The crumbling Cubs left 30 men on base in the last three games of the week and had lost seven of 12 and 17 of their last 23. Canadian Ferguson Jenkins was defeated 6-1 at Montreal as government cameras ground away, getting footage for a documentary on him. But there was pitching progress elsewhere. Rick Reuschel beat Gibson and the Cardinals on Monday 3-1, then came back to end a Cub losing streak by shutting out Montreal on Friday 3-0, the finest game of his career and his 12th win of the season. Philadelphia attendance went over the million mark, and the biggest crowd ever to attend a twi-night doubleheader there, 48,294, gave Yankee castoff Bill Robinson a standing ovation after he hit two home runs. Steve Carlton lost to the Pirates on Friday 3-1, but earlier in the week he looked like the Carlton of last year, beating Pittsburgh 1-0. "This is the guy I've been waiting for," said Manager Danny Ozark. He and 23 other major league managers. Wayne Twitchell got his second straight shutout, beating the Cubs 2-0 and improving his record to 10-3.
Baseball may have seen the last of Center-fielder Willie Mays. Mays intends to finish out his career at that refuge for the disabled, first base. "That's the only position I can play right now," Willie said. His arm is gone. Willie's team, the last-place Mets (4-5), are not quite gone yet. They took three out of four from the Pirates, with Tom Seaver throwing a four-hitter and Cleon Jones becoming the first Met to accumulate 1,000 hits. And, say hey. First Baseman Mays helped beat the Cards with a three-run homer Friday.
The sad story at Pittsburgh—one of the sad stories—is Pitcher Steve Blass, who has lost the ability to get the ball over the plate. His ERA is 10.40, almost a batting average. Balor Moore of Montreal, who used to have trouble seeing the catcher's glove, wore glasses for the first time and beat St. Louis 2-0 with a four-hitter. Quite a spectacle.
ST.L 59-50 CHI 56-54 PITT 53-55 MONT 52-56 PHIL 52-59 NY 48-58