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FLORIDA PIONEERS AGAIN

April 11, 1960
April 11, 1960

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April 11, 1960

Toothpick
Cards
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

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

FLORIDA PIONEERS AGAIN

Miami's Gulfstream Park is not only the home of the Florida Derby (see page 18) but the source of perennial innovation in racing foofaraw, such as sailing contests in the infield lake, water skiing exhibitions, and the Derby Daiquiri, Gulf-stream's answer to the mint julep. Last week the track left some fresh footprints in the sands of racing history. Shortly before noon on Derby Day the public address system broke the silence with a calm announcement: "The elephants are approaching the starting gate."

This is an article from the April 11, 1960 issue

Racegoers set down their Derby Daiquiris as three gorgeous orchid-dyed pachyderms, each ridden by a mahout in jockey silks, strolled toward an elephantine starting gate an eighth of a mile from the finish line. The parade to the post was made in circus fashion, each steed using his orchid trunk to seize the orchid tail just ahead. The jockeys were positioned firmly on the heads, legs dangling behind huge flapping ears in a riding style worth the astonished study of such fellow mahouts as Arcaro, Shoemaker and Hartack.

At the starting gate the entries were uncoupled. The announcer gave a program change—Clyde, a 35-year-old in post position No. 1, had gained 200 pounds in training, now weighed 6,500 pounds—and introduced Beatty, 45, running at 6,800 pounds and Jungleland, 29, in at a mere 5,200.

The starter's flag dropped and they were off—at a swaying pace somewhat like that of three boozed-up lumberjacks pitching down Main Street on a Saturday night. Jungle-land broke fastest, relatively speaking, stuck to the rail, led by a tusk at the 16th pole and held on to win by a trunk in 31[1/5] seconds, a track record. The winner gave the grandstand a formal bow and devoured the purse: a wastebasketful of peanuts.

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