SPRING TRAINING: FRESH STARTS AND OLD HOPES

March 05, 1962

SPRING TRAINING'S A HAPPY DREAM, A CLOUDLESS SKY. THE MANAGER SMILES. HIS 20-GAME WINNER WILL REPEAT, HIS VETERAN WILL COME BACK, HIS ROOKIE WILL STICK. OF COURSE, THE OTHER CLUBS WILL BE STRONGER. THE FAVORITE EXPECTS SOME TROUBLE FROM AT LEAST SIX TEAMS. NO ONE WILL FINISH WORSE THAN FIFTH. ALL IS WELL; HARSH REALITY WILL COME MUCH LATER

THERE IS PRIVACY IN A BATTING CAGE (ABOVE), BUT A DUGOUT IS A FISHBOWL FOR STARS LIKE SLUGGER ROGER MARIS

IN THE DIM PASSAGEWAY BENEATH THE STADIUM, COLORFUL SYMBOLS OF THE GAME MATCH THE BRIGHT REALITY ON THE PLAYING FIELD

ELDERLY MEN SIT IN THE HOT SUN ON SPLINTERY BOARDS FOR HOURS JUST TO WATCH AN OBSCURE GROUP OF ROOKIES FROM A LAST-PLACE TEAM TAKE A FEW CUTS AT THE BALL

SIX ILLUSTRATIONSROBERT WEAVER

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