San Francisco Giants broadcaster Ron Fairly may not yet be in the same league as the legendary masters of the malaprop, Ralph Kiner of the Mets and Jerry Coleman of the Padres, but give him time. Here are some Fairly recent comments:
?"Last night I neglected to mention something that bears repeating."
?"The Giants are looking for a trade, but I don't think Atlanta wants to depart with a quality player."
?"The wind at Candlestick tonight is blowing with great propensity."
?"He fakes a bluff."
?" Bruce Sutter has been around a while, and he's pretty old. He's 35 years old. That will give you some idea of how old he is."
THE SANDS OF TIME
According to various accounts, President William Howard Taft needed about two dozen shots to extricate himself from a bunker on the 17th at the Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 1911. (He took a 27 on the hole.) Well, the club recently celebrated its centennial with a tournament, and as part of the festivities, 42-year-old William Howard Taft IV, the deputy secretary of defense, was invited to shoot his way out of the same trap that had cost his great-grandfather so many strokes.
Ben Lambert, the 14-year-old great-grandson of Howard Clark, the president's caddy that day, handed an antique hickory-shafted seven-iron to William Howard IV. This Taft needed only two strokes to escape the bunker. "Somewhere my great-grandfather is smiling," he said.
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