Sport: The Stretch

Detroit's Tiger-hold on the American League was slipping. The Senators, with their four knuckle-ball pitching wonders, were up close. The White Sox, with something not apparent to the naked eye, were a third-place threat. And now Cleveland's amazing Indians jumped from seventh to fourth (winning 19 out of their last 28 games). The season had five weeks to go, and it looked like another dogfight to the finish.

So close a race could easily be jiggled, and last week American League managers saw, with a mixture of hope and horror, exactly what might do it: star players fresh out of G.I. uniforms....

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