Baseball: A Win for the Fans

The owners balk, the players walk, then Ueberroth gets the save

They toil at a summer's game in sweatshops that are green and airy. The rank-and-filer earns an average of $363,000 a year, not counting shaving-cream endorsements. A major-league baseball player is hardly your typical working stiff.

No wonder, then, that the fans were loudly unsympathetic when the athletes' union went on strike last week. "The players are greedy," groused St. Louis Cardinal Rooter Greg Errion. "They have no regard for the fans. It's 'What can I get for me today?' The luster of ballplayers as American heroes has dulled." Nor did the fans feel very sorry for the owners, who, despite...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!