MEXICO: Othello at the Bat

It was the first half of the eighth inning at Parque Delta, home grounds of the Mexico City baseball team Azules de Vera Cruz; the Torreón Laguneros were leading the Azules 3 to 1. Torreón's star Negro shortstop, 26-year-old Othello Renfroe of Jacksonville, Fla., rapped a slow roller to second base and tried to beat the throw to first. Umpire Ramón Montes de Oca, 65, cried "Fuera!" (out). In such a situation Shortstop Renfroe, like another celebrated Othello, found himself little blest with the soft phrase of peace.

"You old blind fool!" cried Renfroe. "That throw hit me!" Ignoring...

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