Sport: Little Joe & the Bull

In Mexico City, it was still the novillada (young bullfighters' season)—but the brand-new, 48,000-seat Plaza Mexico (world's largest bull ring) was jammed with aficionados. Never had they seen a novice like Joselillo (Little Joe) Rodriguez.

Two years ago Little Joe was just a grocery clerk. He made his bullfighting debut as a novillero (apprentice) last August. Said the dean of Mexico City's bullfight critics, "Here is the novillero of the season—of all seasons." After his first kill, the crowds shouted that he should be given both ears and the tail—the highest mark of...

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