Sport: Raids over the Border

The man who was last season's American League home-run king thought he was worth more to the St. Louis Browns than they did. So Vern ("Meat") Stephens packed off to see the nice man in Mexico City who said things like: "Bah! What is money? I have forty, fifty, sixty million. . . ."

U.S. baseball magnates, counting up 18 players lost in the past two months to what they regarded as Mexican banditry, took note. Stephens was not just another second-string holdout, or a has-been. Sports columnists suggested dryly that they might up player...

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