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July 22, 1968
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July 22, 1968


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Among the lesser-known converts to the big bat are Cardinal Catcher John Edwards (.250). His bats now weigh from 36 to 39 ounces. "Before this year, when I had a .200 or so average, I never swung one that weighed more than 35 ounces," he says.

Chico Ruiz of the Reds is another who has changed to a heavier bat this season. He used to swing a 31-ounce one but has gone up to a 36-ouncer and even occasionally to one that weighs 38 ounces. Last season he hit .220. His average is now .278.

Bat man Ryan may have hit on something.

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