"Cardinals Welcome Yankee President Gabe Paul," said a scoreboard message in St. Louis. The greeting was nice enough, but it may have been a bit startling to Paul, who was in town on the quiet to discuss trade possibilities. The week was a bummer all around for the Yanks, 1-4, who gave up 27 walks, hit into 11 double plays and made none of their own. The Yankees did beat the Angels 4-3 for Catfish Hunter's third win of the month and the team's third win of the month. Said Roy White, "We've been looking like fools. People have been laughing at us."
Things were no better in Boston, where Manager Darrell Johnson suffered through a 1-5 week and the ignominy of having let the Royals bat out of order throughout one game because he did not get a copy of the official lineup. K.C. won that one 5-2.
In a 4-3 Baltimore week, Jim Palmer won twice, Tommy Davis hit .421 and Bobby Grich belted three homers. Also encouraging was a Jacket Night crowd of 48,042 the largest regular-season attendance in the Orioles' 22 years in Baltimore.
Vern Ruhle picked up Detroit's only two wins in six tries, 5-0 against the Royals and 6-4 over the Rangers.
After being shut out by K.C. and Texas, Milwaukee won three of its next four games. Henry Aaron had just three hits in 21 times up, but two were home runs 737 and 738 and he drove in seven runs.
Rookie Dennis Eckersley, 20, pitched three scoreless innings of relief to preserve a 3-2 win over Minnesota, and was praised by Cleveland Manager Frank Robinson. "He pitches and reacts like a veteran," Robinson said. Three days later Eckersley pitched and reacted like a rookie. Coming in with the bases full of White Sox in the ninth, he gave up a walk and hit a batter and the Tribe lost 3-2.
MIL 19-12 BOS 14-15 DET 14-15 BALT 15-17 CLEV 12-19 NY 12-20
"We always play well with the Russian Navy in the ball park," said K.C. Manager Jack McKeon with a wink after winning 3-0 in Boston while 140 visiting Soviet sailors tried to comprehend what baseball was all about. The shutout was the second of the week by Steve Busby, who earlier had said nyet to the Brewers, 4-0. Hal McRae hit .462, while Harmon Killebrew batted .412 and stole his first base since 1971. In all, it added up to a 6-1 week for the Royals.