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Here’s Baseball Bill Terry Offers Some Tips On How To Play Initial Sack ; 1 , i ' ; ' I ; (This is the fifth in a series of seven articles in which former major league baseball stars tell how to play the game.) By BILL TERRY (Written for .AP Newsfeatures) Playing fir.st base is not extremely complicated, but it does have more complex duties than some managers appear to recognize the.se days the way they stick ju.st anyone at that position. In reviewing the several duties and maneuvers one expects a 1 good first baseman to perform, and in recalling my own career at first ba.<=e with the New' York Giants, the primary item is one of self pre.^ervation. The initial le.sson to master is to learn how to keep from being spiked by the runner. There is a knack of placing one’s foot by the bag instead of on top of it. Along the line of making contact with the base, there is another thing to remember that is quite i important. A good first ba.seman ’ will never shift from one fo6t to the other m changing sides to take Terry’s Record Bill Terry compiled a .341 batting average in his 13 years as a first baseman with the .New York Giants. He was the last National Leaguer to hit above .4()0. He hatted .401 in 1930. Terry, elected to the Hall of Fame by members of the Baseball Writers’ .Association of .America last January, succeeded the great John .McGraw as Giant manager and won three pennants in 10 years as pilot. Terry’s record: Pos. IB IB IB IB-OF IB IB IB IB IB MGR-IB MGR-IB MGR-IB 1935 ' .MGR-IB 1936 MGR-IB 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 Games 3 77 133 98 150 149 L50 154 153 154 123 153 145 79 Pet. .143 .239 .319 .289 .326 .326 .372 .401 .349 .350 .322 .354 .341 .310 a throw. By the same token, he will never flick his foot back at i,he bag the moment he catches the bail. That shifting of feet always puts me in mind of a ham actor. There is, of course, a right and wrong way to hold a man on base. So many first basemen these days play in foul territory while trying to keep a runner close. They should never do that. Being in fair territory gives the first baseman a jump in getting out toward second for a ground ball. It enables him to give more protection to the second baseman who has inherited some of his territory anyway. Still talking basic things, those who aspire to be first basemen, or, better first basemen, should work on making the double play to second, getting back to the bag in time to complete the play. Another, and rarer, angle on ihe same play is where the first baseman tags the batter first then throws to secoivl. This erases the force at second. The first baseman must know his runners in this example. If the batter is very fast and the man on first much slower, it is wise, if po.s- sible, to get the fast man. Then get the slow man, provided there is not a runner in scoring position, else you may never complete the double play. Other fundamental details cf playing first include certain plays such as cut offs on extra base hits. On the latter, the first baseman never leaves his bag until the batter is well around first and too far to come back. One of the maneuvers of this phase includes bac»c- ing up home plate and being able to make a play there is necessary. These days many men are tried at first base—Mien who are not fitted for the position. As for myself. I used to get a kick from my very young days of stretching for throws, picking up the low ones and trying to get a runner picked off. It always seemed to be more natural for me than any other position, although 1 started out as a pitcher in profe.ssional ball. I see all sorts of players, men w'bo have come up as catchers, outfielders