The contagion that is the New York Mets continues to spread. Throughout Florida this spring, where the Mets replaced the sun as a tourist attraction, the dramatic impact of their five-month-old World Series victory over a fine Baltimore team was still as fresh and satisfying as the orange juice. Now, with a new season ready
Showing what a difference a year can make, Reggie Jackson of the Athletics and Cleon Jones of the Mets will wear All-Star uniforms in Washington July 22 after they failed to receive even a single vote in the poll of the players in 1968. Sal Bando, the Athletics’ third baseman, was another player who came
Danny Cater, first baseman of the Oakland Athletics, won the batting title in the American League. Cater, a career .250 hitter prior to this season, upset the apple cart by stumping many experts who viewed the 28-year-old Texan as a figment of the box-score manufacturers. Whoever heard of a batting champ you’ve never heard of?
On a scorching hot day in Philadelphia, Pirate starter Bob Veale blanks the Phils through eight innings. Maury Wills led the game off with a triple, and scored on Gene Alley’s sacrifice fly to give Veale a quick one-run lead. Roberto Clemente homered in the fourth to double the lead. It marked the second consecutive
Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox and Bill Freehan of the Detroit Tigers led the voting and were joined by three other repeaters from 1967 on an American League All Star team that is long on power and short on defense. Also named to the Americans’ starting lineup were first baseman Harmon Killebrew
The San Francisco Giants spoiled a Jim Bunning shut out by scoring four runs in the top of the eighth inning to march to a 4-1 victory before a crowd of 16,843 at Forbes Field. A seventy minute rain delay after six innings could not derail Bunning until the eighth when a pair of errors,
Hollywood invaded Shea Stadium the afternoon of June 27, just prior to a game between the Mets and Pirates, for filming of two sequences from Paramount’s production of “The Odd Couple.” The movie stars are Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The entire footage taken at Shea will use up no more than 40 seconds. But
In his first game since May 5, Maury Wills drove in the winning run with a tenth inning single scoring Jerry May as Pittsburgh defeated the Atlanta Braves, 7-6. Phil Niekro (1-2) took the loss for the Braves, and Roy Face (3-0) earned the win in relief. The Pirates were 1-3 in Wills’ absence. The
The league’s most dangerous lineup erupted for the most runs scored by a major league club in over two years as the Pittsburgh Pirates trounced the Chicago Cubs, 20-5. The Cubs jumped out to a three-run lead off Pirate starter Bob Veale (2-0), but the Bucs responded with five runs in the bottom half off
Matty Alou hit a two-run double in the tenth as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Mets, 5-3. Pittsburgh took a quick two-run lead off Mets starter Tom Seaver, making his major league debut. The Pirates gave Seaver a rude welcome to the big leagues with four consecutive base hits to open the game.