Controversial manager Dick Williams who led the Red Sox to contention in his rookie season of 1967 was fired four hours before Boston’s 8-1 loss to New York. Coach Eddie Popowski was named Williams’ replacement. Williams was fired because his players resented his methods. Williams had one year remaining on his three-year contract, and it
Will the Red Sox have a new manager next year or a new left fielder? Or will the serious breach between Manager Dick Williams and outfielder Carl Yastrzemski be healed enough doe both of them to survive their difficulties? New England baseball fans – and perhaps those across the nation – were thinking along the
Showing what a difference a year can make, Reggie Jackson of the Athletics and Cleon Jones of the Mets will wear All-Star uniforms in Washington July 22 after they failed to receive even a single vote in the poll of the players in 1968. Sal Bando, the Athletics’ third baseman, was another player who came
The calendar reveals the sun may have reached its’ apex in the sky, but in baseball, nothing is flying higher than the Birds of Baltimore. Earl Weaver’s bunch have hit the half-century mark in wins, and appear to have the American League Eastern Division, home of the two-time defending champion Detroit Tigers, well in hand.
The Baltimore Orioles, picked by many in the spring to challenge the champion Detroit Tigers, stormed ahead in the new American League Eastern Division in the season’s first month. When the writers selected the Player and Pitcher of the Month for April, two reasons for the Oriole surge rose to the top of the list.
A strike by major league baseball players loomed Wednesday night when more than 150 of baseball’s top players pledged that they would not sign their 1969 contracts until a new benefit had been ratified by the Players Association. Among those who said they would hold out and who agreed to permit their names to be
Danny Cater, first baseman of the Oakland Athletics, won the batting title in the American League. Cater, a career .250 hitter prior to this season, upset the apple cart by stumping many experts who viewed the 28-year-old Texan as a figment of the box-score manufacturers. Whoever heard of a batting champ you’ve never heard of?
The fickle fans of Boston have a new hero this season at Fenway Park. The fans can’t cheer for Tony Conigliaro because he isn’t playing. Jim Lonborg has won only a few games, and Carl Yastrzemski still has his fans. But, Ken Harrelson has taken over the affection of the 1,800,000 who will have watched
Acknowledged clubhouse leaders Carl Yastrzemski of Boston and Orlando Cepeda of St. Louis were named Players of the Week for their respective leagues for the week ending Sunday, August 4. Yastrzemski drove in 13 runs for the week while batting .375 with four home runs. Cepeda led the front-running Cardinals with a .304 average, a
Lightning struck twice, this time indoors, as Dodger catcher Tom Haller lined a two-run single off Sam McDowell of the Indians to lift the National League All-Stars past the American League, 4-1. Two seasons ago, Haller, then donning the uniform of the San Francisco Giants, homered off the first pitch he saw from a left-handed