The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 17, 1968 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, June 17, 1968
Page 11
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Mythevffle (Ark) Cornier News - Monday, June IT, MM - Pt|e Bl«r« DON DRYSDALE concludes the most effective pitching streak in baseball history by setting a new record for scoreless innings. Murray Olderman was there to chronicle the event. Frame of Reference mprovihgCasons rten Coach By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor Coach Dwight Williams looked quite pleased. Relaxing after hs> Dud Cason Post 24 Legionnaires had taken a twinbill from North Little Rock yesterday, he put it succinctly. "We've improved a good bit in the last few days, and I think we'll develop into a real good ball dub before the season's over." * * * Thursday and Friday the Casons had committed 11 errors in dropping battles to Dean's Food and Poplar Bluff. Saturday an.d yesterday, they, looked like a different team. NLR came away with a 3-2 decision on Saturday but the Casons performed admirably in the field. A bit more stick work and things might hava been different. Greg Buys, fast becoming a 'permanent fixture at the catching post, banged out all three hits the losers earned. He blasted two doubles and a homer to drive in the two runs. * * * Yesterday, NLR wished they had not stayed overnight for return engagements. Led by Mike Harris' four-hit hurling and. a 13-hit attack,, the Cason varsity rolled to an easy 15-1 verdict. Harris fanned eight in the seven-inning tussle and walked one. The Casons led 9-0 before NLR crossed the plate in the sixth. Three hits by Jimmy Calle- wert plus two hits apiece by Stan Williams,, Keith Pritchard and Buys .quickly put the game out of reach. Galtewert's' opening double parlayed with a walk to Williams and a fielder's choice netted two first inning runs. Jive . hits, highlighted by Williams' three-run homer and Buys' double, produced five runs in the second frame. A walk to Pritchard, Jimmy Moore reaching first when hit by a pitch, Harris' single, a fly to left by Callewert and a. sacrifice by Dee Human pushed two more marker* home in the third. * * '* NLR plated its lone tally with a single and double opening the sixth. Six more runners poured across in the Cason half. A double by Bo Briggs, Prichard'i single, walks to Moore and Harris and tli» stage wag get for a base clear* ing triple by Callewert. He was driven across Human got a life on third baseman Joe Lamb's error. Williams promptly cleared the sacks again with his second four-bagger of the afternoon. * * * Coach Jim Dixon's junior varsity turned in a stellar performance to complete the sweep with a 2-0 decision. Ron Yates went all the way, holding the visitors to three singles and a harmless double in seven frames. Dale Stewart and Terry Brown provided the impetus for the. "B" squad's winning margin. ~ Stewart opened the third with a single through shortstop. Brown laced another bingle to left field. Jeff Redden lofted a. fly to center and Danny Beck struck out as did Hancock, but errors by catcher Mike Blasingame and leftfielder Bob Delgman pushed the runners across the plate with the winning markers. Steve Dorris and Gary Richardson blasted a double and single respectively , in, the fourth but both were thrown out'at third base to kill chances for further scoring. * * * . Williams announced that be is trying to book an away game for either tomorrow or Wednesday. This would give the Casons an extra game before they entertain Catholic High of Memphis at Light Brigade Field on Thursday at 7:30. Eagles Topple Owls In Pony Bobby O'Neal's nine strike outs and 'a triple by Danny Moore in the bottom of the seventh, led the EAGLES to a 7-fi win over the OWLS in the latest PONY LEAGUE action over the weekend. . O'Neal walked only two while yielding eight hits. Eisner, Beavers and Williams had doubles for the losers but it could not prevent pitcher Edwards from being tagged with the loss as his mates were never able to catch the winners. Edwards..yielded, a»d one hit, walking three in the' inning he worked. Beavers in relief gave up six runs on three hits and 5 walks while fanning nine. By MURRAY OtDERMAN NBA Sports Editor LOS ANGELES, Calif. - (NBA) - Don Drysdale's reaction wasn't very original. "I think records are put in the book," lie said, "and made to be broken." The one he broke had lasted 55 years. Don had just pitched 58% Innings of major league baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers without permitting a run. On May K, 1913, the great Walter Johnson had concluded 56 straight scoreless innings. But Drysdale, in the process, had also spun six consecutive shutouts for another record. Neither of his feats may be matched in another 55 years. .There was a World Series tingle of expectancy in murky Dodger Stadium the night Don went out to get the last 2 1/3 innings he needed, against the Philadelphia Phillies. An hour and a half before the game, Lome Greene, the Bonanza man, was already in his lower stands box behind home plate, brandishing a hamburger and a beer. The crowd eventually filled up 55,000 pews, and it was as if the Dodgers had just come west again to enthrall Southern California. For Drysdale, the day had been emotional and distracting. He spent most of it in front of the television set watching the funeral procession of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Don had known Kennedy through his work for the Job Corps in 1965, and he had visited the Kennedy home at Hickory Hill. "They definitely weren't the parlor .type," he mused. "They were outdoor people." At 3:30 p.m., he adhered to a ritual .during his streak- four of the six shutouts had been in Los Angeles. He drove to Don Drysdale's, a restaurant on