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BASEBALL'S WEEK
Herman Weiskopf
September 26, 1966
AMERICAN LEAGUE
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September 26, 1966

Baseball's Week

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THE SEASON

 

BEST

WORST

BATTING (NL)

Alou, Pitt .349

Bressoud, NY .231

BATTING (AL)

Oliva, Minn .312

Ryan, Bos .213

HOME RUNS (NL)

Aaron, Atl 39 (1 per 14 AB)

Woodward, Atl 0 (414 AB)

HOME RUNS (AL)

F. Robinson, Balt 45 (1 per 12 AB)

Tartabull, Bos 0 (312 AB)

PITCHING (NL)

Koufax, LA 24-8

Ellsworth, Chi 6-21

PITCHING (AL)

Kaat, Minn 24-10

Stottlemyre, NY 12-18

ERA (NL)

Koufax, LA 1.78

Ellis, Cin 5.18

ERA (AL)

Peters, Chi 2.03

Lolich, Det 4.76

COMPLETE GAMES (NL)

Koufax, LA 23 (37 starts)

Hands, Chi 0 (26 starts)

COMPLETE GAMES (AL)

Kaat, Minn 18 (37 starts)

Downing, NY 1 (29 starts)

TEAM HR (NL)

Atlanta 188

New York 96

TEAM HR (AL)

Baltimore 170

Kansas City 63

TEAM RUNS (NL)

Atlanta 716

St. Louis 543

TEAM RUNS (AL)

Baltimore 699

Kansas City 527

TEAM SB (NL)

St. Louis 130

San Francisco 30

TEAM SB (AL)

Chicago 138

Boston 30

*through Sept. 17.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

A month ago, when BALTIMORE (2-4) had to dip into the minors for a pitcher, a small band of fans set themselves up as pickets and carried placards urging the club to bring up local boy Tom Phoebus, who was with Rochester in the International League. Oriole officials paid no heed. Last week, however, Phoebus finally got the call and put some life back into the old axiom that says, "The customer is always right." Phoebus shut out the Angels on four hits, the third complete game by an Oriole pitcher in more than 5� weeks. Even so, the Orioles continued to have trouble. The once-awesome batters hit .226 last week, giving them a season mark of .257, precisely the same as the supposedly weak-hitting Dodgers, who were shaping up as their most likely World Series opponents. This decline in hitting brought flickering pennant hopes in other corners. Even Vice-President Hubert Humphrey, the avowed No. 1 MINNESOTA (3-3) rooter, showed new interest, declaring that if time ran out on his Twins, "We'll extend the season." Then the Twins ran smack into DETROIT (4-2), lost three straight and fell by the wayside. The death knell came on a passed ball on what should have been an inning-ending strikeout. When the ball got by Catcher Earl Battey, Norm Cash of the Tigers hustled to first base, the next two batters walked and Jim Northrup followed with a grand-slam homer. Detroit blew a golden chance to pick up further ground on slumping Baltimore when CLEVELAND (2-4) snapped out of a terrible batting slump (four runs in 58 innings) and beat the Tigers twice. Sam McDowell tied a league record by striking out the first five Tigers in one game. After six innings he had 14 victims and was within reach of the record of 18 when he had to leave because his shoulder tightened. Two more strikeout records were set, though. The 19 strikeouts by three Indian pitchers was a nine-inning mark, and the total of 27 for the regulation game (the Indians won in the 10th 6-5) was also a new high. CALIFORNIA (2-4), too, stopped scoring, going into a .203 nonhitting slump after beating the Orioles 6-5. And lack of hitting was driving CHICAGO (3-3) Manager Eddie Stanky to distraction. On the lineup card he gave to Oriole Manager Hank Bauer before one game Stanky had penned the words "Sleeping pills!!!" Stanky very likely needed sleeping pills after losing to the Red Sox 10-1, 2-1 and 5-4. "My problem," Stanky confessed, "is our .232 team batting average. When I go to sleep it's staring at me. And it's there again at breakfast; it's written right on the eggs." KANSAS CITY (4-1) pitchers were superb. During one stretch of 97 innings spanning a week and a half, they gave up only five earned runs. The only thing that stopped the A's pitchers was a light failure in WASHINGTON (3-2) that halted a 0-0 game in the third inning. When the game was resumed two days later, Lew Krausse wrapped up matters with a shutout. The A's scoreless-inning string was finally ended at 44 when the Senators won the next game 1-0 in the ninth. Phil Ortega, who won that game, and Pete Richert both beat the Yankees as the Senators clinched the season series from NEW YORK (1-5) for the first time since 1933. After 7? innings of perfect ball, Jim Bouton lost his no-hitter in the eighth and both his shutout and victory in the ninth. The Twins scored twice on a double (their second and last hit), a hit batsman, a throwing error on a bunt and a mental error that let the winning run score on a double play, BOSTON (5-1), making the most of some clutch hitting by Joe Foy and Carl Yastrzemski, two saves by Joh n Wyatt and Don McMahon's win and a save climbed to eighth place for the first time since early May.

