Sport: Polio Scare

Last week, in Manhattan's tabloid Sunday News, Sports Editor Jimmy Powers offered his 3,400,000 readers a bloodcurdling sensation as a possible explanation for the surprising collapse of the New York Yankees.

Under the scarehead Has 'Polio' Hit the Yankees?, Editor Powers demanded: "Has the mysterious 'polio' germ which felled Lou Gehrig also struck his former teammates, turning a once great team into a floundering non-contender? According to overwhelming opinion of the medical profession, poliomyelitis, similar to infantile paralysis, is communicable. The Yanks were exposed to it at its most acute stage. They...

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