Sport: Play Ball

In eight major-league ball parks, the players trooped out of their dugouts. Politicians trotted on to the field and shook hands all around. Someone placed a floral horseshoe on home plate. Red-coated brass-bandsmen, tootling gaily, marched off toward the flagpole leading a procession of flag-bearing U.S. Marines, high-hatted bigwigs and sheepish ballplayers, shuffling out of step. The flag was raised, the Star-Spangled Banner reached high F, the mayor threw out the first ball. Thus traditionally the baseball season opened last week. Immediately dopesters' expectations were knocked out of the ball park.

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