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BASEBALL'S WEEK
Sandy Ramras
June 27, 1966
NATIONAL LEAGUE
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June 27, 1966

Baseball's Week

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THE SEASON

 

BEST

WORST

BATTING (NL)

Allen, Phil .331

McMillan, NY .157

BATTING (AL)

F. Robinson, Balt .349

Ryan, Bos .170

HOME RUNS(NL)

Aaron, AH 22 (1 per 11 AB)

Jackson, Hou 0 (243 AB)

HOME RUNS(AL)

F. Robinson, Balt 18(1 per 13 AB)

Hershberger, KC 0(209 AB)

PITCHING (NL)

Koufax, LA
Marichal, SF 12-2

Ellis, Cin 2-11

PITCHING (AL)

McLain, Det 10-3

Sheldon, KC-Bos 4-8

ERA(NL)

Koufax, LA 1.57

Ellis, Cin 6.00

ERA (AL)

John, Chi 1.88

Pascual, Minn 5.26

COMPLETE GAMES (NL)

Koufax, LA 12 (16 starts)

Blasingame, Atl Hands, Chi 0 (11 starts)

COMPLETE GAMES (AL)

McLain, Det 6 (14 starts)

Talbot, KC-NY 0 (13 starts)

TEAM HR(NL)

Atlanta 85

St. Louis 33

TEAM HR(AL)

Baltimore 75

Kansas City 19

TEAM SB(NL)

Los Angeles 56

San Francisco 10

TEAM SB(AL)

Chicago 53

Boston 8

*through June 18

NATIONAL LEAGUE

When PHILADELPHIA'S (4-6) Jackie Brandt ran to his position in right field in the second half of a doubleheader against the Braves, it was only the third time in 17 games that he was in the starting lineup. Brandt had a .179 batting average, one extra-base hit, seven RBIs and, according to a bed-sheet sign, he was "Busher Brandt." Coming to bat in the third inning, he politely tipped his cap in the direction of the sign and hit his first home run in 10 months. When he returned to the outfield, the sign had been taken down, and when it reappeared it said only " Brandt." ATLANTA (2-6) had 13 homers in four games, but the Braves' starting pitchers were ineffective and Manager Bobby Bragan had to use 20 relief pitchers. Felipe Alou hit six home runs to raise his season total to 17—all 17 with the bases empty. Another team with pitching problems was CHICAGO (3-4). Leo Durocher gave Chuck Estrada his first start since June 1964, but the onetime Baltimore star was hit hard by the Giants. Ron Santo had an 18-game hitting streak to raise his average to .305. In SAN FRANCISCO (5-2) the temperature was 91�, and the Giants were just as hot. Before a game with the Cubs, Willie Mays (who was in a 3-for-19 slump and batting .268) shouted to Pitcher Ernie Broglio, "Get ready, I need some hits and you're my man." Willie popped out the first time but came back in the third with a run-scoring single and two days later hit his 520th homer. Pitcher Gaylord Perry (below) won twice. ST. LOUTS (6-3) Outfielder Lou Brock celebrated his 27th birthday with a game-winning home run against Philadelphia to break out of a prolonged slump. Brock had gone to the Florida Instructional League last fall to learn the strike zone, but he came back so confused that he was striking out at a record pace. Bob Gibson won the 100th game of his career, a three-hitter over the Pirates. Although PITTSBURGH (5-2) moved into second place, starters completed only one game in nine, and of the Pirates' first 36 victories, the bullpen had saved 21. In his last 20 games Roberto Clemente had 33 hits, five homers and 19 RBIs and jumped his average from .285 to .325. Castoffs played important roles for NEW YORK (4-6). Pitcher Bob Shaw, acquired from the Giants, pitched his first complete game of the season and followed with a second win four days later. Shortstop Ed Bressoud was told by President George Weiss to wear glasses; he did, and upon replacing Roy McMillan at shortstop won three games with key hits. The Mets picked up Bob Friend from the Yankees and dropped Dick Stuart. Unhappy because CINCINNATI (6-4) traded Pitcher Joey Jay (6-2 for the season) to the Braves for Hank Fischer (2-3), irate fans hanged Owner Bill DeWitt in effigy in the Fountain Square area. One player who wanted to be traded—Chico Ruiz, who has had only 43 at bats in two years—was not. HOUSTON (3-4) Pitcher Larry Dierker said, "It was the thrill of my life," after he had shut out the Dodgers 3-0 on a five-hitter. Dave Giusti won his ninth, beating the Cubs for the fourth time this year. Jim Gentile, who had "life blow up in my face" after being dropped from the club for tossing his bat at an umpire, reconsidered the Astros' offer and decided to report to Oklahoma City. "Drysdale's pitching and stuff are a lot better than his record, but he hasn't been as lucky as Drysdale of old," said LOS ANGELES (3-4) Manager Walt Alston after the big righthander lost his eighth game of the season. Sandy Koufax lost his first game to the Astros since April 14, 1963 (it was also his first loss this season since April 30) but came back in his next start to beat the Giants 3-2.

