Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. is easily the Court’s biggest baseball fan. So when the Supreme Court Historical Society asked him to present this year’s lecture in advance of its annual meeting Monday, his topic almost seemed obvious: the Court’s 1922 decision Federal Baseball Club v. National League, which said the Sherman Antitrust Act did not apply to professional baseball games.

Speaking in the Court chamber to the society’s members, Alito said that this time of year he feels like “the kid who’s gotten through some of his exams,” because all the justices’ opinion-writing was supposed to be done by the end of May. (From here on through the end of June it’s a matter of getting the decisions ready for issuance.)

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