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rites and wrongs of spring
Frank Deford
February 25, 1974
As baseball heads south for the annual invigoration, a fan with a trove of sacred memories mourns the end of an age of wonderful innocence—when hot air from the Grapefruit League wafted up to melt the northern snows
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February 25, 1974

Rites And Wrongs Of Spring

As baseball heads south for the annual invigoration, a fan with a trove of sacred memories mourns the end of an age of wonderful innocence—when hot air from the Grapefruit League wafted up to melt the northern snows

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BULLETINS

"While most of you guys and gals will be plowing through snow this morning, the advance guard of the Boston Red Sox will be shoving off from the South Station aboard the Orange Blossom Special bound for Sarasota and the 1938 training season."

"The Braves' special will make a stop in Providence to take on southpaw Chet Nichols."

"Even one day's rain will raise the merry dinkus with a club's plan for developing a pitching rotation."

"The boys will remain continuously at the ball park, taking a short rest between the workouts. Their luncheon will be sent to the park and be served there. This will obviate the frequent change of wearing apparel that was such a tiresome nuisance in the old days when they had to dress and go to the hotel for luncheon."

WIREPHOTOS

Of Mrs. Jimmy Foxx resting on the beach at Miami (" Foxx dissatisfied with contract offered him. Collins expects no trouble signing Foxx").

Of Leo Durocher resting on the beach at Daytona (" Grantland Rice speculates: 'End of Gashouse Gang?' ").

SUNSHINE SHORTS
"Pirate pitchers are already using their curveballs.... McKechnie will use all pitchers in turn in today's workout.... Connie Mack has sent word to the Philadelphia fans to 'watch our smoke this year'.... Only two more weeks to wait for the first box score of the Bees."

DRAMA

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