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Subject: 1964 - 2 fun Pennant Races contained herein.... rss

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Gene Mauch - my father could never say much nice about him post the 1964 September disaster




The 1964 Ratings Guide



Standings At Close of Play of August 31, 1964
NL
Team Name W L GB
Philadelphia Phillies 78 51 -
Cincinnati Reds 73 57 5.5
San Francisco Giants 73 59 6.5
St. Louis Cardinals 71 59 7.5
Milwaukee Braves 66 64 12.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 64 12.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 63 66 15.0
Chicago Cubs 60 70 18.5
Houston Colt .45s 57 75 22.5
New York Mets 44 86 34.5



Standings At Close of Play of October 4, 1964
NL
Team Name W L GB
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 -
Cincinnati Reds 92 70 1.0
Philadelphia Phillies 92 70 1.0
San Francisco Giants 90 72 3.0
Milwaukee Braves 88 74 5.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 80 82 13.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 13.0
Chicago Cubs 76 86 17.0
Houston Colt .45s 66 96 27.0
New York Mets 53 109 40.0

I recall going to see the NY Mets and Phillies in Connie Mack in 1964 for a doubleheader - I was 8 1/2 perhaps. The Phillies were playing stellar ball. I recall watching Ron Swobada fouling off as I recall it (unsure if it is true) 9 straight pitches. I also thought or recall seeing Jim Bunning pitch. I will note my parents were both life-long Phillies fans - no Pirates or American League for them!


1 SEPT-7 SEPT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Philadelphia Phillies 85 52 -
Cincinnati Reds 78 60 7.5
St. Louis Cardinals 77 61 8.5
San Francisco Giants 75 65 10.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 65 13.0
Milwaukee Braves 70 68 15.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 66 71 19.0
Chicago Cubs 61 77 23.5
Houston Colt .45s 60 80 26.5
New York Mets 47 92 39.0

Imagine - you are the Cards with a 6-1 record and the Pirates with the same - yet you lose ground in the Pennant Race as the Phillies roll to a 7-1 record for the week. The Giants had an epic collapse at 2-6, whereas the Cubs, week they were the Cubs at 1-7.

8 SEPT-14 SEPT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Philadelphia Phillies 90 54 -
Cincinnati Reds 80 63 9.5
St. Louis Cardinals 78 65 11.5
San Francisco Giants 78 67 12.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 76 67 13.5
Milwaukee Braves 74 69 15.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 69 75 21.0
Chicago Cubs 65 78 24.5
Houston Colt .45s 61 85 30.5
New York Mets 47 96 42.5

The Cubs positioned themselves nicely with a 4-1 record for the week to stay ahead of the Astros who played a lousy 1-5, but the Mets 0-4 was worse. The Phillies had another solid week at 5-2, but St. Louis had its wings clipped this week playing for a 1-4 record. The Braves and Bucs both won 4 games but that's not enough for a surge. Barring an epic swoon, the Phillies are in very nice shape to grab the brass ring. The Braves and Pirates are on the cusp of elimination.
15 SEPT- 21 SEPT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Philadelphia Phillies 93 58 -
Cincinnati Reds 84 66 8.5
St. Louis Cardinals 82 67 10.0
San Francisco Giants 82 69 11.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 70 12.5
Milwaukee Braves 76 73 16.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 72 78 20.5
Chicago Cubs 69 80 23.0
Houston Colt .45s 63 89 30.5
New York Mets 50 98 41.5

Well the Mets with a 3-2 record avoided hitting a 100 losses and still have a theoretical chance of doing so. The Astros with their 2-4 inched up to 63 wins, making certain they will not go with a triple digit loss season. The Cubs surge continues with a 4-2 mark, closing in on the World Champion Dodgers?!? Although the Phillies only went 3-4, the Cards, Reds and Giants 4 wins a piece didn't do much to help them close up any gaps.

22 SEPT- 28 SEPT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Philadelphia Phillies 97 61 -
Cincinnati Reds 88 69 8.5
St. Louis Cardinals 88 69 8.5
San Francisco Giants 84 72 11.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 76 12.5
Milwaukee Braves 78 77 16.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 74 82 20.5
Chicago Cubs 74 82 23.0
Houston Colt .45s 66 90 30.5
New York Mets 53 102 41.5

The Cardinals awesome 6-2 week gained them a whole 1 1/2 games in the standings - i.e. BIG WHOOP! The Cubs had the second best week at 5-2 and now tying the Dodgers for 7th place. Otherwise this race is about one for the books.


