Dykstra bet illegally, Penthouse reports

September 28, 1991|By Knight-Ridder News Service

PHILADELPHIA -- The latest edition of Penthouse magazine alleges that Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra illegally bet $5,000 on a college basketball game on March 29, 1990 -- a bet handled by a man described as "the biggest bookmaker in Florida."

Dykstra denied yesterday that he had bet on the game. He said baseball commissioner Fay Vincent had investigated the charge and had cleared him of any wrongdoing. Vincent also had assured him that this incident did not represent a violation of the one-year gambling probation imposed upon him in March, Dykstra said.

Vincent put Dykstra on probation in spring training after investigating reports that the outfielder had racked up a $78,000 gambling debt in Mississippi while betting on poker and golf games.

Vincent's office declined yesterday to either confirm or deny that Dykstra was in the clear.

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