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AUGUST 3,1998

"There was Bouton, putting on a Yankees uniform just two lockers down from Moose Skowron and the old Marine, Hank Bauer. There were no dirty looks. There were no fights. There were no muttered epithets in Mickey Mantle's defense; Mantle and Bouton made their peace four years ago, when Bouton wrote a note of condolence after the death of Mantle's son Billy. As Bouton answered questions from writers, Bauer calmly read that day's sports pages, which were probably more graphic and disillusioning than Ball Four. "They asked me if it were O.K. with me to invite him," said Bauer. "I told them, 'I got nothing against Bouton; he didn't mention my name!'"