Sport: Silent Spring

Time was when the first sound of spring was the solid thwack of bat meeting ball, as major league baseball play ers gathered at sunny Southern retreats to limber up for the coming season. In recent years, that traditional ceremony has been muffled by noisy arguments about binding arbitration, boycotts and walkouts. Last year the players staged a 13-day strike that caused the cancellation of 86 regular season games. This year, just before preseason work outs were scheduled to begin, the team owners struck back by refusing to open the training camps. No ballplaying, said the moneymen — not until the...

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