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April 09, 1956 | Volume 4, Issue 15

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 Cover - Sports Illustrated April 09, 1956

April 09, 1956 | Jimmy Jemail
WAITE HOYTCincinnati Redlegs"Wally Post, our right fielder, the most underrated and overlooked player in our circuit. He's a better right fielder than Cincinnati has had in years. Although he hit...

April 09, 1956 | Jimmy Jemail
What's wrong with your husband's golf?

April 09, 1956

April 09, 1956
The Le Mans auto race will be run this year (July 28-29) but will not count toward the 1956 world's sports car championship. The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile dropped it because of...

April 09, 1956
More peanuts, hot dogs, crackerjacks;More beer and Coke and grape.The baseball season's coming backAnd I must get in shape.—IRWIN L. STEIN

April 09, 1956
The sure signs of spring in America include Opening Day, the exciting rebirth of baseball

April 09, 1956 | Earl Warren
Like millions of Americans who became instantly and forever qualified as experts the moment they watched their first game, I am an expert at baseball. My credentials also include some sandlot,...

April 09, 1956 | Joan Flynn Dreyspool

April 09, 1956 | Joan Flynn Dreyspool
"They're two great guys and they can do everything. They're both great hitters and receivers, and their arms compare very favorably, one with the other.... What little I saw of Yogi play, I'd say...

April 09, 1956 | Joan Flynn Dreyspool
"Both are very colorful, but they're different.... Berra is a different type for color, the way he shuffles along, but he's an amazing player, a very good thrower and splendid hitter. Although...

April 09, 1956 | Robert Creamer
The Yankees and Dodgers have to be favored again, but don't overlook—Well, consider the clubs team by team

April 09, 1956 | Robert Creamer
OPENING DAY APRIL 17Regular season gets under way

April 09, 1956 | Robert Creamer
The baseball expert is a person who does not necessarily know any more about baseball than the next fellow but who is in a position to find out. In an effort to keep its readers on the sunny side...

April 09, 1956
At a fairly ripe old age, the Brooks are the champions, and they like it, and they mean to stay champions. If Manager Walter Alston can scrape together a quorum from the two dozen or so pitchers...

April 09, 1956
If Brooklyn can be beaten, the Braves are the club with the best chance to do it. They have solid starting pitchers in Warren Spahn (17-14), Bob Buhl (13-11) and Lew Burdette (13-8) and may find...

April 09, 1956
A team with more ifs than any other in the league, the Giants could finish first—or fifth. More likely it will be third, where they finished in '55. Manager Bill Rigney has the game's greatest...

April 09, 1956
In the last half of the 1955 season the Phillies played neck and neck with the Dodgers, hoisting themselves from a humiliating seventh to a respectable fourth place. Perhaps the team's early...

April 09, 1956
On some days, this is the best club in baseball—depending on who's pitching. Except for pitching (and disregarding their inadequate reserves), the Reds have a fabulous baseball team. Roy McMillan...

April 09, 1956
A middle-aged ball club which did well to finish sixth last year, the Cubs have little chance of going higher in '56—and could wind up lower. They have the best second-base combination in either...

April 09, 1956
The brace of redbirds that perched so jauntily on the chests of the famous Gas House Gang and other colorful Cardinal teams of the past will be missing from this year's uniforms. Whether or not...

April 09, 1956
Once a great power in the National League, the Pirates have lately been in danger of developing a last-place complex. As tonic against such a psychosis, fiery young Bobby Bragan, 37, was promoted...

April 09, 1956
How are you going to beat them? Other managers worry about finding a ballplayer to fill a certain position; canny old Casey Stengel worries only about which one of two—or three or four—of almost...

April 09, 1956
This club still has the best pitching in baseball. The middle-aged veterans have been bolstered with brilliant young Herb Score and the relief twins, Narleski and Mossi. And unlike the powerful...

April 09, 1956
If baseball were a game that could be played all summer with eight men and one pitcher, Manager Marty Marion would be in good shape. The regular White Sox lineup is one of the most impressive in...

April 09, 1956
There is Ted Welliams, of course, but the greatest batter in baseball is by no means the whole Red Sox story. They have impressive hitting with Williams, Jackie Jensen, Norm Zauchin, Jim Piersall,...

April 09, 1956
The claws of the Bengal have nearly grown back. Four years ago most of them either fell out or were extracted for reasons of senility. The new set consists largely of young men for whom the Tigers...

April 09, 1956
There is a gag around the American League that what holds the Athletics up in sixth place is Baltimore and Washington. That is a gross libel on two increasingly fabulous baseball institutions—the...

April 09, 1956
Loaded with bonus players and aging cast-offs—at least one from every other team in the American League—the Orioles will earn Paul Richards a handful of votes as Manager of the Year if they can...

April 09, 1956
The pride and despair of the nation's capital finished a flat last in 1955 and this year's club may be even weaker. Porterfield, Vernon, McDermott and Schmitz were traded off for a bundle of raw,...

April 09, 1956 | Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Before his death in 1940, Author Thayer noted the many renderings of immortal 'Casey,' published in 1888, then sanctioned as official the version on the following pages

April 09, 1956 | Alfred Wright

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April 09, 1956 | Harry Phillips
The hazards of making predictions are well known, and to no one more than to the people who make predictions about sports. In the face of that I'll make two right here about as unhazardous as they...

April 09, 1956 | Jeremiah Tax

April 09, 1956 | Jeremiah Tax
Shortstop teams with pitcher because he is behind runner and, with left-hander at plate, will be playing closer to second. Pitcher confirms signal from shortstop, takes position while looking...

April 09, 1956
RECORD BREAKERS

April 09, 1956
Rocky Marciano, chubby heavyweight champion vacationing in South America, admitted giving serious thought to retirement "while I'm still on top" but will make no decision until he meets with...

April 09, 1956
Presidential flame-red rain pants are donned while Sam Snead holds umbrella.

April 09, 1956
To an artist, every lively ball game is a challenge. His discerning senses pick up the grace of quick movement, the flash of fleeting color combinations, the vigorous atmosphere of a ball park or...

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April 09, 1956
BASKETBALLOgden, Utah, over Beaumont, Texas, 89-70, Natl. Basketball Congress championship, Tempe, Ariz.

April 09, 1956
NATIONAL LEAGUE

April 09, 1956 | Gerald Holland
Things change. In Brooklyn, Walter O'Malley dreams of a ball park with a dome over it just as Larry MacPhail had a vision of the game under lights long before it became a major league reality 21...

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April 09, 1956
Road trips, errors and slumps—these are only a few of the problems a player's wife like the representative 16 below must live with. It can be trying when her husband's batting average dips a point...