In theory, the All-Star Game should provide the season's closest approach to perfect baseball. Yet baseball perfection can only be the sum total of many great visual moments scattered through spring, summer and fall. One of these glimpses of perfection is provided by Don Blasingame of the Cards (opposite page) acting the flawless infielder as he starts a double play that has Whitey Lockman, then a Giant, out at second. On the pages following, Joe Nuxhall of Cincinnati and Willie Mays of the Giants present tableaux that dramatize, respectively, the pitcher at delivery, the base runner in leaping flight to avoid the ball and interfere with the shortstop's chances to make the play.
HUGE OLD-FASHIONED CLUBHOUSE IN DEEPEST CENTER FIELD OF NEW YORK'S POLO GROUNDS FORMS BACKGROUND FOR HIGH CURVE THROWN BY REDLEGS' JOE NUXHALL
BASE RUNNER WILLIE MAYS, HURTLING TOWARD THIRD, FLINGS HIS ARMS HIGH IN VIOLENT EFFORT TO AVOID BEING HIT BY BATTED BALL