In PHILADELPHIA (5-3) 5,000 screaming, sign-toting, pennant-hungry fans showed up at the airport to welcome home the first-place Phils after a three-game sweep of the Braves. The wins at Milwaukee were big ones. For the fifth time this season the Phils appeared ready to fold, but for the fifth time they bounced back into a solid lead, this time by two games. Favorites with the cheering fans were Johnny Callison (.324 and three HRs), who beat the Reds 4-3 with a three-run, ninth-inning homer, and Cookie Rojas, who played five positions during the week and hit .367, winning one game with a 10th-inning double. Two of the league's weaker teams helped the Phils lengthen their lead. The power-hitting CHICAGO Cubs (5-3) hit 10 homers and won three of four from the Giants to move briefly into the first division. But two late-week losses to the Colts stopped the Cubs' surge and dropped them to eighth again. The third-place CINCINNATI Reds (4-4) moved within 2½ games of first by winning two from the Phillies and then ran into the NEW YORK Mets (4-3). The Mets, who now have a 6-5 season edge on the Reds, took two games of a three-game series and knocked Cincy 4½ games out of the lead. For the New Yorkers, it was their first winning week since early May. The Mets hit eight homers to equal their best week of the year, with rookie Larry Elliot slugging four in four games. Lack of batting punch hurt the LOS ANGELES Dodgers (3-5) just as last year's champions looked ready to move up. And, though Sandy Koufax won his 15th game of the season with a 12-strikeout, 1-0 four-hitter, Dodger joy over his feat was shortlived; it was discovered that Don Drysdale had fractured the thumb of his pitching hand in practice the same night and would miss at least two turns. Hardly more threatening at the plate were the ST. LOUIS Cardinals (2-5), who hit only three homers (as their pitchers allowed 56 runs) and fell back into the second division. The PITTSBURGH Pirates (4-3) smacked St. Louis pitching for 29 runs in three victories to move from fifth place up to fourth. Despite the hitting of Rico Carty (.429) and substitute Gene Oliver (.385 and two HRs), the MILWAUKEE Braves (3-4) could not maintain their fingertip grasp on fourth place. While the HOUSTON Colts' (4-4) pitchers won twice by 1-0 scores and allowed only 15 runs the entire week, Colt hitters stranded the team twice in 1-0 losses. Caught in the merry-go-round was Skinny Brown, who lost a 1-0 three-hitter to the Giants and later won by the same score over the Cubs. The SAN FRANCISCO Giants split eight games, with Juan Marichal winning twice. Billy O'Dell was bombed for 12 runs in one game when Manager Alvin Dark decided to let him stay in because he needed the work.
When the KANSAS CITY Athletics' (4-3) star shortstop, Wayne Causey, was injured, a call went out to the A's farm club in Birmingham for a replacement. Dagoberto Campaneris hopped on a plane, flew all night and arrived next afternoon in time for the game—though without any sleep. By the time the day was over, Minnesota's pitchers wished that Campaneris had gone to the hotel for a siesta instead. He hit the first pitch thrown to him in the first inning for a home run, and followed it up with another homer in the seventh. He had three hits in all and three RBIs in the A's 4-3 win that day, and he finished the week with a .500 BA. The first-place BALTIMORE Orioles (5-3) also had luck with a new face. Dave Vineyard, a right-hander from Rochester, put the finishing touch on a glittering three-game run by Oriole pitchers with a two-hitter over the Senators. In two previous games, Robin Roberts threw a five-hitter and Wally Bunker a four-hitter. The Baltimore hitting was good, too, including 13 homers. Boog Powell hit three and had a .438 average. The NEW YORK Yankees (5-3) matched the Orioles' pace and remained one game out of first. Jim Bouton won twice, but all was not well with Yankee pitching. Whitey Ford lost one game and reinjured his gimpy hip the next time out, making him a doubtful starter for the time being. The third-place CHICAGO White Sox (5-4) received their regular quota of good pitching but lost three low-run games. Pitcher Gary Peters, who lost a squeaker, won one for Reliever Hoyt Wilhelm with a 13th-inning pinch-hit home run. The LOS ANGELES Angels (6-3) continued to climb, this time all the way to fourth place, principally on good pitching (two wins for Bo Belinsky and Dean Chance's third straight shutout) and Wonderful Willie Smith's hitting (.364). For the second consecutive week Mudcat Grant was the only winner on the slumping MINNESOTA Twins' (1-6) staff. He stopped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory. The BOSTON Red Sox split eight games, as powerful hitting and weak pitching balanced out. The Sox hit 16 home runs for a two-week total of 32. Dick Stuart led the slugging with four homers and a .375 BA. The DETROIT Tigers (3-5) hit more homers (17) than Boston but won even fewer games. Al Kaline (.382 BA) and Dick McAuliffe hit four home runs each, but the pitchers allowed 52 runs. The WASHINGTON Senators (2-6), playing the top of the league, lost five to the Yanks and Orioles. The CLEVELAND Indians (5-3) took more of a liking to the leaders, defeating the top two four of six times. Two of the victories over the Orioles came on eighth-inning rallies, with John Romano (.346 BA) and Pitcher Dick Donovan providing key hits.
August 2, 1964
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Cleveland Indians have had a terrible time this season with their pitching staff, which started off poorly and then got worse. During the last month the staff had only four complete games, and three starters had ERAs over 4.00. Small wonder that the Indians' front office decided to bring in some new blood and called up 23-year-old right-hander Luis Tiant, who was 15-1 at Portland. Tiant inherited his baseball talents from his father, who years ago played for the New York Cubans, and appears to have inherited his looks from ex-Dodger Don Newcombe. He went right to work changing the hitters' impression of Cleveland pitching. Throwing mostly fast balls in his debut before a big Sunday crowd at Yankee Stadium, the poised rookie shut out the Yanks on four hits. He also struck out 11, one shy of a 49-year-old record for American League rookies appearing in their first games. Cleveland Manager Birdie Tebbetts was cautious about declaring Tiant the savior of his staff, but the Cuban's second game should have eased some of Birdie's doubts. He six-hit the Red Sox, striking out six and allowing just one run. If Tebbetts was still not impressed, the Red Sox were. The Boston players began calling Tiant the "little bull," and Sox Manager Johnny Pesky gave the reason why: "He threw just as hard in the ninth as in the first." Maybe it's just that Birdie has not seen many of his starters throwing in the ninth lately.