Jim Bouton Newsbeat
Saturday, January 26, 2013
About two hours earlier, Jim Bouton injected some levity into the moving event. He told about the St. Louis Cardinals’ voting in spring training 1966 when players were asked to vote yes or no on [Marvin] Miller as the union’s executive director.
Just before the Cardinals voted, related Bouton, who was then with the Yankees, Augie Busch, the St. Louis owner, addressed the players.
According to the former pitcher, Busch said, “You men, you better get rid of this Marvin Miller. He’s a bad guy. He’s bad for baseball. It’s going to be bicycle chains and goons and baseball bats. This would be the worst thing that happened in the history of baseball.”
“At that moment,” Bouton said, “he stormed out of the clubhouse and a few moments later they took a vote and it was unanimous in favor of Marvin.”
Posted: January 26, 2013 at 01:27 PM | 12 comment(s)
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