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CASHING IN ON OFF-TRACK CACHE
On June 21, speaking before the State Tax Policy Commission, I presented figures from your recent article, Tracks that Are Paved with Gold (May 28), which showed that in one 24-hour period Americans bet $26 million at the tracks and an estimated three to five times that amount off track with illegal bookmakers.
Twelve days later, on July 3, the first Moriarty cache was uncovered (to the tune of $2.4 million), and people everywhere—legislators included—began to think about the health and educational benefits to be derived from legalized off-track betting and a state lottery.
I will wager that every one of these bookmakers would be happy to live like a human being and pay his just share of taxes, if only our hypocritical lawmakers at all levels would give him a chance.
Why can't we profit from the lesson that Prohibition taught us?
NOT SO BRAVE FANS
1) Trading of Billy Bruton. This trade brought All-Star Second Baseman Frank Boiling; only Schoendienst was a greater favorite of the fans.
2) Braves are too old. No team in the league has had a greater percentage of total playing time by first-and second-year players; and for what team's right fielder, third baseman and catcher would Bingham trade such graybeards as Hank Aaron (28), Eddie Mathews (30) and Del Crandall (32)?
3) Young players have failed. The rookie fielders aren't ready, but can Bingham name a more promising group of rookie pitchers than the Braves' Hendley, Lemaster, Butler, Fischer, Cloninger and Raymond?