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Old 04-28-2019, 07:33 PM   #1
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This Week in Baseball 1969

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June 1st- June 7th, 1971

This Weeks Top Performances

Milwaukee Brewers SP Marty Pattin allows 4 hits and strikes out 4 in a 2-0 complete game win over the Indians. The 28 year old is now 3-6 with a 2.71 ERA in 13 starts for the Brewers. Pattin had a career high in wins in 1970 when he was 14-12 with a 3.39 ERA in 37 games including 29 starts for the Brewers.

New York Yankees 1B John Ellis was 4 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBIs in a 7-5 win over the Red Sox. The 22 year old is now hitting .309 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in 27 games. Ellis had a career high with 56 hits when he was .248 with 7 HRs and 29 RBIs in 78 games for the Yankees in 1970. Ellis was named the AL Player of the Week.

St Louis Cardinals SP Steve Carlton allowed 6 hits and struck out 3 in a 2-0 complete game win over the Pirates. The 26 year old is now 7-5 with a 2.32 ERA in 12 starts. Carlton had a career high for wins in 1969 when he was 17-11 with a 2.17 ERA in 31 starts for the Cardinals.

San Diego Padres SP Tom Phoebus allowed 3 hits and struck out 6 in a 3-0 complete game shutout over the Expos. The 29 year old is 3-8 with a 3.08 ERA in 12 starts for the Padres. Phoebus had a career high for wins in 1968 when he was 15-15 with a 2.62 ERA in 36 starts for the Orioles.

San Diego Padres SP Clay Kirby allowed 4 hits and struck out 11 in a 2-0 complete game win over the Expos. The 22 year old is 4-6 with a 2.46 ERA in 12 starts. Kirby set a career high in wins in 1970 when he was 10-16 with a 4.53 ERA in 34 starts for the Padres.
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Cincinnati Reds C Johnny Bench was 4 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBIs in a 8-2 win over the Cardinals. The 23 year old is now hitting .275 with 7 HRs and 20 RBIs in 55 games. Bench had a career high of 177 hits during the 1970 season when he hit .293 with 45 HRs and 148 RBIs in 158 games for the Reds.

Oakland Athletics LF Joe Rudi was named the AL Player of the Month. The 24 year old is hitting .370 with 7 HRs and 27 RBIs in 53 games. Rudi had a career high of 108 hits in 1970 when he hit .309 with 11 HRs and 42 RBIs in 106 games for the Athletics.

Chicago Cubs 3B Ron Santo was named the NL Player of the Month. The 31 year old is hitting .244 with 8 HRs and 32 RBIs in 54 games. Santo had a career high with 187 hits in 1963 when he hit .297 with 25 HRs and 99 RBIs in 162 games for the Cubs.

Detroit Tigers SP Joe Coleman was named the AL Pitcher of the Month. The 24 year old is 6-3 with 1 save, a 2.24 ERA in 12 games including 11 starts. Coleman tied a career high in wins in 1969 when he was 12-13 with 1 save, a 3.27 ERA in 40 games including 36 starts for the Senators.

Cincinnati Reds SP Gary Nolan was named the NL Pitcher of the Month. The 23 year old is 9-0 with a 1.68 ERA in 12 starts. Nolan set a career high with wins in 1970 when he was 18-7 with a 3.27 ERA in 37 starts for the Reds.
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Boston Red Sox C Carlton Fisk was named the AL Rookie of the Month. The 23 year old is hitting .545 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs in 12 games for the Red Sox. Fisk was named the MLB's #3 prospect in April 1971.

San Francisco Giants SS Chris Speier was named the NL Rookie of the Month. The 20 year old is hitting .271 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in 54 games. Speier also won the Rookie of the Month for April and was the MLB's #9 prospect in April 1971.

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Maury Wills collects his 2000th hit in a 6-0 win over the Expos, his former team for a short while in 1969. The 38 year old Wills is hitting .264 with 0 HRs and 16 RBIs in 50 games. Willis had a career high with 208 hits in 1962 when he hit .299 with 6 HRs and 48 RBIs in 165 game for the Dodgers. Wills started his career in 1959 with the Dodgers before being traded to the Pirates in exchange for Bob Bailey and Gene Micheal in December 1966. The Montreal Expos selected Wills in the 1968 expansion draft where he stayed for a short while before getting traded along with Manny Mota back to the Dodgers for Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich. Wills was the NL MVP in 1962, a 2 time Gold Glover and 5 time All Star. Wills led the league from 1960-1965 (6 seasons) for SB's including 104 during his MVP season.

Philadelphia Phillies 3B Don Money was named the NL Player of the Week. The 24 year old is hitting .342 with 10 HRs and 25 RBIs in 49 games. Money had a career high 132 hits during the 1970 season when he hit .295 with 14 HRs and 66 RBIs.

