Thursday, December 6, 2018

1964 AL End Of July Report

July is over, the sparklers are dust, and the Yankees have been torrid--bad news for the rest of the American League! However, the mighty man of the month is a surprise--Sam Bowens, a corner outfielder for the Orioles, went off and knocked in a whopping 35 runs in the month! Whoa Sam! Dint know your own strenth!

Here's the standings:

NYY  70-32  ---  (best July record 23-7)
CHI  61-42  9.5
BAL  62-43  9.5
DET  52-54  20  (worst July record 10-22, best x-inn record 10-4)
WAS  52-56  21  (best 1-run record 22-11)
CLE  51-55  21
LAA  51-57  22
BOS  44-60  27
MIN  44-60  27
KCA  39-67  33  (worst 1-run record 11-21, worst x-inn 2-7)

PITCHING (league 3.67)
LAA  2.70  (most CG 31)
NYY  2.83  (least RA 310, most SHO 17)
CHI  2.99  
BAL  3.31  (most saves 31, least HR vs. 80)
DET  3.47
WAS  3.87  (least K's 529)
CLE  4.19  (tie least SHO 6)
BOS  4.38  (least CG 13, most RA 547)
MIN  4.44  (most K's 737, least saves 14, tie least SHO 6)
KCA  4.57  (most HR vs. 113, tie least SHO 6)

BATTING (league .232)
BAL  .246  (least triples 16, most SB 59)
BOS  .242  (least SB 11, most doubles 161)
NYY  .242  (tie most triples 33)
CHI  .239  (tie least HR 70, least doubles 118, most CS 28)
DET  .236  (tie most triples 33)
MIN  .233  (most HR 140, least CS 13, most runs 477)
CLE  .232  (least GIDP 55)
LAA .225  (tie least HR 70, least runs 372)
KCA  .214  (most GIDP 103)
WAS  .212  

least errors--NYY 42
most errors--CLE 128
most DP's--BOS 106
least DP's--LAA 57


"Behold my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
WINS: Chance-la 15-6, Ford-ny 15-7, Peters-chi 14-5, Wickersham-det 12-9

ERA (min. 102 IP): Chance-la 1.70, Peters-chi 1.85, Ford-ny 1.89, Bunker-bal 2.35, Pizarro-chi 2.41, Belinsky-la 2.54, Aguirre-det 2.69, Downing-ny 2.81, Horlen-chi 2.84, Buzhardt-chi 2.86

Jack is tireless, devoted, hard-working. Cleveland sucks anyway.
IP: Chance-la 196, Peters-chi 180.1, Kaat-min 177, Kralick-cle 175

CG: Chance-la 14, Kaat-min 13, Peters-chi 13

K's: Chance-la 156, Wilson-bos 142, Pena-kc 135, Kralick-cle 121, Wickersham-det 121, Lolich-det 120

SHO: Ford-ny 5, Downing-ny 4, Peters-chi 4

"Here I come to save the day!"
SAVES: Kline-was 23, Wilhelm-chi 23, Hall-bal 22, Radatz-bos 22, McMahon-cle 18

LOSSES: Narum-was 5-13, 3 tied with 12.

"Watch me leg out a nubber!"
BA (min 275 ab): Howard-ny .318, Fl.Robinson-chi .314, B.Robinson-bal .307, Aparicio-bal .305, Fregosi-la .297, Piersall-la .296, Stuart-bos .291, Yaz-bos .288, Hall-min .287, Kaline-det .277

He is humbled to appear on the same leader board with Don Lock.
HR: Powell-bal 32, Killebrew-min 30, Lock-was 24, Wagner-cle 24, Mantle-ny 23, Gentile-kc 22, Mantilla-bos 22

RBI: B.Robinson-bal 80, Bowens-bal 74, Killebrew-min 72, Hansen-chi 69, Pepitone-ny 69, Powell-bal 69

RUNS: Aparicio-bal 75, Mantle-ny 75, Hall-min 70, Versalles-min 70, B.Robinson-bal 69

He should not have eaten that third hot dog. Vic is the AL's leading annoying little bastard.
2B: Davalillo-cle 27, Howard-ny 26, Tresh-ny 26

3B: Oliva-min 9, Rollins-min 8

If Davalillo can just steal a quick 30 bases, it'll be a race! But he would still be annoying.
STEALS: Aparicio-bal 49, Davalillo-cle 16, Hinton-was 15, Weis-chi 12

GIDP: Green-kc 18, Battey-min 17, B.Robinson-bal 17

Mac is the Jose Pagan of the AL.
ERR: McAuliffe-det 28, Howser-cle 26, Bressoud-bos 25, Brinkman-was 22

TEAM REPORTS (with July record)

All the Yankees sent away for this pamphlet.
YANKEE DOODLES (23-7) The Bronx Bombers have gone 44-16 over the past two months to turn a close race into a rout. Ellie Howard has overcome a slow first half take over the AL batting lead! Yankee fans love watching this right hand hitting beer truck beat another one out! But it is pitching that has the Bombers riding high. The worst ERA in any number of innings on the entire staff is Jim Bouton's 3.59. Let that sink in!

