1964 May 12

Tuesday – May 12

College students across the country were burning their draft cards and shouting “We won’t go” and “Make love not war.” The well-organized protest was the first protest of its kind – but not the last.

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Back to the Action – After a scoreless first inning, Art Mahaffey encountered a fit of wildness in the top of the second that loaded the bases with three walks. Finally, he found the strike zone, but yielded a run scoring single to Julian Javier that put the Cards on top 1-0.

And the Cards got to him again in the top of the third:

  • Doug Clemens tripled and scored on Dick Groat’s double to make it 2-0.
  • Groat moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Ken Boyer’s single to make it 3-0.

Gene Mauch needed Chris Short to get the last two outs, and then he lifted Short for pinch-hitter Don Hoak in the bottom of the third.

In came Dallas Green to pitch the fourth, but he gave up his first run of the year:

  • Julian Javier led off with a double.
  • Trying to move Javier to third, Curt Simmons bunted. Gus Triandos pounced on the ball and threw to third – trapping Javier between second and third and retiring him on a 2-6-5-3 rundown for the first out. Simmons was safe at first.
  • Curt Flood walked to put runners on first and second.
  • Doug Clemens doubled to center to score Curt Simmons and make it 4-0 Cards – the first earned run Green allowed.
  • Flood stopped at third to put runners on second and third.

Groat hit a liner to left that spelled trouble, but Danny Cater made a diving catch and doubled Flood at third with a 7-4-5 double-play.

Former Phillie Curt Simmons (3-2) earned the win by giving up single runs in the sixth and eighth – and Roger Craig came on with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth to nail down the save (#3).

Art Mahaffey (2-2) took the loss.

It was the third straight loss for the Phillies and dropped their record to 0-and-4 against the Cards.

Around the League – Juan Marichal (6-0) tossed a 6-0 shutout over the Colt 45s that enabled the Giants to establish a two-game edge over the bunched Phillies, Braves, and Cardinals.


1964 – The Year the Phillies Blew the Pennant was originally published two years ago – but please don’t purchase it right now. I’m in the final stages of streamlining the original to make it a better reading experience.

I’ll let you know when it’s ready.


In addition to being the official Eagles Outsider for BlameMyFather.com, Barry Bowe is also the author of:

Written by Barry Bowe

Former sportswriter – first to put Timmy Duncan’s name on the sports page.

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