Now that the Dodgers and Giants have been welcomed on the Coast—and the Coast fan merely has to wait till spring to see major league baseball in his own backyard—perhaps a thought can be spared for those orphans of the old marriages, the New York or Brooklyn fan whose amphitheater will be as empty as Rome's Colosseum. If he wants to watch his heroes in the live, he will have to trek to Philadelphia, 90 miles to the southwest, whereto no subway runs. Both the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Phillies are, in theory, concerned with the New Yorkers' plight, but neither has advanced any accommodating proposals to date. Here, therefore, is a transportation guide to the Dodgers and Giants for off-season mulling, subject, of course, to change without notice:
Night games start at 8 p.m. in Philadelphia. Trains leave Pennsylvania Station at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 and arrive at North Philadelphia at 7:01, 7:37 and 8:01, respectively. Since Connie Mack Stadium is but a two-or three-minute cab dash from the station, fans taking the 6:30 train will miss only half an inning or so. The return trip may be a problem if the game goes into extra innings, since the last train departs at 11:41 p.m. One alternative is to stay the night and catch a train back in the morning. Another idea is to drive down and back on the Jersey Turnpike. The round-trip train fare is $7.41, tolls on the turnpike are $3.00.
For the sentimentalist who must be on hand when the Dodgers and Giants play each other, here is the luxury package. For San Francisco, a United Airlines plane leaves Idlewild at 9 a.m. and arrives at 3:30 p.m., which allows more than enough time, in the case of a night game, to get out to the ball park and watch batting practice. There is also a one p.m. flight which arrives at 7:30. A heavy-footed cab driver will get you to Seals Stadium on time. Airlines schedules do not permit the visitor to return the same day but a flight departs at 8:45 a.m. and arrives in New York at 7:30 p.m.—in time to watch the Yankees on television. For Los Angeles, the 12 noon American Airlines flight is recommended. It arrives at 5:45 p.m., allowing plenty of time to discover which ball park Mr. O'Malley has decided his Dodgers will play in. Again, one must spend the night and return in the morning. The round-trip fare to either city: $332.09 first class; $217.80 tourist. Hotels, taxis and—of course—admission extra.
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When Tommy stepped upon the links,
With bourbon he was oiled;
He never played a better game—
In fact, he broke par boiled.