Fritz Peterson with an assist from Joe Verbanic held the Oakland Athletics at bay as the New York Yankees won their first game of the season, 4-2. Peterson ran into trouble in the ninth after retiring the first two batters. John Donaldson doubled down the right field line, and Phil Roof followed with a single
When the Athletics began spring training, Ken Suarez was an outsider looking in. The little catcher was on the roster, but he felt his chances of making the club were slim. “I figured they would go with Phil Roof and Tim Talton as catchers,” said Suarez. “And I thought they would send Rene Lachemann and
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.
# It sounded like a great idea – to everyone but Gabe Paul, president and general manager of the Indians. During a recent series in Chicago, pitching coach Early Wynn revealed he was considering making a comeback as a knuckleball relief pitcher. Manager Birdie Tebbetts quickly endorsed the project – although he pointed out the
* In last-minute transactions before the trading deadline, the Angels sold catcher Phil Roof to Cleveland for cash and a player to be announced later; removed Ken McBride from the disabled list; sold pitcher Ron Piche to Seattle; and recalled catcher-infielder Tom Satriano from Seattle. Satriano then caught his little finger of his left hand
* A last-minute flurry by Indians’ President Gabe Paul brought three new faces to the Wigwam shortly before the trading deadline on June 15. The Tribe purchased the contract of catcher Phil Roof from the Angels for an unannounced amount of cash and a player to be named later, and also recalled catcher Duke Sims