Sport: Willie, Mickey and Nathan Detroit

Of baseball exiles, shadow lives and brutal livings

Pardoning Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays for their ongoing gambling connections, Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth was as munificent last week as a tax man forgiving the debts of Joe Louis. "The world changes," Ueberroth explained, leaving admirers of Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe Jackson to wonder if those Chicago miscreants of 1919 had merely been born too soon. (Say it ain't so, Joe Pepitone.) "I don't think," Ueberroth continued, "that we can start dictating who you can play golf with." So baseball is open again to shills.

For Bally's Park Place and Del Webb's Claridge Casino Hotel--Atlantic City establishments striving to...

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