Sport: Bush League

Holly Hill, Orangeburg, Columbia, Clinton—the exits along 1-26 in South Carolina loom in the muggy night like guideposts to ghost towns as the 1958 General Motors coach grinds west. Its odometer creaks past 620,000 miles. The Spartanburg Phillies of the Western Carolinas League—25 eager minor league baseball players—are heading home after losing a night game to the Charleston Pirates. They have not eaten since they left Spartanburg nearly twelve hours ago for the outbound leg of the 420-mile, one-day road trip. Pitcher Jerry Houston and Infielder Raul Nieves are asleep, crammed into the...

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