Giants chase ghosts of past with victory

It’s been almost 50 years since Willie McCovey lined out to Bobby Richardson to end Game 7 of the 1962 World Series, giving the New York Yankees a World Championship and plunging Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz and the rest of the Bay Area into prolonged mourning.

Richardson retired in 1966 and led the University of South Carolina baseball team to its first College World Series appearance in 1975. McCovey retired in 1980 and was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986. 

Schulz, a Giants fan who drew the above cartoon and a followup a few months after the ’62 Series, died more than a decade ago. 

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Mauritius: We’re No. 1, We’re No. 1!

Of the top four African countries ranked in terms of governance by a British foundation, it’s likely many in the US haven’t heard of at least three: No. 1 Mauritius, No. 2 Seychelles and No. 4 Cape Verde.

And No. 3 Botswana may not ring a bell with many Americans, either.

But they fare far better among the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Index of African Governance than many better-known nations on the continent, including Somalia, last among Africa’s 53 states; Congo, No. 51; and Zimbabwe, No. 50, according to The Economist.

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