Over a period of almost 50 years, Baseball Magazine has been batting out pieces on the grand old game. Here is a selection of 38 of the best stories that the old fans will relish and the young ones claim with ardor as they, too, read about the old heroes who gave life, importance and zest to the nation's favorite sport. Pitchers like the great Christy Mathewson and Alexander the Great come back to life. The mighty Honus proves once more more famous than even Richard Wagner. Here are stories about the great and the near great, heroes of world series -- and goats- about incidents and events dusted off from the musty past. And it winds up with a modern note in a tribute to the new home run king, Mickey Mantle.