NEW YORK YANKEES

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
April 13, 1959

STRONG POINTS
You name it, and the Yankees have it—in more abundance than anyone else in the American League. Consider pitching. Maybe the top three of some teams are as good as Ford, Turley and Larsen. But who can follow with the likes of Duke Maas, Art Ditmar, Tom Sturdivant and Bobby Shantz—and still have a Ryne Duren lounging in the bullpen? (The Yankees led the league in ERA with a low 3.22.) Is there a better pitcher than Whitey Ford, the stylish left-hander? (Of all pitchers in the majors, he has the best won-and-lost record, 105-40, and the lowest ERA, 2.59.) Bob Turley, one of the early-to-bed Yankees, became the winningest pitcher in the league when he learned to mix a good curve with his fast ball. That splendid athlete, Don Larsen, has yet to realize his full pitching talents over an entire season because of various injuries. The others are dependable starters who can be called upon to relieve. And if all else fails, there's always Ryne Duren, who throws the hardest ball in baseball for an inning or two. With all this pitching, the Yankees really don't need too much hitting, but they have a barrelful of that, too. In spite of a late-season slump the team led the league in batting average, hits, runs, home runs, total bases and runs batted in. When Yogi Berra slowed down, Elston Howard stepped up and hit .314. But don't forget that Berra, in a bad year for him, still hit 22 homers and drove in-90 runs. He won't be sitting on the bench very often. Mickey Mantle disappointed a lot of folks by not batting .400 or breaking Babe Ruth's home-run record. But he's capable of doing it sometime, if he ever puts his mind to it. Tough Hank Bauer at 36 is still one of the roughest hitters in baseball with the winning run on base, and young Norm Siebern, despite his World Series setbacks, is a .300-hitting left fielder. Bill Skowron, Gil McDougald and Tony Kubek had poor years, but the Yankee attack didn't hurt too much. Also, where are there two better part-time third basemen than Andy Carey and Jerry Lumpe? That isn't all; the Yankees have speed, both afield and on the bases, and a tight defense that forces the other team to make the mistakes. Their depth and versatility are unmatched. Casey Stengel can take Berra, Howard, McDougald, Kubek, Lumpe and Bobby Richardson, the dandy utility infielder, and mix them around to suit his fancy.

WEAK SPOTS
This may sound facetious, but there just aren't any. Oh, sure, Casey says he'd like another pitcher, but every manager says that automatically. And he claims he could use another outfielder. Don't feel sorry for Casey.

ROOKIES AND NEW FACES
The Yankee team is the toughest to crack in baseball, yet every year one or more rookies are eased onto the squad. It's going to be a little tougher this year, though. Fritz Brickell, the sparkplug infielder with the sure hands, may stay around for a while, at least until Tony Kubek gets back into shape after his Army tour, and he could stay longer if he hits. Deron Johnson, who is built like Mantle and hits like him (at least in the spring) but doesn't run or throw like him, is probably another year or two away. The only rookies with a good chance of staying all season are a tall, 26-year-old catcher named John Blanchard, whose options are used up, and Jim Bronstad, a pitcher. Blanchard, a power hitter, will have to wait his turn in the Yankee Stadium bullpen until Berra or Howard wears out. Bronstad, a lanky righthander, is from Texas. He spent last season with Richmond under the watchful eye of Eddie Lopat and compiled a 13-13 record.

THE BIG IFS
Probably the worst thing that could happen to this well-balanced team would be for the players to misjudge the time to relax. It's hard for the Yankees to play at a maximum all the time in a league that offers weak competition. Last year the Yanks coasted through the last half of the season and still won by 10 games. Stengel's toughest job as manager is keeping his team keyed up long enough to clinch the pennant early. Presumably, complacency could become a habit. Ford, Larsen and Sturdivant might have arm trouble again, and Johnny Kucks, a good pitcher a few years back, might be all through. Skowron is accident prone and rarely plays a full schedule, and injuries to a Mantle or a McDougald would hurt, but not critically. Even Ryne Duren might lose his control, or his glasses. There is more than enough depth here, though, to withstand almost anything.

