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Old 08-28-2018, 02:23 PM   #101
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April 12th, 1971

This Weeks Top Performers

Atlanta Braves SP Phil Niekro allowed 1 hit and struck out 6 in a complete game 1-0 win over the Reds. The 32 year old was 15-12 with a 3.30 ERA in 37 games (32 starts) for the Braves in 1970.

Washington Senators SP Dick Bosman allowed 4 hits and struck out 3 over 8.1 innings in a 2-0 win over the defending champs Oakland Athletics. The 27 year old Bosman was 16-12 with a 2.66 ERA in 34 starts for the Senators in 1970. Bosman won a Platinum Stick for 1970 at P and was an 1970 All Star.

Boston Red Sox SP Ray Culp allowed 5 hits and struck out 5 in a complete game 6-2 win over the Yankees. The 29 year old was 13-10 with a 4.43 ERA in 33 starts for the Red Sox in 1970. Culp was an All Star in 1963.

San Francisco Giants SP Gaylord Perry allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 in a complete game 3-1 win over the Padres. The 32 year old was 16-15 with a 3.98 ERA in a league leading 41 starts in 1970 for the Giants. Perry also led the league in IPs in 1970 with 312. Perry is a 2-time All Star.

California Angels SP Andy Messersmith allowed 5 hits and struck out 6 over a complete game 1-0 win over the Royals. The 25 year old was 14-8 with 1 save, a 2.32 ERA in 35 games (26 starts) for the Angels in 1970. Messersmith was an All Star in 1970.

New York Mets SP Gary Gentry allowed 3 hits and struck out 6 over 7.2 innings in a 3-2 win over the Expos. The 24 year old was 13-9 with a 2.56 ERA in 32 games (29 starts) for the Mets in 1970. Gentry was an All Star in 1970.

Baltimore Orioles SP Mike Cuellar allowed 6 hits and struck out 3 in a complete game 3-1 win over the Tigers. The 33 year old was 19-15 with a 3.90 ERA in a league leading 40 starts for the Orioles in 1970. Cuellar is a 2-time All Star.
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Baltimore Orioles SP Jim Palmer allowed 5 hits and struck out 6 in a complete game 1-0 loss to the Tigers. The 25 year old led the league in wins with a 23-10 record, a 3.21 ERA in 39 starts for the Orioles in 1970. Palmer was an All Star in 1970.

Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Dick Allen was 3 for 4 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in a 13-0 win over the Padres. The 29 year old hit .338 with 35 HRs and 111 RBIs in 137 games for the Cardinals in 1970. Allen was the 1964 Rookie of the Year, a 4-time All Star and a 1970 Platinum Stick award winner at 1B.

St Louis Cardinals 3B Joe Torre was 5 for 7 with a HR and 3 RBIs in a double header sweep of the Giants. The 30 year old hit .318 with 22 HRs and 97 RBIs in 162 games for the Cardinals in 1970. Torre is a 2-time Gold Glover and 7 time All Star.

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Don Sutton allowed 3 hits and struck out 11 in a complete game 13-0 win over the Padres. The 26 year old was 14-10 with a 2.49 ERA in 38 starts for the Dodgers in 1970. Sutton is a 2-time All Star.

St Louis Cardinals C Ted Simmons has carried over from were he left off in 1970, he has extended his hitting streak to 20 games in a 7-5 loss to the Cubs. The 21 year old hit .310 with 3 HRs and 47 RBIs in 118 games for the Cardinals in 1970. Simmons hitting streak was snapped at 22 games in a 3-2 win over the Giants.

Boston Red Sox CF Reggie Smith was named the AL Player of the Week hitting 8 for 18 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. The 26 year old hit .308 with 40 HRs and 109 RBIs in 154 games for the Red Sox in 1970. Smith was the 1970 AL MVP, won a Gold Glove at CF in 1968, a 2-time All Star and a 2-time Platinum Stick winner.

San Francisco Giants RF Bobby Bonds was named the NL Player of the Week while hitting 12 for 25 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs. The 25 year old hit .276 with 29 HRs and 71 RBIs in 162 games in 1970 for the Giants. Bonds was an All Star in 1969 and also won the Platinum Stick award the same year.

This Weeks Major Transactions

The Oakland Athletics have traded 1B Felipe Alou to the New York Yankees in exchange for Ron Klimkowski. The 35 year old Alou is hitting .200 with 0 HRs and 0 RBIs in 4 games this season. Alou hit .291 with 9 HRs and 86 RBIs in 150 games for the Athletics in 1970. Alou was a member of the 1970 World Champion Athletics, he is also a 3-time All Star. Alou led the league in hits in 1966 with 218 and again in 1968 with 210. Many have felt the Alou was the guy that cleared the way for players of the Dominican Republic to find their ways to the Major leagues. This trade was most likely to give the Athletics to see more of Joe Rudi in LF. The 27 year old Klimkowski is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 2 games this season. Last year Klimkowski was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 20 games (3 starts) for the Yankees. Klimkowski was part of the 1969 Yankees team the won the World Series.
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The Detroit Tigers have signed RP Dave Boswell a day after the Minnesota Twins released him. The 26 year old Boswell had not pitched this season but was 7-6 with 1 save, a 4.15 ERA in 19 games (15 starts) for the Twins in 1970. The hard throwing right hander debuted with the Orioles in 1964 at the tender age of 19. Hampered by chronic blisters, arm and shoulder ailments, he was still able to average over 200 innings from 1966-69. Boswell maybe best known for getting knocked out cold by his manager Billy Martin in 1969 in a drunken bar fight. Unfortunately for Boswell, after Martin left the Twins, he went to go manage the Tigers. Boswell and Martin are reunited again.....

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Bill Mazeroski will miss up to 3 weeks and was placed on the DL. The 34 year old is hitting .333 with 0 HRs and 1 RBI in 4 games. Last year Mazeroski hit .213 with 3 HRs and 24 RBIs in 106 games for the Pirates. Mazeroski is a 9-time Gold Glove winner and a 7-time All Star. Most known for his bottom of the 9th, game seven World Series clinching HR in 1960. With the Yankees scoring 2 in the top of the 9th to tie the game up came Mazeroski to lead off the bottom of the 9th. After Yankee C Johnny Blanchard gave P Ralph Terry the sign radio announcer Chuck Thompson made the call. "Cletus Boyer moves over to play shortstop and Ralph Terry, of course, on the mound to face Bill Mazeroski..... Here's the swing and a high ball going deep to left.... it may do it! Back to the wall goes Berra, it is over the fence! Home Run! The Pirates win! 3:36 pm October 13th, 1960".
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Kansas City Royals C Buck Martinez will miss up to 2 months and was place on the DL. The 22 year old is hitting .000 with 0 HRs and 1 RBI in 1 game. Last year he hit .357 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs in 6 games for the Royals. Martinez was ranked the MLBs 65th prospect in April 1969.

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