Benny (Beat 'Em, Bucs) Benack is making no friends in Pittsburgh, where he leads a band that sometimes entertains at Forbes Field. There is a feeling among the Pirates that, when Benny shows up, the Pirates play poorly. "Ees jeenx," said Roberto Clemente as Benny blew his trumpet, and the Pirates blew one to the Giants. This set the team on its way to a six-game losing streak that put the geographical center of the pennant race right back in California. All over it was no week for music lovers. In Cincinnati, where it had been the custom for the organist to play between innings, inciting the fans to scream "charge," Umpire Jocko Conlan ordered a stop to the music. There is a rule against organ playing, he reported. What rule? "My rule," Conlan said. Without the music, the Reds kept right on beating the Pirates. Jim O'Toole pitched a one-hitter and Leo Cardenas hit .400 for the week, as last year's NL champs won nine straight. Even with Tony Gonzalez batting .500, Philadelphia won only three, but they were enough to give the Phillies more victories than they managed all last season. Those other darlings of European television fans, the Chicago Cubs (page 44), didn't exactly rocket into orbit, but they did move up a notch to eighth in their own familiar wasteland: the second division. Ernie Banks belted three homers and Andre Rodgers hit .556. St. Louis was 3-4 for the week, and it would have been worse but for an electrical engineering teacher at the University of Missouri named Charlie James, who moonlights it in right field with the Cardinals. He hit a three-run homer to stop the Mets, 6-5, and keep the Cards from dropping a double-header. Houston didn't win any games at all and only scored six runs all week. But for personal misery, it is back to New York, where Bob G. Miller (there are two Bob Millers on the Mets) threw his first pitch as a Met, and the Braves' Del Crandall slapped it out of the park to give Miller his first loss in minimum time. Everyone was hitting for Milwaukee (6-1), with a wondrous team batting average of .309. Roy McMillan was at .450, Hank Aaron at .433. Joe Adcock scrambled by at .400, but he may be excused because he also hit 3 HRs (one grand slam, 10th in his career). Eddie Mathews also hit 3 HRs (career: 391 now) and even Warren Spahn hit one (career: 31, tops for NL pitchers. And out West, where it all counts now, a crew of San Francisco students, equipped with sandpaper, moved into Candlestick Park to smooth out splinters that fickle fans have been complaining about. This is all very accommodating, of course, but where there are no splinters this week there may be neither fans nor splinters next: in Los Angeles the Dodgers routed the Giants. Frank Howard led the way, closing out a week of .500, 4HRs and 13 RBIs. The pennant race's geographical center was practically in Glendale by Saturday night.

Manny Jimenez, though no AM-Star choice, remains the second best hitter in the league. The fact must cheer Hank Bauer, his Kansas City manager, but it disturbs Owner Charles O. Finley. He phoned Bauer the other day and had this to say of his Dominican Republic star: "Jimenez is smart, and he's going for singles and a better average. I don't pay Jimenez to hit singles. You get him in your office and get somebody to interpret and bang your fist on the desk." A saddened Manny heard and said: "I try. I try." Bauer had still more problems; his heretofore guaranteed ninth-place standing was being threatened by Washington, which, at 6-2, had consecutive winning weeks for the first time this year. It wasn't merely the Senators' suddenly superb pitching, for 10 different players hit 14 HRs, and the team made 20 hits in one game, 50 runs for the week. Forty miles up Route One, in Baltimore, things were more tense. The Orioles, league leaders in games lost by errors (11), were warned by General Manager Lee MacPhail that if there wasn't more hustle in '62 there would be lighter paychecks in '63. The warning was sent shortly after two Orioles slid into third base (from different directions) at the same time. The money-hungry players pulled themselves together and finished the week 5-3. Cleveland stopped its nine-game losing streak, dropped to fifth, and the fans started talking about the Cleveland Browns. Detroit split six. Al Kaline was back, but it was too late for the Tigers, though he stepped right in and won a game with a two-out ninth-inning single. Norm Cash hit three homers to take over the AL lead, but last year's .361 batting champion still isn't hitting singles. He has only 36 for the season—and 29 home runs. Perhaps Cash is out to prove the old saw that singles hitters don't drive Cadillacs. Another old wives' tale got support in New York. The story goes that journeymen are suddenly transformed into stars when they put on the Yankee pinstripe. The latest case in point, Dale Long, recently acquired as a .241 hitter, batted .348 for the Yanks and hit two HRs, one that ended a 12-inning game. For plain courage, no one touched Minnesota's Jim Kaat. He took a hard ground ball in the teeth, and lost three of them. Four days later he was back on the mound—he won and rapped out two hits. Los Angeles, still using pitchers like extras in a Hollywood Bible movie (22 appearances this week, 316 for the season), won three and lost four to drop further back. For Chicago, there was the ridiculous (Jim Landis: 0-34 before he finally tripled) and the sublime (Floyd Robinson: 6-6 in one game). With Boston (1-7), it wasn't just a case of fading, but of disappearing. Pitcher Gene Conley and Utilityman Pumpsie Green left the team bus in a New York traffic jam, and a twi-night doubleheader in Washington was played and lost before Green showed up. Conley turned up at home in Massachusetts three days later. Sox pitchers gave up 67 runs for the week—13, 11, 14 and nine in successive games. Lead-off man Billy Gardner made 12 hits, but his teammates got him home just once. They might as well have gone off with Conley and Green.


TWO PHOTOSLUCKY LEFTIES, Twins' Dick Stigman, Reds' Joe Nuxhall, the latter just back from minors, won easily as teammates hit lustily for them.





Jimenez, KC .331

Kanehl, NY .301


Tresh, NY 50

Brock, Chi 62


Jimenez, KC 118

Hubbs, Chi 112


Rodgers, LA 26

Brock, Chi 20


Allen, Minn 6

Hubbs, Chi 7

Home runs

Charles, KC 12
Tillman, Bos 12

Haller, SF 10


Jimenez, KC 55

Hubbs, Chi 38

Stolen bases

Charles, KC 12

Brock, Chi 11
Savage, Phil 11


Stenhouse, Wash 10-4

Koonce, Chi 8-3


Radatz, Bos 2.10

Lamabe, Pitt 2.62


Stenhouse, Wash 132

Jackson, NY 146


Belinsky, LA 96

Bennett, Phil 80

Complete games

Stenhouse, Wash 8

Jackson, NY 6

Boxed statistics through Saturday, July 28.