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This week a sun-tanned Roy Terrell walked into the office, fresh from the baseball training camps. Like a number of other editors, writers and photographers, Terrell had spent most of the spring and part of the winter readying SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S opening lineup for the baseball season—one that you'll see next week in our second annual Special Baseball Issue.

On paper, as the saying goes, the lineup looks to me like a pennant winner. And that's as it should be for, unlike the Yankees and the Indians, the Dodgers and the Pirates, it's on paper that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED plays its most important games.

Batting in first position: An introduction to the coming season by Robert Creamer, also fresh from Florida.

Second: A new work by the famous poet and lifetime baseball fan, Ogden Nash—Decline and Fall of a Roman Umpire.

Third: A color portfolio of some of baseball's greatest active stars who for varying reasons this year are especially on the spot.

Fourth, in the cleanup spot: 32 pages of Scouting Reports on all 16 major league clubs, based on current spring training surveys.

Fifth: A revolutionary inquiry into the science of pitching by Rear Admiral Dan Gallery which is bound to put some new baseball thoughts into some old baseball heads.

Sixth: This one will start a rhubarb: a prejudiced piece by a frankly prejudiced fan, James Murray, who suggests some new standards for election to the Hall of Fame.

Seventh: Revealing, unusual and useful baseball statistics, prepared by and appearing only in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

Eighth: A look at baseball's distaff side which brings to the foreground some of the more delightful aspects of its background.

Ninth: PAT ON THE BACK—for the umpires, who don't get many of them after the season starts.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S lineup, of course, has a strong bench behind it. But perhaps the best part of all, when it comes to bat next week, is that this is one lineup you can stick with all season long.