Richie Allen, the controversial first baseman of the Philadelphia Phillies, was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday in a seven-player deal that could wind up in the office of the commissioner. The Phillies sent Allen to the Cardinals for catcher Tim McCarver, outfielder Curt Flood, relief pitcher Joe Hoerner, and utility outfielder Byron Browne.
George Myatt assumed command of the Philadelphia Phillies upon the resignation of Bob Skinner. “I just hope we can play .500 ball for the rest of the season,” said Myatt. While .500 isn’t a lofty goal, it would represent a considerable improvement over the pace the Phillies have set this season. Asked if he would
Since the first week of his rookie season, Richie Allen has been the dominant man in the Phillies’ scheme of things. When Allen is hitting and playing well, the Phillies have been a team to be reckoned with. Without him, they have been just another team. That pattern was still continuing in 1968 as the
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
Minnesota slugger Harmon Killebrew, no stranger to springtime laurels, was named American League Player of the Week for the week ending April 21. Killebrew batted .318 with five home runs and ten RBI on the week. Killebrew won Player of the Month honors in April and May during the 1967 season. In the National League,
Richie Allen has hit so many tape-measure home runs in his brief stay in the major leagues, it is difficult to put a finger on his longest, but the Phillies’ third baseman entered another clout in the competition for the distinction on June 12. This one may well have traveled 600 feet. The ball might
Wade Blasingame, who has a playboy reputation, showed he is trying to shake that, March 30, when he showed up to work out on a scheduled off day. He came unsolicited. Blasingame, whose hand was severely bruised by a line drive off the Phillies’ Cookie Rojas’ bat, March 26, is throwing again.
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
Minnesota manager Sam Mele announced the All-Star roster for the American League. The roster featured some first-time All-Stars and some notable omissions. The catching chores will be shared by Yankee Elston Howard who is enjoying a resurgent season at the age of 37 and World Series MVP Earl Battey of the Twins. Tiger Norm Cash
Cookie Rojas is enjoying a current 23-game hit streak, however the streak has not translated into team success. His Phillies have won only 10 of those 23, and have not been able to shake the dust of their second division doldrums. The morning of May 23 when his streak began, Rojas was batting eighth, hitting