Sport: Pitcher at the Well

An old baseball adage holds that a traded player always does better with his new club. No player in recent years has proved the rule so remarkably as Virgil ("Fire") Trucks, a 34-year-old fireballing righthander currently keeping the Chicago White Sox on the New York Yankees' heels.

Last year, working for the doddering Detroit Tigers, husky (6 ft., 195 Ibs.) Trucks pitched a pair of no-hitters; but he had a miserable season, losing 19 while winning only five. He was about ready to give up baseball. A midwinter trade sent him to the St. Louis Browns. Trucks promptly improved to a 5-4...

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