|Mr. Perry: finally had breakout season, '69|
Bouton's funny description of his performance:
"My main concern was that Carew and Tovar would be stealing on my knuckleball, so we went over the pickoff signs and hoped for the best. It wasn't good enough. In my first start of the year, on this day of July 19, 1969, A.D., I, James Alan Bouton was creamed."
|Tom Kelly, circa 1969|
|Former Twin, Rich Rollins|
The '69 Pilots (team page, BBRef.) finished last (12 team league) in pitching ERA (4.35), fielding (.974), and struck out more than any other club (1,015 whiffs). However, they could claim bragging rights versus the California Angels, who were last in team batting average (.230) to Seattle's 11th place finish (.234). Silver linings can be found wherever you like, I guess. Meanwhile, the Twins were the offensive juggernaut of the league, leading all clubs in runs scored (790), hits (1,520), batting (.268), and total bases (2,319). Mismatch.
|For some of these small pieces, try clicking on the image to get a larger print.|
The complete dish on the Sunday, July 20 game is at this link (Baseball Ref. box).
The expansion Pilots would go on to become the Milwaukee Brewers the next season, in 1970. Ironically enough, these illegitimate children of the Pilots would engage in an even longer battle with the Twins - 5:47 for a 22-inning game - on May 12, 1972 (BBRef box). You have to go to this link yourself to find out about THAT affair!
That's all for now! Hopefully the news bits made for some good reading! Bonus columns by Minneapolis Star writers Sid Hartman and Dick Cullum are found below...
As good, old Herb Carneal would say "...and the count rides along." - TT