Sport: In a Green Field, in the Sun

From the Ivy to the National League, a Renaissance man on deck

Without a professor since Casey Stengel, baseball last week persuaded the president of Yale University, A. Bartlett ("Hit them where they aren't") Giamatti, to jump to the National League. As the commissioner of baseball is a reformed travel agent, and the president of the American League is a retired cardiologist, the choice of an English teacher to replace Chub Feeney made a surprising kind of sense, though Chub has never hurried away from a press conference to deliver a lecture on Machiavelli.

A few days earlier, signaling that something literary might be up, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth whimsically interrupted the amateur free-agent...

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