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St. Louis Post-Dispatch from St. Louis, Missouri · Page 15

St. Louis, Missouri
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Friday, June 30, 1950
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I SRCW in CAMEOS 1 Some Explanation Needed. NEW YORK, June 30. THERE'S all this yak yakking about the lively ball, and certainly there have been things happening in baseball lately that seem to demand explanation. Like that three-game series between the Dodgers and Pirates where 27 pitchers were slugged for 91 hits, including Lord knows how many home runs, and still didn t manage to get everybody out but had to leave one game to be finished next August. As a guy gets older, though, he becomes reluctant about Jumping to conclusions unless they are very small, meek conclusions which won't jump back. This guy, for instance, is old enough to remember that the lively ball was an issue of lively controversy as far back as the early 1920s, when Babe Ruth was still perfecting the art of flogging tannic acid out of leather. John Lardner remarked the other day that they were talking about the lively ball even earlier than that, as early as 1907 or '08. And that's true, come to think of it. A few years ago a brief correspondence got started somehow with Elmer Flick, who won an American League batting championship in 1905 with an average of .306. the lowest mark that ever took the title. Those Freak Deliveries. IN a letter. Flick mentioned some of the great pitchers who were around in 1905 and told about the stuff they used the spitter and the shine ball and the ball whose seams were packed with mud, and the scarred and discolored balls that were kept in play until they'd been swatted egg-shaped. He was, Mr. Frick wrote, far prouder of the 1905 mark established under those conditions than of a much higher average the exact figure eludes memory which he made several years later when, he said, the manufacturers had substituted a torpedo for the baseball. All through the 1920s and 1930s the same old arguments went on. For years, it was an article of faith in the game that the American League ball was livelier than that used in the National. The fact was that the balls were identical, turned out on the same machines in the same factory and alike except for the stamp slapped on when they were finished. The manufacturers kept saying so just as they're now saying that the ball hasn't been hopped up this year but nobody believed 'em any more than anyone believes 'em today. A reporter even sneaked into the factory to try to expose the manufacturer's deception. It was a good try but not altogether successful, because there wasn't any deception. In those circumstances, it was necessary to conclude that the big differences between the leagues lay in the players themselves and in the styles of play. American League scouts concentrated their search on big fellows who could hit for distance: National Leaguers went for pitchers. The American was a fast ball league; in the National, the curve was the thing. So it seemed in those days, anyhow. First Hand Evidence. In the current argument, one might summon some of these to testify: The batters who have been swinging against Larry Jansen, of the Giants, who pitched 30 scoreless innings and then throttled the Dodgers, 10 to 3, giving them six hits. The Cardinals, who were shut out twice in one day in the Polo Grounds, were held scoreless in Boston by Vern Bick-ford, and then beat the Cubs twice, 4 to 1 and 3 to 2, behind Howie Pollet and Max Lan'er, who pitched a five-hitter. The Phillies, who made three hits off Warren Spahn and beat him 3-2, for Curt Simmons and Jim Konstanty, who allowed seven hits. Customers who watched the Yankees and Senators play for three hours and 22 minutes to a score of 4 to 3, with New York getting only six hits in 12 innings. Compare those results with the affair in Ebbets Field, when Bud Podbelian walked five batters in the first inning and Frv Paiica, his successor, immediately walked a sixth. The five Giant runs which scored in that inning couldn't be blamed on the ball. In short, it is conceivable that the real fault is not the lively ball, but the deadly pitching. (Copjrleht, 1950.) HIT OR MISS By Sixtt "Rlrht there's where I made me y 'it a sj i S. Upsets England in Gaetjens Scores the Only Goal BELO HORIZOXTE, Brazil, June 30 The United States soccer team scored the most stunning upset in the 1950 world championship tournament yesterday by edging powerful England, 1 to 0, on a first-half goal by Joe Gaetjens of New York. He headed Walter Bahr's hard pass into the net. Given little or no chance of beating the classy Britons, the underdog Americans dominated the attack during the entire game and forged a rock-ribbed defense when the British fought back