Sport: Rookie Hunt

In baseball's never-never land of spring training, optimism ran as high as hotel bills. From Havana to Santa Catalina everyone was eating on the cuff and getting sunburned. Ballplayers loafed, with a studied attempt at ease, in the lobby of Havana's de luxe Hotel Nacional. At St. Petersburg, where the champion St. Louis Cardinals trained (and were picked last week as the odds-on favorite to cop the 1947 National League pennant), barelegged players galloped around the clubhouse after practice, yipping and snapping towels. All clubs are tied for first place—until the season opens....

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