Baseball: Tale of Two Cities

Philadelphia and Baltimore are only 100 miles apart along the Pennsylvania Railroad, but they were connected by a far stronger bond last week—one loud, anguished wail. As any student of ancient history will recall, both cities had pennants all locked up by mid-August: the Phils led the National League by four games, and the Orioles led the American by three. But last week the staggering Phils, who had since built up their lead to 62, were fighting for their lives, and the Birds had tumbled right out of the nest.

It was a long fall—and fast. Hank Bauer's Orioles simply...

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