BASEBALL'S WEEK

July 30, 1961

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Danny O'Connell, Washington infielder, said, "Nobody denies the Yankees are a better club than we are. We've got to beat them with tricks." Then, with hardly a trick, Washington beat the Yankees in a double-header, using the time-honored combination of sharp pitching and solid hitting. Los Angeles, however, beat the Senators three times and climbed to eighth place in front of Minnesota, which split six games. In a game with the Indians, Bob Allison was forced out at second base and then hit on the head with the ball as Shortstop Mike De La Hoz relayed to first. Harmon Killebrew, who had been on second, saw the ball ricochet wildly and headed home. He barely made it, though, as the ball rolled right to John Romano, the Indians' catcher. Romano then threw to first to double up the batter, Hal Naragon, who had taken a wide turn around the bag. New York had less trouble scoring, although Roger Maris (.074 for the week) slumped. Mickey Mantle (.407 and six homers) kept up his pace (see page 8) despite heavily taped legs. Boston lost twice to the Yankees and seven of nine games over-all, despite five home runs and 12 RBIs by Gary Geiger. Rocky Colavito of Detroit also had five homers. In all, the Tigers hit 13 but lost three of six games by a total of four runs and dropped to second behind New York. Baltimore's Jim Gentile was another player to hit five homers. In the 10th inning of a game with Detroit, Gentile hit a foul off his foot. The home-plate umpire did not notice this and ruled him out when the ball was thrown to first base. When the ball was inspected, however, a telltale smudge of black shoe polish was found. Gentile then hit a game-winning homer. Still, the Orioles dropped five of seven and were pushed out of third place by Cleveland. The Indians got complete-game wins from Barry Latman and Mudcat Grant and heavy hitting from Tito Francona (.389). Attendance, though, did not pick up (it is now 131,000 below 1960), and there was talk of moving to Oakland, Calif. next year. Manager Hank Bauer of Kansas City drove in the winning run in his final game as a player and snapped the Athletics' six-game losing streak. Still, Kansas City looked as if it belonged exactly where it was—in last place. Chicago played tighter ball, got good pitching from Frank Baumann, Juan Pizarro and Early Wynn and seemed ready to try for fourth place.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia had its best week of the year, winning four of seven and giving every indication of reaching 30 victories someday soon. With good relief pitching by Jack Baldschun (two wins, one save), timely hits by Lee Walls and fine all-round play by Tony Gonzalez, the Phillies took on a new look. Manager Gene Mauch almost forgot about his players' many injuries, but the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds could not forget theirs. Chicago had just seven healthy pitchers. This, coupled with the loss of Ernie Banks for eye treatments, was why the Cubs lost seven of eight. Cincinnati's injury-weakened pitching staff gave up 55 runs in six straight losses. Worse yet were the Reds' nine errors and the fact that they made just two double plays. Things were so bad that Milwaukee stole five bases in one inning against the Reds. Even Joe Adcock stole twice, equaling his total for the past four years. Frank Thomas added to Cincinnati's distress with a weird ground-rule double when his drive went right through one of the glass letters on the clock atop the scoreboard. Over-all, the Braves won seven of eight, including two from Pittsburgh, which lost four of five. ElRoy Face made the 400th relief appearance of his career, was hit hard but still led the league with a 2.57 ERA. Bill White of St. Louis was unable to sleep after getting eight hits in a double-header. The day following the sleepless night, and after only a 45-minute nap on the trainer's table. White got six more hits. His 14 hits in successive double-headers matched Ty Cobb's 1912 record. The Cardinals, who claim they are more relaxed under new Manager Johnny Keane, won six of nine. Los Angeles, though, made a bigger gain, winning five of six and picking up five games on the league-leading Reds. San Francisco, with the aid of Jack Sanford's first complete-game victory in nine weeks and four homers in five days by Willie Mays, gained two and one-half games.

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Boxed statistics through Saturday, July 22

TWO PHOTOSHEALTHY HITTERS were Indians' Woodie Held, Cards' Julian Javier, both off the injury list. Held batted .348, Javier had 12 hits.

TEAM LEADERS: BATTING

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Hits

RBIs

BA

Cin

Pinson

118

Robinson

79

Robinson

.343

LA

Wills

108

2 with

52

Moon

.337

SF

Mays

112

Cepeda

83

Mays

.322

Pitt

Clemente

120

Clemente

61

Clemente

.358

Mil

Aaron

110

Aaron

72

Aaron

.319

StL

Boyer

111

Boyer

53

Boyer

.317

Chi

Santo

106

2 with

54

Altman

.335

Phil

Herrera

75

Herrera

43

Gonzalez

.329

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY

Kubek

113

Mantle

86

Howard

.359

Det

Cash

110

Cash

83

Cash

.356

Clev

Francona

109

Phillips

56

Piersall

.333

Balt

Robinson

117

Gentile

90

Brandt

.332

Chi

Aparicio

103

Smith

57

Sievers

.311

Bos

Schilling

98

Yastrzemski

50

Runnels

.299

Wash

Tasby

89

Tasby

51

Green

.312

LA

Hunt

81

Hunt

64

Bilko

.313

Minn

Killebrew

99

Killebrew

75

Killebrew

.329

KC

2 with

96

Siebern

57

Siebern

.294

RUNS PRODUCED

Runs Scored

Teammates Batted In*

Total Runs Produced

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Robinson, Cin (.343)

76

53

129

Mays, SF (.322)

83

46

129

Aaron, Mil (.319)

66

50

116

Cepeda, SF (.314)

57

57

114

Boyer, StL (.317)

71

39

110

Clemente, Pitt (.358)

58

46

104

White, StL (.313)

59

41

100

Santo, Chi (.294)

54

45

99

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Mantle, NY (.331)

87

49

136

Maris, NY (.271)

81

49

130

Cash, Det (.356)

72

57

129

Colavito, Det (.277)

78

51

129

Gentile, Balt (.314)

58

63

121

Kaline, Det (.309)

74

40

114

Killebrew, Minn (.329)

61

46

107

Wood, Det (.258)

64

35

99

* Derived by subtracting HRs from RBIs

TEAM LEADERS: PITCHING

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Starts

Complete Games

ERA

Cin

O'Toole

20

Jay

8

Jay

3.02

LA

Williams

22

Koufax

9

Podres

3.03

SF

McCormick

19

McCormick

7

McCormick

2.87

Pitt

Friend

22

2 with

4

Gibbon

3.29

Mil

Burdette

21

Spahn

9

Spahn

3.72

StL

2 with

18

Sadecki

7

Simmons

3.22

Chi

Hobbie

24

Hobbie

7

Cardwell

4.23

Phil

Mahaffey

20

Mahaffey

8

Ferrarese

3.71

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY

Ford

23

Ford

8

Sheldon

3.09

Det

Bunning

22

Lary

12

Mossi

2.89

Clev

Grant

21

2 with

5

Latman

2.94

Balt

Barber

20

Barber

7

Wilhelm

2.17

Chi

Herbert

20

Wynn

5

Wynn

3.52

Bos

2 with

18

Monbouquette

7

Schwall

3.17

Wash

McClain

17

Donovan

7

Donovan

2.51

La

McBride

21

McBride

8

McBride

3.04

Minn

3 with

20

Pascual

8

Kralick

3.32

KC

Shaw

19

Archer

5

Archer

3.74

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)