Sport: The Growing Boys

In the ninth inning of a game with the Phillies one night last week, three Brooklyn Dodgers strode to the plate, one after the other hit home runs to win the game, 6-5. The feat, staged by Duke Snider, Randy Jackson and Gil Hodges, was only the latest record of a baseball season in which the steady drumfire of home runs has made bleacher-sitting pleasantly hazardous and baseball fans doggedly argumentative.

Some blame the fusillade on the "lively" ball, a contention disputed by Ball-makers A. G. Spalding & Bros., which has ordered a resiliency test to settle the matter once and for...

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