Sport: Homestretch

All down the backstretch of the 1950 baseball season, the World Champion New York Yankees had been chasing the pace-setting Detroit Tigers. As late as mid-August the Yankees were in third place, 4½ games behind. Last week, as the American League pennant race entered the September homestretch, the Yankees spurted into the lead.

With four weeks to go, the four-first-division clubs were still closely bunched; only five games separated the field this week. But Detroit fans, whose team had lost eight of its last 15 games, had to admit that their entry was beginning...

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