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Old 08-01-2018, 08:09 PM   #81
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August 24th-August 30th, 1970

This Weeks Top Performers

Atlanta Braves LF Tony Gonzalez was 3 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs in a 11-2 rough up of the Expos. The 34 year old is hitting .280 with 7 HRs and 49 RBIs in 116 games. For his career, Gonzalez is hitting .292 with 91 HRs and 537 RBIs in 1420 games.

Atlanta Braves SP George Stone allowed 7 hits and struck out 6 in a complete game 11-2 win over the Expos. The 24 year old is 17-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 26 starts. For his career, Stone is 33-17 with a 2.73 ERA in 75 games including 57 starts.
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San Francisco Giants SS Hal Lanier goes 3 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs as the Giants squeeze past the Cardinals 8-7. The 28 year old is hitting .249 with 3 HRs and 23 RBIs in 118 games. For his career, Lanier is .228 with 10 HRs and 230 RBIs in 981 games.

Baltimore Orioles SP Dave McNally allowed 3 hits and struck out 6 as McNally goes the distance in a 5-2 win over the Athletics. The 27 year old is 19-7 with a 3.24 ERA in 33 starts. For his career, McNally is 109-61 with 1 save, a 3.01 ERA in 261 games including 236 starts.

Minnesota Twins SP Bert Blyleven allowed 4 hits and struck out 12 as Blyleven hurls a 2-0 shutout win over the Red Sox. The 19 year old is 11-3 with 2 saves, a 2.18 ERA in 29 games including 18 starts. Blyleven is in his rookie season.

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Claude Osteen allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 10 innings as the Dodgers deal the Cubs a painful 1-0 loss in 11 innings. The 31 year old is 10-10 with a 3.02 ERA in 30 starts. For his career, Osteen is 128-127 with 1 save, a 3.08 ERA in 362 games including 317 starts.

Houston Astros RF Jim Wynn goes 3 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs as Wynn sparks the Astros in a 16-5 win over the Expos. The 28 year old is now hitting .249 with 18 HRs and 68 RBIs in 130 games. For his career, Wynn is hitting .257 with 162 HRs and 518 RBIs in 1003 games.

New York Mets SP Jim McAndrew allowed 4 hits and struck out 5 as McAndrew shuts out the Braves 1-0. The 26 year old is 13-4 with 1 save, a 2.55 ERA in 21 games including 20 starts. For his career, McAndrew is 23-21 with 1 save, a 2.99 ERA in 61 games including 53 starts.

Chicago Cubs 3B Ron Santo goes 3 for 4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs in 8-5 win over the Padres. The 30 year old is hitting .292 with 25 HRs and 79 RBIs in 133 games. For his career, Santo is hitting .279 with 274 HRs and 989 RBIs in 1671 games.
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Pittsburgh Pirates CF Matty Alou was 5 for 5 with a pair of doubles and 4 RBIs in as Alou socks it to the Giants in a 11-8 win. The 31 year old is hitting .303 with 1 HR and 34 RBIs in 129 games. For his career, Alou is hitting .308 with 18 HRs and 280 RBIs in 1170 games.

Cleveland Indians SP Sam McDowell allowed 2 hits and struck out 11 as McDowell blanks the Angels 6-0. The 27 year old is 13-12 with a 4.12 ERA in 34 starts. For his career, McDowell is 102-94 with 9 saves, a 3.08 ERA in 296 games including 259 starts.

Kansas City Royals SP Dick Drago allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 in 1-0 walk off 1-0 shut out win for Drago. The 25 year old is 9-13 with a 3.55 ERA in 29 starts. For his career, Drago is 14-27 with a 3.82 ERA in 65 games including 54 starts.

Kansas City Royals CF Amos Otis was named the AL Player of the Week. The 23 year old is hitting .292 with 17 HRs and 73 RBIs in 132 games. For is career Otis is hitting .269 with 18 HRs and 86 RBIs in 226 games.

Cincinnati Reds RF Pete Rose was named the NL Player of the Week. The 29 year old is hitting .318 with 5 HRs and 57 RBIs in 134 games. For his career, Rose is hitting .303 with 76 HRs and 474 RBIs in 1202 games.

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Detroit Tigers C Bill Freehan will miss the remainder of the season and was place on the DL. The 28 year old is hitting .289 with 20 HRs and 79 RBIs in 117 games. For his career, Freehan is hitting .262 with 132 HRs and 512 RBIs in 1091 games. Freehan is a 5-time Gold Glover and 7-time All Star. Freehan led he league with 15 Intentional walks in 1967, 24 hit by a pitch in 1968 and 20 hit by a pitch in 1967. Freehan is considered one of the MLB's best defensive catchers. The right handed batter, usually crowded the plate and it would explain why he got hit by a lot of pitches. It appears that Freehan's back injury has resurfaced and that the Tigers and Freehan will have to decide if a spinal surgery is necessary.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have released RP Camilo Pascual. The 36 year old is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 1 game (2 IPs). For his career, Pascual is 174-172 with 10 saves, a 3.61 ERA in 527 games including 403 starts. Pascual is a 5-time All Star, who led the league in 1956 while serving up 33 HRs. He also led the league 3-times with strikeouts. Pascual led the league with CG's in 1959, 1962 and 1963. The Cuban curveball specialist started to have arm problems related to a shoulder issue, his effectiveness faded from 1965-1967.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released RP Orlando Pena. The 36 year old is 3-0 with a 6.08 ERA in 13 games (23 IPs) For his career, Pena is 47-66 with 27 saves, a 3.91 ERA in 306 games including 91 starts. Pena led the league with 20 losses in 1963, he also led the league with 40 saves in 1964. Signed by the Pirates in June 1970, Pena did not show enough to warrent a roster spot for the rest of the season.

The Washington Senators have traded SP George Brunet to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Denny Riddleberger. The 35 year old Brunet is 5-10 with 1 save, a 4.78 ERA in 24 games including 20 starts for the Senators. For his career, Brunet is 67-98 with 5 saves, a 3.52 ERA in 298 games including 210 starts. Brunet led the league in losses in 1967 (19) and 1968 (17). Brunet is now with his 8th MLB organization since his debut in 1956. The 24 year old Riddleberger has yet to pitch in the regular season.
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The Atlanta Braves have sold RF Tony Gonzalez to the California Angels. The 34 year old is hitting .280 with 7 HRs and 49 RBIs in 116 games with the Braves. Gonzalez was plagued most of his career by eye problems, possibly due to getting hit by pitches. Between that and back surgery, Gonzalez may not have reached his potential. The Angels are have rumoured to be looking for Gonzalez as to add some depth to their roster for a playoff/pennant push.
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August 31st- September 6th, 1970

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New York Yankees C Thurman Munson was 4 for 4 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs in extending the Yankees win streak to 5 with a 6-2 win over the Orioles. The 23 year old is hitting .270 with 11 HRs and 52 RBIs in 123 games. Munson has surpassed his rookie season for hit of 50 in 1969 when he hit .352 with 4 HRs and 41 RBIs in 82 games for the Yankees.
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Atlanta Braves CF Oscar Brown was 5 for 8 with a HR and 3 RBIs in a double header split with the Dodgers. The 24 year old is hitting .206 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs in 8 games. Last year he hit .333 with 0 HRs and 0 RBIs in 8 games.

Baltimore Orioles 2B Davey Johnson was 6 for 6 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs and led the Orioles in a 18-3 win over the Yankees. The 27 year old is hitting .300 with 16 HRs and 75 RBIs in 131 games. Johnson had a career high with 141 hits in 1969 when he hit .272 with 6 HRs and 48 RBIs in 148 games for the Orioles. Johnson was named the AL Player of the Week hitting 14 for 27 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs.

Baltimore Orioles RF Frank Robinson was 4 for 5 with 4 RBIs in a 18-3 whipping of the Yankees. The 35 year old is hitting .288 with 24 HRs and 71 RBIs in 132 games. Robinson had a career high 208 hits in 1962 when he hit .342 with a 39 HRs and 136 RBIs in 162 games for the Reds. Robinson led the league with 51 doubles, 134 runs scored and a 1.045 OPS that season.

Houston Astros SP Jack Billingham allowed 5 hits and struck out 6 in 8 innings in a gem of an effort in a 1-0 wi over the Padres. The 27 year old Billingham is 7-6 with 1 save, a 3.40 ERA in 31 games including 19 starts. Billingham tied a career high he had previous set in 1969 for wins when he was 7-2 with 5 saves, a 2.86 ERA in 42 games including 4 starts for the Astros.

San Diego Padres SP Clay Kirby was on the other end of the 1-0 loss to the Astros as he allowed 3 hits and struck out 8 over 8 innings. The 22 year old is 10-13 with a 2.44 ERA in 29 starts. Kirby had a career high for wins in 1969 as a rookie when he was 11-14 with a 3.38 ERA in 35 starts for the Padres.

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Steve Blass allowed 2 hits and struck out 9 in a sensational complete game 7-1 win over the Phillies. The 28 year old is 13-9 with 4 saves, a 3.52 ERA in 35 games including 26 starts. Blass had a career high for wins in 1968 when he was 18-6 with a 2.12 ERA in 31 starts for the Pirates.

Baltimore Orioles SP Tom Phoebus was lights out when he allowed 4 hits and struck out 8 in a complete game 3-0 win over the Red Sox. The 28 year old is now 7-9 with a 3.77 ERA in 23 games including 17 starts. Pheobus has a career high for wins in 1969 when he was 16-12 with a 2.16 ERA in 33 starts for the Orioles.

New York Yankees SP Fritz Peterson allowed 6 hits and struck out 10 over 12.1 innings in a 5-4 walk off win in the 16th inning over the Indians. The 28 year old is 15-8 with a 2.91 ERA in 32 starts. Peterson set a career high for wins in 1969 when he led the league in wins with a 23-8 record. He also led the league in ERA with a 1.92 ERA and with a 0.92 Whip in 37 starts for the Yankees. Peterson was the 1969 AL Cy Young Award winner.
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Oakland Athletics 3B Sal Bando was named the AL Player of the Month for August. The 26 year old is hitting .306 with 28 HRs and 79 RBIs in 134 games. Bando had a career high with 152 hits in 1968 when he hit .251 with 9 HRs and 67 RBIs in 162 games for the Athletics.

San Francisco Giants C Dick Dietz was named the NL Player of the Month for August. The 28 year old is hitting .294 with 26 HRs and 73 RBIs in 131 games. Dietz surpassed his former high for 85 hits in 1969 this year. In 1969 Dietz hit .279 with 12 HRs and 45 RBIs in 118 games for the Giants.

Washington Senators SP Joe Coleman was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for August. The 23 year old is 13-9 with a 2.59 ERA in 33 games including 25 starts. Coleman set a career high for wins in 1969 when he was 19-13 with a 3.81 ERA in 36 starts for the Senators.

Chicago Cubs SP Bill Hands was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for August. The 30 year old is 14-15 with a 4.02 ERA in 32 starts. Hands set a career high with wins in 1968 when he was 16-10 with a 2.89 ERA in 34 starts for the Cubs.

Cleveland Indians LF Roy Foster was named the AL Rookie of the Month for August. The 25 year old is hitting .299 with 21 HRs and 71 RBIs in 129 games. Foster has been named the AL Rookie of the Month 4 times this season with only July's rookie not being named Foster. Foster hit a walk off Grand Slam on June 14th in the 10th inning in a 6-2 win over the Brewers.

Philadelphia Phillies SS Larry Bowa was named the NL Rookie of the Month for August. The 24 year old is hitting .297 with 0 HRs and 47 RBIs in 131 games. Bowa was named the Rookie of the Month for the second time this year, he was the Rookie of the Month in June as well.

