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A logo and a lawsuit, plus some other notes

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[2]A woman in Yonkers has filed a lawsuit against the Yankees [3] claiming the team stole their famous top hat logo from her dead uncle.

The woman is named Tanit Buday and she claims that her uncle, Kenneth Timur, was commissioned to design a logo for the Yankees. She says that he came up with a top hat design remarkably similar to the one so famously associated with the team, but he was never compensated for his work. Why this took more than 70 years to become an issue is unclear.

“There is no proof of this claim,” Yankees spokesperson Alice McGillion wrote in an email to my Journal News coworker Ernie Garcia. “This is a wonderful country where anybody can sue for anything, even when the allegations are over 70 years old.”

In other news, a few relatively minor press releases have rolled in today. Here are the nuts and bolts from the Yankees, the Babe Ruth Museum and Major League Baseball.

Babe Ruth’s bat on display this weekend

Fans traveling to Baltimore for the Yankees’ series with the Orioles this weekend will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a piece of history during their visit. Throughout the weekend, Babe Ruth’s 1927 record-setting homerun bat will be on display at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. This bat is kept in the archives and is not usually on public display.

Ruth was born in Baltimore on February 6, 1895 in the row house (216 Emory Street) located around the corner from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The house opened as a national shrine to Ruth in 1974. Exhibits depicting the historic home and Babe’s life & times were installed under his family. Among the unique artifacts/mementos in the Museum are Ruth’s 1914 rookie card, the bat given to Ruth by Shoeless Joe Jackson and Ruth’s first known autograph.

Yankees partner with Keep America Beautiful

The New York Yankees today announced they have partnered with Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s largest volunteer-based community improvement organization, to help celebrate Earth Day at Yankee Stadium. On Thursday, April 28, prior to the Yankees game vs. the Chicago White Sox, the first 18,000 guests in attendance will receive a package of flower seeds aimed at encouraging individuals to engage in the environmental betterment of their community.

The partnership continues the Yankees’ ongoing effort to incorporate eco-friendly initiatives in and around Yankee Stadium. Since its opening in 2009, Yankee Stadium has made a strong commitment to efforts to help sustain the environment.

Various waste-reducing activities, including the establishment of the Yankees Sustainability Facility Program, have helped promote responsible energy consumption and community improvement. The program ensures the efficiency of all equipment while focusing on energy reduction. During the 2010 season, waste management through composting and the recycling of cardboard, glass, metal, plastics and paper helped divert more than 35 percent of Yankee Stadium’s trash away from landfills. Additionally, close to 9,000 gallons of cooking oil used in the Stadium last year were converted into roughly 7,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel.

MLB and MLBPA reach agreement for retired players

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that they have agreed to make an annual payment to Players who retired before 1980 but who did not have enough service time to qualify for a pension benefit under the Major League Baseball Players Benefit Plan.

… Since the 1980 season, all Major League Players have vested as members of the benefit plan after just one day of service in the Major Leagues. Prior to 1980, Players secured a pension benefit only after completing at least four years of Major League Service. Under this new agreement, Players who retired between January 1, 1947 and January 1, 1980 with no retirement benefits for their Major League Service will receive an annual payment of up to $10,000, jointly funded by the Commissioner’s Office and the MLBPA. The collective bargaining parties have committed to these payments for an initial period of two years. Payments beyond the initial period will be discussed in collective bargaining.

Commissioner Selig said: “Very simply, we felt that this was the right thing to do for these former players, who contributed to our game’s unparalleled history. I am very pleased that we have partnered with the Players Association to take this step.”