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AMERICAN LEAGUE

July 08, 1957
July 08, 1957

Table of Contents
July 8, 1957

Baseball X-Ray
Acknowledgments
All Star
All-Star
Events & Discoveries
Joy of Donkeys
Tip From The Top
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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This is an article from the July 8, 1957 issue Original Layout

 

PLAYER ROSTER

ANALYSIS OF TEAM STRENGTH

INFIELDERS

1B VIC WERTZ (Indians, No. 23). 32, 11th year, 4thAll-Star (.200 in 5 AB). Season .305. Bats L.
2B NELSON FOX (White Sox, No. 2). 29, 11th year, 7th All-Star (.385 in 13 AB).Season .325. Bats L.
SS HARVEY KUENN (Tigers, No. 7). 26, 6th year, 5th All-Star (.222 in 9 AB).Season .256. Bats R.
3B GEORGE KELL (Orioles, No. 3). 34, 15th year, 9th All-Star (.190 in 21 AB).Season .287. Bats R.
1B Bill Skowron (Yankees, No. 14). 26, 4th year, 1st All-Star. Season .319.Bats R.
2B Bobby Richardson (Yankees, No. 29). 21, 1st year, 1st All-Star. Season .299.Bats R.
SS Joe DeMaestri (Athletics, No. 2). 28, 7th year, 1st All-Star. Season .279.Bats R.
3B Gil McDougald (Yankees, No. 12). 29, 7th year, 3rd All-Star (.000 in 1 AB).Season .306. Bats R.
3B Frank Malzone (Red Sox, No. 11). 27, 2nd year, 1st All-Star. Season .331.Bats R.

Starting infield, which must remain in game at leastthree innings, features exceptionally sharp hitting, with accent on skillrather than power. Only Wertz, always a big home-run and RBI threat,consistently hits the long ball. Fox and Kuenn rip singles and doubles to allfields, are hard to fool, run very well. Kell, although now past his prime, issmart and tough to get out. But only Fox is rated a superior fielder; Wertz,Kuenn and Kell all lack range. Stengel, however, is blessed with replacementssuperior to the starters in the field and in some cases capable of hittingbetter, too: Skowron at first, the exceptionally gifted McDougald at third orshort and Malzone at third. The rookie Richardson would be in the same categoryexcept for Fox's all-round brilliance; as it is he will furnish defensiveinsurance, with DeMaestri, on the bench. It is the type of lineup Stengel likesto have, one which affords him the opportunity of maneuvering to meet anysituation. Versatility and superior hitting give American League a very slightedge. [Check mark]

OUTFIELDERS

LF TED WILLIAMS (Red Sox, No. 9). 38, 16th year, 13thAll-Star (.361 in 36 AB). Season .362. Bats L.
CF MICKEY MANTLE (Yankees, No. 7). 25, 7th year, 6th All-Star. (.294 in 17 AB).Season .385. Bats L-R.
RF AL KALINE (Tigers, No. 6). 22, 5th year, 3rd All-Star (.286 in 7 AB). Season.283. Bats R.
LF Roy Sievers (Senators, No. 2). 30, 9th year, 2nd All-Star (.000 in 1 AB).Season .302. Bats R.
LF Minnie Minoso (White Sox, No. 9). 34, 7th year, 5th All-Star (.556 in 9 AB).Season .302. Bats R.
RF Charley Maxwell (Tigers, No. 4). 30, 7th year, 2nd All-Star (.000 in 0 AB).Season .282. Bats L.

One of the All-Star Game's great outfields, with itsonly weak ness Williams' defensive deficiencies in left. But when one considersthe terrific speed and range of Mantle and Kaline—and the fact that Williamshas been the most dominant figure in All-Star history—this is a petty point.The three are thunderous hitters; each has won at least one battingchampionship, and they all drive the ball out of the park. In addition, atleast as far as opposing pitchers are concerned, the three are actually four:Williams hitting left, Kaline right and Mantle either way. The reserves rankhigh in run production (Sievers has led the league most of the year) andfurnish pinch-hitting depth. But it is mainly because of Williams and Mantlethat the American League has a slight edge here too. [Check mark]

CATCHERS

YOGI BERRA (Yankees, No. 8). 32, 12th year, 10thAll-Star (.222 in 27 AB). Season .226. Bats L.
Gus Triandos (Orioles, No. 11). 26, 5th year, 1st All-Star. Season .286. BatsR.
Elston Howard (Yankees, No. 32). 27, 3rd year, 1st All-Star. Season .269. BatsR.

In a normal year, one would have only to look toBerra and rate American League catching as the best. But for Berra 1957 hashardly been a normal year. His hitting has fallen off badly both in average andrun production and neither Triandos, who hits hard but is slow, nor Howard,whose catching experience is limited, can fill the void. [Right Sign]

PITCHERS

Jim Bunning (Tigers, No. 14). 24, 3rd year, 1stAll-Star. Season 8-2. Throws R.
Bob Grim (Yankees, No. 55). 27, 4th year, 1st All-Star. Season 8-2. ThrowsR.
Billy Loes (Orioles, No. 18). 27, 8th year, 1st All-Star. Season 9-3. ThrowsR.
Don Mossi (Indians, No. 12). 26, 4th year, 1st All-Star. Season 5-2. ThrowsL.
Billy Pierce (White Sox, No. 19). 30, 11th year, 4th All-Star (1.00 ERA in 9IP). Season 10-6. Throws L.
Bobby Shantz (Yankees, No. 30). 31, 9th year, 3rd All-Star (0.00 ERA in 1 IP).Season 9-1. Throws L.
Early Wynn (Indians, No. 24). 37, 18th year, 4th All-Star. (0.00 ERA in 4 IP).Season 10-8. Throws R.

Against a predominantly right-hand-hitting NationalLeague lineup, a manager might be expected to start with the best and mostdependable right-hander on his staff, in this case, the smooth, tireless oldveteran, Early Wynn. But Stengel, who likes surprises, might choose to open upinstead with the biggest surprise of the year, Billy Loes, or the youthfulTiger strikeout whiz, Jim Bunning. However, the real strength of the AmericanLeague staff is left-handed: smart little Bobby Shantz, in the midst of theseason's finest comeback, and the pitcher who has started three of the lastfour All-Star Games, Chicago's brilliant Billy Pierce. Ready for emergenciesare the two relief aces, Grim (right) and Mossi (left). It is a crew with goodspeed, above-average control and a bewildering variety of pitches. It is alsodependable, and rates a solid edge. [Check mark]

SUM UP
The starting lineup, with five left-hand hitters operating in a park with afriendly right-field fence, has an offensive advantage over the oppositionwhich will be only partially diminished by inferior speed and defensive skill.It is hard to imagine a team which includes Mantle, Williams, Wertz, Kaline,Kuenn, Fox and Berra held in check for long; they are sure to score some runs.The reserves are also impressive, perhaps more so than those of the NationalLeague: Skowron, McDougald, Malzone, Minoso, Sievers and the rest. And thepitching staff, which undoubtedly would have been made a great deal moredazzling by the presence of a healthy Whitey Ford and Herb Score, still appearsto be capable and smart and steady enough to do the job. It is about time thatStengel won another All-Star Game, and this year he appears to have the edge.[Check mark]