Sport: The Boys of Spring

Baseball's bridesmaids open the season with pennant dreams

The call to "Play ball!," the surest and happiest sign of spring, has sounded once again. The crack of the bat has replaced the clack of the auctioneer's gavel selling off free-agent flesh. Players safe in their tax shelters now worry only about being safe at first, and owners prick their ears for the sweetest music they know, the clatter of turnstiles. The baseball season has begun.

President Reagan had planned to throw out the first ball in Cincinnati last week, the first Chief Executive to do...

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