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Money in the Phillies' bank
Mark Mulvoy
April 22, 1968
That is the rookie's name, and Philadelphia, off on a new Whiz Kid kick, expects to collect rich interest on him and Outfielder Larry Hisle
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April 22, 1968

Money In The Phillies' Bank

That is the rookie's name, and Philadelphia, off on a new Whiz Kid kick, expects to collect rich interest on him and Outfielder Larry Hisle

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Hisle, who as a young boy was adopted by relatives in Portsmouth, Ohio, was a high-school All-America basketball player and a member of the academic National Honor Society. He spent one weekend touring the University of Michigan campus with Lew Alcindor and Cazzie Russell and he also had correspondence with UCLA. He had agreed to accept a basketball scholarship at Ohio State before he signed a contract with the Phillies, who gave him a reported $40,000 bonus after selecting him in the second round of the June 1965 free-agent draft. He attends Ohio State in the off season, and he has a year and a quarter toward his degree in education.

Unlike Hisle, who has been places, Money has found the world of major-league baseball to be a rather strange environment. "Don's the greenest kid I've ever seen come up to the majors," said Catcher Clay Dalrymple, who roomed with Money last week on the Phillies' first road trip of the year. "It's just his background. He didn't know how to use the phone in the hotel room. He didn't know he could send out his laundry and get it back the same day, either. And I must've spent 30 minutes in front of the mirror teaching him how to tie a Windsor knot. He's a great kid, though."

Money, who is in the Marine Reserves (Hisle is 4F because of a congenital back condition), is just beginning to learn the big-league clothing game. "I hate to put on a shirt and tie and jacket," he said. Turtlenecks, which are the vogue in baseball this year, eventually may relieve Money of his haberdashery problem.

"I used to think you wore a turtle-neck only when you worked in the cold," he said.

The real education of a rookie, however, comes on the baseball field. It was fine that Money hit .310 at Raleigh and was the Carolina League's Most Valuable Player last year, and it was fine that Hisle hit .302 and was caught stealing base only once in 32 attempts at Portsmouth, Va. But the major leagues are quite different, as Hisle learned in the very first inning on opening night in Los Angeles. Wes Parker hit a routine single just to the left of center. But when Hisle was a bit tardy picking up the ball, Parker raced to second and was given a double after Hisle's throw was 10 feet over the second baseman's head. "My goodness," he said. "I never thought he'd try for second. I won't think that way anymore."

It always is interesting, too, to study how pitchers probe young rookie hitters for a weakness. The Dodgers' Claude Osteen tried practically every pitch on both rookies. Money and Hisle will learn how the Dodgers intend to pitch them the next time the clubs meet.

In Houston, where the Phillies played three games against the Astros last weekend, it was obvious that the opposing pitchers already had composed a book on Money—especially so on the second night, when Money went 0 for 3. They threw him only one fastball, which he fouled into the left-field stands. The rest were curves and changeups and slip pitches designed to put Money off his stride. They did, at least that night. "I'll be all right," he said. Hisle, meanwhile, got two hits against the Astros, a single and a double, but he had not played the previous night and they had no real idea what to throw to him.

Now the Astros have compiled a book on both rookies. "Money," said Harry Walker, the best batting instructor in baseball who now works with the Astros' young hitters, "right now is strictly a fastball pull hitter who has trouble with any breaking ball. Hisle doesn't like anything in his kitchen and will hit any ball out and away with good power to right field.

"Personally, I think they're both going to be good hitters. Money is awfully strong, awfully quick with the bat. Hisle may not be as strong as Money, but he moves into the ball and works his arms and wrists and hands very well. I like both of them."

Thank you, Harry. So do the Phillies.

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