Sport: If Wishes Were Ballplayers

The baseball training season was just about over, and 16 major-league clubs were heading north for Opening Day next week. Was this the year when big-league play would finally pull itself out of the postwar doldrums? Oldtimers, looking back to more glamourous days, hoped so, but if it was, there had been no sign of it in six weeks of spring training.

Since World War II first disrupted the flow of young ballplayers up through the minors eight years ago, not a single slugging first-baseman had reached the majors. The dearth of new catchers...

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