April 11, 1960
April 11, 1960

Table of Contents
April 11, 1960

1960 Olympic Basketball Team U.S.
Bally Ache
Scouting Reports
  • Two full major league teams could be fielded from the Los Angeles roster, and there'd still be fine players on the bench. Yet this club will have to be lucky to win the pennant again

  • Red Schoendienst was out last year but even so the Braves were heavily favored to win the pennant. They failed. Now Red is back, there's a fiery new manager and Milwaukee is favored

  • The San Francisco Giants are hungry. Last year they were just about to eat the cake when it was stolen away. Now they are smarter and tougher, as the National League will soon discover

  • Friend, Mazeroski and Skinner are back inform, and the Pirates are dangerous once more. But without real power, they must play near-perfect baseball to rise above fourth this year

  • Slipping steadily since their third-place finish in 1956, the Reds have frantically plugged first one deficiency and then another. Now, at last, they seem to have a sound, solid team

  • Tied for seventh in 1957, tied for fifth in 1958, tied for fifth again last year, the Cubs have been improving. It would seem that this year...but no. The higher you go the tougher it gets

  • The Cardinals have gained in power and the pitching should be improved. But in 154 games an awful lot of baseballs are destined to find their way safely through that leaky defense

  • The Phillies have junked an old, losing club to give their youngsters a chance. This will be no miracle of 1950, but at least the Phils will lose in a younger, more interesting way

  • The Sox won in a weakened league and no one knows it better than Bill Veeck. He has strengthened the attack and made them the team to beat for the first time since 1920

  • A group of pawns on Frank Lane's chessboard came surprisingly close to capturing last year's pennant. Now, having exchanged a few key men, Lane feels he has a winner

  • The old Yankees are dead, and their replacements are not in the same class. This is a sound team but it is far from being a great one and it will need lots of luck to rise above third place

  • Tactical troubles—at shortstop and first base—still plague the Tigers. But the main problem is strategic: how to stir contented also-rans and give the faithful something really to shout about

  • The Red Sox finished in the second division last season for the first time since 1952. Now Jensen is gone and Williams is going, going. It may be a while before the Sox climb back up

  • After several halfway seasons, the Orioles are now fully committed to their youth program. Youngsters have taken over as the old names fade. It will all pay off...someday

  • There's a new optimism in Kansas City. The outfield is solid, the infield and pitching are better, and Hank Bauer has pepped up the whole ball club. Fifth place could be the result

  • A few years ago Washington was a one-man ball club and a last-place team. Things are brighter now. The Senators are still a cellar team but now they have some players people have heard of

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


14 The First Olympians
Oscar Robertson and 11 other basketball stars proved their right at Denver to a trip to Rome

This is an article from the April 11, 1960 issue

16 Thirteen Records in a Watery Grave
The AAU men's swim championships were the best ever held in the U.S. By Arlie Schardt

18 Heartache and Bally Ache
The Kentucky Derby favorite broke his ankle, but his successor ran a great race in Florida

20 Oh, Bad Luck, Cambridge
With Princess Margaret and her Cantab fiancé watching tensely, Oxford wins the boat race

22 Big Toss and Big Feet
Two kinds of track excitement: a shotputter and an elephant both set records

110 Part III: Wet-fly Fishing
Vernon Hidy and Anthony Ravielli team to reveal James Leisenring's secrets of fly-tying

Baseball 1960

28 The Big New Season
In advance, the elements that will set '60 apart

45 Scouting Reports
Detailed analyses of all 16 major league teams


46 Los Angeles
48 Milwaukee
50 San Francisco
52 Pittsburgh
54 Cincinnati
56 Chicago
58 St. Louis
60 Philadelphia


70 Chicago
72 Cleveland
74 New York
76 Detroit
78 Boston
80 Baltimore
82 Kansas City
84 Washington

62 Action through an umpire's mask, in color

69 A slice of statistics from 1959

The departments

7 Scoreboard
13 Coming Events
24 Events & Discoveries
92 Track
97 Tennis
103 Motor Sports
127 19th Hole
130 Pat on the Back

Acknowledgments on page 8

Cover: Baseball

It is time to play ball, and next week, with all its color and excitement, another big league season begins. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S complete annual preview starts on page 28.

Painting by Harvey Schmidt


Next week

•Swimmer Carin Cone is the best U.S. woman backstroker since Eleanor Holm. Kenneth Rudeen tells of the setbacks and triumphs of her four-year quest for an Olympic title.

•The mink-mating season is over in Utah, so Gene Fullmer and Manager Marv Jenson turn from mink ranching to training for Gene's title defense against Joey Giardello.

•A masterpiece of golfing humor, The Haunted Major, written a half-century ago by Robert Marshall, begins in the April 18 issue—its first magazine appearance in America.