Baseball: Old Aches & Pains

Anybody who has ever belted a hard-thrown baseball on a cold day — ouch! — has some idea why pitchers love the early spring, and how come there were all those one-hitters a little while ago. Ah, but the weather is warmer now, and so are the batters.

Last week 30 homers were hit around the majors in a single day. The New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle collected the 500th of his career, thereby becoming the sixth player in history to achieve the mark.* And Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrated the...

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