Sport: Seesaw Battle

Maybe Corporal Billy Martin was just fired up, and maybe the opposing pitchers had forgotten how to throw to him. But when the 27-year-old infielder returned to Yankee Stadium last week on terminal leave from the Army, he and the Yankees looked almost as good as they did in the 1953 World Series—when Martin's last stint produced a heroic .500 batting average, a sixth-game, ninth-inning single that gave the Yankees the crown. Against the Washington Senators Martin sparked his team with two crackling hits. Whitey Ford pitched a brilliant one-hitter, Mickey Mantle slammed out his 36th homer, drove in three runs,...

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