Sport: Baseball Heads for the Showers

The owners balk, the players walk and the fans squawk

Precisely at 1:35 p.m. C.D.T., starting time for last Friday's game between the Chicago Cubs and the visiting San Diego Padres, the stands at Wrigley Field were empty. A few hours later, when games were scheduled to begin at other big league ballparks across the U.S., no fans showed up. After nearly two years of acrimonious bargaining between team owners and the Players Association, major league baseball was shut down by a strike, a month short of the season's midpoint. Though the players had...

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