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After looking at the photo of Mayday, Yaz and Coach on page 68, it dawned on me why Sam's career went south in a hurry. Sammy has his jacket draped over his left shoulder. Come on, Sam, all good pitchers keep the chucking wing warm.
I was appalled to see you devote so much space to a fictitious former ballplayer when there are real former ballplayers who deserve the recognition. In fact, we have such a deserving former ballplayer right here in our community: Just last winter Sidd Finch opened a yogurt shop in downtown Sykesville.
The article on Sam Malone, whose career was shortened, in part, by his hedonistic life-style, caused me to reflect upon the shortened career of another pitcher, Sidd Finch, who, despite a monastic life, had his nascent career abruptly terminated by the crudest of fates—a sore arm. It is nice to report, though, that Finch recently regained his competitive fire and learned to throw the knuckleball after being tutored by Charlie Hough during spring training this year. Finch is attempting a comeback with the Florida Marlins' Triple A affiliate, the Edmonton Trappers. So far Finch, having yet to completely master the pitch, has enjoyed moderate success, pitching primarily in long relief. I'm surprised that SI missed this story.
?You're right; to create that shot of Sam, we used the photo of Lonborg you have in mind. We also used Lonborg for the picture of Sam following through, and Luis Tiant for the one of Sam watching a home run sail out of Fenway Park.—ED.