Jackson also took part in the hilarious NFL lockout spoof posted on the website "Funny or Die," along with a host of other NFL players and actor Taylor Lautner, plus some neat cameos. It is worth checking out if you have not seen it.
Almost in pinstripes
Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams died yesterday at age 82. And on his plaque in Cooperstown it lists the six major league teams he managed. It doesn't mention the team he agreed to manage but never did - the New York Yankees. Williams, who wanted to get away from Oakland A's owner Charlie O. Finley in the worst way, was going to be George Steinbrenner's first managerial hire in late 1973. So, after two straight World Series championships, Williams accepted Steinbrenner's offer.
"I was leaving Oakland with Mr. Finley's best wishes, [he] wouldn't stand in my way," Williams told the New York Times in 2008. Williams misread the irascible Finley, who would not let Williams leave with 2 years left on his contract.
"It was a 3-year contract that lasted maybe about 2 weeks," Williams said. "[Finley] found out he could get compensation and went after the Yankees in a strong way." Finley demanded two top Yankee prospects in return, and subsequently sued Williams in federal court, and won, in early 1974.
Williams, a no-nonsense guy, knew he wouldn't have lasted long in Boss George's grip. "George wasn't keeping many managers around in those days," he said.
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