SATURDAY, JUNE 20. Ed Short had the doll out again, and the New York pin went right in its ear. Voodoo had been in a slump but, with Ford pitching. Short was trying everything. In the top of the fifth Jimmy Gleason, the Yankee first-base coach, did something that hadn't been tried in the major leagues in years. He used his spikes to spell out a message in the coaching box: "Sox lose." Nearly everyone saw it. In the bottom of the fifth Don Gutteridge, the White Sox first-base coach, erased it.
Peters was magnificent but Ford was even better, and he got a scratch hit from Elston Howard in the 11th inning to win 1-0. Lopez moved quickly to the clubhouse after the last out. His players followed slowly, with their heads down. After everyone had left the park Lopez came back up the tunnel that leads from the dressing room to the dugout. His players dragged behind him, then took an hour's batting practice.
Baltimore won tonight, the White Sox dropped to third and the Yankees moved up to second. What more, what worse could possibly happen tomorrow? There are great plans. The sons of the Sox are coming to the park in miniature Chicago uniforms. Between games of the Sunday doubleheader there will be a father-son game. A wise guy at Don the Beachcomber's late tonight said he would lay 6 to 5 on the kids.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21. Today the White Sox frustration became absolute. Once again the pitching was superb, but yesterday's extra batting practice did not help. At the end of today's doubleheader the Sox had scored five runs in 64 innings.
Juan Pizarro, the chunky Puerto Rican who loves to sun himself on the dugout steps and pop large gobs of chewing tobacco into his mouth, made only two mistakes in the first game. Both were turned into home runs, and the Yankees won 2-0. Pizarro, who enjoys needling his teammates during batting practice, was silent today.
In the second game 26-year-old Joe Horlen pitched beautifully, but again there was no hitting behind him. The Sox got a good break after a bad one in the first inning when First Baseman Joe Cunningham was injured diving for a fly ball and Lopez put 23-year-old Tom McCraw into the lineup. McCraw lined a single in the fifth inning to drive in the first Chicago run in 27 innings. McCraw is an eager ballplayer; when Lopez asked him if he would mind trying center field for the first time in his professional career he said, "Yes, sir! Say hey!"
But the Chicago bats were silent after McCraw's RBI, and the Sox lost in an almost unbearable 17 innings 2-1. Since last Friday the team had batted .187. It's a shame that doll cannot pinch-hit.