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


By Thomas H. Lineaweaver

SO—season opens (or opened); SC—season closes (or closed).
C—clear water; D—water dirty or roily; M—water muddy.
N—water at normal height; SH—slightly high; H—high; VH—very high; L—low; R—rising; F—falling.
WT50—water temperature 50°.
FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OVG—outlook very good; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor.

This is an article from the April 15, 1957 issue

BLUEFIN TUNA: BAHAMAS: Bimini white marlin anglers were flabbergasted last week to find several schools of giant bluefin pushing northward a full month ahead of schedule. Confusion was so rife that only one fish was boated. The unperturbed sportsman was Harry G. Rieger Jr. of Philadelphia, who outlasted a 479-pounder in a two-hour-and-55-minute tussle on 24-thread.

TROUT: PENNSYLVANIA: SO April 15 and, though streams are now bank full and M after recent storms, agent reports they will clear for opener. He also reports that First Fork of Sinnemahoning, Driftwood Branch and Kettle Creek are heavily stocked with brook trout and some top 17 inches.

The fish commission has just delighted fly practitioners by releasing a list of 15 streams totaling 52 miles of water on which fly-fishing only will be permitted. Spoons, spinners and plugs are ruled out, the areas may be fished only from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., the creel limit is six trout and the minimum size nine inches. The water: Cove, Hickory Run, Sand Spring Run, Mud Run, Trout Run, Young Woman's, Dunbar and tributaries, Falling Springs, Little Lehigh, Big Bushkill, Cross Fork, North Sandy, Muddy, Yellow and Manatawney creeks.

MINNESOTA: FF only on 23 chilly north-shore streams now open with lethargic browns and brooks eying bait and spinning lures with almost unanimous disinterest. Grand Marais area is just thawing but OG as spring progresses.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Lower mainland sloughs unreliable, but Harrison River cutthroat are taking flies. On Vancouver Island fly anglers are also finding cooperative trout at the mouths of the Little Qualicum, Oyster and Campbell rivers; OVG all along the coast.

WISCONSIN: Brule C and open between Highway 2 and Lake Superior, but the best of early fishing has been between Highway 2 and County Highway (FF), where a heavy run of spawning rainbows and some browns are reacting to bait. Few fly-fishermen in evidence, but OG as WT rises.

CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: FVG now in Hatteras Inlet. Last week Fred Edwards of Virginia Beach casting squid from Edgar Styron's cruiser Twins IJ quelled a 49-pounder which local spy insists is one pound larger than any channel bass caught in 1956. So far surf casters have been shut out but OG.

BONEFISH: FLORIDA: Upper Keys guides advise FVG with last week's star angler ex-President Herbert Hoover. Wielding a standard casting rod and 18-pound test line, Mr. Hoover in three days landed three out-sized bonefish of 11, 10½ and 9½ pounds; OVG.