Sport: Year of the Homer (Contd.)

"Watch what happens when it warms up," said Detroit Pitching Coach Tom Ferrick late this spring. "The bats get a little slower, and the home-run production falls off." But last week, as spring bowed out to summer, major league sluggers, far hotter than the weather, kept whaling home runs at a prodigious pace (TIME, June 23). In six days they belted 120, boosted the season total for both leagues to 1,151.

Detroit and Cleveland, fighting for first place in the American League, clubbed nine between them in one game; Detroit, out-homered 5-4, won anyway, 15-7. The St. Louis Cardinals' Stan Musial walloped...

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