Yogi Berra of New York (see page 10) offered his sympathies to the Orioles and said of the injured Gus Triandos, "It's too bad. He's a big clog in your machine." The Yankees had clogs of their own. They averaged just 3.6 runs a game and lost five of seven. The Yankees would not have done even that well had it not been for Bobby Richardson's .379 hitting and a grand slam by Berra. It was a full and hectic week for Yogi, who also knocked down a section of the fence in Cleveland trying to make a catch. Detroit did a much more satisfying job of fence busting, getting 12 homers. Rocky Colavito hit .406, and Norm Cash drove in nine runs. Even Hank Aguirre, who won two games, was hitting. Aguirre, who had a .065 lifetime BA, tried switch-hitting. Batting left-handed, Aguirre got a single, his first hit since August 1960. "I'm two for three," he said later. "That is, two for three years." Purnal Goldy batted .294, and his two home runs prompted admirers to put up a bull's-eye in the upper left-field stands. Boog Powell of Baltimore had a target all his own: a hedge on the far side of the center-field fence. His 469-foot homer over that greenery was the longest ever hit in Memorial Stadium. Jack Fisher, whose ERA had swelled to 6.76, was sent to the bullpen and also ordered to diet away 10 pounds. Washington, meanwhile, was starving for wins. The Senators, winners in just two of eight, got good hitting from Charlie Hinton (.368 BA and three HR). Unfortunately for the Senators, 24 of their last 32 homers were with the bases empty. Jimmy Piersall went homerless, but he did bat .500. A judge ruled that a fan in Detroit who had been caught throwing a beer cup at Piersall (he missed) would have to pay a $100 fine. Boston's Mike Fornieles, on the other hand, had a hard time missing people: he tied a major league record by hitting four batters in three innings. Ike Delock, who had won just once in 10 weeks, got two victories. Jim Kaat of Minnesota, who also had trouble winning early in the year, had everything working for him. He won twice, once with a three-hit shutout, hit the first homer of his career and even had an official scorer take an error away from him and give it to Vic Power. Camilo Pascual also won twice, as the Twins moved up on the first-place Indians. "This club has heart," said Manager Sam Mele. Cleveland had Shoulders. That is the nickname for Barry Latman, who pitched a five-hit shutout. With Leon Wagner hitting four homers, Los Angeles had moved into second place. Then the Angels lost three and fell to fourth. During a near fight against the Athletics, Art Fowler rushed on the field. Only then did he realize that a cigarette was dangling from his lips, in flagrant violation of league protocol. Kansas City groundkeepers also came up with something new: they did the twist while they dragged the infield. The Athletics just dragged, losing six in a row. Owner Charles O. Finley invited the players' wives to Chicago for a four-game series, then threw a big party at his La Porte, Ind. home. Another owner, Chicago's Arthur Allyn, accused his players of loafing. "If he accused them of not hustling, then he's wrong," said Manager Al Lopez. Thus chastened and defended, the White Sox won four in a row and reached the .500 level. Luis Aparicio, who had taken criticism because of his poor fielding and .207 BA, hit a rejuvenated .469, had five-for-five in one game.
Houston had lots of fun. Prizes, including a $100 bill encased in a 175-pound block of ice, were awarded to fans one day. Someone went to Bob Brucc's locker and filled his slacks with rocks. Hal Woodeshick opened his locker and found a garbage can. On the field the Colt .45s were erratic, winning 16-3 one day, losing 13-2 the next. There was no joy in Chicago where the head coach du jour, Charlie Metro, had trouble convincing the legion of other coaches that he knew how to run a team. Metro banned shaving in the clubhouse after games, but the other coaches vetoed the restriction. Speaking of an injury to Dave Gerard, Cub Trainer Al Scheuneman said, "He just jerked his neck again." The Cubs could have used more jerks like that: Gerard won twice. "I hope to inject some of my personality into the players," Metro said, as he tried to get the team out of ninth. New York players did get injections—polio shots. Richie Ashburn responded as if he had been given adrenalin. In 14 years he had never hit more than four homers in any season and none since 1959. Last week he got four, three of them in two days, and he also batted .458. Despite Curt Flood's .406 BA, St. Louis lost four of seven. Julian Javier's 13th stolen base was the club's 46th, thus matching the Cardinals' total for 1961. On that steal Los Angeles Catcher Doug Camilli's throw hit Pitcher Don Drysdale on the left shoulder. The undisturbed Drysdale won his 11th and 12th games and the Dodgers had the most successful NL record for the week: four wins in six games. Larry Burright was hitting .500 against the Cardinals, .181 against the rest of the league. Milwaukee's Hank Aaron batted .448 and had a dozen RBIs as Milwaukee won four of seven. Vada Pinson of Cincinnati also had a big week. He punched a newspaperman who had written that Pin-son had been lackadaisical in his play and dazzled the Pirates with his footwork by scoring from first on a single. Billy O'Dell of San Francisco had an unsuccessful week, so he diverted attention by pointing to his cooking ability. "They ain't nobody cooks better grits than me," he said. Philadelphia's Jack Baldschun also boasted a bit: "This club needs a good relief pitcher and I'm it." He proved his point by pitching 5‚Öî innings of shutout relief and earning his third win. For eight days Manager Gene Mauch and Jim Owens got to the park early and worked on strengthening the pitcher's arm. It paid off, for Owens beat the Cardinals 11-3. Don Demeter drove in five runs in that game and hit .476 for the week. Harvey Haddix started the week by going nine innings and winning for Pittsburgh. Elderly Diomedes Olivo, 42, closed the week by going one-third of an inning to beat the Cubs.
STANDOUTS were White Sox' Eddie Fisher, who gave two hits in 7‚Öî innings of long relief, Mets' Al Jackson, who pitched one-hitter.