Baseball: The Pretenders

Once again, the reputation of the National League was safe. After five months and 800-odd games, the league was still struggling to find a champion all last week. Not that there was any dearth of pretenders.

First came the Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates by three games with only five to play, thanks to Don Drysdale, who blanked the St. Louis Cardinals on four hits, 2-0—for his fourth straight victory and second straight shutout since suddenly coming to life after losing 16 of his first 25 decisions. Then the Dodgers really...

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