In a feat more impressive than Joe DiMaggio's unassailable 56-game hitting streak or Pete Rose's record 4,256 hits, Major League Baseball for nearly a century has been able to deploy a shield unavailable to the other pro sports leagues – an antitrust exemption.
MLB's coveted protection from antitrust laws was delivered by a 1922 Supreme Court ruling in which the justices unanimously decided that baseball was just a game, and so not bound by restrictions governing those involved in interstate commerce.
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