1995 Baseball Strike. The President even called her the woman who saved baseball.
Well, what exactly did she rule? And what were the immediate results of her ruling? Let’s learn together!
AccordingÂ to our good friends at Wikipedia:
On March 30, 1995, she issued the preliminary injunction against Major League Baseball, preventing MLB from unilaterally implementing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and using replacement players, thus ending the 1994 baseball strike.[4
Awesome. WÂ hat the hell does that mean? New York Times, you’re up:
The owners were trying to subvert the labor system, she said, and the strike had â€œplaced the entire concept of collective bargaining on trial.â€
After play resumed, The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that by saving the season, Judge Sotomayor joined forever the ranks of Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams. The Chicago Sun-Times said she â€œdelivered a wicked fastballâ€ to baseball owners and emerged as one of the most inspiring figures in the history of the sport.
So, there you go. That’s how a judge from New York saves baseball. And she doesn’t need to use steroids to do it.
Also, here is Cuban high jumperÂ Javier Sotomayor, whose picture still comes up first on google images.