DEA_Museum007August 17, 1958

I dreamed about murder and fast balls, all to the sound of crickets. Woke in my morphine haze and slipped out of the Double Play without Chumpo seeing me and found myself in the Giants clubhouse at Seals Stadium. Knew I was supposed to be ushering and had already put my uniform on but then remembered I had to warm Ruben Gomez in the bullpen. The only person in the room was Johnny Heap who was hanging the clean uniforms in every locker.

“What are you doin’ here, Snappy?” I think he asked, followed by “You okay?”
“Yeah yeah, gimme some baseballs. Gomez is waiting…”
“What?? There’s no one here yet, and I thought you were off the team.”
“Don’t get smart with me kid,” I think I remember saying and stumbled back out.

Then I was in section 16, watching a game that was like a morphine haze all by itself. Home runs and back and forth and fans yelling at me from behind for some reason, we tied it in the 9th on a Mays homer and single and three-base error by Bobby Thomson of all people but all for nothing when the Cubs scored three times in the 11th on a Don Elston leadoff triple and bunch of garbage.

By then I was wandering in section 17 down the right field line for some reason and Stan Lowsack and Tall Tom Tupper were shaking me.

“Better ‘fess up Snappy!” said Tom, “Like right now before the cops get here.”
“Huh? Why are you…”
“They just found Johnny Heap, that’s why,” said Stan, “Stuffed head first into a ball bag with your usher cap hanging off his foot.”

A twig snapped in my brain. Whether it was the booze or morphine or something deep and dark inside didn’t matter. I felt over 20,000 grandstand eyes on me. Tore myself away, smashed through the crowd toward the home plate area. Reached the backstop and began climbing it like a madman. Screaming at the field, the scoreboard, the fog-licked San Francisco sky—

“YOU WIN, YOU BASTARD! I DID IT! I DID IT! YOU HAPPY NOW?? I DID IT!!!”

Felt hands on my legs, around my waist. Wrenching me back down into a human stew. The last thing I heard was a siren, which I now realize was not a police car’s.

THE SKINNYS
(courtesy of UPI wire service)

CHI 012 010 100 03 – 8 17 1
S.F. 002 010 002 01 – 6 10 2
W-Elston L-Jones SV-Henry HRS: Walls, Moryn, Wagner, Mays

PHI 000 000 020 – 2 5 1
MIL 103 000 00x – 4 7 0
W-Jay L-Semproch SV-Robinson HR: Bowman GWBI-Covington

PHI 200 010 000 – 3 11 2
MIL 012 033 03x – 12 18 1
W-Buhl L-Morehead HRS: Adcock-2, Crandall GWRBI-Crandall
The defending champion Milwaukee team took both ends of a twinbill from the swooning Phillies, crushing them in the nightcap when muscular Joe Adcock homered twice. Humberto Robinson saved the opener for fresh-scrubbed youngster Joey Jay.

STL 013 200 302 – 11 15 0
L.A. 000 001 000 – 1 3 5
W-Jones L-Podres HR: Musial GWRBI-Jones

STL 000 005 000 – 5 12 2
L.A. 020 002 000 – 4 6 0
W-Maglie L-Birrer SV-Stobbs HR: B.G. Smith GWRBI-B.G. Smith
The Cardinals continued their red-hot play with a doubleheader sweep of the floundering Dodgers. L.A. committed five gaffes in the opener, and gave up a lead in the nightcap when due to the Dodgers’ three scheduled twinbills this week, emergency starter Babe Birrer and Clem Labine were tagged for five 6th inning runs. To make matters worse, slugger Duke Snider was hit by a Sal Maglie pitch and will be out of action for 15 games. Dodgers skipper Walt “On Deck Circle” Alston, reportedly a “wonderful fellow”, is said to be beside himself.

PIT 111 000 000 00 – 3 9 0
CIN 000 110 010 01 – 4 14 1
W-Schmidt L-Blackburn HRS: Clemente, Bailey GWRBI-Lynch

PIT 100 000 013 – 5 16 1
CIN 200 000 202 – 6 9 1
W-Jeffcoat L-Gross HRS: Mazeroski, Robinson, Crowe GWRBI-Hoak
The streaky and recently remarkable Reds sweep the Bucs for the second time in a week, winning two thrillers. Lynch’s single off Blackburn in the 11th takes the first game, before a Whisenant pinch single, Bailey triple and Hoak sacrifice fly bring Cincy back to win the late game. This coming after Pittsburgh had score three to take the lead in the 9th!

NYY 013 100 013 – 9 22 0
BOS 020 110 000 – 4 13 0
W-Ditmar L-Brewer HRS: Berra, Skowron-2, Gernert, Daley GWRBI-Skowron
Boston’s pennant hopes may have just been dashed, as the Bronx bombers pile up 22 hits off four hurlers and take the last three of a critical four-game set at the Fens.

WAS 200 000 000 – 2 4 0
BAL 000 000 010 – 1 4 1
W-Ramos L-Harshman HR: Sievers GWRBI-Sievers
Despite being eliminated yesterday, the Nats get a great performance from Pedro Ramos and win on Sievers’ 47th homer in the 1st inning.

CLE 000 000 000 – 0 3 0
CHX 011 000 00x – 2 7 0
W-Pierce L-McLish GWRBI-Phillips
Cal McLish, winner of 11 of his last 12, faces off against Billy Pierce and his 6-game win streak. And Pierce emerges victorious thanks to yet another game-deciding safety from Bubba Phillips. With the victory, the White Sox move back into second place.

DET 200 000 000 – 2 9 1
K.C. 001 000 101 – 3 9 0
W-Gorman L-Foytack HR: Chiti GWRBI-Chiti
After being shut out two straight days, the Tigers score twice in the first, then succumb to offensive torpor again vs. Ray Herbert and Tom Gorman. Chiti’s bottom of the 9th clout gives the A’s six straight wins over plummeting Detroit.

TEAM STATS REPORT: Here are your team hitting, team pitching, and assorted miscellany through Sunday’s games.

National League through Sunday, August 17

Milwaukee 66 51 .564
Chicago 65 55 .542 2.5
San Francisco 62 56 .525 4.5
St. Louis 58 58 .500 7.5
Cincinnati 59 61 .492 8.5
Philadelphia 55 60 .478 10
Pittsburgh 54 64 .458 12.5
Los Angeles 52 66 .441 14.5

American League through Sunday, August 17

New York 75 43 .636
Chicago 65 53 .551 10
Boston 64 53 .547 10.5
Baltimore 63 53 .543 11
Detroit 58 58 .500 16
Cleveland 60 60 .500 16
Kansas City 48 69 .410 26.5
Washington 37 81 .314 38
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