the corner of Oxnard and Hazeltine in Van Nuys, which' is Drysdaie country, the San Fernando valley from which he had emerged 14 years to become a big league pitcher. And he ate the same as he had on the other days he pitched—steak sandwich medium rare, mixed .green salad with Roquefort cheese, chased down by iced tea; Straight. No sugar. "Like I take my whisky,", he grinned mischievously. By 4:15 p;m., he was already at the park, an hour before everybody, pulling on his uniform deliberately, trying to keep the nervous energy under control. He hadn't shaved, and wouldn't until after the game. At 6 p.m., he -was in the meeting room of the Dodgers, a base enclosure with painted cinder block walls and folding chairs, a soft drink machine and a te.e- vision set. He was propped up on two chairs, reading a newspaper, blowing bubble gum, sneaking glances at the television set which still showed the Kennedy cortege. Ten minutes later, he went into the trainer's room to get his right arm rubbed by Bill Buhler. Drysdale doesn't need much care. Since 1956, when he was promoted to the Dodgers, he has missed only three regular turns in the starting rotation. Don has pitched with a fractured thumb and averaged more than 260 innings a season without a major sore arm. He is, parenthetically, the only Dodger left who ever played in Brooklyn. The television set with its grim processional kept luring him back, but at 7:12 p.m., he planted the royal blue Dodger cap firmly on his modishly long brown hair, the razor-trimmed locks bulging out on both sides of his head, and started his work day. He went out to take batting practice. Don likes to hit. When the Dodgers first signed him as an 18-year-old kid in 1954, he was a second baseman. But anybody who stands «-« and weighs 210, with « natural whip-throwing motion, is destined to be a pitcher. Don made it to the majors in a season and a half. To a couple of writers, he said prosaically between swings in the batting cage, "My control has been the big thing, and I've stayed with hard stuff more. Plus the guys behind me are doing a great job." In the sixth shutout, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, second baseman Paul Popovich saved Drysdale's streak by barehanding a Maury Wills slow bouncer with a man on third and two out and nipping the speedster with a quick flip to Wes Parker on first. For the preceding shutout, over the San Francisco Giants, Don needed a break. The Giants loaded the base with none out in the ninth inning. On a two-two count, batter Dick Dielz turned his body into an inside pitch. He started toward first, which would force in the run, but the umpire called Dietz back and ruled he hadn't made enough of an effort to evade the pitch. Drysdale has hit more than 150 batters in his career, second only to Walter Johnson, and that was the first time a batter hadn't been rewarded with a free trip to first. He got Dietz on a popup and retired the next two men to preserve the shutout. Now, going out to pitch against the Phillies, he carefully avoided stepping on the third base line chalk. He was tense. Seven of the first eight balls he threw missed the plate, but only one man walked. A great backhand stop by shortstop Zoilo Versalles and a force at second base pulled him out of the first inning. The second inning was routine; he struck out catcher Clay Dalrymple to end it and match Johnson's record of 56. Only three major league pitchers have exceeded Don's career strikeout total, approaching 2,400 — Johnson, Warren Spahn, Christy Mathewson. Now he was only one out away from the 1 new record, starling the third inning. Roberto Pena was the batter Drysdale whipped in two .quick strikes. Pena nicked a ball foul toward first, took a wide pitch for a ball, then lashed a line drive foul. Drysdale came in with a breaking slider. Pena topped it toward third. Kenny Boyer's throw to Wes Parker on first beat him easily. Parker ran toward the mound, stopped and threw the historic ball to coach Junior Gilliam in the Dodger dugout. Out on the mound, Drysdale stood with arms folded and his back to the crowd. All 55,000 stood and applauded. "Thank God,".he said softly to himself, "that's over with." ! on in relief and held the Indian* o three hits the rest of the way. S & W pecked away with runs n the second, fourth and seventh before a three-run homer saddled Roger Sledge with th» oss. SATURDAY, the Indians exploded for 14 hits and won in a romp. Mike Ledbetter, Bob Harris, 'Briley, Dean Wagner, Crocker and Haskins each had two ills. Bobby George hurled five innings for the win with relief help iom Manila's Joe Dean Pierce who allowed one run in four :rames. . • Bratcher announced that. h« las one game slated for th« 'orthcomihg weekend but he is trying to .line up opposition :ilher at home or on the road 'or other days this week. Osceoia Gains Weekend Split OSCEOLA'S INDIANS roared back from a 10-8 defeat at the hands of S & W Construction Co. on Friday to vyallop Newport, 17-6 Saturday night to gain a split in their baseball weekend-. Coach Joe Bratcher saw his squad blow a six-run lead after Max Briley, Jim Wagner and Crocker had ignited a first inning rally Friday night. * * . * . Alan Prescott, one of Memphis State's better hurlers, came JOHANNESBURG, South Af- \frica-Curtis Cokes, 150, Dalas, stopped Joe "Ax Killer" \gidi, 149%, South Africa, 5, nontitle. Mr. Sudden Service Says: For Top Cotton yields side dress your cotton now with FASCO CHEM-PLEX LIQUID FERTILIZER Sold By FARMERS SOYBEAN CORP. "THE HOME OF SUDDEN -SERVICE" Ely. Phone PO 3-8191 Sunday *'s BATTING — Mike Hersberger, Athletics, pinch hit a two- run eight inning homer that beat Baltimore 4-2 and sent Oakland on the way Jo a doubleheader sweep the Orioles. 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