Skiing across the country—reports through the preceding weekend

April 14, 1958
April 14, 1958

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April 14, 1958

Baseball '58
  • East and West will clash in a season made exciting by new cities, fans, faces and champions. All this, and a whale of a pennant race—or two

  • The Braves have finally won their pennant and they should be even better this year. The pitching is superb and very deep, the power unmatched in either league, the catching solid and the defense is at least adequate. The Braves are both good and young—and they are going to be hard to catch

  • Here is a ball club with leadership and spirit, a great hitter, a tight infield, good run production—and the memory of how tough they made it on the Braves last year. There are weaknesses, but if the fine young pitching staff produces with real consistency, the Cardinals could go all the way

  • Here are your Dodgers, Los Angeles. Once they were magnificent, but now they are playing on a memory. They have lost the flash of Robinson on the base paths, the boom of Campanella's bat. Applaud them anyway and perhaps in time they will reward you with a pennant. But not for a while

  • Speed, power, catching and a sharp defense can carry a club a long way—or just as far as the pitching will allow. The Reds have made some trades and they have some new pitchers who should produce. With a little help from the old ones, this is a team that could win a pennant

  • Philadelphians have known dark days. Between the two wars, the Phillies finished in last place 16 times. Then in 1950, after 35 years of ridicule, the Phillies won a pennant. Happy days, it seemed, had come at last. But they have not come close since, and fans are wondering if they must wait another 35 years

  • The Giants arrive at the Pacific brimming with hope. A new era demands a new team, and with smart looking rookies augmenting the wonderful reality of Willie Mays, the Giants believe they might have that new team. The question marks are many, however, and time, as they say, will tell

  • People tend to mock the Cubs. In Chicago the newspapermen like to call them the Cubbies, to demonstrate how ineffectual they are. Possibly it's true. Possibly the Cubs this year are just as bad as ever. But do not forget that there are some very fine ballplayers on this otherwise weak team

  • The Pirates were supposed to start their climb last year—and didn't. Now, a year wiser, they realize that half a dozen fine young players can't do it alone. But if Kluszewski can only deliver those big hits and the pitching staff somehow comes around...well, 1958 could be different

  • It is a new year but the Yankees of '58 are an old story. As in the past, they have power, pride and the winning habit. Some critics may argue that this team is not to be compared with the great Yankee teams of '27 or '36, but what does it really matter? They are good enough to win...and easily

  • Without a home run hitter worthy of the name, the White Sox are all set to make their annual run at the Yankees—and the elusive pennant. If they succeed, it will be because they can pitch and run and field much better than anyone else. They still can't hit the baseball out of the park

  • No one has spent more money for more disappointment than the owner of the Red Sox, Tom Yawkey. Ten years ago he had the team everyone wanted: Williams, Doerr, Stephens, Pesky and DiMaggio. But it won no pennant. Now all that remains is Williams. But for some, that is enough

  • Everybody's glamour club last spring and a bitter disappointment in the summer, the Tigers don't intend to be either this year. They think they can win and, who knows, they might—if the Yankees were in another league. At least, they should be closer at the finish this season

  • People have just about forgotten that the Baltimore Orioles used to be the St. Louis Browns, so far up the ladder of respectability have the Orioles climbed. They finished within a half game of the first division last season, and they have hopes of reaching that promised land this year

  • Last season was disastrous for the Indians. Herb Score was hit in the eye, Bob Lemon hurt his arm, the pitching fell apart, and after 10 years in the first division they collapsed into sixth place. Now, with a new manager and a new general manager, the Indians start the long road back

  • Once Lou Boudreau left the scene last season and Harry Craft succeeded him, Kansas City started to play more spirited ball. But the final result was about the same since there isn't that much difference between last and seventh places. By now, Cowtown fans must be resigned to what they have

  • Summers are generally long in Washington. This year should prove no exception as far as the Senators are concerned. Charley Dressen tired of the team last year, and now it's up to Cookie Lavagetto to inspire it for another long summer. But inspiration is a weak substitute for talented young baseball players

  • Three baseball-loving artists put their palettes together and whipped up a brand-new baseball game. It's fun and as easy to play as choosing sides

  • By Robert Boyle

    Chicago's seldom-interviewed boss, Phil Wrigley, wants everybody to have a good time at Cubs Park. And everybody does—except the Cubs and Wrigley himself

Skiing across the country—reports through the preceding weekend

Far West

This is an article from the April 14, 1958 issue

California: The Sierra region took 10 feet of snow last week in the biggest blizzard since 1847 when the 87-man Donner wagon train was all but wiped out in the passes. Virtually all traffic was at a standstill for six days. Donner Pass, Highway 40, Highway 50 and the Southern Pacific track were all blocked at the summits by drifts 10 to 30 feet deep. Officials connected with the 1960 Winter Olympics were faced with the necessity of providing some sure system of escape from the valley in the event of a blizzard during the Games, scheduled for Feb. 19 to March 1. The south had less snow, excellent conditions.

