There is vast reward for the baseball player cast in the heroic mold. But for each of these who approaches Ruthian or Wagnerian or Johnsonian stature there is vast responsibility, too; a hero, it seems, must perform like a hero at all times. No one realizes this more clearly than the men shown here, no one realizes better than they that if their team is to win, they must produce. And no one, even among these, is more aware of this necessity than the massive man on the opposite page, Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who is perhaps the best pitcher in the game. Winner of 27 games last year, he became an abject failure in his last two. Because of this, because there is now doubt—and because his team needs him so much—he joins others on the spot.
Harvey Kuenn trailed only Mantle, Williams in '56, must do at least as well if the Tigers are to move on up.
Larry Doby must supply power and runs it light-hitting White Sox expect to remain in the first division this year.
Eddie Mathews must realize his great slugging potential this year if the Milwaukee Braves are to have a chance at that long-awaited pennant.
Physical problem faces huge Ted Kluszewski of Cincinnati, shown making first baseman's stretch. Last year he was overweight and suffered pinched sciatic nerve. This year Redleg hopes ride on his condition
At 38, Ted Williams must curb temperamental tantrums to realize his full value to Red Sox
Brawny but brittle legs of Mickey Mantle could become Achilles' heel of New York Yankees
INDOLENCE OR PERFECTION?
Don Larsen may not feel that he is really on the spot at all; one does not, after all, go around performing feats such as his on any sort of a regular schedule. But Don Larsen has always been a relaxed—perhaps far too relaxed—young man; now that he has let the greatness break through, it would be a shame to see it die once again. Not another no-hitter, perhaps, but maybe 20 victories would do.