Fugitive Baseballs and Abandoned Property: Who Owns the Home Run Ball?

25 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2008 Last revised: 12 Aug 2009

Paul Finkelman

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

This article began as a modest attempt to answer the question by what legal theory does Joe Figone claim ownership and title to Barry Bonds 500th home run baseball, and by what theory might someone claim ownership of any baseball.

The investigation and analysis of these questions provides a better understanding of the nature of property in law, and at the same time allows us to see how, in one more way, baseball mirrors our legal system and helps us understand the rule of law.

Keywords: baseball, property, rule of law

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, Fugitive Baseballs and Abandoned Property: Who Owns the Home Run Ball? (2002). Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 1609, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1120296

Paul Finkelman (Contact Author)

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Albany Law School - Government Law Center ( email )

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