Baseball: Metamorphosis in Minnesota

The hapless heroes of the Broadway musical Damn Yankees were so hopelessly stuck in seventh place that only the Devil could help them win the league pennant. It was art imitating life, except that in the late 1950s the Devil himself could not rescue the real-life Washington Senators. They were the most miserable team in the American League.

As it turned out, what the Senators needed was not a boost from Beelzebub but a whiff of good clean Midwestern air. Before the start of the 1961 season, they moved to the St. Paul-Minneapolis area...

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