BASEBALL'S WEEK

May 09, 1965

NATIONAL LEAGUE
"We don't want to look like bums in the greatest ball park in the world," explained HOUSTON (6-1) Manager Luman Harris as the Astros (9-2 under the Dome) extended their win streak to 10 games. Jim Wynn and Bob Aspromonte provided the punch, Dave Giusti (sec right) and Reliever Claude Raymond the pitching. Eddie Kasko's two-out, two-run double in the ninth beat New York, prompting Aspromonte to crack: "Keep hitting like that and we'll have to cut you in on the World Series money." CINCINNATI (6-1) finished its best April since 1939 with a 9-5 record. Tommy Harper (four hits twice) forced Chicago Pitcher Ernie Broglio to balk him home with the winning run in the 14th inning. Pete Rose rapped eight straight hits. ST. LOUIS (5-2) had a simple formula for beating Pittsburgh. Twice, Bill White doubled in the seventh inning and scored the decisive run on a single by Phil Gagliano—and both scores were 3-2. A MILWAUKEE (4-3) official, Chairman of the Board William Bartholomay, finally saw the Braves play at home, but few else did. They averaged only 3,204 for six dates. Eddie Mathews hit his 450th home run. Tommy Davis fractured and dislocated his right ankle (page 30), and that was the toughest loss for LOS ANGELES (4-3). The Dodgers snatched three games from SAN FRANCISCO (3-3) before Willie McCovey's pair of homers beat L.A. in 10 innings. Matty Alou toppled Philadelphia with a ninth-inning home run one night and four RBIs the next. "We lack the superiority feeling of last year." complained PHILADELPHIA (3-4) Manager Gene Mauch. The Phillies also lacked pitching and tickling. The pitchers gave up 36 runs in the losses. The fielders made 14 errors. The Phils hit six homers against the Giants but still lost 14-13. Powerless PITTSBURGH (1-6) scored only 19 runs and made 15 errors, NEW YORK (0-6) edged within one strike of becoming a .500 club for the first time ever. The strike was hit for a double and started the Mets' plunge. Ron Swoboda, 20. hit his fifth home run. Reliever Ted Abernathy preserved Larry Jackson's first victory for CHICAGO (2-5), and Ernie Banks pushed his league-leading RBI total to 22.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
In BALTIMORE (5-2) they call Jerry Adair the "wall-to-wall carpet." The second baseman secured that distinction when he broke three fielding records while the Orioles won three of four from New York. Adair erased Bobby Doerr's 1948 AL record for consecutive errorless chances (414). He also surpassed both of the late Kenny Hubbs's major-league marks—consecutive errorless chances (418) and consecutive errorless games (78). Robin Roberts won two games and shut out the Yankees. Jimmy Piersall's heads-up base running pepped LOS ANGELES (4-2). Piersall forced Willie Smith at second on an attempted sacrifice, but he dashed safely to second himself when Detroit left the bag unprotected. Jim Fregosi then singled Piersall home with the winning run. MINNESOTA (3-3) won with Camilo Pascual (two-hitter and a grand-slam home run) and Jim Grant (three-hit shutout). The Twins lost with Cesar Tovar, whose errors cost them two games. Harmon Killebrew received "power hitting" instruction from Coach Jim Lemon, responded with his first extra-base hit, a double, his first home run and then a game-winning double against Chicago. Mickey Lolich found a penny near home plate and won in relief when DETROIT (3-3) scored one run in the ninth. "If we needed five runs I'd have found a nickel," he said. Hank Aguirre (three-hit shutout) won his third game, to go 115 days ahead of his 1964 pace. After 10 tries CHICAGO (3-2) finally received a complete game as John Buzhardt defeated Boston. Joe Horlen followed with another nine-inning job and beat Minnesota. Second Baseman Don Buford (10 for 20) jumped his average from .160 to .311. Chuck Hinton helped CLEVELAND (3-3) beat Washington with a couple of home runs, then helped the Senators when he caught a foul pop outside first, hesitated and permitted Eddie Brink-man to score the winning run. BOSTON (2-3) swept a doubleheader from Detroit as rookie Catcher Mike Ryan hit two home runs. NEW YORK (2-3) lost Roger Maris for three weeks with an injury. Jim Bouton and Al Downing were rapped by Baltimore, but Whitey Ford won another. WASHINGTON (3-4) Manager Gil Hodges received an anonymous one-word telegram reading: FAITH. The Senators then won two from Cleveland. "The way we've been going I'll have to start playing the mule," shrugged KANSAS CITY (1-4) Owner Charles O. Finley. Ken Harrelson was the most successful A's player. He stayed aboard the mule Charlie O during a wild ride in Yankee Stadium.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dave Giusti expected to pitch this season for the Houston Astros' farm team in Oklahoma City. "I took a temporary apartment in Houston and didn't bother to get a telephone," he admits. Giusti, 25, ordered the phone last week after complete-game wins over Pittsburgh and Chicago hiked his season's record to 4-0. "It's still too early to tell." he claims. "I just hope I have arrived and that my success is not because of the Dome." An off-season high school science teacher who holds a degree from Syracuse University, Giusti won three games under the Dome after his first win, in relief in Philadelphia, started Houston's streak. He beat Pittsburgh in relief to earn a starting assignment and now is Manager Luman Harris' top pitcher. In 23‚Öì innings Dave allowed 12 hits, two earned runs and one walk. He struck out 15 and had an 0.78 earned-run average. "My fast ball is the pitch," says Giusti, who also throws a change-of-pace palm ball in addition to a curve and a slider. "I used to throw the fast ball too hard, with too much effort—and I was real wild. Now I throw it naturally, and I'm not afraid to use it in any situation."

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Boxed Statistics through Saturday, May 1

PHOTODAVE GIUSTI PACED HOUSTON

TEAM LEADERS: BATTING

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Runs

RBIs

BA

LA

Parker

12

Roseboro

10

Parker

.344

Hou

Wynn

15

Wynn

11

Wynn

.324

Cin

Harper

16

Robinson

14

Robinson

.370

Mil

Mathews

11

Mathews

13

Maye

.326

Chi

Santo

13

Banks

20

Banks

.361

StL

Flood

13

Flood

10

Brock

.333

SF

Mays

15

Mays

11

J. Alou

.380

Phil

Allen

13

3 with

10

Allen

.356

Pitt

Schofield

8

Bailey

7

Virdon

.327

NY

Kranepool

10

Kranepool

13

Kranepool

.407

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Chi

Cater

9

Cater

7

Cater

.350

Det

McAuliffe

14

Kaline

10

McAuliffe

.350

Minn

Hall

13

Oliva

13

Allison

.417

Clev

Wagner

12

Colavito

14

Wagner

.333

NY

Tresh

13

Kubek

10

Richardson

.358

Balt

Orsino

13

Powell

14

Aparicio

.305

LA

5 with

5

2 with

10

Adcock

.357

Bos

Conigliaro

11

2 with

13

Mantilla

.390

Wash

Howard

6

Howard

8

Held

.333

KC

3 with

5

Gentile

8

Causey

.355

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)