Baseball: The Fence-Busters

Someone once asked Babe Ruth how he came to hit so many home runs. The Babe grinned and replied, "Because I don't like to run out singles." This season, two other sluggers who hate singles are swinging for the fences: Oakland's Reggie Jackson and Washington's Frank Howard. One out of every four hits that Ruth produced during his 21-year career was a home run; Jackson and Howard have been walloping them at the rate of one in every three.

Against California last week, the lefthanded Jackson hit his 36th home run of the year as the A's won 3-2. Earlier...

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