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About Mitchell J Nathanson

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.


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

Curriculum Vitae



Honors and Awards

  • McFarland-SABR Awards: 2006, 2013

Contact Information
(610) 519-6498


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