Sport: Crusher

With the American League pennant odds even-Stephen at "6-to-5 and take your pick," the first-place Detroit Tigers limped into Washington last week for the payoff. Lefty Hal Newhouser (won 22, lost 9) had the miseries in his back; Slugger Hank Greenberg was out with a sprained ankle; Sparkplug Eddie Mayo had a wrenched shoulder.

The base-stealing pitcher-rich Senators, only a half-game back in second place, were set for a kill. Manager Ossie Bluege's razor-sharp club had won ten of its last thirteen games.

At the start, the script read true to form: Newhouser's arm lasted...

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