Edmond Kohn's big southpaw stands in the batter's box with the brooding intensity of one man alone against nine. The bright and shadowed stadium, the crowd on the fretful edge of suspense are fused into a kaleidoscopic backdrop. In his The Long Ball Hitter Kohn has frozen the tensions of a decisive moment which even a Mickey Mantle confesses is supreme.

PHOTOCOURTESY EDMOND O'BRIEN