This Weeks Major Transactions.

Oakland Athletics CF George Hendrick was demoted to AAA Iowa after a short cup of coffee with the A's. The 21 year old is hitting .143 with 0 HRs and 1 RBI in just 6 games so far. Hendrick was named the MLB's #15th prospect in April 1971. Although Hendrick's first love was basketball, the 6'3" frame was first noticed by the player of development for the Mets, Whitey Herzog. Unfortunately for the Mets, The Athletics beat them to the draw.
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In 1971, Major League Baseball seen fourteen "20" or more game winners including 8 that reached 20 wins. The pitcher with the most wins in 1971 was 30 year old Mickey Lolich of the Detroit Tigers. Lolich was not a 20 game before in his career, he had 19 in 1969 and in his 2nd season as a 23 year old had 18. Initially right handed, Lolich damaged his right arm when he tipped a motorcycle on himself. As a result Mickey became a southpaw. In 1971 Lolich completed 29 of his 45 starts while pitching 376 innings. Lolich got to 20 wins on August 21st, 1971 when he and the Tigers beat the Brewers 7-2 with a complete game 6 hitter.
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Canadian born pitcher Fergie Jenkins was 24-13 with a 2.77 ERA in 39 starts for the Chicago Cubs in 1971. It was Fergie's 5th straight season with 20 or more wins. Jenkins won the NL Cy Young that season, he finished his career in 1983 with over 3000 Ks. He also became the first Canadian born Hall of Famer. Not one to work around hitters, Jenkins had 263 Ks in 1971 while only walking 37.

Oakland Athletics Vida Blue had just 10 MLB starts prior to the 1971 season, he had 3 career wins. The 22 year old made a name for himself during his 3rd season going 24-8 with a 1.82 ERA in 39 starts which earned him the 1971 AL Cy Young. After losing his 1st start of the season, Blue won his next 8 starts and was 8-1 with a 1.02 ERA on May 9th after a 2-1 complete game win over the Orioles eventually leading the Athletics to a post season berth. Despite the great on field season, tension between Blue and owner Charlie Finley mounted when the owner requested Vida to change his middle name to "True". Finley even went as far as having the score board read "True Blue" and asked the radio and TV announcers to refer to him by his nickname... all in the sake of marketing. The Finley and Blue feud will continue in the off season.
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Chicago White Sox lefty Wilbur Wood was another addition to the "20 game" winner club. The 29 year old finished the 1971 season with a 22-13 record with a 1.91 ERA in 42 starts. It was Wood's first 20 game win season and his first season with more then 8 starts as he was used as a reliever for the first 10 years of his career. Wood would go onto get 3 more 20 game seasons between 1972-74. The White Sox used Wood in the bull-pen a few times to start the season, but he eventually won his first game of the season on May 2nd, a 3-1 victory of the Senators. Wood won his 20th game on September 12th, his 37th start of the year. The knuckleballer credits much of his success to Hall of Famer, Hoyt Wilhelm. Although Wood had thrown a knuckleball for 20 years, it was his spring training in 1966 with the help of Wilhelm that Wood would start using the pitch with confidence. Manager Chuck Tanner began using him as a starter and Wood started over 40 games for 5 straight seasons.

Athletics Catfish Hunter was another pitcher getting his first 20 win season. The 25 year old finished 21-11 with a 2.96 ERA in 37 starts for Oakland. Hunter would win over 20 games the next four seasons as well. Hunters start to the 1971 season was not a strong one. After 3 starts Hunter was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA, but then he got hot. Reeling off 8 wins over his next 8 starts, Hunter improved to 8-2 with a 2.92 ERA. Catfish also finished the season strong going 5-0 over his last 7 starts allowing 8 ERs over 54 innings. A hunting accident in 1963 nearly dislodged his career, his brothers shotgun accidently fired putting over 40 pellets in "Jimmy's" foot . He lost a small toe and still had many pellets remain in his foot, but Hunter did not let that set back his career.

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June 7th- June 13th, 1971

This Weeks Top Performers

St Louis Cardinals SP Mike Torrez allowed 3 hits and struck out 4 in a complete game 9-2 win over the Braves. The 24 year old is now 1-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 8 games including 6 starts.
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Detroit Tigers SP Mickey Lolich allowed 4 hits and struck out 6 in a complete game 6-1 win over the Brewers. The 30 year old is now 11-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 18 starts. The 1968 World Series MVP was also an All Star in 1969.

Detroit Tigers SP Les Cain allowed 5 hits and struck out 10 over 7.1 innings in a 3-0 win over the Brewers. The 23 year old is now 5-0 with a 0.92 ERA in 8 games including 6 starts. This is Cain's 2nd 10+ K game of the 1971 season.

