Jay C. Flippen
tilt * iM Don't Overlook Cards in Flag Race I recall being at a party early last January home of actor J. C. Flippen, For some reason, J. has an unearthly attachment for Solly Hemus. He Solly are old pals. Flippen flatly predicted the St. Louis Cardinals would win the 1960 pennant. "Sure, sure," I said, poking my plate out for a helping of spaghetti. "You're right. Jay. They've got a shot." I've always been convinced white lies are OK, if you have to tell them to avoid hurting somebody's feelings. Needless to say, I didn't believe a word of it. But, holy smoke, do you realize the man might be right? Taking n o t h i n g away from the great comeback of the Dodgers, the Cards have got to be the surprise of the year in the majors. After their last series in St. Louis, the Dodgers came away with a lot of respect for them. "I'll, tell you, they're tough," Roger Craig commented. "They've got the toughest bunch of hitters in the league." * * . FUNNY SOME OF US should be surprised at the showing of St. Louis. When you go down their lineup, have every right in the world to contend for the flag. Look at that power--Ken Boyer, Bill White, Joe Cunningham, Daryl Spencer, Stan Musial. Boyer Is having a sensational year. White is one (lie toughest hitters In the league. Cunningham hits for percentage than power, but he'll bounce that long one now and then. Spencer is a good power hitter. Musial is having a fine season. But the big difference might be this kid Julian at second base. Coming to the Cards in the deal that CURT SIMMONS On Comeback Trail Vinegar Bend Mizell spark. to Pittsburgh, Javier has been the He reminds you,'in build, of Charlie Neal. Javier quick, has good speed, and has hit, too. In fact, they have a pretty fair bench, with George Crowe, Walt Moryn and Carl Sawatski to call on. * . * *' WHEN YOU LOOK at their bullpen, Lindy is probably the best reliefer in the league. Too bad lost Bob Dullba in that auto accident, because Duliba doing a good relief job, too. Only possible weakness Is the Cards' starling staff. Day in and day out, Larry Jackson, probably Is as as anyone in the league, Ernie Brogllo has been sensational lately. Even the supposedly washed-up Curt Simmons has a 3-1 record. The big disappointment has been Ronnie Kline, a pitcher. But lie hasn't found his stride yet this season. ""Â· So the'Cardinal starting staff might be a bit too to carry^ them all the way.