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This was a short story, probably 50s or 60s. The premise is that
either aliens or advanced humans are living among the general
populace. Even though they have superior abilities, one of those is
the ability to remain unnoticed.
The narrator is being told this by someone else, and is skeptical at
least at first. The other asks him who the best pitcher on the local
baseball team is. When answered, "Jones" the other person says, "You
know Smith has a better record."
At the end of the story, the narrator is watching "Smith" pitch, where
he gives up a home run but without any expression as you might expect.
Presumably "Smith" has done it on purpose for cover.
I think I recall this. In my memory, they weren't aliens, but but
some kind of mutant homo superior, with amazing mental and physical
skills, but also a talent, not always wanted, of being nigh-impossible
to remember. One, at least, played baseball to build up a paper trail
of his accomplishements far outshining Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantel, but
to baseball fans, was thought of, if at all, as a third string player.
The narrator is normal human, a reporter, but the homo superior has
no worries about telling him, since he knows (with some sadness) that
the reporter will forget all about the story when he leaves.