Winning and attendance have been major problems for the expansionist Padres this season. The problems are directly related. The Padres haven’t been winning because they don’t have the established players to compete in the National League. And a major reason for their modest attendance has been the anonymity of the young, inexperienced club. Buzzie Bavasi
In a season when pitching has been so dominant, no-hitters and perfect games have been hard to come by. Mets’ rookie sensation Jerry Koosman (12-7) was nearly pitching perfection over the course of nine innings against the Atlanta Braves, but his Met teammates were unable to provide the Minnesotan with any support. Finally with one
New York Mets’ emergency starter Jim McAndrew, a rookie, outdueled Bob Gibson (16-4) with a 1-0 opening win in a Sunday double-header. McAndrew, called up from Jacksonville, turned some heads with a four-hitter as Larry Stahl’s first inning solo home run was all the support he would receive. As the first pitch was pushed back
The New York Mets announced Wednesday that outfielder Al Luplow had been sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates on waivers. To replace Luplow on the New York roster, the Mets recalled outfielder Larry Stahl from their Jacksonville farm club of the International League. Luplow batted .178 in 34 games for the Mets. Stahl batted .273 in
In addition to dropping Ralph Terry and optioning Jerry Koosman, the Mets also sent catcher Greg Goosen and outfielder Larry Stahl to Jacksonville. Ron Taylor, the lame-backed reliever, was out of the hospital and taking treatments at Shea Stadium. After his release, Terry flew to the West Coast for a tryout with the Cubs.
Cincinnati rookie Gary Nolan (3-1) pitched his first complete game and shutout with a three-hit victory over the New York Mets, 3-0, before 8,604 at Shea Stadium. Only left-handers Al Luplow and pinch-hitter Larry Stahl found their way on base against Nolan who did not walk a single Met batter. Nolan did not allow Luplow
With the club in last place and attendance dwindling, Kansas City owner Charlie O. Finley thought of another promotion to top “Farmer’s Night”, “Automotive Industry Night,” and “Sportsman Night,” Finley now devised “Campy Campaneris Night.” The promotion was intended to honor the most popular Kansas City player – the versatile Bert Campaneris. The promotion worked