Baseball: The Yankees That Look Like Mud Hens

The rightfielder answered to Arturo. A guy named Doc was behind the plate. The cleanup batter called himself Hector, and his claim to fame was that he once led the league in grounding into double plays. The whole squad was hitting .212. The program said they were the New York Yankees, winners of five straight American League pennants and 2-1 favorites to make it six in a row. Baltimore Coach Billy Hunter knew better; after all, he used to play shortstop for New York. "Yankees?" snorted Hunter. "They look like the Toledo Mud Hens to me."

Aching Legs. They were...