Former Major League Baseball player and manager Charlie Metro has passed away from mesothelioma, making him yet another public figure to succumb to the deadly asbestos disease.
Metro, who was 91-years-old, passed away on March 18 in Buckingham, VA. While no details were initially offered regarding what had caused his mesothelioma diagnosis, he mentioned in a 2007 interview that he had grown up around the Pennsylvania mining industry. Metro’s father worked predominantly in Western Pennsylvania coal mines, a job he also attempted during his youth.
“I worked in the mines during the summers…. I survived a blast that killed seven men,” Metro said in the interview. “And I said, “The heck with it” after that.”
The mining industry has been attributed as a cause of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma due to the increased risk that workers had of coming across raw asbestos and releasing dangerous fibers into the air that could be inhaled. Many workers also failed to properly clean their clothes on a daily basis, and would often return home with asbestos on their clothing and equipment, exposing their family to the fibers as well.
Metro’s baseball career began in 1940 when he joined a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. After playing with the Tigers in 1943 and 1944, he was released and finished his brief playing career with the Philadelphia Athletics. He then turned to managing, working with the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox before serving as one of “The College of Coaches” for the Chicago Cubs in 1962. In 1968 e joined the expansion Kansas City Royals as the Director of Player Procurement. He also briefly managed the team for 54 games during the 1970 season.
Following scouting jobs with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, he eventually retired. However, he remained somewhat involved in baseball, serving as an advisor in the design process of Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos by using certain products or working for certain companies and have subsequently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there may be legal options worth pursuing to obtain a mesothelioma settlement. Contact a mesothelioma attorney if you have any questions about the details of asbestos law and what is needed to pursue a settlement from the manufacturer of the asbestos product (not necessarily your company).