BASEBALL'S WEEK

August 18, 1968

AMERICAN LEAGUE

On July 5 both BALTIMORE (6-2) and Dave McNally seemed doomed to a second consecutive season of frustration. McNally stood only 8-8 when Pitching Coach George Bamberger took him aside at the All-Star break. "You need a new weapon," Bamberger said, and then promptly proceeded to teach McNally a wicked slider thrown deceivingly like a curveball. The result has been seven straight McNally victories, a streak that includes just 34 hits and eight runs allowed in 66 1/3 innings. With McNally, Jim Hardin and Gene Brabender all tossing shutouts, the Orioles continued to nip at DETROIT'S (7-1) lead. Home runs kept the Tigers rolling. Dave Campbell, a 26-year-old rookie battling a 102° fever, clouted one for his first major league hit. Bill Freehan hit two in one game, and Norm Cash won a game with a four-bagger—the 20th time the Tigers had won in their final at bat. With its usual attack, BOSTON (5-3) continued its surge in the standings, as Carl Yastrzemski drew his 92nd walk, and Ken Harrelson belted two more homers. At OAKLAND (5-2), superstition was the catalyst for John Odom. "I've had trouble winning my 10th game," Odom declared, "so I'll change uniforms just this once." He switched from No. 13 to No. 10, and the result, naturally, was a one-hitter. Twelve errors plagued WASHINGTON (3-5), which received a lift from Ken McMullen's three homers and Joe Coleman's four-hit shutout. Time was simply not on NEW YORK'S (1-6) side The Yankees played a total of nine hours and 40 minutes in three games, faced 15 pitchers and lost each time. MINNESOTA (4-3) still claimed three batters among the league's Top 10 but remained mired in the second five. Lack of hitting destroyed CALIFORNIA (3-4), CLEVELAND (3-5) and CHICAGO (1-7). The Angels were shut out three times. The Indians batted .206, scored eight runs in 62 innings and broke a losing streak only after Luis Tiant sprayed the bat rack with perfume. The White Sox' .187 average and 1.1 runs per game meant business as usual in ninth place.

Standings: Det 74-42, Balt 66-48, Clev 63-56, Bos 62-54, Oak 60-55, Minn 54-59, NY 51-60, Cal 53-63, Chi 48-65, Wash 42-71

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Dispelling rumors that all fight was gone from the National League, NEW YORK (3-5) finally provided some fireworks—on an airplane flight. Don Cardwell, 32, objected rather vociferously to the multicolored love beads adorning the neck of Ron Swoboda, 24, and the generation gap suddenly loomed as important as the standings gap. Phil Linz, who made $10,000 from harmonica endorsements after a somewhat similar 1964 incident, suggested, "The Ron Swoboda Beads Corporation could make some money. I'll buy them from him." Alas, Mets' Manager Gil Hodges called a clubhouse meeting and announced: no beads on the road. ST. LOUIS (5-2) had its own airplane troubles, when silverware came up lacking on one flight and players had to eat their meals with one plastic spoon apiece. On the field, though, the Cards still had silver spoons in their mouths (page 18). Shortstop Roberto Pena was claiming afterward that he had committed an error on a fourth-inning grounder, but the official scorer ruled otherwise and PHILADELPHIA'S (3-4) Rick Wise had to settle for a one-hit victory. The presence of one underdog seemed to inspire another at HOUSTON (5-3). Senator Eugene McCarthy dropped by around the eighth inning of a game in which the Astros were trailing 1-0. Jim Wynn lined a game-winning double in the ninth, and the next day the Astros routed the Pirates with 16 runs and 19 hits. Bob Bolin salvaged the week for SAN FRANCISCO (5-3), firing a four-hitter for his second straight shutout. Dreary LOS ANGELES (4-3) drew only 15,000 fans—less than its season-ticket sale—to one game. While the rest of the pitchers slumped, Bill Hands perked up CHICAGO (4-3) with a three-hitter, his 13th victory. Pitcher Milt Pappas' 15th career homer, which helped beat the Cubs, was the only highlight for ATLANTA (3-4). PITTSBURGH (3-5) suffered a serious loss when Matty Alou, the league's top hitter, was struck in the face by his own foul ball and had to be carried off the field. Though Alex Johnson hit .357, four sore-armed pitchers were a source of woe for CINCINNATI (2-5).

Standings: StL 76-41, Chi 62-55, SF 60-56, Atl 60-57, Cin 57-55, Pitt 56-61, Phil 53-61, LA 53-64, NY 54-66, Hou 51-66

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BEST AT GETTING ON BASE

Appearances

On Base

Percentage

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Yastrzemski, Bos (.276)

455

191

.420

Mantle, New York (.236)

391

155

.396

Monday, Oak (.295)

396

154

.389

F. Robinson, Balt (.264)

328

123

.375

Sims, Clev (.252)

329

123

.374

Harrelson, Bos (.291)

411

151

.367

Andrews, Bos (.277)

422

155

.367

Oliva, Minn (.291)

427

152

.356

Freehan, Det (.252)

453

160

.353

McAuliffe, Det (.259)

483

170

.352

NATIONAL LEAGUE

McCovey, SF (.293)

406

154

.379

Rose, Cin (.323)

451

171

.379

Allen, Phil (.272)

433

162

.374

Staub, Hou (.291)

495

185

.374

Grote, NY (.280)

354

127

.359

Alou, Pitt (.327)

412

147

.357

Hunt, SF (.244)

447

159

.356

Alou, Atl (.305)

512

182

.355

Santo, Chi (.254)

480

170

.354

A. Johnson, Cin (.324)

449

158

.352

Wynn, Hou (.247)

452

159

.352

RUNS PRODUCED

Runs Scored

Teammates Batted In*

Total Runs Produced

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Harrelson, Bos (.291)

59

66

125

F. Howard, Wash (.279)

54

48

102

McAuliffe, Det (.259)

72

30

102

Northrup, Det (.245)

53

49

102

Powell, Balt (.265)

49

51

100

Yastrzemski, Bos (.276)

63

36

99

Freehan, Det (.252)

50

46

96

White, NY (.276)

63

32

95

Bando, Oak (.263)

50

41

91

Stanley, Det (.247)

58

33

91

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Perez, Cin (.263)

58

53

111

Santo, Chi (.254)

62

48

110

Flood, St.L (.300)

63

45

108

Williams, Chi (.283)

60

44

104

McCovey, SF (.293)

57

45

102

Brock, St.L (.285)

66

35

101

May, Cin (.297)

55

46

101

A. Johnson, Cin (.324)

59

41

100

Allen, Phil (.272)

58

40

98

H. Aaron, Atl (.269)

58

40

98

*derived by subtracting HRs from RBIs

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)