Standings: SF 40-25, Pitt 37-25, LA 37-26, Phil 35-30, Hou 34-30, StL 31-31, Cin 29-34, Atl 29-38, NY 24-36, Chi 20-41

AMERICAN LEAGUE

After BOSTON (2-6) Owner Tom Yawkey saw the Red Sox play for the first time this season, an 11-7 loss to the Tigers, he announced that, contrary to reports, "I am not getting ready to sell." The Sox lost five straight, seven of eight, and gave up 70 runs on 87 hits during the week. Trying to get out of 10th place, the Red Sox traded Pitcher Earl Wilson to the Tigers for Outfielder Don Demeter. Only 10 players from last year's roster remain in Boston uniforms. Al Kaline of DETROIT (5-2), who was in a mild slump early in the season, got his 2,000th career hit, a single against Boston, and Willie Horton, who had been batting .186, beat the Red Sox with a home run. Between them, Kaline and Horton had 19 hits and 16 RBIs. Denny McLain became the first American League pitcher to win 10 games, and Bill Monbouquette, who was moved into the bullpen, won his first game since May 20. Before Wilson started against NEW YORK (2-5) he said, "You can't knock a deal that takes you to a contender. It's great to be alive." The Yankees were glad, too; they scored five runs off Earl in 4? innings. Mel Stottlemyre won his sixth game, and Pitcher Fred Talbot, acquired from the Athletics, won his first for the Yankees. With a lineup that had no one older than 26, KANSAS CITY (4-6) Manager Al Dark said, "If the season were to start again, we wouldn't concede anything to anybody." There upon K.C. lost four straight. Dark benched Team Captain Dick Green briefly, and when Green returned to the lineup he went 2 for 4 in his first game and hit a homer in the next. Suffering from a pulled muscle in his right leg, Jack Lamabe of CHICAGO (4-5) refused to miss his starting turn and was ineffective, losing for the first time after four straight wins. White Sox Manager Eddie Stanky was unhappy, too, with his team's play. He kept the Sox around for extra batting practice, even though they had just played three games in less than 24 hours. Hearing that his players were unhappy about the extra work, Stanky yelled, "They can either do it or get out." Hoyt Wilhelm returned from the disabled list. CALIFORNIA (7-3) Manager Bill Rigney told his team to "relax and send out your laundry and forget about the trading deadline." The Angels won seven straight, Dean Chance won his first game since May 13, and Jim Fregosi, who had been hitting .193, raised his average 40 points. Pitcher Clyde Wright, brought up from El Paso, won his first major league game. Luis Aparicio of BALTIMORE (6-2) extended his hitting streak to 18 games, Frank and Brooks Robinson combined for seven home runs and the Orioles again moved into first place ahead of the Indians. F. Robby was leading the league in both hitting and home runs, and Brooks led in RBIs. Larry Brown returned to the CLEVELAND (3-4) lineup for the first time since suffering a fractured skull on May 4. However, Pitchers Sam McDowell and Dick Radatz were sidelined with arm injuries. WASHINGTON (4-3) Pitcher Pete Richert combined with Reliever Ron Kline to pitch a one-hitter against the Orioles, and big Frank Howard raised his average to .287. Dave Boswell of MINNESOTA (4-5) won his fourth straight after starting the season with four losses.

Standings: Balt 42-22, Clev 37-22, Det 38-23, Cal 34-31, Minn 30-31, Chi 29-32, NY 26-33, Wash 27-38, KC 25-37, Bos 22-41

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