Hondo, Aaron Named Players of the Week

Filed under Atlanta Braves, Washington Senators
May 26, 1968

Washington slugger Frank Howard belted a mere two home runs for the week, but won Player of the Week honors with a weekly average of .360 and seven RBI. Atlanta’s Hank Aaron captured the award in the senior circuit with a .323 average, a home run, and eight RBI.

On the field, White Sox manager Eddie Stanky made an unusual managerial move that was against the grain of baseball’s proverbial book. Stanky placed pitcher Gary Peters in the sixth position of his lineup against the Yankees in New York. The unusual move was prompted by the Chisox next-to-last standing in on base percentage and home runs in the league. Peters has hit ten career home runs, more than Duane Josephson (3) and Tim Cullen (1) who were dropped to eighth and ninth position. Peters first came to bat with runners at first and second with no outs. He failed in a sacrifice attempts and strikes out. Duane Josephson followed with an inning-ending double play. But, Stanky later gets some production out of the six hole by two pinch-hitters: Russ Snyder hits a RBI double in the seventh, and Wayne Causey singles in the ninth. White Sox lose the first game, 4-2. Undeterred, Stanky used Peters as a pinch-hitter in game two, and Peters came through with a ringing double. But, the Yankees complete the sweep with a 6-4 nightcap victory.

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