Sport: Fat Man on the Mound

What has a pot belly, rides eight motorcycles and does nothing with its left arm but throw bullets? The answer: 6-ft. 1-in., 207-lb. Mickey Lolich, left-handed mound ace of the Detroit Tigers. Mickey explains the pot easily. "Big bellies run in my family. All the male Lolichs have them." The cycle fetish and the sinistral fastball derive from a childhood accident. When Lolich was a lad of three in Portland, Ore., his tricycle collided with a motorcycle, which crushed his left shoulder. Although the shoulder healed properly, the doctor gave Mickey throwing exercises to strengthen his arm. The exercises worked so...

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