Fifty thousand people sat in New York City's Yankee Stadium, where 50,000 people have sat before and will sit again. The sky was blue, the crowd was happy. It was a Sunday ball game. Suddenly, without warning, clouds appeared, thunder clapped, rain poured down. Straw hats, spring clothes were in danger. The bleacherites arose en masse and rushed for the wire-lined exits. The exits were small, the rushers many. In the right-field bleacher section, called "Ruthville" because George Herman ("Babe") Ruth knocks most of his homeruns there, a young girl and an old man were trampled to death, 62...

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