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  • Spring Training, 1970

    (Bill Schonely) Good afternoon everybody, wherever you may be! And welcome to Pilots baseball…. This is Bill Schonely along with Jimmy Dudley, and our producer/engineer Frank Greif. And, it’s exhibition baseball once again.

    Bright skies today, plenty of sunshine, good crowd on-hand, and baseball time here in the Southland in the “Valley of the Sun.” …and here to tell ya about it - our broadcast partner, Jimmy Dudley.

    (Jimmy Dudley) Thank you Bill, and hello baseball fans everywhere! Yes, it’s baseball time!


    Friday, March 6 Indians vs. Pilots at Tempe. Phil Hennigan, Bob Miller and Dennis Higgins pitched three-hitter in Indians’ victory. Hennigan also contributed two-run single. Series standing: Indians, 1-0; Pilots, 0-1.

    Saturday, March 7 Indians vs. Pilots at Tempe Indians, after besting Pilots, 6-1, March 6, sent split squad into action March 7 and lost to Pilots, 9-8, in ten innings. Wayne Comer and Mike Hegan were heroes of Pilots’ triumph. Comer homered with two men on base to tie score in ninth inning. After Indians went ahead again in tenth, Ted Kubiak and Roy Foster drew walks and Hegan batted in tying and winning runs with double. Series standing: Indians, 1-1; Pilots, 1-1.

    Sunday, March 8 Padres vs. Pilots at Tempe Taking advantage of two errors, Pilots scored four unearned runs in eighth inning and defeated Padres, 4-2, March 8. Jerry Morales accounted for Padres’ runs with homer in third. Roy Foster doubled and Greg Goossen and Jerry McNertney singled as Pilots came back in eighth with aid of Padres’ errors, walk and wild pitch. Series standing: Pilots, 1-0; Padres, 0-1.

    Monday, March 9 Pilots vs. Cubs at Scottsdale Cub sweetened their spring record by sweeping in three straight victories over Pilots, starting with 7-3 triumph March 9. Billy Williams hit homer with two men on base and Ralph Rickey tripled with bases loaded to … Cubs’ attack. Series standing: Cubs, 1-0; Pilots, 0-1.

    Wednesday, March 11 Cubs vs. Pilots at Tempe Unearned run enabled Cubs to gain 5-4 decision at Tempe March 11. With one out in eighth inning. Paul Popovich singled. When Roric Harrison threw wildly on pickoff attempt. Popovich took third and then scored tie-breaking tally on sacrifice fly by Cleo James. Series standing: Cubs, 2-0; Pilots, 0-2.

    Friday, March 13 Pilots vs. Giants at Phoenix Already in midseason form, Juan Marichal allowed only three hits in five innings of scoreless pitching as Giants defeated Pilots, 8-2, March 13. Steve Whitaker led Giants’ attack with double and homer, driving in three runs. Mike Hegan homered for Pilots off Miguel Puente in seventh inning. Series standing: Giants, 1-0; Pilots 0-1.

    Thursday, March 12 Pilots vs. Angels at Tempe Pilots lose to Angels, 6-7. With Alex Johnson hitting three singles and driving in three runs. Angels built up 7-0 lead at Tempe and then withstood comeback by Pilots. In ninth inning, Pilots scored twice and had man on third base with none out, but Eddie Fisher retired next three batters to save game for Angels. Pilots’ three runs here all were unearned, last two scoring on single by Baldwin in ninth. Series standing: Pilots, 0-1; Angels, 1-0.

    Saturday, March 14 Pilots vs. Angels at Palm Springs Pilots got two-hit pitching from Lew Krausse, Bob Meyer and Dave Baldwin to gain 3-0 victory here March 14 after losing previous game with Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 7-6, March 12. Series standing: Pilots, 1-1; Angels, 1-1.

    Saturday, March 14 Pilots (B) vs. Cubs (B) at Scottsdale Returning to Scottsdale, Cubs defeated split squad of Pilots, 8-5, March 14. Series standing: Cubs, 3-0; Pilots, 0-3.

    Sunday, March 15 Pilots vs. Padres at Yuma One big inning enabled Pilots to post 8-1 victory over Padres. Pilots scored seven times in fourth inning with aid of three errors. Series standing: Pilots, 2-0; Padres, 0-2.

    Sunday, March 15 Pilots vs. Athletics at Tempe Athletics slugged their way to two straight victories over Pilots, but had to travel 11 innings before winning at Tempe, 12-7, March 15. A’s evaded defeat at hands of Pilots’ split squad when Jim Driscoll hit three-run homer to tie score in ninth. Bob Johnson accounted for two RBIs with double when A’s broke game wide apart with seven runs in 11th . Series standing: Athletics, 1-0; Pilots, 0-1.

    Monday, March 16 Pilots vs. Padres at Yuma One big hit enabled Pilots to post 6-4 victory over Padres. Ted Kubiak provided winning hit, driving in two runs with triple in ninth. Series standing: Pilots, 3-0; Padres, 0-3.

    Monday, March 16 Pilots (B) vs. Giants at Phoenix Although sending split squad into action, Pilots collected 12 hits and scored in seven different innings to gain 9-3 victory over Giants March 16. Standing at close of series: Pilots, 1-1; Giants, 1-1.

