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



This is an article from the April 15, 1957 issue Original Layout

Track and field records fell like clay pigeons before shill in a carnival shooting gallery as short pants brigade swarmed into action in Texas, California and Ohio. In Texas Relays at Austin, Abilene Christian's fleet-footed Bobby Morrow, who also scampered through windblown (8 mph) 100-yard dash in 9.3, outran Texas' Bobby Whilden in thrilling anchor leg (see below) to help his foursome (others: Waymond Griggs, Bill Woodhouse, Jim Segrest) to 40.2 clocking for 440-yard relay, fastest ever around two turns (April 6) day after Whilden sparked Teammates Wally Wilson, Hollis Gainey and Eddie Southern to new world record of 1:22.7 for half-mile relay. At Los Angeles, two college marks were broken by spunky little Max Truex of USC, who rambled two miles in 8:55, and scrawny Bob Gutowski of Occidental, who soared 15 feet four inches in pole vault (April 6). At Cleveland, three U.S. standards went by boards in Women's AAU indoor championships when Tennessee State's trim Isabel Daniels sprinted 50 yards in 5.7 and teamed up with Lucinda Williams, Barbara Jones and Margaret Matthews to sprint 440-yard relay in 50 flat; Amelia Wershoven of Ridgefield Park, N.J. heaved basketball 105 feet 9½ inches (April 6).

Harness racing fans got jolt from Down Under with news that as yet unnamed yearling pacer, owned by Allan Holmes and driven by Freeman Holmes Jr., stepped off mile in 2:09.2 at Christchurch, New Zealand to better world record of 2:14¾ for yearlings set by Royal Lady 2nd at Indianapolis in 1939 (April 7).

England's Derek Kevan and Duncan Edwards dented Scotland's goal in second half, thrilled 100,000 who jampacked London's Wembley Stadium with 2-1 victory for British title.

Ohio State's sturdy-armed Al Wiggins, competing for Cincinnati's Coca-Cola Swim Club, was still man of hour when nation's top swimmers halted four-day splashing in AAU indoor championships, held, oddly enough, in Daytona Beach's outdoor Welch Pools. Wiggins beat off Yale's talented Tim Jecko to win 100-yard butterfly in 55 seconds, was given judges' decision over Michigan's Dick Hanley in 100-yard freestyle in 50.9. But there was plenty of glory for others as Freestyler George Breen scored double at 1,500 meters and 440 yards; U. of Havana Breaststroker Manuel Sanguily captured 100 in 1:04 and 220 in 2:37.3; Jecko skimmed through 400-yard individual medley in 4:39.2, faster than any other American citizen; Ohio State's Glenn Whitten upset Teammate Don Harper (who won one-meter dive) in three meter event. Other winners: U. of Miami's Jack Nelson, 220-yard butterfly in 2:25.5; Indianapolis AC's Frank McKinney, 220-yard backstroke in 2:19.6; Hanley, 220-yard freestyle in 2:05.1; North Carolina AC's Charlie Krepp, 100-yard backstroke in 57.8; New Haven Swim Club's Joe Robinson, Daniel Cornwell, Dave Armstrong and Jecko, 440-yard freestyle relay in 3:27.9; North Carolina AC's Krepp, Dick Fadgen, Nelson and Dave McIntyre, 400-yard medley relay in 4:25.4. Team champion: New Haven Swim Club with 68 points.


Tony Anthony, quick-punching New Yorker who was just fair-to-middling middleweight only two years ago, raked overrated 13-5 favorite Chuck Spieser with solid combinations, burst IBC buildup bubble when he knocked out Olympic teammate with left hook in third at Detroit (see page 20) to win right to face aging Archie Moore (who promptly took his 35 excess pounds off to Germany for series of tune-ups) for light heavyweight title June 7. Bouncing with joy, Anthony chortled: "Man, I didn't know I could hit a fella that hard."

Alphonse Halimi, baby-faced Algerian, caught Italy's Mario D'Agata with his guard down, punched out 15-round decision before 17,000 at Paris to win recognition (except by NBA) as world bantamweight champion in bout held up for 15 minutes when ring lighting installation caught fire at end of third round. Meanwhile, NBA Champion Raul Macias agreed to defend his half of crown against Dommy Ursua in San Francisco, May 11.

Idaho State's star-spangled team climaxed brilliant season with overwhelming victory in 20th annual NCAA tournament on home grounds at Pocatello. Coached by Milton (Dubby) Holt, Idahoans won championships in seven of 10 divisions, took team honors with 59 points while second-best Washington State scored 12.

Hard-punching, ring-wise Idahoans lost but two bouts in three days, set records for team points and number of titles won, topping by two Wisconsin's five championships won last year when ISC was runner-up. This year Wisconsin won no championships, advanced only one man to finals.

ISC's gymnasium was jammed by 6,000 screaming fans, who howled ever louder as title after title fell to home team. Only 13 teams were entered, testifying to decline of sport on intercollegiate basis, in part because of southern insistence on segregation, in part because many eastern schools have shifted to intramural boxing.

Champions: Eduardo Iabastida, Cal Poly, 112 pounds; Dave Abeyta, ISC, 119 pounds; Cyril Okamoto, ISC, 125 pounds; Dick Rail, Washington State, 132 pounds; Ron Rail, ISC, 139 pounds; Bill Haynes, ISC, 147 pounds; James Flood, Sacramento State, 156 pounds; Roger Rouse, ISC, 165 pounds (by TKO); Dale Leatham, ISC, 178 pounds (by TKO); Hal Epsy, ISC, heavyweight.

