THE FRONT OFFICE
Louis R. Perini blazed baseball's New Frontier when he took Braves from native Boston west to Milwaukee. Now the 57-year-old contractor ( Massachusetts Turnpike, Toronto subway, etc.) devotes more time to business and less to baseball. Perini made himself board chairman a few years ago, upped Joseph Cairnes to president. Loquacious George (Birdie) Tebbetts, former manager of Cincinnati Reds, is executive VP. John McHale, ex- Detroit Tiger general manager, is GM. A washout as a ballplayer with Tigers (lifetime BA: .193), McHale worked up through Detroit chain to top job, made surprise move to Braves after 1959 season. John Mullen, a fine Irish tenor, directs farm setup, one of baseball's best. Rivals say Braves teem with talented youngsters, should be near top of the league for years.
THE BALL PARK
Four miles and 20 minutes from downtown, County Stadium (44,426 capacity) is a fan's delight: plenty of good seats, excellent parking (11,000 spaces; cost 25�), fine food, lots of beer. Novel section, introduced last season, is Braves Reservation—area at ground level between third base and left field that has tables and chairs, permits families and other groups to eat, drink, watch game at same time. Famous Perini's Woods—pine trees beyond center-field fence—grew scraggy as trees died, has been replaced this year by green-painted bleachers (middle section, in line with batter's vision, will be kept clear during games). Best grandstand eating in baseball: bratwurst, hot corned beef, cheeseburgers, two kinds of hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, combination sandwiches (cheese, cold cuts, lettuce, salad dressing). Plus that fine beer.
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