No franchise has won a World Series and then lost quite like this, quite this soon, in at least 50 years. This is the first in a two-part series examining the state of the team, attempting to answer this question: How did they get here?
Bud Lathrop was the winningest basketball coach in Missouri high school history. Still is. In April, his former players held an event to tell him how much they loved him. He did the same in return. He died Thursday.