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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

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To the Editors:

David G. Baldwin, one of the authors of “Predicting a Baseball’s Path” ...Click to Enlarge Image

Being a huge baseball fan, I enjoyed your article "Predicting a Baseball's Path" (May-June) by A. Terry Bahill, David G. Baldwin and Jayendran Venkateswaran. I thought American Scientist readers might like to know what Baldwin looked like when he played major league baseball. The image on the back of Baldwin's 1969 baseball card has always stuck with me, and it tied in nicely with another article, "Dinosaurs as a Cultural Phenomenon" (Marginalia, also May-June) by Keith Stewart Thomson. From Baldwin's record, he knows firsthand just how difficult it is to hit a baseball at the major league level—he was 1 for 15 in his career as a hitter.

Ron Vasile
Downers Grove, Illinois

 

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