New York Mets SP Nolan Ryan allowed 5 hits and struck out 14 over a complete game 3-1 win over the Padres. The 24 year old is now 3-5 with a 3.31 ERA in 9 games including 8 starts. Ryan has also struck out 13 and 12 in 2 other starts this year.
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San Francisco Giants RF Bobby Bonds was 4 for 5 with a HR and 4 RBIs in a 6-3 win over the Mets. The 25 year old is now hitting .312 with 8 HRs and 28 RBIs in 60 games. His HR was a Grand Slam and Bonds added 4 SBs for the Giants. Bonds was the NL Player of the Week.

Houston Astros RF Jim Wynn was 3 for 4 at the plate with a HR and 5 RBIs in a 11-0 win over the Braves. The 29 year old is hitting .206 with 3 HRs and 21 RBIs in 47 games. Wynn was an 1967 NL All Star.

Oakland Athletics 3B Sal Bando was 2 for 3 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in a 8-4 win over the Yankees. The 27 year old is now hitting .276 with 7 HRs and 33 RBIs in 60 games. The 1969 AL All Star hit a walk off Grand Slam in the 10th inning of a 7-6 win for the Athletics on May 25th.

Oakland Athletics RF Reggie Jackson was named the AL Player of the Week. The 25 year old is hitting .293 with 8 HRs and 23 RBIs in 60 games. The 1969 AL All Star has lead the league in stikeouts for the past 3 seasons.
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Major Transactions This Week

The St Louis Cardinals have traded RP Fred Norman and LF Leron Lee to the San Diego Padres in exchange for SP Al Santorini. The 28 year old Norman was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 4 games this season for the Cardinals. Norman has been used as an reliever to this point of his career, he is hoping for an opportunity to start for the Padres. The 23 year old Lee was hitting .267 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in 31 games for the Cardinals. The 23 year old Santorini was 0-3 with a 5.22 ERA in 11 games including 3 starts for the Padres.

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded 2B Tony Taylor to the Detroit Tigers for a couple of minor leaguers. The 35 year old Taylor is hitting .324 with 2 HRs and 14 RBIs in 38 games for the Phillies. The 1960 NL All Star hit a Grand Slam this season on April 24th. The Cuban born Taylor was a fan favorite in Philadelphia. As a rookie with the Cubs, Taylor worked closely with Ernie Banks who helped Taylor stay patient and loose during a tough rookie season. The Phillies GM felt that Taylor was expendable as they were looking for some pitching talent (Ironically neither player made a MLB appearance)

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June 14th- June 20th, 1971

This Weeks Top Performers

Minnesota Twins 1B Harmon Killebrew hit his 500th HR and was 3 for 4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs in a 8-4 win over the Indians. The 34 year old is hitting .216 with 14 HRs and 38 RBIs in 66 games. The 6-time AL HR champ has never hit 50 in a season, but has hit 49 twice. Harmon was the AL MVP in 1969 and is a 10-time All Star. Killebrew was originally signed by the Senators as a amateur free agent in 1954 and moved with the team to Minnesota when Senators owner Calvin Griffith looked to relocate the franchise. Killebrew has 1714 hits, 1299 RBIs and is a career .261 hitter in 1918 career games.

Boston Red Sox SS John Kennedy was 3 for 5 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in a 5-3 win over the Angels. The 30 year old is now hitting .276 with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs in 35 games. Kennedy was signed by the Senators as an amateur free agent in 1961, he was traded alongside Claude Osteen and $100,000 to the Dodgers for Frank Howard, Phil Ortega, Pete Richert, Ken McMullen and a player to be named later in 1964. Kennedy then was traded to the Yankees by the Dodgers in 1967. The Yankees sold Kennedy to the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1968 and after they moved to Milwaukee, Kennedy was sold to the Boston Red Sox in 1970.

Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert was 3 for 5 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs in a 9-8 loss to the Braves. The 30 year old Beckett is hitting .302 with 3 HRs and 19 RBIs in 67 games. Beckert was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox in 1962. The Cubs got Beckert from the Red Sox during the 1962 first year minor league draft.
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Atlanta Braves 1B Hank Aaron was 3 for 5 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in a 8-1 win over the Reds. The 37 year old is now hitting .288 with 17 HRs and 48 RBIs in 66 games. Aaron was originally signed by the Boston Braves as an free agent in 1952. Aaron was named the NL Player of the Week.

Los Angeles Dodgers RF Bill Buckner was 4 for 5 with a HR and 4 RBIs in a 7-2 win over the Astros. The 21 year old is hitting .342 with 2 HRs and 16 RBIs in 48 games. Buckner was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 2nd round of the 1968 Free agent draft.

