COMING EVENTS April 12 through April 21

April 15, 1957
April 15, 1957

Table of Contents
April 15, 1957

Doug Ford And The Masters
Events & Discoveries
Scouting Reports
American League
  • Seven times in the past eight years the Yankees have won the pennant; in '56 they could have started to print their World Series tickets in July. Yet Casey Stengel now comes up with a ball club he says is better than any of the others. Unless you are a Yankee fan, it looks like a long season ahead

  • The Indians have been in a second-place rut for five of the past six years. Although most major league cities would happily settle for much less, in Cleveland the frustration of always being the runner-up has come to a head. A new manager has been added, but once again it looks like second best

  • For five straight years the Sox have finished third. Now they have a new manager and some promising rookies but all else is the same: with one hand they must claw their way up toward the Yankees and Indians, with the other hold off the Tigers and Red Sox from below. That's asking too much of two hands

  • The Boston Red Sox are New England's pride and despair. Annually hope rises that this year the Sox will finally unseat those top-dog New York Yankees, and annually there is frustration. But, even so, hope rides high again on such as Ted Williams, Jim Piersail, Tom Brewer and a dozen bright young men

  • This is the team they said last winter might shake up the Yankees—but that was last winter and now no one is quite so sure. The Tigers are good, only there aren't enough of them; where Casey Stengel experiments to find out which player is best, Jack Tighe must experiment to find a player good enough

  • The Baltimore Orioles have improved steadily in their three seasons in the American League. There has been a continuous flow of ballplayers, coming and going, as Manager Paul Richards has tried to field a winning club. This year the team has a more permanent look, but there is still a lot to be done

  • The Senators finished seventh a year ago which, on the record, may have been an even greater miracle than the pennant triumphs of the 1914 Braves and the 1951 Giants. They had the worst fielding in the league and by far the worst pitching. Only a couple of big sluggers saved them from the bottom

  • This will be Kansas City's third season in the major leagues. The first year was one grand party: a lively, eager team fought for victories all year long. But last season was quite different: the team was listless, as well as bad, and finished a dull, dreary last. Kansas City fans expect something a good deal better in 1957

National League
  • The old, old Dodgers have been the class team of the National League for a decade. Cracks have appeared in their armor, but it is fondly hoped in Brooklyn (and Los Angeles) that bright young players will fill such gaps. In the most unlikely event that they do there'll be yet another Yankee-Dodger World Series

  • Now it is next year. With a superb pitching staff built around the great trio of Spahn, Burdette and Buhl, and boasting some of the league's best ballplayers in Aaron, Mathews, Adcock and Logan, the Braves are prepared to make a strong bid for the pennant they missed by the narrowest of margins last September

  • The personable, colorful, lively Redlegs are the most popular ball club in the National League. Last season strong hitting, brilliant fielding, shrewd managing and an astute front office combined to lift them to third place after 11 dismal years buried in the second division. Now they have their eyes on the pennant

  • Improved by trades and boasting one of the most impressive starting lineups in the league, the Cardinals are hungry for a pennant. Yet the bench is weak, their pitching can hardly equal the Dodgers or Braves, and the Redlegs have more power. It may be a long, tough climb from fourth place first

  • It's seven years now since the youthful Philadelphia "Whiz Kids" stole the National League pennant. They have grown old in the interval, and none too gracefully at that. A slowly dwindling band of truly topflight players has heretofore saved the club from utter disgrace, but who knows if they can do it again

  • The Giants looked better toward the end of 1956, moving from the cellar to sixth in the last five weeks of the season. Then the armed forces took regulars Jackie Brandt and Bill White, and regular Catcher Bill Sarni had a heart attack during spring training. Yet despite all the team still shows plenty of spirit

  • Last year the Pirates spent nine glorious and dizzy days atop the National League. This, however, was in June, and at season's end they were seventh. They may not spend even one day in first place in '57, but the Pirates are a young ball club on the way up and they aren't going to finish seventh either

  • After 10 years of bitter frustration in the depths of the second division, Owner Phil Wrigley swept the club clean during the winter and reorganized from front office down. Despite this broom treatment of last year's cellar team, the Cubs' tenure in the bleak second division is assured for another year

Sport In Art
Fame Is For Winners
Figuring It Out
Fisherman's Calendar
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

COMING EVENTS April 12 through April 21


This is an article from the April 15, 1957 issue



[TV][NETWORK RADIO]Chico Vejar vs. Ralph Tiger Jones, middleweights (10 rds.), Syracuse, N.Y., 10 p.m. (NBC).

Table Tennis
National Open Table Tennis Championships, South Bend, Ind. (through April 14).

Track & Field
Queens-Iona Relays, Randall's Island, N.Y.

Water Skiing
The Dixie Water Ski Tournament, Cypress Gardens, Fla. (through April 14).


Auto Racing
NASCAR Late Model Convertible Races, Greenville, S.C.


(Exhibition games)

[TV]Brooklyn vs. New York (A.), Brooklyn, 1:45 p.m. (CBS).
[TV]Baltimore vs. Cincinnati, Baltimore, 2 p.m. (NBC).

NBA finals, 7th game (if necessary): Boston vs. St. Louis, Boston.

Eastern Assn. of Rowing Colleges Opening Regatta (Rutgers vs. Penn), Philadelphia.

Horse Racing

Biscayne Bay Handicap, $25,000, 3-yr.-olds, 1[1/16] m., Gulfstream Park, Fla.
Robert O'Brien Memorial Handicap, $15,000, 3-yr.-olds & up, 1[1/16] m., Bay Meadows, Calif.
The Gotham, $25,000, 3-yr.-olds, 1[1/16] m., Jamaica, N.Y.

