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They Swung and They Missed

May 16, 1960
May 16, 1960

Table of Contents
May 16, 1960

Derby
What's So Funny
French Finish
Chuck McKinley
Alaska Cruise
Horse Shows
Baseball
Hunting
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

They Swung and They Missed

Big leaguers usually are photographed in moments of glory, but when SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's John Zimmerman used a long-lens camera to gain a pitcher's-eye view of home plate he found that even the best of them occasionally look like Little Leaguers swinging at their first curve. The pitchers in Chicago the other day were throwing inside, outside, high and wide, but it made no difference to this quartet of Cubs and Giants. They swung at everything. None looked at the ball; one stared at the ground, two gazed toward far left field, and the last seemed to have his eye fixed on a cloud. And all missed. It was enough to gladden a Little Leaguer's heart.

This is an article from the May 16, 1960 issue Original Layout

PHOTOJOHN G. ZIMMERMANOUTSIDE PITCH BAFFLES BOB SCHMIDT OF SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, WHO GOLFS AT IT FUTILELY WHILE GLARING INTO THE DIRTPHOTOJOHN G. ZIMMERMANHIGH PITCH CONFOUNDS CHICAGO SLUGGER FRANK THOMAS, WHO LOOKS UP, OVERSWINGS, NEARLY HITS CHIN WITH SHOULDERPHOTOJOHN G. ZIMMERMANLOW PITCH BRINGS POWERFUL SWING FROM CHICAGO CUBS' LOU JOHNSON, BUT BALL IN GLOVE MADE IT JUST A BIG STRIKEPHOTOJOHN G. ZIMMERMANWIDE PITCH IS CHASED BY CUBS' BOB WILL AS HE LEANS FORWARD FROM WAIST AND FLAILS AWKWARDLY AT THE DISTANT BALL