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BASEBALL'S WEEK

May 29, 1961
May 29, 1961

Table of Contents
May 29, 1961

Cover
The "500"
A Ruse
Horse Racing
Human Howitzer
Baseball
Boxing
Rowing
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

BASEBALL'S WEEK

NATIONAL LEAGUE
The San Francisco Giants lost three to the Dodgers, and the local Cassandras swung into action. They pointed a knowing finger at last year's record: 20-11 on the same date and an eventual fifth-place finish. Sports-writers even began questioning the tactics of Manager Alvin Dark, who removed Juan Marichal and replaced him with Stu Miller. When lefty-swinging John Roseboro worked the count to 2-0 against Miller, Dark brought in left-hander Billy O'Dell. Leo Durocher, temporarily managing the Dodgers (Walt Alston was thrown out for disputing a play), let Roseboro hit. Roseboro homered and the Dodgers won 8-7. All was normal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dick Stuart was griping because he was being platooned; Bob Friend wasn't getting any runs; ElRoy Face was saving games; and the club was winning the close ones. The youthful Cincinnati pitching staff was jittery. Jay Hook was out with mumps, and his teammates were examining each other for swollen necks. Still, there was fun for the Reds, who won four, lost two. When pinch hitter Jerry Lynch complained because he didn't play regularly, the clubhouse comics made a star of old chewing gum wrappers and glued it to his cap. With durable Del Crandall nursing a sore shoulder, the Milwaukee Braves brought hotshot catcher Joe Torre back from Louisville. "Get packed up," Torre's manager phoned him in the middle of the night. Manager Solly Hemus was in trouble as his St. Louis Cardinals floundered. Power hitters failed, runners made mistakes on the bases and reliefers stumbled, but Hemus wound up with a vote of confidence from Owner Gussie Busch. The Chicago Cubs beat the Cardinals twice in 1-0 games, the first on a misjudged pop-up by Daryl Spencer, the second on Ed Bouchee's first homer. Bouchee's hit stopped rumors of an impending shift of Ernie Banks to first base. Said Banks of the possible move: "This could get a man down spiritually." Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies lost another tough game (4-3 to the Pirates) and was fast being replaced by Art Mahaffey as the club's glamour boy and only box office draw.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Bracing for the flow of double-headers, the surprising Detroit Tigers displayed considerable pitching depth. Frank Lary won his 100th major league game, rookie Phil Regan was 4-0, sore-armed Paul Foytack pitched his first complete game in 13 months. The Tigers lost their first series of the season at Boston, but the creditable pitching of Don Mossi and Jim Bunning soothed the hurt. The Cleveland Indians fretted over the threatened retirement of Johnny Antonelli, but a pat on the back from GM Gabe Paul and a solid exhibition stint against Cincinnati brightened Antonelli's outlook. The Yankees tripped over their reputations as they lost twice to Washington and twice to Cleveland. In one inning against the Indians, Bill Skowron surrounded two pops, dropped them both; Clete Boyer let a ball slip off his glove; and Jim Coates took a leisurely wind-up as Vic Power stole home. Back at third base, Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins punched enough singles to go with his nine home runs and led the league with .363. Dan Dobbek's two homers (one a grand slam) and Camilo Pascual's two shutouts ("Everything she is O.K. now") gave the Twins a winning week. The Baltimore Orioles won twice on the slick relief pitching of Hoyt Wilhelm (1.46 ERA) and the hitting of Jim Gentile (see page 53). The Washington Senators won five in a row (longest for a Washington team since the old Senators did it in 1954) on tight pitching (league-leading 3.32 ERA) and crisp fielding. The Kansas City Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels twice, with Manager Joe Gordon calling the shots from the press box. When Gordon went back to the bench he said: "I wanted to retire as the only undefeated press box manager in history." Quipped GM Frank Lane (whose idea it was): "I've been managing from up there for years." Batting champion Pete Runnels came off the bench and Jackie Jensen came out of his slump as the Boston Red Sox won three out of five. Ryne Duren of the Angels struck out four men in one inning (Roy Sievers was safe when Catcher Del Rice missed his third strike) but was clobbered between strikeouts as the Angels lost their seventh straight. The next day Duren relieved again, saved both ends of a double-header against the Chicago White Sox. Said Manager Al Lopez of the White Sox: "It wasn't Duren. We just weren't hitting."