29 SEPT- 4 OCT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Philadelphia Phillies 100 62 -
St. Louis Cardinals 92 70 8.0
Cincinnati Reds 90 72 10.0
San Francisco Giants 89 73 11.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 83 79 17.0
Milwaukee Braves 82 80 18.0
Chicago Cubs 78 84 22.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 76 86 24.0
Houston Colt .45s 67 95 33.0
New York Mets 54 108 46.0

Well the Phillies UNLIKE 1964 won and Gene Mauch their manager is being feted at the boy wonder - and not the boy blunder....

AL
Team Name W L GB
Baltimore Orioles 79 52 -
Chicago White Sox 80 54 0.5
New York Yankees 75 54 3.0
Detroit Tigers 70 65 11.0
Los Angeles Angels 68 68 13.5
Minnesota Twins 66 66 13.5
Cleveland Indians 65 67 14.5
Boston Red Sox 59 74 21.0
Washington Senators 53 81 27.5
Kansas City Athletics 49 83 30.5


ACTUAL
Team Name W L GB
New York Yankees 99 63 -
Chicago White Sox 98 64 1.0
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 2.0
Detroit Tigers 85 77 14.0
Los Angeles Angels 82 80 17.0
Cleveland Indians 79 83 20.0
Minnesota Twins 79 83 20.0
Boston Red Sox 72 90 27.0
Washington Senators 62 100 37.0
Kansas City Athletics 57 105 42.0

Now...onto the FastScore Replay!

1 SEPT -7 SEPT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Baltimore Orioles 85 54 -
Chicago White Sox 84 58 2.5
New York Yankees 81 55 2.5
Detroit Tigers 74 67 12.0
Los Angeles Angels 72 72 15.5
Minnesota Twins 68 71 17.0
Cleveland Indians 67 72 18.0
Boston Red Sox 63 78 23.0
Washington Senators 57 84 29.0
Kansas City Athletics 50 90 35.5

The NYY's surged big time this week with a 6-1 record, and yet only gained 1/2 game in the standings as the Baby Birds went 6-2. The WSox did themselves no favors at 4-4. KC barely registered a pulse at 1-7. The Senator with a 4-3 have hopes of avoiding a 100 losses.

8 SEPT - 14 SEPT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Baltimore Orioles 90 57 -
New York Yankees 85 57 2.5
Chicago White Sox 86 61 4.0
Detroit Tigers 77 69 12.5
Los Angeles Angels 74 73 16.0
Cleveland Indians 71 73 17.5
Minnesota Twins 70 76 19.5
Boston Red Sox 65 82 25.0
Washington Senators 59 88 31.0
Kansas City Athletics 52 93 37.0

The Yankees moved into 2nd place on the strength of a 4-2 record while the O's went 5-3. The WSox were so-so at 2-3. The Twins had a 2nd lousy 2-5 week and the Senators went 2-4, still giving them hopes of avoiding 100 losses. And KC? 2-3 but needed a perfect record to avoid 100 most likely.

15 SEPT - 21 SEPT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Baltimore Orioles 92 60 -
New York Yankees 90 58 -
Chicago White Sox 87 65 5.0
Detroit Tigers 80 71 11.5
Cleveland Indians 75 74 15.5
Los Angeles Angels 75 78 17.5
Minnesota Twins 74 77 17.5
Boston Red Sox 66 86 26.0
Washington Senators 61 91 31.0
Kansas City Athletics 55 95 36.0


Well the O's are in trouble...maybe as the Yanks go 5-1 to claim a share of first place with a stinky 2-3 record by the O's. But the WSox - the chance of chances and they went 1-4. Cleveland the Twins both had nice 4-1 records, and Washington with a 2-3 and KC with a 3-2 still could avoid 100 loss seasons.



22 SEPT - 28 SEPT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Baltimore Orioles 95 62 -
New York Yankees 94 61 -
Chicago White Sox 90 67 5.0
Detroit Tigers 82 74 12.5
Cleveland Indians 78 78 16.5
Minnesota Twins 77 79 17.5
Los Angeles Angels 77 81 18.5
Boston Red Sox 69 88 26.0
Washington Senators 63 94 32.0
Kansas City Athletics 57 98 37.0


The NYY continue to play hot at 4-3 but the O's match them with a 3-2 to stay in a tie. Again the WSox underperform at 3-2 and gain no ground. The other teams seemed to go either 3-2 or 2-3. Both the Senators and KC went 2-3 in their effort to avoid 100 losses - and the Senators achieved that this week.


