THE HEAT IS ON!

Baseball simmers as the National League tries to catch the Dodgers and five American League teams hold a battle royal
July 31, 1955

With much of the U.S. sweltering under unusually high temperatures, major league baseball matched the weather with feverish action of its own. Although the Brooklyn Dodgers held a chilling margin (a dozen games or so) over their nearest rivals, the competition was not yet giving up. Dodger hitters suffered a steady diet of dusters, such as the one that hit Catcher Roy Campanella on the back of the neck (opposite page) last week and led to an official Brooklyn protest to League President Warren Giles. In the American League things were even more frenetic as no less than five teams ran pennant fever. The New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers all tried to claw their way to the top of the standings. For a gallery of some of baseball's current headliners in action, see pages that follow.

Hard-hitting Pitcher Don Newcombe bolsters powerful Dodger attack

Oft-injured Campanella takes Ruthian swing in bid for an extra-base hit

Newcombe whips arm around in game against Chicago Cubs for 16th win

Cards' Schoendienst rounds third sharply, saves steps en route home

Grim-faced Mickey Mantle, like Yankee teammates, fights slump

Bonus Baby Al Kaline of Detroit Tigers tops majors in batting

Lanky Ted Williams (see "Conversation Piece," page 28) leads Red Sox

EIGHT PHOTOSRICHARD MEEK

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)