Sport: My Center-Fielder

Manager Billy Southworth of the Boston Braves had good reason to be happy during spring training, which is a notably optimistic time of year anyhow. After one of the largest rebuilding jobs in major-league history (TIME, Dec. 26), Billy finally had an outfield. He had given up his keystone combination of Alvin Dark and Eddie Stanky to get Sid Gordon and Willard Marshall from the New York Giants along with Infielder Buddy Kerr and Pitcher Sam Webb. On top of that, his bosses, Boston building contractors, had shoveled out $100,000 and three players...

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