Yankees double up Oakland for first victory, 4-2

Filed under New York Yankees
April 16, 1968

Mickey Mantle slides in safely under the tag of Oakland shortstop Bert Campaneris with a stolen base in the Yankees' 4-2 win. It was Mantle's second stolen base in as many days, and the first time Mickey stole more than one base in a season since 1965. (photo: Corbis)
Fritz Peterson with an assist from Joe Verbanic held the Oakland Athletics at bay as the New York Yankees won their first game of the season, 4-2. Peterson ran into trouble in the ninth after retiring the first two batters. John Donaldson doubled down the right field line, and Phil Roof followed with a single over second advancing Donaldson to third. Rick Monday singled Donaldson home which prompted Manager Ralph Houk to summon Verbanic from the bull pen. Pinch-hitter Floyd Robinson hit a grounder to Gene Michael at short who flipped the ball to second baseman Dick Howser to end the game. New York ran out to a 4-0 lead through five innings. Michael drove in the first two runs with a second-inning single off Oakland starter Catfish Hunter.

In other American League action, the White Sox rallied past Cleveland, 4-2. Wayne Causey put the Chisox ahead with a two-run single in the eighth off reliever Stan Williams. The Tigers spoiled Boston’s home opener with a 5-3 win. Willie Horton homered and drove in three runs.

In the National League, Adolfo Phillips’ two-run clout in the seventh inning was the difference as the Cubs defeated the Reds, 3-2, at Wrigley Field. Fergie Jenkins went the distance for his second victory. In Los Angeles, who would want to trade places with Mike Kekich? The 23-year-old rookie southpaw pitched a two-hit shutout in his second career start as the Dodgers beat the Phillies, 1-0. Kekich made his only other major league appearance three seasons ago, but he looks ready to be a part of the Dodger rotation. In Atlanta, Felix Millan’s bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Braves past the Cardinals, 2-1.

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Four U.S. Aircraft Downed In Vietnam

The air war against North Vietnam cost the United Slates four more planes Monday, two shot down over the southern panhandle and two lost when they collided in the air, military sources said today. Five of the fliers were rescued and one was lost. (Associated Press)

Hoover Lobbying to Train Police

The general public doesn’t know it, but J. Edgar Hoover has been lobbying effectively on Capitol Hill to put all police training in American cities under the FBI if they get any funds from the federal government. Under the law, Hoover is forbidden to engage in politics. He is supposed to be under the jurisdiction of the attorney general and keep aloof from Capitol Hill. Despite this, he has sent FBI agents up to key congressmen to persuade them to give the FBI training jurisdiction over local city police.

Kennedy In Primary In S. Dakota

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy announced today he is a candidate in the June 4 presidential primary in Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey’s native South Dakota. (Associated Press)

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