Softball: And Then a Good Cry

The Olympics were bad enough. A Japanese won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling and a Dutchman beat the Japanese in judo. Now nothing seems to be sacred. In Melbourne, Australia, last week, the U.S. lost the first "World Series" of ladies' softball. And to a covey of Aussie shielahs who still think the name of the game is "rounders."

The World Series matched teams from five softball-playing nations, including a squad from New Guinea, where the sport was introduced just three years ago. Predictably, the New Guineans lost every game. Just as...

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