Sport: The Longest Season

Gregarious Al Lopez, manager of the Chicago White Sox, wore an unusual frown. His team had never opened a season in Washington before. "What do I do when I'm introduced to the President?" he asked. "Curtsy?"

"Just a handshake," answered a friend. "A curtsy would be improper, because you're older than he is."

As the 1961 baseball season began in cold, dank weather last week, other players had other worries:

¶White Sox Outfielder Minnie Minoso stepped proudly into the batter's box in the first inning at Griffith Stadium, pounded his favorite bat ferociously on...