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Maxvill, Hague Are On The Ball

BROEG
3/12/1970
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Spring Training Game"

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA., March 12 – The jury is out on yellow stitching, but if the major leagues want to please the hitters and displease the pitchers, they’ll put into service Spalding’s new secret-formula ball, X-5.

The secret is probably a larger, rubber-core center, rather than the cork cushion center used now in the official baseball, and X-5 is regarded as 5 per cent livelier than the present ball.

Players indicated that the light yellow stitching used only yesterday, probably kept hitters from picking up the spin of a breaking ball early, but they felt – and the ringing sound of the ball coming off the bat bore out indication – that the ball was indeed livelier.

"I know Joe Hague didn’t need help, though, on his home run," manager Red Schoendeinst said of the young Redbird outfielder-first baseman who hit a home run and a double as the Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers, 4-3.

Dal Maxvill, hard-pressed to regain his regular shortstop job, got into the game as a late-inning second-base replacement and delivered the game’s big blow. With the bases loaded and two out in the eighth inning, Maxie pounded a two-run single to center off righthanded Dennis Saunders.

George Culver, a strong candidate for the No. 5 starting job or key role as a reliever, pitched three hitless innings for the Cardinals and Bob Gibson demonstrated the best way to avoid damage from a juiced-up ball. He fanned five in the first three innings.

"We’ll get a better line on the new ball when we use one next Wednesday with darker stitches, red and blue," said coach Dick Sisler, indicating that the athletes then might beat the white ball black and blue.

 
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