Sport: Baseball Springs Eternal

After a mean season, soft sights and sweet sounds of renewal

On a fresh Florida day in Winter Haven (one of God's waiting rooms), where the old gray heads in the grandstand seem to go back to Abner Doubleday, baseball has gone back to baseball. Last season was interrupted for 50 games by shrill lawyers and labor leaders, and the grace note of laughter never quite returned. Some wondered if it ever would. But the talk this spring is once again of hopeful rookies and aging veterans, an endless line streaming in and straggling out....

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