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August 6, 2007

The public determines who’s good, bad in sports

Here’s a baseball trivia question almost guaranteed to get you beaten up in the barroom after you ask it.

Who’s the only person to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, the New York Rangers hockey team and the New York Knicks basketball team?

The answer is Gladys Gooding, that wonderful woman who played the organ at Madison Square Garden and Ebbets Field.

OK, it’s a trick question, But there’s nothing really tricky _ or for that matter, trivial _ about the next question.

Who holds the Major League Baseball record for most home runs in a season?

The answer is Roger Maris, who hit 61 in 1961.

Who says so?

I do.

Don’t be telling me that Barry Bonds holds the record with 73 or that Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa have each hit more than 61 homers in a season. I don’t want to hear it.

It is my considered opinion that Bonds, McGwire and Sosa used steroids. It is also the opinion of anybody else who has a brain.

The players are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but in the law of common sense they are anything but innocent.

In short, they’re cheaters. They didn’t come by all their home runs honestly.

It has often been said that life imitates baseball (and, I suppose, vice-versa). Both have their heroes and their villains _ good guys and bad guys, if you will.

Bonds, McGwire and Sosa are bad guys. Maris was a good guy, even if he did shoot the fans at Yankee Stadium a bird one night while they were booing him.

Hank Aaron is a good guy, too, and the answer to another trivia question.

Who will hold the record for most Major League career home runs when the current season is over?

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