The Detroit Tigers closed out the first half of the 1968 American League schedule strong, winning nine of their last ten games and stretching their lead to six and a half games over the second-place Cleveland Indians. Denny McLain (15-4) is grabbing the headlines in the junior circuit with his collection of victories, but the
If a poll were to be taken here at White Sox Park to determine the most valuable White Sox of 1967, the balloting would probably be split among any number of players. Certainly strong cases could be made for such worthies as Joe Horlen, Gary Peters, Bob Locker, Pete Ward, Ron Hansen, and Don Buford.
NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTERS Name POS Team AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG Joe Torre C ATL 232 31 81 8 2 10 32 1 0.349 0.401 0.530 Hank Aaron OF ATL 314 51 91 21 1 19 58 10 0.290 0.344 0.545 Ernie Banks 1B CHC 284 32 84 12
The Chicago White Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 in thirteen innings on a sweltering 100 degree day before 14,347 at Memorial Stadium, but could be forced to pay an exorbitant price for the victory. Al Weis, their handy little utility infielder, suffered severely torn ligaments in his left knee in a collision with Frank
White Sox hurler Joe Horlen (2-1) proved to be a rude guest to the 4,472 in attendance at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium as the Chicago twirler kept the fans in the seats with a two-hit shutout. Vic Davalillo was the only Indian to solve Horlen as he was the recipient of the two base knocks. Wayne
A year ago, Bert Campaneris won the American League base-stealing championship in a romp. In fact, the 24-year-old native of Cuba had only his second cousin – Jose Cardenal of the Angels – to battle. Campy wound up with 52 steals, 11 more than Cardenal. This season, Campaneris has the same speed and more know-how.
Mickey Lolich and the Detroit Tigers snapped the Indians’ five game winning streak with a 4-0 shutout at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. The game provided a refuge for both teams as the Tigers learned of manager Bob Swift’s cancer diagnosis and the Indians continued to play in a city ravaged by race riots. The Indians have
Giants manager Herman Franks made a small request to rival manager Walter Alston, captain of the National League squad. Franks asked Alston not to use Giant pitchers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry, and was reportedly miffed as Marichal pitched three innings and Perry two. But National League fans certainly appreciated the next Giant that Alston
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
* The White Sox finished flat, dropping their final two games to Kansas City 5-0 and 11-3 at Comiskey Park. The finale was a dreadful affair that drew boos from the sparse crowd of 4,611 as the home team never appeared in the game. Bert Campaneris opened with a single. As Dick Green stepped up