Baseball: Nice to Have MET You

They are hapless. They are hopeless.

But one thing nobody can deny: the New York Mets are fun.

Just ask Cincinnati's Jim Maloney, 25. Then duck. A hard-throwing righthander, the Reds' best pitcher (23 victories in 1963, 15 last year), Maloney had the easiest of tasks to perform last week: beating the Mets, who had lost ten games in a row. He started off with a whiz, throwing three straight strikes at the first batter he faced: Outfielder Billy Cowan, 26, who walked away muttering "I never even saw the ball." One after another, the Mets paraded to the plate; one...

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