Attention: Sports Fans!

November 28, 2014 6:46 AM

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In 1955, George Abbott, Richard Adler, Jerry Ross, Bob Fosse, and Douglass Wallop (who wrote The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant), joined forces to update the Faust legend and set it against a background of major league baseball. With a little help from the Devil, the heroic Joe Hardy suddenly appeared out of nowhere to re-energize the dispirited Washington Senators.

Any form of corruption can taint a sport whose integrity is held sacrosanct in the eyes of its biggest fans. Two recent Bay area productions helped to shine a light on how difficult it can be to win simply on the basis of one's merit.

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