Sport: Spring Promise

The speaker rustled his notes, clinked a pocketful of keys and stared at the ceiling while he fumbled for words. Then his wife's voice cut through the jangle: "Put your keys down, honey." Meekly, irascible Columnist Westbrook Pegler obeyed. For once the foaming temper was in check. Mellow with memory, onetime Sportswriter Pegler had turned out for the Tucson, Ariz. Press Club dinner, greeting the new baseball season.

Peg recalled his days as a ghostwriter for an effervescent outfielder named George Herman Ruth. The Babe never supplied any information at all. Eventually, said...

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