Cleveland Indians 3B Graig Nettles extends his hitting streak to 20 games in a 6-1 win over the Senators. The 26 year old is hitting .275 with 25 HRs and 61 RBIs in 132 games. Nettles surpassed his previous high of 65 hits from last season when he hit .237 with 11 HRs and 35 RBIs in 137 games for the Twins. The Yankees snapped the streak the very next night in a 8-7 win over the Indians.

Cincinnati Reds 3B Tony Perez was named the NL Player of the Week. The 28 year old is hitting .288 with 29 HRs and 83 RBIs in 139 games. Perez had a career high with 184 hits in 1969 when he hit .299 with a league leading 40 HRs and a league leading 125 RBIs in 162 games for the Reds.

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Cleveland Indians C Ray Fosse will miss the remainder of he season and was placed on the DL after fracturing his finger as a result of a foul tip. The 23 year old is hitting .279 with 12 HRs and 61 RBIs in 128 games. Fosse had a career high previously with 49 hits in 1969 when he hit .297 with 4 HRs and 17 RBIs in 68 games for the Indians. Fosse was named the MLB's 30th ranked prospect in April 1969. Fosse has had 2 Grand Slams in his career so far. Fosse was best remembered for getting slammed by Pete Rose during the 1970 Real Life All Star Games. In Real life as well in 1970, Fosse was the victim of a cherry bomb that was thrown on the field that resulted in burns to the instep of his foot.
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The Chicago White Sox have sold SP Bob Miller to the cross-town rival Chicago Cubs. The 31 year old is on his 3rd team of the year and is now 3-5 with 3 saves, a 5.18 ERA in 34 games including 14 starts. Miller had a career high for wins in 1963 when he was 10-8 with 1 save, a 2.89 ERA in 42 games including 23 starts. Miller led the league with 74 games in 1964.

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MLB Leaders by OPS (Min 465 PA)
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MLB Leaders by ERA (Min 137 IP)
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Facts....... and more Facts.

The Real LIfe 1970 MLB Pennant Chases:

On September 6th, 1970 the NL East was led by the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 74-64 record, 2 games ahead of the Cubs and 2.5 games ahead of the Mets. First year manager Danny Murtaugh had the Pirates go 19-10 from September 1st on to win the East by 5 games over the Cubs and 6 games over the Mets. Pirates SP Dock Ellis pitched a no hitter on June 12th, allegedly while on acid, everything seemed to go right for the Pirates. As well the Pirates drafted OF Dave Parker in the 14th round of the draft. Murtaugh would go on to win the Associated Press NL Manager of the Year. Although the Cubs finished 2nd in 1970, they drafted SP Rick Reuschel who went on to a pretty good career. The Mets could not duplicate the miracle of the 1969 World Series season, they finished a respectable 83-79 but a trade with up and coming Amos Otis who was sent to the Royals for Joe Foy may have been an pre-season omen.

In the beginning of September of September the NL West was not a close race, the Cincinnati Reds had a 11.5 game lead on the 2nd place Dodgers with the Dodgers losing SP Bill Singer for the rest of the season. Manager Sparky Anderson had just come off a 14-15 month of August for the Reds, the only losing month of the year for the Reds. The Reds would finish the season 14.5 games ahead of the Dodgers. The Reds got off to a 70-30 start in 1970, they cruised 32-30 the rest of the way. Johnny Bench would go on to win the NL MVP in 1970.

The AL East was not a close race either. On September 1st, the Baltimore Orioles had a 12 game lead on the Yankees. The Orioles were 86-47 to this point. The Orioles finished 22-7 the rest of the way to take the division and pennant by 15 games over the runner up Yankees. The Orioles were back in the playoffs and looking for redemption after the 1969 World Series loss to the Miracle Mets. Led by the bat of 1970 AL MVP Boog Powell and his 35 HRs and Brooks Robinson's 94 RBIs with the steady stream of Cuellar, McNally and Palmer on the hill, the Orioles were not challenged by the Yankees.

Things were a little tighter in the AL West, the Twins had a 3 game lead on the Angels and 7 over the Athletics with a month left in the season. The Twins (22-10) pulled away from the Angels who faltered down the stretch (12-18) and held off the surge of the Athletics (19-11) in the final month for the pennant win. The Twins were lead offensively by 3B Harmon Killebrew (.271 41 113) and RF Tony Oliva (.325 23 107). The Twins would have been more of a threat offensively but lost Rod Carew to a knee injury in the 1st half of the season. Pitchers Jim Perry (24-12 3.04) Jim Kaat (14-10 3.56) and rookie Bert Blyleven (10-9 3.18) gave the Twins a good 1-2-3 punch.

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September 7th- September 13th, 1970

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New York Mets CF Tommie Agee goes 5 for 9 with 3 HRs and 4 RBIs in a double header split with the Expos. The 28 year old is hitting .246 with 18 HRs and 60 RBIs in 146 games. Agee was the 1966 AL Rookie of the Year winner, he also won a Gold Glove at CF that season. Agee is a 2-time All Star.

Montreal Expos SP Steve Renko allowed 2 hits and 8 strikeouts over 9.1 innings in a 1-0 12 inning loss to the Mets. Renko left the game after 115 pitches. The 25 year old is 12-11 with a 3.58 ERA in 29 starts for the Expos. Renko had 10 strikeouts on July 4th against the Cardinals.
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New York Mets SP Gary Gentry beat Renko allowing 4 hits and striking out 7 over 9 innings in the 1-0 win over the Expos. The 23 year old is 12-9 with a 2.75 ERA in 27 starts. Gentry was a 1970 NL All Star.

Minnesota Twins SP Bert Blyleven allowed 3 hits and struckout 8 in a complete game 4-1 win over the Brewers. The 19 year old is 13-4 with 2 saves, a 2.02 ERA in 21 starts. Blyleven in his rookie season was an 1970 AL All Star.

California Angels CF Tony Gonzalez was 5 for 9 with a HR and 2 RBIs in a double header split with the White Sox. The 34 year old is hitting .280 with 10 HRs and 56 RBIs in 124 games with the Braves (116) and Angels (8). Gonzalez was 2nd in the league for triples in 1963 with 12.

Chicago Cubs 3B Ron Santo was 4 for 4 with a HR and 5 RBIs in a wild 14-12 win over the Expos in which both teams combined for 29 hits including 4 HRs. The 30 year old is hitting .296 with 26 HRs and 88 RBIs in 145 games. Santo is a 5-time Gold Glove winner and a 7-time All Star. Santo hit 2 Grand Slams so far this season (June 18th and June 21st)

Washington Senators SP Bill Gogolewski tosses a shut out when he allowed 3 hits and struck out 7 in a complete game 5-0 win over the Tigers. The 22 year old is 5-1 with 2 saves, a 1.36 ERA in 31 games including just 2 starts in his rookie season. Gogolewski was ranked the 22nd MLB prospect in April 1970.

New York Yankees SP Fritz Peterson dominated as he whitewashed the Indians while he allowed 6 hits and struck out 7 in a complete game 5-0 win. The 28 year old is 16-8 with a 2.81 ERA in 33 starts. Peterson was the 1969 AL Cy Young Award winner, he also was a member of the World Champion Yankees in 1969. Peterson is also a 2-time All Star.

Chicago Cubs SP Fergie Jenkins allowed 6 hits and struck out 8 in a complete game walk off 4-3 win over the Pirates. The 27 year old is 10-15 with a 3.06 ERA in 35 starts. Jenkins finished 3rd in the 1969 NL Cy Young voting and was an All Star in 1967. He led the league in starts in 1968 (40) and 1969 (42).

Chicago Cubs LF Billy Williams goes wild as he was 4 for 5 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in 8-7 loss to the Pirates. The 32 year old is hitting .295 with 25 HRs and 95 RBIs in 144 games. Williams was the 1961 NL Rookie of the Year, he is also a 4-time All Star.

Oakland Athletics 1B Don Mincher was 2 for 2 with a HR and 6 RBIs as the Athletic improve to 88-58 with a 10-5 win over the Royals. The 32 year old is hitting .254 with 37 HRs and 88 RBIs in 133 games. Mincher was a 1967 AL All Star. Todays Grand Slam was his 3rd of the season, all coming since August 7th.

Baltimore Orioles RF Frank Robinson was named the AL Player of the Week. The 35 year old is hitting .296 with 27 HRs and 78 RBIs in 139 games. Robinson has a long list of awards, he was the 1961 NL MVP, 1966 AL MVP, 1956 NL Rookie of the Year, 1966 World Series MVP to go along with his 10-time All Star games and 1 Gold Glove.

Pittsburgh Pirates CF Al Oliver was named the NL Player of the Week. The 23 year old is hitting .328 with 18 HRs and 81 RBIs in 141 games. Oliver played in his first full season in 1969 playing in 139 games for the Pirates hitting 11 HRs and 50 RBIs.

Houston Astros SP Ken Forsch has NO HIT the Padres in a 14-1 win. Forsch allowed 3 walks and struck out 7 in the rookies pitching gem. The 24 year old is now 5-0 with a 3.44 ERA in 32 games including 2 starts. Forsch was named the MLBs 10th ranked prospect in April 1970.

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Minnesota Twins SP Luis Tiant's season appear's to be done. The 29 year old is going onto the DL for the 2nd time this season. Tiant is 4-8 with a 4.78 ERA in 15 starts. Tiant was an 1968 AL All Star, he led the league with a 1.60 ERA in that season. It appears that the crack in the bone of his right shoulder is still bothering him as he missed 10 weeks already this season.

The California Angels will face the last tow weeks of the pennant chase without star SP Andy Messersmith as he was place on the DL. The 25 year old is 14-8 with 1 save, a 2.32 ERA in 26 starts. Messersmith was an AL All Star this season and had a NO HITTER in July against the Brewers. Credited by Yankees manager Billy Martin as having the best stuff in the league, Messersmith proved he was going to be a star in 1969.

The Philadelphia Phillies season was bad enough but now they will finish the season without star 1B Dick Allen. The 28 year old is hitting .339 with 35 HRs and 111 RBIs in 135 games. Allen was the 1964 NL Rookie of the Year and is a 4-time All Star. Allen led the league in triples with 13 in 1964 and with 125 runs scored in the same season. Playing in unfamiliar territory at 3B in 1964, Allen made 41 errors in his rookie season. Allen, never really ever escaped controversy, whether racial, fighting with teammates or contract issues. In 1965 Allen held out for more money, got into a fight with teammate Frank Thomas over what Allen thought was a racially motivated comment. In 1968 it was rumoured that Allen got his manager, Gene Mauch fired. Like I said, lots of controversy followed Allen.

The Milwaukee Brewers have traded SP Bobby Bolin to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. The 31 year old Bolin is 3-8 with a 5.10 ERA in 25 games including 18 starts. The side-armed throwing Bolin finished 2nd in 1968 to Bob Gibson with a 1.99 ERA. In 1965, Bolin joked that he had combined with Willie Mays for 53 HRs... Mays hit 52 of them.

The Chicago White Sox have claimed Lee Maye off waivers from the Washington Senators. The 35 year old is hitting .360 with 5 HRs and 35 RBIs in 104 games for the Senators. Maye led the league with 44 doubles in 1964. Maye's career was continually hampered by injuries and health issues. Only once in his career to this point since 1959 has he played 125 games or more (153 in 1964). Maye is noted for breaking teammate Joe Morgan's kneecap in 1966 during batting practise while playing for the Astros.
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The Oakland Athletics have traded Mudcat Grant to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later. The 35 year old Grant is 1-1 with 1 save, a 2.16 ERA in 18 games (25 IPs) for the Athletics. Grant is a 2-time All Star. Grant led the league with 21 wins in 1965 with a league high 6 shut outs. Grant credited his 1965 success to pitching coach Johnny Sain who had taught him and a few other guys a fast curve.
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September 14th- September 20th, 1970

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New York Mets SP Ray Sadecki allowed 5 hits and struck out 8 in a complete game 8-1 drubbing of the Expos. The 29 year old is 8-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 18 starts. Sadecki was originally signed as a amateur free agent by the Cardinals in 1958. The Cardinals traded him to the Giants for Orlando Cepeda in May 1966. The Giants then traded Sadecki along with Dave Marshall to the Mets for Bob Heise and Jim Gosger in December 1969.