Atlanta Braves LF Ralph Garr was 4 for 5 with a HR and 5 RBIs in a 7-1 win over the Reds. The 25 year old is hitting .341 with 3 HRs and 23 RBIs in 69 games. Garr was selected in the 3rd round of the 1967 Free agent draft.
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San Diego Padres 1B Nate Colbert was 5 for 7 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in a 9-7 loss to the Giants. The 25 year old is hitting .236 with 10 HRs and 27 RBIs in 70 games. Colbert was originally signed as a amateur free agent by the Cardinals in 1964, the Astros then scooped him up in the 1965 Rule 5 major league draft. The Padres then selected Colbert in the 1968 expansion draft as the 18th overall pick.

Oakland Athletics LF Joe Rudi was named the AL Player of the Week. The 24 year old is hitting .383 with 8 HRs and 35 RBIs in 64 games. Rudi was originally signed by the Kansas City Athletics in 1964, he was claimed on waivers by the Indians in 1965. The Indians traded Rudi back to the Athletics in late 1965 during the off season.

This Weeks Major Transactions

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded SP Mike Torrez to the Montreal Expos in exchange for RP Bob Reynolds. The 24 year old is 1-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 8 games including 6 starts for the Cardinals. The Kansas born Torrez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Cardinals at age 18 in 1964. Torrez only had 3 starts and 25 innings at the MLB level after making his debut in 1967 for the first 2 years, he broke out in 1969 when he had 15 starts and was 10-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 24 games for the Cardinals. The 24 year old Reynolds has not pitched with the Expos since 1969 but is currently the MLB's #45 prospect.

California Angels SP Jim Maloney was placed on the DL and will miss up to 5 weeks. The 31 year old is 1-2 with a 5.04 ERA in 4 starts for the Angels. The 1965 NL All Star has only pitched 42 innings the past 2 seasons as a result of miscellaneous injuries including chronic shoulder and arm problems. Originally signed by the Reds in 1959, Maloney was traded to the Angels in December 1970. In 1963, the power pitching Maloney struck out 8 straight Braves hitters and went on to strike out 16 in the game.
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June 21st-June 27th, 1971

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California Angels SS Jim Fregosi was 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs in a 5-4 win over the Brewers. The 29 year old is hitting .239 with 5 HRs and 23 RBIs in 67 games. For his career, Fregosi is hitting .270 with 115 HRs and 536 RBIs in 1389 MLB games.

Baltimore Orioles CF Paul Blair was 4 for 9 with a HR and 4 RBIs in a double header sweep of the Senators. The 27 year old is hitting .276 with 9 HRs and 40 RBIs in 64 games. For his career, Blair is hitting .265 with 82 HRs and 341 RBIs in 899 MLB games. Blair was named the AL Player of the Week.

Detroit Tigers RF Al Kaline was 5 for 5 with a HR and 5 RBIs in a 8-6 win over the Yankees. The 36 year old is hitting .346 with 9 HRs and 25 RBIs in 68 games. For his career, Kaline is hitting .302 with 360 HRs and 1413 RBIs in 2425 MLB games. Name:  al_kaline_1971_.png
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Philadelphia Phillies SP Barry Lersch allowed 3 hits and struck out 6 in a 3-1 loss to the Reds. The 26 year old is now 7-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 16 starts. For his career, Lersch is 13-9 with 5 saves, a 3.37 ERA in 68 games including 27 starts.

New York Mets SS Bud Harrelson was 6 for 8 with 2 RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of the Expos. The 27 year old is hitting .240 with 0 HRs and 20 RBIs in 71 games. For his career, Harrelson is hitting .239 with 2 HRs and 132 RBIs in 665 MLB games.

Boston Red Sox LF Carl Yastrzemski was 4 for 7 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs in a double header split with the Orioles. The 31 year old is now hitting .279 with 17 HRs and 44 RBIs in 70 games. For his career, "Yaz" is hitting .296 with 259 HRs and 913 RBIs in 1614 MLB games.
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Kansas City Royals CF Amos Otis was 3 for 6 with a HR and 4 RBIs in a double header sweep of the Athletics. The 24 year old is now hitting .308 with 6 HRs and 32 RBIs in 67 games. For his career, Otis is hitting .274 with 17 HRs and 95 RBIs in 293 MLB games.

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Maury Wills has extended his hitting streak to 20 games. The 38 year old is hitting .294 with 0 HRs and 27 RBIs in 68 games. For his career, Wills is hitting .285 with 17 HRs and 437 RBIs with 585 SBs in 1790 MLB games.

New York Mets 1B Ed Kranepool was named the NL Player of the Week. The 26 year old is hitting .322 with 3 HRs and 30 RBIs in 57 games. For his career, Kranepool is hitting .250 with 65 HRs and 325 RBIs in 987 MLB games.

