Baseball: The One Small Difference

Take a world championship baseball team.Subtract one starting pitcher. Substitute a .270 hitter for a .330 hitter. Drop some flies, fumble some grounders, miss some bunts, leave runners all over the bases. What you have then is the Los Angeles Dodgers, best seventh-place team in baseball.

The 1964 Dodgers may well go down in history as one of the game's enduring mysteries. On paper, they are practically the same club that won the National League pennant last year and swept four straight from the New York Yankees in the World Series. Sandy Koufax is still the slickest pitcher around, and Don...

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