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Rugged day for Riverside

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

Rugged day for Riverside

Forty cars started in the California Grand Prix but only 16, led by cool Carroll Shelby, managed to last to the end

Midsummer weather and the lively prospect of a duel between Rodger Ward, last year's Indianapolis winner, and the current world driving champion, Jack Brabham of Australia lured 60,000 racing enthusiasts Sunday to the Grand Prix for sports cars at Riverside Raceway, 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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

It was not the advertised stars, however, but race-wise Carroll Shelby of Dallas who mastered the tricky, 3.275-mile road course in the shadow of the San Bernardino mountains. Shelby, won at Le Mans last year, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that he has a knack for winning big races, particularly when the purse is worthwhile. Driving a "birdcage" Maserati, the same model that failed for Stirling Moss at Sebring a week earlier, he coddled his engine through the hot early going and had the race all to himself at the end, when he was actually easing up. His average winning speed, 87.5 mph for the 62-lap, 200-mile-plus course, was no record but earned him $7,200.

A minute and 12 seconds behind Shelby came Ken Miles of North Hollywood, last year's winner, driving a Porsche. Brabham, in a 2-liter Cooper Monaco, finished a disappointing sixth, and Ward dropped out early. The race was marred by the death of Argentine sportsman Pedro von Dory who ran straight off the course on the 59th lap. It was exacting on cars, too. Of 40 starters, only 16 were able to finish.

PHOTOFROM BANKED TURN, RIVERSIDE COURSE DARTS TOWARD SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS (LEFT), LOOPS RIGHT INTO ROLLING COUNTRYPHOTOTOUSLED WINNER, Carroll Shelby looks up from inspection of his automobile.