Washington Senators LF Frank Howard was 3 for 3 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs in a nail bitter, 11 inning walk off win over the Orioles. The 34 year old is hitting .268 with 36 HRs and 92 RBIs in 150 games. Howard was originally signed as a amateur free agent by the Dodgers in 1958. He was traded to the Senators along with Phil Ortega, Pete Richert, Ken McMullen and a player to be named later in exchange for Claude Osteen, John Kennedy and $100,000 cash in December 1964.
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Detroit Tigers SP Mickey Lolich allowed 2 hits and struck out 12 over 8.1 innings in a sensation performance in a 6-1 win over the Indians. The 30 year old is 18-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 38 starts. Lolich was signed as an amateur free agent by the Tigers in 1958.

Cleveland Indians SP Sam McDowell allowed 4 hits and struck out 8 in a complete game 2-0 shutout of the Tigers. The 28 year old is 15-14 with a 4.09 ERA in 38 starts. McDowell was signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians in 1960.

Houston Astros SP Jack Billingham allowed 3 hits and struck out 11 in a complete game 9-0 whitewash of the Dodgers. The 27 year old is 9-7 with 1 save, a 3.07 ERA in 34 games including 22 starts. Billingham was an amateur free agent signing by the Dodgers in 1961. The Expos selected him in the 1969 expansion draft in October 1968. Montreal traded Billingham to the Astros in April 1969 along with Skip Guinn and cash to complete an earlier trade for Rusty Staub in January 1969 after Donn Clendenon refused to report to Houston.

Baltimore Orioles 1B Boog Powell was 4 for 4 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs as Powell's multiple HR game defeats the Indians 8-1. The 29 year old is hitting .306 with 41 HRs and 117 RBIs in 144 games. Powell was originally signed as a amateur free agent by the Orioles in 1959.

Boston Red Sox CF Reggie Smith was 4 for 8 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in a double header sweep of the Senators. The 25 year old is hitting .306 with 38 HRs and 104 RBIs in 145 games. Smith was originally signed as a free agent in June 1963 by the Twins. The Red Sox selected Smith from the Twins in the first year minor league draft in December 1963.

Baltimore Orioles RF Frank Robinson was 4 for 4 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs in 12-1 win over the Indians. The Orioles scored 10 runs in the 1st inning in which Robinson hit a 3-run HR and a Grand Slam HR. The 35 year old is hitting .307 with 31 HRs and 89 RBIs in 143 games. The Reds originally signed Robinson as a amateur free agent in 1953. The Reds traded him to the Orioles in exchange for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson in December 1965. Robinson was 9 for 14 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs this week to earn the AL Player of the Week Award.

Cincinnati Reds RF Pete Rose was named the NL Player of the Week. The 29 year old is hitting .320 with 7 HRs and 63 RBIs in 153 games. Rose was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Reds in 1960.

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The Oakland Athletics have sold Tommy Davis to the Chicago Cubs. The 31 year old is hitting .291 with 8 HRs and 67 RBIs in 125 games this year. Davis, a 2-time All Star led the league in hits in 1962 with 230. In 1962, Davis hit .348 with 27 HRs and a league leading 153 RBIs as well. He is a two time batting champ, 1962 (.346) and 1963 (.326). Davis has moved around a lot since signing as a free agent in 1956 with the Dodgers. In November 1966 he was traded to the Mets, the Mets traded him to the White Sox in December 1967. The Seattle Pilots selected him in October 1968 in the 69 Expansion draft. The Pilots traded him to the Astros in August 1969. The Astros sold Davis to the Athletics in 1970 to make room for rookie call up Cesar Cedeno leading up to this trade. Davis's career took a change after a serious ankle injury in 1965 limited him to just 17 games, he was never really able to find his power stroke after the injury.

The Cleveland Indians have sold SP Dean Chance to the Mets. The 29 year old is 8-12 with a 2.79 ERA in 38 games including 19 starts. Chance was the 1964 AL Cy Young Award Winner. He is also a 2-time All Star. In 1964 Chance led the league with 20 wins, a 1.65 ERA and 278 IPs. He also had 9 losses in 46 games including 35 starts. Chance led the league in complete games twice, 1964 (15) and 1967 (18). Chance was originally signed by the Orioles in 1959 as an amateur free agent. The Senators selected him in the 1960 expansion draft. The Senators traded Chance to the Angels in December 1960. The Angels traded him to the Twins in April 1967. In December 1969, the Twins traded Chance to the Indians. In 1964 during Chances Cy Young season, he owned the Yankees allowing just 14 hits in 50 innings, allowing just 1 run a homer by Mickey Mantle in going 4-0 with a 0.18 ERA in those games.
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The Chicago Cubs have claims RP Hoyt Wilhelm on waivers from the Braves. The 48 year old is 11-12 with 14 saves, a 4.71 ERA in 64 games for the Braves. Wilhem is 4 time All Star, he led the league in games in 1952 (71) and 1953 (68). In 1959 he was the league leader in ERA with a 2.19 ERA in 27 starts. Wilhelm was originally sold to the Boston Braves in 1947, he was selected by the New York Giants in the minor league draft shortly after that in November 1947. Wilhelm was then traded to the Cardinals in February 1957. The Indians claimed Wilhelm on waivers in September 1957, the claimed on waivers by the Orioles in August 1958. The Orioles traded Wilhelm to the White Sox in January 1963, the White Sox traded him to the Royals in October 1968. The Royals traded Wilhelm to the Angels in December 1968 before he even played a game with the new franchise, the Angels traded him to the Braves in September 1969. The "knuckleballer" played his whole career as 1 year younger then he told everyone, it was discovered at the time of his death in 2002 he was born in 1922 rather than 1923. The trade to the Cubs by the Braves is suspicious according to MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn. He investigated the deal but let the deal stand even though it was considered a "rental". Wilhelm holds two baseball career records. He has 217 saves and 1043 games pitched.
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September 21st- September 27th, 1970

This Weeks Top Performers

Minnesota Twins SP Jim Perry allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 in a complete game 6-0 win over the Athletics. The Twins took advantage of 3 HRs in improving the 34 year olds record to 13-18 with a 4.58 ERA in 39 starts. For his career, Perry is 137-114 with a 3.45 ERA in 452 games including 285 starts.

Kansas City Royals LF Lou Piniella was 4 for 10 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in a double header split with the White Sox. The White Sox outlasted the Royals in game one 9-7 when the teams exchanged 5 run innings. The 27 year old is now hitting .317 with 12 HRs and 91 RBIs in 150 games. For his career, Pinella is hitting .301 with 29 HRs and 164 RBIs in 312 games.
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New York Yankees SP Mel Stottlemyre allowed 4 hits and struck out 6 in a complete game 6-0 win over the Senators. The 28 year old is now 21-8 with a 2.34 ERA in 36 starts. For his career, Stottlemyre is 119-77 with 1 save, a 2.72 ERA in 230 starts.

Chicago Cubs CF Joe Pepitone was 5 for 6 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs in a 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Pepitone led he way for the Cards has they hit 3 HRs in the game. The 29 year old is hitting .265 with 24 HRs and 89 RBIs in 140 games with the Cubs (58) and Astros (82). For his career, Pepitone is hitting .258 with 193 HRs and 644 RBIs in 1206 games.

Washington Senators LF Frank Howard was 4 for 4 with a HR and 3 RBIs in a 6-4 win over the Red Sox. The Senators scored with 2 3-run innings in the game. The 34 year old is hitting .275 with 38 HRs and 98 RBIs in 157 games. For his career, Howard is hitting .274 with 329 HRs and 945 RBIs in 1544 games.

Chicago White Sox LF Tommy McCraw was 4 for 8 with a HR and 6 RBIs in a doubleheader split with the Brewers. The 29 year old is hitting .277 with 5 HRs and 26 RBIs in 109 games. For his career, McCraw is hitting .245 with 52 HRs and 275 RBIs in 953 games.

San Francisco Giants SP Juan Marichal allowed 5 hits and struck out 14 in a complete game 3-0 win over the Padres. The 32 year old is 14-15 with 1 save, a 4.34 ERA in 37 games including 32 starts. For his career, Marichal is 204-100 with 3 saves, a 2.77 ERA in 364 games including 352 starts.

Kansas City Royals SP Bob Johnson allowed 5 hits and struck out 11 in a complete game 2-0 loss to the Twins. The 27 year old is 9-8 with a 2.70 ERA in 25 starts. For his career, Johnson is 9-8 with a 2.63 ERA in 28 games including 25 starts.

Milwaukee Brewers CF Dave May was 4 for 6 with a HR and 3 RBIs in a 11-3 win over the White Sox. The 26 year old is hitting .235 with 12 HRs and 53 RBIs in 121 games. For his career, May is hitting .226 with 15 HRs and 79 RBIs in 303 games.

The Baltimore Orioles have clinched the AL East crown and will look to win their 2nd World Series Championship.

The Cincinnati Reds have secured the NL West pennant and will go after their 3rd World Series win.

The Oakland Athletics have won the AL West title and will be vying for their 5th title as an franchise, first as the Oakland Athletics.

Chicago White Sox RF Walt Williams was named the AL Player of the Week. The 26 year old is hitting .303 with 5 HRs and 30 RBIs in 125 games. For his career, Williams is hitting .285 with 11 HRs and 84 RBIs in 419 games.

Los Angeles Dodgers CF Willie Davis was named the NL Player of the Week. The 30 year old is hitting .322 with 15 HRs and 90 RBIs in 149 games. For his career, Davis is hitting .275 with 111 HRs and 264 RBIs in 1505 games.
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This Weeks Major Transactions

The St Louis Cardinals have claimed RP Fred Norman from the Los Angeles Dodgers on waivers. The 28 year old is 3-1 with 2 saves, a 4.61 ERA in 24 games this year for the Dodgers. For his career, Norman is 3-6 with 2 saves, a 5.18 ERA in 39 games including 7 starts. Norman was sidelined through much of the 1967 season with a shoulder injury. In 1968 the Dodgers put Norman in the hands of Roger Craig that helped Norman "become a pitcher, not a thrower". Norman went from a flame thrower to all round pitcher.
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September 28th- October 2nd, 1970

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California Angels SP Tom Murphy allowed 1 hit and struck out 6 in a complete game 8-0 shut out of the White Sox. The 24 year old is 20-13 with a 3.56 ERA in 38 starts. Last year Murphy led the league in losses with a 10-19 record, a 3.36 ERA in 35 starts for the Angels.

New York Mets SP Gary Gentry allowed 5 hits and struck out 7 over 8 innings in a 1-0 win over the Cubs. The 23 year old is 13-9 with a 2.56 ERA in 29 starts. Last year Gentry was 16-14 with a 3.16 ERA in 35 starts with the Mets.
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St Louis Cardinals SP Bob Gibson allowed 4 hits and struck out 10 in a complete game 8-0 win over the Pirates. The 34 year old lead the league in wins this year and is 20-9 with a 2.58 ERA in 34 starts. Last year Gibson was 19-7 with a 1.80 ERA in 35 starts with the Cardinals.

Minnesota Twins SP Bert Blyleven allowed 5 hits and struck out 9 in a complete game 4-1 win over the Royals. The 19 year old is 16-4 with 2 saves, a league leading 2.00 ERA in 36 games including 25 starts. Blyleven led the league as well with a .800 win percentage, 0.98 Whip and 9.03 RA/9 in his rookie season. Blyleven was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for September as he was 5-1 with a 1.51 ERA in 7 starts. Blyleven was also named the AL Rookie of the Month for September.

