Lyle Burkhead (
Sat, 19 Oct 1996 02:04:49 -0500 (EST)

John Clark writes,

> Ever notice that when somebody talks about what is fair,
> it always just happens to be to the personal advantage of the speaker.
> Quite a coincidence. I'll bet a baseball player has never
> in the history of the world complained to the umpire
> "You must be blind! It's not fair, I was clearly out
> at home base, yet you said I was safe and that we won
> the game, you're giving our team an unfair advantage.
> We should louse. Your call was grossly unfair you bum! ".

In 1969 I saw a match between Fred Stolle and Pancho Gonzales.
Stolle hit a shot that was obviously wide. The linesman called it in,
and the umpire refused to overrule him. Gonzales was furious.
On the next point, Stolle hit the ball into the net, and exchanged a look
with Gonzales. We all understood that he had given the point back.
When they changed sides, Stolle slowly walked over to the mark,
which was three or four inches outside the line. He pointed to it with
his racquet, looked at the linesman, and said, in his wonderfully dry
Australian accent, "Little bit out." The linesman and the umpire both
turned beet red, and everyone in the stands laughed and applauded.