does a good job.
Best-hitting pitcher on the team next to Spahn. Has very good power.
(2), junior in years only to Stengel among active
major league managers (59 to 66), first went into organized ball in 1918,
played every infield position during seven-year major league career (.275
lifetime average). Big league managerial career began with last-place Browns
(1939-41), nearly ended after three straight eighth-place finishes with Pirates
(1953-55). Spent six years out of baseball in '40s as radio play-by-play
broadcaster. Took over slumping Braves at mid-season last year, lost pennant on
last two days. Plays strictly percentage baseball, CONNIE RYAN (8), National
League infielder for 12 years, came to Braves this season after two years of
minor league managing. Sharp, aggressive, Ryan coaches third base, JOHNNY
RIDDLE (3) caught only 98 games in majors but spent 18 years in minors as
player and manager. Has been major league coach since 1948. Coaches first base,
(31) won 201 games in 16 years as pitcher with Cubs. Minor league
manager and major league coach before coming to Braves. Is responsible for
Braves pitchers, BOB KEELY (35) never played in minors. Major league experience
limited to two games as catcher with wartime Cardinals. Braves bullpen coach,
batting practice catcher since 1946.
Braves are loaded with first basemen but if they need infield help at any other
position it will have to come from FELIX MANTILLA (5); only other possibility
is service returnee MEL ROACH (29), who has seen little action. A good glove
man, Mantilla helped out at second before Schoendienst joined team, filled in
very capably at short when Logan was benched with injury in August. Has good
wrists and fair power, likes inside pitch. Watch him on the bases; he can move.
(7) will catch Buhl, is a polished receiver with a strong arm,
but a weak hitter. Third catcher, powerful CARL SAWATSKI (15), will probably be
No. 1 left-hand pinch hitter. Outfield reserves are good, BILL BRUTON (38).
regular center fielder for four years but a doubtful Series starter because of
slow recovery from mid-season injury, is high-average hitter, superior
defensive outfielder and one of league's best base runners. Likes to hit fast
ball back through middle and is constant threat to steal. Not a good bunter.
(48) hustles hard and could probably do best job of any Brave
playing tricky Yankee left field; a fine outfielder. Can hit for distance;
likes low tight fast ball, likes to hit first pitch, NIPPY JONES (25), unlikely
to play much at first base behind Adcock and Torre, adds right-hand
pinch-hitting strength. Bullpen headed by
(20), who has worked in
29 games, won 0 and lost 3, with a 1.76 ERA. Big strong righthander with very
good fast ball, fair control and curve which he throws only when ahead of
(32) has good control, depends on slow stuff,
including palm ball. Last year's left-handed rookie Star, TAYLOR PHILLIPS (l7)
has not been impressive, still has good curve and fast ball but bothered by
control. Right-hander DAVE JOLLY (16) has pitched only 38 innings, all in