Some baseball people were surprised when the Montreal Expos released Elroy Face a couple of weeks ago. The former Pirate bullpen ace had done a good job for Gene Mauch. He had won three games, saved twelve with three losses. “I wasn’t surprised,” Face said yesterday upon his return from a fishing trip. “I guess it was my fault I got the pink slip. I told Mauch and Jim Fanning that I planned to retire for good at the end of this season. They figured since I was going to quit they might as well go along with the younger fellows the rest of the year.”
Was Face really through? “No,” he answered, “I’m ready to come back tomorrow if some club in the majors thinks I can help it down the home stretch. I may hang ’em up for good after the season, but right now, I know I can help one of the teams in the pennant race.” The way the Cincinnati Reds’ pitching staff is held together with paper clips and bandaids you’d imagine that club would put in a call to the veteran. On the other hand, Leo Durocher’s staggering Cubs just dropped their last two games late to those same Reds. Perhaps Face could be Chicago bound?