Oakland Athletics SP Vida Blue allowed 3 hits and struck out 11 in a complete game 8-2 win over the Brewers. The 21 year old is 8-6 with 9 saves, a 2.74 ERA in 61 games including 6 starts. Last season Blue was 1-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 9 games including 4 starts for the Athletics.

San Diego Padres SP Clay Kirby allowed 6 hits and struck out 8 over 10 innings in a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. The 22 year old is 11-15 with a league leading 2.42 ERA in 34 starts. Last season Kirby was 11-14 with a 3.38 ERA in 35 starts for the Padres.
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The New York Mets have clinched the NL East title and will chase their franchises 1st ever World Series.

Baltimore Orioles RF Frank Robinson was named the AL Player of the Month. The 35 year old is hitting .312 with 32 HRs and 95 RBIs in 152 games. Last year Robinson hit .282 with 32 HRs and 101 RBIs in 156 games for the Orioles.

Cincinnati Reds 3B Tony Perez was named the NL Player of the Month. The 28 year old is hitting .288 with 36 HRs and 109 RBIs in 160 games. Last year Perez hit .299 with a league leading 40 HRs and a league leading 125 RBIs in 162 games for the Reds.

St Louis Cardinals SP Jerry Reuss was named the NL Pitcher of the Month. The 21 year old is 11-7 with a 3.12 ERA in 31 games including 20 starts. Last season, Reuss was 0-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 4 games including 1 start for the Cardinals.
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St Louis Cardinals C Ted Simmons was named the NL Rookie of the Month. The 21 year old is hitting .310 with 3 HRs and 47 RBIs in 118 games. Last year Simmons hit .353 with 0 HRs and 3 RBIs in 10 games with the Cardinals.

This Weeks Major Transactions

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END OF 1970 REGULAR SEASON

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Facts.... and more Facts

The 1970 Playoffs in this Sim will be pretty close to what happened in Real Life without the Minnesota Twins replaced by the Oakland Athletics.

In the NL Championship Series, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 to move onto the World Series. In game 1, was first marred by an impromptu Umpires strike that forced minor league umps to officiate the game. The Reds won game 1 in extra innings breaking a 0-0 pitching gem between Gary Nolan and Dock Ellis with a 3 run 10th. Lee May's 2-run double was the key blow. The Reds won games 2 and 3 to sweep the Pirates.

In the AL Championship Series, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Minnesota Twins 3-0. Unlike the Reds-Pirates series, the games were not real close and the Orioles had two 7 run innings. In game two, with the scored 4-3 in favor of the Orioles going to the top of the 9th, SP Dave McNally got it started with a leadoff double and the Orioles got 6 more hits including a 2-run HR from 2B Davey Johnson scoring 7 runs and taking a 11-3 lead.

In the World Series, the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds 4 games to 1. The Reds won game four of the series to make it 3-1 still in favour of the Orioles, and scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st to take an early 3-0 in game five. After that it was all Orioles as they scored 2 runs in each of he first 3 innings to take a 6-3 lead and eventual 9-3 win to grasp the World Series. Brooks Robinson was the World Series MVP, he hit .429 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in those 5 games.

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The Cincinnati Reds took a while to get this season rolling this year. They kept pretty close to .500 ball right up until the end of May and trailed the league leading Dodgers by 5 games. Nearing the All Star Break, the Reds were still 5.5 games behind now the Braves at 57-49. It was after that the Reds caught fire and finished the last 62 days of the season at 40-16 and were tied for the lead in the NL West on September 1st with the Braves, then never really looking back.
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The Reds simply hit the ball, they ranked pretty much in the top 3 in the NL in all offensive categories including leading the league with extra base hits. The Reds also are strong defensively at all 9 positions with above average pitching. The Reds were pretty much injury free all season and were aided by the emergence of Gary Nolan and Jim Merritt as being bonafide starters in the Majors. Wayne Granger led the league in appearances with 78, he closed the season with 17 saves. C Johnny Bench proved that his 33 HRs in 1969 were not a fluke and he has the makings of a superstar. RF Pete Rose led the league in at bats with 671, hits with 217 and doubles with 38. Rose continues to be a hit machine.
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The New York Mets took over the NL East division on May 2nd and held on the rest of the way. Even a horrible August allowed the Pirates back in it and within 1 1/2 games, the Mets closed out the last 30 games 20-10.

The Mets used superior pitching to clinch the NL East. They almost led every pitching category including 2.99 ERA, 3.07 Starters ERA, 540 runs allowed, .228 opposition batting average and 1158 strikeouts.
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SP Jim McAndrew had a breakout season improving on his 6-10 with a 3.78 ERA in 21 starts in 1969 for the Mets. SP Tom Seaver led the league with 275 strikeouts and a well controlled 1.03 Whip. SP Gary Gentry became one of he leaders in ERA improving on his 3.16 ERA in his rookie season in 1969. CL Tug McGraw led he NL with 23 saves and appeared in 71 games for the Mets. Rookie RF Ken Singleton showed signs of stardom for the Mets. The MLB's 20th ranked prospect copped the August Rookie of the Month honor.
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The 1970 American League Championship Series Preview

The Oakland Athletics used hitting power with the 2-3-4 hitters combining for 109 HRs and 175 RBIs and a solid starting group and the AL's best bull pen to win the AL West. The Athletics had to survive a weak June (11-16) in which they started the month with a 4 1/2 game lead on the Angels that ended with the Athletics trailing the Angels by 1/2 game. A strong July (17-10) actually was not good enough because on August 1st the A's fell to 2 games behind the surging Twins. The A's were just 17-13 in August but the Twins and Angels slumped with Oakland now leading the division by 3 games on the Angels and 6 games ahead of the Twins. The Athletics never looked back after that even though they are not going into the playoffs on a hot streak.
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CL Bob Locker coming over from the Brewers solidified an already strong relief corp. The Athletics purchased him from the Brewers in June. The addition of 1B Don Mincher was huge as he had 41 HRs and 98 RBIs after just 18 HRs in 1969 with the Seattle Pilots. The A's got Mincher in a January trade with the Pilots (Brewers) . Another addition in the off season was LF Felipe Alou, Alou had just 36 RBIs in 127 games for the Braves in 1969 and was traded by the Braves in December 1969.
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The Baltimore Orioles were a balanced team. 3rd in offense with 798 runs and 2nd in pitching with 608 runs against. The Orioles were blessed with two 20 game winners and a strong hitting and power in the 3-4-5 slots of the line up. The Orioles led the AL East from Opening Day till game 162. The Orioles never faltered in any month of the season.
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SP Dave McNally won 20 games or more for the 3rd straight season (22, 20, 22) Young SP Jim Palmer won 20 for the 1st time. 1B Boog Powell set career highs and led the AL with 43 HRs and 124 RBIs. 2B Davey Johnson showed some power hitting 16 HRs after hitting 6 and 9 the previous 2 seasons.
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Cincinnati Reds SP Gary Nolan allowed 5 hits and struck out 1 over 6 innings in a 4-2 win over the Mets. The 22 year old was 16-6 with a 2.91 ERA in 37 games this year. In 1969, Nolan was 8-8 with 4 saves, a 3.14 ERA in 34 games including 16 starts.

Nolan also helped the offense for the Reds when he hit a RBI Triple with 2 out in the top of the 4th to take a 3-2 lead. Nolan's clutch hit came off of Mets SP Tom Seaver.

Cincinnati leads the Series 1-0

New York Mets 1B Art Shamsky was 2 for 5 with a HR and 5 RBIs in a 10-4 win over the Reds. The 28 year old hit .248 with 20 HRs and 75 RBIs in 130 games this year. Last year in 1969, Shamsky hit .258 with 14 HRs and 45 RBIs in 127 games for the Mets.

With the Reds leading 3-0 going into the bottom of the 7th, the Mets clawed back with a 5 run inning. Joe Foy hit a 1-out RBI double, Cleon Jones hits a 2-run single with 1-out and Art Shamsky hits a 1-out bases loaded single that scores 2 more runs.

The Series is tied 1-1

Cincinnati Reds SP Jim McGlothlin allowed 5 hits and struck out 5 over 8.2 innings in a 4-1 win over the Mets. The 27 year old was 17-8 with a 3.91 ERA in 34 starts. With 17 wins, McGlothlin surpassed his career high set in 1969 with a 15-13 record, a 3.01 ERA in 35 starts for the Angels.

In the bottom of the 1st, Reds Tony Perez hits a 2 run single that scored Bobby Tolan and Bernie Carbo. Pete Rose scores later on a Johnny Bench ground out to 3B and he Reds had an early 3-0 lead.

Cincinnati leads the Series 2-1

Cincinnati Reds SP Jim Maloney allowed 8 hits and struck out 2 over 6.2 innings in a series clinching 3-2 win over the Mets. The 30 year old was 1-3 with a 10.19 ERA in 7 games including 3 starts this year. Maloney had a career high with wins in 1963 when he was 23-7 with a 2.77 ERA in 33 games for the Reds.

The Reds were down 2-0 going into the bottom of the 6th when Tony Perez hits an RBI single that scored Bernie Carbo. Now with 2 outs, Tommy Helms hits a 2 run Single that plates Pete Rose and Tony Perez to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.

Cincinnati Wins the Series 3-1

Cincinnati Reds RF Pete Rose was selected as the Series MVP, Rose hit .462 with 0 HRs and 1 RBI in 4 games.
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The American League Championship Series
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Oakland Athletics LF Joe Rudi goes 1 for 1 with a HR and 3 RBIs in a 8-6 win over the Orioles. The 24 year old hit .260 with 11 HRs and 49 RBIs in 115 games. In 1969, Rudi hit .292 with 2 HRs and 16 RBIs in 72 games for the Athletics.

Rudi hits a 3-run HR in the top of the 8th to score Reggie Jackson and Sal Bando and give the Athletics a 8-6 lead.

Oakland leads the Series 1-0

Oakland Athletics SP Blue Moon Odom allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 8 innings in a 5-2 win over the Orioles. The 25 year old was 18-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 29 starts. Odom set a career best for wins in 1969 when he was 21-6 with a 2.21 ERA in 34 starts for the Athletics.

In the top of the 7th with the score tied 2-2, Athletics Steve Hovley hits a RBI double to score Frank Fernandez. Blue Moon Odom follows up with a SAC fly that plates Felipe Alou and he Athletics take a 4-2 lead.

Oakland leads Series 2-0

Baltimore Orioles LF Don Buford goes 4 for 5 with a HR and 4 RBIs in a 4-1 win over the Athletics. The 33 year old hit .269 with 19 HRs and 64 RBIs in 142 games. Buford had a career high best for hits with 166 in 1965 when he hit .283 with 10 HRs and 47 RBIs in 155 games with the White Sox.

With the score knotted at 0-0, in the top of the 5th, Don Buford hits a 1-out Grand Slam HR to give the Orioles a 4-0 on Vida Blue and the Athletics.

Oakland leads the Series 2-1

Oakland Athletics 1B Don Mincher goes 2 for 5 with a HR and 3 RBIs in a 6-5 win over the Orioles and to move onto the World Series. The 32 year old hit .253 with 41 HRs and 98 RBIs in 147 games for the Athletics. Mincher had a career high with 133 hits in 1967 when he hit .273 with 25 HRs and 76 RBIs in 147 games for the Angels.

In the bottom of the 10th, with 2-outs and the bases loaded... Joe Rudi hits a single between 1st and 2nd to score the walk-off winning run.

