As you may have surmised from my semi-frequent references to it, I am a huge fan of Jim Bouton's book Ball Four. As such, I'm very happy to finally have one of Bouton's vintage cards in my collection. It's a great one, too, an action shot of the 25-year-old righty in mid-windup. With the intense look on his face, you can see why they called him "Bulldog".
The Cards got to Bouton early, with back-to-back singles by Curt Flood and Lou Brock to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Flood scored on a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Bill White to give the home team a 1-0 lead. But the Yankee starter settled down quickly, blanking the opponents throughout the rest of the early and middle innings and tying the game himself with a fifth-inning single off of Curt Simmons to score Tom Tresh. An inning later, New York took the lead on back-to-back home runs by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. After Simmons departed, the Yankees broke the game open with a five-run eighth that was capped by a Joe Pepitone grand slam. Staked to an 8-1 lead, Bouton allowed a single run in the eighth and put two runners on in the ninth before being relieved by Steve Hamilton. Hamilton permitted one run to score before inducing a double play grounder by Flood to shut the door at 8-3. New York had forced a decisive seventh game, and they could give thanks to Bouton, who won both of his starts and allowed four runs (three earned) in 17 and 1/3 innings (1.56 ERA).