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CHICAGO CUBS

April 14, 1958
April 14, 1958

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April 14, 1958

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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

CHICAGO CUBS

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 MANAGER
Bob Scheffing (25) is a big, rugged, good-looking man, whose grumpy expression belies his friendly nature. He has a quiet but impressive personality that effortlessly commands the respect of his players. Scheffing spent eight seasons as a good, hard-working, utility catcher in the National League, then coached in both the American and National for four seasons before taking over as manager of the Cubs' Los Angeles farm team in 1955. He succeeded Stan Hack as manager of the Cubs after the 1956 season. Scheffing has had great success handling young and inexperienced pitchers. His coaches are fat Fred Fitzsimmons (33), slugger Rogers Hornsby (57), George Myatt (52).

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ANALYSIS OF THIS YEAR'S CUBS

STRONG POINTS: The Cubs have two of the most prized young pitchers in the majors in Moe Drabowsky and Dick Drott. Roommates, only 22 and 21 respectively, and with almost identical pitching records last year, their considerable skills excite the admiration of baseball men everywhere. Drott is faster and wilder (his 129 walks led the league); Drabowsky is more poised, better rounded as a pitcher. The Cubs also possess three genuine power hitters, most prominent among them the thin shortstop, Ernie Banks, who was second in the majors in home runs last season with 43 and finished third in the National League in runs batted in (102). Walt Moryn hit 19 homers and batted in 88 runs, while Dale Long hit 21 home runs and had a .298 batting average. Behind Drott and Drabowsky the Cubs have two highly effective relief pitchers: Don Elston, who labored in the minors for nine seasons before getting his first real opportunity in the majors last year, and the veteran Turk Lown. Between them Elston and Lown appeared in 107 games.

WEAK SPOTS: The trouble with the Cubs is that they run out of good players depressingly fast. Off last year's performances, they have no pitchers, now that Bob Rush has gone to Milwaukee, to start the games that Drott and Drabowsky do not start, and they have no batters of sufficient sustained skill to get on base in front of Banks and Moryn and Long. Despite D & D and the good relief pitchers, the Cubs had the second-worst team-pitching performance in the National League last season. Despite Banks and Moryn and Long, the Cubs as a group were dead last in team batting averages. Further, the Cubs last season had no second baseman and no third baseman of real major league caliber; this year they find themselves counting on young, weak-hitting Jerry Kindall (.164 and .160 in his two big league seasons) at second and rookie Tony Taylor (.217 in the minors) at third. Lee Walls, the right fielder, looks like a good ballplayer, but his .252 batting average for his major league career doesn't bear this out.

ROOKIES AND NEW FACES: Based on his early spring training display, 22-year-old Tony Taylor is a candidate for rookie-of-the-year honors. He's a bouncy, lively, fine-looking athlete, a flashy fielder, an alert batter, an amazingly fast base runner. A Cuban, with the flat facial structure and somewhat Oriental expression of a Kid Gavilan, Taylor has shown only one real flaw: his last year's batting average, which was a miserable .217 at Dallas in the Texas League. The Cubs are praying that the .217 was an illusion and that the Taylor they've seen this spring is the real thing. Aside from rookies, the prime new face in camp is "T-Bone," the colorful Taylor Phillips, whom the Cubs obtained from the Milwaukee Braves in the controversial Bob Rush trade. Phillips is a left-handed pitcher of great promise who has never got around to fulfilling that promise. The Cubs are counting on him as a starter. With Phillips, Chicago also obtained Sammy Taylor from Milwaukee, a big left-handed hitting catcher with a sound minor league record. And from the Giants came the famous but shopworn Bobby Thomson.

THE BIG IFS: Because they can expect reasonable facsimiles of past performances from their good players—the Bankses, Drotts, Moryns, Elstons, et al.—the Cubs feel that they are sure of being as good as they were last year, which, if it is not very much to have going for them, is at least better than being worse. And they fondly hope that Taylor Phillips will come through big as a solid starting pitcher and that the youngsters, Kindall and Taylor, will plug the holes in the infield. Then, the Cubs know they will be a whole lot better.

