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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 31, 1966
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Met Fans Belt Phils Bob Buhl with Boos and Fruit By JACK HAND NEW YORK (AP) — The beanball war has flared up at Slioa Stadium only this time it's an elbow, liip and shoulder bat- Selma of the Mets hit Kichie Allen of the Phils on the shoulder with a pitch in the tie. Dick game. When Selma came to bat in the third, Bob Buhl hit him on the right elbow, knocking him out Of the game. The next time Buhl came up, relief pitcher Jack Fisher plunked him In the hip. The Phils won the Opener 7-2 but the Mets came back to win third inning of Monday's second I the second game 3-1. L T/it View from Hera ED HAYES .<"' 'I Salty and Optimistic LAST YEAR WHEN THEY WERE MAKING INTRODUC- tions and giving out awards, following Blytheville's tingling winning of the American Legion state baseball championship, 1 was mingling with the runnerup North Li'l Rock Optimist club. I think it was S. D. Bray, baseball chairman, who was at the mike at the tune, congratulating the Northsiders on their play and high finish and then wound it up saying something "like this: "We hope to see you back here next year." "We'll be back next year," one of the visitors grumbled, not softly, "and we'll whip ..." The remainder of the vow 1 Avas unprintable—at least in this newspaper—but in essence the young man saltily pledged not to bow to Blytheville in '.the next (1966) state tournament. * * * I did not turn to see which boy uttered the words because I was disappointed in his language and feared that when and if he did return, I would be biased in my coverage of his .ability as a baseball player. If professional athletes must use strong language (and a National Basketball Association referee as much as told me '.-in Memphis last year that they must), that's something else. Not understandable in my book but.something else, never' theless. .._ Boys of high school age don't need to talk like that. It's absolutely senseless. It's only a child who believes it makes .him sound like a man. A man is a man by his actions and ; vfiot by his bark. * * * MC-'. Getting back to the vow. ~ Whatever else the statement of the North Li'l Rock boy 'lacked, it did not want in optimism. He just assumed the Op- ;;tjmists would back in the state tournament and that it would fafcain be held here. "'. It could be that a rematch state tournament champion•ship game is in the works right now. Blytheville has been "awarded the five-day show again and thereby qualifies for in it. - - It's a long season but the North Li'l Rock club, coached by Nick Heintz, is heavily favored to come as representative of its area once more. * * * There are some Legion people in the center of the state who believe the Optimists not only could be the best team in the state: they have the potential to be one of the best in the country. .- .. Big talk. Well, let's look. Heintz only loses two players from the state runnerup group: shortstop Bill Niven and catcher Ricky Cross. The St. Louis Cardinals signed Cross after last season and expect him to play in the Florida Rookie League in mid- June. Larry Wqoldridge, on football scholarship at Arkansas State, has been picked to replace Niven. * * - * There are some other good-looking kids on the. team and you don't have to go beyond first base to find the first one. He's Nick Heintz, Jr., son of the coach. You remember him. The big husky kid, the lefty who also can pitch, Nick nailed down first base on the University of Texas freshman team this spring and-batted .350 in a tough league. Nick also gives the Optimists a strong pitching corps, along with returnees Jim Satterfield, Gary Haver and Mickey Davis. * * * The Blytheville Dud Casons didn't have much difficulty solving the servings of this group a year ago but the pitchers are older and stronger and smarter and the Casons are mostly newer and younger. ' ...... In three practice victories and three regular triumphs over the weekend, the new edition of Dud Casons appears to be an adequate fielding team but there don't seem to be too many hitters capable of knocking down the new fence that is to be constructed in the outfield. Still, it's mighty early. * .* .