in an effort to tie the score. Forward John Souza was the outstanding player on the field. The Britons stormed back in the second half, but the United States defense, bulwarked by Center Half Charley Colombo of St. Louis, prevented them from scorinr. England had a penalty kick late in the game, but Goalie Frank Borghi of St. Louis made a brilliant save. The victory was the Americans' first in two games in the four-team division. Spain, which defeated Chile, 2 to 0, leads the division with two victories. The British also have one victory and one defeat. If the United States beats Chile on Sunday and England rebounds to beat Spain, the group will end in a three way tie and a new playoff will be ordered. Winner of the division will qualify for the final round-robin against the survivors of the three other divisions in the 13-team tournament. Yesterday's surprise was even bigger than last Sunday's Swedish triumph over Italy, 3-2, or Switzerland's holding Brazil to a 2-2 tie. Brazilian fans swarmed onto the field after the United States victory and took the Americans on their shoulders while the victors were given an ovation. The British forwards were uncertain in aiming for goals but their general play appeared su perior to that of the winners except on the scoreboard. The Americans made many long range passes and showed improvement in their game. During the second period, Eng land attacked 15 times to the Americans' 10. The United States, under pressure, gave up six cor ners to England's two. Sweden tied Paraguay, 2-2, at Curitiba, practically assuring itself of victory in its bracket. Sweden now has three points, Paraguay has one and Italy, the only other team in the bracket. has none. The Italians are out of the running. London Writers Weep. LONDON, June 30 (AP) England's 1-0 loss to the United States in the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil brought tears to the eyes of British sports writers today. Here in the craddle of soccer. a Daily txpress report on page one said: "It marks the lowest ever for British sport." Roy Peskett of the Daily Mail said in another page one story: "A fitter, faster, fighting team of the United States have done the unbelieveable! This is the biggest soccer upset of all time." In the Daily Graphic, John Gaydon lamented: "It was pathetic to see the cream of English players beaten by a side (team) most amateur players at home would have beaten, and there was no fluke about it." Americans here said it compared to a major league all-star team being beaten in London by nine part-time English baseball players. Lockman Expected Back Before All-Star Game NEW YORK. June 30 (AP) Whitey Lockman, New York Giant outfielder who underwent a successful appendicitis opera tion yesterday, was resting com fortably today and expected to be discharged from the hospital within three days. Manager Leo Durocher said Lockman would rejoin the club before the all-star game on July 11 and probably would return to the lineup in three weeks. Lockman, who planned to be married on July 10, complained of a pain in his side after Thursday's game with Brooklyn in which he banged out three hits in four times at bat. The pain became worse during the night and an examination showed that an operation was mandatory. The fleet-footed flychaser is the club's leading batter with a .332 average. He also had the most hits in the league when sidelined. only mistake ef the fUht . . . V In This Corner, Weighing 47 .Jk V Jf' J XsJar -v ff J-r53SsCI i - .:: , J - VM t, o' rs :t. "t .,16.' III h Tc; 'Ill I H -a Vim ' . f?:iiii - : . MHi T-nJhS "PI Associated Press Wirephoto. And four ounces, it might be added. The striped bass is the largest one landed during the current Massachusetts fishing season. The angler is MORGAN CHILDS of Worcester who made the catch at Peaked Hill, near Provincetown. Red Sox Set Scoring Record In 22-14 Victory Over Macks; Seventh Straight Under O'Neill NEW YORK, June 30 (AP) Nobody ever will forget the 1950 Boston Red Sox. That's for sure. How Ted Williams and Co. ground the record book to bits. How the Sox raced up and down the scale from heroes to bums and back in the glorious month of June. Losing a manager in the process. How they hit the 20-run mark three times in June and reached the last day of the month struggling in fourth place, seven games off the pace. Maybe they have found themselves under Steve O'Neill, successor to Joe McCarthy. Maybe not. But their June records will stand for years to come. Take yesterday's 22-14 wrestle with the Philadelphia A's. Never before in the American League did two clubs run up 36 runs in a nine-inning game. The old high of 35 also was set by the Red Sox and A's in 1901. Erowns Help Make History. Then there was the 29-4 slaugh ter of the Browns, June 8 highest score by a major league club since 