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Conducting the World Series

In 1948, the Indians were playing the Braves in the World Series. The men of the Cleveland Orchestra were listening to a game on the radio. Then they had to go to the stage to rehearse. They weren’t very happy about this. Their conductor was George Szell, a refugee from Europe, and a supreme taskmaster (as well as a supreme conductor). He was not a man you trifled with. When Szell gave the downbeat, the men had the temerity to begin playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
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