Johnny Temple, bald and 31 and a major league second baseman for nine seasons now, sat in the Indians' dressing room and talked about McDowell, the bonus pitcher. "He has fantastic natural ability," Temple said, "but no head. I mean, he has the wrong idea about pitching. He has a great fast ball and a great curve ball—the best curve in camp. But I went over to watch him warm up the other day, and what was he working on? Knucklers, sliders, screwballs—everything but his fast ball and his curve. I said, 'What the devil are you doing?' 'I'm working on my pitches,' he said. 'You got to have six or seven pitches to make the majors." Can you imagine that? A kid with a fast ball and a curve like that? 'Keep that up,' I told him, 'and you won't have any pitches at all.' "
THE FRONT OFFICE
William Daley, president of Otis & Co., a Cleveland investment-banking firm, is Indians' largest stockholder (45%) and chairman of the board, but key man in front office is Vice-president Nate Dolin, who formed syndicate which bought Indians from Bill Veeck in 1949. Even Frank Lane, when he was Indian general manager (1958-60), checked with Dolin before closing a trade. Walter (Hoot) Evers, former major league outfielder, did excellent job as farm director for three years, is now director of player personnel. Only six teams in farm chain (down one from last year), but two are Triple-A: Salt Lake City and Toronto. Evers will serve as a sort of general manager (the title itself has been dropped) under Dolin, will work closely with Field Manager Jimmy Dykes on details of trades.
THE BALL PARK
Municipal Stadium (73,811 capacity) on north rim of city, right on the shore of Lake Erie. Half mile (10 minutes by foot, five by bus, a twinkling by car or cab, unless there's traffic jam) from Public Square, the center of town. Parking (75� average) for 8,000 within half mile. Many park downtown, take shuttle bus to game. Several concession stands have been added, which should relieve marathon quality of trips for refreshments at crowded games. Specialties: pizza (65�), fish sandwiches (35�). Three-piece band provides live music at all games. Management frowns on tips for ushers. Pleasant pregame dinner parties (held beyond the outfield in grassy space between fence and bleachers) for companies and fraternal groups will continue. New, enlarged, message-bearing scoreboard similar to Yankees' is being constructed this year.
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]