A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 15, 1974

Reporter-researchers, as their title implies, perform a variety of functions. Most of the time they work in New York gathering research materials, conducting interviews, and checking stories for accuracy. Sometimes they also go out to report in the field. Sport Reporter-Researcher Paul Witteman, 30, who came to TIME in 1972 after a year as a reporter in Pittsfield, Mass., and graduation from the Columbia School of Journalism, has landed a number of field assignments, but never an assignment quite like last week's. He was sent to Cincinnati to be on hand if Atlanta Braves Slugger Henry Aaron tied Babe Ruth's career...

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