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Philadelphia PHILLIES

April 11, 1960
April 11, 1960

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April 11, 1960

Toothpick
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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

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

Philadelphia PHILLIES

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

Toward the end of the 1948 season a bald, graying, scholarly, virtually unknown manager named Eddie Sawyer began to fill the roster of the Philadelphia Phillies with a bunch of fuzzy-faced boys. Few were ready for the big leagues but, as Sawyer said, "What have we got to lose? We're not winning now." So he swept the old lineup clean, gave the Whiz Kids their chance to play and, two years later, won a pennant, the first for Philadelphia in 35 years.

This is an article from the April 11, 1960 issue Original Layout

•THAT WAS 1950
The Phillies haven't won one since, and last fall they finished last for the second year in a row. So this spring—still scholarly, just as bald but even grayer—Eddie Sawyer (who was out of baseball for several years before rejoining the Phillies in 1958) has been cleaning house again. Robin Roberts still has a job, along with some of the other pitchers. Ed Bouchee remains at first base, and Joe Koppe, who is something of a newcomer himself, at short (top left). Wally Post, because he drove in 94 runs, will probably play right field, and Harry Anderson (below left), if he plays back to his 1958 form, may remain in left. But the others are going or gone. Nobody expects this new bunch of "whiz kids" to win any pennants, not this year or next, because they simply do not have that brand of whiz—but the Phillies will lose in 1960 with new faces.

•INTRODUCING...

The catcher is Jim Coker, a good-looking 24-year-old up from Buffalo. The second baseman, hopefully, will be Pancho Herrera, who won the triple crown championship—batting, home runs, runs batted in—of the International League last year. Herrera, who failed to beat Bouchee out of the first-base job in previous attempts, had never played second in his life until this spring; he is a huge man, 6 feet 3 inches tall and 220 pounds, but he moves well and maybe the experiment will work.

At third base there is no really new face, only two different ones: Alvin Dark, traded from the Cubs, and Ted Lepcio, who came from Boston by way of Detroit. "We have some outstanding third-base prospects in the system," says the Phillies' front office, "but they aren't quite ready for the majors," a statement which, considering the state of affairs this year, means the young third basemen are no better right now than Class C. Lepcio, when he isn't resting Dark at third, can rescue Herrera at second; since that may be a large job, Lepcio will have help from Bobby Malkmus, a .300 hitter last year at Denver. Last year's second baseman, George Anderson, who hit .218, is not being counted on this season.

Young Johnny Callison, obtained from the White Sox for Gene Freese, may put Harry Anderson on the bench instead of in left, and Bobby Del Greco is in center. Always a superb fielder, Del Greco failed with the Pirates, Cardinals and Yankees because he couldn't hit big-league pitching, but he is only 27 and he can hit big-league pitching now—or at least that is what Kerby Farrell, who managed him at Buffalo, says. As for Post, he still has a job, but it is only because his eventual replacement, a powerfully built Bahamian named Tony Curry, needed another year in a high minor league. Even so, Sawyer was tempted. In 1959, at Williamsport in the Class A Eastern League, Curry batted .314, had 90 runs batted in, 21 home runs, and was given the Most Valuable Player award. Should he treat Triple-A pitching the same way, he may rejoin the Phillies by Memorial Day.

•PITCHERS GALORE
Where pitchers are concerned, Sawyer is like the old lady who lived in a shoe. Roberts had his best spring in years, and has apparently regained his old ability to throw very hard. Gene Conley will report from the pro basketball playoffs late, just as he did last year, but expects to pitch just as well: 12-7 and a 3.00 ERA. Don Cardwell, Jim Owens and Jack Meyer are three proved big-league pitchers. Ruben Gomez, for the first time in history, passed up winter baseball and as a result seems well rested and ready to play. Curt Simmons, throwing without a trace of pain, is all set for a comeback. Young John Buzhardt, picked up from the Cubs in the Dark-Richie Ashburn deal, is considered a terrific prospect. The Phils believe Dick Farrell, terror of the 1957 bullpen, is going to be effective again.

•NEEDS AND DREAMS
The Phils really need another catcher to back up Coker and Valmy Thomas; only Bouchee and Post are real power hitters; Dave Philley is the only dependable pinch hitter; and the bullpen is in a state of confusion. But the starting pitchers are solid and if the hitters come through the Phils will be much improved. If not, if it's another dreary year in the cellar, Phillie fans can look at the kids and reminisce about 1950.

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BASIC ROSTER

NO.

NAME

POSITION

1959 RECORD

1

ALVIN DARK

3B

.264

4

TED LEPCIO

IF

.280

5

ED BOUCHEE

1B

.285

8

VALMY THOMAS

C

.200

9

HARRY ANDERSON

LF

.240

10

JIM COKER

C

Minors

12

DAVE PHILLEY

OF

.291

14

WALLY POST

RF

.254

15

JOE KOPPE

SS

.261

18

PANCHO HERRERA

IF

Minors

27

JOHN CALLISON

OF

Minors

47

BOBBY DEL GRECO

CF

Minors

22

RUBEN GOMEZ

P

3-8

29

GENE CONLEY

P

12-7

36

ROBIN ROBERTS

P

15-17

42

JACK MEYER

P

5-3

43

DICK FARRELL

P

1-6

46

DON CARDWELL

P

9-10

49

JIM OWENS

P

12-12

52

JOHN BUZHARDT

P

4-5

1959 TEAM PERFORMANCE

FINISHED

WON

LOST

GAMES BEHIND

8

64

90

23

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

BATTING

PITCHING

PHILLEY

.291

CONLEY

12-7

BOUCHEE

.285

OWENS

12-12

FREESE

.268

ROBERTS

15-17

HOME RUNS

RUNS BATTED IN

FREESE

23

POST

94

POST

22

BOUCHEE

74

BOUCHEE

15

FREESE

70