THE IROCIN PEACEMAKER
In a silly sulk after the Braves' Hank Aaron knocked him out of the box with a double one day last month, Giant Pitcher Sam Jones pouted:
"You can tell Aaron that the next time he sees me he's going flat." Jones's teammate Willie Mays, a less volatile sort, admonished the busily jotting reporters: "Don't print that." "Sure, print it," snarled Jones. "You shouldn't print it," Mays repeated.
But the papers did print it, and when Jones faced Aaron last week for the first time since his threat a roaring crowd in Milwaukee was anxious to see just how far Toothpick Jones would carry his big talk. Jones hitched up his pants, Aaron pointed his bat at the mound, and the showdown pitch came looping in to the strike zone. Hank Aaron did not duck, blink or hit the dust. He hit instead a vicious liner to third base and smack into a double play. For Jones, honor had been bloodlessly served.
The real damage came later—and, ironically, from Peacemaker Mays. In the eighth he came roaring in from first to score on a double, slid and broke the left leg of Catcher Del Rice, who was blocking the plate. "It wasn't Mays's fault," said Rice gallantly. "He had to slide, that's baseball. But he certainly slides hard."
Big pitch from Jones to Aaron, a curve, is zeroed in on strike zone, not batter's head. Neither did Aaron's hard drive down third-base line come anywhere near the pitcher.
Big slide by Willie Mays caught Braves Catcher Del Rice on inside of his left leg, fractured the fibula about an inch above ankle. Both men had to leave the game, but loss of shaken-up Mays did not bother Giants, who handily won the game 11-2.
ALL EYES RIGHT
The eyes of some 400,000 Britons, royalty and commoners alike, were trained on these horses last week as they hurtled down the backstretch hill and into the homestretch turn at Tattenham Corner. And if only a fourth of those present could see the finish, that was all right, too, for this was the Epsom Derby, the greatest horse race, carnival and picnic of them all. Winner of the 180th running was Parthia (1), said to be the laziest horse in all England, who woke up to run the mile and a half in 2:36. The Queen's horse, Above Suspicion (2), was never in the clear, ran fifth.
Royal eyes of Queen Elizabeth (top), Queen Mother Elizabeth and Princess Margaret are focused on the starting line of the world's most famous horse race, the venerable Derby at Epsom.