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NAVY'S STAR WITH A STICK
Frank Deford
May 30, 1966
Even in Maryland, where lacrosse enjoys exalted status and local talent is idolized, Jimmy Lewis of New York is hailed as the game's best player
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May 30, 1966

Navy's Star With A Stick

Even in Maryland, where lacrosse enjoys exalted status and local talent is idolized, Jimmy Lewis of New York is hailed as the game's best player

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Maybe that is why there seems to be less regret in his own mind than in the minds of the lacrosse fans who will miss him. But he has made his decision. "I saw some figures," he says. "Over a 20-year period one Navy pilot is killed for every 3.87 that make it. That's not a very good ratio. [Well-timed pause.] I didn't find that out till after I signed up."

And maybe that is why he is so casual about his near-fatal mugging. That same week, somewhere over Vietnam, Lieut. Don MacLaughlin and Lieut. John Prudhomme were shot down with their planes. Both had played lacrosse at the academy. As a plebe, Jimmy sat at the training table with MacLaughlin.

"Some people," Jimmy Lewis says, "want me to get all excited because there's some talk that Jack Heim at Maryland is a better attackman than I am. Am I supposed to worry about that? A few months from now I'll be down in Florida, and you can see me standing up and saying, 'Hey, I'm the best attackman in all of Maryland!' Who do you think is going to care? They'll just tell me, 'Hey, buddy, get out of the room.' Worrying about that sort of thing is silly."

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