Sport: Rookies & Lightweights

Act 3, Scene 3, two out, last of the ninth. Score: Yankees 1, Giants 0. As 43,948 spectators and 20 million TV fans hold their breaths, the Giants' Matty Alou dances boldly down the third-base line. Willie Mays grabs a handful of dirt and edges away from second. Yankee Pitcher Ralph Terry peers nervously at Batter Willie McCovey. A single means the ball game. Terry throws, McCovey swings. Crack! Second Baseman Bobby Richardson flings out his glove. Plunk. Joy, sorrow, delirium, despair—and cut to razor-blade commercial. For the 20th time in 27 tries,...

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