Sport: A Lot of Laughs

"Nobody gets any fun out of baseball any more," said Walter James Vincent ("Rabbit") Maranville, in a mood of gentle nostalgia after last year's World Series had been stowed away in the record books. "I guess a kid's crazy not to be serious about it when he's drawing down $20,000 or $30,000 a year, and any smart-aleck gag you try may be your last. But what's life without a laugh?"

Breadbasket Fielder. Life without a laugh was always unthinkable to Rabbit Maranville. The chunky little (5 ft. 4 in., 150 Ibs.) infielder tried plenty...

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