BASEBALL'S WEEK

June 30, 1963

THE PLAYER
One instant the ball was over home plate. Then the Cubs" Billy Williams swung savagely and the next instant the ball was disappearing over Houston's right-center-field wall where the sign reads "427 feet." It was a terrible thing to happen to a young man on the verge of becoming the best hitter in the National League. So satisfying was the sweet sting of the monster home run that Williams set out to duplicate it with every swing and even a bad hitter can tell you what happens next. Nineteen times Williams swung from the heels. The sound and the fury was good for only two hits and finally Manager Bob Kennedy took Williams aside. '"Remember that home run in Houston?" he asked. "Well, forget it. Hit straightaway." Williams did just that and went 13 for 22. Mostly Williams' hits were crisp singles but, to no one's surprise, a couple left the ball park. At the end of the week Williams was right there where everyone expects him to be: among the top hitters.

THE TEAM
The last Red clattered into the clubhouse. Slam went the door. Clank went the bolt. Club officials stirred uneasily. Manager Fred Hutchinson has been known to demolish chairs, lockers, mirrors—just about anything he can get his hands on after losing games, and the Reds had just dropped their second straight. Old Crosley Field was in definite trouble. No outsider knows for sure what Hutchinson did in there but it must have been dramatic because the Reds have lost only one game since. Jim O'Toole and Jim Maloney won four games, hardly surprising since they have been doing most of the winning for the Reds all season. Then floundering Bob Purkey put in a quick call to his mother-in-law asking her to send on a film made of him in action. "I discovered a flaw," said Purkey, who then went out and helped beat the Phillies' Ray Culp 2-1. Vada Pinson's freak triple was the big hit. "It was a shame for Culp to lose it," said Hutch with a mournful look that quickly changed into a wide grin. Then John Tsitouris shut out the Colt .45s and Hutchinson's face almost split. "I think we're going to be in it," he said. With the Reds just off the pace it had the sound of a classic understatement.

THE PLAYER
Like clever women shoppers, general managers have discovered that the way to come up with a bargain is to check labels. On today's market, players with Milwaukee tags are preferred 2 to 1 over all Brand X products. Joey Jay, Ed Charles, Joe Adcock, Carlton Willey and Juan Pizarro are among the bargains culled from the Braves in recent years. Now comes joe Azcue, currently catching for Cleveland. Last season, after being packed off to the Athletics by the Braves, Azcue hit .229. A month ago, however, General Manager Gabe Paul of the Indians went shopping. Seeking a shortstop, he obtained Dick Howser of the Athletics and, noting the ex-Milwaukee label, grabbed Azcue, too. A day later All-Star Catcher John Romano was hurt. Azcue jumped right in and for a while hit over .400. Last week he slumped, getting only seven hits, but these were hardly ordinary hits. They produced eight RBIs and led to three victories, one win coming on a ninth-inning homer.

THE TEAM
With Mickey Mantle out with a broken foot, the New York Yankees lost three games in a row and fell to third place. Just as great nations crumble because of internal disorders, the Yankees appeared doomed by internal disorders, too, of bones, muscles and ligaments. This was the moment for some team, any team, to move into first as if it belonged there. Well, one did. The Yankees. They regrouped, won 12 of their next 15 games, and personally took care of the threatening Red Sox. Jim Bouton, his chin marked with a dozen stitches as the result of a line drive, came back to win twice. Phil Linz took over for the injured Tony Kubek at shortstop and hit .321. When Linz twisted his knee, Clete Boyer moved over from third base and batted .355. Bobby Richardson, shaken by the death of his father, returned to the lineup earlier than expected, went 5-for-9 and won a game with a ninth-inning double. No one, however, did more than Roger Maris to fill the void left by Mantle. In one 11-day stretch he came through with hits that won four games. Last week he drove in 10 runs, winning two contests with homers and another with a squeeze bunt to put the Yankees back on top.

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PHOTOBILLY WILLIAMS PHOTOJOE AZCUE

NATIONAL LEAGUE

THE WEEK

W

L

HITS

OPP. HITS

WALKS

OPP. WALKS

LOB

OPP. LOB

CINCINNATI

7

1

75

59

28

18

54

51

CHICAGO

5

2

71

47

17

12

55

39

ST. LOUIS

5

2

71

59

25

12

53

47

SAN FRANCISCO

4

3

63

48

24

21

55

53

MILWAUKEE

4

4

54

77

16

22

46

55

PITTSBURGH

4

4

76

75

21

17

53

63

LOS ANGELES

3

4

59

56

10

2 3

51

54

PHILADELPHIA

3

5

68

62

12

30

49

60

HOUSTON

1

6

44

67

19

20

54

48

NEW YORK

1

6

48

79

24

21

48

48

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NEW YORK

7

1

70

66

23

24

56

57

LOS ANGELES

6

1

64

36

22

27

58

4 7

CHICAGO

5

2

66

54

22

21

56

43

CLEVELAND

6

3

67

72

29

13

53

56

BOSTON

6

3

101

68

28

29

56

68

MINNESOTA

4

4

67

83

27

23

54

60

DETROIT

2

5

50

66

25

27

56

48

BALTIMORE

3

7

90

85

20

34

64

56

KANSAS CITY

1

6

33

63

29

30

43

69

WASHINGTON

0

8

52

67

29

26

63

55

NATIONAL LEAGUE

THE SEASON*

HITS

IP

SO

ST. LOUIS

Groat

93

Broglio

107

Simmons

70

SAN FRANCISCO

Cepeda

77

Sanford

129

Marichal

84

LOS ANGELES

Fairly

69

Drysdale

138

Koufax

120

CINCINNATI

Pinson

85

O'Toole

130

Maloney

99

CHICAGO

Santo

88

Jackson

129

Jackson

82

MILWAUKEE

H. Aaron

80

Spahn

106

Lemaster

89

PITTSBURGH

2 with

71

Friend

126

Friend

75

PHILADELPHIA

Gonzalez

71

Culp

107

Culp

100

HOUSTON

Warwick

61

Bruce

99

Bruce

70

NEW YORK

Hunt

59

Craig

113

Jackson

74

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NEW YORK

Boyer

76

Terry

118

Ford

75

CHICAGO

Robinson

80

Pizarro

107

Pizarro

86

BOSTON

Malzone

86

Monbouquette

114

Radatz

82

CLEVELAND

Alvis

57

Grant

97

2 with

59

MINNESOTA

Versalles

74

Pascual

106

Pascual

86

BALTIMORE

2 with

74

Barber

123

Barber

86

LOS ANGELES

Wagner

83

McBride

131

McBride

77

KANSAS CITY

Charles

75

Wickersham

104

Pena

74

DETROIT

Kaline

81

Bunning

107

Bunning

90

WASHINGTON

Hinton

69

Cheney

98

Cheney

77

*through Saturday, June 22

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)