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Sports Edition Author Visit with Doug Gladstone

Sports Edition Author Visit with Doug Gladstone In-Person

Join us as we hear from Doug Gladstone, the author of the book, A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB & The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve (Extra Innings Edition). He will be sharing the true story of the men who aren't receiving MLB pensions for their time in the game because they played less than four years, including numerous men from Texas.  Today's ballplayer only needs 43 days on an MLB roster to qualify for a pension, which can earn him $275,000 in retirement. Regrettably, the men who played before 1980 only receive $718.75 for every 43 games they were on an active MLB roster.  He will be in conversation with former MLB pitchers David Clyde and Scipio Spinks, both from the Houston Area. 

This event will take place at the Julia Ideson Building Auditorium on Friday, July 12, 2024, at 11:00am. 

This event is free and open to the public.  Parking in the library garage will be free of charge.

About Doug Gladstone

Freelance author Doug Gladstone has been instrumental in shedding light on the plight of baseball players who fell through the pension cracks. His book, A Bitter Cup of Coffee, delves into the challenges faced by the “gap players” – those who had less than four years of Major League service through 1979 and were left without pensions. Recently, there has been progress in restoring some of their rights. MLB and the Players Association now provide stipends to the affected men of up to $11,500 annually, depending on quarters of service. However, this doesn't include health insurance coverage or designated benificiary payments for spouses or loved ones after a player's passing.

Gladstone’s advocacy has been crucial. He encouraged fans to email decision-makers, urging them to recognize these overlooked players. While progress has been made, there’s still work to be done. If you’re passionate about this cause, consider reaching out to the league and the union to continue advocating for these retired players. Let's honor their contributions and ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.

 Mr. Gladstone's work serves as a reminder that every player's contribution matters, regardless of the length of their career.

Friday, July 12, 2024
11:00am - 12:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
Julia Ideson Building
Age Group:
  Adults     All Ages     Seniors  
  Author Talks / Book Clubs  
Registrations open at 11:00am Friday, June 14, 2024