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Baseball / Player Assistance Program #559253

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 16, 1988
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.

(Phoenix, Arizona: Robert Lipsyte) Baseball Alumni Team (BAT) program to help baseball players after their careers have ended featured; details given, scenes shown of famous catch by Sandy Amoros in 1955 World Series. [Bdcstr. Joe GARAGIOLA - recalls case of ex-player Amoros, who needed wooden leg.] [Amoros' teammate Chico FERNANDEZ - talks about relationship with Amoros.] [GARAGIOLA - talks about the "baseball family."] Funding for BAT program explained; New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner mentioned. Scenes shown from 1968 World Series. BAT's assistance to family of Denny McLain, ex-pitcher convicted of bookmaking chgs., detailed. [McLAIN - talks about his fins. while in jail.] [GARAGIOLA - talks about helping McLain family.] [Ex-player Bob GIBSON - talks about his role with BAT.] [GARAGIOLA - says baseball can help those who "came up with a bad hop."]

(Studio: Garrick Utley) Tonight's World Series game mentioned.

Lipsyte, Robert;
Utley, Garrick

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