Sport: The Incompatibles

In Manhattan's Hotel Commodore last week, the top brass of two big league ball clubs eyed each other for size and vulnerability. Both were suffering similar symptoms: the New York Giants had some stars who did not speak Manager Leo Durocher's roughneck language and the Boston Braves had a long list of players who were incompatible with easygoing Manager Billy Southworth. A swap might keep both from repeating their indifferent 1949 showings.

For three days there were offers and counteroffers. Then the haggling came to an end and the Giants proudly announced that they...

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