Horse Show
All-Arabian Show, Las Vegas, Nev. (through April 14).

Hunt Racing

Block House Hunt Races, Tryon, N.C.
Middleburg Hunt Race Association, Middleburg, Va.
My Lady's Manor Point to Point, Monkton, Md.


Army vs. Rutgers, West Point, N.Y.
Johns Hopkins vs. Princeton, Baltimore.
Yale vs. RPI, New Haven, Conn.

Thomas H. Lawrence Memorial and Marathon Trapshoot, Travers Island, N.Y. (through April 14).

National Veterans Downhill, Slalom & Combined Championships, Soda Springs, Calif. (through April 14).


Auto Racing

NASCAR Grand National Division, Langhorne, Pa.
NASCAR Late Model Convertible Races, Wilson, N.C.

(Exhibition game)
[NETWORK RADIO]New York (A.) vs. Brooklyn, New York, 2 p.m. (Mutual).

Harlem Globetrotters vs. College All-Americas, Denver.

Sammamish Slough Race, outboards (all classes), Lake Sammamish to Kenmore, Wash.

Stanley Cup finals, 4th game: Boston vs. Montreal, Boston. (If necessary: April 16, Montreal; April 18, Boston; April 20, Montreal.)


[NETWORK RADIO]Major league season begins: Washington vs. Baltimore, Washington, 1:25 p.m. (Mutual). (Remaining six American League teams open on April 16.)

Harlem Globetrotters vs. College All-Americas, Omaha.

[TV]Sugar Hart vs. Willie Stevenson, welterweights (10 rds.), St. Nick's, New York, 10:30 p.m. (DuMont).

Pro matches, Rosewall vs. Gonzales, Kalamazoo, Mich.


National League season begins.

Harlem Globetrotters vs. College All-Americas, Evansville, Ind.


Joey Giardello vs. Rory Calhoun, middleweights (10 rds.), Cleveland.
Bob Satterfield vs. Ben Wise, heavyweights (10 rds.), Oakland, Calif.
Paul Jorgensen vs. Davey Walden, featherweights (10 rds.), Houston.

Senior Women's Indoor Swimming and Diving Championships, Beverly Hills, Calif. (through April 18).

Pro matches, Rosewall vs. Gonzales, Midland, Mich.


Harlem Globetrotters vs. College All-Americas, Milwaukee.

[TV][NETWORK RADIO]Spider Webb vs. Randy Sandy, middleweights (10 rds.), Chicago, 10 p.m. (ABC).

Horse Racing

Correction Handicap, $20,000, 3-yr.-olds & up (fillies & mares), 6 f., Jamaica, N.Y.
Hollywood Handicap, $10,000, 3-yr.-olds & up, 6 f., Gulf-stream Park, Fla.


Duke vs. RPI, Durham, N.C.
Rutgers vs. Yale, New Brunswick, N.J.


Harlem Globetrotters vs. College All-Americas, Cincinnati.

Pat McMurtry vs. Edgardo Romero, heavyweights(10 rds.), Seattle.

[TV]Tournament of Champions, $38,500, Las Vegas, Nev. (through April 21; final day to be televised, 5 p.m., NBC).

Horse Racing
Ashland Stakes, $15,000, 3-yr.-old fillies, 6 f. Keeneland, Ky.

Pro matches, Rosewall vs. Gonzales, New Haven, Conn.


Auto Racing
Hawaii's First International Speed Week, Hawaii (through April 21).

Tampa-Egmont Key Sailing Race, Tampa.

[TV][NETWORK RADIO]Holly Mims vs. Jimmy Beecham, middleweights (10 rds.), Miami Beach, Fla., 10 p.m. (NBC).

Maryland vs. Colgate, College Park, Md.

USA Senior Synchronized Swimming Championships, Lansing, Mich. (through April 21).


Auto Racing

NASCAR Late Model Short Track Division Race, Sacramento.
NASCAR Late Model Convertible Race, Hickory, N.C.


[TV]Milwaukee vs. Cincinnati, Milwaukee, 2:30 p.m. (NBC).
[NETWORK RADIO]Boston vs. New York, Boston, 2:15 p.m. (CBS).


California, UCLA and USC in Crew Race, Ballona Creek, Los Angeles.
Callow Cup Crew Regatta, Penn vs. Navy, Philadelphia.

Boat Show
Iowa Sports, Boat & Vacation Show, Des Moines (through April 25).

Horse Racing

Bay Meadows Futurity, $60,000, 2-yr.-olds, 5 f., Bay Meadows, Calif.
Southern Cross, $50,000, 3-yr.-olds & up, 1‚⅛ m., Gulf-stream Park, Fla.
The Wood Memorial, $50,000, 3-yr.-olds, 1‚⅛ m., Jamaica, N.Y.

Hunt Racing
Middleburg Hunt Race Association, Middleburg, Va. Grand National Point to Point, Butler, Md.


Army vs. Princeton, West Point, N.Y.
Mt. Washington vs. Rutgers, Baltimore.
Navy vs. Duke, Annapolis, Md.

Sugar Bowl Junior Championships, Norden, Calif.

2nd Annual AAU Age Group Swimming Meet, Norwalk, Conn.

Pro matches, Rosewall vs. Gonzales, Bermuda (through April 21).

Track & Field

Boston Marathon, Boston.
Kansas Relays, Lawrence, Kans.
Ohio Invitation Relays, Columbus, Ohio.


Dog Show
Baltimore County Kennel Club Show, Baltimore.

Walt Disney Trophy Race, Norden, Calif.

*See local listing.