Oriole vs. woodcock

An "American Sportsman" remembrance: Brooks Robinson brings his A-game to the upland woods of Maine.

Updated: October 17, 2001, 12:09 PM ET
By Curt Gowdy | Co-host of ESPN2's
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It was October and the Maine woods were ablaze. Two vans rumbled along a road known as "the airline" because it followed the old 100-mile mail plane flight path from Bangor to St. John, New Brunswick. In the rear van were two cages. In each cage was a Brittany Spaniel. Sitting outside the cages was the number-one camera crew of ABC's "American Sportsman" series.

As we entered the woods at port arms Brooks whispered, 'Curt, was Bud serious about Ted going 0 for 21?'

I ...

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Oriole vs. woodcock