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’69 Mets Star Pitcher Sentenced for Tax Evasion

Now that we're bearing down on the 40th anniversary of the Mets' 1969 World Series win, the legendary upset that earned them the "Miracle Mets," fans have been looking back wistfully at a time when the team had the ability to surprise everyone with amazing success rather than spectacular collapses. One guy who's probably looking back at those years with more nostalgia than most is former All-Star Jerry Koosman, who helped his team to victory that year. Koosman, who now lives in Wisconsin, was just sentenced to six months in prison for tax evasion. Here's the weird part:

According to IRS agents, the 66-year-old Koosman, of Osceola, told them he had researched tax laws and concluded they applied only to federal workers, corporate employees and District of Columbia residents.


See, even though pretty much everybody was doing it, Koosman just didn't really think paying taxes was for him. Sort of the way we don't really think fantasizing about vampire sex is "for us."

Former Met Koosman Sentenced For Wisc. Tax Evasion [WCBS TV]

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