Baseball: Climbing into Orbit

Baseball is a tough game for a man to break into. It's rougher still for a team. The New York Mets tried it in 1962—and produced a tenth-place comedy act. That same year the Houston Astros pranced onto the field (as the Colt .45s), and it looked like the same burlesque. They wound up eighth, ninth, ninth and ninth, just above the Amazin' Mets. But last week, with the season almost three months old, the Astros were the surprise of the National League, orbiting way up there in fourth place. Astronomical!

Cynics suggested...