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TOKYO — Surprise registered on the faces of New York Giant players and touring companions yesterday after learning that Charles Walter Dressen was through as Brooklyn manager.

"I can't believe it," said Giant owner Horace Stoneham as he watched baseball's "goodwill ambassadors" to the Far East take the kinks out of their muscles at Korakuen stadium.

"I didn't hear about it until a few minutes ago when I sat down to lunch," the reserved, neatly dressed Stoneham explained. "It came as a complete surprise," he added.

"Giants is Dead?"

The reaction of Stoneham typified the answers of the entire Giant aggregation, who found out only minutes before that the man who muttered "The Giants is dead" was rather stiff himself as far as baseball is concerned.

When a reporter asked Manager Leo Durocher his reaction the outspoken pilot replied, "Nothing." Then as he picked up a bat and trotted to the diamond he turned around, smiled, and uttered, "I was surprised."

Practically all of the players and team executives voiced the opinion that Peewee Reese, Dodger shortstop and playing captain, would be fingered as the new Bum mentor.

Reese Top Choice

"If they don't pick Reese, I don't know who they could possibly get," said National League umpire Larry Goetz, who is travelling along with the club.

"In some ways I think it would be foolish for Reese to accept the job," the umpire stated. "He has at least a year of play left. Of course he's smart and ambitious and maybe it's best to grasp the opportunity the first time around.

"In my opinion it was just a misunderstanding over contract terms, and when Dressen stipulated his requests the front office refused.

"It isn't official yet, from what I understand, and I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he has been retained," the ump from Cincinnati, O., declared.


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