He hits better than you, too!
WHITE SOX LAUNDRY (20-11) The Chisox played bang-up ball in July and still lost 3 and a half games in the standings. Gary Peters emerged as the ace of a very impressive staff, even tossing a no-hitter at the Tigers during the month! But the rest aren't bad either, as 3 other Sox hurlers made the top ten in ERA. Hoyt Wilhelm stopped blowing ballgames and now finds himself tied for the league lead in saves. Don Mossi (1.27) and Eddie Fisher (2.06) help out in relief as well. 

Hi, Bob!
BIRD DOO (18-12)  Play it again, Sam! Sam Bowens (16,74,.263) enjoyed opponents' habit of pitching around Boog Powell (32,69,.268) and made them pay with an incredible 35 ribbies in the month. The whole Oriole aviary was flapping its wings and banging out hits. Only Willie "Captain" Kirkland (1,2,.111 in 81 ab) was a dismal failure and is rumored to be on the block. A more successful reserve is Bob Johnson (1,16,.310 in 100 ab) who spells Looie Aparicio when his legs fall off from running the bases. Starting pitching has been a bugaboo for the Birds, with only kid righty Wally Bunker (6-3, 2.35) getting it done when he can manage to stay healthy. Sidearm specialist Dick Hall also is out, and the O's miss him. 

Detroit's drooling dipwad.
TIGER TALES (10-22) Dear me, what an awful month the Tigers just suffered through. They fell from 6 out to 20 out as they just could not find the winning method. Terry Fox (3-6, 4.91) made every disaster worse by showing up with his gas can, while Tiger flyhawks dropped like, well, flies, necessitating starts from Mickey Stanley (.125) and Jim Northrup (.037). They may be fine young men and they may mature into stars eventually, but right now they aren't ready. Backstop Bill Freehan (7,33,.254) hasn't hit as expected, and Don "The Drooling Dipwad" Wert (2,27,.215) only gets hits if everyone promises not to look. Even previous powerhouse Dick McAuliffe (20,59,.226) only hit two dingers in July and saw his average drop 20 points while looking lost at shortstop.

Jim needs no refrigeration.
WASHING-TOON (11-19) What happens when you deal Bill Skowron (12,49,.270 with Washington) for Joe Cunningham (.167) and lefty Frank Kreutzer (0-1,12.73 with Chicago) and then sign ancient relic Roy Sievers (1,4,.059) to replace the fallen Mr. Cunningham? Even Richie knows that's a bum deal. Opposing skippers routinely walk Don Lock (24,55,.251) any time the score is close because there's only retread Don Zimmer (8,39,.240) and Jim "Sky" King (13,41,.178) hitting behind him. And so Don was limited to 6 HR in July, most if not all coming when the game wasn't close. The pitching went all to hell, with ace Claude Osteen (8-8, 2.90) seeing his ERA put on half a run in flab, and previous bullpen phenom "Mrs." Duckworth pouring out his sub-2 ERA and replacing it with 5.40. "I sleep on a bed of pancakes," he confided to reporters before being threatened with demotion to class B Bus Stop City in the Circulatory Ailment League. 

He just wants to be done and go home.
TRIBE WAMPUM (14-17) The Tribe looks good on paper. But Siebert (9-9, 3.91), Tiant (5-8, 4.25) and Sam McDowell (3-9, 4.75) have not lived up to their billing, nor has kid infielder Larry Brown (7,19,.152.) And so, too much has been required of veterans like Jack Kralick (10-8, 3.09) and "Daddy Wags" Wagner (24,64,.260). They do what they can, and bullpen ace Don McMahon has fashioned a nifty 1.14 ERA when not handing out sweepstakes prizes. If the game is on the line, call on super pinch hitter Tito Francona (8,25,.212) who has 3, count 'em, 3 walk-off hits this year.

