Sport: Summer Arithmetic

Most fans would remember it simply as the Year of the Home Run—the year in which more were hit in the major leagues than ever before, the year Roger Maris, who has never batted above .283, hit 61 homers and moved into baseball legend by breaking Babe Ruth's 60-home-run record set in 1927. But baseball had more to crow about in 1961. There were new records and achievements all around:

· PITCHING. Younger pitchers nursed sore arms and cursed the "rabbit ball," but New York's Whitey Ford, 33, and Milwaukee's Warren Spahn, 40, kept...

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