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ROBBY ON THE WARPATH
Brooklyn's odd pros can still come up with flashes of magnificent baseball, as witness Jackie Robinson (above), ignoring his aches and creaks to score from first on a single to beat the Braves in Milwaukee. But last week, despite such occasional flashes of brilliance, they may have lost the 1956 pennant race. It appeared that they were fighting themselves into utter exhaustion against the weakest competition (the lowly Giants and Pirates) their league could offer. For another Dodger, whose talents are their last hope, turn page
BIG NEWK ON FIREBALL HILL
This colossus of determination, whose overpowering fast ball is now far more effective than ever because he has a deceptive changeup pitch to go with it, is what National League batters will have to face in the season's decisive closing weeks. Baseball's biggest winner (22) so far, Big Newk must win most of his eight remaining probable starts if the Dodgers are to catch the league-leading Milwaukee Braves or even finish ahead of the Cincinnati Red legs. And he will have to win them on this very mound, since the Dodgers play 18 of their last 22 games at Ebbets Field
IKE ON THE COACHING LINE
Dwight Eisenhower, a promising young center fielder himself before he broke a knee playing football at West Point, goes out to Griffith Stadium to watch another fair center fielder (named Mantle) hit a home run, tells him (left), "I'd like to see you hit one tonight, Mickey," sees him walk and strike out before he slams his 47th, trots around bases (right)
Ike watches from box behind first as Mantle tees off on pitch from Senators' Pascual in seventh for homer. A loyal Washington rooter, Ike stayed on to bitter end of Yankee victory, 6-4.
YOUNGSTERS IMITATE THE STARS
Babe Ruth teen-agers show the results of following their heroes on television
The scene is Portland, Oregon's Multnomah Stadium and the cast consists exclusively of teen-agers, but a quick glance could lead many to believe they were looking into a dugout of big-league bench jockeys (opposite) and at a lineup of such stars as Robin Roberts, Al Rosen, Stan Musial and Gil Hodges (below). For these youngsters playing in the Babe Ruth World Series—and thousands like them around the U.S.—have mastered more than the techniques of first-rate baseball. They have done their best to become action carbons of their major league heroes.