Baseball: Gentlemen, the Dodgers

When it comes to hitting a baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers are as gentle a bunch of fellows as ever donned knickers. They have just three .300 hitters on the roster—an odd lot made up of a grizzled player-coach (Jim Gilliam), a substitute outfielder (Lou Johnson) and a pitcher (Don Drysdale). As a team, the Dodgers have the fourth lowest batting average (.247) in the National League, have hit fewer home runs (37) than anybody in either league. Worse yet, they have, in three months, suffered 29 "disabling" injuries —meaning that each...

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