The Question: What has happened to your team that will make a difference this year? (Answers by major league baseball team broadcasters)

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

The Question: What has happened to your team that will make a difference this year? (Answers by major league baseball team broadcasters)

Philadelphia Phillies
Many good things that will make a difference. We have a new shortstop, John Kennedy, the first Negro in club history; bonus baby Harry Anderson; and a new first baseman, Ed Bouchee. Our three star pitchers, Roberts, Simmons and Haddix, will have the help of talented youngsters.

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Cincinnati Redlegs
We have the power, stronger pitching, better balance and we've had the experience as a pennant contender. Pitching wasn't too strong last year. The acquisition of Warren Hacker, plus Don Gross and Tom Acker, who show great promise, gives us a lot more pitching strength.

Milwaukee Braves
The experience gained from last year's close race is bound to help. The club has more spirit and desire than ever. Fred Haney has placed great stress on fundamentals, which he feels cost the Braves the pennant last year. The same personnel, with Haney and added experience, should do it in '57.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Bill Virdon in the lineup from the start will be a major change for the better. His acquisition last year ranks ahead of the Brink's job as a steal. Other factors which should put us in the first division are Frank Thomas starting at third and Bill Mazeroski in his first full season at second.

Brooklyn Dodgers
The supposedly fading veterans—Campanella, Hodges, Reese, Furillo and Snider—are all driving hard to prove they have what is expected of champions. The youngsters—Zimmer, Neal and Cimoli—are pushing to play regularly. Podres answers Alston's need for a top left-hander.

Chicago Cubs
The root of our woes during the past decade—too many chiefs and not enough Indians—is remedied with the acquisition of Vice-president John Holland. With his sound baseball knowledge, plus the attitude Manager Bob Scheffing has instilled, we have taken a tremendous stride in rebuilding.

St. Louis Cardinals
One of our best pitchers during last season ranks ninth on the current staff. That's the tip-off. Frank Lane has added pitchers like Murry Dickson, Herm Wehmeier, Jim Davis, Sam Jones and Hoyt Wilhelm. With Del Ennis, we now have the home run punch we need. We are also improved through the added experience gained by Ken Boyer, Don Blasingame, Hal Smith, Larry Jackson and Vinegar Bend Mizell during last season's race.

New York Giants
The Giants had the misfortune of losing three of their finest young players to the service—Willie Kirkland, Bill White and Jackie Brandt. So this year they've taken a good look at Andre Rodgers, a shortstop who has a chance for stardom in the National League, and a determined older outfielder, Hank Sauer. We won't be the door mats that the general public thinks we will be. We can finish fifth or fourth, with a little bit of luck.

Cleveland Indians
The new team manager, Kerby Farrell, is a hustler who has been stressing speeds and better base running throughout spring training. We'll be a much faster ball club this year than we were last. With Herb Score physically well and the entire pitching staff obviously deeper, our pitching should be stronger than ever. If Roger Maris can make the grade in center field and Larry Raines can make a good showing at third, look out Yankees.

Boston Red Sox
A year makes a big difference. Last year, youngsters like Brewer, Delock, Sisler, Gernert, Lepcio reached major league maturity. This year, all five may star. The real difference could rest on the success of surgery to Mel Parnell's elbow. With baseball's best outfield, the outlook seems brighter.

Detroit Tigers
The Tigers have more depth. The trade for Finigan and Robinson gives Manager Tighe more flexibility for changes. Boiling at second from the start of the season helps the infield. Last year, injuries to Kuenn, Boone and Kaline hurt our strength and morale. That's unlikely to happen again.

Kansas City Athletics
New Faces was a smash on Broadway. A new team spirit and new faces mean a sixth-place finish. The new faces of Cerv, Noren, Hunter, Graff and Pisoni give the A's depth they never had before. And McDermott, Morgan, Coleman, Garver and Trucks are forming a pitching staff with authority.

Chicago White Sox
My colleague has answered for the Cubs, so I'll answer for the White Sox. Last year, key injuries or sickness cost the Sox the full effectiveness of Doby, Donovan, Howell, Keegan and a few others. This year Al Lopez has a healthy squad, making the White Sox the biggest problem for the Yankees.

Washington Senators
We have the finest catching depth in the league, plus a year's experience for two of the league's finest-young pitchers, Pascual and Ramos. Brodowski may prove to be a pleasant sleeper, Runnels has upped his average. Also, Yost's sickness and Snyder's broken wrist won't plague us any more.

Baltimore Orioles
The 1957 Orioles have more confidence and optimism because of Paul Richards' know-how and magic touch. His "think—win with fewer mistakes" adds a fourth dimension to baseball's big three—run, hit and throw. Player-developing is paying off with Rookies Robinson, Beamon, Powis, Durham.

New York Yankees
It's hard to point to anything in a young team that won the World Series, but the presence of so many outstanding rookies has given Stengel the problem of cutting down. Kubek and Richardson are youngsters who should stay, with Kubek having a chance of being the Rookie of the Year.



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