Sport: Orange Curtain

The big reason why the St. Louis Cardinals are favorites* to win another National League pennant is their prize pitching staff. Even in spring training, Card pitchers seemed to have something extra up the sleeve. Exhibit A last week was slender, 155-lb. Murry Dickson, a righthander, who strode out to the mound in St. Petersburg to face the big, bad New York Yankees.

Dickson, less rugged than most pitchers, relies on a rich assortment of what baseballers call "stuff." He throws six types of pitches (fast ball, curve, slider, knuckler, sinker and screw ball). Says he: "Sometimes early in a game, some...

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