Despite a successful West Coast trip, Ralph Houk has gone back to the drawing board in an effort to break the New Yorkers’ slide to oblivion. Things have been tough for the Yanks since 1964, but never as tough as now, perhaps because of misplaced optimism. Fed up with abominable play in all departments, Houk
The Detroit Tigers closed out the first half of the 1968 American League schedule strong, winning nine of their last ten games and stretching their lead to six and a half games over the second-place Cleveland Indians. Denny McLain (15-4) is grabbing the headlines in the junior circuit with his collection of victories, but the
Bill Robinson, who pulled a hamstring muscle July 1, has been playing almost two months with the ailing leg. He aggravated it in the Boston series and he may not play again the rest of this year. It has been a tough rookie season for the young outfielder, but he showed enough to make the
All the Braves’ Clete Boyer wanted was to make the trade look good. Boyer doesn’t necessarily mean Chi-Chi Olivo and Bill Robinson for Clete Boyer. He’s thinking about the end result, that which placed him at third base for the Braves in place of longtime favorite, Eddie Mathews. The 30-year-old Boyer, of course, came to
Things began to happen fast around the Yankees when they resumed action following the All-Star break. It was almost as if the beginning of the shuffling was being indicated, although some of it was necessary because of an injury to Dick Howser. When Howser was injured in a game against the Orioles July 16, the
New York pitcher Whitey Ford, the 38-year-old veteran hurler recovering from two arm operations, showed no signs of wear and tear en route to a 5-0 blanking of the Chicago White Sox. Newcomers Charley Smith and rookie Bill Robinson paced the Bomber attack each four base hits and a pair of RBI in five at-bats.
Frank Howard drove in all three Washington runs as the Senators held off the New York Yankees for a 3-2 Opening Day win before 44,382 spectators at D.C. Stadium. Howard drove in a pair of runs in the Senators first off Yankee starter Mel Stottlemyre (0-1) with a single scoring Ed Brinkman and Bernie Allen.
Bill Robinson already has proved to be the best Yankee rookie since 1962, when Joe Pepitone first made the squad. But there are many who are betting that, by mid-season, he will rate as the best Yankee rookie since Mickey Mantle in 1951. Robinson’s first spring training wasn’t as spectacular as Mantle’s, but the pleasant
Street & Smith’s: The complete collapse of the organization which once had laid waste to the American League in winning 29 pennants in 63 years brought to fruition the old chant “Beat up the Yankees.” The Yankees have been broken up, and the emphasis is on youth. The 1967 edition of pin-striped gentry will go