TWISP Notes #15

November 24, 1988

Jack Clark of the Giants and George Brett of the Royals were named April’s Player-of-the-Month for their respective leagues this week by the commissioner’s office. Clark batted .405 and led the NL in triples (5), while also finishing in the top five in four other offensive categories. Brett topped all American League hitters with a .436 average and made the top five in hits (34), doubles (10), and RBI (16)…

A packed house was on hand at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium for the official first release of ballots for this year’s All-Star Game, to be played in San Diego July 11th. Casting the opening ballot was the SP78 commissioner, who was seated in the left field red seats with injured Tigers third-sacker Phil Mankowski. The commissioner told WLW Radio, “Phil and I both participated in the balloting, and our only match was Steve Ontiveros at third base for the National League…”

Fans, don’t forget! May 9th is Pennant Night at Toronto!

NL – May 8

George Foster’s 5th career grand slam highlighted a 14-1 Reds win over the struggling Mets. Johnny Bench and Dan Driessen also homered for the Reds. Paul Moskau (4-1) picked up the complete game victory…Atlanta’s 3-run eighth inning helped hard-luck starter Phil Niekro gain his first win, a 5-3 clipping of the Expos at Olympic Stadium. Niekro (1-4) started the game with a 2.42 ERA…At Veterans Stadium, Larry Bowa’s early-inning solo HR was all the offense Philadelphia needed in a 2-0 blanking of the Astros. Dick Ruthven (3-2) defeated Tom Dixon (1-1), who was making only his second start of the season…

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