Baseball: Two on Top

An old baseball bromide holds that the team leading its league on Independence Day will win the pennant. Indeed, in the 67 seasons since 1901, the National League leader on July 4 has won it 40 times, the American League leader a full 45. And that's how it looks again this year. In one of the dullest seasons in years—with the result that attendance is down 5% from 1967 —neither league can lay claim to anything remotely resembling a pennant race. In the National League last week, the St. Louis Cardinals were coasting...

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