Sport: Chasing the Pin Stripes

For the first half of the season, the American League pennant race seemed as unpredictable as a frog-jumping contest. In the first three months, four teams swapped the lead−Cleveland, Minnesota, New York, even the improbable Los Angeles Angels (TIME, July 13). At one point last month, only 3½ games separated the first seven teams. But by last week, the league had settled down to a scramble for second place. On top of the pack once again were the perennial champion New York Yankees. They were just a little overdue.

As the season opened,...

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