Sport: Make Way For Washington

For a young, untested outfielder, it is hard to imagine a bleaker prospect than trying to break into the majors with the Oakland A's. Where can he play? Superstar Reggie Jackson owns right, fleet Bill North roams center like a gazelle, and modest Joe Rudi is known as the best leftfielder in baseball. Most teen-age players would cast a glance at that outfield and sign up with another club or resign themselves to ten years in the minors. Not Claudell Washington. He had an A's contract at age 17, starred in the World Series last year at 20, and this season...

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