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Philadelphia Ball Club v. Lajoie

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
51 A. 973 (1902)


Professional baseball player Lajoie (defendant) contracted with Philadelphia Ball Club (PBC) (plaintiff) to play for its team for a period of up to three years. During this period, both parties agreed that Lajoie would not play for a rival baseball club and that PBC could release Lajoie from the contract (without pay) with just 10 days notice. After beginning performance on the contract, Lajoie violated the contract by arranging to play for another organization. PBC brought suit against Lajoie, seeking an injunction to prevent Lajoie from playing for the rival baseball club. The lower court refused to grant the injunction and held that Lajoie’s services were not impossible to replace and that the contract between the parties lacked “mutuality of remedy.” PBC appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Potter, J.)

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