    Wednesday, March 18 Pilots vs. Indians at Tucson With three big innings to feature their scoring, Pilots enjoyed pair of victories over Indians. In game played with experimental baseball, Pilots sent 13 men to bat in ninth inning and scored seven runs to outslug Indians, 19-14, at Tucson March 18. Free-swinging contest saw clubs pile up total of 34 hits, including seven homers. Series standing: Pilots, 2-1; Indians, 1-2.

    Thursday, March 19 Cubs vs. Pilots at Tempe Although each club collected 11 hits, Cubs put their safeties to more productive use and defeated Pilots, 6-4, March 19. Jimmy Hall accounted for only extra-base blow of game with homer for Cubs. Series standing: Cubs, 4-0; Pilots, 0-4.

    Friday, March 20 Pilots vs. Athletics at Mesa Don Mincher and Dick Green each batted in three runs when Athletics had easier time defeating Pilots’ full squad, 11-5, here March 20. Series standing: Athletics, 2-0; Pilots, 0-2.

    Saturday, March 21 Indians vs. Pilots at Tempe Pilots did almost as much scoring with regulation baseball here March 21 when they walloped Indians, 14-4. Eleven Pilots went to plate in fourth inning, with six runs. Counting on three hits and four walks. In seventh, Pilots added five runs on only two hits, but one of them was bases-loaded triple by Roy Foster. Series standing: Pilots, 3-1; Indians, 1-3.

    Sunday, March 22 Pilots vs. Indians at Tucson In earlier game at Tucson March 22, Vada Pinson hit homer after single by Larry Brown in seventh to provide Indians with 4-3 victory. Series standing: Pilots, 3-2; Indians, 2-3.

    Monday, March 23 Pilots vs. Angels at Palm Springs Tom Murphy and Clyde Wright turned in outstanding pitching performances, but Angels lost to Pilots, 5-3, March 23, before coming back to gain 2-1 victory March 24. Murphy allowed only three hits and one run in six innings March 23, but after his departure Pilots fell on Ken Tatum for four runs in eighth. Greg Goossen batted in two tallies with single. Series standing: Pilots, 2-1; Angels, 1-2.

    Tuesday, March 24 Pilots vs. Angels at Palm Springs Wright also gave up only three hits in six innings March 24 and won, 2-1, with Eddie and Jack Fisher in relief. Joe Azcue homered for Angels in fifth and other run followed in sixth on walk to Sandy Alomar and double by Bill Voss. Pilots counted off Eddie Fisher in seventh on singles by Mike Hegan and Floyd Wicker, around walk to Ted Kubiak. Series standing: Angels, 2-2; Pilots, 2-2.

    Wednesday, March 25 Cubs vs. Pilots at Tempe Cubs completed sweep of five-game spring series with Pilots when Bill Hands and Joe Decker combined in three-hitter to post 4-0 victory March 25. Cubs’ 14-hit streak included homer by Jim Hickman and triples by Don Kessinger and Jimmy Qualls. Standing at close of series: Cubs, 5-0; Pilots, 0-5.

    Thursday, March 26 Indians vs. Pilots at Tempe Getting three-hit pitching from Marty Pattin and John Gelnar, Pilots defeated Indians, 2-1, March 26. Winning run scored in seventh inning on walk, sacrifice and single by Mike Hegan. Standing at close of series: Pilots, 4-2; Indians, 2-4.

    Saturday, March 28 Pilots vs. Athletics at Mesa George Lauzerique, obtained from Athletics, held his former teammates scoreless for seven innings while Pilots beat merry tattoo with their bats to roll up 19-1 victory March 28. Pilots smashed five homers, two by Danny Walton and one each by Ted Kubiak, Mike Hegan and John Kennedy. Hegan connected with bases loaded off Catfish Hunter in fourth inning. Series standing: Athletics, 2-1; Pilots, 1-2.

    Sunday, March 29 Athletics vs. Pilots at Tempe Playing in Seattle uniforms, Pilots defeated Athletics, 7-6, March 29. Pilots, who had homers by Danny Walton, Jerry McNertney and Tommy Harper, gained their victory with two runs in ninth inning on walk, single by Sandy Valdespino, double by Ted Kubiak, another pass that loaded bases and single by Walton. Standing at close of series: Pilots, 2-2; Athletics, 2-2.

    Monday, March 30 Padres vs. Pilots at Tempe Homers by Tommy Dean, Nate Colbert and Cris Cannizzaro, each with man on base, helped Padres defeat Pilots, 8-6, March 30. Standing at close of series: Pilots, 3-1; Padres, 1-3.

    Spring Standings American League (Including Games of March 30)

    Club W. L. Pct.
    New York Yankees 14 7 .667
    Washington Senators 12 7 .632
    Boston Red Sox 11 9 .550
    Baltimore Orioles 9 8 .529
    Seattle Pilots 12 13 .480
    Chicago White Sox 9 10 .474
    Cleveland Indians 11 13 .458
    Oakland Athletics 10 13 .435
    California Angels 9 12 .429
    Detroit Tigers 7 16 .304
    Kansas City Royals 6 14 .300
    Minnesota Twins 5 17 .227

    Tuesday, March 31 Angels vs. Pilots at Tempe Playing what was to be their last game in Seattle uniform before becoming Milwaukee Brewers, Pilots lost to Angels, 4-2, March 31. Angels scored all their runs in third inning on five straight hits, including doubles by Bill Voss, Alex Johnson and Roger Repoz. Standing at close of series: Angels, 3-2; Pilots, 2-3.
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    Last edited by Tailwind Tommy; 11-13-2008, 06:02 AM. Reason: Editing photo

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