Lost Boys of Summer Say Major League Baseball Gulped A Bitter Cup of Coffee Before Acting
The upstate-New York author did offer one note.
"[Y]ou failed to mention that 39 vets of the Negro Leagues and their spouses received lifetime health insurance in 1993."
"Doug's baseball book is not only a good story, it's also 99.9 percent accurate," Wright told me. "Baseball says some of it is not; Doug basically had a misplaced comma. It got publicity, a lot of publicity in the New York area. Doug's book, along with Gary, really pushed baseball to do this. I don't think it would have happened otherwise."
"Gary" is Wright's friend and former ballplayer Gary Neibauer, who served on the MLB Players Alumni Association pensions committee. After he and former big-league pitcher David Clyde lobbied for the annuities while on the committee, baseball acted--and both were removed from the panel.
"Baseball really wants Doug silenced," Wright says. "Really, more and more people know about this through Doug's book. A lot of the groundwork was done, and that was just icing on the cake."
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