THE OUTLOOK
Coach Frankie Crosetti will cash his 18th World Series check and Manager Casey Stengel will handle his 10th pennant winner in his 11 years with the Yankees. Yankee-haters and those obsessed with the club's invincibility are not yet about to witness the crumbling of the dynasty. No matter how pessimistic Casey may sound at times during the season, don't be fooled. He knows he has too much hitting, pitching, speed, defense and depth to be seriously challenged this year.

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PHOTOSTRENGTH AND ICY DETERMINATION OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES ARE REFLECTED IN THE FACES OF PITCHERS WHITEY FORD AND BOB TURLEY PHOTOMANTLE PHOTOHOWARD PHOTOMcDOUGALD PHOTOBERRA PHOTOSKOWRON PHOTOBAUER PHOTOKUBEK PHOTOSIEBERN PHOTOCAREY PHOTODITMAR PHOTOLARSEN PHOTODUREN ILLUSTRATION

BASIC ROSTER

NO.

NAME

POSITION

1958 RECORD

1

BOBBY RICHARDSON

IF

.247

6

ANDY CAREY

3B

.286

7

MICKEY MANTLE

CF

.304

8

YOGI BERRA

C-OF

.266

9

HANK BAUER

RF

.268

10

TONY KUBEK

IF-OF

.265

11

JERRY LUMPE

IF

.254

12

GIL McDOUGALD

IF

.250

14

BILL SKOWRON

1B

.273

17

ENOS SLAUGHTER

OF

.304

25

NORM SIEBERN

LF

.300

32

ELSTON HOWARD

C-OF

.314

16

WHITEY FORD

P

14-7

18

DON LARSEN

P

9-6

19

BOB TURLEY

P

21-7

24

DUKE MAAS

P

11-8

26

RYNE DUREN

P

6-4

28

ART DITMAR

P

9-8

30

BOBBY SHANTZ

P

7-6

47

TOM STURDIVANT

P

3-6

PAST PERFORMANCE CHART

YEAR

FINISHED

WON

LOST

GAMES BEHIND

1958

1

92

62

1957

1

98

56

1956

1

97

57

1955

1

96

58

1954

2

103

51

8

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

BATTING

PITCHING

1958

MANTLE

.304

TURLEY

21-7

1957

MANTLE

.365

STURDIVANT

16-6

1956

MANTLE

.353

FORD

19-6

1955

MANTLE

.306

FORD

18-7

1954

NOREN

.319

GRIM

20-6

HOME RUNS

RUNS BATTED IN

1958

MANTLE

42

MANTLE

97

1957

MANTLE

34

MANTLE

94

1956

MANTLE

52

MANTLE

130

1955

MANTLE

37

BERRA

108

1954

MANTLE

27

BERRA

125

HOME SCHEDULE

*Night game

APRIL

BOSTON

10,11,12

BALTIMORE

25,26,26

MAY

WASHINGTON

9,10,10

CLEVELAND

12*,13

CHICAGO

15*,16

KANSAS CITY

17,17

DETROIT

19*,20

BOSTON

26*

BALTIMORE

28*,29

JUNE

KANSAS CITY

9*,10,11

DETROIT

12*,13,14,14

CHICAGO

16*,17,18

CLEVELAND

19*,20,21,21

JULY

WASHINGTON

3*,4,4,5

CLEVELAND

14*,15,16

CHICAGO

17*,18,19,19

AUGUST

DETROIT

4*,5,6

KANSAS CITY

7*,8,9,9

WASHINGTON

12*,13

BOSTON

14*,15,16,16

SEPTEMBER

WASHINGTON

2*,3

BALTIMORE

4*,5,6

KANSAS CITY

9*,10

DETROIT

11,12

CLEVELAND

13,13

CHICAGO

15,16

BOSTON

18*,19,20

BALTIMORE

25*,26,27

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)