Baseball: Down Go the Mighty

The No. 1 base stealer in exchange for a couple of young infielders? The best pitcher in all of baseball in 1964, for two mediocre power hitters? The man who broke Babe Ruth's home-run record, for a third baseman who couldn't make the grade with the New York Mets? The way the mighty were falling last week in baseball's trades, Mickey Mantle could wind up in Chicago any day now, in exchange for the Cubs' clubhouse boy.

Some trades might have been honest efforts to improve a ball club. The deal that sent Maury Wills to the Pittsburgh Pirates seemed...

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