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Letters: Marvin Hamlisch's diamond days

August 11, 2012

Re "Celebrated composer, showman," Obituary, Aug. 8

The sad passing of movie and stage composer Marvin Hamlisch brought to mind the time I met him. He was a huge fan of the New York Yankees, and in 1989 he and I were two of 78 "campers" who attended the team's fantasy baseball camp in Florida.

Hamlisch was a wonderful person whose musical genius clearly outweighed his skills on the diamond. Whenever a ball was hit to him in the outfield, we'd yell, "Marvin, be careful of your fingers!" He always laughed.

A definite highlight of the week was when he invited a group of us to attend one of his concerts. During a break between songs, he asked us all to stand and introduced us as his Yankee teammates. That is something I will never forget.

Alan Trock



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