NCAA rules committee, inspired by speech of Dr. Shane McCarthy, head of President Eisenhower's physical fitness program, voted to add novice division for next year's championships in order to stimulate wider participation by students. NCAA also appointed committee to work year-round on encouragement of boxing as aid to physical fitness. Coaches pointed proudly to tournament's perfect "no injury" record, with not a single cut or other minor injury in 50 three-round bouts.

Doug Ford, moon-faced Mahopac, N.Y. pro, gambling with daring of river boat card shark, caught and passed early leader Sam Snead, climaxed last-round 66 by exploding out of trap and into cup on final hole to win Masters with 283 at Augusta (see page 16).

Major leaguers, minus many phenoms who turned out to be duds, began long trek northward with Cleveland (16-10) and Pittsburgh (17-7) leading Grapefruit Circuit standings. Biggest surprise: Brooklyn, unable to untrack itself, wallowed in seventh place with 13-14.

Squaw Valley, site of 1960 Winter Olympics, was put to test by some of world's best skiers in North American Alpine championships, proved to be tough to most but not to Austria's handsome Toni Sailer, who skidded daringly but safely down tricky slope made treacherous by icy coating which sent 10 to hospital with assorted injuries to win downhill in 2:07.3. Sailer trailed his onetime instructor, Christian Pravda, in slalom next day but captured combined title. Women's winners: Italy's Carla Marchelli in downhill; America's Betsy Snite in slalom; Austria's Putzi Frandl, second in downhill and slalom for combined crown.


St. Louis and Boston continued seesaw battle for NBA title at St. Louis amid ruffled tempers, hot words and even scuffle between Celtics' Coach Red Auerbach and Hawk Owner Ben Kerner. St. Louis used inspired play of Slater Martin and Cliff Hagan and last-minute basket by Bob Pettit to overhaul Boston 100-98 in third game, but masterful Bob Cousy took charge in fourth contest, scoring 31 points to help Celtics hold off threatening rivals 123-118 and even series at 2-2.

NBA postseason shuffling got off and running with Rochester Royals' Les and Jack Harrison, irked by dwindling attendance and $25,000 in red ink, announcing lock, stock and barrel move to Cincinnati and its 14,000-seat Cincinnati Garden. New York, scrambling to bounce out of cellar, traded veterans Sweets Clifton and Harry Gallatin (and right to deal with Dick Atha) to Detroit (formerly Fort Wayne) for sharpshooting rebounder Mel Hutching and Pistons' first 1957 draft choice.


Three-year-olds continued to warm up for Derby on both coasts. Round Table, ears pricked and hoofs flying, skittered around fast Bay Meadows oval, breezed home by 4½ lengths in good 1:41 3/5 for mile-and-sixteenth in $52,500 Bay Meadows Derby; at Jamaica, Eddie Arcaro climbed out of sick bed to urge Florida-bred King Hairan, togged out in blinkers for first time, through sloppy six furlongs in 1:11 to win $23,000 Swift Stakes.

Needles, who has been having his troubles as 4-year-old, found way to win, putting on one of his patented finishes to storm up from last to first in final half-mile of $28,200 Fort Lauderdale Handicap at Gulfstream.

Florida State Racing Commission cut bouncy Saul Silberman, cocky little major domo of Tropical Park, down to slow crawl, found him guilty of permitting his phone to be used (by Aide Maurice J. Hirschstein) to disseminate racing information to bookmakers and betting "on cuff" at own track. Penalty: revocation of Silberman's license; suspension of Tropical Park by TRA. Mourned Silberman: "How can they be so vicious? I never did any harm to anybody."

Maurice (Rocket) Richard, fiery-tempered Montreal veteran, threw off weight of 35 years, hot-sticked his way to four goals to cool off Boston 5-1 as Stanley Cup finals began at Montreal. Richard also had heavy hand in eliminating New York in semifinals, netting sudden-death shocker to beat Rangers 4-3 after 3-1 Canadien triumph in fourth game. Bruins moved up to challenge Montreal for hockey's biggest prize by outscoring Detroit 2-0, 4-3 (see below) for 4-1 margin in other half of semifinals.


MARRIED—Barbara Romack, 24, doll-faced Sacramento, Calif. golfing champion (U.S. Amateur in 1954), two-time Curtis Cup star; and Edward W. Porter, 26, assistant pro at Sacramento's Haggin Oaks course; at Carmel, Calif.

MARRIED—Marlene Stewart, 22, Canada's pretty Woman Athlete of the Year, U.S. Amateur and Canadian Open golf champion in 1956; and J. Douglas Streit, 31, American-born Toronto financier; at Toronto.

DIED—Arthur Boyd Hancock Sr., 81, world-famous Thoroughbred breeder, astute master of Kentucky's Claiborne Farm, TCA Horseman of Year in 1944; after long illness, at Paris, Ky. Hancock's Claiborne Farm was home of famed stallions (among them: Sir Gallahad III, Blenheim II, Gallant Fox, Nasrullah, Tulyar, Princequillo), foaled four Derby winners (Gallant Fox, Omaha, Johnstown, Jet Pilot), bred horses who won 9,534 races, $15,082,712 from 1922 to 1956.