SPORT: Baseball: Dream of Fields

Has the summer been ruined? For a baseball fantast, the season can't be ended by the mere reality of a strike

The players were practicing their putts on the golf course or their puttering at home. The networks had settled in for a long summer's strike. And one fan among many dozed in front of a baseball-deleted TV set. Then came words to be cherished, perhaps even believed: the strike was over.

It happened so quickly. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, owners and players agreed to bring in a mediator: Big Rock Candy Mountain Landis, grandson of commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who had ruled the sport with an iron fist in the '20s and '30s. Young Landis convened the warring parties in...

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