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Boxed statistics through Saturday, May 20

TWO PHOTOSROOKIE THIRD BASEMEN Jim Woods of the Phils and Gene Leek of the Angels provided new power. Woods hit first HR, Leek had two.

TEAM LEADERS: BATTING

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SF

Davenport

.324

Mays

.304

Cepeda

.289

LA

Moon

.369

T. Davis

.326

Wills

.326

Pitt

Burgess

.345

Clemente

.342

Groat

.320

Cin

Kasko

.328

Post

.324

Robinson

.282

Mil

Mathews

.366

Bolling

.330

Aaron

.327

StL

Cunningham

.327

Boyer

.292

Spencer

.264

Chi

Santo

.297

Banks

.281

Bertell

.268

Phil

Gonzalez

.329

Callison

.324

B. G. Smith

.244

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Det

Cash

.339

Boros

.328

Kaline

.303

Clev

Temple

.344

Power

.315

Piersall

.314

Minn

Killebrew

.363

Green

.319

Versalles

.306

NY

Mantle

.308

Berra

.290

Kubek

.288

Balt

Brandt

.364

B. Robinson

.343

Gentile

.322

KC

Sullivan

.324

Tuttle

.280

Howser

.269

Wash

Woodling

.295

Tasby

.290

Long

.229

Bos

Runnels

.338

Wertz

.260

Yastrzemski

.245

Chi

Sievers

.325

Lollar

.275

Landis

.261

LA

Averill

.309

Hunt

.300

Wagner

.277

RUNS PRODUCED

Runs Scored

Teammates Batted In*

Total Runs Produced

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Mays, SF (.304)

27

16

43

Moon, LA (.369)

25

15

40

Bolling, Mil (.330)

25

14

39

Aaron, Mil (.327)

17

22

39

Cepeda, SF (.289)

17

21

38

Clemente, Pitt (.342)

17

19

36

T. Davis, LA (.326)

21

14

35

Mathews, Mil (.366)

22

12

34

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Gentile, Balt (.322)

24

28

52

Cash, Det (.339)

25

24

49

Colavito, Det (.280)

30

18

48

Wood, Det (.279)

28

19

47

Mantle, NY (.308)

30

16

46

Boros, Det (.328)

17

26

43

Kaline, Det (.303)

25

16

41

Bruton, Det (.258)

26

14

40

* Derived by subtracting HRs from RBIs

TEAM LEADERS : PITCHING (ERA)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SF

McCormick

1.96

Jones

3.38

Marichal

3.75

LA

Podres

1.94

Drysdale

2.85

Williams

4.14

Pitt

Law

3.09

Mizell

3.44

Friend

3.48

Cin

Jay

2.30

Purkey

2.67

O'Toole

2.78

Mil

Spahn

2.11

Burdette

4.26

Nottebart

4.78

StL

Gibson

2.25

Sadecki

2.37

Broglio

3.25

Chi

Elston

2.16

Cardwell

3.83

Ellsworth

4.39

Phil

Mahaffey

1.93

Buzhardt

3.66

Green

3.69

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Det

Regan

2.12

Mossi

2.25

Lary

3.86

Clev

Hawkins

2.48

Grant

3.00

Perry

3.30

Minn

Pascual

2.80

Kralick

2.98

Ramos

4.50

NY

Ford

3.26

Ditmar

4.26

Turley

4.68

Balt

Wilhelm

1.46

Hoeft

1.74

Brown

4.01

KC

Bass

2.79

Daley

4.09

Herbert

4.42

Wash

Donovan

2.70

Sturdivant

2.77

McClain

2.78

Bos

Hillman

1.13

Monbouquette

2.12

Conley

2.90

Chi

Shaw

2.81

Wynn

3.23

McLish

4.05

LA

McBride

3.00

Moeller

3.67

Grba

5.55