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Ex-UPI Sportswriter Kicks Back at Columnist

July 16, 1988

As a former sportswriter for United Press International, I take umbrage at Mike Downey's July 6 satire on Billy Martin. In it, Downey poked fun at UPI and its groundless reputation for embellishing facts and statistics.

Wrote Downey: "The Associated Press said Martin was fired for having kicked dirt on the groundskeeper. United Press International said Martin was fired for having kicked ground on the dirtkeeper."

I was there, and Martin actually kicked home plate into the left-field bleachers. Millions of people were injured.

STEVE WAGNER

Temple City

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