Baseball: Nobody Knocks the Rock

One of baseball's oldest maxims holds that hitters can't pitch and pitchers can't hit. The New York Yankees' Babe Ruth was a magnificent exception, a star pitcher (lifetime record: 94-46) long before he became the greatest home-run hitter in history. One afternoon last week, the Yanks produced another rule breaker: Outfielder Rocky Colavito, 35, the former Cleveland Indian slugger (TIME cover, Aug. 24, 1959) recently signed by New York.

The Yanks were trailing the league-leading Detroit Tigers 5-0 in the fourth inning. There was only one Tiger out and two on base. At...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!