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BASEBALL'S WEEK
Herman Weiskopf
May 08, 1967
AMERICAN LEAGUE
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May 08, 1967

Baseball's Week

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

When CLEVELAND (3-2) Manager Joe Adcock failed to show up to speak at a Kiwanis luncheon a local paper ran a headline saying: ADCOCK MISSES SIGNAL. " 'I simply forgot," Adcock said sheepishly Steve Hargan pitched his second straight shutout, a two-hitter against MINNESOTA (1-5). Later in the week Barry Moore of WASHINGTON (3-3) beat the Twins 3-0 on a one-hitter, already the fifth in the majors this season. Frank Howard crashed three homers and drove in nine runs for the Senators. NEW YORK (4-2) ended its longest home-run drought in 23 years—10 games. Mickey Mantle hit his first two of the year, the second of which came with two on in the bottom of the 10th to beat CALIFORNIA (1-4). The Angel offense was unproductive, and the team slipped from first place to sixth. KANSAS CITY (1-3) hitters ran the gamut: they were shut out twice in a row and then scored 10 runs (the Red Sox scored 11) in their next game. When the A's did win it was 1-0 against BOSTON (4-1) on Jim Nash's five-hitter and Danny Cater's homer. When Red Sox Manager Dick Williams said he would keep George Scott on the bench until the first baseman lost some weight, it was obvious he meant it. "I eat no breakfast and no lunch, and all I have for dinner is a steak and maybe iced tea," Scott said as he wasted away to a mere 215 pounds. "I'm getting weak." Weak or not, when he had shed enough weight to please Williams, Scott got back into the lineup, had six hits in 13 at bats and accounted for seven runs in three games. CHICAGO (3-2) speed and pitching (page 28) kept the White Sox going, but their bats were as quiet as ever. Joe Sparma of DETROIT (4-1) won twice and gave the credit to Pitching Coach Johnny Sain. "Sain is a confidence builder," Sparma explained. Although held hitless (below) by BALTIMORE (2-3), the Tigers won, thanks to Oriole errors and fine two-hit pitching by Earl Wilson and Fred Gladding. Curt Blefary of the Orioles spent an afternoon with club P.R. Director Joe Bride on a fund-raising drive for charity. "Something good will happen to you for this," Bride said. It did. Blefary hit a grand-slam homer.

Standings: Det 10-6, NY 9-6, Bos 8-6, Chi 9-7, Balt 8-8, Cal 8-9, Wash 7-8, Clev 7-8, KC 6-9, Minn 5-10

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Grady Hatton has this managing business down cold. His HOUSTON (2-5) team had lost 10 in a row, he had a case of the flu and his last-place Astros were playing the Cardinals. Did Hatton let all this bother him? Not at all. He simply propped himself up on the couch to watch a special closed-circuit TV hookup. While lying there Hatton noted that Joe Morgan, who had not hit in 24 at bats, "was jamming himself at the plate." Hatton summoned enough energy to make a phone call to the dugout and passed along orders to have Morgan cither "stand deeper in the batter's box or get farther away from the plate." Heeding the advice, Morgan stood deeper in the box and in his next two times up doubled and hit a bases-loaded, game-winning triple. Juan Marichal of SAN FRANCISCO (4-2), who had a bad back, could not lie down on the job, � la Hatton, but when the hotel where he was staying was unable to supply him with a bedboard he simply slept on the floor and then went out and blanked the Dodgers on five hits. Orlando Cepeda was out with a virus, Roger Maris went 0 for 17 as ST. LOUIS (2-4) faltered. One bright spot was Al Jackson, who beat the Astros on a one-hitter. Gerry Arrigo of CINCINNATI (6-2) also pitched a one-hitter, his coming against the Mets. CHICAGO (3-2) pitchers held opponents to a .182 batting average, but .208 hitting by the Cubs squandered much of that good work. The vaunted ATLANTA (4-3) sluggers had scored just once in 28 innings, and their season's batting mark hung at a limp .205 before they finally unloaded. They overcame an 8-0 deficit to beat the Phils 9-8. "It can't go on," moaned PHILADELPHIA (1-5) Manager Gene Mauch, whose stalwarts left 48 men on base, made eight errors and gave up 10 homers last week. Lou Johnson of LOS ANGELIS (3-4) fractured his left ankle, but although he will be sidelined for 10 weeks or more he will travel with the club. "We need this guy, even on crutches," said a club official. "Lou sparks everyone up." Willing to try anything, Jack Fisher of NEW YORK (2-4) let a waitress who said she practiced voodoo snip a few hairs from his head in the hope that it would bring him the good luck she promised. "I wrap them in tinfoil and bury them at midnight in the light of the moon," she said. Thus awesomely armed, Fisher and the Mets went forth and lost to the Cubs 3-0. Eleven weeks ago Billy O'Dell of PITTSBURGH (4-0), who normally weighs 180 pounds, had withered to 148. It was found that he had Addison's disease, a malady that causes a loss of body salt. With proper medication—he must take three pills a day for the rest of his life—O'Dell slowly regained stamina, and his weight returned to normal. Last week, pitching for the first time this year, he gave up one hit in 5? innings of relief and beat the Phillies. Exulted O'Dell, "I'm a lucky man. After all, I practically came back from the dead."

Standings: Cin 15-5, StL 9-6, Pitt 7-5, Chi 8-6, Atl 9-7, Phil 8-8, SF 7-9, LA 6-10, NY 6-11, Hou 5-13

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