46 BROOKS LAWRENCE
Throws R, bats R. Rec. 19-10. ERA 4.02. Traded away by Cards after miserable season, has been strong man of Redleg pitching staff and biggest winner. Has sharp control, good curve and sinker. Very strong; can pitch effectively with three days' rest, sometimes works in relief.
39 JOE NUXHALL
Throws L, bats L. Rec. 13-11. ERA 3.59. Big (6 feet 3, 230 pounds) and fast, control trouble has kept him from approaching fine '55 record when he led league in shutouts, won 17 games. Throws very hard, but mixes pitches well; also has curve, slider and changeup.
30 HERSHELL FREEMAN
Throws R, bats R. Rec. 13-5. ERA 3.49. AL castoff who came to Cincy in '55, has been masterful relief pitcher. Perhaps the big reason Tebbetts has been able to keep team so high with weakest pitching staff among contenders. His fast ball smokes, is almost always down low.
September 30, 1956
18 TED KLUSZEWSKI, 1B
Bats L, throws L. .302 avg. 35 HR. Slow and heavy, but still awesome figure at plate. Overpowers ball, hits vicious line drives even when off home-run range. Murders high balls, but can hit anything. Pitch him low, breaking stuff, move the ball around. Chases low curve and changeup.
16 JOHNNY TEMPLE, 2B
Bats R, throws R. .283 avg. 2 HR. Fiery, highly competitive spark of ball club. In field quick and fast, with wonderful timing, accurate arm. Works with McMillan like well-oiled machine. Best base runner on team; watch him. Not strong but can hit anything; try to keep ball low.
6 ED BAILEY, C
Bats L, throws R. .302 avg. 28 HR. Unimpressive in earlier trials at Cincinnati, has been great young catcher this year. Batting leader first half of season. Good receiver with strong, accurate arm. Hits often and with power, likes fast-ball pitching. Get him out on low-breaking stuff.
20 FRANK ROBINSON, LF
Bats R, throws R. .290 avg. 38 HR. Without doubt, major league rookie of the year, contender for home-run title. Best pull hitter on the team, with great power. Fair speed and range in field, adequate arm. Likes pitch out over plate, has trouble with slow curve and fast ball inside.
11 ROY McMILLAN, SS
Bats R, throws R. .264 avg. 3 HR. One of best shortstops in baseball history. Marvelous instincts, great range, sure hands and powerful, accurate arm; magician on double play. Not topflight hitter but good in clutch; likes fast ball up high, hits to right. Runs bases well.
10 ALEX GRAMMAS, 3B
Bats R, throws R. .255 avg. 0 HR. Obtained from Cards in early season, both his glove and bat have been great help. Slick defensively, ex-shortstop has wide range and fine arm, helps make Redleg infield among best. No home-run threat but good fast-ball hitter; pitch him inside.
25 GUS BELL, CF
Bats L, throws R. .292 avg. 29 HR. Ranks with Mays and Snider at top of NL center fielders; does everything well. Good speed, vast range, strong arm, runs bases well. Hits with real power, likes fast ball up high, frequently cuts at first pitch. Curve him low, move ball around.
28 WALLY POST, RF
Bats R, throws R. .250 avg. 36 HR. Batting average off 60 points from '55 but can still break up the ball game. Great power; once weak on high tight fast ball, now hits anything. Prefers fast ball over plate, so curve him low. Runs well, topflight fielder, best arm in Redleg outfield.
7 SMOKY BURGESS, C
Bats L, throws R. .272 avg. 11 HR. Short and chunky, he's star Redleg pinch-hitter, packs real power. Hits fast ball hard, curve almost as well; keep him off-balance, use changeup. Shares catching duty with Bailey, but not as good a receiver, has much weaker arm; you can run on him.
BOARD OF STRATEGY AND RESERVES
BIRDIE TEBBETTS, MGR.
1 Tebbetts, the master psychologist, maneuvered and talked his team into heights no one else believed possible. 2 FRANK McCORMICK coaches first, and 4 JIMMY DYKES handles third. 3 TOM FERRICK has done an amazing job with an assortment of castoff pitchers.
The Cincinnati Bench features other power hitters who can step in if the regular sluggers slump. Only his glove keeps 12 RAY JABLONSKI (R), hard-hitting third baseman, on bench. 15 GEORGE CROWE (L), first baseman, 22 BOB THURMAN (L) and 23 STAN PALYS (R), outfielders, are dangerous pinch-hitters. 14 ROCKY BRIDGES (R), utility infielder, and 9 BRUCE EDWARDS (R), catcher, are in reserve. 35 JOHNNY KLIPPSTEIN (R), 42 HAL JEFFCOAT (R) and 43 LARRY JANSEN (R) are dual starters and relievers. 51 ART FOWLER (R), 49 JOE BLACK (R), 40 TOM ACKER (R), 31 DON GROSS (L) and 36 JOHN OLDHAM (L) round out the bullpen.
Right Field Foul Line 342 ft.
Left Field Foul Line 328 ft.
FENCE 12 ft. HIGH
WALL 18 ft. HIGH