Even without catchers, infielders, baffles or leaders, the Giants would have to be considered pennant contenders next year under the proper manager. Stoneham has never indicated there is anything wrong with the one he has, but nobody in San Francisco will have much interest in the spring's advance ticket sale unless something is done to bring them fresh hope. The best man would seem to be Durocher. Stoneham does not particularly approve of Durocher—Leo was the one Giant manager never really considered part of the family—but the Giants do need him badly.
"You would think," said one San Francisco writer, "that if Durocher is the one man who could make your ball club go, maybe win you a pennant and make you thousands of dollars in extra admissions, perhaps you could swallow a little of your dislike and pride. Although with Horace you never know."