After hitting four homers in the first 25 games Detroit's Dick Brown hit two in one day, prompting him to say, "Home runs are funny things." They did not seem so funny to Manager Bob Scheffing, whose pitchers gave up 11 of them. There is more to baseball than homers, though, as Boston learned. Red Sox pitchers gave up only five, and their teammates hit nine (their best output since late last August). Carl Yastrzemski hit .423 and had eight RBI's and Pete Runnels batted .480. Despite all this, Boston lost five of six. After giving up a key hit because he tried to overpower a batter, Dick Radatz explained, "My body got ahead of my head." New York's Marshall Bridges kept his head in the right place. Bridges collapsed after being struck on the chin by a line drive, but Clete Boyer fielded the carom and got the runner at first. Other Yankees did not fare so well: Mickey Mantle tore a thigh muscle; Luis Arroyo still had arm pains. And Whitey Ford lost twice in one week for the first time since June 1960. Still, there was room for optimism—by Cleveland GM Gabe Paul. He pointed out that no Yankee farm team was higher than sixth place. His Indians were tied for first with the Yankees, thanks largely to Dick Donovan's seven wins. Chuck Essegian (called Ben Casey by local fans) had five homers, nine RBIs and hit .455. In all, the Indians hit 17 home runs, including a 460-footer by Gene Green. Because of several hard slides, Ty Cline's leg was purple from the knee to the hip. Kansas City pitchers looked even worse; they were battered black and blue (5.42 season ERA). A new treat, however, awaited a few, a very few, players. After their road trip a box of 50¢ cigars will be given to each winning pitcher and each home-run hitter, compliments of Owner Charles O. Finley. Since the start of this incentive program the team has won four, lost eight. If such an offer had been made to Boog Powell of Baltimore he would have enough cigars to last until midseason. Powell hit four homers. Brooks Robinson had a .435 BA and 10 RBIs. Hoyt Wilhelm, busiest reliever in history (486 appearances), won twice and cut his ERA to 1.59. But it was Powell's hitting (.550) that carried the Orioles to fourth place. One homer came against former teammate Dean Chance of the Angels. Remembering that Chance had once said he would never throw him a fast ball, Powell waited for a slider and hit it out of sight. Chicago batters had a hard time hitting the ball out of the infield in their final three games, batting .196. A Comiskey Park scoreboard message said that the White Sox led the AL in fielding. As if on cue, the White Sox immediately botched up two successive plays. Minnesota took advantage of errors by other teams and solid hitting by Vic Power (.444 BA and 10 RBIs) and Harmon Killebrew (three HRs) to win four of five and stay in third. Washington also stayed put—in last place. A couple of college graduates—Dave Stenhouse of Rhode Island and Pete Burnside of Dartmouth—each won his third game. Not since Bennie Daniels won on Opening Day have the Senators had a victory by a right-hander. Twenty-seven pitchers were used by Los Angeles. They allowed 6.3 runs a game, but still the Angels advanced to fifth place.

Los Angeles got the most out of its scoreboards, if not its players. First the words to such songs as Shine On, Harvest Moon would appear and the fans would harmonize. Then a message would say, "Welcome, Anaheim Retail Grocers." The Dodgers themselves did not display nearly so much versatility. There were two major shortcomings: no pitcher could go nine innings; no one could hit a home run. Just 400 miles upstate in San Francisco there were no such woes. Pitchers went all the way four times, and batters hit eight balls where no fielder could catch them. Even the Giants' schedule looked good: 16 straight games against the Cubs, Mets and Phillies. Chicago, in spite of 17 homers and 42 runs, could not get out of the cellar. George Altman (.440 BA, six HRs and 11 RBIs) and Ernie Banks (.481 and four HRs) did a lot of hitting. It was the Cub pitchers (25 of them) who were at fault: they gave up 70 hits and 35 runs. Coach El Tappe was assigned to chart every pitch. He was appalled. "Don Cardwell threw Tony Gonzalez nothing but fast balls his first three times up," Tappe said. Gonzalez hit a three-run homer. "Don Elston," Tappe continued, "threw three slop pitches to Wes Covington when he should have been gunning the ball." Covington hit a two-run double. Barney Schultz, though, won twice in relief and tied an NL mark by appearing in nine straight games. Ron Santo, who gave up drinking milkshakes to cut his weight, was tried at shortstop. Philadelphia's Jack ("I've got to pitch every day") Baldschun pitched in just five of seven games and lost twice. Bob Oldis got to play for the first time, but between games of a double-header his catcher's mitt was stolen. Houston catchers also had trouble over steals. Thirteen opponents, including nonspeed-sters, Orlando Cepeda, Harvey Kuenn and Charlie Hiller, stole bases against them. Poor clutch hitting also hurt. Although their opponents had only seven more hits than the Colt .45s, they scored an added 19 runs. Norm Larker was hitting .065 at home, .461 away. Pidge Browne was happy, though. "My 13 years in the minors are worth this one year up here," he said. One man who was not so good-natured was Freddie Hutchinson, the Cincinnati manager. "He came out to the mound and told me off good," Jim Brosnan said. "It helped me concentrate." The Reds, winners in 12 of their last 15 games, also got good pitching from Bob Purkey, who won his seventh straight. Vada Pinson's 12 homers and rousing .709 slugging percentage have also helped. What went right for Cincinnati went wrong for Pittsburgh—until a fan gave Manager Danny Murtaugh a foot-long spoon and a gallon of "tonic." The directions read, "One tablespoon before each game for each Pirate; four for Dick Stuart." That night Stuart, a .224 hitter, got a home run and a double. Milwaukee needed more than a tonic. The Braves, batting .246 and lodged in seventh, split six games. Only three games back was New York, which won three 6-5 games. Bob Gibson of St. Louis beat the Giants 1-0. "He's the fastest I've seen over nine innings since I've been in the league," Stan Musial said. Later Musial set an NL record with his 3,431st hit.


TWO PHOTOSCHICAGO SOPHOMORES among the leading hitters of majors were Billy Williams (.341) of Cubs and Floyd Robinson (.351) of White Sox.

THE SEASON (through May 19)



Batting (AL)

Jimenez, KC .385

Adair, Balt .172

Batting (NL)

Kuenn, SF .361

Bell, NY .149


Wagner, LA 11 (1 per 11 AB)

Richardson, NY 0 (134 AB)


Pinson, Cin 12 (1 per 11 AB)

Wills, LA 0 (157 AB)


Stenhouse, Wash 0.87

Bass, KC 6.40


Farrell, Hous 1.88

Hobbie, Chi 7.50

Team HRs(AL)

Minnesota 46

Boston 21

Team HRs(NL)

San Francisco 48

Pittsburgh 24

Team Runs (AL)

Kansas City 188

Washington 112

Team Runs (NL)

San Francisco 234

Pittsburgh 124

Team Hits (AL)

Kansas City 318

Baltimore 238

Team Hits (NL)

San Francisco 365

New York 249

Team SBs (AL)

Kansas City 20

Cleveland 3

Team SBs(NL)

Los Angeles 41

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