SQUAW VALLEY. Several chair-lift towers buried in snow, avalanches along the headwall slid into the top terminal and covered it. Highway 89, leading out of valley to Truckee, blocked by massive slides most of week, was finally cleared last Saturday. Olympic construction has been set back an estimated 30 days. Some skiing on rope tow. Pomalift will be dug out and used. CR 100.

HEAVENLY VALLEY. Roads were blocked until last Saturday, but lifts operated and skiers were out every day. Next weekend is Instructor Stein Eriksen's last before taking up job at Aspen's new Highlands area. CR 600.

SUGAR BOWL. Hardest hit in Sierras, area lost Mt. Lincoln chair for season when three upper towers were crushed by avalanche. Three hundred skiers marooned during week found they had plenty of time for skiing, left for the lowlands when Highway 40 was opened for one-way traffic. Skiing will continue on Disney lift.

MT. BALDY. UP 120, SN 48, CR 800.

SNOW SUMMIT. UP 108, SN 50, CR 1,200.

MAMMOTH MT. LO 240, SN 84, CR 800.

BADGER PASS. UP 175, SN 70, CR 1,000.

Nevada: RENO. Lifts buried, area isolated. Expected to open this weekend.

Oregon: MT. HOOD. Excellent winter skiing conditions prevailed, all facilities operated. Timberline: LO 263, SN 10, CR 1,500. Govt. Camp: LO 22, SN 3, CR 500.

HOODOO. Excellent. LO 103, CR 1,300.

WILLAMETTE PASS. Will operate until April 20.

Washington: As usual, best skiing in Cascades came during beginning of April.

MT. BAKER. UP 118, LO 67, CR 1,500.

STEVENS PASS. UP 132, LO 95, SN 10.


Colorado: Skiing still excellent.

ASPEN. Lift lines ran over an hour at times, but expect crowds to thin from now on. UP 63, LO 29, SN 17.

ARAPAHOE. Instructor's school April 15 to 20 will end with Master's Slalom, Willy Schaeffler and Stein Eriksen competing. UP 75, LO 70, SN 15, CR 400.

LOVELAND. Will operate daily until May 18. UP 72, LO 72, SN 12, CR 1,000.


Utah: ALTA. Forty-eight-hour storm closed roads, shut down lifts. Should easily be open this weekend. Reservations tight until April 20. UP 179, LO 159.

BRIGHTON. Mt. Majestic lift closes April 28, Millicent will run through May.

Wyoming: TETON PASS. Roads excellent to Trail Creek Ranch, touring headquarters.

Montana: Bio MT. Top of mountain has fine snow-field skiing. Closes April 23.

Idaho: PAYETTE. Excellent. CR 600.

BOULDER BASIN. Touring skiers headed here from Sun Valley's closed lifts. UP 110.

New Mexico: TAOS. Senior Giant Slalom April 13. UP 140, LO 70, SN 12, CR 300.

Alberta: MT. TEMPLE. UP 40, CR 250.

SUNSHINE. Good. UP 59, SN 7, CR 250.


Michigan: BOYNE. Only area open, has spring skiing on upper slopes. UP 24, CR 100.


New Hampshire: Best spring conditions in history. Skiers kept coming.

BELKNAP. Expect two more weeks. UP 50.

SUNAPEE. Best late conditions ever recorded here. UP 50, LO 10, CR 2,000.

CANNON. Attendance during week matched last year's best seven-day record. Will operate at least through April 20.

WILDCAT. Gondola was repaired, ran last weekend. UP 118, LO 66, SN 23, CR 1,000.

TUCKERMANS. Ravine open. Best conditions in years; 75 feet of snow in Bowl. CR 300.

Maine: SUGARLOAF. Sugarloaf Schuss drew 250 entries, largest competitive field in eastern racing history. Will operate another month. UP 150, LO 83, CR 1,000.

New York: BELLEAYRE. Good. Kilts and red long Johns are a spring skiing fad.

WHITEFACE. Record attendance last week jammed Lake Placid hotels. Lower areas getting a bit thin, upper trails good. Will run this weekend. CR 3,000.

Vermont: At least 12 areas still going strong, skiing good all over.

STOWE. All trails fine. Biggest crowd of season. Snow should last through the month. UP 64. LO 44, SN 6, CR 9,000.

MAD RIVER. UP 65, LO 40, SN 6, CR 1,200.

BIG BROMLEY. Best spring skiing in area's 17-year history.' UP 60, LO 36, CR 1,400.

MT. SNOW. UP 100, SN 6, CR 3,600.

JAY PEAK. UP 70, LO 54, SN 6, CR 700.

DUTCH HILL. UP 74, LO 30, SN 2, CR 700.

Check resorts for late condition changes

UP—inches of snow on upper slopes and trails
LO—inches of snow on lower slopes and trails
SN—inches of snowfall last week
CR—ski crowd last Saturday