A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 13, 1968

I'VE always had a healthy wariness of athletes," says TIME'S Detroit Correspondent Joseph Kane. "Perhaps it's their size, but I'm always afraid that a question about their shortcomings will bring a punch in the nose."

Since he was responsible for the bulk of the reporting on Detroit Pitcher Denny McLain, this week's cover subject, Kane had ample opportunity to test his theory. It proved to be unfounded. Kane's big problem was not belligerence; it was entirely a matter of timing. McLain kept moving so fast that Kane hardly had a chance to ask all the necessary questions. Kane found himself taking notes...