Bo consults with a local nun about his catechism classes.
ANGEL HALOS (18-12)  The Angels rode incredible pitching to their best month by far. Both Dean Chance and Fred Newman went 5-1 in July, and Bo Belinsky was excellent, too. Even spare part Aubrey Gatewood boasts a 1.66 ERA in 11 starts! The hitting wasn't so great, though, with previously red hot Jim Fregosi (17, 60, .297) slumping to less than .150 for the month. Jimmy Piersall (.296) got on quite a bit at the lead-off spot, but nobody really answered the bell offensively. Goll darn it, Clarence, can't ya whip up a slugger or two? 

Stop that, Neil! You've got songs to write.
BOSTON BEANS (14-16)  When your top two starters are only okay, and your other three have ERAs like 6.84, 5.47 and 5.77, you aren't going far. Dave Morehead (0-5) has reached August without a single win in 14 tries. At least there is lefty specialist Arnold Earley with his 0.88 ERA, and Dick Radatz, with 100 K's in 95 innings to place him second on the staff in punchouts even though he is a reliever. Frank Malzone (4,36,.246) and Eddie Bressoud (9,30,.257) slumped badly during July, but Tony Conigliaro (16,56,.256) and Felix Mantilla (22,66,.235) enjoyed their most productive months. Dick Stuart (14,61,.291) continues to hit everything except the home runs he gets paid to slug. Neil Diamond has not yet recorded "Sweet Caroline", and so the scattering of Fenway fans just sit there during the 7th inning stretch, glumly wondering why life is so hard.

Hitting big league deliveries is so easy, Joe can do it with his eyes closed!
TWINS TALK (13-16) This was the month the Twins would finally make a move, I thought. Boy am I one dizzy broad. Oh, they hit homers like they should, and Killebrew mashed 11 to make it to 30 already,  but Tony Oliva (17,57,.253) just refuses to stop going 1-for-4, and the pitching is still just terrible, though more blame lies with the starters and less with the bullpen, now that Al Worthington (2-1-5, 5.30) and Johnny Klippstein (1.98) have arrived. Worthington's inflated ERA is mostly due to one disastrous outing--he's been good most of the time since being shipped over in a crate from Cincinnati. Emblematic of the Twins pitching woes is veteran Camilo Pascual, who is 4-9 with a 4.77 ERA in 20 starts and he has finished what he started just 3 times. "I'm an opener," he opined. One bright spot was rookie flyhawk Joe Nossek, summoned to the big club from Infection City in the Religious Conversion League. Joe got to bat twice and delivered two safeties for a gaudy 1.000 average! 

The A's team bus arrives at the ballpark.
MULE DROPPINGS (9-18)  Rocky Colavito (20,64,.227), scourge of the AL back in May, hit just one HR and knocked in only 9 in July, his second straight awful month. The Rock's average has fallen some 70 points. With Gentile (22,52,.264) out, the A's need Rocky to regroup! Injuries to several players necessitated the call up of a busload of bushers to impersonate big league ballplayers for a while in KC. The pitching staff avoided these die-offs, but sucks anyway, and leads the loop in homers given up. Skipper Mel McGaha, or whoever it is with the audacity to pilot this train wreck of a team, has no solutions for the shoddy defense and inconsistent offense which has combined with laughable pitching to land the Athletics in the American league caboose. Put on your thinking cap, Mel. Sad statistic for the day: the A's are 17 of 44 in steal attempts. It's enough to make you weep.

"Another great report. Ha!"
My fans, they love me!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

1964 NL End Of July Report

July is over, and the Giants continue to lead the senior circuit by a wide margin. The Jints did struggle in the latter half of the month, though, dropping 7 of 8 at home to the Colt .45's and Cubs before righting the ship with a sweep at Philly and a win in Pittsburgh. 

Around the league, Don Drysdale continues to show 'em how it's done, while Cubbie third sacker Ron Santo is the loop's most productive batter. 

