A Bitter Cup of Coffee: Extra Innings Edition
by Douglas J Gladstone
This painstakingly researched book by Douglas J. Gladstone examines the plight of 874 Major League Baseball players who played between 1947 and 1979, all with brief trials in the majors, careers figuratively “just long enough to drink a cup of coffee.”
Since 1980, Major League Baseball players have needed one day of service credit for health benefits and 43 days of service credit to be eligible for a retirement allowance, but those former ballplayers who played during the 1947-1979 seasons were not included retroactively in the amended vesting requirement, and so receive no pensions for the time they gave to our national pastime.
These men, the author suggests, have gulped bitter cups of coffee.