This Weeks Major Transactions

The California Angels have suspended LF Alex Johnson indefinitely a spokesman for the team announced. The 28 year old is hitting .293 with 2 HRs and 21 RBIs in 66 games. Johnson well known for being in trouble with his teammates and team management for not running out ground balls and lazy play in the outfield. Often in screaming matches with team-mates, it was a such an incident in the case that led to the suspension. Already fined 29 times during the season for various incidents, but it was a run in with a close friend and team-mate that was Johnson's demise. On June 13th, 1971 Johnson accused Chico Ruiz of pulling a gun on him in the clubhouse. The Angels management denied any evidence of a gun in the locker room and of course Ruiz did the same. On June 24th after Johnson refused to run out a ground ball, the Angels manager Lefty Phillips benched Johnson once again and the Angels suspended him. The Major League Baseball Players Association will later file a grievance. It was during this time it was confirmed the Ruiz in fact did have a gun. It was suggested that Johnson was dealing with emotional issues and that the Johnson had justifiable grievances including racism. This all would lead to an eventual trade after the season was completed. Ironically Chico Ruiz was killed in a car accident in February of 1972, Alex Johnson was one of the few ball players to attend the funeral.
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June 28th- July 4th, 1971

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Cincinnati Reds 1B Lee May goes 4 for 10 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of the Expos. The 28 year old is now hitting .225 with 13 HRs and 37 RBIs in 71 games. Last season, May hit 253 with 34 HRs and 94 RBIs in 153 games for the Reds.

San Francisco Giants CF Willie Mays goes 5 for 6 with 4 RBIs in a 12-5 win over the Padres. The 40 year old is hitting .303 with 3 HRs and 27 RBIs in 71 games. Last year, Mays hit .291 with 28 HRs and 83 RBIs in 139 games for the Giants.

Baltimore Orioles LF Merv Rettenmund was 5 for 9 with a HR and 3 RBIs in a doubleheader split with the Indians. The 28 year old is hitting .348 with 10 HRs and 29 RBIs in 69 games. Last season, Rettenmund hit .322 with 18 HRs and 58 RBIs in 106 games with the Orioles.

Milwaukee Brewers SP Marty Pappin allowed 5 hits and struck out 9 in a complete game 2-0 win over the White Sox. The 28 year old is 6-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts. Last year, Pappin was 14-12 with a 3.39 ERA in 37 games including 29 starts for the Brewers.

New York Mets SP Charlie Williams allowed 1 hit and struck out 2 in a complete game 6-0 win over the Braves. The 23 year old is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 5 starts. This is Williams rookie season with the Mets and was ranked the #86 prospect in the MLB in April 1971.
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Houston Astros SP Don Wilson allowed 4 hits and struck out 12 in a complete game 5-0 win over the Reds. The 26 year is 6-7 with a 2.26 ERA in 18 starts. Last season, Wilson was 11-6 with a 3.91 ERA in 29 games including 27 starts for the Astros.

Houston Astros SP Ken Forsch allowed 3 hits and struck out 8 in a complete game 5-0 win over the Reds. The 24 year old Forsch is 4-3 with 1 save, a 3.03 ERA in 11 games including 7 starts. Last year, in Forsch's rookie season he was 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 4 starts for the Astros.

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Maury Wills has his hitting streak snapped at 28 games in a 3-2 win over the Padres. The 38 year old is hitting .293 with 0 HRs and 28 RBIs in 75 games. Last season, Wills hit .270 with 0 HRs and 34 RBIs in 132 games for the Dodgers.

Baltimore Orioles LF Don Buford was named the AL Player of the Month. The 34 year old is hitting .269 with 8 HRs and 35 RBIs in 67 games. Last year, Buford hit .272 with 17 HRs and 66 RBIs in 144 games for the Orioles.

San Francisco Giants RF Bobby Bonds was named the NL Player of the Month. The 25 year old is hitting .305 with 12 HRs and 49 RBIs in 80 games. Last season, Bonds hit .302 with 26 HRs and 78 RBIs in 157 games for the Giants.
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Detroit Tigers SP Les Cain was named the AL Pitcher of the Month. The 23 year old is 8-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 12 games including 10 starts. Last year, Cain was 12-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 29 starts for the Tigers.

San Francisco Giants SP Gaylord Perry was named the NL Pitcher of the Month. The 32 year old is 10-5 with a 0.99 ERA in 18 starts. Last season, Perry led the league in wins while going 23-13 with a 3.20 ERA in a league leading 41 starts for the Giants.

Cleveland Indians 1B Chris Chambliss was named the AL Rookie of the Month. The 22 year old is hitting .240 with 2 HRs and 19 RBIs in 60 games. Chambliss is ranked #37 as a MLB prospect in April 1971.

San Francisco Giants SS Chris Speier was named the NL Rookie of the Month for the 3rd straight month. The 21 year old is hitting .268 with 5 HRs and 21 RBIs in 80 games. Speier was named the #9 ranked prospect in the MLB in April 1971.

