Baseball: The Pennant Nobody Wanted

CBS made a terrible mistake—it should have bought the National League if it was entertainment it wanted. The American League came cheaper—it only had to buy one team instead of four —but the extra dough would have been worth it. At one point last week, all that had to happen was for the Philadelphia Phillies to win one game from the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets to take one from the St. Louis Cardinals. Then the National League pennant race would end in a three-way tie, and they could play the World Series in mittens and mufflers.

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