A roundup of the sports information of the week

April 11, 1960
April 11, 1960

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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

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—Sporting a freshly laid deck of spruce, a new rudder and modern deck equipment—as well as experimental testing equipment and recording gear—the 12-meter Norsaga slid down the ways at Cowes, Isle of Wight, a first step in a new British challenge for the America's Cup. Backed by a group of merchant navy men who call themselves the Red Duster Syndicate (a nickname inspired by the ensign of the British merchant fleet), the refitted Norsaga will be used as a guinea pig in a program of 27 races this summer to determine the lines of a brand-new 12-meter yacht that will be built for the challenge. In 1937 and 1938 the Norsaga, under the name Trivia, was the top British twelve. The Red Duster Syndicate, which estimates it will spend $420,000 on the project, hopes to challenge in 1962.

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BASKETBALL—Wilt Chamberlain, after announcing that he had quit the Philadelphia Warriors, joined up with the Harlem Globetrotters to defeat the College All-Stars 88 to 82 in an exhibition game that drew a full house of 20,000 at Chicago Stadium. In the first half the All-Stars held Chamberlain to five points, but in a second-half scoring duel with Bobby Joe Mason of Bradley, Chamberlain scored 23 points, lost high scoring honors to Mason, however, 29 points to 28. After game, Abe Saperstein, Globetrotter owner, offered Chamberlain $125,000 to play with his team next season.

CONSERVATION—A federal conservation bill involving some 25 million acres of military reservations was passed by the House and placed before the Senate. The bill, if passed by the Senate, will serve to protect wildlife and make available a new supply of fish and game for hundreds of thousands of sportsmen. Sponsored by Representative Robert L. F. Sikes (Dem., Florida), the act expands a program which was started 10 years ago at the half-million-acre Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where 8,000 military and civilian sportsmen enjoyed the facilities last year. "There will always be enough game if steps are taken to feed, shelter and protect it," said Representative Sikes. "The land is there."