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BASEBALL'S WEEK

Aug. 21, 1961
Aug. 21, 1961

Table of Contents
Aug. 21, 1961

Harness Racing
Everything But A Horse
Fresh Face
  • In this summer of 1961 the fantastic upward surge in athletic performance and leisure participation is producing new records by the very young and by the old as well. Last week a sunburst of brilliance emphasized the progress made in a few short years

Prodigy
Horse Racing
Swimming
Acknowledgments
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

BASEBALL'S WEEK

By Herman Weiskopf

A strong bench is a prerequisite for a pennant winner, which is one reason why Milwaukee is not doing as well as expected. The Braves' bench is hitting just .165, and Charley Dressen is unhappy. Johnny Keane of St. Louis and Fred Hutchinson of Cincinnati, though, are pleased with theirs. Since Keane took over the Cardinals six weeks ago, his pinch batters have hit .373. Hutchinson can smile because he has Jerry Lynch. This season Lynch has pinch hit .459 (17 for 37), has 23 RBIs and five homers—one short of the major league record. His AL counterpart is 41-year-old Dave Philley of Baltimore, whose 21st pinch hit last week put him within two of a new major league high. Lynch and Philley, however, are not the only successful practitioners of this art. Last week Gene Green, the regular Washington catcher for much of the year, was benched because of four passed balls in two games. This made him available in a pinch, and he hit a grand slam horns run to beat New York 5-1. That was the 39th pinch homer in the AL, far surpassing the 1953 record of 29. There have been 27 hit in the NL, 15 short of the 1958 high.

This is an article from the Aug. 21, 1961 issue Original Layout

NATIONAL LEAGUE
The young and the old, the big and the small, they all combined to put Los Angeles (18-3 the past four weeks) in front. Frank Howard, age 25, weight 245, batted .438 as the Dodgers took four in a row. Oldtimer Duke Snider, 34, and Wally Moon, 31, hit .455 and .412, respectively, and 155-pound Maury Wills batted .500. Cincinnati's Frank Robinson virtually stopped hitting (.207 BA) and the Reds lost five of seven. San Francisco's Matty Alou hit .412, had two game-winning homers and took the right-field job away from brother Felipe. Reliever Stu Miller came in against Milwaukee with two out in the ninth and the potential tying and winning runs on base. Junkball-thrower Miller ran the count to 3-2 on Frank Boiling, then so stunned him by throwing his "Hummer," i.e., fast ball, that he struck him out. The highlight of the week came when Milwaukee's Warren Spahn beat Chicago 2-1 for the 300th win of his career, but the Braves still lost three, won two. St. Louis's Bob Gibson, Larry Jackson, Lindy McDaniel and Curt Simmons each won once and Ray Sadecki got two wins to put the Cardinals over .500 for the first time since April. Good pitching by Bob Friend and Vinegar Bend Mizell, who each had a shutout and two wins, got Pittsburgh up to .500. Chicago, meanwhile, rested securely in seventh place after five losses. Worse yet were the Philadelphia Phillies, who set a team record of 15 consecutive defeats. They hit .199 and had a ladylike .357 slugging average, but they did get into the best brawl of the year, with the Pirates. Although unscathed, Philadelphia's Clay Dalrymple was as deeply hurt as anyone. "I had just slid into second with a magnificent hook slide, the best of my career, the peak of the season," Dalrymple said. "I'm lying there expecting cheers, but nobody even noticed."

