The Philadelphia Phillies were no-hit for the second time in as many weekends. Las week, it was the Mets’ young fireballer, Nolan Ryan. Yesterday at San Diego Stadium, the Phils matched up with 21-year-old Clay Kirby, a 19-game loser last season who entered this contest with an ERA of 8.83. But, Kirby showed promise in
Modern technology is rapidly taking over the prerogatives of the groundkeepers in the National League. Ever since baseball moved out of the cow pastures, stadium crews have curried playing fields purposefully, closely mowing the grass near home plate to take the bunt away from the opponent’s swift leadoff man or leaving the turf high through
Winning and attendance have been major problems for the expansionist Padres this season. The problems are directly related. The Padres haven’t been winning because they don’t have the established players to compete in the National League. And a major reason for their modest attendance has been the anonymity of the young, inexperienced club. Buzzie Bavasi
The 1969 baseball campaign reached the Memorial Day pole as the clubs jockey for position for the summer stretch. The division leaders have held their grounds, but strange things happen in baseball during the heated months. The new division format doubles pennant fever this summer as more teams should have playoff aspirations. The biggest surprise
The night of April 24 was a big one in the life of Nate Colbert of the Padres. In the eighth inning in Houston’s Astrodome, the 23-year-old draftee from the Astros walked up to the plate with the score tied, and Tony Gonzalez on base. Colbert dug in against Houston starter Jim Ray after being
When Houston General Manager Spec Richardson got the word about Bob Watson, he shouldn’t have been too surprised. Spec surely was accustomed to hearing the worst by then. Watson suffered torn ligaments in his ankle and bone chips, and will be out six to eight weeks, which was about how long the season had to
The Astros put first baseman Nate Colbert on the disabled list with a broken finger and called up lefthander Frank Carpin from Oklahoma City.
When Felix Mantilla finally got a chance to play for the Astros, he gave early indication that he is going to be able to help the club with his bat. The Cuban has cracked six hits, including three home runs, in his first 17 at·bats and knocked in seven runs. On May 23, Mantilla hit