Sport: The Chicago Idea

Paul Rapier Richards, manager of the Chicago White Sox, can be as sharp-tongued as his middle name, as taciturn as a Texas cowpoke, or as cajoling as a pressagent. It all depends on the temperament of the player Richards is trying to rouse to top performance. In 1951, by a combination of wheedling and browbeating, Freshman Manager Richards brought his baseball team to a fourth-place finish (from sixth in 1950). Last year the White Sox finished third, and this year, after a winter of rebuilding and trading, Manager Richards announces: "Our goal is the top." This is not, of course, the...

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