Oakland Wins the Series 3-1

Oakland Athletics 1B Don Mincher was named the Series MVP. Mincher hit .333 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in 4 games.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded 2B Ted Sizemore and C Bob Stinson to the St Louis Cardinals for Dick Allen. The 25 year old Sizemore hit .306 with 5 HRs and 33 RBIs in 98 games for the Dodgers. Sizemore was the 1969 NL Rookie of the Year. Sizemore ruptured his thigh muscle on June 11th, 1970 and limited his playing time. The 24 year old Stinson hit .1.000 with his 1 for 1 performance this season. Stinson was named the MLB's 52nd ranked prospect in April 1970. The 28 year old Allen hit .338 with 35 HRs and 111 RBIs in 137 games for the Cardinals. Allen was the 1964 NL Rookie of the Year and 4-time All Star. Allen led the league with 13 triples in 1964, he also led in runs scored the same season with 125. Allen led the league in 1966 with a .632 slugging pct. Allen was involved in one of the most famous trades in MLB history, almost a year ago to the date, Allen was involved in a trade to the Cardinals in a deal that included Curt Flood. Flood refused to report to the Phillies and later sued he MLB challenging the MLB's reserve clause. The Cardinals are claiming that the deal has nothing to do with the controversy that follows Allen, its about needing a second baseman in getting Sizemore.
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The Washington Senators have traded SS Ed Brinkman, 3B Aurelio Rodriquez, SP Joe Coleman and RP Jim Hannan to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for SP Denny McLain, 3B Don Wert, RP Norm McRae and 3B Elliott Maddox. The 28 year old Brinkman hit .217 with 1 HR and 40 RBIs in 159 games for the Senators. Brinkman won the 1969 AL Gold Glove at SS. Brinkman played high school baseball along side Reds star Pete Rose and was actually ranked higher by the high school scouts than his long time friend. The 22 year old Rodriquez hit .258 with 12 HRs and 67 RBIs in 163 games with the Angels (17) and Senators (146). The Mexican born Rodriquez made his debut in 1967 with the Angels and has played in 426 MLB games since hitting .253 with 26 HRs and 164 RBIs. The 23 year old Coleman was 15-10 with a 2.71 ERA in 38 games including 30 starts for the Senators. Coleman was the AL's September 1970 Pitcher of the Month. Coleman led the AL with 15 wild pitches in 1969 and led the AL with a 6.06 hits/9 in 1970. Coleman debuted in 1965 with the Senators and tossed a 4-hit complete game win. A 1st round pick in 1965, he was selected 3rd overall, Coleman was called up in September by the Senators as an 18 year old beating Catfish Hunter of the Athletics who was 19 years old. After several years of suffering the management style of Ted Williams, Coleman will be happy to move on. The 30 year old Hannan was 5-8 with a 5.12 ERA in 21 games including 17 starts for the Senators. The 26 year old McLain was 9-11 with 1 save, a 5.41 ERA in 29 games for the Tigers. McLain was the 1968 AL Cy Young Award winner, 1968 AL MVP and a 3-time All Star. McLain led the league with shutouts in 1968 (16) and 1969 (26). Those same years he led the AL with starts, starting 41 games in each season. McLain was 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA in 1968 for the Tigers. The free spirited McLain had a strained relationship with team mates and with managers and fans. This may have been as a result of his tough home life. McLain hit a HR in his MLB debut in 1963, in real life it was his only HR he hit in the Majors. With endorsements with Pepsi and Hammond Organs, by age 22 McLain was making more money off the the field then on. Baseball and life took a change of direction when in February of 1970 it was suspected that McLain had ties to the Mob and had invested into a book making operation. MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspended McLain while he conducted an investigation which involved at the time well know gangster Tony Giacalone. Due to the suspension and that his lawyer misappropriated much of his income, McLain was suddenly broke and was forced to file for bankruptcy. McLain was reinstated into baseball on July 1st, 1970 after Kuhn's investigation. Detroit had enough of McLain and moved him to the Senators to duel with Ted Williams. The 32 year old Wert hit .225 with 5 HRs and 31 RBIs in 124 games for the Tigers. Wert was an AL All Star in 1968. The 23 year old McRae was 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA in 4 games for the Tigers. The 22 year old Maddox hit .310 with 3 HRs and 30 RBIs in 117 games in his rookie season with the Tigers. Maddox was ranked the MLB's 30th prospect in April 1970. History will prove that this was one of the most lopsided trades in the MLB for many years.

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The 1970 World Series- Cincinnati Reds vs Oakland Athletics
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October 10th, 1970
Oakland 8 Cincinnati 1
The Athletics lead the Series 1-0


With 2-outs in the bottom of the 5th, Sal Bando hits a 2-run double to score Joe Rudi and Dick Green. After an intentional walk to Reggie Jackson, Gene Tenace hits a 2-run single that scores Rick Monday and Sal Bando and the Athletics open up a 6-1 lead.
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Athletics SP Blue Moon Odom was named the player of the game, he allowed 5 hits and struck out 6 to go 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 2 starts in the post season.

Athletics 3B Sal Bando was 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBIs.

Athletics RF Reggie Jackson was 2 for 3 with a double, HR and 3 RBIs.

October 11th, 1970
Cincinnati 6 Oakland 0
The Series is tied 1-1


In the top of the 8th with the score 1-0 for the Reds, Tony Perez hits a 2-out double to score Bobby Tolan from 2nd. Lee May follows with a double into LCF to score Perez. Johnny Bench follows with a single that May scores on, Bench moves to 2nd on the throw. Tommy Helms plates Bench from 2nd with a single up the middle to give the Reds a commanding 5-0 lead.

Reds SP Jim Merritt was named the player of the game, he allowed 5 hits and struck out 2 to improve to 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 2 starts in the post season.

Reds CF Bobby Tolan was 2 for 5 with a HR and RBI.

Reds 1B Lee May was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.

October 13th, 1970
Cincinnati 3 Oakland 2
The Reds lead Series 2-1.


With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th and 2-out, Lee May hits a single. May moves to 3rd on Tony Perez's single through the infield on the right side. Before throwing a pitch to Bernie Carbo, Athletics RP Bob Locker throws a pickoff to 1B for an error and May scores from 3rd for the odd walk off win.

Reds SP Jim McGlothlin was named the player of the game. McGlothlin allowed 4 hits and struck out 7 over 6 innings to go to 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA in 2 starts in the post season.

Athletics SP Vida Blue allowed 4 hits and struck out 5 over 7 innings.

Athletics 1B Don Mincher was 2 for 3 with a HR and RBI.

October 14th, 1970
Oakland 4 Cincinnati 2
The Series is tied 2-2


With the score 2-1 in favour of the Athletics in the top of the 2nd and 1-out, Rick Monday singles up the middle to score Joe Rudi from 3rd and Dick Green from 2nd to give the A's a 4-1 early lead that they held onto.

Athletics SP Chuck Dobson was the player of the game, he allowed 6 hits and struck out 4 over 7 innings. Dobson is now 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA in 2 starts in the post season.

Athletics RF Reggie Jackson was 1 for 2 with a HR and 2 RBIs.

Reds CF Bobby Tolan was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored.

October 15th, 1970
Oakland 17 Cincinnati 1
The Athletics lead the Series 3-2


The Athletics scored 14 runs over the final 3 innings to wallop the Reds. Leading 3-1 going into the top of the 7th, the Athletics scored 4 to take a 7-1 lead and the rout was on.

Athletics RF Reggie Jackson was named the player of the game. Jackson making a name for himself with his hitting in October was 2 for 4 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs. He is now hitting .273 with 4 HRs and 10 RBIs in 9 post season games. Jackson was the AL Championship MVP in 1969.

Athletics CF Rick Monday was 2 for 5 with a double, HR and 6 RBIs.

Athletics SP Blue Moon Odom allowed 6 hits and struck out 5 over 8 innings.

October 18th, 1970
Cincinnati 5 Oakland 3
The Series is tied 3-3


In the top of the 7th with the Athletics leading 3-2, with 1-out and Lee May on 1st after a single, Johnny Bench hits a double off the wall in CF to score May. Now with 2-out and Bench at 3rd, Woody Woodward hits a liner into shallow LF to score Bench. The Reds score 2 and take a 4-3 lead.

Reds SP Jim Merritt is named the player of the game allowing 6 hits and striking out 4 over 6 innings. Merritt is now 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 3 starts in the 1970 post season.
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Athletics SP Catfish Hunter allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 over 6.1 innings.

Reds LF Bernie Carbo was 1 for 3 with a HR and 2 RBIs.

October 19th, 1970
Oakland 1 Cincinnati 0
The Athletics win the World Series 4-3


With the game still scoreless in the bottom of the 4th, with 1-out and Sal Bando at 3rd after a walk, a wild pitch and a Reggie Jackson flyout to RF that moved Bando up 90 feet, Gene Tenace hits a single out of he reach of he Reds 2B into RF to score Bando and he only run of the game.

Athletics SP Vida Blue was the player of the game with his complete game 5 hitter in which he struck out 11. Blue is now 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 3 post season starts.

Reds SP Jim McGlothlin allowed 5 hits and struck out 4 over 8 innings.

Athletics C Gene Tenace was 2 for 3 with the GW RBI.

The Oakland Athletics are the 1970 World Champs.

For the Athletics, it was the franchises 6th World Series win. RF Reggie Jackson was named the World Series MVP as he hit .292 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs.
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October 1970 News and Transactions