St Louis Cardinals SP Bob Gibson collects win #200 in a complete game 6-0 win over the Giants. The 35 year old is now 10-2 with a 1.72 ERA in 13 starts. Last year, Gibson was a league leader in wins with a 23-7 record, 3.12 ERA in 34 starts. Gibson started his MLB career in 1959 with the Cardinals, he lead the MLB in 1968 with a incredible 1.12 ERA in 304 IPs. Gibson won the NL Cy Young in 1968 and 1970, as well he is a 7 time All Star, 1968 NL MVP, 6 time Gold Glover and a 2 time World Series MVP. For his career, he is 200-119 with a 2.76 ERA in 396 games including 358 starts.

Cleveland Indians C Ray Fosse was named the AL Player of the Week. The 24 year old is hitting .303 with 10 HRs and 41 RBIs in 74 games. Last year, Fosse hit .307 with 18 HRs and 61 RBIs in 120 games for the Indians.
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Chicago Cubs LF Billy Williams was named the NL Player of the Week. The 33 year old is hitting .339 with 23 HRs and 67 RBIs in 79 games. Last season, Williams hit .322 with 42 HRs and 129 RBIs in 161 games for the Cubs.

This Weeks Major Transactions

The Atlanta Braves have released SP Hoyt Wilhelm. The 48 year old is 0-0 with 1 save, a 1.80 ERA in 6 games. Last year, Wilhelm was 6-5 with 13 saves, a 3.40 ERA in 53 games for the Braves and Cubs. Wilhelm led the league in 1952 and 1953 for games, with ERA in 1959 with a 2.19 and games finished with 39 in 1953. Wilhelm is a 5 time All Star. The knuckle-baller only had one significant injury over his career and ironically it was a pitching machine that injured his hand during bunting practice.

Its looks like it will be the end of the line for SP Dick Ellsworth as the Milwaukee Brewers released him. The 31 year old is 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.00 ERA in 10 games. Last year, Ellsworth was 3-3 with 3 saves, a 3.79 ERA in 43 games including 1 start. It has been suggested that nagging elbow injuries or various other ailments, but Ellsworth was no where near the pitcher he was in early to mid 1960's when he was routinely throwing over 200 innings. For his career, Ellsworth is 115-136 with 6 saves, a 3.70 ERA in 406 games including 310 starts. Ellsworth was 22-10 with a 2.11 ERA in 1963 with the Cubs in 37 starts.
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Facts and More Facts

The 1971 season in the real world saw the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Baltimore Orioles in 7 games to win the World Series title with Pirates Roberto Clemente being the series MVP. Willie Mays hits career major league leading 22nd extra innings HR in June and Rick Wise pitches a no-hitter and hits 2 HRs in a 4-2 June win over the Reds, it was the 2nd time the Reds were no-hit at home in June. As well in August, the Athletics beat the Angels 1-0, but it took 20 innings for the longest shutout in AL history. Phillies pitcher Rick Wise hits 2 more HRs including a Grand Slam in a 7-3 win over the Giants. On September 1st, the Pirates start an All-Black line-up (Stennett 2b, Clines cf, Clemente rf, Stargell lf, Sanguillen c, Cash 3b, Oliver 1b, Hernandez ss Ellis sp). In his 1st MLB game, Astros SP J R Richard strikes out 15 to beat the Giants. As well in September, Jim Palmer becomes the 4th Orioles starter with 20 wins on the season, the others were Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson. Bruised and battered Expos Ron Hunt gets plunked for the 50th time in 1971 on September 29th and the Washington Senators leave the MLB with a bang as fans storm onto the field in the 9th with 2 out in their last home game but have to forfeit a 7-5 lead. The Senators moved to become in the Texas Rangers in 1972.

Some other interesting facts during the 1971 season are......

St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock had a 26 game hitting streak stretch from April 30th to May 30th where he hit .429 (48/112) with 1 HR and 9 RBIs.

Four players hit 3 HRs during a game, 2 of them wore the black and yellow of the Pirates. Willie Stargell did it twice, both times in April, Pirates Bob Robinson also had 3 on October 3rd. Tigers Bill Freehan and Phillies Deron Johnson were the others.

Sixteen times during the 1971 season did a player achieve 5 hits, but only once did someone get 6 hits.... that was Cubs ss Don Kessinger during a 7-6 10 inning win over the Cardinals in June. Kessinger had 5 singles and a double during the win. It was Kessinger's lead off single in the 10th that eventually he scored on for the win.

In May, the Senators did not want to having anything to do with Red Sox LF Carl Yastrzemski. Yaz was walked 5 times and had single in his only other plate appearance in a 6-5 11 inning win by the Senators. Yastrezemski had a single in the 1st and was walked his next 5 at bats.

