Sport: Return of the Prodigal

Mickey Owen is one of baseball's better catchers, but when he makes an error it is a beaut. The third strike he dropped at Ebbets Field in 1941 cost Brooklyn a World Series game. Last week Mickey decided that joining the Mexican League was his big error for 1946. He recrossed the Rio Grande so suddenly that his wife left most of her clothes behind.

Back in the U.S., he cut loose with a Jan Valtin horror story of Mexican beisbol. Mickey recalled the first time he saw Mexico City's Nuevo Laredo Park. At first he wondered why it looked so familiar;...