Sport: Nervous Yankee

When brisk, brash Larry MacPhail took over the New York Yankees last winter, newshawks asked: "How will McCarthy feel?" Last week Joe McCarthy felt sick.

Chubby, jut-jawed Joe McCarthy's 14-year record with the Yankees is a manager's daydream. "Just let me worry about the club" is one of his favorite remarks, and he has worried his well-heeled, star-studded club to eight American League pennants, seven world championships. This year, although they have stayed within shooting distance of the league-leading Detroit Tigers, the Yankees have generally looked like also-rans.

Larry MacPhail, who is also a worrier, found it hard to take. Finally, as everyone...

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