Sport: Mexican Hayride

Jorge Pasquel, the Mr. Big of Mexican baseball, was feeling pretty bullish last week. "Sure you can say I'm a dictator," he chortled. "Whatever I order is done."

Jorge is No. 1 among three brothers who operate and manipulate the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (Mexican Baseball League). With the aid of $20,000,000 picked up in a variety of businesses, he has just spirited some 15 U.S. big-league ballplayers off on a Mexican hayride.

A Mexican league of sorts has limped along, largely on unofficial betting, for 21 years. A once great U.S. star, Rogers Hornsby, took a fling at it in 1944....

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