Sport: Premature Burial

In Cleveland's Municipal Stadium a fortnight ago, 61,523 fans looked on glumly as Bob Feller got his lumps. The New York Yankees clubbed him for seven runs in the first inning. In the press box somebody cracked that the catcher was throwing the ball back harder than Feller was throwing it in. Was the Cleveland Indians' great pitcher washed up at 30? As he plodded off to the shower, with the Yankees still at bat, Bob Feller was the droop-shouldered picture of discouragement.

Feller (with one victory against six de feats) was not the only Cleveland base-bailer who was having trouble. For...

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