The standings through July 31st, 1964:

SFG  68-35  ---  (best 1-run record 27-14)
STL  59-45  9.5  (best July record 20-9)
PHI  56-47  12
CHI  52-50  15.5
CIN  53-51  15.5
MIL  52-51  16  (worst 1-run record 13-22)
LAD  50-52  17.5
PIT  49-56  20
HOU 40-65  29 (worst July record 7-21)
NYM 40-67  30

PITCHING (league 3.47)
SFG  2.65  (most K's 758, most saves 26, least RA 312, least HR vs. 68, most SHO 20, 8 more than anyone else.)
STL  2.97  
LAD  3.18  
CIN  3.25  (least SHO 5)
CHI  3.43  (least K's 486, most CG 34, least saves 9)
MIL  3.63  
PIT  3.63  (most HR vs. 87)
HOU 3.63  (least CG 11)
PHI  3.76  
NYM 4.54  (most RA 555, over a hundred more than anyone else)

BATTING (league .239)
MIL  .256 (most runs 489, most 2B 179)
PIT  .252  (most 3B 41)
STL  .251 
PHI  .248  (least CS 16)
SFG  .244  (Most HR 99, least 3B 12)
CHI  .241  
NYM .238  (most GIDP 92)
LAD  .231  (most SB 78, most CS 36, least GIDP 52, least HR 48)
CIN  .223  
HOU  .208  (least runs 289, least 2B 93, least SB 22)

least errors--PHI 61, just 9 in July!
most errors--NYM 107
most DP's--CHI 122
least DP's--LAD 53

WINS: Drysdale-la 15-2, Gibson-stl 14-5, Marichal-sf 13-5 

ERA (102 IP): Marichal-sf 1.45, Drysdale-la 1.53, Short-phi 1.86, Jackson-chi 2.16, Craig-stl 2.23, Bolin-sf 2.32, Gibson-stl 2.32, Ellsworth-chi 2.37, Veale-pit 2.41, O'toole-cin 2.52

CG: Drysdale-la 13, Jackson-chi 11, Marichal-sf 11

SHO: Marichal-sf 5, 6 tied with 4

K's: Marichal-sf 148, Gibson-stl 147, Drysdale-la 140, LeMaster-mil 137

SAVES: Pierce-sf 21, Baldschun-phi 20, Schultz-stl 17, Henry-cin 15, McBean-pit 15

IP: Drysdale-la 188.2, Jackson-chi 183, Marichal-sf 173

"I'm a loooooser!"
LOSSES: Farrell-hou 3-15, Cisco-ny 6-13, Jackson-ny 7-12, Simmons-stl 7-12

BA (min. 275 ab): Cepeda-sf .330, Carty-mil .325, Clemente-pit .312, Bailey-pit .307, Aaron-mil .305, Robinson-cin .305, Santo-chi .305, McCarver-stl .303, Maye-mil .302, Torre-mil .301

HR: Cepeda-sf 23, Mays-sf 22, Pinson-cin 21, Allen-phi 19, Hart-sf 19, Santo-chi 19, Howard-la 18

RBI: Santo-chi 87, Pinson-cin 72, Allen-phi 68, Aaron-mil 67, Boyer-stl 67, Cepeda-sf 66

RUNS: Callison-phi 78, Aaron-mil 73, Brock-stl 70, Christopher-ny 69, Allen-phi 66, Robinson-cin 66

2B: Cardenas-cin 37, Torre-mil 30, Maye-mil 28, Robinson-cin 28

3B: Bond-hou 8, Santo-chi 8, Callison-phi 7, Lillis-hou 7

SB: Wills-la 32, W.Davis-la 25, Brock-stl 20, Mays-sf 17

GIDP: Boyer-stl 24, Hunt-ny 17 The winner of this category receives the coveted (?) Victor Martinez Award.

ERR: Pagan-sf 33, Groat-stl 28

Team Capsules with July record:

Get in front of it, Jose! Get in...oh never mind!
BAY BABBLINGS: (15-13) The Giants, not too hot with the stick the past two months and 7th in the NL in runs scored with just 387, have survived on their pitching. Marichal (13-5), Perry (11-6), Bolin (10-4) and Sanford (10-5) are the bulwarks of a staff with all starters' ERA's below 3. They need to be good, with the hitting sub-par. Willie Mays (22,53,.253) barely cleared the Mendoza Line for July. Cepeda, who had slumbered for weeks after a torrid start, finally woke up at month's end to preserve his lead in batting average and HR's. Stone-gloved Jose Pagan has made 33 of the Giants' 79 miscues all by himself. Whee!

Spraying hits and expounding at length is Mr. McCarver.
BIRD BATH: (20-9) The Cardinals were the hottest team in the NL in July and shaved 4 and a half games off their deficit. Dick Groat (0,42,.279), happy hitting behind Lou Brock, had 46 hits in the month including 12 doubles and 2 triples. Bill White (15,58,.296) was also hot. Tim McCarver goosed his average above .300 and would love to tell you all about it. The Redbirds do miss kid flyhawk Mike Shannon (11,35,.242) who had only 13 ab's in the month due to an accident involving hedge clippers and his ear. Get better, Mike! I say, GET BETTER. Oh forget it. Reliever Barney Schultz, bullpen ace and purple dinosaur, boasts an incredible 0.50 ERA in 53 innings of work and was not scored upon all month.

