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WILLIE MCCOVEY AND DUKE SNIDER STRIKE OUT WITH UNCLE SAM
Published July 21, 1995
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).