Nation: Series of Superstitions

Aside from an occasional interruption for an "Are you nervous?" interview by a television announcer, the wives of World Series ballplayers are left to their own devices during the games. Those devices, despite strong disavowals of superstition, are varied and weird. Wives whose teams are on winning streaks usually wear the same dress, hat, earrings and rings as long as the charm lasts.

What worked for the Baltimore women, though, was no help to the Cincinnati wives. They knew that nothing is worse than a losing outfit. Mrs. Jim McGlothlin polished her fingernails just before going to the ballpark, then proceeded to...

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