Sport: The Doc

When the baseball season ends, Doc Hyland's busiest season begins. For nine weeks, ailing ballplayers have come to his St. Louis office to see the man known as "baseball's surgeon-general." Dr. Robert Hyland has a physician's professional reticence about discussing patients; besides, baseball's big winter meetings are coming up. "Some of the men are liable to be up for trading," said Doc.

Back in 1938, he had examined Dizzy Dean's great pitching arm, found Dizzy a victim of bursitis, and predicted that his pitching days were numbered. Shortly afterwards, the St. Louis Cardinals sold...

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