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Lenny Dykstra Says Ex-Teammate Ron Darling Defamed Him in Book

April 10, 2019, 1:42 PM

Former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling defamed teammate Lenny Dykstra in a new book alleging the centerfielder hurled racial insults at a Boston Red Sox pitcher during the 1986 World Series, a new lawsuit alleges.

The April 9 complaint against Darling, St. Martin’s Press LLC, and MacMillan Publishing Group LLC, the publishers of Darling’s recent book, 108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game, seeks damages on defamation and emotional distress claims.

Darling contends in the book that Dykstra shouted racial slurs at Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd during the pitcher’s ...