Sport: Spring Heroes

The early days of any baseball season are traditionally characterized by astronomic batting averages belonging to unfamiliar names. Last week, with the season barely three weeks old, National League pitchers were still trying to find ways to deal with three young outfielders who had never looked so good before:

Don Demeter, 23, seemed too weak and skinny to be a big leaguer, but the Dodgers signed him for a paltry $800 bonus on the chance he might fill out and develop power. It seemed wasted money last season, when Demeter, a right-handed batter, hit...

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