Baseball: Mostly Sssssst!

Baseball pays St. Louis' Bob Gibson $40,000 a year, but that doesn't mean he has to make it complicated. "I can't stand heehawing around," says Pitcher Gibson, 29, "studying the catchers' signs, staring at the hitters — all that jazz. My philosophy is to hum it in there, baby, and let's find out who's best — them or me." Other pitchers play around with windups, curves, sliders, screwballs and such. Not Gibson. He uses hardly any windup at all, simply rears back and fires—with a great paroxysm of flailing arms and legs that carries him halfway to the plate. He...

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