Sport: A Batter from the Pen

Ron LeFlore was not much interested in sports when he attended Detroit's Eastern High School. "I was into something altogether different," he says. Several things, in fact—like hard drugs, a breaking-and-entering conviction and finally, at 17, the Southern Michigan State Prison for armed robbery. Over the next 3½ years, LeFlore compiled a more impressive record belting fastballs for the prison baseball team. Says he:

"That's all there was in prison — base ball, baseball, baseball. I really got involved in the game."

Detroit Manager Billy Martin heard about LeFlore's robust .569 batting average and two months ago, while visit ing the prison for...

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