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Michael Weiner dies at 51; head of Major League Baseball Players Assn.
Michael Weiner dies at 51; head of Major League Baseball Players Assn.

Michael Weiner, who devoted his adult life to representing Major League Baseball players and rose to become their leader during an era of unprecedented prosperity and labor peace, died Thursday. He was 51. Weiner, who was found to have inoperable brain cancer 15 months ago, died at his New Jersey home, the union said. His casual manner and dress belied his stature as one of the smartest men ever to work in sports. His popularity extended beyond the players and their union to the commissioner's office, and to the very executives against whom he negotiated. He continued to work through this summer, even as the cancer robbed him of his ability to walk and the use of his right side....

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