Baseball: Restoring the Balance

No single event better illustrated the pre-eminence of the pitcher throughout the 1968 baseball season than the July All-Star game. The best batsmen in both leagues struck out 20 times and collected only eight hits as the National League eked out a soporific 1-0 victory. One disgusted spectator called the game "the biggest bore of my life."

No one was bored by last week's All-Star game. Held in Washington's new Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, the contest clearly reflected the re-emergence of the crowd-pleasing "long ball." In the second inning, Cincinnati's Johnny Bench blasted...

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