The New York Yankees had a rough week. Mickey Mantle was thrown out of a game by Casey Stengel for not running out a ground ball. "Who does he think he is?" fumed Stengel. "If he don't run he don't play here." Despite a three-hit shutout of the Senators, Whitey Ford was unhappy. "I don't have the curve I had four or five years ago," he said. "I get two strikes now and I still have to work to get the guy out." To top it all, the Yanks blew an eight-hour double-header, fell to third. The Baltimore Orioles showed the poise of the Pirates and the power of the Braves. They won two games in the ninth inning, two more on timely home runs (for a total of 16 in six games). No one quite believed the Orioles, but Manager Richards was girding for the stretch drive. He made Hoyt Wilhelm a permanent party in the bullpen, announced he would use eight starting pitchers. Although his Chicago White Sox played streaky ball, President Bill Veeck remained confident. Veeck broke an unusually long silence to proclaim: "We'll win this pennant without any trouble. I say the Yanks will fold and we'll win by five games." A tiring Nellie Fox began slowing down in the field, but Manager Lopez was not ready to break his consecutive game streak—781, longest of any active player. The Cleveland Indians had Jim Perry and little else. While the team faded away, Perry won two more games (he had four of the Indians' last five victories), made his record a league-leading 15-5. The Washington Senators' Harmon Killebrew was hitting like '59 and then some. Killebrew won two games with homers, drove in 13 runs. More significantly, pull-hitting Harmon took a sudden liking to outside pitches, began finding the gaps in right and right center. New Manager Joe Gordon had little success with his Detroit Tigers: six losses in his first seven games. Gordon made one definite departure from the Dykes regime. He used ace starter Frank Lary in relief, announced he would not hesitate to do so again. The Boston Red Sox' Ted Williams hit three homers in two games to take third place among the alltime home-run hitters. Ted threw a champagne party for startled Boston newsmen, said this would be his last season. Given a live pig for luck, the Kansas City Athletics' pork-chop-loving Bud Daley finally squeaked through to his 13th victory.
Standings: Chi 65-47, Balt 65-47, NY 62-45, Wash 55-56, Clev 53-54, Det 49-59, Bos 47-61, KC 41-68
The air at the Pittsburgh Pirates-St. Louis Cardinals meeting was thick with "crucial series" tension. "We are in town," said Card Manager Hemus, "to flatten the Pirateslike a rug." The rug turned out to be a flying carpet. Losers of the first two games, Pittsburgh flashed through the remaining three to win the big series and take another giant stride toward the pennant. Buried in the excitement: an ominous decision to end beer consumption at Forbes Field. Would there be last rites for the brew? "Certainly not," huffed General Manager Joe Brown. "There's nothing funny about this. It had to come, just for the peace of mind of all good citizens." Milwaukee Braves Manager Charley Dressen suffered through the taunts of newsmen ("Dressen is sure to finish five games ahead of the Braves") and the fumbling of his own fielders. Then jittery Charley made a right move. He stuck handyman Mel Roach at second base, watched him knock in six runs, win two straight games against the Giants. The Los Angeles Dodgers ran out of home runs (one in eight games) and their good pitching couldn't keep them above fourth place. Don Drysdale, the barometer of Dodgers ups and downs, failed to finish his third start in a row, but fast-coming Sandy Koufax looked sharp. The bumbling San Francisco Giants blew leads in five straight games, fell below .500 for the first time since moving West. Some Giants wanted to be traded—not only to escape the sinking ship but because they were bypassed for the postseason jaunt the club will make to Japan. Sprinkled with rookies, the Cincinnati Reds looked their liveliest in three months. They won two from the Giants, three from the Dodgers, gained on fifth place. Relief help came from Jim Brosnan and Marshall Bridges, while young fireballer Jim Maloney and aging Cal McLish turned in strong starts. The Philadelphia Phillies' rookies were lively, too, but somewhat less successful. They blundered on the bases, failed to hit in the clutches, lost eight out of nine games (five by one run). Manager Gene Mauch, himself just 34, remained compassionate. "These kids break your heart," he sighed, "then thrill you to death. You just can't be too patient with them." Ernie Banks lifted the Chicago Cubs from their win-less plight. Shaking a slump, he hit three homers and the club took seventh.
Standings: Pitt 68-42, StL 63-49, Mil 60-47, LA 59-49, SF 52-55, Cin 50-61, Chi 42-66, Phil 43-68
Boxed statistics throuah Saturday, Aug. 13
YESTERDAY'S HEROES were stars again. Don Larsen won his first game since June 1959; Harmon Killebrew hit five homers.