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About Mitchell J Nathanson

Mitch Nathanson received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center and his BA from Tulane University.  His scholarship focuses primarily on the intersection of sports, law and society.  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 (McFarland), 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 2012 he published, A People’s History of Baseball (University of Illinois Press), and in 2015 co-authored the textbook: Understanding Baseball (McFarland).  In 2013 his article, "Who Exempted Baseball, Anyway?: The Curious Development of the Antitrust Exemption that Never Was," was published in the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and won the 2013 McFarland-SABR award.   His most recent book, the biography, “God Almighty Hisself: The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen,” was published in March, 2016 by the University of Pennsylvania Press and was a finalist for the 2017 Seymour Medal, which honors the best baseball biographies of the year.  He is currently working on a biography of former Yankee hurler and Ball Four author, Jim Bouton. He is not a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

Positions

Present Professor of Law; Professor, Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
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Curriculum Vitae


Disciplines

Law

Honors and Awards

  • McFarland-SABR Awards: 2006, 2013

Contact Information

nathanson@law.villanova.edu
(610) 519-6498
www.mitchellnathanson.com

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Articles (20)

Books (3)

Recent Works (2)