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HUGE COMMOTION IN MUDVILLE
Frank Deford
July 18, 1988
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July 18, 1988

Huge Commotion In Mudville

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There was silence for another moment as the crowd looked at one another. Finally, Nuf Ced spit and spoke up: "No, indeed, not me." And then the others cried out, "Not these eyes!" "No, no, no." "I didn't see nuthin'."

Sullivan nodded. "All right, Fox, I'll fight your boy."

"Bare-knuckle."

"Yeah, bare-knuckle. One last time."

Casey started to walk away. "Get me my money, Fox," he called out, and the onlookers stepped aside for him, standing back in awe, afraid even to whisper in the presence of, let alone get in the way of, the man who beat John L.

Suddenly, Fox ran after Casey and caught him near home plate. He took his diamond-studded gold horseshoe off and pinned it on Casey's shirt. "Thanks" was all Fox said.

Casey took the pin off. "You never worked a circus, did you, Fox?" he asked.

"No."

Casey put the pin back on his shirt, but he fixed it with the open end of the horseshoe up. "You never hang a horseshoe down," said Casey. "Anybody on a circus knows that. Hang it down, all the good luck will run out."

Fox nodded and smiled.

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