Sport: Babies at Vero Beach

As the rookie digs in at the plate, the sun-soaked fans at Vero Beach, Fla. nudge each other and lean forward. Down on the field, leathery veterans turn away from their pepper games and sliding drills to watch. When the Los Angeles Dodgers' Frank Howard, 23, puts the power of his 6-ft. y-in., 240-lb. body behind the swing of his 37-in. bat, he can smash drives that make infielders repent choosing their profession, and send outfielders scrambling back to the orange groves. Says Dodger Coach Pete Reiser: "I've never seen anyone hit the ball...

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