Summer waned and Paul Richards, manager of the White Sox over four seasons, was signed up to run Baltimore's whole show for the next three years. This created a vacancy with the White Sox, whose ownership decided that the brand of defeatism unacceptable in Baltimore was plenty good enough for Chicago.
Next year, Marion will draw a manager's salary in Comiskey Park.
What of Baltimore, where Jimmy Dykes, fired rudely by the Athletics, had succeeded Marion? When he took the job, Dykes gave it as his considered opinion that the transplanted Browns required only a bit of pitching here and there to become pennant contenders.
A ROUSING RACE
In 37 baseball seasons, Dykes earned a reputation for fearless candor. There are men whose admiration for Jimmy was not heightened by this kow-towing to the Ehlers party line with its implied slur on Marion's spirit.
Purged of defeatism, Baltimore put up a rousing race with the Athletics for last place. At season's end next Sunday, the Orioles will be 55 or 60 games behind the winning Indians.
Richards took over Ehlers' job, and Dykes's job, too. He said both men might remain with the organization in positions of lesser authority.
Waiting to collect their share of the third-place money the White Sox have won, Marion and Phil Cavarretta have time for long talks together. Cavarretta was manager of the Cubs until last spring when the owner, Phil K. Wrigley, asked him about the team.
Like Marion, Cavarretta answered honestly: the team smelled. He, too, got fired, winding up as a part-time player with the White Sox.
Says Cavarretta to Marion: "Well, I see where the Cubs are finishing seventh."