19480714 Carrol Daily Times Herald (Carroll, Iowa) Wednesday, July 14, 1948 p7 CLIP
Carroll (Iowa) Times Herald, Wednesday, July 14, 1948 7 I By Ralph Kt>ih>n NEW YORK CITY. N. Y. !/!•»> -Only 12 out of the 2!) player* drafted by major league clubs from the minor leaguers Inst fall arc wearing' big league uniforms today. * * * TIIK PHILADELPHIA Phillies apparently struck the best bargains bargains among the clubs who participated participated in the selections. They have profited heavily from their outlay of $26,000 for three players. Philadelphia plucked Outfielder Johnny Blatnick from Wilkes- Bar re of the Eastern league, Pitcher Pitcher Walt Dubiel from Seattle of the Pacific Coast and Infielder Grady Wilson from Rochester of the International. International. Blatnick has been one of the rookie stars of the National league. He Is batting at a .302 clip and fielding well. Dubiel has .won four games and lost five but he has pitched better than his record record indicates. Wilson was sold recently recently to the Pittsburgh Pirates for $10,000, the same amount the Phils paid to land him. Wilson has seen little action at Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The remaining nine players | still In the majors have been \ used mostly in utility roles. i Besides Blatnick, Dubiel and Wilson, only three of the 13 play- j ers selected by National league clubs are still drawing big league | pay checks. j Pitcher Forest Main and Out- ficldcr-Infiekler Max West are with Pittsburgh. Main has appeared appeared entirely in relief roles without without gaining a decision cither way.! West has filled in at first base,! the outfield and has been used fre- qucntiy as a pinch-hitter. j Outfielder Clint (Jonntsrr of j the Boston Braves lias been ; seeing mure action recently j ami may develop into quite- u j valuable performer for the j Braves. Six players out of 10 drafted by American league clubs have survived survived the axe. Two of them, Pitcher Forest i Thompson and Catcher Len Okrie, arc with Washington. Thompson j i*nas pitched sonic fine relief ball j W while Okrie has been riding the I Dcnch. ! j The Philadelphia Athletics' | two picks, Outfielder Don White ami Infielder Billy Dc- inars, have heen used infrequently infrequently but have stuck. Pitcher Bill Kennedy, drafted by the Cleveland Indians, recently was shipped to the St. Louis Browns in the deal that brought Southpaw Sam Zoldak to the Tribe. Kennedy has been getting some starting assignments with the Browns. Of the three players drawn by the Boston Red Sox, only Catcher Boris Martin is still with the team. He has been used almost ^exclusively ^exclusively as the Sox's bull pen catcher. # * • '# ' THE CHICAGO White Sox, who drafted four players have disposed disposed of all of them. The four— Pitchers Roman Brunswick, Alex Danelishen, Jim ' 'Goodwin and Catcher Ray Fletcher-are back In the minors. -Junior Circuit- No Power In National Bats, Americans Win Triumphs, 5-2 By Joe Beichler ST. LOUIS, MO. (/!')— Baseball fans are wondering today today whether the mere sight of an American league uniform drains the power from the bats of the National league hit ters or whether the senior circuit has simply developed a defeatist complex. lit >;- * IT MAY be a combination of both. Although the American leaguers went into the 15th annual all-star game yesterday with more bruises than one of Joe Louis' sparring partners, it had a comparatively comparatively easy time knocking off its "cousins" for the 11th time in 15 meetings, The score was 5-2. But for Stan Musial's first-inning two- run homer, the National leaguers would have suffered the added embarrassment of a shutout. Not that a shutout is something new for the National National leaguers. They probably still haven't got over the 12-0 c.alttomining they took Illicit in I !)<!«. As a matter of fact, the reputed National league powurmen have scored only three runs in the last three losing games, all on home runs. Johnny Mize, big New York Giants first baseman, accounted for the Nationals' lone run last year with a Ruthinn smash. In 15 games, they have .scored exactly 45 runs, or three per game. In yesterday 'M contest the Nationals amassed amassed eight hits to Mix safeties for the winning American leaguers. Of nil their defeats, yesterday's probably was the hardest to take. With the exception of Eddie Stanky, Stanky, little Boston Braves' second baseman, and Shortstop Marty Marion of the St. Louis Cardinals, every member of the original 25- man squad was in splendid shape. * * # IN SHARP contrast the American American league outfit was riddled by injuries. The "heart" of the attack. attack. Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio DiMaggio and George Kell, was slowed up with injuries. The two "money" "money" pitchers, Bob Feller and Hai Newhouser, were hors de combat, combat, the former of his own free will. * 1'n addition, the National league mound staff was well rested. With the exception of Lefthander Johnny Johnny Sehmitz, all had at least a four-day rest. On the other hand, six of the eight American league pitchers had worked last,Sunday. The other two pitchers Saturday. So all signs definitely pointed to a triumph for the victory- starved National league. "If the National league doesn't win now, it never will," was the observation of quite a number of baseball men. Many of the 34,000 who filled Sportsman's park to near capacity are of the same opinion now.