Sport: Just One More Season

If the legs go first, how soon will pride follow?

The style of athletic leave-taking seems to have diminished since Ted Williams homered in his final at-bat, when the Boston fans failed to draw him back out of the dugout for the purest reason, put perfectly by John Updike, that "gods do not answer letters." In mortal and modern contrast, Guy Lafleur, a Montreal Canadien once of the highest rank, lingered several aimless shifts before exiting last month as sheepishly as former Pittsburgh Running Back Franco Harris, who was bluffing along a few extra...

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