A terrific illustration by Lenny Hollreiser, a prominent sports cartoonist in the the mid-Twentieth century, accompanies the chapter. Goofy and winsome, Hollreiser's drawing is both funny and kind of scary. Blinder-affixing, bat-sawing, feet-lassoing gremlins: it's a head game, after all. I wonder how many impressionable twelve-year old kids, after a day scuffling at the plate in Little League and having put down DiMaggio's book, were visited by this image late at night.
The best passage is a small paragraph that all-too-accurately describes the fraught journey taken by a slugger in the blues: