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The Motherfucker With The Hat

April 20, 2011
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In a world that often hands us truly absurd lawsuits, here’s a particularly good one

A Yonkers woman is accusing the Yankees of pulling off a major-league rip-off.

In a suit filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court, Tanit Buday claims the Bronx Bombers copied their famed top-hat logo from a design dreamed up by her late uncle in 1936 at the request of then-Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert.

Buday, 63, is seeking unspecified damages for copyright infringement, unjust enrichment and breach of contract with her uncle, Kenneth Timur.

She’s also attempting to rewrite the history of the Yankees’ signature emblem, long credited to the late sports artist Henry Alonzo “Lon” Keller.

Allegedly stolen in 1930s.Yankee spokeswoman Alice McGillion said “there’s no proof” of Buday’s claim.

“This is a wonderful country,” said McGillion, “where anybody can sue for anything, even when the allegations are over 70 years old.”

Damn Yankees.

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