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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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LEFTY BILL PERRIN STEALS THE SHOW AS BEES WORK OUT FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
Pitcher Sprints To Limber Legs

JOE CRONIN CONVINCED HIS THUMB IS AS GOOD AS EVER
Uses Bat With A Small Handle

RED SOX PITCHERS AHEAD OF BATTERS

MAJESKI WARNS SISTI TO BEWARE

MORE DRAMA

" Dom DiMaggio yielded to temptation today and received a taste of the tough workouts Manager Lou Boudreau has been handing his Red Sox squad.

"Dom, who hadn't planned on starting practice until next Saturday, was sitting in the stands watching his teammates take batting practice.

" 'I heard someone hit a good drive to left field,' he said. 'When I looked down at the batting cage, I saw it was Walt Dropo.

" 'Well, if he can be out there hitting,' Dom said to his wife, 'I don't know why I can't.'

"So she said, 'Why don't you go out there?' He did.

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