Sport: Old Pro

The catcher flashed a signal and stuck up his mitt—a fat target. The pitcher frowned moodily and began his windup—a reluctant marksman. All evening, Cincinnati's big righthander, Brooks Lawrence, had been firing successfully past the St. Louis Cardinals. Now he seemed ready to throw and duck. And he had reason. Coiled in the batter's box was Stan ("The Man") Musial, the indestructible old pro whose potent bat has been tormenting National League pitchers ever since his rookie season with St. Louis 18 summers ago.

Lawrence threw. The Man swung. The ball got past Redleg First Baseman George Crowe for a sharp...

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