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Jimmy Jemail's Hotbox

THE QUESTION: Which player on your team is the most interesting to watch? (Asked of sports broadcasters)

By Jimmy Jemail

Coming Events

COMING EVENTS April 10 to April 16

Ask Him Anything

Ask Him Anything about Baseball

The new historian at Cooperstown, Lee Allen, talks long and learnedly about the game and has a positive passion for debunking phony stories

By Robert H. Boyle

Wondrous Wall

WALL WAS WONDROUS

Golf's top money winner took the Masters title with a dazzling late surge that left everyone agape or aghast

By Gwilym Brown

Florida Derby

TWO FOR THE BIG MONEY

Easy Spur impressively won the Florida Derby from Sword Dancer, and both earned their passage to Churchill Downs

By Whitney Tower

Wonderful World Of Sport

TAN JOE HOK TAKES DETROIT

Triumphing over aches and ills, an Indonesian youngster becomes U.S. badminton champion

By Nick Thimmesch

VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS

Events & Discoveries

EVENTS & DISCOVERIES

THE U.S. ACCORDING TO VLADIMIR

They Call It Baseball

THEY CALL IT BASEBALL

HERE, beginning with a few ideas on what one can expect in 1959, Sports Illustrated presents its fifth annual preview of the major league season, with pictures in both color and black and white, scouting reports, schedules, statistics and features

By Roy Terrell

The Umpire

The Umpire: GENIUS OR SHOWBOAT?

Frank Dascoli has been criticized and laughed at, but nearly everyone admits he is the best umpire in the National League

By Walter Bingham

1959 SCOUTING REPORTS

Compiled by Les Woodcock

Scouting Reports

NEW YORK YANKEES

Even in an inflationary economy there is no safer and better return on your money than the 40¢ profit you get in the fall from the dollar you bet in the spring that the Yankees will win the pennant. New York will win again in 1959

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

The White Sox feel that this is the year the Yankees can be beaten. If such a feat is possible, this is the team that can do it, if only someone would start hitting home runs. The rest of the pennant-winning ingredients are all there

BOSTON RED SOX

Let the small letter i represent the American League. The Yankees, of course, are the dot, so the best the Boston Red Sox can hope for is a place near the top of the stem. Much depends on whether life truly begins at 40 for Ted Williams

CLEVELAND INDIANS

Colavito, Minoso, Piersall, Power and Martin are about as colorful a crew as you will find in baseball. The team as a whole isn't nearly as good as the perpetual second-place finishers of a few years ago, but it's going to be more fun to watch

DETROIT TIGERS

Every spring the Tigers promise much, but when summer rolls around they deliver little. This year they are keeping quiet, hoping that this team of many stars can finally do what everyone feels it should do—contend for the pennant

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

The Orioles' outstanding pitching and good defense should guarantee a fight for any opponent. Last season they finished sixth, but a good sixth, just three games out of the first division. To finish in fourth place, then, is their goal for 1959

KANSAS CITY ATHLETICS

The fury of mass trading is just about over, and the Athletics are a lot closer to that glorious day when they will be able to boast 25 major leaguers on the roster. Nevertheless, a .500 season for Kansas City is still a remote possibility

WASHINGTON SENATORS

The road to the American League cellar is paved with the good intentions of the Washington Senators. Baseball magnates feel it needs a major league club in the national capital, but Cal Griffith provides only the palest imitation of one

A NEW LOOK AT LAST SEASON

An original statistical report

MILWAUKEE BRAVES

The Braves are not too blasé to appreciate those fat World Series checks every fall. With a well-rounded band of seasoned players and the richest pitching resources in the league, Milwaukee will not be easily beaten. But it can be

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

The Pirates will be a stimulating team to watch this summer as they throw strong pitching, superior defense, sharp hitting and fast legs onto the field. They'll be nearly everyone's sentimental favorite and might just win it all

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Talented young players with great arms, blazing speed, sure instincts in the field and powerful bats in their hands are the trademark of the 1959 Giants. Sophisticated San Franciscans are in for excitement if the pitching holds up

CINCINNATI REDS

The great power teams of 1956 and '57 are gone, but so is the bad pitching that wrecked them. Changed also is last year's squad, which was unbalanced in the opposite sense. Now the Reds plan to field a ball club with a smoother blend

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Bad days have fallen upon the St. Louis Cardinals, and the bright promise of two years ago has been faithless. The effects on the club of uncertain, divided direction and erratic trading policies are now being felt. Busch has a loser here

CHICAGO CUBS

Heavy trading during the past two seasons and a thorough search of the farm system produced last year a hard-hitting lineup that gave the Cubs the best team they've had in a long time. There is, however, still lots of work to be done

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Walter O'Malley made all the money he expected to last year. Now it's time for the Dodgers to start playing ball. This is too good a team to be fooling around down in the second division. It should be a more pleasant season for Los Angeles

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

The good old days for the Phillies were in 1950, when Manager Eddie Sawyer led the club to its first pennant in 35 years. Those days are gone, and the Phillies are back in eighth place. Once again it's Sawyer's job to take them on and up

Boxing

Labyrinthine plans laid in Indianapolis

In secrecy and some confusion, boxing nonetheless seemed to confirm its new vitality

By Martin Kane

Horse Racing

Just call me Bill

Jockey Hartack's ability and arrogance have made him the storm center of the season

By William Leggett

Motor Sports

The fastest race in the world

It brought new fame to Jim Rathmann but cost a life at Daytona's new speedway

By Dudley Doust

Food

500 variations of a treat

To the adventurous taster, the world's cheeses offer a multitude of ready delights

By Evan Jones

Dogs

Rufus and his friend Ike

Next time the President visits the Humphrey plantation he'll find his young setter waiting and sharper than ever

By Gregory Favre

1000

1000

By Jules Feiffer

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

19TH HOLE: The readers take over

Pat On The Back

BILL KIMBERLY

'A car is a living thing'

Departments

MEMO from the publisher

By Harry Phillips

A roundup of the sports information of the week

FOR THE RECORD

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

faces in the crowd...