Shaking in their boots.... 4 hitters were given 3 intentional walks in a game during the 1971 season. Braves Hank Aaron, Pirates Gene Alley, Tigers Bill Freehan and Cardinals Joe Torre were being avoided by MLB pitchers during games.
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In July, Angels LF Billy Cowan would have begged for a intentional pass. Cowan was 0 for 8 while fanning 6 times in that infamous 20 inning 1-0 marathon that the Athletics won. Cowan hitting 4th in the Angels line-up, struck out in the 11th with a runner at 2nd and struck out 3 times to lead off an inning.

Like the Super Hero "Flash", Royals CF Amos Otis was using his speed for the greater good when he swiped 5 bases in September in a 4-3 win over the Brewers. Otis who was 4 for 4 with all singles stole 2nd 4 times ad 3rd once. In the Royals 7th, Otis hit a 2-out single, stole 2nd, stole 3rd and scored on the throw to 3rd by Brewers Darrell Porter to make the score 4-3.

It was mentioned earlier that Expos 2B Ron Hunt got hit by a pitch 50 times in 1971, he was hit multiple times in 6 games during the season. No other MLB player got hit by a pitch more then once during a game that year.

New York Mets SP Tom Seaver went on a scoreless streak of 31.2 innings from August 6th-21st during the year. Over those 4 starts he was 3-0 and the only no decision game was a 10 inning effort in a 12 inning 1-0 loss to the Padres when he struck out 14. Athletics reliever Rollie Fingers went 30.2 innings from May 21st to July 15th without giving up a run. Seaver's streak exceeding his 27 inning streak earlier in the season that started in the 4th inning of the opening day game against the Expos until the 7th inning of a game against the Reds on April 21st.

There were 3 no hitters during the 1971 season. Cubs Ken Holtzman had a no hitter on June 3rd in a 1-0 win over the Reds. Holtzman did walk 4 and struck out 6 over 9 innings. We mentioned Phillies Rick Wise did the deed against the Reds a few weeks later, and Wise was the offensive hero in that game as well. Veteran Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson had the 3rd no hitter in 1971. On August 14th Gibson struck out 10 in a 11-0 win over the Pirates as all the no-no's took place on the road. There were 17 1-hitters during the year including Royals Dick Drago's 1-0 loss to the Orioles. Frank Robinson hit a solo HR with 2-out in the 1st to wreck Drago's gem.

We mentioned Astros J R Richards 15 strikeout effort in September in his debut, but there were 4 more 15 + strikeout games including Athletics Vida Blue's 17 Ks on July 9th that infamous 1-0 win over the Angels in 20 innings. Blue gave up 7 hits and faced 40 batters over 11 innings while not walking a soul. Interesting was that Rollie Fingers came in for the next 7 innings allowing 2 hits and striking out 7 more. For the game, the Angels struck out 26 times in 72 plate appearances. There must have been good air circulation during the game as the Athletics struck out a total of 17 times themselves.

During the 60-70's a lot of pitchers were called upon to go a complete game 9 innings, but during the 1971 season, there were 26 pitchers that went 10 or more innings during a start. During the first game of a double header on September 24th, the Padres and Astros went 21 innings before the visiting Astros won 2-1. What was remarkable about the game was the starting pitching. Astros SP Ken Forsch went 13 innings allowing 6 hits and struck out 8 while Padres SP Clay Kirby lasted 15 innings allowing 8 hits and striking out 15. In case your wondering after the 5:25 time of game in the 1st, the second game lasted just 2:15 and appeared to be going extras when Padres OF Ollie Brown's 1-out walk off single sent the 6339 Padre fans home happy.
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Senators SP Denny McLain had a couple of disastrous starts back to back. On June 16th, McLain lasted just 3 innings giving up 5 hits, but all of them were of the 4-bagger variety. All 5 HRs were solo shots against the Athletics as Joe Rudi hit 2, Mike Epstein hit 2 and Dave Duncan hit the other in a 5-0 win over McLain's Senators. In McLain's next start on June 21st, Denny lasted 8 innings but he gave up 16 hits but this time no HRs in a 7-2 loss to the Orioles. The 5 HRs and 16 hits were the MLB highs for 1971.

"Just a little outside"....... sometimes it's not following through in your motion, other times its just missing and other times its the umpires "postage stamp" sized strike zone, but 3 major leaguers issued 10 walks in a game. On May 18th in a 7-3 win, Sam McDowell issued 10 free passes over just 6 innings. McDowell did walk the 2nd-4th hitters a total of 6 times and since he won lets call it strategically. On July 3rd, Cardinals lefty Steve Carlton needed just 5.2 innings to give up 10. Carlton also gave up 6 hits and 7 ERs and fell to 11-5 with a 10-1 loss to the Giants. Giants LF Bernie Williams had 4 of them, he had only 17 more career walks over his 101 other career MLB games. Finally Expos SP Ernie McAnally accomplished the feat, in defeat with a 6-4 loss to the Phillies McAnally lasted 8.2 innings giving up 5 hits and stuck out 7. Interesting enough, McAnally entered the 9th with a 4-2 lead, gave up 3 walks in the ninth with 2 hits to take the loss.

