Baseball: The Gashouse Revisited

The only issue in the American League was when the New York Yankees would clinch their 28th pennant. Last week they made it official, and by virtue of a 14-game lead, the end came earlier than in any season since 1941. Hardly an eyelid flickered. But, ah, the National League. There it was, all balled up in that perennially fascinating last-minute scramble for the pennant.

As usual, the Los Angeles Dodgers were ahead and fighting for their lives. But this year there were few signs of the panic-stricken collapse that cost them the pennant in 1962. Since Labor Day,...

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