Standings: Balt 91-58, Det 83-67, Minn 83-68, Chi 79-73, Cal 74-75, Clev 75-77, KC 70-81, Bos 69-86, Wash 67-86, NY 66-86

NATIONAL LEAGUE

To a man, the LOS ANGELES (4-2, page 26) players maintain that their drive for the pennant is a team effort. There is, however, no way to overlook individual efforts. There was Willie Davis scoring all the way from first on a single for the winning run in a 3-2 game. There was Dick Schofield (below) getting key hits. There was Reliever Ron Perranoski striking out a record-tying six batters in a row. There was Don Drysdale spending a day with a horse he owns named Comebacker and then pulling a mild comeback of his own by beating the Pirates 5-3 for his first win in four weeks. And there was Lou Johnson, the man with the half-ear and L.B.J. for initials. Sweet Lou his teammates call him. Last week Sweet Lou helped forge four wins as he hit three homers, drove in nine runs and batted .347. The Dodgers had all but stashed away another pennant by taking two of three from the Pirates, when strange things began happening. For the first time since the Dodgers moved into Chavez Ravine in 1962, it rained during a game. It was no help, however, as frustrated PHILADELPHIA (2-3), with Larry Jackson on the mound, won 4-0. That cut the Dodger lead over the Pirates to 1� games, leaving L.A. with only a half-game profit to show for the week. After Sandy Koufax had apparently finished off PITTSBURGH (3-2) in more ways than one, Roberto Clemente had a few words to say about baseball's foremost arthritic. "If I have an injury they call me a goldbrick," Clemente said. "But with Koufax, they make him a hero. Sore elbow, my foot. He threw as hard as ever. I don't say his arm isn't stiff after he pitches, but he couldn't pitch like that if it hurt very bad." The Pirates fought back into contention by beating the Dodgers 9-5 and then, with Woody Fryman pitching his first complete-game win since July 9, took care of the Giants 4-0. Earlier they had pleased a group of 80 fans who had bussed some 1,300 miles from Rimersburg, Pa. to Houston, where the Pirates won 9-3. SAN FRANCISCO (3-3, page 28) could not get out of third place. Owner Horace Stone-ham signed up Manager Herman Franks for next year, saying, "There might be a psychological effect on the club knowing he's going to be here again." The Giants' psyche got several other jolts, the most severe coming when Met rookie Bud Harrelson stole home with the winning run in the ninth. But that was the only win all week for NEW YORK (1-6), awash in a sea of errors and poor pitching. CHICAGO (2-5), entrenched in the cellar, managed to end an eight-game winning streak by the Braves and a seven-game string by the Cardinals. CINCINNATI (0-5), without a complete game for the third week in a row, kept on losing. HOUSTON (4-1), scoreless for 43 innings, unloosed 57 hits for four wins. The Astros' 32 runs in those games matched their total in 15 previous contests. Leaders in the sudden offensive spurt were Chuck Harrison (8 for 19) and Sonny Jackson (14 for 25). ATLANTA (5-1) rookie Pat Jarvis won his fifth game in a month as the Braves continued to play the best ball (16 of 19). Bob Gibson became the third ST. LOUIS (5-1) pitcher ever to win 20 games two years in a row. Curt Flood, who hit .391, traced his splurge to a one-word sign in his locker: CONCENTRATE.

Standings: LA 87-61, Pitt 86-63, SF 85-65, Phil 80-70, StL 79-71, Atl 79-71, Cin 71-77, Hou 67-85, NY 61-90, Chi 54-96

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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