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Twenty-one of 38 games were decided by one run, and New York won three of those. Whitey Ford became the first 20-game winner and, in all, the Yankees were 7-1 and doubled their lead over Detroit to three games. The Tigers continued to rely on Jim Bunning, Don Mossi—who both won twice—and Frank Lary, who got his 16th win. They realized, though, that their chance for the pennant will come in September, when they meet the Yankees seven times. Baltimore met the Athletics five times, got shutouts from Steve Barber (his sixth) and Milt Pappas but lost two of three one-run games. Jackie Brandt hit .429 and came up with a fast-thinking defensive maneuver. A single by Kansas City's Leo Posada got past Center Fielder Brandt, but he went through the motions of fielding the ball and throwing to second base. By the time Posada figured out Brandt's pantomime, Right Fielder Whitey Herzog had retrieved the ball, and it was too late to go to second. Cleveland's Jimmy Piersall also did the unexpected, stealing third in the eighth inning against the Angels. He then scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Even more novel was the Indians' scoreboard. Following each Indian home run, flames erupted from the scoreboard, spotlights etched weird patterns in the sky, fireworks exploded, banners waved and trumpets sounded. Chicago's well-equipped scoreboard celebrated just five White Sox homers, but four helped win games. Boston scrambled to within two games of fifth-place Chicago, then fell back by losing twice in Baltimore. That gave the Red Sox an 18-38 road record. After three weeks on the road the Washington Senators came home and Dick Donovan beat the Yankees to snap a seven-game losing streak and move Washington back to seventh place. Ryne Duren's first complete game of his five-year career was a shutout, which ended a five-game losing string and moved Los Angeles up to eighth. And Camilo Pascual's win halted yet a third winless streak—eight games by Minnesota. The Twins played nine straight one-run games and lost seven. Kansas City split six one-run games but dropped three others as the Athletics scored an average of just 1.17 runs in their six defeats.

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Boxed statistics through Saturday, August 12

TWO PHOTOSYOUNG AND OLD winners were left-handers Ray Sadecki (20) of Cards, Billy Pierce (34) of White Sox. Both had two complete-game wins.

TEAM LEADERS: BATTING

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SB

HP

SF

LA

Wills

23

W. Davis

5

Roseboro

4

Cin

Robinson

18

Robinson

9

Robinson

8

SF

Mays

14

Cepeda

6

Kuenn

6

Mil

Aaron

17

Thomas

6

McMillan

7

StL

Boyer

8

Cunningham

11

White

5

Pitt

2 with

3

2 with

4

Mazeroski

6

Chi

Altman

6

Bouchee

4

2 with

4

Phil

Gonzalez

11

Gonzalez

6

Callison

4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY

Mantle

10

Skowron

7

Maris

5

Det

Wood

21

Cash

8

Colavito

6

Balt

Brandt

7

Gentile

8

B. Robinson

7

Clev

Temple

8

Romano

4

Power

11

Chi

Aparicio

39

Minoso

11

Minoso

9

Bos

Geiger

11

Geiger

3

2 with

5

Wash

Hinton

12

O'Connell

3

Long

4

LA

Hunt

6

Hunt

4

Wagner

6

Minn

Versalles

13

Green

4

Allison

6

KC

Howser

28

Howser

4

Posada

9

TEAM LEADERS: PITCHING

NATIONAL LEAGUE

HRs Off

HB

Hits Off

LA

Craig

18

Drysdale

16

Drysdale

151

Cin

Purkey

22

Hunt

6

Purkey

193

SF

McCormick

24

Jones

8

Marichal

143

Mil

Burdette

22

Buhl

5

Burdette

191

StL

Sadecki

18

Gibson

5

Simmons

153

Pitt

Friend

15

Shantz

4

Friend

200

Chi

Hobbie

24

Hobbie

6

Hobbie

188

Phil

Mahaffey

21

2 with

5

Mahaffey

158

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY

Ford

19

Coates

5

Ford

171

Det

Foytack

21

Bunning

6

Lary

185

Balt

Estrada

16

Estrada

8

Fisher

150

Clev

Bell

23

Latman

5

Perry

156

Chi

Herbert

25

3 with

2

Herbert

189

Bos

Conley

25

2 with

3

Monbouquette

158

Wash

McClain

15

Daniels

4

McClain

168

LA

McBride

21

2 with

5

McBride

161

Minn

Ramos

29

Kaat

9

Ramos

199

KC

Shaw

18

Walker

5

Shaw

186