Keep them on their toes.......... 4 pitchers had plunked 3 batters during the 1971 season. Senators Pete Brobert, Phillies Jim Bunning, Pirates Bruce Kison and Mets Nolan Ryan. Kison did it in game 4 of the World Series against the Orioles. Kison entered the game with 2 outs in the 1st and the Pirates down 3-0 and he allowed just 4 base runners over 6.1 innings, 3 of them got on base the hard way. The Pirates came back and won 4-3. The other was Mets Nolan Ryan and with his fastball I suspect that it was not a pleasant night for Braves hitters as the Mets handed them a 6-2 loss.

Montreal Expos SP Bill Stoneman used control to accomplish the Expos 1st ever no-hitter in 1969, but it was a lack of control that brings Stoneman's name to the fore-front in 1971. On September 26th in a 7-1 loss to the Cardinals, Stoneman and rookie C Terry Humphrey could not get on the same page. Over 6 innings Stoneman issued 4 of his 8 wild pitches during the season. Two of those 4 wild ones were thrown in the Cardinals 1st inning. Stoneman also has the distinction of being the only MLB pitcher to have been called for 2 balks in a game on September 5th in a 8-2 loss to the Pirates. He balked both times to the same batter after Reggie Stennett led off the game with a single. Stennett scored on Ty Clines fielders choice.

And that folks is what made 1971 the year it was.

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July 5th- July 11th, 1971

This Weeks Top Performers

Washington Senators C Dick Billings was 3 for 4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in a 9-5 win over the Indians. The 28 year old is hitting .262 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs in 40 games. Billings is in his 4th season with the Senators in a very limited role. He had a career previous high of 27 games in 1969 for the Senators.

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Dock Ellis allowed 4 hits and struck out 11 in a complete game 3-0 win over the Reds. The 26 year old is 7-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 18 starts. Ellis was 2nd in the NL with 4 shut outs in 1970 for the Pirates.

Boston Red Sox 3B Rico Petrocelli was 3 for 9 with a HR and 5 RBIs in a double header split with the Indians. The 28 year old is hitting .272 with 19 HRs and 64 RBIs in 84 games. Petrocelli is a 3 time All Star and led the AL with 20 Sac Fly's in 1970 for the Red Sox.

Montreal Expos 2B Gary Sutherland was 3 for 3 with a HR and 5 RBIs in a 11-9 win over the Phillies. The 26 year old is hitting .181 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs in 41 games. Sutherland was 6th in the NL with 11 Sac Hits in 1969 for the Expos.
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New York Mets SP Tom Seaver allowed 3 hits and struck out 8 over a complete game 6-0 win over the Reds. The 26 year old is 11-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts. Seaver is a 5-time All Star, won the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year and 1969 NL Cy Young Award. Seaver led the NL with 25 wins in 1969 for the Mets.
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Detroit Tigers LF Jim Northrup was 3 for 3 with a HR and 3 RBIs in a 8-0 win over the Senators. The 31 year old is hitting .312 with 10 HRs and 38 RBIs in 77 games. Northrup finished 3rd in the AL with 90 RBIs in 1968 for the Tigers.

San Diego Padres 1B Nate Colbert was 3 for 8 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs in a double header sweep of the Cubs. The 25 year old is hitting .232 with 17 HRs and 40 RBIs in 91 games. Colbert finished 5th in the NL with 150 strikeouts in 1970 for the Padres.
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New York Yankees CF Bobby Murcer was named the AL Player of the Week. The 25 year old is hitting .294 with 17 HRs and 58 RBIs in 87 games. Murcer finished 5th in the AL with 103 strikeouts in 1969 with the Yankees.

Los Angeles Dodgers LF Dick Allen was named the NL Player of the Week. The 29 year old is hitting .308 with 16 HRs and 66 RBIs in 87 games. Allen was the 1964 NL Rookie of the Year and is a 5 time All Star. Allen led the NL with 13 triples in 1964 for the Phillies.

This weeks Major Transactions

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed RP Hoyt Wilhelm after the Braves released him in June. The 48 year old is 0-0 with 1 save, a 1.80 ERA in 6 games. Last year, Wilhelm was 6-5 with 13 saves, a 3.40 ERA in 53 games for the Braves and Cubs. Wilhelm led the league in 1952 and 1953 for games, with ERA in 1959 with a 2.19 and games finished with 39 in 1953. Wilhelm is a 5 time All Star. Wilhelm was an impressive 15-3 with 11 saves in his rookies season for the New York Giants. He also hit a HR in his first major league at bat, his only one is his MLB career (489 plate appearances)

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