Douglas Gladstone

Douglas J. Gladstone is a freelance magazine writer and author of two books, including “A Bitter Cup of Coffee” and “Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore.” He and his family reside in upstate New York.

Former Cub Fanzone barred from MLB benefits

A former Chicago Cub with 237 games under his belt, Carmen Fanzone has been denied benefits accorded other short-term players in the wake of a 1980 rule change. Former Cubs player Carmen Fanzone still has fond memories of his time in the Windy City. “When I was there, if people found out you played for the Cubs, you were treated like royalty,” the 78-year-old Fanzone says. Sadly, the same cannot be said of Major League Baseball and the union representing today’s players, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association. Fanzone is among the over 600 retirees who do not receive MLB …

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