Sluggers McCovey, Horton Named Players of the Week

Filed under Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants
June 16, 1968

San Francisco’s Willie McCovey earned Player of the Week honors with twelve runs batted in in eight games. McCovey slugged four home runs and batted .375 for the week. Cincinnati’s Tony Perez also drove in twelve runs for the week in fewer games (7), but perhaps voters were swayed by McCovey’s four home runs to Perez’ three home runs. Perez batted .345 for the week.

In the American League, Detroit slugger Willie Horton batted .409 with five home runs and eight RBI in eight games during the week ending June 16. Horton’s offensive spurt overshadowed a pair of pitching performances in a season of pitching performances. Teammate Denny McLain ran his win total to 12 with a 2-0 mark on the week. McLain pitched 20.1 innings and surrendered only a earned run for a 0.44 ERA. Yankee ace Mel Stottlemyre pitched a pair of shutouts, giving up only seven hits in 18 innings of work. Stottlemyre’s victories were half of his club’s win total (4-1) for the week.

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