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MASKED MARVEL

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BASEBALL GAMES, especially in spring's unfocused early days, consist mostly of nothingness. But intrasquad action doesn't seem quite so humdrum from behind the plate, John G. Zimmerman reported in 1959. He had thrown a catcher's mask over the 28mm lens of his Bell & Howell Foton, hoping to capture what an umpire sees. On the mound for the White Sox was seven-time All-Star Billy Pierce, one of the '50s hardest throwers. The fastball sailed by Earl Battey, the hitter, into catcher Sherm Lollar's mitt. "Nothing happened," Zimmerman said, "but I sure flinched."

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