James Hoyt Wilhelm, the amazing knuckleball wizard of the White Sox, has always stubbornly avoided setting any goals for himself. But the aging relief ace has one now. After breezing right past Cy Young’s 57-year-old major league record of appearing in 906 games, Wilhelm frankly stated that he’d like to stretch his new all-time mark
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
Three Athletics on the American League All-Star team. It hardly seems possible. But the showing so far of last year’s ninth place team has been equally surprising. They seem to be living in the first division despite having been selected to finish in the cellar by most pickers. None of the A’s was chosen by
Five Indians visited wounded Vietnam veterans in Walter Reed Hospital during a recent trip to Washington. The players were Duke Sims, Max Alvis, Leon Wagner, Joe Azcue and John O’Donoghue. Alvis was awarded a color television set by The Cleveland Plain Dealer after winning a recent “Favorite Indian” contest.
Jim Northrup’s pinch-hit two-run single in the fifth inning gave the Detroit Tigers the lead which they never surrendered in a 10-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The win was the seventh straight for the Tigers who inched to two and a half game out of first place. Mickey Stanley and Bill Freehan homered for
Two long-time Indian and American League stars are waging an all out duel for regular status for the first time in their major league careers. They’re Rocky Colavito and Leon Wagner, who suddenly have found themselves in nose-to-nose competition. The threat of being platooned hangs over their hands. Evidently, Manager Joe Adcock has decided the
John Blue Moon Odom did not allow a hit over eight innings of play until Indians outfielder Leon Wagner opened the bottom of the ninth with a ringing single to left. Fred Whitfield and Rocky Colavito followed with singles to load the bases, but Odom wriggled out of danger to preserve a 5-2 Athletics win.
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
White Sox Manager Eddie Stanky, who knows what it is to get hit on the head, has ordered his catchers to wear protective batting liners when they are behind the plate. “It just makes common sense,” said Stanky. “This should help eliminate head injuries.” Stanky issued the order in Detroit on May 14 after the
For a guy who looks as if he had been belted in the puss by a locomotive, Larry Brown sure has a one-track mind. His facial features may have changed, but he hasn’t altered his general attitude one bit. “This isn’t going to make me shy away from Texas leaguers, at all,” he said, propping