Photo Margaret Whitton, an avid baseball fan who played the owner who concocts a plan to move the Cleveland Indians to Florida in the 1989 baseball movie comedy “Major League,” died on Sunday in Palm Beach, Fla.

Ms. Whitton, who shifted from acting to directing late in her career, was best known as Rachel Phelps, a newly widowed former showgirl who takes control of a moribund Indians team with a passion to make them worse.

Ms. Whitton maintained that she helped write the film while dating Mr. Shelton, who was given sole writing credit.

According to a court document provided by Mr. Spector, Ms. Whitton received $100,000 and 2 percent of the film’s net profits to settle her claims.

Her second husband, she is survived by her sisters, Suzy Liss and Mary Beth Whitton, and her brothers, James and John Whitton.

Ms. Whitton shifted from acting to directing in the 1990s, at the suggestion of Arthur Penn, who was directing her in a production at the Lee Strasberg Theater at the Actors Studio in New York.

Ms. Whitton regularly received requests to sign photos of herself as the sexy, merciless team owner.