Last June cocky right-hander Dean Chance of the LOS ANGELES Angels (4-1) marched into General Manager Fred Haney's office and demanded a raise. Chance was sporting a modest 5-5 record at the time, as Haney was quick to point out, but when Chance indicated he would rather fight than pitch, Haney upped the pitcher's salary to $18,000. Presto! Since the raise, Chance has won 12 of 13 games. Last week he shut out the Yankees with a neat four-hitter, lowering his ERA to 1.61. Chance is now easily in range of a 20-win season and should he make it, he says he will ask for $50,000 next year. Fred Haney is bracing himself. Chance is not the only Angel bucking for a raise. The whole pitching staff allowed just 11 runs, and Joe Ad-cock hit .417 with three home runs and seven RBIs. The Angels took two out of three from the Yanks, and then they promptly turned around and beat BALTIMORE (2-3). For the Orioles, all was not well. The pitching was generally tight, but only Milt Pap-pas, who pitched a 10-strikeout one-hitter, and Wally Bunker could win as Baltimore hitters produced just eight runs all week. The CHICAGO White Sox (3-1) took advantage of the Orioles' slump to climb within a percentage point of first place. Two of the Sox wins were shutouts, but the biggest victory came on an unusual display of muscle when Pete Ward and Bill Skowron hit back-to-back homers to beat the Indians in the 10th inning. Meanwhile, the NEW YORK Yankees (3-2) kept creeping back toward the top. Except for a slump in their two losses to the Angels, the Bombers were bombing with 22 runs in the three wins, enough to pull them within three games of first. Dick Radatz and Felix Mantilla were the whole show for the BOSTON Red Sox (2-3). The Monster received a win and a save to figure in both victories, while Mantilla led the offense with a .455 BA and four home runs. Harmon Killebrew was back hitting homers for the MINNESOTA Twins (4-2). He slugged three more and now has 45 for the year with a league-leading 102 RBIs. The Twins' pitchers were good too, throwing three four-hitters and a five-hitter on consecutive days. KANSAS CITY'S (2-4) Charlie Finley hired an armored truck and two guards on motorcycles, filled the truck with 300 silver dollars and stationed the whole works just beyond the left-field fence, waiting for Rocky Colavito to hit his 300th home run. Each time Rocky came to bat, the guards jumped on their cycles, ready to roar up to home plate to deliver the loot, but by week's end, Rocky was still swinging. The CLEVELAND Indians (3-2) received shutout pitching in two games, but blew a chance to move into fifth place when they could not hold a 5-4 lead in the 10th inning of the week's final game. Three-hit shutouts by Dave Wickersham and Mickey Lolich provided the DETROIT Tigers (2-2) with their only wins. The WASHINGTON Senators (0-5) were an opposing pitchers' delight, failing to score in three games and coming up with only five runs all week.
The ST. LOUIS Cardinals (4-2) are making a belated bid (less convincingly than last year) to get into the World Series. With red-hot hitting (.279 team average), the Cards, who almost stole the pennant away from the Dodgers in 1963 with a 19-for-20 streak in August and September, moved up to third place with clutch hitters Dick Groat (.375) and Ken Boyer (.348) doing the heavy work. Boyer, who was the first National Leaguer to drive in 100 runs this year, got No. 100 on a game-winning, ninth-inning homer which pulled the Cards past the Giants. SAN FRANCISCO (3-3) dropped to fourth with nary a quack out of lame-duck Manager Alvin Dark. Dark was not even mildly upset by a loss to the Mets and did not bother to force a frown when fatigued Willie Mays and injured Jesus Alou were knocked out of the lineup on the same night. The final blow to the Giants' pennant hopes may have come at week's end in PHILADELPHIA (3-2). San Francisco held a 3-1 lead going into the eighth inning, but the Giants' relief pitching could not hold the scrappy Phils. Richie Allen, Frank Thomas, Gus Triandos and Johnny Callison came up with hits to win for the Phillies. The big blow was Thomas' game-tying two-run homer. The weak-hitting (.192 team BA) CINCINNATI Reds (3-3) were shut out twice and needed exceptional pitching from Jim Maloney (a 13-strikeout three-hitter) and Jim O'Toole, who threw a 12-inning shutout, to avoid losing more than half a game to the Phils. Big Bob Veale received plenty of support to win twice by 10-2 scores as the PITTSBURGH Pirates (3-1) finally righted themselves after a two-week nose-dive. Tailenders HOUSTON and NEW YORK both won only two of six, but received strong play from veteran cast-offs. The Colts' Don Larsen pitched his first shutout victory since 1959, and Roy McMillan sparkled on defense for the Mets, handling 11 chances flawlessly in one game against the Giants, four of them truly spectacular plays. The LOS ANGELES Dodgers (3-3) got two complete-game victories from Don Drysdale, the only front liner left on the staff, but needed five pitchers to eke out their only other win. In a three-game series with the Reds, the CHICAGO Cubs (2-3) allowed just three runs and still lost twice because the hitters (.215 BA) could not support tight pitching by Ernie Broglio and Bob Buhl. The MILWAUKEE Braves (3-3) scored 32 runs, but the pitching was so erratic they could not halt a skid to sixth.
September 13, 1964
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Milwaukee Outfielder Rico Carty has just one ambition: he simply wants to be "hoppy." It looks like the 25-year-old Dominican has already reached his goal, because right now he has every reason to be the floppiest player in the National League. Carty came up to the Braves this spring after switching from boxing to baseball and having four outstanding seasons in the minors as a catcher and second baseman. The Braves were already well supplied at those positions, so Manager Bobby Bragan moved Carty to the outfield. Since his fielding was, at best, amusing, Rico sat on the bench, waiting for a ticket to Mudville. But one day in June, Carty got a chance to play and made his mark with a two-run homer in his first game. He has not stopped hitting since. His fielding, thanks to the constant attentions of Manager Bragan, has so improved that his adoring fans, who congregate in the left-field bleachers, compare him to Henry Aaron, the king. The comparison is an apt one. Last week, as Carty hit .524, he pulled his season's average up to .327, second best in the National League and one point better than Aaron—his roommate, batting coach and hero. Although not quite as powerful as Aaron, Carty has the same kind of quick wrists with which to snap his bat. He hits all sorts of pitches to all fields—and hard. He has already flicked those wrists for 23 doubles and 16 homers—the kind of hitting which makes both Rico and all of Milwaukee very hoppy.