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Baseball, apple pie and sports cliche. (Free Press).

Headline writers of America stepped up to the plate--how could they not?--when Major League Baseball struck a deal instead of just striking at the end of August. Though minor league headliners stayed on the straight and narrow, issuing heads like "Strike averted," the real pros batted their cliches out of the park. Here's a sampling:

Take the Field!

Safe! Baseball deal done

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

No Strike!

(also: Last-second save)

Tallahassee Democrat

Let's roll to game

Minneapolis' Star Tribune

Safe at Home

(also: Deal covers all the bases)

Game On

Late Rally Saves Baseball Season

Baltimore Sun

Contract has been clinched

New York's Daily News

Hardball--Strike talks down to the wire

Hartford Courant

Baseball Makes the Clutch Play

Houston Chronicle

Baseball avoids self-inflicted bean ball

(also: With strike out, season safe)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Baseball still in full swing

(also: Game steps to the plate)

New York Post



Staying in Play

Portland's Oregonian

Strike Cancelled Due to Game
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Publication:American Journalism Review
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2002
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