Pitcher use: Marichal, TF Brown, Niekro need three games; Waddell, Gibson need two; Mathewson, Carlton need one. Koufax worked one inning in the final game.
Game 1: Teddys 9, Kennedys 8
WP: Joss (1-0)
LP: Carlton (0-1)
Save: Bender (2)
HR: Lajoie 2 (2), Speaker (1), Aaron (3), McCovey (2)
Game 2: Kennedys 5, Teddys 2
WP: Gibson (2-0)
HR: Aaron 2 (5)
Game 3: Teddys 11, Kennedys 1
WP: TF Brown (2-0)
LP: Marichal (0-2)
The Teddys bashed their first home runs of the season in the first game, but that was hardly the limit of the power the deadballers displayed against the Kennedys.
The Teddys had 12 doubles and three triples — 18 extra base hits in all — for the series. They had 18 hits in the first game, 11 in the second and 15 in the finale. Only the ability of Bob Gibson to get outs with men on base in game two held the Teddys at bay.
And that was with Ty Cobb going 0-for-6, 1-for-5 and 2-for-5 — a 3 for 16 performance only slightly redeemed with a pair of singles in his final two at-bats in a blowout.
Nap Lajoie went 4-for-5 in the opener, with two doubles and two homers. The second homer was part of a three-run ninth inning against Steve Carlton and Sandy Koufax in which the Teddys hit for the cycle and turned a 8-6 deficit into a 9-8 victory.
Tris Speaker had a pair of two-baggers to go with his homer, and Sam Crawford hammered two doubles and a triple.
In the second game, Gibson bent but did not break. Hank Aaron hit a pair of homers, and a revamped lineup — Pete Rose and Luis Aparicio got their first starts of the season — did enough damage against Rube Waddell. The Teddys southpaw did fan eight in seven innings of work.
But the Kennedys reverted to their standard lineup in the finale and were never really in the contest. Three-Finger Brown allowed just two hits, and Juan Marichal gave up four runs in the third and two more in the fourth, when he was pulled. Phil Niekro knuckleballed his way through 4.6 innings of one-run ball before exiting for a pinch hitter — and Koufax promptly surrendered another four runs in his inning of mop-up work.