and infielders at other spots, put on first base. It seems the popular trend is that if a man can’t play sany place else, or is beaten out of his job they put him at first. I have never considered it that simple. A good first baseman can sav'e a team a lot of base hits by going after the close one.s. He should stretch on every play, automatically. A good first baseman can save a team a lot of errors by fielding the bad ones. I have said nothing about fielding balls in the dirt. One assumes a player can do that or he wo'uld not be there in the first place. He doesn’t nece.ssarily have to po.s.sess a good arm but should ee able to make the throw lo any base from any position. In many .n- stances this will be from a stooping or bent over position. ........................ TERRY STRETCH—Here’s what former Giant Manager and First Baseman Bill Terry means bv stretching. This picture was taken in 1933 when Terry, now a member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame, batted .322, A cla.ssy fielder, he batted .310 or better his last 10 years. TRACK TITLE KEPT BY WEST MAN MOUNT NINE TOPS Ml AMERICAN U„ 6-5 Boys And Girls From Nearby Walt Clarke Pitches Emmits- Schaal Retain Crown In Elementary Division York County Meet At The boys and girls of the nearby ■West Maiiheim School retained their title in the Elementary School Division at the 24th annual York County Interscholastic Track and Field Meet staged on the Small Athletic Field, York, yesterday afternoon. Tlie township youngsters tallied 33’- points to edge Kreutz Creek hum Collpnians To Vic- Durg Goiiegians lo vie tory In Mason-Dixon Tilt ' Halted By Rain t. (Bv Tlae A.s.sociated Pre.ss) W.ASHI'NGTON — Mount Marv'.s eot by American University. 6 to 5. in a game called after the eighth inning because of rain, yesterday. Walter Clarke, Mounts' pitcher, struck out 13 Eagle baiters but was a bit wild at the same timi', walking ten and hitting th.ree in the pc by half a point. West Manheim was Mason-Dixon Conference game the only defending team champion to keep its crown. North York won in the Senior High Division and Mt, Rose of York in the Junior High Division. The meet was the largest ever held. Five new records were e.'^tab- lished and another was matched as more than 1,100 students participated. Fred Kerr Captures Mile Perhaps the outstanding indivdd- ual performer in the meet—one of five double winners—was Fred Kerr. West York High School’s fine distance runner, who won both the mile and half-mile runs. It was the third year in a row that the Bulldog athlete took the two distance events .Mt. St..Mar X •s <(i) Amfriif an I , (.5) ab rll u 4 i> r il (1 (ii-f.'ti.'!!' 1 V V (1 liriffi']h,.-rI p p 1 .Siili hi. Vi V V 1Williai ps.vli 1 (I 0 3 Kill.. 1 rC n s S :iII i 1 UMIIl.l4 II PIP Clark.',1 41 V 7 Da> 11. p p .« K 11 ja I'.a f 3 1.1 1 i'.'ll.'-r ■'o.p 1 p II I l'zariT 1), t'f 4 II 1 IID.a.-r,:;! > V 1 P Siilli vai. .if4 1) (I II D'kiT.r (.If V V P p Muyl.-s." 1 II (1 1 ( 'liaiiil.11.»S 41 V 1 1 '..»tuil 1 .r .1 lUV D.'kl.. I •til.If 1 p II II YV.Dlark e,i> 30(I 1 IMfCu Vpp (1 p Wfl.fc ,rf (1 I) (1 p T..tals 6 « VITutu is : Ì5 5 3V4 1 D.att. ,1 f.111- 1-;.'kill •I'tll ill fulll'! ll. Muiint S i . .Ma r ,» 5i .. Pi: : ppi ;p\— ti -\ iiii-rii-a I! 5 pill 1 4PP i Px—5 i;rr..rsDCl arki- . (5 't, 'iil.a.I • T, ID - ANNUAL ADAMS TRACK MEET OFF DUE TO RAIN The annual Adams County Scholastic Track and Field .Meet scheduled for today at Biglerville was called off this morning because of rain. There was a possibility that the meet might be held later but indications were that it would be canceled for the year because of the many events scheduled at the various schools between now and the end of the term. land. 1 I'inu. Ba,r ,‘Ji. IDiii« ball ill- K i: l>.