A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 18, 1977

Baseball has been blessed with many good players but few greats. Now another hitter is about to enter baseball's pantheon of heroes: Rodney Cline Carew, the first baseman of the Minnesota Twins and the first player to have a shot at finishing the season at .400 since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. Our cover story this week examines the still little-known Panamanian-born player—his consistent ability, his playing style, his personality—as well as the sport's oldtime hitters and the many refinements in the fine art of hitting a baseball.

"Carew is an open, engaging and articulate man who just happens to...

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