Press: Vicarious Is Not the Word

Nobody objected in 1976, when the new owner of the At lanta Braves, a baseball team above which mediocrity loomed like a mountain crag, climbed aboard an ostrich before one game and galloped around the infield. It couldn't have hurt and it might have helped; if the ostrich could not actually execute the double play, neither could the Braves, and it was always possible that the bird would swallow the ball.

The ostrich disappeared from history, but the owner, the renowned yachtsman and orator Ted Turner, stayed in view. In a gallant gesture, intended...

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