Sport: The Global Cry: Play Ball!

U.S. leagues and foreign athletes are breaking down boundaries

Something is abroad in the games people play, or about to go abroad, anyway. Suddenly the globe is ready to play ball, with the Soviet Union leading off. In their hearts, the Soviets probably still think they invented baseball, or lapta, an innocent steppes-child that supposedly predates both British rounders and Tommy John. But the bench jockeying has quieted considerably since the Reds dropped an April game to the U.S. Naval Academy, 21-1, and their coach was heard to mutter, "Throw to second, not first. Second is the one in the middle."

At the moment, Western sports pages are lousy with...

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