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Dodgers' Reggie Smith may go fishing

Dodgers’ Reggie Smith may go fishing

May 21, 1980: Dodgers’ Reggie Smith left clues on his locker on how he will spend his leisure time if players go out on strike.

Major League Baseball was on the verge of another strike. Staff writer Mike Littwin reported in the May 22, 1980 Los Angeles Times:

NEW YORK–A threatened baseball strike that would begin Friday (May 23, 1980) is now a near-certainty. A four-hour negotiating session Wednesday brought the parties no closer to settlement than when it began.

A last-ditch effort to avert the strike, which Federal mediator Kenneth Moffett said baseball was “heading pell mell toward,” will be made today in a 10 a.m. meeting at the Doral Inn.

The players made a revised proposal, which is expected to be their last, in Wednesday’s session, but owners counsel Ray Grebey characterized the offer as “nothing new or different.”…

But Smith did not get to go fishing — at 5 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 1980 the players and owners agreed to a new four-year agreement.

This photo by retired staff photographer Joe Kennedy was published on the May 22, 1980 Los Angeles Times sports section front page.

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