pointed to the aisle she was sitting in. "See that?" It was row D.
"D for Durocher," she said. She pointed to the seat. It was number 20.
"Twenty," she said. "Two-oh. Durocher's number was two. When Leo
was here, never a day went by he didn't wave from the playing field and yell
hello to section 12."
said, "I'm heartbroken. This will be a ghost town without the Giants.
They'll just have to have another team here. They just can't tear this place
down. I definitely couldn't root for an American League team." Freda Axler,
who lives on the Lower East Side, planned to be up at 5:30 Wednesday morning
for the opener of the World Series. "To root for Milwaukee," she added
needlessly. She was carrying a copy of the 50� souvenir program for the 1954
Giant-Indian World Series. On the back cover was a photograph of fans at the
Polo Grounds. "That's me, sitting there," she said, pointing.
began to cry again. "It's an awful raw deal."
I went outside
and walked to the bleacher entrance and up the ramp. The sun seemed brighter
but Jablonski and Sauer went out.
"It's a damn
shame," a fan said. " Stoneham should have sold this team. Yawkey
offered him $3 million for it." Another fan said, "You're in business.
I don't see you selling out. A man's in business, he likes it, he doesn't sell
out." Another fan said, "The Giants can drop dead, for all I care. I
never did like them. I never did like those 1-0 games, Hubbell and the
Mays came up in
the bottom of the sixth and a fan yelled, "There's the world's greatest
center fielder. He's the greatest center fielder in the last 175
said, "How about Mantle?"
The fan said,
"He's a phony bum. He's an Irish bum. He ought to go back to Ireland and
drink a Mickey Fin." Everybody laughed. Mays flied softly to right
who is recuperating from a heart condition, figured he saw about 50 to 60 games
this year. He'll be 64 on October 10. "I feel very sad," he said. He
preferred sitting in the bleachers. "It's not that I don't have the money.
Sometimes I take a cab from the house—I live in the west Bronx—for $1.50, just
to come here and sit in the bleachers."