The contagion that is the New York Mets continues to spread. Throughout Florida this spring, where the Mets replaced the sun as a tourist attraction, the dramatic impact of their five-month-old World Series victory over a fine Baltimore team was still as fresh and satisfying as the orange juice. Now, with a new season ready
For the first two months of the season, it appeared two of the pre-season favorites, the Cubs and the Reds, would meet in the first ever National League Division Series this October. But as the calendar flipped to June, both clubs became mortal. The Pittsburgh Pirates have closed to within a game of the Cubs
Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson pitched a pair of shutouts but that wasn’t enough to capture the National League Player of the Week award outright for the week ending May 12. Giants outfielder Jim Ray Hart was named co-Player of the Week by driving in 12 runs with two home runs and batting .421. This is
When the Cubs assemble in Scottsdale, Ariz. next spring, they’ll have the most promising staff of strong-armed youngsters in baseball with a “Big Four” of Fergie Jenkins, Ken Holtzman, Rich Nye, and Joe Niekro, all of them ranging in ages from 21 to 23. However, pitching happens to be the most unpredictable commodity in baseball.
The Chicago Cubs yesterday sold Curt Simmons to the California Angels for an undisclosed sum. Simmons, 38, won only one game in thirteen decisions for the Cubs with an earned run average of 6.38. He had been with the Cubs since June 22 of last season when he was purchased from the St. Louis Cardinals.
It is an open question on whether Ken Holtzman has pitched his last baseball for the Cubs in 1967. Because of the war in Viet Nam the Cubs are backing from an opinion or a guess on whether the 21-year-old southpaw phenom will divide his loyalty this summer. “Ken’s first duty is to his country,”
The Cubs yesterday again spun their first division wheel of fortune. The lucky number stopped on “George Altman” and the lanky 34-year-old outfielder will be in uniform in time to pinch hit in today’s doubleheader against the Dodgers. The recall of the southpaw swinger from their Tacoma farm club was another of many recent moves
Street & Smith’s: “That first half of the 1966 season didn’t count,” Says Leo Durocher, the man surprisingly tapped a year ago by the second division weary Cubs to bring back the glory days. They had won only 28 and lost 55 at the All-Star break. They rallied in the second half somewhat, winning 30
The Los Angeles Dodgers departed home for their final road trip of the season. They left on a sour note as the Phillies swept the Dodgers. The Dodgers magic number stands at six so it was unlikely Alston’s troops could have clinched at home, but the team packed their bags with a certain air of
A feud that wasn’t to be taken seriously at first has developed into the real thing. By the time the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros had completed their 18-game series, a deep animosity had developed between Cubs’ Manager Leo Durocher and Astro officials. The high point was reached on August 26 when Durocher tore a