He can play 1st base or outfield.
Phillie Follies: (14-15) The Quakers failed to take advantage of the Giants slowing down, largely due to an awful 3-4-5 in the rotation, all with ERAs in excess of 5, and injuries, which shelved many Phillies during the month. Also, their dismal 1-11 showing head to head with SF doesn't help a bit. The Phils missed Tony Gonzales (.280 with 21 doubles) at the top of the line-up against right-handers. He was replaced by Cookie Rojas (.219) and occasionally John Herrnstein (.193).  Not the same, fans. 

It's hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way...except for having on the wrong uniform, but hey.
Wrigley Wrap-Up: (19-10) Cubs win! Cubs win! The second hottest team in the NL was the Cubbies! They moved from the lower levels all the way up to the giddy heights of 4th place. Ron Santo has produced like no other NL batter, Billy Williams (17,63,.297) gets on all the time ahead of him, and Ernie Banks (15,61,.229) overcame his tendency to do poorly for me by blasting several Spaldings into the stands. Superannuated mound addition Lew Burdette has contributed 4-3, 3.35 for the baby bears, and similarly acquired reliever Bobby Shantz (4-2-4 3.38) plugged the gaping bullpen hole that the team had suffered with all year. The high point of the month (season?) was a 4 game sweep of the league leaders at Candlestick mid-month. Finally, Paul Popovich got called up for about minute and went 1-for-1. "I lead the league in hitting!" he crowed.

Baseball immortality. It is thine.
Rhineland Rumblings: (16-14) The Reds have, surprisingly, had only one losing month, even though it seems like they've stunk all season. They just don't hit. Vada Pinson (21,72,.215) produces a lot despite his bad batting average, the opposite of Frank Robinson (13,50,.305) who pokes out useless singles and pesters the manager to let him be skipper instead. But the biggest failure on the Cincinnati crew is Deron Johnson (8,32,.211) who contributed a whopping 4 rbi all month. But never mind all that! The Reds boast this year's NL Paul Schaal Award winner, Mel Queen, who continues hitless on the season at 0-9. Wtg, Mel! 

Big Mon says "A" is for Assholes trying to buy the team!
Braves Wampum: (10-19) The Braves were awful all month. Joe Torre (7,59,.301) totally forgot how to hit, my pet Eddie Mathews (12,37,.182) has been less than stellar, and Denis Menke's batting mark fell all the way to .230 before he tripped on a grenade and had to go on the non-existent 1964 DL. Rico Carty surged to second in the league in batting, but he couldn't do it alone. Oh sure, they have Hank Aaron (17,67,.305) who had a nice HR surge near the end of the month, but 32 XBH at the end of July, not to mention 16 GIDP's, isn't really Aaron-like. There's a sense of doom around the team, as crackers from Atlanta keep showing up flashing rolls of dough and spouting, "Hey y'all, how much fer tha whole shebang?" Even miracle "D" Warren Spahn (7-4, 3.27) got tagged with losses at last. 

A hit! Laws, yes.
Dodger Dribblings: (15-13) Don Drysdale IS the Dodgers! In the absence of twice-injured Sandy Koufax (6-7, 2.83, 131 K's in 127 IP) Dandy Don has become the most feared hurler in the league. Sandy did return for a rip-snorting 3 starts, winning two impressively and taking a no-decision in the third when he again came apart at the seams. Local behemoth Frank Howard (18,45,.194) emerged from a season-long funk and started pumping baseballs into the stands while inching his batting average ever closer to the fabled .200 mark. Wally Moon (M-O-O-N spells moon!) avoided Paul Schaal notoriety by bopping his first hit and now boasts a gaudy .038 batting average. 

Gosh, Clarence, can ya help me play an adequate third base?
PITT-BURGERS: (15-13) Willie Stargell (17,57,.231) hit about a buck eighty for the month but drove in 20 runs anyway. Donn Clendenon (13,62,.299, 20 doubles) tore it up while trying to count the N's in his name, and Bob Bailey (7,37,.307 with 64 runs) overcame a dreadful first half of the month, to end up still above .300. The main goal of Bucco hurlers is to amass decisions, regardless of wins or losses. Just ask Friend (10-11), Law (9-10) and Gibbon (8-10). "We want the Big Record!" they cry. 

