Almost four years after Ted Turner said Bucky Woy was "guilty of manslaughter," the Atlanta Braves owner and the agent of third baseman Bob Horner take their feud to court today.
Woy filed suit on May 19, 1980, seeking $17 million in damages and charging owner Turner with making "false and defamatory" statements about him on and after June 1, 1979, "with a reckless disregard for the truth."
Among those controversial statements were several Turner made to Atlanta reporters in June 1979, blaming Woy for the death of Bill Lucas, the Braves' general manager who died on May 5, 1979, from a massive brain hemorrhage and cardiac arrest . . .
Outfielder Barbaro Garbey of the Evansville (Ind.) Triplets of the American Association, the first Mariel refugee considered to have a chance at play in the majors, has admitted that he and his Cuban teammates were paid to fix games in Havana in 1978.
Garbey, 26, a member of the Cuban national team in 1976 and 1977, said he took money in exchange for helping to keep the games close because he needed it to support his family.
"I know I did right, because I had to," Garbey told The Miami Herald. "A lot of people say it was wrong. I still say it was right" . . .