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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

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

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Every season, Dobie Wallender would start off thinking:
THIS IS GOING TO BE MY YEAR.

This is an article from the April 13, 1959 issue

He'd tell his wife:
THIS IS GOING TO BE MY YEAR. I CAN FEEL IT.
EAT.

He'd tell his team mates:
THIS IS GOING TO BE MY YEAR. I KNOW IT.
THROW

He'd tell the owners:
THIS IS GOING TO BE MY YEAR. CAN I HAVE A LITTLE MORE?
SIGN.

And all of them would think Dobie was a terrible bare. And each year, just like clock work, Dobie would end up hitting his regular. 260.
FUNNY - I COULD HAVE SWORN.

Then - one year - on the first day of the season, Dobie Wallender went four for four.

And on the second day of the season, Dobie Wallender went four for four.

And all that week and the week after that, Dobie Wallender went four for four.

His wife was very happy. His team mates were very happy. And the owners (who gave him a sizeable increase) were very happy.
WHAT DID I TELL YOU? DIDN'T I SAY THIS WAS GOING TO BE MY YEAR? HUH? DIDN'T I? YOU KNOW I DID! DIDN'T I SAY —

He got prizes. He got awards. He got a "Dobie Wallender Day" ceremony from the citizens of the community.
SO I SAID TO MY WIFE - "NOW DEAR, I CAN NOT BE SURE OF THIS FOR WHICH OF US IN THIS UNCERTAIN WORLD CAN BE SURE OF ANYTHING - BUT I HAE A FEELING THAT THIS YEAR—"

Advertisers flocked to him

He appeared on TV—on discussion shows:
WELL IF YOU ASK ME, I FEEL THAT TODAY'S YOUTH ARE BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN THE YOUTH OF MY DAY.

On interview shows:
PERSONALLY ED, THE WAY I SEE IS THAT TODAY YOUTH ARE IN MY OPINON FOR WHAT TS WORTH, BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN THE YOUTH OF MY DAY.

On dramatic shows:
BILLIE BOY, I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO RETURN THAT STOLEN FIRST BASEMAN'S MITT BECAUSE I FEEL THAT TODAY'S YOUTH ARE BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN THE YOUTH OF MY DAY.

But no matter how many ads he posed for or how many TV shows he went on Dobie still went out to the ball park every afternoon and - Soon people came to expect it.
FOUR FOR FOUR!
FOUR FOR FOUR!
LET'S GO BOWLING.

Attendance started falling off, TV interviews were cancelled.
GET A GRIP ON YOURSELF DOBIE - PERFECTION IS ALRIGHT, BUT BASEBALL IS A PERSONALITY GAME. WHY DON'T YOU START DRINKING?

Dobie couldn't understand-
I KNOW WHAT IT IS YOU SEE - LIKE I'M NOT GETTING THOSE EXTRA BASE HITS YOU SEE. THEY'RE SURE TO LIKE ME AGAIN ONCE I GO FOR THOSE EXTRA BASE HITS YOU SEE - AND I HAVE A FEELING, MIND YOU, THAT THIS WEEK I'LL HIT MORE EXTRA BASE -
EAT

Dobie was becoming a bore.
"-THE WAY I SEE IT IS THAT TODAY'S YOUTH ARE BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT - "
CLICK

Finally the owners came to see him:
DOBIE, IF THERE'S ONE THING WE APPRECIATE IT'S A GREAT COMPETITOR. AND YOU ARE CERTAINLY THAT. A GREAT COMPETITOR. BUT, DOBIE, NOT EVERYONE APPRECIATES A GREAT COMPETITOR THE WAY WE APPRECIATE A GREAT COMPETITOR. NOBODY IS COMING TO OUR BALL PARK, DOBIE. WE'RE CUTTING YOUR SALARY IN HALF.

Every one on the team took a pay cut.
WHY DON'T THEY LIKE ME? AREN'T I HITTING 1,000?

IF ONLY I COULD BE ERRATIC -

His business agent grew very unhappy.
THE DOBIE WALLENDER ROD AND REEL COMPANY WENT DOWN SEVEN POINTS. THE DOBIE WALLENDER MEN'S WEAR COMPANY DROPPED TWELVE POINTS. THE DOBIE WALLENDER PIZZA PALACES HAD TO CLOSE IN FIVE STATES.

Sales of products he endorsed went plummeting. Dobie went on tranquilizers and sleeping pills.

Yet each new day he would drag himself off to the ball park and before nearly empty stands he would go -

Then came the last game of the season - and the ball park was jammed - the biggest crowd of the year!

Not buying hot dogs - not buying soda pop - not saying a word.

Dobie came up and got his first hit. Nobody made a sound.

Dobie came up and got his next two hits. Nobody made a sound.

Dobie came up for his last time at bat -

And slowly the stands began to empty -

One by one the fans left their seats and marched onto the field - toward Dobie.

And the players threw down their gloves and joined them -

And Dobie's own team rose from the dugout and joined them -

And the TV camera ment and the reporters - and the owners - all moving slowly toward him

Dobie Wallender began to run -

He sprinted across the field -

Skirted the left field fence -

— and was gone.

THIRTY SEVEN ILLUSTRATIONS