Baseball: Slump at the Turnstiles

It is cloudy at the beach. It is ladies' day at the golf course. His boat is in drydock, and his wallet won't stand a trip to the track. So what is a restless sports buff to do on a summer afternoon? He could take in a baseball game, but he probably won't. Empty seats are the sign of baseball's times.

Going into the season's second half, eleven of the 20 big-league clubs are in the throes of attendance slumps. Ticket sales are 50,000 off last year's mid-season mark in Houston, 126,998 in Pittsburgh,...

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