Law: Case of the Fouled Fowl

The perpetrator: a hulking 6-ft. 6-in., 220-lb. Minnesotan, now working in New York City, and last seen in pinstripe knickers. His victim: a frail denizen of Toronto, covered with feathers. The weapon: a spheroid mass of hide, cork and yarn flung carelessly, at perhaps 70 m.p.h. So the charge sheet might have read last week on New York Yankee Centerfielder Dave Winfield after his arrest in Toronto for fatally beanballing a herring gull.

The encounter between bird, ball and ballplayer took place before 36,684 paying witnesses in Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, between halves of the fifth inning of a Yankee-Blue Jay game....

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