Sport: All Odds & Ends

How does a seventh-place ball club turn into a first-place ball club? Well, first it gets a manager who never played a day in the major leagues. He then converts his rightfielder into a pitcher, his second baseman into a leftfielder, and his leftfielder into a third baseman. Guess what happens next? The right-fielder-turned-pitcher wins five out of six games, the second baseman-turned-leftfielder bats .308, the leftfielder-turned-third baseman drives in 20 runs —and the Cincinnati Reds lead the National League by 3½ games.

They may not be on top at season's end. Cincinnati's only...

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