THE VOICES
Jack Quinlan (30, melodramatic) is peculiarly fitted for his job as announcer for the last-place Cubs. He was once a gravedigger. He also attended Notre Dame, majored in speech and, after graduating in 1948, took his first radio job as sports director of a station in Tuscola, Ill. After four years in the field, he moved up to Chicago and the Cubs as assistant to the late Bert Wilson. He has been No. 1 announcer since 1956. Some folks complain that Quinlan gets too excited over any small Cub accomplishment but, when you consider what the Cubs have accomplished in the last few years, it is perhaps understandable, LOU BOUDREAU (40, green), veteran ballplayer and manager, will be serving his rookie year as a baseball announcer. Although he is untested in the broadcasting booth, his vast knowledge of the game and the fact that he was managing in the major leagues less than a year ago will undoubtedly be helpful. Jack Brickhouse (see Chicago White Sox) will handle all of the Cub home telecasts.

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PHOTOERNIE BANKSPHOTODALE LONGPHOTOWALT MORYNPHOTOCAL NEEMANPHOTOCHUCK TANNERPHOTOJIM BOLGERPHOTOLEE WALLSPHOTOJERRY KINDALLPHOTOJACK QUINLANPHOTODICK DROTTPHOTOTAYLOR PHILLIPSPHOTODON ELSTONPHOTOMOE DRABOWSKYPHOTOILLUSTRATION

THE OUTLOOK: Last season the Cubs tied the Pittsburgh Pirates for seventh place. Even if Phillips and Kindall and Taylor turn the Cubs into a better team, it is doubtful that they will be as improved as the Pirates. The soundness of the sixth-place Giants is suspect, but their good rookies and the spur of moving to San Francisco should keep them out of Chicago's reach. The fifth-place Phillies have too many pitchers to fall behind the Cubs, and the other teams have too many ballplayers. Which leaves one place open. The outlook isn't brilliant for the Cubbie nine this year.

BASIC ROSTER

no.

player

position

1957 record

2

Lee Walls

RF

.237

3

Jim Bolger

OF

.275

6

Chuck Tanner

CF

.279

7

Bobby Adams

IF

.251

11

Bobby Thomson

OF

.240

12

Bobby Morgan

IF

.207

14

Ernie Banks

SS

.285

21

Tony Taylor

IF

minors

22

Sam Taylor

C

minors

23

Jerry Kindall

2B

.160

27

Dale Long

1B

.298

30

Cal Neeman

C

.258

43

Walt Moryn

LF

.289

18

Dick Drott

P

15-11

26

Moe Drabowsky

P

13-15

29

Taylor Phillips

P

3-2

31

Turk Lown

P

5-7

36

Don Elston

P

6-7

42

Jim Brosnan

P

5-5

53

Dave Hillman

P

6-11

PAST PERFORMANCE CHART

year

finished

won

lost

games behind

1957

7

62

92

33

1956

8

60

94

33

1955

6

72

81

26

1954

7

64

90

33

1953

7

65

89

40

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

batting

pitching

1957

Long

.298

Drott

15-11

1956

Banks

.297

Rush

13-10

1955

Banks

.295

Rush

13-11

1954

Sauer

.288

Rush

13-15

1953

Fondy

.309

Minner

12-15

home runs

runs batted in

1957

Banks

43

Banks

102

1956

Banks

28

Banks

85

1955

Banks

45

Banks

117

1954

Sauer

41

Sauer

103

1953

Jackson

19

Fondy

78

HOME SCHEDULE

APRIL

ST. LOUIS

18, 19, 20

MILWAUKEE

29, 30

MAY

MILWAUKEE

1, 2, 3

CINCINNATI

4, 4, 6, 7, 8

ST. LOUIS

12, 13

LOS ANGELES

14, 15

SAN FRANCISCO

16, 17, 18, 18

LOS ANGELES

30, 30, 31

JUNE

LOS ANGELES

1

PHILADELPHIA

3, 4, 5

PITTSBURGH

6, 7, 8, 8

MILWAUKEE

10, 11, 12

CINCINNATI

13, 14, 15, 15

JULY

SAN FRANCISCO

1, 2

PITTSBURGH

10, 11

PHILADELPHIA

12, 13, 13, 14

CINCINNATI

16, 17

MILWAUKEE

18, 19, 20

AUGUST

SAN FRANCISCO

4, 5

LOS ANGELES

6, 7

ST. LOUIS

8, 9, 10, 10

PITTSBURGH

19, 20, 21, 22, 23

PHILADELPHIA

24, 24, 26, 27

SEPTEMBER

ST. LOUIS

3, 4

SAN FRANCISCO

5, 6, 7

LOS ANGELES

19, 20, 21

No night games