TRIVIA QUESTION: In 1962 what pitcher won 20 games for the American League Cleveland Indians who won a total of only 80 games?
ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION IN THE PREVIOUS COLUMN: In Mickey Mantle's last game of his career it was an unusual twist because while Mantle, the great center fielder was playing first base, Joe Pepitone who would go on to be an outstanding Yankee first baseman, was playing center field that day. Pepitone would play nearly 100 games in the outfield that season, most of them in center.
you see a team with four players hitting 133 home runs between them, but
the 1966 San Francisco Giants were one of those teams. It was a team
led by the aging Willie Mays (37) coming off a season when he hit 52
dingers, Willie McCovery (36), a young Jim Ray Hart (33) and catcher Tom
Haller (27). Nobody else on the team hit more than nine homers in that
season which saw the Giants battle down to the wire with the Dodgers and
Pirates. All three teams were within three games of each other when the
the season turned on the Giants right after taking two of three from
Los Angeles in early September. The series ended with the Giants at 81
wins. They would finish with 93 wins but had to win 8 of their last 9
games to get there. After beating the Dodgers they lost 8 of their next
11 games. At the same time the Dodgers were winning eight straight.
real conundrum began when the Giants went into their next series,
hosting the lowly Cubs. An aging Ernie Banks was still anchoring an
infield of Ron Santo, Don Kessinger and Glenn Beckert. The team overall
was in transition welcoming Adolfo Phillips, Randy Hundley and Downtown
Ollie Brown to the club.
all started when the Giants took on Chicago in San Francisco. Having
taken two straight from the Dodgers who could blame the Giants for being
over confident. Ace Juan Marichal was taking the mound against a young
rookie Ken Holtzman. Marichal was working on his fourth 20 win season of the six he tossed. Both pitchers were sailing along with the Cubs leading 1-0
at the end of 7. Then the roof fell in.
the top of the 8th with one out Beckert walked. Marichal hit Billy
Williams to put runners at first and second. With Ron Santo at the
plate, Beckert tried to steal third and Jim Ray Hart made an error. Beckert scored. Santo struck out but Ernie Banks singled home Williams to make
it 3-0. Both runs were unearned.
the 9th, with one out Adolfo Phillips doubled off Lindy McDaniel who
had replaced Marichal. Pitcher Bill Hands flied out but Kessinger
hit a sharp ground ball to short which Jim Davenport booted for an error. Beckert then drove them both home with a hit. Before the inning
ended the Cubs had scored again and the final was Cubs 6 - Giants 0.
Giants had committed five errors in the game including two by Davenport
and all this behind their best pitcher, against a Cubs team which lost
103 games and finished in last place 36 games out of first. Five of the runs were unearned.
Giants would lose their next two games to the Cubs 12-3 and 4-3 before
picking up a 2-0 win over Chicago. The Giants would go on to lose five
of their next eight before going on a tear to finish the season, losing
out to the Dodgers by 1.5 games. As the Giants went into their tail spin
the Dodgers went 14-5 before playing .500 ball down the final stretch.
The fact the Giants won 8 of their last 9 was the only thing which kept it
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