Here, dramatically illustrated, are the inner workings of the game, known only to its top exponents. In a five-part series, unlike anything ever done before, Sports Illustrated presents the secrets of major league baseball; they will grip the player and fan alike. Now watch for these dates:
THIS ISSUE SAL MAGLIE ON PITCHING
The craftiest pitcher in baseball, this tough old veteran has spent 20 years in the game, pitched a no-hitter, won 23 games in a season and has been on four pennant-winning teams.
MARCH 31 ROY SIEVERS ON HITTING
Rookie of the Year in 1949 but plagued by injuries later, the big slugger with the beautiful swing has battled back to become home run and RBI king, one of baseball's finest hitters.
APRIL 21 DEL CRANDALL ON CATCHING
A polished, intelligent receiver with an outstanding arm, this young veteran has been a regular since he was 19, now handles perhaps the best pitching staff in all baseball.
MAY 5 GIL McDOUGALD ON INFIELDING
A fine hitter and base runner, the talented and versatile Yankee is considered supreme on defense, has played three infield positions with distinction and a flair amounting to genius."
MAY 19 RICHIE ASHBURN ON OUTFIELDING, BASE RUNNING
With a glove or on the bases, the fleet Phil is one of the best; his career record is almost certain one day to include more putouts than any other outfielder in baseball history.