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Washington SENATORS

April 11, 1960
April 11, 1960

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April 11, 1960

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  • 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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Washington SENATORS

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

Roy Sievers (bottom left) bore the Senators' burden in manful silence for what must have seemed an eternity. For five straight years he led the team in home runs, and in four of those he also led in runs batted in. Roy is still the team's most feared slugger, but now he's no longer the only one. Now the Senators have such trading-card favorites as Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison (top left) and Jim Lemon.

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•MUSCLES AND HOMERS

Killebrew tied for the league lead in home runs last year with 42, and Allison (30 homers, 85 RBIs) was named American League Rookie of the Year. Lemon hit 33 homers and had 100 RBIs. Of these big musclemen, only Allison is a really good baseball player. Killebrew and Lemon are below average as fielders, base runners and dependable hitters (Killebrew hit .242 last season and Lemon has a career average of .264). But their ability to drive a ball a good distance has attracted national attention and, more importantly, local fans.

Washington Owner Calvin Griffith gets a lot of promotional mileage out of his "murderers' row," and he'll need all he can muster. For, aside from the crumbling Boston Red Sox, Washington is the least improved club in the American League. Last year's infield problems remain unsolved and the catching situation has become nearly calamitous.

•MAC THE ROOKIE
Clint Courtney, a tough catcher who has a .271 batting average for nine seasons, is below par because of multiple injuries and declining ability; Hal Naragon, a .268 hitter for seven years, has never been anyone's first-string catcher and it is doubtful that he can be the Senators', either. Behind these two is Steve Korcheck, a former linebacker who borders on being muscle-bound. Korcheck is an able receiver with a good arm, but he can't hit. Looking around desperately for catching help this spring, Manager Cookie Lavagetto even used 43-year-old Clyde McCullough. A coach with the Senators' Charleston farm club, the gray-haired McCullough played his last major league game in 1956. At that, he may be the best defensive catcher within the Senators' grasp.

•A SAD SITUATION
Washington had the worst second-base situation in either league last year, and 1960 will be no different. The same men who were shuffled around last year (and had an aggregate batting average of .226) are back again. Billy Consolo, a seven-year bench warmer at the age of 25, looked good in training and outhustled flashy rookie Zorro Versalles for the shortstop job. Italian-born Reno Bertoia has the edge at second simply because he hits an occasional long ball. Ken Aspromonte is admittedly a better fielder. Backing up both positions is journeyman Ron Samford, who has hovered around the majors for years despite a .219 lifetime average.

•KILLEBREW'S BAT

Plans for moving Killebrew to left field have been abandoned, and the Senators hope his big bat will again overshadow his dubious play at third base. Sievers' outfielding days are over; he will now devote full time to first base, where his weak arm will not hurt the club defensively. Ready to spell Roy from time to time is Julio Becquer, an effective pinch hitter and capable fielder.

Lemon and Allison are set in the outfield, with the third spot still in question. Lavagetto hoped to move Allison to right and install swift Lenny Green or rookie Dan Dobbek (a powerful 190-pounder who hit 23 home runs at Chattanooga last year) in center. But Green and Dobbek both came up with sore arms, so Allison—the best all-round player on the club—will stay put. Green and Dobbek will have to unseat Faye Throne-berry, another distance hitter, for the right-field job.

Thin as it is, pitching is one of Washington's stronger points. Camilo Pascual's crackling curve and hopping fast ball produced startling results last year: a won-lost percentage of .630 (compared to .409 for the club); six shutouts (high for both leagues); 17 complete games (high for the American League); and 185 strikeouts, the most for a Senator pitcher since Walter Johnson. Pascual's buddy, Pedro Ramos, and lefty Jim Kaat, a rookie, are starters, with the fourth position going to Russ Kemmerer or Tex Clevenger. If Kaat, a lanky fast-baller, makes the grade, Washington will have its first good southpaw starter since Chuck Stobbs won 15 games in 1956. Stobbs is now the No. 1 reliever. He was 1-8 last season but had a 2.97 ERA, best of his 13-year career. Bullpen help is expected from Dick Hyde, who was hampered by back trouble in 1959 after a season as the league's leading relief pitcher, and from 6-foot-3 Hal Woodeshick, best reliever on the staff during July and August last year.

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BASIC ROSTER

NO.

NAME

POSITION

1959
RECORD

1

RENO BERTOIA

2B

.237

2

ROY SIEVERS

1B

.242

8

HARMON KILLEBREW

3B

.242

4

KEN ASPROMONTE

2B

.244

6

BILLY CONSOLO

SS

.213

7

LENNY GREEN

OF

.248

8

HAL NARAGON

C

.247

14

CLINT COURTNEY

C

.233

23

JIM LEMON

LF

.279

26

BOB ALLISON

CF

.261

29

JULIO BECQUER

1B

.268

30

FAYE THRONEBERRY

RF

.251

12

TEX CLEVENGER

P

8-5

16

RUSS KEMMERER

P

8-17

17

CAMILO PASCUAL

P

17-10

18

BILL FISCHER

P

9-11

21

JIM KAAT

P

Minors

27

CHUCK STOBBS

P

1-8

28

PEDRO RAMOS

P

13-19

35

DICK HYDE

P

2-5

1959 TEAM PERFORMANCE

FINISHED

WON

LOST

GAMES
BEHIND

8

63

91

31

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

BATTING

PITCHING

LEMON

.279

PASCUAL

17-10

BECQUER

.268

RAMOS

13-19

ALLISON

.261

FISCHER

9-11

HOME RUNS

RUNS BATTED IN

KILLEBREW

42

KILLEBREW

105

LEMON

33

LEMON

100

ALLISON

30

ALLISON

85