Sport: Relief for the Indians

The Cleveland Indians bloom in the spring, and look pretty on paper, but in 45 years they have won the pennant only once. Every summer Cleveland fans rise up and holler for an Indian's scalp—usually the manager's. This time they wanted to fire the owners.

The situation looked promising to a minor-league mogul and ex-marine named Bill Veeck (rhymes with wreck). He rounded up nine moneymen, including Comedian Bob Hope. Last week they bought the Indians for about $1,750,000.

The first thing Boss Veeck did was to count the customers. The 8,526 who went...

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