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Baseball holds 'City' together

Page 2's Eric Neel says HBO's new documentary, "A City on Fire," is another reminder of how sports can transcend society's problems.

Updated: August 1, 2002, 12:05 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2 columnist

Page 2's "Critical Mass" is a weekly survey of what's happening at the busy intersection of sports and pop culture.

On the small screen "A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers" (HBO, debuted last night and repeats Aug. 3, 6, 8, 11, 14 and 19)

True story: Detroit was torn up by riots in the summer of 1967. Race and class tensions were at an all-time high. Dozens of people were killed; thousands of businesses were burned to the ground. People looked at each other with ...

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