Gil Hodges (Senators): Team has improved under Gil, but managing a last-place team is like living on a volcano.
Harry Craft (Colts): Does competent job running Paul Richards' team. No reason for Harry to take blame for ninth place—except he is the manager.
Casey Stengel (Mets): Only one wolf howled, but he howled loud. Still, George Weiss would be crazy to fire the crowd-pleasing Casey.
REALLY ON THE SPOT:
Ed Lopat (Athletics): Good manager, did capable job with weak team. However, Charlie Finley is his boss, and Finley is a restless man.
Fred Hutchinson (Reds): One of most respected men in majors, but Reds had a very disappointing year.
Danny Murtaugh (Pirates): The same manager he was before his hitters were traded away, but Pirates have gone from pennant to eighth place since 1960.
Bill Rigney (Angels): Manager of the Year in 1962 when astounding Angels finished third. Now they're back near the bottom. Who do you think will be blamed? Bo Belinsky?
Billy Hitchcock (Orioles): Local press is on him, team has had two disappointing seasons in a row.
Of course, it is not inevitable that someone will be fired. There is a precedent for that. Not one single manager got fired in 1936.