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BASEBALL X-RAY
July 08, 1957
The World Champion New York Yankees were not the best team in the American League last week. The sixth-place Baltimore Orioles were. Twenty-game winners Billy Pierce, Bob Lemon, Frank Lary and Billy Hoeft were not the best pitchers. Four undistinguished Orioles named Brown, Loes, Johnson and Moore were. While Pierce & Co. gave up a staggering total of 32 runs, the Baltimore quartet—in four consecutive games—allowed exactly none. This tied a 54-year-old American League record set by the Indians in 1903 that had been equaled only twice before (in 1932 by the Yankees and in 1948 by the Indians). Hector Brown started the streak with a five-hit shutout. Then came Billy Loes, followed by Connie Johnson and finally Ray Moore to complete the series. Each pitched a three-hit shutout.
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July 08, 1957

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TEAM PERFORMANCES

TEAM LEADERS

This week (6/23 to 6/29)

 

Batting

 

Season

Homers Week

Week

Season

Hommers Season

Pitching Season

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore

6-1

.857

33-35

4

Pilarcik

.450

Boyd

.243

2 tied with

6

Loes

8-3

Boston

6-2

.750

37-33

13

Lepcio

.433

Williams

.355

Williams

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Brewer

9-6

Chicago

5-3

.625

42-25

6

Minoso

.467

Fox

.324

Dropo

9

Pierce

10-6

Cleveland

5-3

.625

37-31

7

Woodling

.429

Woodling

.316

2 tied with

11

Wynn

10-8

New York

4-3

.571

42-25

5

McDougald

.464

Mantle

.389

Mantle

21

Shantz

9-1

Detroit

2-5

.286

35-34

4

Maxwell

.261

Bertoia

.296

Maxwell

15

Bunning

8-2

Washington

1-6

.143

23-49

3

Lemon

.370

Lemon

.316

Sievers

16

Clevenger

5 1

Kansas City

0-6

.000

25-42

7

Lopez

.421

Cerv

.310

Zernial

15

Trucks

6-1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

New York

6-1

.857

34-35

5

Thomas

.421

Mays

.318

Mays

13

Gomez

9-5

Milwaukee

6-2

.750

40-29

12

Crandall

.500

Aaron

.332

Aaron

21

Buhl

9-2

Cincinnati

5-2

.714

40-30

12

Burgess

.500

Robinson

.333

Crowe

14

Acker

9-3

Brooklyn

3-3

.500

36-31

8

Neal

.300

Hodges

.339

Snider

15

Newcombe

7-6

St. Louis

2-4

.333

37-29

3

Boyer

.364

Musial

.351

Musial

17

Jackson

9-4

Philadelphia

2-5

.286

36-31

9

Bouchee

.400

Bouchee

.280

Repulski

10

Sanford

9 2

Pittsburgh

2-5

.286

25-44

11

Virdon

.444

Fondy

.353

Thomas

7

Purkey

7-6

Chicago

1-5

.167

21-40

7

Long

.412

Moryn

.300

Banks

14

Drott

6-7

The World Champion New York Yankees were not the best team in the American League last week. The sixth-place Baltimore Orioles were. Twenty-game winners Billy Pierce, Bob Lemon, Frank Lary and Billy Hoeft were not the best pitchers. Four undistinguished Orioles named Brown, Loes, Johnson and Moore were. While Pierce & Co. gave up a staggering total of 32 runs, the Baltimore quartet—in four consecutive games—allowed exactly none. This tied a 54-year-old American League record set by the Indians in 1903 that had been equaled only twice before (in 1932 by the Yankees and in 1948 by the Indians). Hector Brown started the streak with a five-hit shutout. Then came Billy Loes, followed by Connie Johnson and finally Ray Moore to complete the series. Each pitched a three-hit shutout.

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