The beasts he battled: 1. The sun; 2. The fact that he was running with his back to the field; and 3. The bullpen pitchers’ mounds.
Which is not something you battle much these days. When I was a kid it seemed like every park had bullpens along the lines, but these days you have, what, Oakland, San Francisco, Chicago and . . . are there any more? There are likely a couple, but there sure aren’t a lot. Definitely adds difficulty these days. Like having Tal’s Hill just beyond third base.
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