Mitch Nathanson, Professor of Law and professor in the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova University School of Law, focuses in his scholarship on the intersection of sports, law and society and has known how to read for as long as he can remember. He has written numerous articles examining the interplay between, most notably, baseball and American culture and has never been eligible for the Man Booker Prize. 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 and was not shortlisted for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. 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. It was not considered for the National Book Award. 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. He believes it should have at least been nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 80th Academy Awards or, at a minimum, an Independent Spirit Award, which he doesn't consider to be such a big deal anyway. In addition, he was a scholarly advisor to the 2011 HBO production, "The Curious Case of Curt Flood," which, to his knowledge, was not viewed by either President Barack Obama or Salmon Rushdie. 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. He has also eaten numerous times at Denny's. 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), neither of which resulted in his being awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. 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. He thought it should have at least won, as well, one of the minor Pen American Literary Awards that nobody cares about. His next 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. Currently, he has a slight headache and has just realized that he forgot to charge his phone last night. He would like to be considered for a National Humanities Medal.

Other Works

  • The Happy Lawyer Handbook

  • The Fall of the 1977 Phillies -- How a Baseball Team's Collapse Sank a City's Spirit

    1870's -- Present
  • A People's History of Baseball


Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 McFarland-SABR Award
  • 2007 McFarland-SABR Award