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Hmm...perhaps I've inflated the circus aspect of the whole affair in my mind, because if it was what I thought, I'd think it would have gotten mention. Instead, the article focuses on the economic factors that lead to Rose signing with Philly.
There might've been more. I was trying to look for an article about the courting of Reggie Jackson, but couldn't find much.
IOW, SI may not have reported everything about outside the lines stuff back then.