Baseball: Like a Big Infection

The world has gone to pot. There was a time when the very least that a baseball fan could count on was that New York — or Brooklyn, anyway —would win the National League pennant, and the Philadelphia Phillies would wind up shoveling coal in the cellar. The Polo Grounds is a gutted steel skeleton now; Ebbets Field is apartment houses. And last week the Phillies were leading the league.

It was only by a few percentage points to be sure: Phils .605, San Francisco Giants .600. And strange things do happen in the...

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