Baseball: Master on the Mound

One battle does not a campaign make, nor a single game a World Series. But for a record crowd of 54,692 at St. Louis' Busch Stadium—and millions more who watched on TV—last week's 1968 Series opener between the home town Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers settled one question, at least for the moment: Who is the best pitcher in baseball?

Going into the game, Detroit's Deny McLain fairly oozed confidence. "I want to humiliate the Cardinals," said Denny, whose regular-season record of 31-6 makes him the big leagues' biggest winner in 34...

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