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Gould's Love Affair With Baseball, Labor Law, Is Worth The Read

Publication Date: 
September 25, 2011
Palo Alto Online
Rick Eymer

Professor William Gould's book, "Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil," is reviewed below by Rick Eymer of Palo Alto Online.

William B. Gould IV retains his lifelong passion for two things: the law, specifically labor law, and baseball, most specifically the Boston Red Sox.

The Professor Emeritus at Stanford Law School, where Gould has presided since joining the faculty in 1972, has managed to capture both of his passions in his latest book, Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil (McFarland and Company, $39.95).


"This is something that has been in my bones all my life," Gould said recently. "What this allowed me to do was bring together these two great passions of my life. It's been in the making for a long time."


"I've been crazy about the Red Sox all my life," Gould said. "I still have an unmitigated passion for the Sox. I feel as though all the ups and downs in my life correalates with all the ups and downs of the Red Sox."


"It seemed like serendipity," Gould said. "Labor law became part of baseball. I know a lot of fans bemoaned this. I didn't. I thought it added a dimension. I'm a great believer in collective bargaining for employees generally."