Sport: Poor Feller

Governed by laws of astronomical complexity, professional baseball has one which says that a major-league team may not hire an amateur player until he has first played for a minor-league team. Only exceptions to the rule are college players, who are occasionally able enough to join major-league teams without serving an apprenticeship, but major-league club-owners long since perfected a method of evading their own law in the case of non-college players. When a major-league scout spots an able sandlot prospect, he notifies a friendly minor-league team, which hires the player with the...

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