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Baseball, the great and redemptive game of skillful chance and theoretical perpetuity, is said to be the favorite sport of lawyers. “Oh, by far!” according to one who should know — Daniel C. Glazer, an associate at New York-based Shearman & Sterling and lifelong baseball player and fan. Among other things involving the game, Glazer was part of the Shearman team that brought about last January’s record-breaking $660 million acquisition of the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the firm’s client — New England Sports Ventures, an investment group headed by Florida Marlins owner John Henry. “A lawyer’s job is to analyze everything — not off the cuff, but after considered reflection. That’s what baseball allows you to do,” said Glazer, 28. “I mean, the game just cries out for analysis. “It’s a game of long, lengthy silences interrupted by intense activity. At the core, that’s what lawyers do.” Like lawyering, baseball has its endless stream of detail: names, numbers, statistics, records made and broken, the minutiae of high and low moments on the field of a summer’s day, the glories of events and place. On the detail meter, Glazer is said to be just this side of encyclopedic. With no small amount of pride in his tone, this is Glazer’s frequent opening gambit in a talk about baseball: “I live in Hoboken, you know … “ Hoboken, N.J. — where the first game of baseball ever played between two organized teams took place at Elysian Fields on June 19, 1846, when Alexander Cartwright Jr.’s Knickerbocker Base Ball Club lost 23-1 to the New York Nine. The efficacy of the game was cast in stone on that long ago June day: It was played under baseball’s initial rules, established in the autumn of 1845 by Cartwright himself, who also umpired the inaugural play. “And you know what my parents did?” Glazer will ask during a baseball chat. “They bought a house up in Cooperstown … “ Cooperstown, N.Y. — the upstate village on the shores of Lake Otsego where the National Baseball Hall of Fame was officially dedicated on June 12, 1939. The Hall of Fame was the culmination of efforts to commemorate the sport dating back to a 1905 local commission headed by Colonel A.G. Mills of New York, who played baseball before and after the Civil War and was the fourth president of the National League (1882-84). The Mills Commission issued a report on Dec. 30, 1907, declaring that “the first scheme for playing baseball … was devised by Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1839.” Glazer could go on like this for a good long while. DETAIL-ORIENTED “Dan is very, very attentive to detail,” said David M. Klein, a partner in Shearman’s intellectual property department who supervised Glazer’s work in the Red Sox deal. “He’s a sharp cookie. “Usually, people who have encyclopedic memories don’t have good personalities. But Dan’s got a wonderful personality. It makes him invaluable. Clients like him.” Klein hopes to make the personable and detail-oriented associate more valuable to Shearman’s sports law expansion plans. In the successful wake of the Red Sox deal, said Klein, “We’re actively trying to market the firm into the sports arena. In some ways, sports law is a component of IP law.” That would surely suit Glazer. “I’m always trying to incorporate baseball into what I’m doing at whatever stage of my life,” said Glazer, who captained his New Jersey prep school team as well as softball squads at Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. With reference to the 1996 film about sports agenting, he added, “I never wanted to be Jerry Maguire, though.” He said he enjoys his present mix of IP law, split half-and-half between litigation and transactional work. “And of course, I’m always interested in baseball philosophy and history — and going to Central Park to play ball with the guys.” As the author of a widely-read monograph on baseball labor issues, “Can’t Anybody Here Run This Game?” [Seton Hall Journal of Sport Law, 1999, Vol. 9, No. 2] — Glazer was part of a symposium on the game’s economic issues held last month at Villanova University School of Law. His presentation will be published as an article in the August issue of the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. The love of baseball came to Glazer not so much by way of his father — Steven D. Glazer, a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges — as by his maternal grandfather, Alexander Stupak, a shortstop for a semi-professional baseball team in Kenilworth, N.J., during the 1920s. A photograph of Grandpa Stupak’s team is prominently displayed at Glazer’s home in Hoboken. On whatever weekends he can swing away, Glazer tries to get up to Cooperstown — where his monograph was recently added to the Hall of Fame Library. His favorite team? Glazer gave a plural answer certain to raise the ire of the more excitable fans of New York and Boston. “Any sport is more fun when you’re a partisan,” he said. “I’m a Yankees fan. But as a baseball historian, the Sox are just fascinating. “They’re not perennial losers like the Cubs,” he added, comparing the Chicago team to the Red Sox. “They bring their faithful fans to the point of victory, then leave them hanging. It’s so dramatic and poignant. “As long as the Sox don’t seriously challenge the Yankees, I’m perfectly happy with them being my second favorite team.”

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