-i )<.H. Siiiilli. 1’, Clark,' i, Sid- Inaii. Wiiibim«. I{> land, (■handdin i::,. 'J'w ii-ba bits—Gri'fii, Bimr, Chaiiildin. 'J'iiro' bH->- hit'- .«initii. .«((ilt-n bn.-c-D. Ciark, . W ¡Miaiii'. Bat-r. Kiiiarna Sacri- fi,-,'- \V,-4„ I- Dunid" (days—William». .Kylaiid. llaiT. William», t'liainldiii, I'ay; ( (¡aiisblin, W idiain.». Ba»*- mi liali.s I —I’l'lfL. r i II 11 , :! ; \v. Clark,'. 111. Srrik,'- oiit—D, ■ ,i riim, 7, Clark, 13. Kiiii'» ami earn,',! Dell,'-rim,. ,'.-4 : W. Clark,' ■5.5, Hi' by I'iti'inr- By D,'lliirrim, (Knbf-ikH'- bv W Clark,' , I’,'1 learim>, Dark,')'. .M,-< ,,i Wil,l pindi—D,'ll,'t;rinu. Balk —\v. Clark,'. • Hanover Cyclists Race At Grove This Sunday WILLIAMS GROVE — Daredevils at thp rniintv mppt and the third two-\vheelei5s will take over hT fowP?Pd th^^ the ha If - mile William.s Gi'ove Speed - vp^H ^ lowered the mile g^^son ^ tomorrov'’ afternoon for a card of Kerr was clocked iia 4 :44 yesterday cycle racing under sanction of the as he won easily. His time was not American Motorcycle Association, as good as that turned in by him Top riders in the expert cla.ss will w'hen he took the open mile run at converge on the oval to compete in Sonny Sheppard Memorial Relays the thrilling nine-event card, inhere on Wednesday night. His time eluding the present and two former that night was 4:42.8. He w'on the 200-mile road racing champions, same event here last year. They are: Bobby Hill, of Columbus. One of the records escabli.shed O., 'who won the title this yeai’ in yesterday was set by Martin Eichel- winning the 200-mile road race at berger, Elmwood, w ho ran the 50- Daj’tona Beach. Fla.: Paul Goldsmith Eichelberger. also bettering the old Two Hanover lads will also be record of .07.1 at ;07 flat. among the profe.s.sionals riding in West Manheim’s Scoring the expert cla.ss. They are Donald ■West Manheim picked up 21'2 Gouker. who became an expert last points in boys' events and 12 points .vear, and Jim Klunk. advanced to in events for girls. Boys scoring the top brackets of cycle racing this points for the champs included, vciu'. Cnarles Zerphy, of Elizabeth- High Jump—Galen W'entz,' first: town and Robert Myers, of Hanover, will head up a field of riders in the amateur ranks. Time trials will get under wav at I p m.. with experts to ride in two west Manheim -iris eettine Doints qualifying races and a 10-lap were 'i Unger ThTr^^^ wo "^lVlmi%uahf5t- da.h: Pearl Gobrecht. Ofm m the S’S and a' l°0-lap’Sna?“", ¿Sb basketball thiow, and B. Ungei amateur and novice classes. second in the standing broad jump. ____________ The West Manheim girls’ team was Jason Culp, tie for fourth; Broad Jump — 'Wentz, second; Ernest Noole, third; 50-Yard Dash—Noble, first; 75-Yard Dash—D. Bollinger, third. second in the 50-yard shuttle relay. BISON GOLFERS WIN The pehhv.lle School scored three Bncknell linivernty colters points by placing third in the boys’ H.fcsaroH 300-yard relay. defeated Gettysburg, 6’j-2»yesler- Spring Grove Schools Compete : aiteinpon. Spring Grove Schools Compete Spring Grove Joint High School j gamed 14 points in boys’ events and | six points in girls’ competition in the j Senior High Division. Terry Gentzler W'as fourth in the broad jump and third in the 440; Gary Spangler fourth in the discus and second in the shot, and the Rockets’ mile relay team finished third. vSphng Grove girls who made points were Anna Ciark, third in the 50-yard dash; Rosie Weaver, fifth OWLING N K.n 1 OV\ I, l.l At.t E (n.iuiiiii,' ( Crain D.u.'-i. i'« 'lit t i ; W I'lt. • 5(JS

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  2. 08 May 1954, Sat,
  3. Page 12

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