10 MLB stars you forgot were Philadelphia Phillies

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 29: Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins is introduced during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on July 29, 2018 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 29: Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins is introduced during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on July 29, 2018 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Phillies Curt Flood
CRICA 1960: Curt Flood of the St. Louis Cardinals poses at bat. Curt Flood played for the Cardinals from 1958-1969. (Photo by Photo File/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

10. Curt Flood, traded to the Phillies in 1969

Curt Flood never played a single game for the Phillies, but we’re including him on the list because his refusal to report to the Phillies set off a chain reaction that resulted in free agency for MLB players.

Flood met with the players’ union to discuss suing MLB for free agency, and when he received their unanimous support, wrote a letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn demanding the freedom to select a team of his choosing.

The stellar player knew he’d torpedo his career by taking a stand, and he did it anyway.

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