Sport: The Old Master Painter

An aide slipped quietly into a hotel room where leaders of the steel industry and the United Steelworkers were locked in contract negotiations one afternoon last week. Heads on both sides of the table turned expectantly. "The Pirates are leading, 8-2, last of the fifth," reported the aide. Management and labor grinned and went back to work.

Pittsburgh fans these days have plenty to grin about. For longer than many care to remember, the Pirates have occupied the National League's second division, and since 1952 they have lain fecklessly in the cellar. At last...

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