Sport: Making It Happen

Los Angeles Dodgers Leftfielder Bill Buckner had little doubt about how the World Series would end. "I definitely think we have a better ball club," he said. "The A's have only a couple of players who could make our club."

Aside from all questions of relative talent, the Oakland A's—a team notorious for lack of togetherness—were playing the series last week in a state somewhere between turmoil and anarchy. Two of their top relief pitchers, Rollie Fingers and John ("Blue Moon") Odom, were recovering from an impromptu locker-room brawl. Star Slugger Reggie Jackson (TIME cover, June 3) was playing on probation, having...

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