Sport: The Philadelphia Story

When Steve O'Neill became manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in midseason last year, the club was slogging along in sixth place, visibly glowering under the strict regime of Eddie Sawyer, who had managed his happy-go-lucky "Whiz Kids" to the pennant in 1950. Grown up, the Phils particularly resented Sawyer's dictum against wives at spring training, his strict curfews. Under amiable "Stout Steve" O'Neill, the Phils played the rest of the season at a .648 clip, the fastest in the league. Last week, taking up where they left off, the Phils went scooting off to the

National League lead, winning ten of their...

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