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
Nearly five years ago, a crowd of 15,921 gathered on a Tuesday evening at Candlestick Park to witness what later was described as one of the greatest pitching performances in baseball’s modern era. On that night, Warren Spahn of the Braves and Juan Marichal of the Giants locked into a sixteen inning scoreless duel that
It’s a little early to be picking players for Comeback of the Year awards after two months of the season, but the Phillies think they have a bona fide candidate in pitcher Woodie Fryman, the newest member of the Quakers’ corps of starting hurlers. Fryman was the only major leaguer the Phillies obtained in the
And on his eighth game, Bob Gibson lost. In the first inning at Connie Mack Stadium before a crowd of 17,034, Johnny Callison hit a two-out home run into the left center field bleachers against Cardinal starter Bob Gibson (7-1). Remarkably, the wrong way clout would be the only Phillie hit for the night. Woodie
In his eighth career starter, New York’s Stan Bahnsen no-hit the Boston Red Sox through twenty-five outs. Bahnsen battled Boston starter Gary Waslewski for six plus innings until Gene Michael plated Tom Tresh with a single through the hole at short. Bahnsen received two insurance runs in the eighth with a two-run single by catcher
In their debut at Oakland, the Athletics defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 1-0. Before the game, owner Charles O. Finley provided the pre-game festivities, but when the game started, it was Lew Krausse who electrified the 50,000 spectators with a three-hit shutout. Finley suspended Krausse last season for alleged conduct on a team flight. Reggie Jackson
The St. Louis Cardinals riddled four Pittsburgh pitching for ten runs in the eighth inning in a 12-3 victory that snapped a nine-game losing skid. Bob Gibson (3-8) and the Redbirds seemed headed for a tenth straight setback after Willie Stargell’s three-run home run in the sixth inning that erased a 2-0 Cardinal lead. Mike
Two statements Manager Gene Mauch made during spring training about his Phillies seemed to assure rookie Gary Sutherland another season with the club’s top farm team in San Diego. Speaking about his veteran club, Mauch admitted that it seemed very unlikely any rookie would be able to make the squad, with the possible exception of
Matty Alou hit a two-run double in the tenth as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Mets, 5-3. Pittsburgh took a quick two-run lead off Mets starter Tom Seaver, making his major league debut. The Pirates gave Seaver a rude welcome to the big leagues with four consecutive base hits to open the game.
Wes Westrum can hardly be blamed if he’s stumping for Cleon Jones as Rookie of the Year. The 24-year-old outfielder from Mobile, Ala. has been hitting around .290 almost all season, stealing bases, pegging out base-runners and generally making Westrum’s full year as Mets’ manager a happy one. “Cleon has some strong rivals,” Wes agreed.