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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).