Sport: Fitz to Philly

The Philadelphia Phillies' brand-new owner Bill Cox (TIME, July 5) last week fired one manager and hired another. Observers were far from certain why he dumped the successful 46-year-old boy wonder "Bucky" Harris for the barrel-chested old Brooklynite Freddy Fitzsimmons. But they were dead sure that he had done it badly.

The newspapers knew Harris had been fired before Harris found out about it. Twenty-four Phillies got up a strike petition demanded that Cox reinstate Harris—so that Harris could quit before he was fired. Cox apologized saying that the bounce had not...