All the hitting Henry Aaron is doing in ATLANTA—39 homers for a career total of 631—keeps getting lost in the endless serials of The Perils of Rico Carty, a real life soap opera that runs the gamut from tuberculosis to blood clots. In this episode we find Rico and his brother-in-law, Carlos Ramirez, arrested and charged with assault on an Atlanta policeman after an argument with two men on a downtown street. The two men turn out to be off-duty policemen, and Carty contends that he was the victim of a beating. Mayor Sam Massell agrees, asserting that the facial bruises Carty suffered were the result of "apparent blatant brutality." But while the policemen are suspended without pay pending a hearing, charges against Carty are not dropped. He is expected to stand trial on Sept. 8. Tune in next week. SAN FRANCISCO, playing .500 ball since the All-Star Game, had troubles even when the team escaped its loyal following. A bus carrying Manager Charlie Fox, coaches and newsmen blew a tire going 65 mph on the turnpike to Philadelphia. The LOS ANGELES Dodgers seemed to have suffered a blowout themselves. They failed to pick up ground, perhaps, as Manager Walter Alston said, because the Dodgers had come too close. "If we were 12 or 15 games out right now, I'd have the opportunity to put all kinds of kids out there and say, 'Go get 'em.' " The loss of one more doubleheader like the one against the Mets could solve his problem. HOUSTON'S statistics are impressive—and awful: first in league fielding and second in ERA but last in team homers with 56, only 14 of them at home. CINCINNATI, enjoying its spoiler role, defeated Chicago's Ferguson Jenkins. "Anytime you beat him," said Pete Rose, "you know you've accomplished something." Clay Kirby of SAN DIEGO lost 10 pounds in five days as the result of a viral infection and was told to drink beer to gain it back. "But I don't like beer," he said. Abstemiously, Kirby struck out nine and beat the Phillies 7-0.
SF 78-56 LA 69-64 ATL 70-67 CIN 66-69 HOUS 64-69 SD 50-83