Kansas City's 5'4" Freddie Patek finally got up in the world. When he went to home plate one day to deliver the lineup card, he was given two steps to stand on. His manager, Jack McKeon, was both higher and lower early one morning. He learned he was fired at 3 a.m. on a team flight.
Bobby Bonds of the Yankees got in his 2� worth last week. Already the only player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in each of three seasons, he was told the Hall of Fame might want the ball he slugged for his 30th homer of 1975. "I won't give it up," Bonds said. "This was the only ball I ever asked for. I found two pennies before the game. They were lucky pennies. I won't give them the baseball, but I'll give them the two pennies."
Fielding was a sore topic for the Brewers, who committed 178 errors. But they did come up with glovework unmatched by anyone. That happened when a squirrel ran around County Stadium, scurried into the Milwaukee dugout and was captured by a Brewer with a glove that was, for once, unerring.
The year's neatest nonfielding play was perpetrated by Chicago's Jerry Hairston, whose misadventures in left peaked the day he dashed in madly for a fly ball that Ken Henderson caught—on the warning track at the 375-foot marker.
And now the last round of applause. By hitting .360 Minnesota's Rod Carew led the majors for a third consecutive season. It was also the fourth time in a row Carew was No. 1 in the league, a feat achieved only by Ty Cobb (nine straight titles), Rogers Hornsby (six) and Honus Wagner (four). Jim Palmer of Baltimore had the best ERA in the big leagues (2.13). Milwaukee's George Scott topped the league in RBIs (109) and tied the A's Reggie Jackson for homers (36).
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