Sport: A Heady Mix: Booze and Baseball

Bottom of the ninth, the barstools were loaded and Billy was out

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and alcohol. Home runs, strip joints, barroom brawls and Billy Martin. It seems the drug cloud of the past two or three seasons has finally lifted, and the grand old game is itself again, in stitches over another Martin episode, 40 stitches this time, around the left ear. A recounting of his baseball career is more than just a primer for an emergency room. It's an argument for wholesome depravity.

Though Martin had a few early scraps with Clint Courtney, Billy Hunter, Jimmy Piersall, Larry Doby and Roy Campanella, they were as preliminary as Jack Dempsey's...

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