Modern technology is rapidly taking over the prerogatives of the groundkeepers in the National League. Ever since baseball moved out of the cow pastures, stadium crews have curried playing fields purposefully, closely mowing the grass near home plate to take the bunt away from the opponent’s swift leadoff man or leaving the turf high through
The Cincinnati Reds have led the National League’s Western Division since the beginning of the campaign, but a current nine-game losing streak has the Reds’ division dreams in jeopardy. The Western race tightened during the summer as the Dodgers, Giants, and Braves have climbed the standings. An embarrassing double-header loss to expansion Montreal dropped the
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?
Stan Musial recently tabbed this Cardinal club to be the one to “mold the greatest dynasty in the club’s history.” Who could argue with the Man? St. Louis seems intent on a rematch with Detroit in order to exact revenge for the bitter sweep in last year’s World Series with all of the games decided
Pete Rose gazed unhappily at his left thumb. “The doc said I’ll have a splint on it for three to four weeks,” lamented the Reds’ All-Star right fielder, who was placed on the disabled list. Rose, the National League’s top vote getter in the All-Star poll, suffered a hairline fracture of the left thumb when
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
With the Red Sox atop the American League for most of the summer, the conclusion to my replay surprised me. But if you consider the pre-2004 atmosphere around Fenway Park, the second time around the order with my replay may just be as possible an outcome than the real “Impossible Dream”. The goats for the
The Cincinnati Reds defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 to take the first game of a key series between two clubs tied atop the National League standings. However, the post-game talk was over the free-for-all that took place in the seventh inning. The brawl was so good that Joe Mathes, the Redbirds’ veteran scout, called
Tommy Helms was at shortstop and Pete Rose was at second base. “Just like Macon,” chortled a grinning Rose. “Me and Tommy led the Sally League in double plays that year.” This was back in 1962. Around the Sally League, fans had come out early just to see Rose and Helms cavort in infield practice.
The Cincinnati Reds today acquired veteran infielder Jake Wood from the Detroit Tigers’ Toledo, Ohio farm club for an undisclosed price and a minor league player to be named at the end of the season. Reds’ General Manager Bob Howsam said Wood was bought because of the recent rash of injuries. Shortstop Leo Cardenas, pitcher