Sorry Charlie, but the Royals (5-2) look as unflappable as the other three division leaders. Pitchers Andy Hassler and Marty Pattin, whose combined records are 9-17, each won twice. Hassler's best effort was a two-hit shutout against Milwaukee, while Pattin needed only 70 pitches to dispose of Cleveland, 6-1. George Brett, a .341 hitter, found a new way to help his club with a game-winning, 10th-inning steal of home, against the Indians. Said Brett, "People think I can't run because I wear my uniform funny."
Most of the excitement in Chicago's 4-4 week was put there by Owner Bill Veeck, whose half-price Musical Instrument Night attracted a fan with an 18-foot kazoo and another who brought a piano to the park. Veeck gave away 5,000 kazoos and Henry Mazur of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra directed the fans in a spirited rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Veeck immediately submitted the attendance figure—10,636—to the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest band.
Minnesota's relief ace Bill Campbell finished all five of the Twins' victories and now has 16 saves to go with his 12-3 record. Minnesota (5-3) announced that it may play some exhibition games in New Orleans next year. Considering that the Twins have played 30-19 ball during the day this year as opposed to a 31-43 mark at night, perhaps they should work out an arrangement with the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.
Bert Blyleven stopped a six-game losing streak for Texas (2-6) with a three-hit shutout of Cleveland, and Gaylord Perry beat his old mates the next day with a seven-hitter.
That strange whizzing sound heard last week over Detroit was no UFO. It was Nolan Ryan's fastball, which he used to strike out 17 Tigers during an 11-inning 5-4 victory for California (3-3). Afterward, Ryan said his arm, operated on last September, was finally sound. "There is no pain whatsoever and the velocity is as good as ever." No Tiger batter has called up Ryan to disagree.
KC 74-47 OAK 65-57 MINN 61-62 TEX 58-64 CHI 53-69 CAL 53-70
The Dodgers (6-0) are trying to create a race where there doesn't appear to be one. Three come-from-behind victories over the Mets and some superb pitching by Don Sutton, who had a perfect game against Pittsburgh for 7? innings, increased Los Angeles' winning streak to six and gave Cincinnati something to think about.
The Reds (3-4) won two one-run games and lost four others as Pete Rose bunted his way out of a 1-for-31 slump for his 2,700th major league hit.
San Diego (2-3) took third place even though Randy Jones failed to win his 20th game and saw his record "sag" to 19-8.