Mad dogs and Houston fans out in the noonday sun.
Colt .45's Confabulations: (7-21) It all went south for the Texans in July as they wilted like a tainted leaf of romaine lettuce in the mid-day sun.  Turk Farrell went winless to become the circuit's undisputed loss leader, and with Don Nottebart, Dave Giusti and Hal Woodeshick shelved for periods of time, kids in short pants had to be called up from Dumpster Junction of the Household Pest League to fill in. Such luminaries as Joe Hoerner (14.55), Larry "Yellen Degeneres" Yellen (9.15) and Danny Coombs (a surprising 2.35) tried to fill in and were mostly shelled by delighted opposing batters. Nor could the Six Guns hit. They amassed a total of 3 hits in back to back losses to Pittsburgh. At month's end, the Houston nine found themselves only a game up on the Mets, against whom they are a horrible 2-8.

Rhoda says call for the right hander. After all, he's always calling for her!
METS-ALLANEOUS: (12-16) The Mets aren't bad hitters. They not infrequently put up some crooked numbers. Joe Christopher (13,48,.292), Ron Hunt (4,35,.274) and Frank Thomas (9,53,.271 with 25 doubles) dent the plate with fair regularity. Unfortunately, Thomas caught his head in a blender and his Mets season is over. Much more unfortunately, the Mets have given up 102 more runs than any other team. Tracy Stallard (9-7, 3.57) is the best they've got, though he suffers from nightmares about Roger Maris. Starter in trouble? Go to righty Carlton "Your Doorman" Willey (6.06) or lefty Willard "The Giant Rat" Hunter (5.86)! What could go wrong? Toss in the fact that the Metropolitans lead the loop in GIDP's and errors, it is kind of amazing that they have managed to win 40 games so far. 

Not me. But representative of me except for being gorgeous. Details, baby!
See you soon for the AL report!

Monday, September 17, 2018

1964 Replay AL End Of June Report

Lil Looie Aparicio ran wild during June, hitting .361 with 19 steals, 10 doubles and a whopping 30 runs scored for the Orioles. He had the heebie jeebies for sure, but the Yankees were still able to put some daylight between themselves and Baltimore. 

NYY  47-25  --- (best June record 21-9)
BAL  44-31  4.5
CHI  41-31  6
DET  42-32  6
WAS  41-37  9 (best 1-run record 17-5)
CLE  37-38   11.5
LAA  33-45  17  (worst June record 11-19)
MIN  31-44  17.5
BOS  30-44  18
KCA  30-49  20.5

PITCHING (league 3.68)
NYY  2.93  (most shutouts 11, least RA 230)
LAA  3.01  (most CG 22, least saves 8)
CHI  3.04  
DET  3.26
BAL  3.32  (least HR against 53, most saves 25)
WAS  3.44  (least K's 370)
CLE  4.00 
MIN  4.49  (most K's 541)
KCA  4.61  (most RA 409, most HR against 80)
BOS  4.68

BATTING (league .231)
DET  .247  (tie most triples 25)
BOS  .243  (most doubles 127, least SB 9, tie least CS 10)
BAL  .242  (least triples 9, most SB 47)
NYY  .239  (tie most triples 25)
MIN  .233  (most runs 353, most HR 96, tie least CS 10)
CHI  .228  (least doubles 78, least HR 47)
LAA  .227  (least runs 274)
CLE  .225  (least GIDP 34)
KCA  .220  (most CS 25, most GIDP 78)
WAS  .204  

least errors-- NYY 34
most errors-- CLE 95
most DP's-- BOS  76
least DP's-- LAA 41

Interesting to note that in actual play, BOS made the fewest DP's and the Angels turned the most! In APBA, however, the Angels can't hope to duplicate their league leading total. With a fielding 3 at third base, and fielding 2 at SS and 2B, not to mention their excellent pitching which keeps runners off the base paths, it isn't going to happen. As for the Bosox, my only explanation is LOTS of traffic on the bases and Frank Malzone's 3B-5.  

