Sport: They Can't Even Give It Away

The Los Angeles Dodgers might have been back in Brooklyn the way they were playing. Sandy Koufax, the National League's top pitcher (with 21 victories), had not won a game in three weeks. The Dodgers had lost seven out of their last 13 games; last week the Pittsburgh Pirates edged them 3-2 and 2-1 in a doubleheader—beating Koufax and Don Drysdale. So at week's end there were the Los Angeles Bums—leading the league.

It made no sense. Neither does anything else about the 1965 pennant race, closest and wildest in National League history. Last week only 41 games separated the top five...

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