SI Vault
 
NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL
Robert Creamer
April 11, 1955
Cincinnati or Chicago will be leading the league Monday night but 168 days later—well, figure it out for yourself
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
April 11, 1955

National League Baseball

Cincinnati or Chicago will be leading the league Monday night but 168 days later—well, figure it out for yourself

View CoverRead All Articles View This Issue
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

ROOKIE HOPES:
None to speak of. Redlegs will stand with last year's squad, plus major leaguers Johnny Klippstein, Gerry Staley and Jablonski picked up during the winter.

THE BIG IFS:
Cincinnati has a half-dozen or so fair pitchers in Joe Nuxhall, Art Fowler, Bud Podbielan, Corky Valentine, Fred Baczewski, Staley and Klippstein. But none were big winners last year. Tebbetts needs two standout starters plus a reliever to take over for the departed Frank Smith.

THE OUTLOOK:
With good pitching, the sky's the limit. Without it, wait till next year.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

THIS YEAR'S PROSPECTS:

STRONG POINTS:
The ever-brilliant Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst; an excellent outfield; a fast, powerful batting order that led the league in batting and runs scored in '54.

WEAK SPOTS:
Pitching, first base, lack of an outstanding shortstop, rookies slated for two regular positions. Woeful second-line and relief pitching killed the Cards in '54.

ROOKIE HOPES:
Brilliant. Third Baseman Ken Boyer (.319 at Houston in '54) hailed as a new Pie Traynor. Outfielder Bill Virdon (a league-leading .333 at Rochester) expected to team with Moon and Repulski, freeing Musial to plug weak spot at first. Behind Virdon is yet another league-leader, Outfielder Harry Elliott (.350 at San Diego). Stanky also has several glittering rookie or quasi-rookie pitching prospects.

THE BIG IFS:
The heralded rookies and the pitching staff. Boyer and Virdon (or Elliott) must prove themselves, and Relief Pitcher Frank Smith, acquired from Cincinnati, will have to save late inning leads for Harvey Haddix, Brooks Lawrence, Gordon Jones et al.

THE OUTLOOK:
With better pitching than last year, Cardinals could certainly make first division, possibly threaten for the pennant.

Continue Story
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8