The Detroit Tigers closed out the first half of the 1968 American League schedule strong, winning nine of their last ten games and stretching their lead to six and a half games over the second-place Cleveland Indians. Denny McLain (15-4) is grabbing the headlines in the junior circuit with his collection of victories, but the
Bob Gibson won his ninth game of the season with a 3-2 Cardinal victory over the San Francisco Giants. Pinch hitter Johnny Edwards, batting for Gibson, hit a two-run single in the seventh to lift the Redbirds. Joe Hoerner closed the game out for St. Louis, and the Cardinals win their thirtieth game of the
Baseball writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the club voted Tommy Davis the Mets’ most valuable player for 1967. He was rewarded with a three-day all-expense-paid trip for two to Expo 67 in Montreal.
Mets’ rookie hurler Tom Seaver (2-5) pitched a complete game against the Atlanta Braves, a club who kayoed Tom ten days earlier, for a 4-3 victory. This time, the Mets turned the tables and sent the Braves starter Wade Blasingame (1-4) to an early shower. Seaver was supported by Tommy Davis whose four hits pushed
The misery of the New York Mets continued as even the promise of a no-hitter evaporated into another loss, the twenty-seven setback in thirty-two games this season. Former Met Ron Hunt hit a two-run home run against Chuck Estrada (0-2) to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory. Estrada revived the former glory
Dodger outfielders began looking over their shoulders and keeping their fingers crossed after the rash of injuries continued to snipe them down, one by one. The latest injury, and most serious, sidelined Sweet Lou Johnson, the team’s Good Humor and Go-Go Man, for a minimum of ten weeks, and perhaps the remainder of the season.
Tom Seaver (1-0) earned his first career win with a complete game against the Chicago Cubs, 7-3. Seaver allowed only three hits through eight innings but Chicago broke through with three hits and three runs in the ninth, two runs scoring on a Adolfo Phillips’ double that caromed off Ken Boyer’s glove and down the
Street & Smith’s: The Mets, who broke out of the basement last year and for the first time in their brief career avoided losing 100 games, were a changed looking group from 1966 when this season got under way in spring training. Most celebrated newcomer is Tommy Davis, the ex-Dodger who won the league batting
Street & Smith’s: While speculation sizzles on how much damage the loss of Sandy Koufax will inflict on the Dodgers, let’s just suppose they had been without him last year. The Dodgers, winning the pennant by four and a half games, won 101, lost 61, Koufax either won or lost in all except five of
The following is from Tom Adelman’s book, “Black and Blue: The Golden Arm, the Robinson Boys, and the 1966 World Series That Stunned America” with some embellishments from yours truly to fit my completed 1966 replay: The day after winning the World Series, the Dodgers boarded a plan for Japan. Series MVP Claude Osteen did