Sport: A Gracious War Between the State

Cornering the diamond market, Missouri shows the world

The television networks will disagree, but the longer the World Series rolled on, a matter that quickly came to depend on the Kansas City Royals, the more properly situated it seemed. Leaving the midst of a summer's trouble for a middle-of-the-country October, baseball settled down last week in Missouri, making whistle-stop connections with the past on a slow-moving train from Kansas City to St. Louis and back again.

Just the sound of St. Louis connotes better times, when the Cardinals were shared property of the Western states. And this autumn's monopoly especially brought back 1944, when the fall classic kept entirely...

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