Aside from the
rather obvious fact that his club was in sixth place, what happened—really—to
persuade Frank Lane to fire Bobby Bragan as manager of the Cleveland Indians?
The day after the execution there wasn't much doubt in Bragan's mind about the
reasons for it.
"Turnstiles," he said. "Just turnstiles, mostly. Frank Lane was all
right. He was just fine, we were in unison on players. But theah was a lot of
pressure on Frank from the directors. They were watchin' the turnstiles—not the
team. Win or lose, nobody came to the games.
Score's arm had been all right Ah truly believe we'd have been five games up
from .500 instead of five games down—but it wouldn't have made 10,000 people
difference in the attendance.
"It's a tough
situation. When Hank Greenberg hired me, he said, 'A lot of people want Joe
Gordon, he played heah a long time, the directors think he'd draw. But you're
my man.' In Tucson an American League umpire told me, 'You think you had it
tough in Pittsburgh, wait till Cleveland.'
"It ain't just
winnin'—you gotta belong. Ah never did get into the pool over heah—I just
walked around it and stuck mah foot in but I couldn't get under that water. As
an old Cleveland hero, Joe Gordon belongs, but it's goin' to be tough for him,
too. Ah'll say one thing, though—if he can't bring 'em in, it wouldn't help to
recruit, well, one of the blessed saints."
What now, Mr.
Bragan? "Ah got two offers from two minor league clubs—one Coast, one
International, to take over right now."
Was Bragan prepared
to settle for a minor league assignment?
let us say," said Bragan, sounding entirely undismayed. "Aftuh gettin'
fiahed twice in one year, the time may be at hand to regroup—to consolidate the
forces, you might say."
Remember that dusty
sculpture depicted in your high school Latin book showing Romulus, Remus and
the She-Wolf? Well, they have just been drafted for the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
The Italian National Olympics committee has picked the old statuary cluster,
over 248 other designs submitted in open competition, as the symbol of the