Street & Smith’s: “That first half of the 1966 season didn’t count,” Says Leo Durocher, the man surprisingly tapped a year ago by the second division weary Cubs to bring back the glory days. They had won only 28 and lost 55 at the All-Star break. They rallied in the second half somewhat, winning 30
Baseball teams don’t count their mistakes. They microfilm them. One of the ‘mistakes’ who has bounced back to become a steady performer is Mike McCormick, the young, veteran of the Senators. Everybody knows that Mike was signed by the New York Giants in 1956 as a 17-year-old schoolboy. McCormick started at the top. He pitched
The Giants have an underrated bull pen. Of the three top contenders, the Giants pen is less gaudy, but Lindy McDaniel, Frank Linzy, Bill Henry and Bob Priddy have had more than their share of bail-out jobs. First off, the Giants get a lot of complete games from Juan Marichal (24) and Gaylord Perry (10).
“Pitching is the name of the game” may be a baseball cliche, but that nevertheless doesn’t make it any less true. And Manager Leo Durocher of the Cubs is learning it again – the hard way! The Cubs need strengthening to some extent in every department, but nowhere are they as weak as in pitching.
The Houston Astros pronounced today that slugging first baseman Jim Gentile has been sent to the Oklahoma City farm club and Astros’ manager Grady Hatton said Gentile is “not going to play for me.” A club spokesman said Hatton kicked Gentile off the team for disciplinary reasons brought to a head by an incident in
Chicago’s Billy Hoeft, Lindy McDaniel and Ted Abernathy combined for the second no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 defeat of the Cardinals before 10,692 at Busch Stadium. Hoeft, a swing starter making only his second start of the season, kept the Redbirds at bay until lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. McDaniel escaped