Angel Angles – August 15, 1965

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August 15, 1965

# Dean Chance spun a one-hitter against the Orioles in the opening game of a doubleheader, August 4. Only Oriole rookie Curt Blefary stood between Chance and perfection. Blefary singled off Chance in the second, and then drew Dean’s only free pass in the eighth, but that did follow an error by third baseman Paul Schaal. It was Chance’s second career one-hitter, the first coming September 10 in his rookie season, 1962, at Minnesota. The Angels expected this to be a tough year for Chance. First, there was the pressure created by a desire ot repeat his sensational performance of last season, and then there were two infected teeth which drained much of his strength. “Chance is the leader of the staff and he knows what it means for the rest of the pitchers when he goes good,” said Angel pitching coach Marv Grissom. The Angels have dispatched Rudy May to the bull pen, and will employ Chance, Fred Newman, Marcelino Lopez and George Brunet every fourth day as the play spoiler role against the pennant-contending teams. “This will be the first time we’ve asked Newman and Lopez to pitch consistently every fourth day,” said Grissom, “but they are young and strong and shouldn’t experience any difficulty.”

# Angel players, most of whom live in Inglewood on the fringe of the seething area of racial discontent, evacuated their wives to the Anaheim area and even as far south as San Diego. The Angels were on the road when the riots erupted….Jose Cardenal still maintains the AL lead with 36 stolen bases, but his second cousin, Bert Campaneris of the Athletics, is closing fast with 33 swipes. Campaneris has 13 steals since the All-Star Break contrast to Cardenal’s nine. Cardenal has raised his average to .245 by batting at a .270 clip since the Break.

# Angels’ Manager Bill Rigney is placing all his eggs in the Minnesota Twins’ basket. “Nobody is good enough to catch the Twins,” declared Rigney on August 11. “Besides, there are too many contenders with too many games left to play against each other,” said Rig. “They talk about the Twins’ deficiencies, but how about the deficiencies of the clubs chasing them? The Twins won’t be caught.”

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