Spec Richardson, Houston’s general manager, says his explanation of what happened to the Astros at the start of the season is simple. “Our players have not played up to their potential,” said Richardson, who made more deals during the off season than any other general manager. He said he would go back and make every
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn has taken on a fight to the finish for ruling that Rusty Staub is the property of the Expos, Roy Hofheinz, president of the Astros, said at a press conference March 22. Hofheinz retained legal counsel to carry the battle to civil court. Two days later, the Astros filed a petition before
The game began in a cascade of boos, and ended in a tidal wave of cheers. St. Louis’ Bob Gibson threw the second no-hitter of the 1968 campaign with a 3-0 victory in a critical series opener before an announced crowd of 46,550 at Busch Stadium. The sellout crowd booed Giants manager Herman Franks and
This season, Manager Gil Hodges brought change on-the-field and in-the-clubhouse to the New York Mets. The club is playing big league ball, shedding its Lovable Losers persona from its expansion days. But even the best makeover attempts can hide every imperfection. The club left New York for a final trip west with its record at
Dean Chance pitched a two-hit shutout as the Minnesota Twins remained undefeated with a 2-0 win in a game overshadowed by injuries to Yankees’ Joe Pepitone and Horace Clarke. The continuing impression of general impotence of the Yankees was supported by the shutout, but was completely brought to light with Pepitone’s mishap. Pepitone suffered a
Not since the old Polo Grounds days and up to and including the afternoon of May 14, 1967, have the Giants had a leadoff hitter to compare with Eddie Stanky, the “walking man” they called The Brat. He was their last solid No. 1 hitter, the last to use every known and some invented methods
Street & Smith’s: The Giants are thinking pennant and don’t care who knows it. This is the way one of their top men sees the 1967 picture: “The team that wins the pennant will have to beat us. The Pirates have been strengthened if Wills still can play a little bit. They score runs and
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.
The Dodgers remained in control of the National League as they took 3 of 4 from the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals and beat the Atlanta Braves 2 of 3 games during their most recent home stand. The club made the weekend trip up the coast to visit their northern rivals with a five game lead.
Rookie outfielder Ollie Brown was optioned to Phoenix (Coast) and right fielder Jesus Alou was recalled. Alou, sent down to the minors with a sore arm, celebrated his return by driving in a pair of runs in the 12-2 romp in Busch Memorial Stadium. Alou drove in another pair on June 29 for a total