Sport: A Few Weeks or Forever?

Joe DiMaggio hobbled out of Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital on crutches one day last week and snapped at reporters: "Leave me alone . . . you guys are driving me batty." It was not like the usually soft-spoken DiMag, but the Yankees' centerfielder had cause for being testy: it seemed possible he might never play again.

All spring he had nursed his right heel, tender after an operation for a bone spur last fall. The heel got worse instead of better. In exhibition games in Texas recently he tried putting some pressure on it,...

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