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PASSINGS: Ray Grebey, John 'Juke' Logan
PASSINGS: Ray Grebey, John 'Juke' Logan

Ray Grebey Headed baseball negotiations during 1981 players strike Ray Grebey, 85, who led Major League Baseball labor negotiations during the tumultuous 50-day strike that split the 1981 season, died Aug. 28 in Stamford, Conn. His family said he had stomach cancer. Hired by baseball owners in 1978 after 20 years at General Electric Co., Grebey succeeded John Gaherin as the sport's chief labor negotiator. After arbitrator Peter Seitz struck down the reserve clause, Gaherin worked out the deal in 1976 that created free agency. Grebey went up against longtime union head Marvin Miller in the 1980-81 labor talks, which led to a bruising work stoppage over the issue of compensation...

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