Sam Mele (Twins): Fine manager of improving team. Safe unless disastrous slump panics Calvin Griffith.
LONG SHOTS TO GET FIRED:
Bob Kennedy (Cubs): Earned great praise for team's tremendous improvement; yet Cubs slumped toward end of season and have unpleasant history of firing managers suddenly.
Birdie Tebbetts (Indians): Has done good job with drab team and seems headed for greater improvement next year. Works in close harmony with boss Gabe Paul.
Charlie Dressen (Tigers): Gets credit for late surge after replacing Scheffing in mid-June, but Tiger relapse next spring could cost him. There has been a high rate of turnover here in recent years.
Walter Alston (Dodgers): If he blows pennant, wolves will howl again and L.A. front office may finally tie Walter to that tree.
Johnny Keane (Cardinals): A mild, quiet man who does first-rate job, but only the Reds have had as many managers as the Cardinals (26).
NOT LIKELY, BUT WATCH OUT:
Bobby Bragan (Braves): Good stretch run after slow start helps Bobby. On the bad side, when club is in trouble at gate, manager sometimes gets same.
Johnny Pesky (Red Sox): Made excellent impression early in season. Late-summer flop of Sox started some distant howling.