BASEBALL GETS THE GRADE A SEAL
Two surprises greeted the arrival of major league baseball in California last week: an unwontedly cordial San Francisco sun and an impressive turnout by the city's ruling society—without whom there would be no Red Cross drive, no opera, no museum, no important civic enterprise, no nothing. These are the merchant princes of San Francisco, with their wives and kinfolk, the men who run the banks and the real estate and the oil companies and the stores. Most of the people pictured on these two pages belong in this category. In a real sense, they are San Francisco, and several million people living in the Bay Area seem to accept the fact without resentment. Their presence in Seals Stadium underwrites major league ball in San Francisco as no mayor or other local official could.
Catered box lunches sustain fashionable Mesdames Emmet Whitaker and J. Gordon Knapp of Menlo Park, Mrs. A. T. Cook of Atherton and Mrs. LeBaron Bliss of Santa Cruz as they relax in the sun to watch Stoneham's Giants make their bow.
Banker, war hero and Harvardman Ferdinand Stent, left, peers over the shoulders of Mrs. William Taylor, Mrs. George Montgomery, his wife, whose brother publishes the Chronicle, and Mrs. Kenneth Monteagle whose husband heads symphony.
Grande dame of the elite is Steamship Heiress Lurline Matson Roth, shown with Clarissa Dyer and daughter Bernice.
Pretty Blonde Mrs. Edwin Wilson and husband are sports fans in the tradition of her father, Flyer Frank Fuller.
Suburban support is supplied the Giants by two attractive young Hillsborough matrons. On the left is Mrs. McGuire Moore accompanied by Dr. Walter Coulson. On her other side are Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Malarkey.
Gondolier-Hatted Mrs. Jackson Moffett takes a well-earned rest from rounds of charity committee meetings and welfare fund drives to watch with Bridge Pro Ray Schweizer as the home team launches a drive or two.
Sports goods king Robert Roos, a top U.S. amateur golfer, switches loyalties to introduce his eager son and wife Shirley to local big league ball.
White-suited Dick Gump enjoys double distinction as boss of his city's best-known objets d'art store and author of best-selling book on good taste.