Major leagues, union donating $5M each for relief

Other pro sports, unions add to funds for victims

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September 20, 2001|By FROM NEWS REPORTS

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball and its players association said yesterday they will each donate $5 million to a relief fund to help people affected by last week's terrorist attacks, and the unions of other sports have also pledged help.

The MLB-MLBPA Disaster Relief Fund will be in addition to donations made by individual players and teams. Players, other on-field staff, league and union employees and fans can also make contributions to the fund.

And the National Hockey League Players Association announced yesterday it would donate $500,000 to help the families of police and firefighters killed in the attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington.

Authorities have said more than 5,000 people are dead or missing as part of the worst terrorist action in U.S. history.

"Our game, besides being the national pastime, is a social institution with social responsibilities that include responding to an unimaginable crisis such as this," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

The New York Yankees and New York Mets have said they'll each give $1 million to relief efforts. The Mets said manager Bobby Valentine, his coaches and all 34 players will donate their total pay of about $450,000 from tomorrow night's game against Atlanta to the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.

Baseball's donation is the largest so far revealed by a North American sports organization. The National Basketball Association has given an undisclosed amount of money and clothing, while the PGA Tour will donate $2 million.

The NFL is about to make a "major financial contribution," league spokesman Greg Aiello said.

ASTROS: Rookie sensation Roy Oswalt will miss at least one start because of a strained right groin muscle, the NL Central leaders reported.

Oswalt (14-2) left Tuesday night's game against the Giants after the second inning.

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