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


BADMINTON—TAN JOE HOK, Indonesia, over Chareon Wattanasin, Thailand, 7-15, 15-5, 18-14, men's singles; JUDY DEVLIN, Baltimore, over Dorothy O'Neil, 11-0, 11-1, women's singles, U.S. open championships, Detroit.

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

BOATING—SKIP ETCHELIS, Old Greenwich, Conn. and Crewman J. B. REYNES, Star Class Intl. Spring championship, with 64 pts., aboard Shaughnessy, Nassau.

BOXING—ROY HARRIS, 12-round decision over Donnie Fleeman, to retain Texas heavyweight title, Dallas.

San Jose St., NCAA title, with 24, pts., Reno.

CURLING—HIBBING, MINN., skipped by Frank Kleffman, over Portage, Wis., 13-5, to win U.S. title with 7-1 record, Green Bay, Wis.

FOOTBALL—BIG FOUR (California, USC, UCLA, Washington), signed to provide Rose Bowl with its western entries, starting in 1961.

GOLF—ART WALL JR., Pocono Manor, Pa., Masters, with 284 for 72 holes, Augusta.

HORSE RACING—EASY SPUR: $116,400 Florida Derby, 1‚⅛ m., by ¾ length over Sword Dancer, in 1:47⅕ Gulfstream. Bill Hartack up.

POLO—MILWAUKEE KNIGHTS, over Cornell, 16-15 in overtime, natl. 12-goal title, New York.

STEEPLECHASE RACING—GRAND CHAL: Deep Run Hunt Cup, 3 m., by 3½ lengths, in 5:56⅕ Richmond. Joe Aitcheson Jr. up.

SWIMMING—AAU individual champions: MURRAY ROSE, USC (see left); NORBERT RUMPEL, S. Illinois U., 100-yd. breaststroke in 1:04.9 and 220-yard breaststroke in 2:36.1 (U.S., meet record); CHARLES BITTICK, USC, 100-yd. backstroke in 55.5 (U.S., meet record); FRANK McKINNEY, Bloomington, Ind., 220-yd. backstroke in 2:16.1 (U.S., meet record); FRANK LEGACKI, Ann Arbor, Mich., 100-yd., butterfly in 53.6 (set U.S., meet record of 53.4, in trials); MIKE TROY, Bloomington, Ind., 220-yd., butterfly in 2:18.6; LANCE LARSON, USC Freshmen, 100-yd. freestyle in 49.2; JOE HUNSAKER, San Jose, Calif., 200-yd. ind. medley in 2:07 (U.S., meet record); GEORGE HARRISON, Stanford, 400-yd. ind. medley in 4:35.8 (U.S., meet record); USC's TOM WINTERS, DON REDINGTON, ROSE, JON HENRICKS, 400-yd. freestyle relay in 3:21.1; NEW HAVEN SC's JIM DOLBEY, JOE KOLETSKY, TIM JECKO, ELTON FOLLETT, 400-yd. medley relay in 3:47; SAM HALL, Columbus, Ohio, 1-meter dive with 493.35 pts.; JOZSEF GERLACH, Ann Arbor, Mich., 3-meter dive with 505.7 pts.

TABLE TENNIS—KUO-TUAN JUNG, Red China, over Ferenc Sido, Hungary, 19-21, 21-12, 21-15, 21-14, men's singles; KIMIYO MATSUZAKI, Japan, over Fujie Eguchi, Japan, 21-13, 21-7, 18-21, 21-18, women's singles, world championships, Dortmund, Germany.

TRACK & FIELD—BOBBY MORROW, over Ira Murchison by six inches in 10.2 in 100-meter dash; BILL ALLEY, Kansas, threw javelin 270 ft. 1½ inches for U.S. and college record, 'Texas Relays, Austin.

MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: ELICE VICTOR ELIAS SASSOON, 77, multimillionaire banker, one of Britain's leading Thoroughbred owners, three-time Epsom Derby winner; and Evelyn Barnes, 39, of Dallas, his longtime nurse and more recently his personal secretary; at Sir Victor's plush winter home, Eves, on Nassau's Cable Beach.

COMMITTED: JOHNNY SAXTON, two-time world welterweight champion, onetime meal ticket for Blinky Palermo, but now broke and down on his luck; to State Mental Hospital at Ancora, N.J., after being nabbed for breaking and entering in Atlantic City (while out on bail on similar charge in New York) and then attempting to hang himself in jail cell. Police doctor, Frank B. Daggett, reported Saxton is suffering from dementia praecox and "is depressed because once he was on top and now he has nothing."