The Boston Red Sox have traded RF Tony Conigliaro, SP Ray Jarvis and C Jerry Moses to the California Angels in exchange for RP Ken Tatum, CF Jarvis Tatum and 2B Doug Griffin. The 25 year old Conigliaro hit .269 with 29 HRs and 118 RBIs in 155 games for the Red Sox. The 1967 All Star led the AL with 32 HRs in 1965. Conigliaro started his career off with a bang in 1964, the 1st pitch he faced at 19 years of age he homered at Fenway Park. He hit 24 HRs in his rookie season, the most ever by an 19 year old. The following season he was the youngest player to lead the league in HRs. Conigliaro was often getting hit by pitches, due to his crowding of the plate. In his rookie season he took 4 days to recover from a small fracture in his wrist and then missed a month due to a broken arm after getting hit by a pitch. In 1965, Tony was joined by his brother Billy after the Red Sox selected him in the 1st round. On August 18th, 1967 with the Red Sox in the middle of a pennant chase, Conigliaro's crowding of the plate would change his career forever. He was hit by a Jack Hamilton pitch in the head. It was said that Tony prayed, "god, please please don't let me die right here in the dirt at home plate in Fenway Park". Conigliaro did not play the remainder of the season and there were concerns he would lose his complete eye sight. He tried to come back for spring training in 1968, but his doctor told him his eye sight was inadequate and that he should consider retiring from baseball. After retraining himself on how to see the ball, during 1968 he began to try to get ready for 1969 and spring training. His 2-run HR in the top of the 10th on opening day in 1969 told the world, he was back. He was voted the Comeback Player of the Year. In 1970, his brother Billy joined him as a regular in the Red Sox lineup. The Red Sox sensing that Tony was playing on pure guts and talent but concerned that his eye sight will become a problem in the future took advantage of his high stock value and traded him to the Angels. It is rumoured that Tony Conigliaro is crushed by the news. Tony's brother Billy was more outspoken, he blamed the trade on Carl Yastrzemski having too much influence on Red Sox management. The 24 year old Jarvis was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in 3 games for the Red Sox. The 24 year old Moses hit .264 with 9 HRs and 41 RBIs in 97 games for the Red Sox. The 26 year old Ken Tatum was 6-3 with 6 saves, a 3.19 ERA in 47 games for the Angels. Tatum was the 1969 AL Rookie of the Year winner when he led the AL with 21 saves. He was the MLB's 53rd ranked prospect in April 1969. The 24 year old Jarvis Tatum hit .220 with 1 HR and 14 RBIs in 44 games for the Angels. The 23 year old Griffin hit .241 with 0 HRs and 7 RBIs in 43 games as a rookie for the Angels. Griffin was named the MLBs 78th ranked prospect in April 1970.
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The Chicago Cubs have traded SS Roger Metzger to the Houston Astros in exchange for 2B Hector Torres. The 23 year old Metzger hit .222 with 0 HRs and 2 RBIs in 35 games in his rookie season with the Cubs. In April 1970, Metzger was ranked as he 74th MLB prospect. Metzger was the Cubs 1st round pick in 1969. The 25 year old Torres hit .216 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs in 30 games for the Astros.
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The Kansas City Royals have traded RF Pat Kelly and RP Don O'Riley to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for 1B Gail Hopkins and 1B John Matias. The 26 year old Kelly hit .275 with 13 HRs and 43 RBIs in 148 games for the Royals. Kelly made his MLB debute when the rosters were expanded in September 1967 for the Twins, mostly as a pinch runner. The Twins called him up again 1968 in September, this time he hit his 1st MLB homer off of Angels Clyde Wright. The Royals then got Kelly in the expansion draft in 1968. White Sox Manager Chuck Tanner appeared excited at getting Kelly, and added they were overloaded at 1B. The 25 year old O'Riley was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 2 starts for the Royals. The 27 year old Hopkins hit .292 with 7 HRs and 40 RBIs in 129 games for the White Sox. The 26 year old Matias hit .159 with 0 HRs and 1 RBI in 22 games for the White Sox.
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The Boston Red Sox have traded SS Dick Schofield to the St Louis Cardinals in exchange for 1B Jim Campbell. The 35 year old Schofield hit .234 with 5 HRs and 13 RBIs in 43 games for the Red Sox. Schofield was signed by the Cardinals in June 1953. Schofield got ejected out of his 1st and only career ejection before he every took an at bat in the big leagues. On the instructions of his manager Eddie Stanky, Schofield tossed a towel on the field after umpire Augie Donatelli told Stanky that if another towel got tossed out of the dugout the person would get ejected. With options limited to Schofield in the Cardinal infield, the Cards shipped him to Pittsburgh where he played second fiddle to another starting SS in Dick Groat. In September 1960 and with Groat injured, Schofield showed what he could do and hit .403 down the stretch. Finally in 1963 after Groat was traded to the Cardinals, Schofield became a starting SS and lead off hitter for the Pirates. From 1953 to 1970, only from 1963 to 1965 did Schofield play more then 100 games in season, he was mostly a utility player. The 27 year old Campbell hit .000 in 3 at bats for the Cardinals.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have released RP Joe Gibbon. The 35 year old was 5-1 with 3 saves, a 2.55 ERA in 33 games for the Pirates in 1970. Gibbon was also drafted by the NBA's Boston Celtics. The 12 pounder at birth, at 6'4 he could play both sports. Gibbon's made his MLB debut with the Pirates in 1960. He entered the game down 5-0 in the 8th and became the winner as the Pirates rallied for 6 in the 9th completed with a Bob Skinner walk off HR.

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The 1970 Major League Awards

The 1970 Gold Gloves Winners were announced for both leagues.
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Chicago White Sox CL Wilbur Wood was named the AL Top Reliever. The 29 year old was 4-4 with 21 saves, a 1.34 ERA in a league leading 76 appearances. This is Wood's 3rd Reliever of the Year Award. (1968, 1969, 1970). He was also named a 1970 All Star.

New York Mets CL Tug McGraw was named the NL Top Reliever. The 26 year old is 9-3 with a NL leading 23 saves, a 1.42 ERA in 71 appearances. This is McGraws 1st Top Reliever Award, he finished 3rd in the 1969 NL voting.

Minnesota Twins SP Bert Blyleven was named the AL Rookie of the Year. The 19 year old was 16-4 with 2 saves, a league leading 2.00 ERA in 36 games including 25 starts. Blyleven was also an 1970 All Star and was named the MLB's 2nd ranked prospect in April 1970. Indians LF Roy Foster was 2nd in voting, Royals SP Bob Johnson finished 3rd.

Houston Astros CF Cesar Cedeno was named the NL Rookie of the Year. The 19 year old hit .282 with 13 HRs and 54 RBIs in 131 games. Cedeno was named the MLB's 9th ranked prospect in April 1970. Cardinals C Ted Simmons finished 2nd in voting and Phillies SS Larry Bowa 3rd

New York Yankees SP Mel Stottlemyre was named the AL Cy Young Award Winner. The 28 year old was 21-8 with a 2.34 ERA in 36 starts. This is Stottlemyre's 1st Cy Young Award. Stottlemyre was a World Series Winner in 1969 and is a 4-time All Star. Twins SP Bert Blyleven was 2nd in voting and Tigers SP Mickey Lolich was 3rd.
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St Louis Cardinals SP Bob Gibson was named the NL Cy Young Award Winner. The 34 year old led the league in wins with a 20-9 record, 2.58 ERA in 34 starts. This is Gibson's 2nd Cy Young Award (1968). Gibson also was the NL MVP in 1968, he is a 6-time Gold Glover, 2 Playoff Series MVP and a 7-time All Star. Dodgers SP Don Sutton finished 2nd in voting, Mets SP Tom Seaver was 3rd.
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Boston Red Sox CF Reggie Smith was named the AL MVP Award Winner. The 25 year old hit .308 with 40 HRs and 109 RBIs in 154 games. Smith won a Gold Glove for CF in 1968 and is a 2-time All Star. Athletics 3B Sal Bando finished 2nd in voting and Orioles 1B Boog Powell finished 3rd.
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San Francisco Giants C Dick Dietz was named the NL MVP Award Winner. The 29 year old hit .289 with 31 HRs and 90 RBIs in 154 games. Dietz was also an 1970 All Star. Cardinals SP Bob Gibson finished 2nd in voting and Pirates LF Willie Stargell finished 3rd.
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November 1970 News and Major Transactions

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded CF Curt Flood to the Washington Senators in exchange for 1B Greg Goossen and LF Gene Martin. The 32 year old Flood did not play in 1970 after his dispute with the MLB regarding the restrictive clauses he feels that players were held to. He last played in 1969 with the Cardinals when he hit .295 with 6 HRs and 68 RBIs in 157 games before getting traded to the Phillies. Flood is a 7-time Gold Glover and 3-time All Star. He led he league with 211 hits in 1964, and he also led the league twice in at bats. The 31 year old endured much racism in his minor league days with the Reds, and even a trade to the Cardinals left him on the bench because of racial issues early on. But by 1960 he became a part of a successful Cardinals team and Flood showed what he could do hitting and driving in runs while winning a pair of World Series rings. After the Cardinals refused to meet Flood's contract demands in 1969, the Flood-Cardinal's relationship was strained and on October 8th, 1969 Flood was told he had been traded to the Phillies. Flood was not happy with the trade, he took it as a demotion. Flood challenged the MLB's reserve clause which made it impossible to sell his services to another club until his existing contract had expired for at least 1 year. Flood vs Kuhn (Bowie Kuhn baseball commissioner) to place in court in May 1970, the ruling in favour of the the owners. Flood appealed in April 1971. (to be continued) This trade was negotiated when the Phillies allowed the Senators to negotiate directly with Flood on a contract for 1971. The 23 year old Martin has not played in the MLB since 1968 when he hit .364 with 1 HR and 1 RBI in 9 games for the Senators. The 25 year old Goossen hit .254 with 3 HRs and 18 RBIs in 99 games for the Senators (38) and Brewers (61).
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The Milwaukee Brewers have released RF Mike Hershberger. The 31 year old hit .231 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in 38 games for the Brewers. Hershberger led the league with 7 SAC Flys in 1966. Since his debute in 1961 with the White Sox, Hershberger has played in 1061 games, has 858 hits, 26 HRs and 329 RBIs with a .253 batting average.

The Baltimore Orioles have traded RP Moe Drabowsky to the St Louis Cardinals in exchange for 2B Jerry DaVanon. The 35 year old Drabowsky was 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 28 games with the Orioles (19) and Royals (9). Drabowsky was known for his pranks, using snakes and sometimes firecrackers. Drabowsky surrendered Stan Musial's 3000th hit on May 13th, 1958. The 25 year old DaVanon hit .196 with 0 HRs and 3 RBIs in 89 games for the Cardinals.

The Chicago White Sox have traded CF Ken Berry, 3B Syd O'Brien and RP Billy Wynne to the California Angels in exchange for CF Jay Johnstone, C Tom Egan and SP Tom Bradley. The 29 year old Berry hit .277 with 11 HRs and 69 RBIs in 147 games for the White Sox. Berry was an 1967 AL All Star and as a 26 year old he hit .241 with 7 HRs and 41 RBIs in 147 games for the White Sox that season. Berry is best known for his fielding but had a 20 game hitting streak from May 28th to June 15th in 1967. The 26 year old O'Brien hit .276 with 14 HRs and 57 RBIs in 127 games for the White Sox. O'Brien was named the MLB's 77th ranked prospect in April 1969. The 27 year old Wynne was 6-8 with 1 save, a 3.36 ERA in 47 games including 10 starts for the White Sox. Wynne had a 1-hit shutout on April 18th, 1970 with 8 strikeouts against the Brewers. The 25 year old Johnstone hit .289 with 11 HRs and 50 RBIs in 128 games for the Angels. Many call Johnstone a flake, for his talent, smarts and ability to speak his mind. Johnstone stated about the trade and the Angels "They never seemed willing to give me a steady job and say they'd give me time to develop no matter what I did." The 24 year old Egan hit .226 with 12 HRs and 32 RBIs in 89 games for the Angels. The 23 year old Bradley was 8-4 with 3 saves, a 2.41 ERA in 28 games including 13 starts with the Angels. Bradley was named the MLB's 42nd ranked prospect in April 1969. Bradley was drafted by the Angels in 1968 despite having less than good vision. (20/450) and needing glasses. Bradley was used in the deal to sweeten the pot to get Ken Berry.

The Chicago Cubs have traded RP Hoyt Wilhelm to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Hal Breeden. The 48 year old Wilhelm was 11-13 with 15 saves, a 4.84 ERA in 67 games for the Braves (64) and Cubs (3) in 1970. Wilhelm is a 4-time All Star who led the league with 71 games in 1952 and 68 in 1953. Wilhelm led the league with a 2.19 ERA in 1959. The "Old Knuckleballer" once got in trouble by ramming a police car in 1954, suffering a bruised arm. The trade from the Braves to the Cubs earlier was considered controversial as Bowie Kuhn considered it an "rental" when the Cubs traded him back to the Braves. The 26 year old Breeden has not played in the MLB.

