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.