The Braves’ Tito Francona is enjoying a banner season filling in along with Mike Lum and Tommie Aaron for Rico Carty in left field. Despite the big year, Tito knows that because of his age (34) and with expansion around the corner, there is uncertainty where his future is concerned. Francona, then, is probably the
Veteran first baseman Tito Francona was sold Sunday by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Atlanta Braves for an undisclosed sum, said a Phillies spokesman. The announcement was made after the Phillies’ 10-5 loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Francona, 33, appeared as a pinch-hitter in the loss. He appeared in 27 games this year batting
Street & Smith’s: With Sandy Koufax gone, the Cardinals were crowing in April that they owned the best pitching staff in the league. It was a legitimate boast on the basis of 1966 figures. The sixth place Cardinals, who won only four more games than they lost, got that far only because of a superlative
Philadelphia ace Jim Bunning continued to make his mark in the Phillies’ and major league record book with his 2,000th strikeout in a 4-1 victory over Bob Gibson and the Cardinals. Bunning struck out Cardinal first baseman Tito Francona on a 2-2 fastball that eluded Tito’s swing. The milestone highlighted a pitching match-up of two
Orlando Cepeda had received the starting nod at first base the last two games. It was a familiar yet strange place for Cepeda. He had starred for the Giants for years at the position before a knee injury obliterated his 1965 season. Cepeda had been shipped to left field to make room for Willie McCovey.