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Sept. 19, 1968

Sept. 19, 1968 Since Joe Cronin was President of the American League, the AL offices were located in Boston, where Cronin continued to live long after serving as player, manager and general manager of the Red Sox. So when Cronin fired two AL umpires, Al Salerno and Bill Valentine, the ongoing dispute by the umps to be paid at the same rate as their National League colleagues set up shop in the Hub. Salerno and Valentine were not fired because they were trying to organize an AL umpires union - at least that’s what Cronin tried to ...

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