Sport: In the Shadow

Harry Heilmann was a tall, husky man (6 ft., 195 Ibs.), an outfielder (mainly for Detroit) who spent 13 years in the major leagues cowing opposing pitchers. He won the American League batting championship four times, one season hit .403. His lifetime average was .342, a mark bettered by only six other players.*

When his big-league days were over in 1932, Heilmann made a new career as a sports announcer on Detroit radio stations. But his great ambition, election to baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., always eluded him. Lesser men made it;...

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