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.
First Half MVP: Rocky Colavito , .300, 16 HR, 62 RBI Colavito has returned to the Tribe and re-claimed his role as team leader. Impact Rookie: Floyd Weaver, 1-4, 4.07 ERA, 20 G The Tribe are a veteran bunch with few rookie contributors. Weaver has filled the role of long relief admirably. First Half Surprise:
* Second year hurler Sonny Siebert made his first start of the season, May 4, and shutout the Yankees running his scoreless streak to 17 innings dating back to the final day last season…Indians president Gabe Paul was widely criticized, especially in Chicago and Baltimore, for helping the Yankees win their fifth straight pennant by
* The Indians cut down to 28 players by opening day by selling relief pitcher Ted Abernathy to the Cubs, making room for rookie first baseman Ray Barker, who finally earned a shot with a major league team in his sixth attempt. Barker was named outstanding rookie player this spring by writers covering the Indians.