Sport: The New Willie

At midseason Willie Mays and his home-run bat were the hottest pair in the National League. Swinging with the delight of a schoolboy and the skill of an old pro, the loose, limber centerfielder of the New York Giants had clouted 30 homers to threaten Babe Ruth's alltime record of 60 in one season (1927).

Riding on Willie's power, the Giants romped to a big lead over the second-place Dodgers. Then Willie stopped swinging for the long ball ("I strike out too much when I swing hard"), settled instead for singles and doubles. Still, the Giants stayed in first place.

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