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TOKYO — The New York Giants found very little to complain about at Korakuen stadium, site of their games against the Tokyo Giants and various Japanese All-Star teams.

Manager Leo Durocher remarked that his men should average better than a homer a game because of Korakuen's short fences. "The boys will park quite a few up in the stands, unless you put these dead balls on ice and freeze 'em," Leo quipped.


The entire New York team expressed surprise over the "skinned" (dirt covered) Infield at Korakuen. "Seems a little funny at first." Shortstop Daryl Spencer remarked, "but it's a fine infield. I don't think well have any trouble with it." Durocher added an emphatic "amen."

"Ill fine any of my guys who lets a ball go through him on that infield $50," said the Lip pointedly.


Frank Bowman, the Giants' trainer, is one-half of the only brother act among major league trainers. Frank has been ironing kinks out of Giants for the past five years. Prior to that, Bowman spent 25 seasons keeping the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association in playing shape from day to day. Frank's younger brother, Bob, has been trainer for the former St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles) for 17 years.

The high spot of the brothers' careers came in the 1932 All-Star game at Philadelphia when Frank was trainer for the National league and brother Bob pulled duty for the American league All-Stars.

Frank gave the Giants a clean bill of health as far as physical condition goes. "A couple of the fellows were a little overweight, but they'll be trimmed down for tomorrow's game," Frank said with a twinkle in his eye. Seems he prescribed visits to a Japanese bath for some of the Giants.


Marv Grissom, strapping righthander, came to the Giants on the strength of Big John Mize's sharp eye. When Big Jawn returned to the club from military service in 1945, Owner Horace Stoneham asked him If he had run across any likely-looking prospects during his stint with Uncle Sam.

"Yeah, I did," drawled Mize. "Lee Grissom's brother, Marv, did a little pitching down in the Marianas with me. I think he can make the grade."

Stoneham signed Marv, but he didn't work out too well. He wound up with an 0-2 mark in 1946 and was sent down to the minors. After kicking around there for a while, Grissom bounced back into the majors with the Detroit Tigers of the American League. From the Bengals Marv moved to Boston, then back to the Giants, where he compiled a 4-2 record this season as one of Durocher's "spot" pitchers.

"I didn't really know much about pitching when I came up that first time," Grissom remarked in a quiet voice. "I had a fast ball, curve ball and change of pace, but I didn't know all the little things that really make a pitcher. I've learned a lot and I've added a slider, screwball and even a knuckle ball since then."

"You know, no matter now many teams you play with, your first club is always your first love," Marv grinned. "I think I'll really be able to help the club next year."


Sam Calderone, who shares the backstopping duties with Wes Westrum, is an old hand here in the Far East. Sam visited Japan for a series of games with Japanese teams last fall as a catcher with the Ft. Myer Colonials. The Colonials had won the Non-Professional Baseball Congress championship at Wichita earlier in the year.

Calderone was named most valuable player for the series here. He cracked four homers, lead the Colonials in the runs batted in department and was a defensive standout. "Nice to be back — as a civilian." said the squat little catcher.

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