Upjohn (a pharmaceutical firm), like almost everyone else these days, gets into the Mantle act and reveals that physiologists agree with many American League pitchers on one point: that Mickey is a man likely to hit home runs
PHYSIOLOGY OF REACTION TIME. The sketch above shows what happens at the instant the ball leaves the pitcher's hand en route to the waiting Mickey Mantle. At (1) ball is observed as thrown, with binocular series of images reflected on (2) the occipital (visual) cortex; information is relayed to (3) frontal association areas, where the future trajectory of the ball is predicted, comparisons with past experience are made and a decision to swing or not to swing is taken. In motor cortex (4) the necessary neurons are fired, and muscular action results. Motor impulses are superimposed on extrapyramidal influences from the cerebellum (5), basal ganglia, etc. On the left is a sketch of the end of a typical Mantle swing, showing neck, shoulder and back musculature after he has hit the ball left-handed.