Wanted: Leadoff hitter who can get on base. Apply immediately to Manager Preston Gomez of the San Diego Padres at San Diego Stadium, P.O. 20322, San Diego, Calif. Though their first 17 games – five wins, twelve losses, the Padres have tried three batters in the leadoff spot. Among them – Rafael Robles, Jerry DaVanon
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
Nearly five years ago, a crowd of 15,921 gathered on a Tuesday evening at Candlestick Park to witness what later was described as one of the greatest pitching performances in baseball’s modern era. On that night, Warren Spahn of the Braves and Juan Marichal of the Giants locked into a sixteen inning scoreless duel that
Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson pitched a pair of shutouts but that wasn’t enough to capture the National League Player of the Week award outright for the week ending May 12. Giants outfielder Jim Ray Hart was named co-Player of the Week by driving in 12 runs with two home runs and batting .421. This is
* Ted Abernathy, an eleventh hour addition to the Cubs this spring, has combined with Lindy McDaniel to be true workhorses from the Chicago bull pen. Abernathy and McDaniel are 1-2 in appearances in the National League with 32 and 31 respectively in the Cubs’ first 66 games. The submarine-ball pitcher’s career is most unusual.
* The Cubs kept on strengthening their bullpen during the final days of spring training. They acquired Bob Humphreys from the Cardinals in exchange for two minor league players and on the final day of spring training purchased Ted Abernathy from the Indians. A third reliever, Bill Faul, was acquired from the Tigers. “I’m hoping