Sport: Road to Nowhere

The masquerade of the cellar-dwelling Washington Senators had fooled no one; it was not a major-league ball club. Its weird collection of refugees from the minors did not hit, field, hustle or get paid as big-leaguers should. As the season ended (with the Senators 47 games behind), even some of the staunchest fans were boycotting Griffith Stadium. Penny-pinching old (79) Clark Griffith, who had met similar crises in the past simply by firing the manager, knew that it would not be enough this time.

To be sure, he fired his manager of the past two seasons, Joe Kuhel. Later, he proudly announced...

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