Sport: Reading, Writing & Rhubarb

Like kindergarten teachers explaining recess rules to a new class, big-league umpires take time out during spring training to explain baseball's official code of conduct to the players. Like kindergarten teachers, they know better than to mistake attention for agreement. Last week, with barely a dozen games played in the 1957 season, the players were having such a good time breaking rules that baseball's rulemakers were busy rewriting the book.

Hoak's Hoakum. Cincinnati's Don Hoak was first to set the rule writers working. Leading off second in a game with the Milwaukee Braves, Base...

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