Another passage describes Jack Brohamer as “a right-handed hitter.” (If he actually had been, Zimmer’s decision to put Brohamer in the lineup against Ron Guidry that day might have been considerably less controversial.) And in chronicling the ’78 season, Bradley notes that “Don Gullett’s right arm hurt so much that Gullett would soon get his second cortisone shot of the season.”

Gullett, of course, was a left-handed pitcher, but as fellow southpaw Bill Lee once observed in another connection, “What else can you expect from a northpaw world?”

George Kimball, a former sports editor of the Phoenix, is the author of Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran, and the Last Great Era of Boxing, forthcoming from McBooks Press later this year. He currently lives in New York.

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