It was hardly the place you would expect to find Jack Kennedy, but there he was in Washington with a bat in hand playing his first major league game. He swung with typical Kennedy vigor and the ball landed on the far side of the new frontier (otherwise known as the fence). This was not the real Jack Kennedy, merely a namesake who is exactly 24 years younger. His was only the second pinch homer hit in the AL by a batter in his first big league at-bat. Shortstop Kennedy, recently called up from the Carolina (no, not Caroline) League, is appropriately positioned alongside a man named Johnson (Third Baseman Bob). Not to be upstaged, Jimmy Piersall put on a few acts. Once he ran for second base—backward. Another time, on his way to the outfield, he pulled the cap off the head of Umpire John Rice. And he might have become the first switch hitter to get an intentional walk, taking the first pitch as a right-handed batter and the final three as a left-hander. Gary Geiger of Boston, who normally hits from the left side, also became a switch hitter. His reason was more valid: "When you're batting only .233 something has to be done." In his first at-bat as a right-hander he struck out on three pitches. Chicago's Early Wynn, too, had his troubles this year, but he kept on pitching with the same right hand that had won 298 games. Four times he tried in vain for his 299th victory, losing by scores such as 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3. Once he lamented, "When I pump the ball I occasionally follow through too hard and hit my elbow on my knee. It feels like a door slamming on it." Last week, with hitting support from his teammates, Wynn slammed the door on the Senators and won his 299th. Detroit's Terry Fox, though 15 years younger than Wynn, could truly be called an old soak. To cure his aching elbow he submerged it in hot water three times daily during the winter. Last week, his arm better and drier, he saved a 10-inning shutout for Don Mossi. Al Kaline, who has 78 RBIs in 80 games, hit four homers. Baltimore pitchers gave up just a little more than three runs a game but, with the Orioles hitting only .244, lost six of eight and were barely able to keep Cleveland from taking sixth place from them. Between games of a doubleheader 200 barbershop singers gathered at home plate for a song-fest. When Minnesota hitters got to home plate they drove in seven runs a game in six wins. Bob Allison hit four home runs, one while virtually swinging with one hand as he fell away from the plate. Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascual each won twice. The infielders, too, were at their best, extending their streak of errorless games to 13. Bill Fischer of Kansas City ran his string of walkless innings to 55‚Öì, 10 shy of the league record. Christy Mathewson's record is 68 innings. Several weeks ago Owner Charles O. Finley suggested that Manny Jimenez might try for homers rather than singles. Jimenez has hit a scant .202 and his BA has dropped from .333 to .305 SF (Since Finley). It seemed contagious last week, for the Athletics, who lead the AL in hitting, batted .220. Amid such difficulties, it was understandable that Manager Hank Bauer should buy a half interest in a beer-distributing firm. New York, which has won 85% of the pennants (11 of 13) beginning with 1949, did not look like the Yankees of old, but they managed to win three one-run games and hold onto first place. Los Angeles came through with some important rallies, won once although outhit 11-3 and doggedly kept striving. Although almost assuredly out of the race, they had to be admired.

When the season ends Houston Manager Harry Craft might well consider bonuses for his relievers. In 331 innings they have a 2.29 ERA and have 21 of the team's first 56 wins, including six of seven last week. In an effort to beat the Phillies, who had defeated them 15 times in a row, a Break-the-jinx Night was held. In all, 2,478 fans were admitted for half price for bringing good-luck charms that included one live skunk. Kid Dugan was hired to put his Slobotkee Stares to work against the Phillies. It was not until Gene Mauch, the Phillies' manager, shifted from the third-base coaching box, where he was in direct line with the Stares, to first base that the Colt .45s gave up a run. The Phillies scored enough runs to win a doubleheader, but finally lost the next day when Bob Bruce pitched a four-hitter. That was Philadelphia's lone defeat and, with eight wins in their past 10 games, they had a good chance of catching sixth-place Milwaukee. Stan Moore's Roustabouts, talented dogs who did midair flips, helped the Braves" fans forget that their team was slumping. A shutout by Tony Cloninger was the Braves' only win in seven games. New York went two days without a loss. That they did not play on those days was inconsequential. When they did play they made 13 errors and lost six of seven. Los Angeles (see page 24) made 16 errors. Maury Wills made five of them but stole nine bases (giving him 83) and broke Bob Bescher's NL record of 80. Cincinnati's pennant aspirations were literally spiked when Gordy Coleman's foot was gashed. Until then the Reds had gained four games on the Dodgers in five days. Pittshurgh's hopes, too, were knocked askew by two come-from-behind losses to the Colt .45s. After five successive losses Chicago was lodged more deeply in ninth place than at any time since early July. Gene Oliver of St. Louis had hit only seven homers all season. Then he began using the type of thin-barreled bat that had enabled him to hit 36 home runs for Portland last year. Last week he hit four. Manager Johnny Keane had cause to fret, however; Pierre, his poodle, was missing. San Francisco, with Willie Mays batting fifth for the first time since 1954, and with Harvey Kuenn and Felipe Alou "accidentally" hitting home runs on hit-and-run plays, made a concerted effort to do everything first-class. They even had a poolside party at Jayne Mansfield's pink mansion. This might give the Giants an added incentive for a pennant party, for it would be only proper for these gentlemen to reciprocate by inviting Jayne.


TWO PHOTOSLITTLE MEN: who hit hard were Indians' Bubba Phillips, who batted .370, Giants' Jose Pagan, who had three HRs. Both are 5 feet 9.

THE SEASON (through September 8)



Batting (AL)

Runnels, Bos .338

Kirkland. Clev .201

Batting (NL)

T. Davis, LA .341

Santo, Chi .232

Home run hitters (AL)

Killebrew, Minn 37 (1 per 13 AB)

Fox, Chi 1 (547 AB)

Home run hitters (NL)

Mays, SF 42 (1 per 13 AB)

Lillis, Hous 0 (424 AB)

Pitching (AL)

Terry, NY 20-10

Daniels, Wash 7-15
Schwall, Bos 7-15

Pitching (NL)

Drysdale, LA 23-7

Craig, NY 7-23


Aguirre, Det 2.17

Walker, KC 6.04


Koufax, LA 2.15

Hobbie, Chi 5.28

Complete games (AL)

Pascual, Minn 15 (28 starts)

Grba. LA 1 (24 starts)

Complete games (NL)

Mahaffey, Phil 19 (34 starts)

R. L. Miller, NY 0 (19 starts)

Team HRs(AL)

Detroit 187

Chicago 85

Team HRs(NL)

San Francisco 181

Houston 95

Team Runs (AL)

New York 717

Washington 561

Team Runs(NL)

San Francisco 769

Houston 510

Team SBs (AL)

Washington 92

Minnesota 27

Team SBs(NL)

Los Angeles 162

Houston 38

Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)