A roundup of the sports information of the week

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

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASEBALL—The exhibition season dwindled into obscurity as major leagues got ready for opening day. As far as Las Vegas books were concerned, New York and Milwaukee were still teams to beat. Yankees were quoted at 1-3 in American League; Braves at 3-5 in National League.

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

HOCKEY—Almost as certain as death and taxes, Montreal power-played way into Stanley Cup finals for ninth straight year. Hepped-up Chicago gave Canadiens temporary pause by winning 3-1 to even semifinals at two-all, but hottest sticks in hockey prevailed and Montreal won next two 4-2, 5-4, sat hack to wait for winner of Toronto-Boston series and shot at fourth consecutive cup. Toronto, after squirming past Bruins 3-2. 4-1, couldn't keep it up and Boston won 5-4 to make seventh game necessary.

SWIMMING—Reversing Horace Greeley's advice, USC came out of West to conquer nation's best in AAU championships at New Haven. Led by transplanted Aussie Freestyler Murray Rose (see below), who sent meet records flying with triple at 1,500 meters (18:18.4), 220 yards (2:02.2) and 440 yards (4:18.8), Trojans won five titles, piled up 62 points to thrash runner-up New Haven Swim Club.

BASKETBALL—Taking no chances on another Chile debacle (SI, Feb. 9), U.S. gathered together its best amateurs at Louisville, set them against each other in round-robin trials to determine squad for Pan-American Games. Pickup team of College All-Stars proved to be best, beating Bartlesville, Okla. 89-83, Armed Forces 93-77, Wichita's AAU champions 88-80 and providing seven players (Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson, Kansas State's Bob Boozer, West Virginia's Jerry West, Michigan State's Johnny Green, Louisville's Don Goldstein, Marshall's Leo Byrd and UCLA's Walt Torrence) for 14-man squad which will be coached by West Virginia's Freddy Schaus. Others picked: Wichita's Dick Boushka, Dan Swartz; Bartlesville's George BonSalle, Burdie Haldorson, Bill Evans; Armed Forces' Jack Adams, Bob Jeangerard.

Boston locked door on Syracuse 130-125 to win Eastern playoffs and moved against Minneapolis in bid for NBA title. Celtics twice fought off Elgin Baylor and his challenging Lakers to take first game 118-115, then found way to defense Baylor, holding him to mere 13 points while winning second game 128-108. Lakers, beaten 20 straight by Boston, hoped for best as they headed for home and next two games.