The Chicago White Sox have traded SS Luis Aparicio to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for 2B Mike Andrews and 2B Luis Alvarado. The 36 year old hit .281 with 4 HRs and 35 RBIs in 154 games for the White Sox. Aparicio was the 1956 AL Rookie of the Year and has won 8 Gold Gloves and is a 7-time All Star. Aparicio collected his 2000th career hit on May 14th, 1969. Aparicio led the league 9 straight year (1956-1964) in SBs. His 1956 Rookie of the Year award was the first for a Latin American player. The 27 year old Andrews hit .270 with 16 HRs and 59 RBIs in 154 games for the Red Sox. Andrews led the league with 18 SAC Hits in 1967. The 21 year old Alvarado hit .207 with 0 HRs and 12 RBIs in 116 games for the Red Sox.
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The Baltimore Orioles have traded SP Tom Phoebus, CL Al Severinsen, RP Fred Beene and SS Enzo Hernandez to the San Diego Padres in exchange for SP Pat Dobson and RP Tom Dukes. The 28 year old Phoebus was 7-12 with a 3.79 ERA in 27 games including 21 starts for the Orioles. Phoebus made his MLB in September 1966 and had a complete game shut out 2-0 win over Dean Chance and the Angels. In his 2nd career start, he had another shut out to become only the 7th pitcher since 1900 to achieve 2 shutouts in his first 2 starts. Phoebus had mixed emotions in the trade, he had many family and friends in Baltimore which was his and his wifes home town, but he would get a fresh start as a regular in the rotation for the Padres. The 26 year old Severinsen did not pitch in the MLB in 1970. Severinsen was named the MLB's 44th ranked prospect in April 1970. The 28 year old Beene was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 1 game for the Orioles in 1970. The 21 year old Hernandez has not played in the MLB as of yet. The 28 year old Dobson was 11-14 with a 3.52 ERA in 34 starts for the Padres. Dobson made his MLB debut on May 31st, 1967 against the Indians. In a 1 2/3rd innings he gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 3. Orioles Manager Earl Weaver was elated to add Dobson to the Orioles rotation. The 28 year old Dukes was 4-9 with 9 saves, a 3.20 ERA in 47 games for the Padres.
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The Atlanta Braves have traded Bob Aspromonte to the New York Mets in exchange for RP Ron Herbel. The 32 year old hit .313 with 1 HR and 9 RBIs in 34 games for the Braves. Aspromonte made his MLB debut on September 29th, 1956 for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was his lone game from Brooklyn, he eventually made his was back into a Dodger uniform in May 1960 for the Los Angeles version. The 32 year old Herbel was 3-5 with 8 saves, a 4.88 ERA in 46 games for the Padres (43) and Mets (3).
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December 1970 MLB News and Major Transactions

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded SS Freddie Patek, SP Bruce Dal Canton and C Jerry May to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for SP Bob Johnson, 2B Jackie Hernandez and C Jim Campanis. The 26 year old Patek hit .259 with 2 HRs and 18 RBIs in 103 games for the Pirates in 1970. "The Flea" only stood 5'5 was a 22nd round pick of the Pirates in 1965. With current SS Gene Alley, the Pirates felt that Patek was expendable. The 29 year old Dal Canton was 3-7 with 5 saves, a 5.70 ERA in 41 games including 6 starts for the Pirates in 1970. Dal Canton was an All Star in 1969 and finished 2nd in the Reliever of the Year voting that season. He had 17 saves and a 2.50 ERA in 57 games for the Pirates in 1969. The 27 year old May hit .239 with 1 HR and 13 RBIs in 44 games for the Pirates in 1970. The Pirates added 27 year old Johnson who was 9-9 with a 2.81 ERA in 26 starts for the Royals. Johnson finished 3rd in the 1970 AL Rookie of the Year voting. He was ranked the 12th MLB prospect in April 1969. The 30 year old Hernandez hit .181 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs in 98 games for the Royals in 1970. The 26 year old Campanis hit .111 with 0 HRs and 3 RBIs in 8 games for the Royals in 1970.
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The New York Yankees traded LF Bill Robinson to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for SP Barry Moore. The 27 year old Robinson did not play in the MLB since 1969 when he hit .198 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs in 84 games for the Yankees. Robinson was a member of the 1969 World Series winning Yankees. Robinson was nicknamed "Weaser" and nobody including himself can determine why. Known for his unique pre-batting ritual which included a quick Lords Prayer, crossing himself, rubs his forehead from the eyebrows to the hairline with the middle and index finger of his right hand. In his debut in 1966 at age 23, Robinson pinch ran for Hank Aaron. Robinson's struggles in 1970 made him expendable in a trade as he spent the season in the minors. The 27 year old Moore was 7-11 with 1 save, a 5.22 ERA in 37 games including 18 starts for the Indians (11) and White Sox (7).
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The Cleveland Indians have traded C Duke Sims to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for SP Alan Foster and RP Ray Lamb. The 29 year old Sims hit .316 with 21 HRs and 62 RBIs in 131 games for the Indians in 1970. Sims is a 2-time All Star (1969-1970). The 24 year old Foster was 15-9 with a 3.45 ERA in 33 starts for the Dodgers. Foster made his MLB debut on April 25th, 1967 for the Dodgers. Foster in real life gave up a HR to Pirates Willie Stargell that was hit completely hit out of Dodger stadium, some 507 feet. The 26 year old Lamb was 2-4 with 5 saves, a 4.78 ERA in 34 games for the Dodgers in 1970. Lamb was ranked the 64th MLB prospect in April 1969.

The Chicago White Sox have released Lee Stange. The 34 year old was 0-3 with a 6.83 ERA in 17 games for the White Sox (12) and Red Sox (4) in 1970. It appears that this could be the end for Stange. Stange made his MLB career debut on April 15th, 1961. Stange may still harbor some resentment to the Boston Red Soxs when Stange did not get a start in the 1967 World Series. Stange was also known for bowling, including a picture of him taken with a bowling ball on the pitchers mound. Stange once struck out 4 batters in an inning in 1964. With Stange struggling in 1970, the White Sox snapped up Stange on waivers and hinted if he didn't help out the White Sox, he would retire.

The California Angels have traded RP Greg Garrett to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for SP Jim Maloney. The 23 year old Garrett was 4-2 with 1 save, a 5.44 ERA in 19 games including 7 starts for the Angels. Garrett was ranked the MLB's 80th prospect in April 1970. The 30 year old Maloney was 1-3 with a 10.19 ERA in 7 games including 3 starts for the Reds. Maloney was an NL All Star in 1965. Maloney led the league with 19 wild pitches in 1963 but also led the league with 9.53 K/9 in the same season. In 1966 he led the league with 5 shut outs. Maloney was always a threat to pitch a no-no, he had in real life a 9 inning no hitter, 10 inning no hitter, lost a no hitter in the 11th and left 2 potential no hitters in the 7th with injuries. Maloney was originally scouted as a SS, but long time scout Bobby Mattick suggested Maloney go pro as a pitcher. In May of 1963, Maloney struck out 8 consecutive Braves. Chronic arm problems started to show up in Maloney's performance in 1970 as well another hold out with the Reds to start the season did not make him popular. To add to matters, he ruptured his Achilles tendon running out a ground ball and missed much of the season. With tensions between Maloney and Reds Manager Sparky Anderson, Maloney was traded.

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded SP Grant Jackson, C Jim Hutto and LF Sam Parrilla to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for RF Roger Freed. The 28 year old Jackson was 8-8 with 1 save, a 2.61 ERA in 28 games including 23 starts for the Phillies. Jackson was an All Star in 1970, he made his MLB debut on September 3rd, 1965 surrendering a 3-run HR to Reds Frank Robinson after striking out the 1st two batters he faced. Jackson was hoping to get selected by either of the four expansion franchises in 1968 as he was not getting regular starts with the Phillies, but after being a regular starter in 1969-70, he finally got his wish when the Phils moved him to Baltimore. The 23 year old Hutto hit .096 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs in 20 games for the Phillies. The 27 year old Parrilla hit .200 with 0 HRs and 0 RBIs in 2 games for the Phillies. The 24 year old Freed hit .261 with 0 HRs and 2 RBIs in 13 games for the Orioles in 1970. Freed was ranked the 67th MLB prospect in April 1970.

The Atlanta Braves have released SP Don Cardwell. The 35 year old was 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 15 games including 3 starts in 1970 for the Mets (3) and Braves (12). It looks like it could be the end of the line for Cardwell who led the league with 38 starts in 1961. Cardwell debuted with Philadelphia in the MLB on April 21st, 1957 where he pitched 3 innings at the Polo Grounds in an 8-5 Phillies win over the Giants. In 1960 with his 1st start as a Cub after a trade he NO HIT the Cardinals. It was the first no hitter by a pitcher in MLB history when a pitcher made his debut with a new team after a trade. During the Miracle Mets run in 1969 (real life) Cardwell and Jerry Koosman drove in the only runs in a pair of 1-0 wins against the Pirates giving the Mets two winning runs driven by pitchers in a doubleheader. It is rumoured that Cardwell will seek retirement and get into the auto industry.

The Chicago Cubs have released LF Tommy Davis. The 31 year old hit .293 with 9 HRs and 69 RBIs in 134 games for the Cubs (13), Athletics (61) and Astros (60) in 1970. Davis is a 2-time All Star. Davis led the league with 230 hits in 1962 as well with RBIs with 153. Davis is a 2-time batting champion hitting .346 in 1962 and .326 in 1963. Davis made his MLB debut on September 22nd, 1959, he struck out against the Cardinals in his only at bat in 1959. Davis appears bitter that he is being released despite having a pretty good season.
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The Montreal Expos have traded 1B Dave McDonald to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for 2B Ron Hunt. The 27 year old McDonald last played in the MLB in 1969 when he hit .263 with 0 HRs and 0 RBIs in just 7 games for the Yankees. The 29 year old Hunt hit .275 with 2 HRs and 42 RBIs in 132 games for the Giants. Hunt was an All Star in 1964 and 1966. He led the league twice for being hit by a pitch, 1968 (25) and 1970 (17). Hunt was the runner up in the 1963 Rookie of the Year award to Pete Rose. Hunt's motto was "some people give their bodies to science, I give mine to baseball". Hunt would have his elbow extended over the plate and get hit often (in real life 50 times in 1971 for Montreal)
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January 1971 MLB News and Major Transactions

Major League Baseball has announced that C Yogi Berra will be Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 45 year old Berra last played in the MLB in 1965 when he hit .222 with 0 HRs and 0 RBIs in 4 games for the New York Mets. He had played 2116 of his 2120 MLB games with the New York Yankees. Berra finished his career hitting .285 with 358 HRs and 1430 RBIs to go along with his 2150 hits. Berra was a 3-time AL MVP (1951, 1954 and 1955). He also was a 15-time All Star. Berra made his MLB debut in September 22nd, 1946. The Berra family lived across the street from the Garagiola family, they had a son name Joe that happened to be the same age as Yogi. Yogi and Joe Garagiola would become friends and teammates at a young age. In Berra's MLB debut, the Yankee C was 2 for 4 with a HR against the Philadelphia Athletics. Married in January 1949, his best man was Joe Garagiola. After a failed attempt to manage the Yankees in 1964, Berra joined the Mets as a player-coach in 1965. Berra was a 10-time World Champ as a player. Berra was a free swinger that expanded the strike zone with tremendous bat control. Yogi believed "90% of baseball is mental, the other half is physical"
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The Atlanta Braves have announced that a Winter league injury will keep LF Rico Carty out of the line-up in 1971. Although in real life its a combination of an injury during winter ball in a collision with Matty Alou that made him suffer a fractured knee and ligament damage. Carty would eventually report to spring training in 1971 in a leg brace and would have been available in August 1971, but a blood clot in the damage leg would keep him out of the season. The 31 year old hit a league leading .339 with 17 HRs and 82 RBIs in 152 games for the Braves. During the 1970 season in real life, Carty got into an argument with Ron Reed and it was rumoured the Braves had put him on the trade block despite he league leading batting average.
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The St Louis Cardinals have traded LF Vic Davalillo and RP Nelson Briles to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for CF Matty Alou and SP George Brunet. The 34 year old Davalillo hit .299 with 1 HR and 13 RBIs in 64 games for the Cardinals. Davalillo won a Gold Glove in 1964 for CF and was an 1965 All Star. Davalillo made his MLB debut for the Cleveland Indians in 1963. A speedy leadoff hitter, he had 3 seasons with over 20 SBs. Mid season in 1965, Davalillo led the league with a .345 average and eventually finished the season in 3rd in hitting batting .301. In real life, Davalillo had set a record for 24 pinch hits in 1970. The 27 year old Briles was 10-8 with a 3.89 ERA in 25 games including 19 starts for the Cardinals. Briles made his MLB debut on April 19th, 1965 with the Cardinals. Briles suggests that Bob Gibson had a big impact in his development as a pitcher as team mates for the Cardinals. Because Briles recieved a signing bonus in 1964, the Cardinals were required to put him on their 1965 roster or lose him in the draft. Leg injuries limited Briles to 19 starts in 1970 compared to 33 in 1969, the Cardinals stunned their fans and Briles with this trade. The 32 year old Alou hit .309 with 2 HRs and 49 RBIs in 158 games for the Pirates. Alou was an All Star in 1968. Alou led the league with 226 hits in 1969 and led the league with a .342 average in 1966. Alou is part of the famous Alou family that saw 2 brothers (Jesus and Felipe) 2 cousins (Jose Sosa and Mel Rojas) and nephew (Moises Alou) all play in the MLB. The Pirates made the move to make room from a young and up in coming CF Al Oliver. The 35 year old Brunet was 6-10 with 1 save, a 4.63 ERA in 26 games including 21 starts. Brunet has twice led the league in losses, 19 in 1967 and 17 in 1968.

