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Sunday, May 16, 2004

More Than Two Dozen Negro Leaguers to Get Pension From New MLB Fund

The 27 players affected by the new fund played in at least four Negro League seasons after Jackie Robinson's debut in 1947, but never played in the majors.

In 1997, MLB voted pensions to similarly situated Negro Leaguers who played at least one day in the majors. These 27 won't receive the same benefits, though: while the ones with major league experience receive $7,500 to $10,000/year for life, the ones who never made the majors will be given the choice of $375/month ($4,500/year) for life or $10,000/year for four years.

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