Sport: The Nine Old Men

When the St. Louis Cardinals were wallowing around in seventh place early this season, experts had no trouble suggesting why. For one thing, Outfielder Stan ("The Man") Musial, who led the league with .376 last year, was bogged down around .250; for another, the Cardinal pitching staff seemed to have come apart,. Finally, by tabbing up the ages of everybody on the squad, it was possible to show that the Cards were really a bunch of tired old men (average age: 29).* By last week, most of these weighty considerations were being gently consigned to ash cans.

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