1964 July 26

Sunday, July 26 – First Game

1964 imagePair of rookies starting the first game of the doubleheader:

  • John Boozer (1-1) for the Phillies.
  • Gordie Richardson (0-0) for the Cardinals.

Gordie Richardson was a 25-year-old rookie making his first start in the majors. A lefthander, he was promoted from the Jacksonville Suns after going 9-3 with a 1.55 ERA, five complete games, and two shutouts.

Play Ball:

After a scoreless first inning, the Cards scored in the second:

  • Bill White, Mike Shannon, and Julian Javier singled to load the bases.
  • Tim McCarver made it four straight singles – White scoring.
  • One out later, Curt Flood hit a two-run double to make it 3-0.

And the Cards kept tacking on runs.

In the third:

  • Ken Boyer tripled and Bill White singled.

In the fourth:

  • Tim McCarver doubled and scored on Curt Flood’s single.

The Phillies finally scored in the bottom of the seventh:

  • Richie Allen and Alex Johnson doubled.

But the Cards answered right back in the eighth:

  • Tim McCarver tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly to end the scoring at 6-1.

Rookie lefthander Gordie Richardson (1-0) made his first big-league start a good one – giving up just that one run on five hits while striking out five in the complete-game 6-1 victory.

John Boozer (1-1) took the loss – and Gary Kroll made his debut by giving up one run on three hits in two innings.

Sunday, July 26 – Second Game

1964 imageArt Mahaffey (9-4) versus Ray Sadecki (10-8) in the nightcap. Sadecki was 2-0 against the Phillies with two complete games.

The Cards scored two runs in the second:

  • Ken Boyer singled and Dick Groat walked.
  • Bob Skinner singled to score Boyer – and then Groat scored when Tony Gonzalez kicked the ball around in center.

And they scored two more in the fifth as they took a 4-0 lead.

  • Jerry Buchek tripled and scored on Curt Flood’s single.
  • Flood stole second and scored on Ken Boyer’s single.

The Phillies averted a shutout in the bottom of the ninth:

  • Cookie Rojas doubled and Richie Allen singled to make the final score 4-1.

Ray Sadecki (11-8) gave up one run on five hits over the full nine innings in picking up the win.

Art Mahaffey (9-5) took the loss – the third straight for the Phillies.

The Cards not only swept the doubleheader, but they also took 3-of-4 from the Phillies in this series – moving them to within seven games of first place and leading the season series 9-4.

After the Game:

The Phillies returned Costen Shockley to the Arkansas Travelers. His average was .207 in 29 at-bats – with one home run and two RBIs.

Around the League:

The Giants beat the Dodgers 5-2. That victory – coupled with the Phillies double-loss – pulled the Giants to within ½ game of first place.

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Written by Barry Bowe
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