-Especially now.-Especially fitter they saw right hander Walter Maaterson, Vic Raschl and Joe Coleman tie the National leaguers into knots after the first inning. * * * ANYWAY IT WILL be at least ******* Vic Raschi Of Yanks Hero of All-Star Game By .lack Hand ST. LOUIS, MO. UP)-- Credit Victor Angelo John Raschi, a sophomore member of the New York Yankees pitching staff, with being the hero of the 1948 all-star game. * * * THIS STRONG, silent right hander from Conesus, N. Y., took charge of the National league in the American league's 5-2 victory yesterday just as he has taken control of hitters in his own loop during his brief career. Just a little over a year ago, Raschi was toiling on the Portland club of the Pacific Coast league under Manager Jim Turner. He had won eight and lost two when the Yanks asked for his recall at midnight midnight on a Thursday. The following following Sunday he was in Chicago Chicago pitching one-half of a double-header. That was while the Yanks were building the 19-gamc victory streak that tied the league record and just about sewed up the flag. Before the season was over Raschi had won seven and lost two for the world champions-to-be. He saw little little action in the World Series, appearing appearing in two games for a total of one and two-thirds innings. * * * ACTUALLY RASCHI had been with the parent club before last year's dazzling fin'ish. In 1946, after after successful stays in Binghamton, N. Y., of the Eastern league and Newark of the International league, he graduated to the Yankee Yankee stadium for two late season games. He won both. Quiet and reserved, this husky lad of Italian extraction had been hanging around the Yankee farm system since 1941 when he was signed by the late Gene McCann and shipped to Amsterdam, N. Y., of the Canadian American league. The next year he graduated to Norfolk. He was out of baseball— serving in the army air force—in 1943, 1944 and 1945. This has been his big year to date. After losing his first start at Washington, April 21, he reeled off nine consecutive victories from May 8 to June 30 before he was beaten by the onnishlng Boston Red Sox. His season mark is a sensational sensational 10-3. Nine of his 15 starts have resulted in complete complete games. In yesterday's game when Raschi Raschi was left In by Manager Bucky Harris to bat for himself with the bases loaded and only one out in the fourth, inning, Hanls knew what he Was doing. *12 Rookies Stick In Big Time Phillies Land Three Minor Loop Players 304 Olympic Stars, Coaches Leave Today By Charles A. Onimich NEW YORK CITY, N. Y. (A-) —U. S. Olympic teams in a star- spangled party of 304 athletes coaches and managers shove off today for the games of the first oost-war Olympiad in London July 29-Aug. 14. * * * THEY SAIL at 2 p. m. iCST on the U. S. Liner America under the five ring Olympic flar* hoisted^ amidships in ceremonies similar to those which sent off the last pre-war Olympic contingent to Berlin in 1936. This boatload of talent—ranging talent—ranging in character from experts in foot-racing to weight-lifting, from fancy diving to pistol marksmanship—represents marksmanship—represents 15 of the 21 American Olympic tennis. The other six IJ. S. teams are either already overseas, are going by air, or are leaving leaving on the British Liner Queen Elizabeth tomorrow. Among the last scheduled to go aboard were the 65 male track \ and field performers. They were j called to Randalls Island stadium for a light final workout on American soil in the forenoon under under the eyes of their nine coaches and managers. At. the head of the whole American American setup was Avery Brundage of Chicago, the veteran sachem of U. S. amateur sports. , Brundage, after a last-minute last-minute check of American prospects, prospects, said things looked pretty good. Brundage made it clear that although the American Olympic budget has not been met, none who qualified for the teams in the American trials will be left at home. * * # THE LAST official money count showed $£0,000 short of the $512,000 $512,000 estima'.ed as needed for the travel, care ;md feeding of a total of 341 competitors and 59 coaches and managers. Red Hot Denver Bears Win 12th Straight Contest (BY TIIK ASSOCIATED I-IIKSS) Tonight's only scheduled Western Western league action takes place at Pueblo where the league-leading Dodgers entertain the fast-moving Denver Bears. * * # DENVER blasted Lincoln, 15-7, last night for its 12th consecutive victory. The Dodgers outlasted Omaha to gain a 2-1 decision. Sioux City and Des Mo'ines were idle. The Bears are only a game and a half behind runner-up Lincoln. A record Western league crowd of 6,332 fans looked on as Denver pounded two Lincoln hurlers for 16 hits, Including Jfive doubles, a pair of three-basers, and two round -trtppers. Denver teed off on Fritz Bernard! in the first frame, Three consecutive doubles, a walk and an inslde-the-park homer were good for five runs.