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Thursday, February 26, 2004

Former Baseball Umpire Admits Fraud: In news to sports memorabilia collectors, former American League umpire Al Clark has pleaded guilty to fraud for falsely authenticating hundreds of baseballs he said had been used in notable games in which he took part. Clark reportedly prepared false certificates of authenticity for normal baseballs, saying they had been used in the games in which Cal Ripken Jr. tied and broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games-played record, the one-game playoff in 1978 in which the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan's 300th career victory.

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