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The Washington Senators have traded LF Rick Reichardt to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for SP Gerry Janeski. The 27 year old Reichardt hit .229 with 6 HRs and 47 RBIs in 139 games for the Senators (129) and Angels (10) in 1970. Reichardt led the league with 13 hit by a pitches in 1966, he led again in 1969 with 18. The two sports star was also a starting FB at the University of Wisconsin. Because of the bidding war's like for Reichardt and Rick Monday, the MLB instituted the draft in 1965. Reichardt has the distinction of the first player to hit a HR in Anaheim Stadium. Later in 1966 Reichardt required his kidney removed. The 24 year old Janeski was 10-13 with a 5.93 ERA in 35 starts for the White Sox in 1970. Janeski was named the MLB's 41st ranked prospect in April 1970.
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The Milwaukee Brewers have traded SP Al Downing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for LF Andy Kosco. The 29 year old Downing was 11-9 with 1 save, a 3.77 ERA in 34 games (22 starts) for the Brewers (19) and the Athletics (15) in 1970. Downing won a World Series Ring with the Yankees in 1969. Downing led the league with 120 walks and 217 strikeouts in 1964. He was named an All Star in 1967. In real life, Downing allowed Hank Aaron's 715th HR in April 1974. Downing struck out 3 batters (Tony Horton, Don Demeter and Duke Sims) on 9 pitches in 1967. The 29 year old Kosco hit .265 with 7 HRs and 26 RBIs in 75 games for the Dodgers in 1970.
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The Cincinnati Reds have announced that CF Bobby Tolan will miss the 1971 MLB season due to an injury sustained in the off season playing basketball. The 25 year old hit .298 with 16 HRs and 85 RBIs in 162 games for the Reds. Tolan led the NL with 55 SB's in 1970. Tolan ruptured his Achilles tendon and has violated a clause that does not permit him from that activity.
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The Baltimore Orioles have signed free agent RP Orlando Pena. The 37 year old was 3-0 with a 6.08 ERA in 13 games for the Pirates in 1970. Pena led the league in losses in 1963 with 20 and led the league in HRs given up with 40 in 1964.

The Chicago White Sox have traded 2B Bobby Knoop to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for 2B Luis Alcaraz. The 32 year old Knoop hit .247 with 8 HRs and 42 RBIs in 137 games for the White Sox in 1970. Knoop is a 4-time Gold Glover and was an 1966 All Star. Knoop led the league in triples with 11 and with 7 Sac Fly's in 1966. The 29 year old Alcaraz hit .208 with 1 HR and 10 RBIs in 41 games for the Royals.
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The New York Yankees have released SP Mike McCormick. The 32 year old McCormick was 3-9 with 2 saves, a 5.93 ERA in 26 games (15 starts) with the Yankees (7) and Giants (19) in 1970. McCormick won the 1967 Cy Young Award and was a 2-time All Star. He led the league with 22 wins in 1967 and in 1960 led the league with a 2.70 ERA. McCormick suffered from a pinched nerve throughout most of 1970.

The Milwaukee Brewers have released LF Russ Snyder. The 36 year old Snyder hit .223 with 0 HRs and 19 RBIs in 73 games for the Brewers in 1970. Snyder helped the Orioles win the 1966 World Series, primarily in a defensive capacity. Snyder was voted 3rd in the 1959 AL Rookie of the Year award voting.

The Oakland Athletics have signed free agent 1B Tommy Davis. The 32 year old hit .293 with 9 HRs and 89 RBIs in 134 games in 1970 for the Cubs (13), Athletics (61) and Astros (60). The 2-time All Star led the league in hits in 1962 with 230. Davis was released by the Cubs in the off-season.
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The Chicago White Sox have traded RF Tommy McCraw to the Washington Senators in exchange for LF Ed Stroud. The 30 year old McCraw hit .271 with 5 HRs and 26 RBIs in 112 games for the White Sox in 1970. McCraw debuted in the MLB on June 4th, 1963. The 31 year old Stroud hit .234 with 0 HRs and 37 RBIs in 123 games for the Senators. He led the league with 14 triples in 1970.

The New York Mets have traded SP Dean Chance and Bill Denehy to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Jerry Robertson. The 29 year old Chance was 8-12 with a 2.75 ERA in 39 games in 1970 for the Mets (1) and Indians (38). Chance was the 1964 Cy Young Award winner and is a 2-time All Star. Chance led the league with 39 starts in 1967, wins in 1964 with 20 and twice led the league in IPs in 1964 (278) and 1967 (283). In 1964 he also led the league with 1.65 ERA. With the Mets loaded at SP it was the bull-pen or trade for Chance. The 25 year old Denehy did not pitch in 1970 in the MLB, the last time he was in the MLB was in 1968 with the Senators. The 27 year old Robertson was 6-12 with 3 saves, a 4.96 ERA in 41 games (15 starts) for the Tigers in 1970. Robertson was ranked the MLBs 18th prospect in April 1969.
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The Minnesota Twins have released SP Luis Tiant. The 30 year old was 4-8 with a 4.78 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) for the Twins in 1970. Tiant was an All Star in 1968 when he led the league with a 1.60 ERA. Tiant also led the league in shutouts in 1966 (5) and 1968 (9). Tiant missed much of 1970 with an cracked bone in his right shoulder. With Tiant pulling a muscle in his rib cage during spring training, the Twins feel he may be finished as a pro pitcher.

The Chicago White Sox have signed free agent RF Mike Hershberger. The 31 year old hit .231 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in 38 games for the Brewers in 1970. Milwaukee released Hershberger in November 1970 after the season. Hershberger led he league with 7 Sac Flys in 1966. Hershberger is in his 2nd duty with the White Sox as he debuted for them in the MLB in 1961.

The Cincinnati Reds have signed free agent RP Joe Gibbon. The 35 year old was 5-1 with 3 saves, a 2.55 ERA in 33 games for the Pirates in 1970. Gibbon was released by the Pirates in October 1970, Gibbon expressed excitement in playing with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and manager Sparky Anderson.
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The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent RP Camilo Pascual. The 37 year old was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 1 game for the Dodgers in 1970. Pascual is a 5-time All Star. The Dodgers released Pascual in August 1970. Pascual led the league 3 times in strikeouts, 1961 (221), 1962 (206) and 1963 (202). The veteran has seen his playing time and his ability to start declined since 1969.

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Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks will start the 1971 on the DL and is expected to miss up to 2 weeks. The 40 year old hit .213 with 11 HRs and 35 RBIs in 77 games for the Cubs in 1970. Banks is a 2-time MVP, Gold Glover and 10-time All Star. Banks collected his 1500th MLB RBI on June 6th, 1969, his 2500th MLB hit on April 14th, 1970 and his 500th HR on May 12, 1970. Banks led the league with 47 HRs in 1958 and with 41 HRs in 1960. Banks also led the league with 129 RBIs in 1958 and 143 RBIs in 1959.

The Washington Senators will be without the services of 1B Larry Biittner for the first 6 weeks of the season as he was placed on the DL. The 25 year old Biittner hit .000 in 3 at bats last year for Washington. Biittner was ranked 48th for MLB prospects in April 1971.

Detroit Tigers SP Joe Coleman will start the season on the DL and is expected to miss 2 weeks. The 24 year old was 15-10 with a 2.71 ERA in 38 games (30 starts) for the Senators in 1970. Coleman was traded to the Tigers in October 1970. Coleman led the league in wild pitches with 15 in 1969. Coleman got a scare in spring training, on March 27th he was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Ted Simmons. He was rushed to the hospital and had a linear fracture in his skull.
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Cincinnati Reds SS Dave Concepcion will be on the DL for 2 weeks. The 22 year old hit .266 with 1 HR and 28 RBIs in 118 games for the Reds in 1970, his rookie season. Concepcion was named the MLBs 24th ranked prospect on April 1970. Concepcion missed most of spring training with a badly sprained thumb.

The San Francisco Giants will start the season without the services of LF Jim Ray Hart for up to 2 months. The 29 year old hit .276 with 9 HRs and 52 RBIs in 116 games for the Giants in 1970. Hart was an All Star in 1966. Hart was best known as a hitter when he made his debut in July 1963. In real life he hit for the cycle on July 8th, 1970.

Chicago White Sox SP Joe Horlen will miss the first 4 weeks of the season on the DL. The 33 year old was 9-14 with a 5.01 ERA in 29 games (26 starts) in 1970 for the White Sox. Horlen was an All Star in 1967. Horlen led the league with a 2.06 ERA and in shutouts with 6 in 1967. He led the league with a 6.07 H/9 in 1964. For Horlen last year was one of the most frustrating of his career, but felt comfortable with the White Sox new skippper....Chuck Tanner. Horlen tore his left knee cartilage while attempting a "pop up" slide in spring training.
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The Boston Red Sox will not have the services of SP Jim Lonborg for up to 6 weeks to start the 1970 season. The 28 year old was 4-4 with 1 save, a 3.58 ERA in 28 games (6 starts) in 1970 for the BoSox. Lonborg won the 1967 Cy Young Award and was an All Star in 1967. In 1967 he led the league with 39 starts, 22 wins and 246 strikeouts. Lonborg has been plagued with injuries that started from a ski accident in December 1967. Because of damage to his knee, he has altered his delivery to compensate has resulted in right shoulder muscle and tendon damage. He was on the DL in 1970 for that very reason.

Cincinnati Reds 1B Lee May was placed on the DL and will miss up to 2 weeks. The 28 year old hit .259 with 41 HRs and 112 RBIs in 162 games for the Reds in 1970. May won a Gold Glove at 1B in 1970. Reds C Johnny Bench complemented May for his performance in 1970 "a lot of people never realize how important he was to us in 1970".

Oakland Athletics SP Blue Moon Odom will start the 1970 season on the DL, he will miss up to 5 weeks. The 25 year old was 18-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 29 starts for the Athletics in 1970. Odom was part of the World Series winning 1970 Athletics. He was an All Star in 1969 and finished 2nd in Cy Young Voting. Odom had surgery to remove a bone chip on his elbow in the off season and is expected to be in the line up mid May.
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The Washington Senators will be with out newly acquired 3B Don Wert for up to 3 weeks as he was placed on the DL. The 32 year old hit .225 with 5 HRs and 31 RBIs in 124 games for the Tigers in 1970. Wert was an All Star in 1968 and was traded by the Tigers in October 1970 to the Senators. On March 21st during spring training, Wert was injured in a collison at 2B and was hospitalized with a back injury.

Atlanta Braves RP Hoyt Wilhelm will start the 1970 season on the DL and will miss up to 9 weeks. The 48 year old was 11-13 with 15 saves, a 4.84 ERA in 67 games with the Cubs (3) and Braves (64) in 1970. Wilhelm is a 4-time All Star. Wilhelm was picked off waivers by the Cubs from the Braves in September 1970, he was traded back to the Braves in November 1970.

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