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Freda Axler 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."
Freda Axler 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.
Freda Axler 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 and warmer.
Mays singled, 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 rest."
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 years."
Another fan said, "How about Mantle?"
William Breen, 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."