Sport: Happy Warriors

High above all the hubbub, mildly amused by the whole affair, sat the first-place Boston Braves, who didn't need a new manager. At week's end, after winning four out of five, the Braves were eight games out front in the National League. Chuckled confident Manager Billy Southworth: "I'm a tough man to beat when I'm ahead. They're really going to have to go some to beat me now."

Billy, a balding wise man in his 50s, had brought hustle and hope to the Braves (they hadn't won a pennant in 34 years). Pepperpot Eddie Stanky,...

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