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October 10, 2013

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My first issue of SPORT magazine had Braves' third baseman Eddie Mathews on the cover. This would have been in 1957. (Ah, memory! I had a near complete set of 1957 Topps cards, possibly the handsomest Topps set of them all, but I prized especially a 1956 Junior Gilliam card in my possession.) It was SPORT magazine that taught me the expressions "sell short" (as in "I wouldn't sell Al Lopez short," said by Casey Stengel) and "hell of a," which was always spelled "helluva." I thought that "selling short" had something to do with the shortstop position and that the Yanks weren't about to off-load Gil McDougal on the White Sox or Indians. whichever it was that Al Lopez managed.

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