WINS: Peters-chi 10-3, Chance-la 10-5, Ford-ny 10-6, Wickersham-det 10-6, Monbouquette-bos 9-4 

ERA (72 IP): Chance-la 2.01, Ford-ny 2.14, Peters-chi 2.18, Pizarro-chi 2.42, Osteen-was 2.44, Bunker-bal 2.53, Aguirre-det 2.69, Horlen-chi 2.72, Monbouquette-bos 2.86, Belinsky-la 2.90

K's: Chance-la 112, Wilson-bos 103, Pena-kc 99, Arrigo-min 92, Kralick-cle 91

CG: Chance-la 10, Kaat-min 10, Ford-ny 8, Peters-chi 8

IP:  Chance-la 143, Kaat-min 133, Kralick-cle 132.2, Ford-ny 130.2, Horlen-chi 129, Peters-chi 128

SHO: Ford-ny 3, 12 tied with 2

LOSSES: Newman-la 3-10, Wilhelm-chi 2-9, Arrigo-min 5-9

SAVES: Hall-bal 18, Kline-was 18, Wilhelm-chi 17, Radatz-bos 16, McMahon-cle 15 

BA (194 ab): Fregosi-la .346, Aparicio-bal .322, B.Robinson-bal .316, Fl. Robinson-chi .310, Yastrzemski-bos .307, Howard-ny .292, Stuart-bos .290, Piersall-la .285, Skowron-was .279, Kaline-det .276

HR: Powell-bal 26, Colavito-kc 19, Killebrew-min 19, Lock-was 18, McAuliffe-det 18, Wagner-cle 18

RBI: B.Robinson-bal 59, Powell-bal 57, Colavito-kc 55, Maris-ny 55, Pepitone-ny 53, Killebrew-min 51

RUNS: McAuliffe-det 54, Aparicio-bal 53, Mantle-ny 53, Yastrzemski-bos 53, Bressoud-bos 52, Hall-min 52

Beware the gap-hitting cadaver.
Doubles: Bressoud-bos 22, Mathews-kc 22, Kaline-det 20

Triples: Oliva-min 7, Hinton-was 6, Rollins-min 6

Steals: Aparicio-bal 38, Davalillo-cle 15, Hinton-was 9

GIDP: Battey 14, Green-kc 13, B.Robinson-bal 13, Fregosi-la 12

Hey! Howser mudda? Howser fadda?
ERRORS: Howser-cle 21, McAuliffe-det 20, Mantilla-bos 15

TEAM REPORTS (with June record)

Yankee Doodles (21-9) The highlight of June for the Bronx Bombers was unsung Roland Sheldon's no-hitter at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox. It was oddly workman-like, just a series of routine outs. It was the 4th no-hitter in my APBA Yankee history; Mel Stottlemyre had two in 1967 and Ralph Terry tossed the only no-hitter of the entire replay in 1961. That one was also against Boston. The Yanks staff have 11 shutouts--5 more than any other AL squad. In other news, Roger Maris enjoyed a huge month, knocking in 28 runs. Elston Howard finally found the range and upped his average to .292, while The Mick languishes at .251 but has 17 homers.

Bird Droppings (16-14) While May heroes Sam Bowens and Johnny Orsino returned to earth, June found Brooks Robinson (28 rbi), Boog Powell (13 HR) and Luis Aparicio (30 runs) going off, to lift the birds to a higher branch. However, trouble with 4th and 5th starters Dave McNally and Steve "The Maglie" Barber kept the Orioles from gaining any ground. More than once, they failed to last two innings. Meanwhile, Dick Hall has been gold out of the O's bullpen. 

The guy in the suit is the team phrenologist.
White Sox Laundry (15-15) Pete Ward (19 rbi) finally heated up in the first half of June, only to crawl back into the ice box by month's end. The whole team slumped offensively. The pitching was a different story. Gary Peters emerged as the staff ace, while Joel Horlen took a no-hit bid into the 9th inning against the Yankees only to surrender a pinch triple to Hec Lopez and ultimately lose the game. The Sox played a lot of games against NY and BAL and didn't fare very well at all. 

Tiger Tales (19-11) It was truly a team effort as the Bengals put together a great month, but still lost a game in the standings, unfortunately. Mickey Lolich emerged from a season-long funk to get above .500 at 7-6 and shaved a full run off his ERA. Here's a weird fact about the Tigers: they are usually fielding one, yet they sit 8th in the league in fielding at 8.11 (IP divided by errors), trailing such stone-gloved clubs as KC, MIN and CHI. Things that make Your Impartial Goddess go "hmm." The injury bug hit the Tigers' outfield hard at month's end, shelving Billy Bruton, George Thomas, Al Kaline (back to start July) and Don Demeter. This necessitated the call-ups of kid flyhawks Mickey Stanley and Jim Northrup, as well as bench ballast Willie Horton, who was already there. The clubhouse manager has ordered extra diapers.

