A Called Strike Looms

Baseball's labor rhubarb spotlights the financial woes of pro sports

Not so long ago, baseball was always played on real grass in the open air, and a strike was something a batter had three of before he was out. But at the artificial-turfed, fiber-glass-roofed Metrodome in Minneapolis, the site of this year's Major League All-Star game, the talk last week was about a different sort of strike. The outcome of the contest, a dull 6-1 romp by the National League' was overshadowed by the previous day's announcement that the players intend to walk off the diamonds on Aug. 6 unless they can resolve their differences with club owners over salaries and...

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