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  • WILLIE MCCOVEY AND DUKE SNIDER STRIKE OUT WITH UNCLE SAM

         Hall of Famers Willie McCovey and Duke Snider yesterday
    pleaded guilty to Federal tax fraud charges for not reporting
    income from signing autographs and participating in sports
    memorabilia shows.  Snider: "I was aware of the crime I was
    involved in and I made the wrong choice.  I hope the effects of
    it won't hurt baseball that badly" (Joe Sexton, N.Y. TIMES,
    7/21).  William Murphy reports that Snider faces six months in
    prison and McCovey up to seven months when they are sentenced at
    a later date (NEWSDAY, 7/21).  Bill Jauss notes in the CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, "The sports memorabilia industry has mushroomed in the
    last 15 years, and experts estimate that mass-autographed
    merchandise now is a $500 million business" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
    7/21).
         SAD:  Harvey Araton writes,  "In the summer of its
    discontent, even this once-proud game's greatest asset, the
    business of nostalgia, has begun to sour" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/21).
    Header over Mike Lupica column:  "Now the Duke is Truly a Bum"
    (NEWSDAY, 7/21).
    

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