Major League Baseball will give more than $1 million in pensions to 27 former Negro League players through a new charitable program it has created, baseball announced yesterday.

"I am pleased to that we are able to come to the aid of former Negro League players who are in need," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

Selig credited Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and former Negro League pitcher Robert L. Mitchell for their efforts.

Mitchell pitched for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues from 1954 through 1957.

The new program will provide the players with either $833.33 a month for four years or $375 a month for life, according to baseball. Players must have played at least one game in at least four seasons prior to 1958 to qualify.

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