Although there were still 10 weeks left in the schedule, the Yankees and Orioles concluded their season's series Thursday afternoon. "Yeah, this is a big game," Munson said. "But do we win this one for Billy, George or the team? I haven't quite got straight yet which comes first." Munson's 100th career home run, a 15-hit attack and a crowd of 41,000 came to Martin's rescue and the Yankees won 14-2. Still, the Orioles remained in first place, and finished with an 8-7 season edge over the Yankees.
As the Orioles headed for Seattle, Weaver left Martin—and the Yankees—with this blessing: "I can't wish Billy anything but bad luck the rest of the way." He was laughing when he said it, but he probably meant it. On Sunday night, though, Weaver was not so chirpy because the Orioles had taken only two of three from Seattle while the Yankees were sweeping three in Oakland and the Red Sox were sweeping three from the Angels. Boston was in first place by .001 now, but Weaver was still one game ahead of Martin—and he certainly wasn't unhappy about that.