Pete Rose broke the Cincinnati team record for career base hits (1,881) with an eight-for-16 spurt. By season's end Rose should have at least 1,920 hits, a figure exceeded only by Paul Waner, Stan Musial and Al Simmons for players in their first 10 major league seasons. Rose's goal is 3,000.
Houston's Larry Dierker, a pitcher with a history of arm trouble, has his own theory about work. After winning his 14th, as Durocher's Astros took five of five to close within seven games of the Reds, he said, "We have a month to go, and I figure, 'What the hell, if I hurt my arm now, I'll have the whole winter to get over it.' "
Dodger Manager Walter Alston will also need a winter to get over the way his team is playing. After Willie Davis popped up swinging at a three-and-nothing pitch, Alston called a clubhouse meeting. "I'll accept losses," he fumed, "but when an individual puts his average ahead of the team, something has to be said."
Atlanta's Denny McLain has a lot to say, and much of it will be in his forthcoming book. "If some guy is pro or con in my life," said Denny, "he's in there." Added Teammate Mike McQueen after examining the manuscript, "This book will make Jim Bouton's look like a bunt." The working title is, appropriately enough, Nobody's Perfect.
Juan Marichal certainly is not, particularly after this season, which has been the sorriest in his otherwise distinguished career. In his last start, he gave up six hits and four runs in 2? innings for his 15th loss. San Diego Catcher Pat Corrales knows one way to avoid pain. In a fist-swinging brawl with the Cubs, he had the presence of mind to keep his mask on. More painful was the three-day suspension he drew for his part in the fight.
CIN 79-46 HOUS 73-54 LA 67-58 ATL 58-70 SF 56-70 SD 46-79