Sport: The Annual Fever

In Boston, everything but the schools, the squirrels and the elevated trains stopped running. The Braves were playing their first World Series in 34 years. The 41,000 seats in Braves Field had long since been sold out. In Boston Common, a battery of 100 television sets was being set up to give more Bostonians a look.

For a while, it had looked as if Boston might have the series all to itself. Only one week ago, three American League teams—the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians, the Boston Red Sox—were neck & neck. The...

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