April 13, 1959
April 13, 1959

Table of Contents
April 13, 1959

Ask Him Anything
Wondrous Wall
Florida Derby
Wonderful World Of Sport
They Call It Baseball
  • HERE, beginning with a few ideas on what one can expect in 1959, Sports Illustrated presents its fifth annual preview of the major league season, with pictures in both color and black and white, scouting reports, schedules, statistics and features

The Umpire
Scouting Reports
  • Even in an inflationary economy there is no safer and better return on your money than the 40¢ profit you get in the fall from the dollar you bet in the spring that the Yankees will win the pennant. New York will win again in 1959

  • The White Sox feel that this is the year the Yankees can be beaten. If such a feat is possible, this is the team that can do it, if only someone would start hitting home runs. The rest of the pennant-winning ingredients are all there

  • Let the small letter i represent the American League. The Yankees, of course, are the dot, so the best the Boston Red Sox can hope for is a place near the top of the stem. Much depends on whether life truly begins at 40 for Ted Williams

  • Colavito, Minoso, Piersall, Power and Martin are about as colorful a crew as you will find in baseball. The team as a whole isn't nearly as good as the perpetual second-place finishers of a few years ago, but it's going to be more fun to watch

  • Every spring the Tigers promise much, but when summer rolls around they deliver little. This year they are keeping quiet, hoping that this team of many stars can finally do what everyone feels it should do—contend for the pennant

  • The Orioles' outstanding pitching and good defense should guarantee a fight for any opponent. Last season they finished sixth, but a good sixth, just three games out of the first division. To finish in fourth place, then, is their goal for 1959

  • The fury of mass trading is just about over, and the Athletics are a lot closer to that glorious day when they will be able to boast 25 major leaguers on the roster. Nevertheless, a .500 season for Kansas City is still a remote possibility

  • The road to the American League cellar is paved with the good intentions of the Washington Senators. Baseball magnates feel it needs a major league club in the national capital, but Cal Griffith provides only the palest imitation of one

  • An original statistical report

  • The Braves are not too blasé to appreciate those fat World Series checks every fall. With a well-rounded band of seasoned players and the richest pitching resources in the league, Milwaukee will not be easily beaten. But it can be

  • The Pirates will be a stimulating team to watch this summer as they throw strong pitching, superior defense, sharp hitting and fast legs onto the field. They'll be nearly everyone's sentimental favorite and might just win it all

  • Talented young players with great arms, blazing speed, sure instincts in the field and powerful bats in their hands are the trademark of the 1959 Giants. Sophisticated San Franciscans are in for excitement if the pitching holds up

  • The great power teams of 1956 and '57 are gone, but so is the bad pitching that wrecked them. Changed also is last year's squad, which was unbalanced in the opposite sense. Now the Reds plan to field a ball club with a smoother blend

  • Bad days have fallen upon the St. Louis Cardinals, and the bright promise of two years ago has been faithless. The effects on the club of uncertain, divided direction and erratic trading policies are now being felt. Busch has a loser here

  • Heavy trading during the past two seasons and a thorough search of the farm system produced last year a hard-hitting lineup that gave the Cubs the best team they've had in a long time. There is, however, still lots of work to be done

  • Walter O'Malley made all the money he expected to last year. Now it's time for the Dodgers to start playing ball. This is too good a team to be fooling around down in the second division. It should be a more pleasant season for Los Angeles

  • The good old days for the Phillies were in 1950, when Manager Eddie Sawyer led the club to its first pennant in 35 years. Those days are gone, and the Phillies are back in eighth place. Once again it's Sawyer's job to take them on and up

Horse Racing
Motor Sports
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back


16 Wall Wins the Masters
A sensational run of birdies on the last nine gave golf's great prize to Art Wall

This is an article from the April 13, 1959 issue Original Layout

20 Two for the Big Money
Last week's Florida Derby produced two good horses which should be prominent in the classics

33 The U.S. According to Vladimir
A visiting Soviet wrestler's back-home version of what he saw and felt in America

94 Part III: Tommy Armour
Continuing his round of "thinking" golf, the great teacher goes on to the fifth hole

123 Six Poker Players You've Met
A gallery of Saturday night sports, assembled and illustrated by Irwin and William Steig

Baseball 1959

34 Curtain Going Up
Roy Terrell sneak-previews the season ahead

46 Genius or Showboat?
Stiffnecked Umpire Frank Dascoli is called both

55 32 Pages of Scouting Reports
Detailed analyses of all 16 major league teams


56 New York
58 Chicago
60 Boston
62 Cleveland
64 Detroit
66 Baltimore
68 Kansas City
70 Washington


78 Milwaukee
80 Pittsburgh
82 San Francisco
84 Cincinnati
86 St. Louis
88 Chicago
90 Los Angeles
92 Philadelphia

72 A new statistical look at last season

128 Willie Mays 1959
Willie is a man now, reveals Joe David Brown

141 1.000
Jules Feiffer says it's awful to be perfect

The departments

4 Coming Events
11 Scoreboard
22 Wonderful World
26 Events & Discoveries
109 Boxing
112 Horse Racing
114 Motor Sports
118 Food
120 Dogs
145 19th Hole
148 Pat on the Back

Acknowledgments on page 11

Cover: Willie Mays

The great star of the Giants reflects the spirit of the season, which opens this week. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's fourth annual special baseball issue tells you what to keep an eye on in '59.

Photograph by Jon Brenneis


Next week

•Beginning the inspiring life story of Billy Talbert, his personal battle against diabetes, the colorful days of his life on the tennis circuit and his triumphs in the postwar years.

•Herbert Warren Wind takes a reflective look at the 1959 Masters golf tournament at Augusta and in his unique style reports in depth on Art Wall's great surge to victory.

•Ingemar Johansson, the good-looking Swedish heavyweight who fights Floyd Patterson in June, is portrayed in a he-man pinup color photograph by Mark Kauffman.