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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Marilyn Church. Baseball Judge Sonia Sotomayor, March 31, 1995. Colored pencil, ink, and water-soluble crayon on ochre paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (036.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51014 © Marilyn Church
Gift of the family of Marilyn Church

Sonia Sotomayor Saves Baseball

As a federal district court judge in Manhattan, Sonia Sotomayor ruled on the baseball player salary cap on March 31, 1995. By restoring the terms of the previous labor agreement, she ended the 1994–1995 Major League Baseball strike by opening day. Sotomayor had initially been an assistant district attorney and worked in private practice before President George H. W. Bush nominated her to the Federal district court in New York in 1991. President Barack Obama, in announcing her nomination to the Supreme Court in 2009, stated, "Some say Judge Sotomayor saved baseball." Her nomination was confirmed by the Senate on August 6, 2009.