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Stan: Cards “Still in the Race”

Aug. 24, 1963 - Stan Musial (pictured) was saying before last night’s game that he hasn’t felt much of anything now that his playing days are dwindling down to a precious few. “You see,” said The Man, “we’re still in the race, I think, and I’m just trying to bear down.” After last night’s 4-1 win over Houston, the Cards were even more in the race, they think, with over a month to play and 5½ games to climb in order to catch the Dodgers. They weren’t exactly crowding Los Angeles, but in two nights the gap had closed by two games, and manager Johnny Keane was saying: “Anything can happen.” Bob Gibson, who loves to pitch against Houston, was the man who gave the Redbirds a stronger foothold in the N.L. chase. Gibson struck out 12 and pitched a five-hitter for his 14th win, and he coasted after the Cards gave him a four-run lead before he threw a pitch. His dozen strikeouts gave him a total of 46 for 42 innings against the Colt .45’s, and the win was his fourth straight at their expense. The Cards swarmed on Houston’s Turk Farrell for all their runs in the first, on three hits, two walks, and an error by catcher John Bateman. The rookie threw into center field on a double steal by Curt Flood and Bill White, with Flood scoring from second on the play. A two-run double by George Altman and Julian Javier’s double completed the scoring, and Bob Gibson made it stand up.


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