Baseball: Pitcher's Day

With four games of the 1968 World Series out of the way, the Las Vegas bookmakers were beginning to count their winnings. They had been quoting 17-to-10 odds on the St. Louis Cardinals, and the world champions were winning in a walk. They had Detroit's Tigers down, three games to one, and St. Louis' peerless pitcher Bob Gibson had humiliated Detroit's 31-game winner, Denny McLain, not once, but twice. Relaxed and confident, Gibson was ready to pitch again, if necessary, in the best-of-seven Series.

Die-hard Detroit fans took small comfort in a significant...