Sport: War & Baseball

Many a baseball expert predicted at the beginning of the season that this year's World Series, if played at all, would take place on the Fourth of July. But last week U.S. baseball, major and minor, had survived the Fourth, had staged their midseason all-star games and were making elaborate plans for their October finales.

The minors, backbone of U.S. baseball, have been hardest hit. Of their 41 leagues, twelve have folded this year: ten were frightened out of starting the season, two gave up when seacoast dimout regulations prevented night games. Approximately 25%...

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