A large unidentified bird swooped into the Philly dugout. It emerged, flew toward the mound, circled the field and then glided over the rightfield wall. For the rest of the week the attention of Philadelphia fans was focused on Don Demeter, who came through with game-winning hits in three successive games. New York's first 100 losses were not the hardest; the next three hurt just as much as the Mets blew leads of 5-1, 2-0 and 3-1. Chicago seldom had a lead to lose but did fritter away the biggest one (6-1) it had. Ken Hubbs broke the major league record for second basemen by playing his 74th consecutive game without an error. He achieved this with a Jerry Lumpe glove, which is now torn in three places, because he was unable to get his new Chuck Cottier model broken in quickly enough. The- Houston Colt .45s had tantrums in which they threw each other's bats on the floor (see page 7) but managed to re-channel their hostilities, used the bats for their intended purpose and won four games in a row. ElRoy Face needed just seven pitches to save two games for Pittsburgh. A third save gave him 22, three more than anyone had in the majors last season. Bill White and Charley James of St. Louis won games with eighth-inning two-run homers. James's home run was his seventh and the fifth he had hit in Friday night games. To pep up attendance, Milwaukee booked a watermelon-eating contest, square dancing and a tug of war between American Legion Posts No. 1 and No. 416. Cincinnati's Joey Jay studied the rules for three hours, then decided to try a quick delivery that he felt would keep Dodger runners from stealing. Jay gave up only eight hits, one steal and balked once, but he lost 2-1 in 13 innings. Frank Robinson hit a mere .133 for the week, and all the Reds managed only .215 until they broke loose Saturday with 16 hits and 10 runs. Los Angeles parlayed excellent relief work by Ed Roebuck (five hits and no runs in eight innings), powerful hitting (24 runs to support Rookie Pete Richert's two starts) and good luck into five wins in six tries. John Roseboro almost pulled a monumental rock when, after his winning single against Jay, he passed Duke Snider on the base path. He was ruled out but, fortunately, his was only the second out of the inning and the run he drove in still counted. Scintillating fielding by Jim Davenport, Jose Pagan and Willie Mays, plus 12 homers, helped San Francisco stay right behind the Dodgers.
Just when Chicago seemed ready to make its move the team slumped. There were plenty of hits (.290 BA) but few timely ones (only 10 of 76 runners scored). The pitching faltered also, and during one three-game span 17 pitchers were used. Jim Bunning of Detroit, who had given up fewer than nine hits a game, allowed 20 in 15 innings and won twice. Kansas City pitchers, perhaps trying the same theory, gave up a lot of hits, too. They lost. Employing an older technique, Orlando Pena beat the Angels with a three-hitter. It was Pena's best game since beating the Giants (also managed by Bill Rigney) in 1958. Los Angeles got a shutout from Don Lee, five homers in another game and effective relief work by Dan Osinski in a third. This prompted the Angels to begin soliciting advertising for a World Series program. "It no fun when the Yankees win every year," Minnesota's Vic Power said. "I think it time somebody else win—and we have some fun." Although the Twins had some fun last week as they won three of five; it was doubtful they would have the last, and biggest, laugh. New York (see page 16) looked alternately good and bad and finished the month with only half of the six-game lead it began with. With seven wins in five weeks Ralph Terry became a 20-game winner. Cleveland, despite a 5-3 record for the week, had the worst record during August (14-21). With two days of rain and good pitching by Reliever Dick Radatz, Boston lost only twice and still had a chance of catching the seventh-place Indians. In his attempt to catch a long drive to right center, Baltimore's Jackie Brandt skidded on the grass and got his foot lodged under the fence. It was all part of the troubles the Orioles had after winning five games from the Yankees. Washington's Jimmy Piersall, apparently enthralled by the team's three wins over the Orioles, did the twist on his way to the outfield. Moving Charlie Hinton to second base strengthened not only the offense but the defense as well. Last week the Senators made 13 double plays, twice their weekly average.