Grantley Judge, Don Lock on All-Lockout Team

Sat, Jul 16

As it appears we will bid adieu to one work stoppage but retain another like a throw-in member of an otherwise blockbuster trade, we present Page 2's All-Lockout Team:

Carl Blanchard Allen: You might call him the original CBA. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-American Football League in 1948 -- one year after the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act, a federal law designed to limit the power of labor unions. Today, players join the NFLPA as a result of a Collective Bargaining Act, the more modern manifestation of the abbreviation in sports lexicons.

Gates Brown: The gates of an Ohio reformatory swung open for William James Brown in 1959, and opportunity followed. Signed by a Detroit Tigers scout who had seen him play inside the institution's walls, Brown worked his way to the big leagues and became the most prolific pinch-hitter in American League history in 1970.

Buster Davis: It looks like nobody -- including Chargers receiver Davis -- is going to be a union-buster in the NFL this time around. That wasn't the case in 1987, when the NFL found enough replacement players to stage three weeks of games before differences were resolved and the regular participants returned to the field.

Grantley Judge: Here's the thing about labor relations and sports: The biggest decisions are often by people who never played the game. This particular Judge did play a game, namely field hockey, in the 1964 Olympics for his native New Zealand. The Kiwis tied for 13th that year. So history probably doesn't remember him as well as it will recall the Hon. Arthur Boylan, chief magistrate judge for the District of Minnesota and the arbiter of any agreement the NFL players and owners hope to make.

Don Lock: His labor went relatively unrewarded because much of it was on behalf of the Washington Senators, but Lock did hit a combined 55 home runs over the 1963 and '64 seasons. His best value may have been to the Yankees, who traded him in 1962 to reacquire Dale Long for an eventually successful World Series run. Whether it was the nature of the grind or of his initials, Lock did spend considerable time on the DL after turning 30.