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October 28, 1996
Lots of athletes trash-talk, but Ali went beyond trash-talking.MICHAEL SHARPE, NASHVILLE
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October 28, 1996

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Murphy didn't mention that as a standout high school linebacker in Massillon, Ohio, Spielman had already appeared on the Wheaties box (below). This was a first for a high school football player.
TOM PAJOR, Columbus, Ohio

$500,000 Ball
Gerry Callahan's POINT AFTER (Sept. 30) was critical of Michael Lasky's decision to spend $500,000 to purchase a historic baseball. I agree, but is this any more ridiculous than a man's being paid $5 million to hit a baseball?
JOHN T. KRINCEK, Doylestown, Pa.

Let's not get too carried away by Michael Lasky's $500,000 purchase of the Eddie Murray home run ball. Lasky is paying for the ball over 20 years; with his money discounted at 8% over that span, the ball is actually costing Lasky "only" about $280,000 in today's dollars. To say he's paying $500,000 is like saying a $200,000 home, financed at 8% over 20 years, is approximately a $400,000 purchase. Not chopped liver but not a half million.
PHILIP R. HOCHBERG, Washington, D.C.

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