Sport: Dead or Alive

When the rattle of base hits had subsided and the debating societies finally departed from the mound, the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics dragged wearily off to Shibe Park's dressing rooms. In the nine-inning game, nine pitchers had given up 21 walks, 34 hits had ripped across the field; 36 runners had crossed the plate—a new American League record.

By last week such scoring sprees were beginning to look like the rule rather than the exception. The Red Sox had already set a modern high-scoring mark (29 runs against St. Louis). The Cleveland Indians tied another record by scoring 14 runs...

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