Mitchell Nathanson received his B.A. from Tulane University and his J.D. from the
Georgetown University Law Center where he was an Editor for the Georgetown Immigration
Law Journal. Before coming to Villanova in 2001, he spent three years in the Healthcare
Group at White & Williams and seven in the Environmental Coverage Group at ACE USA
(formerly known as CIGNA Property & Casualty Co.) 

Professor Nathanson teaches Legal Analysis, Writing and Oral Advocacy. He has written
numerous articles examining the interplay between, most notably, baseball and American
culture. His article, "The Irrelevance of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption: A
Historical Review," won the 2006 McFarland-SABR Award which is presented in
recognition of the best historical or biographical baseball articles of the year. His
2008 book, "The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team’s Collapse Sank a
City’s Spirit," is a social history of 20th century Philadelphia as told through the
relationship between the city and its baseball teams – the Athletics and the Phillies. In
2009 he was the co-producer and writer of "Base Ball: The Philadelphia Game," a
documentary "webisode" on the 19th century development of the game within the
city that is part of a larger documentary project, "Philadelphia: The Great
Experiment," currently in production and to which he is a contributing scholar. In
addition, he was a scholarly advisor to the 2011 HBO production, "The Curious Case
of Curt Flood." In the United States, he has lectured at, among other venues, the
National Baseball Hall of Fame, and since 2011 has been a Guest Professor in the
International Sports Law Program at the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia in
Madrid, Spain. In addition to his most recent book, "A People’s History of
Baseball," he is co-author of "Understanding Baseball: A Textbook,"
(McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers). His article "Who Exempted Baseball, Anyway:
The Curious Development of the Antitrust Exemption that Never Was," was published in
the Winter, 2013 edition of the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and won
the 2013 McFarland-SABR Award. His forthcoming book, "God Almighty Hisself: The Life
and Legacy of Dick Allen," will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press
in the spring of 2016. 



Dick Allen Preferred Not To: A Reconsideration of Baseball's Bartleby, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture (2014)

During the course of his major league career, Dick Allen did a lot of things:...



Dick Allen's Second Act, The National Pastime (2013)

It is hard to imagine a more polarizing figure in Philadelphia sports history than Dick...



Who Exempted Baseball, Anyway?: The Curious Development of the Antitrust Exemption that Never Was, Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law (2013)

This article takes a fresh look at baseball’s alleged antitrust exemption and explains why, after...




This article is the second in the author’s series examining the interplay between baseball and...



Major League Baseball As Enron: The True Meaning of the Mitchell Report, Outside the Lines: A Publication of the SABR Business of Baseball Committee (2008)

Although the December 13, 2007 release of the Mitchell Report received attention for the names...




A People's History of Baseball (2012)

Baseball is much more than the national pastime. It has become an emblem of America...



The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team's Collapse Sank a City's Spirit (2007)

Too often, the Philadelphia sports fan has been dismissed as a lout, a boorish dolt...


Contributions to Books


The Tell-All Hurler: Jim Bouton and "Ball Four", Courting the Yankees: Legal Essays on the Bronx Bombers (2003)

This chapter examines whether the information released within Bouton's "Ball Four" constituted legally protectable infomation...



Defining the Purpose and Parameters of Scholarship for Legal Writing Professors, The Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute (2008)
The Phillies, Connie Mack Stadium, and Philadelphia’s Mid-Century Racial Identity, The Twentieth Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture (2008)
The Combined Ratio and the Roots of Cyclical Medical Malpractice ‘Crises’, The Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law’s Spring 2008 Symposium on Medical Malpractice and Ethics (2008)
Baseball and Philadelphia, Philadelphia Ink: A Celebration of Philly Area Writers (2007)