1897. The day before that it was 20-4. You'd think a club capable of such muscle flexing would be leading the league. But even now, with a seven-game win streak going, the Sox are fourth behind Detroit, New York and Cleveland. In the weird adven ture in Shibe Park yesterday, Boston scored six m the first, the A's four. At the end of two innings it was 14-7. And no home runs until the seventh when Wil liams hit his twenty-fourth with a man on. That was the only homer. Detroit maintained its 4-game lead over New York as both lost. Young Bob Cain of the Chicago White Sox survived a shaky first Mark Stevens, Ex-St. Louis Champion, Still in T-M Golf OMAHA, June 30 (AP) Jim Blair III, a long-hitting 18-year-old, and Jim English, a steady shooting young man of 24, were matched today in the feature contest of Mississippi golf tournament. The winner, they were saying in the locker rooms at the Happy Hollow Club, would rate an excellent chance of taking the championship. Blair, whose long clouts from the tees have had Omahans shak ing their heads in disbelief although they saw them, reached the quarter-finals with a 3-and-2 victory over Rodney Bliss of Des Moines. Bliss, who formerly lived here and won five state titles, had been ranked No. 3 in the seedings. But young Jim took him apart in the fourth round late yesterday. The kid from Jefferson City, Mo., was five-up at 13. English, whose golfing haunts were at Happy Hollow before he moved to Red Oak, la., a year ago, entered the fifth round with a 2-and-l triumph over Bob Kos-ten of Kansas City, a former professional. English has been placing sharp his way around Happy Hollow's f V,OaB J CU U.i. ll. U VlltVlUti V. the course record at 67. Milt BeaL a thin, 30-year-old challenger who came here from Clinton, la, three years ago, and Mark Stevens, another late comer to Omaha, were paired in the other upper bracket match. Beal earned his admission to the quarter-finals with a 3-and-2 victory over Johnny Kraft of Denver, the 1942 champion, who was seeded No. 1 in the tournament. Stevens, a former St Louis city champion and called "Twinkle Toes" by clnb members because he is a dance Instructor, took out veteran Bob Eraser, also of I Omthi, 1-bp in It holes. It ill inning to trim the Tigers, 7-3. Sid Hudson also weathered a first inning blast to give Washington a 12-7 verdict over the Yanks. Cliff Mapes's three-run homer was the big blow in the Yanks' first inning attack on Hudson. But Joe Ostrowski couldn't protect a 5-1 lead. The Senators knocked him out in the second and hung the loss on reliefer Tom Ferrick in the fourth. Cleveland won its thirteenth game in 16 starts by beating the Browns. Brooklyn retained its half game lead in the National while losing to New York, 11-5. Vern Bick-ford helped the Dodgers by pitching Boston to a 3-2 night decision over the Phillies. Jackie Couldn't Save 'Em. The Giants hopped on Ralph Branca, loser Dan Bankhead and Erv Paiica for four runs in the eighth inning to ruin Brooklyn, although Jackie Robinson hit two homers for the Dodgers. Buddy Kerr's two-run single in the eighth settled a night duel between Bickford and Ken Heint-zelman at Boston. Not even Dick Sisler's three doubles and a single in four trips could help the Phils. Sam Jethroe put on quite a show in the sixth. He reached first on an error, stole second for his eighteenth theft, then scored from second when Earl Torgeson grounded out, first baseman to the pitcher. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati were not scheduled. the quarter-finals of the Trans- a real nerve tester in which only three holes were won. The lower bracket brought together Gene Beister, Omaha's public links king, and Dick Hoak of Sioux City, la., and Ailbur Bartells of Kansas City and Jack Vickers of Wichita, Kan. Bester was a fourth-round winner over Tom Stephenson of Kansas City, 1-up, and Hoak got a similar nod over Ed Printz of Omaha. Bartells rallied to win four straight holes over tiring Neil Smith of Ardmore, Okla, for a 19-hole decision and Vickers got a 1-up count over 16-year-old Floyd Addington of Dallas, Tex. New (iSi Scooters "SC00TERV1LLE" WEBER ON LINDELL SALES SERVICE 40if LINDELL Nmt Sorab PARTS NE. 2500 worldTfrnostdrinks v aro mads' with world's largest-selling rum J !, -. toe, fen Tij Soccer Pounds ing 1 1 Chick Evans Leads in Senior Golf Tourney INDIANAPOLIS, June 30 (AP) Charles (Chick) Evans Jr. of Chicago former United States Open and amateur golf champion, took the halfway lead in the Western Seniors tournament yesterday with a one-over-par 72. The 59-year-old Evans shot a steady 36-36 to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Robbins of Larch-mont, N. Y., who had 33-40 73. Henry Simons cf Indianapolis at 77 the oldest entrant, shot 42-43 85. 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