Pedro Ramos of Cleveland walked into a Kansas City police station, pulled out a pistol and began firing—at targets on the police pistol range. He scored better than the Indians (3-3 for the week). Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew, a more conservative type, put the Long Johns under his baseball uniform and, thus attired, forgot his dislike for cold weather and hit four homers in four days. This gave him seven in seven games. Detroit had its seventh consecutive winning week (4-2) and gained a stranglehold on fifth place. Washington simply strangled. The Senators had hoped to beat out the Athletics for ninth place. But they merely managed to beat the Athletics to the semi-illustrious honor of being the second team (the Brown-Oriole combination was the first) to lose 5,000 AL games. Kansas City Owner Charles O. Finley said last year, "I've got the sexiest-looking ball park in the country." Last week sex appeared to be dead; Finley wants a new stadium. Bo Belinsky of Los Angeles, after losing for the ninth time in his last 11 decisions, managed to keep a date with Hollywood sex-symbol Mamie Van Doren. Chicago's Early Wynn had a date at the Club 300. He was unable to keep the engagement, however, losing his 240th game instead of winning his 300th. Rookie Deacon Jones, in Chicago for a medical checkup, was invited to batting practice, hit sharply and was put on the roster. He filled in at first base and got a pinch-hit single to beat the Yankees. Jim Gentile of Baltimore, benched for three days because he hit just .206 during 55 games, was invited back to the lineup. Once he got his hands on his bat Gentile would not let go, even carrying it as he ran the bases. New York players, after three errors in one game and nine in the past seven, probably wanted to travel incognito. They also were not proud that they were almost certain to lose more games than any AL pennant winner. The Yankees lost 15 of their past 30 games. Dick Radatz of Boston wears size-14 spikes and during the off season teaches high school history. Last week all he did was help save two victories for Gene Conley to give Conley 15 wins—the most he has ever had in a major league season.
Philadelphia was captivated by the spirit of 76. The Phillies' 76th victory gave them a .500 record, a goal they had pursued all year. For six weeks they have been the hottest team in baseball, winning 27 and losing 11 (.711). The NL's Big Three-Los Angeles (2-4), San Francisco (2-4) and Cincinnati (1-5)—were easy pickin's. Irked over his team's collapse, Giant Manager Alvin Dark flung three dozen hard-boiled eggs around the clubhouse. For St. Louis it was goose eggs as they failed to score in 50 of 62 innings and ran their losing streak to eight before winning. Curt Simmons pitched his first complete-game win in almost three months, beating the Dodgers with a five-hitter. Warren Spahn put on his usual late-season spurt, won twice and helped Milwaukee to a 5-1 week. Chicago came up with a nice new outfield: $100,000 bonus boy Danny Murphy (six straight hits), Billy Ott (his homer helped beat the Cardinals) and Nelson Mathews (his grand slam beat the Dodgers). Manager Danny Murtaugh sat in his rocking chair (a gift from Pittsburgh fans) and watched Rookies Bob Bailey, Donn Clendenon, Bob Veale, Bob Priddy and Elmo Plaskett supply much of the impetus for a 4-3 week. Umpire Paul Pryor had an answer to charges that he had trouble calling pitches when Houston's Russ Kemmerer and Jim Umbricht were on the mound. Pryor said the two "were throwing the ball so that it blended with the lights in the beer sign in center field," making it difficult for him to see. After winning a $7,000 boat from a clothing company, New York's Marv Throneberry said to a throng of 1,481 at the Polo Grounds: "I'd tell some jokes, but there are too many comedians around here." Said Richie Ashburn after winning a $5,000 boat for being the Mets' MVP: "We're going to arm these boats and invade Cuba." When Casey Stengel is back home in Glendale, Calif. this winter he will be able to recall many highlights from this season. Just recently, for example, he suffered through his 2,500th loss as a manager. And he will certainly recall the high point of the year. That was when the Mets were about to land in New York after a fairly successful road trip. "O.K., men," Casey said, "straighten your ties; you're in ninth place now." Unfortunately it was a command Casey never got to repeat.
RELIABLE PITCHERS were Cardinal Bob (Ach) Duliba, who pitched well in relief, Tiger Starter Phil Regan, who beat Angels, Twins.