Last Friday was a big day in the life of Juan Marichal, the Giants' leading pitcher. In the afternoon he signed the papers for a new $40,000 home in San Francisco, a long step from the family banana-and-rice plantation in the Dominican Republic where he labored as a boy. That night, in celebration, Marichal pitched a splendid five-hit shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Candlestick Park, his second victory of the week over the world champions. It was Marichal's fifth straight win of the season and his 11th in a row going back to last September. The string of victories started when he defeated Chicago for his 20th win of 1963. Marichal puts a lot of store by his pitching motion, a high-kicking move that proves distracting to the batter. "Ortega was much faster than I was tonight," said Marichal after his shutout, "but my motion was bigger than ever." Says Giant Manager Alvin Dark: "When Juan has his stuff, which is most of the time, he cannot understand how anyone can hit him. I've seen that puzzled look several times. But when he doesn't have his stuff, he can't wait to be lifted."
When this season is over, Marichal will not return to the Dominican Republic, as is his habit, but will remain in San Francisco in his $40,000 home. "Maybe I can get a job here?" he asked. If Marichal continues to pitch as he has this season, he will not need a winter job for a long time.