Ludtke v Kuhn, 1977
In 1977, Melissa Ludtke, a female sports reporter for Sports Illustrated magazine, filed a civil rights action against Major League Baseball Commissioner for the New York Yankees. The action sought to prevent the New York Yankees from enforcing a ban of accredited female sports reporters from entering the team clubhouse in Yankee Stadium.
The Court determined that the policy violated Ludtke’s fundamental right to pursue a career under the equal protection and due process clauses guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.
Complaint from Melissa Ludtke and Time, Incorporated v. Bowie Kuhn, Commissioner of Baseball, et al.; Court case to provide equal access to athletes for women sports reporters, 12/29/1977.
National Archives, Records of District Courts of the United States.
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