Modern technology is rapidly taking over the prerogatives of the groundkeepers in the National League. Ever since baseball moved out of the cow pastures, stadium crews have curried playing fields purposefully, closely mowing the grass near home plate to take the bunt away from the opponent’s swift leadoff man or leaving the turf high through
Stan Musial recently tabbed this Cardinal club to be the one to “mold the greatest dynasty in the club’s history.” Who could argue with the Man? St. Louis seems intent on a rematch with Detroit in order to exact revenge for the bitter sweep in last year’s World Series with all of the games decided
Larry Jaster, who no-hit the Dodgers in 1966, got the nod from manager Red Schoendienst for the first time this season as the first place Cardinals and second place Dodgers met in an early National League showdown. The Dodgers take the opening, powering past Cardinals, 4-1. Willie Davis belted a two-run homer in the seventh
Billy Williams hit for the cycle, driving in four runs, to lead the Cubs to an 8-6 nightcap victory over the New York Mets. With the assistance of a brisk wind blowing out to right, Williams completed the difficult tasks of the cycle with a triple and home run off Mets starter Dick Selma. He
Red catcher Johnny Edwards calls them the “flame throwers”. “And brother,” chimes in Jimmie Coker, “when they’re pitching, those hitters really see some white heat.” The two Red catchers were referring to Jim Maloney, Billy McCool, Gary Nolan and Mel Queen. Maloney and McCool need no introductions, but Nolan and Queen might. They’re newcomers to
Street & Smith’s: While speculation sizzles on how much damage the loss of Sandy Koufax will inflict on the Dodgers, let’s just suppose they had been without him last year. The Dodgers, winning the pennant by four and a half games, won 101, lost 61, Koufax either won or lost in all except five of
The following is from Tom Adelman’s book, “Black and Blue: The Golden Arm, the Robinson Boys, and the 1966 World Series That Stunned America” with some embellishments from yours truly to fit my completed 1966 replay: The day after winning the World Series, the Dodgers boarded a plan for Japan. Series MVP Claude Osteen did
When it comes time to consider the 1966 N.L. Rookie of the Year, the Giants’ Tito Fuentes has to be high on the list. He has classic company, stern challengers for the annual freshman trophy, in such National League eligibles as shortstop Sonny Jackson of the Astros, pitchers Don Sutton of the Dodgers and Larry
Wes Westrum can hardly be blamed if he’s stumping for Cleon Jones as Rookie of the Year. The 24-year-old outfielder from Mobile, Ala. has been hitting around .290 almost all season, stealing bases, pegging out base-runners and generally making Westrum’s full year as Mets’ manager a happy one. “Cleon has some strong rivals,” Wes agreed.
Augie Donatelli awoke in his hotel room after a good night’s sleep. He went down to lobby, and sat at the end of the counter in the hotel restaurant. The Sunday paper left behind by a previous customer sat on the stool beside him. Donatelli picked up the paper as his coffee and bacon arrived.