A pennant race made to order

November 21, 1960

The American league, which will expand to 10 teams by 1961, has announced that it will stock the two new teams with players from the eight existing teams. This does not mean, of course, that Mickey Mantle will be hitting home runs for Los Angeles. The eight existing teams will be allowed to freeze a certain number of players—probably 25—from their 40-man rosters. The new clubs will be allowed to pick three men from the remaining players on each team. The players the two new teams get will have names like Wieand and Hunt and they will make up the worst teams in major league history, teams which will be lucky to win 40 games.

With this ugly thought in mind, it is pleasant to dream how well balanced the 10 rosters could be—and what an exciting pennant race baseball followers could look forward to—if some free hand were allowed to take over and juggle players at will, subtracting from the strong, adding to the weak and the new, as has been done with the roster below. Naturally, if such changes were made, Dan Topping of the Yankees would sue, and Bill Veeck, thinking of moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, would be happy. Which team would you bet on?

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YANKEES

ORIOLES

WHITE SOX

INDIANS

SENATORS

c

Berra

Triandos

Lollar

Romano

Battey

1B

Throneberry

Gentile

Kluszewski

Power

Killebrew

2B

Richardson

Breeding

Fox

Aspromonte

Gardner

SS

Kubek

Hansen

Aparicio

De La Hoz

Versalles

3B

Boyer

Robinson

Freese

Phillips

Bertoia

LF

Lopez

Stephens

Hicks

Bond

Lemon

CF

Mantle

Brandt

Landis

Piersall

L. Green

RF

Bauer

Pilarcik

Smith

Kuenn

Allison

P

Ford

Pappas

Wynn

Perry

Pascual

P

Terry

Estrada

Shaw

Bell

Ramos

P

Turley

Barber

Baumann

Stigman

Kralick

P

Stafford

Fisher

Score

Latman

Stobbs

TIGERS

RED SOX

ATHLETICS

LOS ANGELES

NEW WASHINGTON

C

Berberet

Pagliaroni

P. Daley

Howard

Nixon

IB

Cash

Wertz

Skowron

Dropo

Sievers

2B

Boiling

Runnels

Lumpe

McDougald

Temple

SS

Fernandez

Buddin

Held

P. Green

De Maestri

3B

Yost

Malzone

Carey

Goodman

Esposito

LF

Francona

Minoso

Siebern

Maxwell

Woodling

CF

Kaline

Geiger

Tuttle

Dobbek

Tasby

RF

Colavito

Jensen

Cerv

Maris

D. Williams

P

Lary

Monbouquette

B. Daley

Pierce

Ditmar

P

Bunning

Brewer

Herbert

Walker

Brown

P

Foytack

Delock

Hall

Grant

Mossi

P

Sisler

Fornieles

Kucks

Grba

Donovan

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)