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 had been two weeks since Richie Allen had banged out a base hit for the Phillies, or even put on a uniform, be he was still making news. Allen visited with teammates for the first time since he finished the season for himself by pushing against an automobile headlight August 24. The headlight gave
The Philadelphia Phillies took a half game lead in the National League pennant race by emerging from nineteen-inning marathon with a 6-5 victory before 18,442 at Dodger Stadium. It appeared the game would have no end as both clubs emptied their bullpens, combined for eight errors, and stranded a total thirty-three runners on base. Finally
The Philadelphia Phillies tonight traded catcher Bob Uecker to the Atlanta Braves for catcher Gene Oliver. General Manager John Quinn said the trade of the two 32-year receivers was completed in New York at today’s free-agent draft. Uecker, who came to the Phillies in 1965 along with Bill White and Dick Groat from St. Louis,
It would seem that the troubles of Manager Gene Mauch and the Phillies were almost endless. However, the latest disaster in the way of an injured player was tempered somewhat by the return of first baseman Bill White to the regular lineup and the possibility that shortstop Dick Groat would be ready to play soon.
Street & Smith’s: With Sandy Koufax gone, the Cardinals were crowing in April that they owned the best pitching staff in the league. It was a legitimate boast on the basis of 1966 figures. The sixth place Cardinals, who won only four more games than they lost, got that far only because of a superlative
Street & Smith’s: Tough luck hit. Gene Mauch’s forces before spring training started when his great first baseman, Bill White, suffered a torn Achilles tendon in a gymnasium mishap in St. Louis. It robbed Mauch and his associates of some of the enthusiasm a senes deals by general manager John Quinn had generated for a
The Phillies have been hovering around the break-even mark this second half, and many baseball observers claim the Phillies must contend or begin another rebuilding project, because the team is basically an old one. Those observers overlook some important points. It is true that three of the Phillies’ pitchers are over 35, but two of
Orlando Cepeda had received the starting nod at first base the last two games. It was a familiar yet strange place for Cepeda. He had starred for the Giants for years at the position before a knee injury obliterated his 1965 season. Cepeda had been shipped to left field to make room for Willie McCovey.
The Cardinals announced their new stadium, Busch Memorial Stadium, will host its first baseball game on Thursday, May 12, with the Braves in town. The baseball All-Star Game is also booked for the new stadium, July 12. The new stadium, made principally of concrete, will have 49,453 seats for both baseball and football. Along with