The Theater: $6.60 Comedian

$6.60 Comedian (See Cover)

From the shadowed haven of the wings, the stage of Broadway's Mark Hellinger Theater looked as big and lonely as a desert at midday. Its barren boards reflected a fierce, mote-filled glare from banked and blazing floodlights, and out beyond it, in the hushed cavern of the theater, the audience waited like a beast in its den—multi-headed, thousand-eyed, impatient and menacingly silent. It was a terrible place for a ballplayer to find himself on the eve of the World Series.

Nightly, last week—as he has since mid-July—a chunky, middle-aged man...

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