Sport: April Folly

An ancient baseball institution is preseason prognostication. Although most baseball fans are well aware of the fact that April forecasts are foolish, last week on the eve of the widely ballyhooed centennial season, they went ahead predicting how the major-league teams would finish in October. Most weighty predictions came from the baseball writers who had just returned from a two-month training-camp survey of sore arms, batting averages and rookies' temperaments.

Polled by the Associated Press, these experts prophesied that the season would wind up with the teams in this order:

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