19TH HOLE: The readers take over

April 11, 1960
April 11, 1960

Table of Contents
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

19TH HOLE: The readers take over

The parents of your basketball expert must have had a premonition that their son would become a latter-day prophet when they named him Jeremiah. After watching his NCAA forecast (Up for Grabs at the Cow Palace, SI, March 21) turn out 100% correct at San Francisco I must say there is nothing quite so certain as death and Tax.
Oklahoma City

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

•Reader Simon (one of the nation's front-rank sportswriters) might be interested to know that Tax was actually named for a comic strip—an old-time favorite, now dead, called Jerry on the Job. When Tax was delivered, on a kitchen table in Easthampton, Mass. during a blizzard in January 1916, he arrived almost to the minute predicted by the doctor. "Well," said the proud papa, "he sure is Jerry on the job." Said the proud doctor, "Yes, and a good name for him that would be." Said the father, "That's just what it will be."—ED.

Being a Pete Newell fan, I could not believe offense could win over Pete New-ell's defense, but the NCAA finals disproved this decisively.

Credit Ohio State as the definite superior in the finals. Cal was definitely off, but certainly the "Big O" and Cincinnati took everything out of Cal the previous night.

Writer Tax correctly analyzed the champ, but would he still take State in a rematch, knowing Newell and his great California team?
Santa Clara, Calif.

•Yes, he would. Cal had an excellent team; Ohio State had a better one. Pete Newell didn't look for an alibi; neither should Reader Ready.—ED.

I want to congratulate you on your courageous approach to the over-all problem of human conservation (A New and Human Science, SI, March 28). We have long advocated and attempted to preach the concept that conservation of human beings is the most important social problem facing the nation today. We share your view wholeheartedly that the spiritual and moral welfare of the nation is tied in very closely as a part of man's association and understanding of his natural environment.

We feel very strongly that this human-nature concept is rapidly taking root, and it is my sincere hope that articles such as yours, together with reports and studies, will result in general understanding of the situation by the people of the country.
Director, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
Tallahassee, Fla.

You have my congratulations for your excellent presentation of the problem which we face in the future. As you know, I am deeply interested in conservation and devote a good part of my time in the Senate to this subject.
U.S. Senator, Utah
Washington, D.C.

The article is of great interest to me as I am the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on National Water Resources. We held a great number of public hearings, in addition received reports from every state in the Union and from approximately 14 governmental agencies. Most of these point to the need for the right type of recreational development, including areas left as nearly as possible the way they were created.

Your magazine is doing a great service in this regard, and I assure you of my interest in the entire series.
U.S. Senator, Oklahoma
Washington, D.C.

There is a greater need to get people to think about the problems of improving the use of available resources than most of us visualize at the present time, and any articles that will stimulate thinking along these lines are to the good. I appreciate very much the fact that you are entering upon this series on the role of conservation in a changing country.
Wildlife Management Institute
Washington, D.C.

Certainly Henry Romney is correct in his conclusion that the human being is both the subject and object of conservation today. He is also correct that we shall do a decent job of solving the problem in its entirety, or we shall fail to solve any of it in the particular.

The Cape Cod shore-line proposal is a good example of the type of opportunity which still remains. A third of the way across the continent and in the Chicago "Supermetro" is the horrible example of the Indiana dunes area where the decision for action came too late. The Izaak Walton League is currently devoting its attention to the shore-line program.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is to be commended for devoting attention to this most important social problem. Unquestionably, your articles will stimulate thought and, we hope, action.
Conservation Director
The Izaak Walton League of America
Washington, D.C.

I think you are doing a perfectly splendid thing, and I congratulate you heartily. I was privileged to sit in on a two-day meeting of the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission (SI, April 4) recently, and I am confident that it will be an articulate and productive group in the finest interests of conservation.
National Science Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Congratulations on your significant new series, which is intended to be a new, dynamic approach to the grave conservation problem facing the U.S. Henry Romney's first article served admirably to set the stage and point up this vital issue.

After some study in the area of natural resources, food supply, population growth, etc., I am convinced of one truism—the core of the "impending disaster" (at least from the naturalist's viewpoint) is quite simply a real population explosion. Population can be controlled with proper education, while most natural resources are exhaustible.

The ridicule of those who are seriously concerned with the "megalopolis specter" is most exasperating to many thinkers.

Thank you again for your new program series. I hope your readership will see the severity of the problem and respond accordingly.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Denison University
Granville, Ohio

I consider your article The Trout's Mouthpiece (SI, March 14) the most important treatise on fishing since Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler.

Every time a fishing license is sold in the U.S. a copy of this article should be passed out to the purchaser.
New York City

It is true the American Doberman is bred "sweeter" than his German cousin. Behind this lie some national differences in philosophy and laws, and toward personal injury. The German does not mind being bitten; the American does. The American Doberman is bred to differentiate instinctively between friend and foe and not attack unless provoked. The German dog must lunge at the judge in the show ring in order to win. The American dog loses if he displays such temperament.

Animals are bred to suit man's purposes and pleasures but like fire should be kept under control. The few misfits and mentally unbalanced should be discarded as your article implies.

But on the other side: our home is never locked and our daughters ride the wild countryside with a Doberman as their constant and vigilant companion. Would the three women vacationing in a lonely park have been brutally murdered if they had had with them a dog whose senses were seven times more acute than those of a human and an instinct to protect with all his might those that were his? Doberman owners do not think so.
Gambier, Ohio

Many thanks for the article One Beer for The Rocket by Gilbert Rogin (SI, March 21).

To hockey fans like myself, Maurice Richard is a legend, and he'll long live in our hearts with those stars of our own national sports.

There may someday be a greater player, but he'll have to go some to beat the Rocket.

It is my opinion that Mr. Rogin has captured the spirit of this great man and expressed it with a great deal of feeling. I'm sure hockey fans here and in Canada enjoyed it and join me in saying thanks.

We are in the middle of a furor at our club on a specific ruling concerning casual water. The facts are as follows: The ball lies in casual water which is in the rough just bordering a fairway. The drop closest to where the ball lies not closer to the hole happens to be on the fairway. A drop in the rough puts it somewhat farther from its lie in the casual water.

One faction insists that the ball must be dropped farther over in the rough. Another faction insists that the ball must be dropped back toward the tee along the line of flight. A third faction believes that the ball can be dropped on the fairway.

Would you please tell us what the correct ruling would be on this subject? Green matter hangs in the balance.

•The 1960 Rules of Golf is quite specific concerning Reader Henly's problem. Rule No. 32 states: "The player may lift and drop the ball [from casual water] without penalty as near as possible to the spot where it lay, but not nearer the hole, on ground which avoids these conditions." Therefore, if the drop closest to where the ball lies not closer to the hole happens to be on the fairway the "third faction" has the right approach: the ball may be dropped on the fairway.—ED.