THE HOT STOVE SEASON OFFICIALLY OPENS
HOT STOVE: BROOKLYN OPENS
Knowing SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will add lots of fuel to baseball's hot stove this season, I would like to start an early fire. It is going to be a mighty chilly winter for me, owing to the fact that I am a Brooklyn Dodger diehard. Here are my suggestions for some winter trades, hoping Walter O'Malley or Buzzy Bavasi reads this.
Hodges, Jackson and Furillo to the Cardinals in return for Moon and Boyer.
Campanella, Gilliam, Erskine and Cimoli in exchange for Lopata, Simmons and Ashburn of the Phillies.
Then send Lopata to Cincinnati for Smokey Burgess.
Finally, Ashburn, Snider and Lehman in return for Friend and Virdon of Pittsburgh.
Before Mr. O'Malley puts out my fire and the owners of St. Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh attempt to lock me up for tampering let me explain that in each of these trades there is plenty of material for improvement to teams that have won just one pennant between them in the last 10 years.
To Walter O'Malley I say: I am as loyal and as proud of my club as is possible, even in as fanatic a town as Brooklyn is. The last 10 years of my "Dodger life" have been a period of extreme pleasure and happiness—and with a starting lineup of:
Bill Virdon, LF
Pee Wee Reese, SS
Wally Moon, RF
Ken Boyer, 3B
Jim Gentile, 1B
Don Demeter, CF
Smokey Burgess, C
Charlie Neal, 2B
And with Newcombe, Maglie, Friend, Simmons, Craig, Labine and Bessent as the pitching staff, I believe the next 10 years will be just as fruitful and happy.