29 SEPT - 4 OCT 1964
Team Name W L GB
Baltimore Orioles 99 63 -
New York Yankees 99 63 -
Chicago White Sox 95 67 4.0
Detroit Tigers 82 80 12.5
Cleveland Indians 82 80 16.5
Minnesota Twins 77 79 17.5
Los Angeles Angels 79 83 18.5
Boston Red Sox 71 91 26.0
Washington Senators 65 97 32.0
Kansas City Athletics 58 104 37.0


The NYY stayed red hot at 5-2 but can't shake the O's who went 4-1 to FORCE a 1 game play off as both teams finish 99-63! The Tigers bottomed out being toothless at the end of the season with an 0-6 mark. The WSox woke up with a 5-0 mark and had they played marginally better the 2nd and 3rd week...oh the what ifs! And KC - total collapse at 1-6 to finish deep into the 100 loss column....

PLAY OFF GAME!!!
All bets were on the NYY's in the one game Play off as they were used to this type of pressure. Whitey Ford in the bottom of the 5th was cruising with a 2-0 lead, having given up one hit, a Texas Leaguer single in the 3rd. On his third pitch of the inning Ford grabbed his elbow, made one more throw - and motioned for the manager, leaving the game. The O's scratched out 2 runs in the 5th and managed 2 more in the 7th, walking away with a 4-2 victory as Wally Bunker shut the Yankees out from the 4th inning onwards.

I will note that I'm more iffy about his team's offensive ratings for the 1964 AL season. The Twins who were far and away the AL Offensive juggernaut that season are rated the same as the NYY - and on the face should not be but they scored only 7 more runs than the NYY. The O's perhaps deserve a 5 as they are close to Cleveland. But this is the only time I question any and it's solely based on my original 1964 brown cardstock SOM Oriole cards.

The 1964 World Series - as Played by FastScore Results The Orioles and the Phillies. The Phillies are a smidgen better on offense with a 5 to the Orioles 4, rather meaningless.

GAME 1 Milt Pappas vs. Jim Bunning - two pitchers who defined good solid pitching through the mid-1960's. The game wasn't even close as Pappas threw a 2 hit shut-out, winning 4-0. The Phillies never even got 2 runners on base in any inning.

GAME 2 The Orioles felt real good with their ace Wally Bunker who went 19-5 for the year against Chris Short. Instead the Phillies teed off on Bunker, pounding him for 8 runs while cruising to an 8-3 win. All tied up now.

GAME 3 Robin Roberts, the great one years back for "The Whiz Kids", was faced by Dennis Bennett, a no-brainer game except the Phillies managed to eke out a 5-4 win.

GAME 4 Pappas and Bunning again and although the Phillies figured Milt out for 2 runs, Bunning was hit hard early and gave up 5 runs total for a 5-2 Phillies loss.

GAME 5 The Orioles now see a way to go up 3-2 to 2, handing the ball to Wally Bunker with confidence against Chris Short. That confidence was well-placed as Bunker gave up only 2 runs but...the O's only could score one against Short! Phillies 3 games to 2 lead.

GAME 6 Both teams starters were exhausted so in the critical game Dave McNally took the mound for the O's against Art Mahaffey - and McNally did what he had to, notching a 5-2 victory. This is so exciting - a game 7!

GAME 7 Pappas against Bunning right, except Gene Mauch went with his other work horse Chris Short. Short did not disappoint, pitching well and deep enough for the Phillies to get out early and have the bullpen seal the 6-4 win.



Done at 36, Short developed diabetes and drifted in and out of various jobs, trying to support three sons and two ex-wives. He wed a third time in 1978. A decade later, a near-fatal aneurysm sent him into a coma from which he never returned.



The Actual 1964 World Series - St. Louis Cardinals vs. the NYY



Tresh, Ford and Howard celebrating the sweep.

The Cardinals and the NYYs are an even 6 in offensive prowess....

GAME 1
Whitey Ford, the grizzled old ace of the NYY's against Ray Sadecki - doesn't seem like much of a matchup. Here it wasn't as the Cardinals got only scramble for 1 run while the Yankees scored 4.

GAME 2
Mel Stottelmyre vs. Bob Gibson. A rookie against a true veteran and the Rookie had just enough to hold onto a 5-3 win here.

GAME 3
Curt Simmons against Jim Bouton who would later be more remembered for his book Ball Four than any pitching exploits. The Cards again come out on the short end of the bat, losing 6-4.

GAME 4
Down 3-0, the choices for the Cardinals is iffy - and they selected Curt Simmons. The NYY's went with Al Downing. Downing had overpowering stuff and shut out the Redbirds 6-0.


Yogi B. enjoying redemption!
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Wow, more great names and memories from the past! I was in my second quarter of college that fall!

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Terry:

WE were in the 4th grade...

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