Sunday, February 21, 2016

Verbanic Episode: Saturday, September 2nd, 1967


BOS 3, CHI 2 W-Stange 16-5 L-Locker 7-6 HR-Ward(21)Foy(16) Foy walk-off HR.

CAL 3, CLE 1 W-Brunet 14-9 L-Tiant 12-17 HR-Reichardt(18)

KC 4, BAL 0 W-Hunter 16-7 L-Hardin 17-10

MIN 8, DET 2 W-Perry 8-7 L-Sparma 7-10 HR-McAuliffe(21)

NY 9, WAS 5 W-Verbanic 1-4 L-Bertaina 7-17 HR-Howard(29) Howard double, HR, and 4 rbi.

Frank Bertaina, who had been enjoying a recent run of success, found himself in the Loserville Funhouse this time. Every time he managed to locate the plate--with a map and both hands--it would disappear and pop up again behind him, or in the sky, or over by the dugout. "Aiieee!" he commented, clutching his head in despair. You see, ol' Frank gave up 8 earned runs in the first inning, retiring only one batter. Worse, he walked 4 and hit a batter, including walking his absurd mound opponent, Fred Talbot, with the bases loaded to force in a run. He actually walked in three, total. Casey Cox came on to put out the fire, but after one inning the score stood at NY 9, WAS 0. Naturally, the Yankees failed to score the rest of the game, managing only two more hits, while Frank Howard did his best to catch the Nats up, but the hole was too deep. However, Mister Talbot couldn't protect the enormous lead, and gave way to Joe Verbanic, who notched his first win of the entire season. "All things come to him who waits," he pontificated.

Joe Foy of the Red Sox has hit 6 of his 16 HR since August 21st, when the league restarted. "I felt so rested!" he explained. His lead-off blast off of Chisox ace reliever Bob Locker drew the Carmine Hose to within 4 of Detroit, and dropped the White Sox to sixth place.

Minnesota beat Detroit for the second straight day and the fifth straight time in the season series. The Tigers are really banged up, with Willie Horton out with elephantiasis, and Al Kaline shelved with a hysterical pregnancy. "The baby is more important than winning the pennant," he said quietly before being led away by orderlies. Reserve flyhawks Lenny Green and Gates Brown are also out, leaving Eddie Mathews to play outfield for the first time since '63 with the Braves. (Thank you, Baseball encyclopedia.) The only good news for the Bengals is that Stormin' Norman Cash will return to starting duty tomorrow. That will put Bill Freehan back behind the plate (instead of first base) and move scrub catcher Jim Price back to the hot dog stand where he belongs. With the Twins and Red Sox both gaining, this race may not be over yet. 

Kaycee got just what they desperately needed when Jim "Catfish" Hunter wriggled out of the hospital ward and took the mound to blank the Orioles. In front of a surging throng of more than 3,000 fans at Kansas City, the kid hurler outdueled fellow phenom Jim Hardin. A's owner Charlie Finley then moved the river to another city, thus preventing Catfish from jumping back in.

Late-blooming winner Joe Verbanic is seen posed above in Tiger Stadium, much-loved cathedral of my childhood.

1 comment:

Mama Zen said...

I thought my hot dog was a little Pricey!