Sport: Sam's Last Sale

Silver-haired Sam Breadon stepped out of his St. Louis office into a corridor crowded with reporters. They had been kept waiting half an hour. They knew as well as Breadon (rhymes with raidin') what the news would be, but he found it hard to get it out. Said the boss of the St. Louis Cardinals: "Uh—the Cardinals, that is uh—uh—a deal has been consummated. The Cardinals have been sold."

Money talked, even if Sam couldn't.

The sales tag was an estimated $3,500,000, a figure that would make it the biggest baseball deal ever swung. But...

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