GARNERVILLE, N.Y. -- Former Major League Baseball player and Garnerville resident Ross Moschittot was recently featured in a book that detailed how 847 players were "hosed" out of receiving a full pension.
"A Bitter Cup of Coffee; How MLB & The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve," by Doug Gladstone, details how those players only received small retirement payments with a maximum payment of $10,000 a year, instead of a regular MLB pension.
Moschitto, 72, doesn't receive a pension because players who played during the 1947-1979 seasons were not included retroactively in the amended 1980 vesting requirement, and so receive no pensions for the time they played.
Moschitto, who ran a security business in Garnerville for more than two decades, was an outfielder for the New York Yankees during parts of the 1965 and 1967 seasons. He appeared in 110 games during his career, but came up to the plate only 36 times, collecting six hits, including one homerun. He scored 13 runs and knocked in three, Gladstone said.
Nicknamed "Mantle's Caddy" or "Mickey's Legs," because he would so often substitute in a game for the late Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, Moschitto is reportedly only one of seven players to have more career game appearances than plate appearances, he added.