The W stands for wtf
Washing-toon (16-12) Wow. I'm tempted to just leave it at that. The Nats are a cool 17-5 in 1-run games and 5-1 in extras. They have an unremarkable staff, headed by good but not ace material Claude Osteen and followed by a crew of rag-armed rejects. Their strategy is "squeeze 5 innings out of Stupid Face and then go to the bullpen and hold on." Set-up man (yes yes, I know) Steve Ridzik and closer Ron Kline have been stellar. The Senators wriggle out of more jams than a family-values lawmaker, and have the golden luck of a leprechaun. They have sunk to .500 several times, but have rallied back every time, never sinking below that mark. The team has a -28 run differential, yet they are 4 games over. They are simply charmed.

Mistah Tiant, he dead. A penny for the old guy.
Tribe Wampum (14-17) Speaking of charmed, the Indians have a run differential of -49, yet they are just one game below breaking even! This is partly due to a 15-6 record in 1-run games and 4-1 in extras. Looie Tiant's head snapped off while making his herky-jerky motion, and is lost for a month.  Jim Grant was dealt, and so the likes of Dick Donovan and Pedro Ramos bring their "D"-ness to the Tribe rotation. The one consistent bright spot in Cleveland has been Daddy Wags Wagner who keeps slugging and producing while those about him lose their heads. He popped 9 dingers in June. The most truly bizarre stat for this team is that they have grounded into a league low 34 double plays. I have no explanation. Dick Howser gets a prize for participation after going the entire month without stealing a base. 

Bo Belinsky and Mamie Van Doren audition as department store mannequins.
Angels In The Outfield (11-19)  Oh, woe is Bill Rigney as he tries to find some kind of line-up that can score a little. Jim Fregosi is doing his part, going completely wingbat crazy over the past two months, but he hasn't got much help. Joe Adcock finally looked up from his reduced sodium oatmeal near month's end and, told it was still 1956, slugged a few perfunctory homers. But when your second best hitter over a 30 day period is reserve infielder Joe Koppe, you aren't going anywhere. Starter Fred Newman leads the league in losses but it really isn't his fault. Bo Belinsky was pitching his head off for most of the month before having his eye poked out by a starlet's pointy bra; he'll miss significant time. "I'm going to exercise, eat right, and do a lot of coke," he opined to local scribes.

Take them to the river. Put them in the water.
Twin Killings (12-18) The Twinks finally did something late in the month about their dreadful bullpen by acquiring NL cast-offs Al Worthington and Johnny Klippstein, the latter of whom works for the post office in the off season. Where's my December Redbook, Johnny? On the ground? Over on the next street, in the shrubbery? On your dining room table at home? Geez. Anyway, Worthington notched his first save as the rest of the Twins looked on in amazement at the sight of effective relief. Unfortunately, he took a loss in his next outing, despite not giving up a hit, as the Twins made back-to-back errors. Welcome to Minnesota, Al! The Twins lead the league in homers by 15 over Detroit, but have some issues. Tony Oliva just can't get it going, languishing at .252. Some wonder if the kid will stick. Earl Battey checked into a clinic at team insistence, to battle his addiction to grounding into constant double plays. Minnie and Paul hope for better things in July.

Put me in, Coach!
Boston Beanings (14-16) It wasn't such a bad month for the Carmine Hose as they escaped the basement at last. Their starting staff of Monbo, Earl Wilson, Marcia Brady, the Amazing Lobster Boy, and Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road leave something to be desired, and even stud reliever Dick Radatz has an ERA above 4, but these Sox can score, and sometimes score enough to outslug, say, Kansas City of a summer afternoon. I'll say this: they are entertaining, if still not very good. 

Ed Charles moves nicely to his right as Wayne Causey looks on.
Mule Shit (13-20)  Charlie O. Finley's boys saw a drop in attendance due to opponent's home run balls filling up the bleachers and denying patrons a place to sit. The A's can score quite a bit themselves, sitting third in runs scored with 338.  But May powerhouse Rocky Colavito hit less then .200 in June with only 3 homers, and Jim Gentile did not fare much better. The slack was taken up by unheralded Nelson Mathews, who drove in 24 runs--giving him more rbi than errors in the outfield--and Eddie Charles, who also knocked across 24 while doing a nice call-and-response with the Ray Charles Singers. Tell me what'd I say? 

See ya next time for the end of July report!