FORGOTTEN words:"There is no country in the world where so...

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May 11, 1994

FORGOTTEN words:

"There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals receive them when they are sick and lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many almshouses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn law made by the rich to subject their estates to heavy tax for the support of the poor . . .

"In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its

effect in the increase of poverty."

-- Ben Franklin

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A GAME held only once a year, but a keen one, is set in motion by publication of the Baltimore Orioles Media Guide (a $10 paperback of, by now, 348 pages and several zillion names, dates and performance statistics). A vademecum for the thinking fan, this; verily an almanac, not just a guide.

And wonderfully accurate. The game, then, pits seven writer-editors and five proofreaders (their lineup is at the bottom of Page 1) against the rest of us.

Is the 1994 edition error-free?

Its cover art retrospects such great years as 1894 and 1954, and an accompanying textpiece names Tommy D'Alesandro Jr. as the mayor, back when the American League finally moved its moribund St. Louis franchise to a particularly lively, colorful and baseball-minded East Coast city. The guide spells D'Alesandro with two s's, but in electoral Baltimore there's only one.

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