"Here I was,
feelin' great. Used to be I could throw to a batter's strength if I wanted to.
You got natural ability and speed, and you don't have to pitch at spots. You
just fire 'em in and you'll get 'em out. That's what I was doin' up until I got
hit by that ball."
Diz stretched a
little and flexed big hands, remembering the feel of blowing that fast ball by
Mantle," he said again. "I'd pitch him tight an' inside an' I'd strike
him out a lot."
Diz hesitated a
second then and thought and some of the excitement went out of his voice.
"That's what I threw Averill. Waist-high fast ball inside. An' he hit it
right back at me."
In the first
month of summer the bays and rivers of America, where yachtsmen retreat from
the danger of crowded highways, seemed to take on all the worst aspects of a
downtown traffic tangle.
Item: in New York
harbor the motor cruiser Escape II unaccountably veered across the bow of a
tanker, was rammed and sunk. One person drowned. Shocked by the event, the New
York City Council began discussion of tough speed laws and licensing for
pleasure boats, a matter since taken over by the state legislature.
Item: at Long
Beach, Calif. two out-boards collided with such force that one hurtled clear
over the other. Injuries were only minor, but Commander Davidson of the 11th
Coast Guard District thought it was high time some safely measures were taken.
"Every American," he said, "is convinced he can drive a motorboat
and ride a horse. We don't let people drive cars until they take a driving
test. But anyone can go out in an outboard."
Item: a report
from Idaho grimly claimed the nation's highest percentage of boating accidents,
and the Lucky Peak Boat Club of Boise formed a posse of powerboaters to drill
more sense into the careening tangle of water skiers, racing inboards and
trolling fishermen on Lucky Peak Reservoir.
Item: in Detroit
an auto traffic judge was slapping fines on water-borne speeders and ordering
them off the Detroit River