Baseball: Kentucky Windage

The Old Perfesser was back home in Glendale, Calif., tending to his bank, his oil wells and Edna's roses, satisfied that his New York Mets had finally learned how to pick a man off base without forgetting to watch the hitter "which pops one outta the park." The Mets, ventured Casey Stengel, had "done splendid" in spring training — and so they had, winning 13 games, losing only nine, leading the National League by a full game, an improvement of 48 games over their standing on the last day of last season....