Baseball: Mr. Cool & the Pros

Any relationship between the World Series and the season that precedes it is often purely coincidental. A team that won a record 111 games during the regular season loses four straight to one that won 97. A pinchhitter comes off the bench to clout two pinchhit home runs. A substitute outfielder makes one fantastic catch, brushes briefly with immortality—and for years afterward, people ask: Whatever became of Sandy Amoros? But last week's Series stuck strictly to the script.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won it the same way they won the National League...

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