* . . Catcher Sam Singleton has the earmarks of being the long-ball hitter. The blonde hit one over the fence in the first game Sunday and was robbed of another homer in the nighty. Reserve catcher-outfielder Carl Robinson, an all-state footballer, has tremendous power but is shy on experience. Shortstop Jimmy Wagner and first baseman Jerry Yarbrough should get their share of doubles and triples and the other kids have to qualify themselves. Southpaw Jerry McLaughlin and Eddie Carner are proven pitchers but the staff at an early glance does not have the depth of a year ago. * * * Over-all the team has more talent than it's ever had and Dwight Williams has a lot of sifting and experimenting to conduct before the blistering days of August arrive. The coaching is in top hands. And if the boys don't slug • anyone into submission, they're sure to keep the opponents in a tizzy with their singles, bunts and heady base running, a Williams trademark. It's not a wild guess to predict that the Optimists will get their chance for revenge against the Blytheville boys in the state tournament championship contest. * * * Funny and Not So Funny FOUR-DOT DATA: Mrs. Herman Tinker and son Troy, ' loyal Blytheville followers now living in Osceola, narrowly escaped tragedy last night when their car had a blowout just south of town, just missed a light pole, thank God, and ended up in a ditch... .Soldier Wes Scrape drove his dad's .. Class A stock car at Blytheville Spedeway Sunday but by the time the races start at Cottonwood Raceway Friday ni#it, he should be in Germany... .Caraway Pee-Wee baseball team (hoys not 10 by Aug. 1) wants games In this area. Contact Reuben Stubblefield, 4W-3J14 by day, 4K-3W1 by night ... .Umpire Paul Stringer said Blytheville's Sam Singleton is the easiest catcher ha has ever worked behind. One of tha ,,_. fnnniMt AIM* The «,M2 fins had a field day booing Buhl and pelting him with fruit. All of this brought angry nbises from Mets' Martager Wes Weitrurii. * * * "Whin they take a pot sh«t at one of my boys, you have to protect your players," Westrum said. "We have a standing order to get the pitcher who threw the ball. I'm not saying what they (Phils) were trying to do. I'm going to do what they did. "The first time he (Buhl) threw at Selma he just misted. Then he came back with another. That's for the birds. This it a young kid of mine. I know he'i Innocent because I didnt give any order* 16 throw at Allen. The kld'i whole pitching career could go out the window. Fortunately the X rayi are negative but Lord knows how long h« will be out. • "I believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. You've g«t t» protect your ew* ball- players. Any pitcher that takes care of any of my ball player* Is going to get It. "Is his (Buhl's) control that bad? He is a control artist. That's what has kept him around this long." Westrum said the Incident "made my players mad. YOu let sleeping dogs lie don't you?" Over In the opposing clubhouse, Manager Gene Mauch of the Phillies said, "There's no place for sleeping dogs in bas- ball. I'd never admit anything woke my team up. "I have no idea if he (Selma) threw at Allen. I expect Fisher to throw at Buhy and so did he. Buhl was glad he got hit. He got on base. Nobody cried about tt I haven't thought anything of it Two of our guys got hit and one of theirs. It was unfortunate that he got hurt." When Mauch was asked If he gave orders to loosen up opposing players, he said, "My orders' I are for my players, not the public." CEPEDA SWINGS SIZZUNGEST STICK Messy Memorial for Donnie K By HAL BOCK Antedated Press Sports Writer Orlando Cepeda is toting around the hottest bat in baseball but for slugging how about little Maury Wills, who could be a threat to Babe Ruth's home run records if there were enough Memorial Days in tile year. Cepeda had a perfect night with a homer, two doubles and a single Monday and provided all as St. Louis' ace right-hander throttled Houston 3-1 on a three- hitter. Wills led off Los Angeles' 10-S victory over Atlanta with a home run—the 10ft of his National League career and his first one since Aug. 31, 1964. * * *• The sudden power shown by Wills was almost epectable. It was exactly four years ago — Memorial Day 1962—that the switch-hitting shortstop made it to the record book by hitting a homer from each side of the plate. Only six other National League batters have achievd that feat. Cepeda's four hits gave him a string of seven over two games and raised his batting average to .330. The veteran first baseman, who came in a trade from San Francisco for pitcher Ray Sadecki, drove in two runs and scored the other as flie Cardinals won their third straight. Sadecki, meanwhile, turned in his first victory for the Giants, beating Cincinnati 8-4 on a five first complete game for the Giants. He was supported by a 12-hit attack that included homers by Willie McCovey and Tom Haller. Clemente hammered a two- run homer in the seventh inning of the nightcap that sent the Pirates in front of Chicago stay. He had driven in Pittsburgh's first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in Sie fifth as the Pirates pecked away at an early 3-0 Cub lead. * + * Chicago shortstop Don Kessinger committed three errors in the first game, the last one permitting Clemente to score from second base with the winning run in the eighth inning. Celemente had homered in the sixth of the opener. Four home runs helped Jim Running win his sixth straight game fro Philadelphia in the hitter. Pittsburgh swept a dou- opener against the Mets. Bill v.-u-j-.— ,-...; «-«—-"white, Johnny Callison, Bob Uecker and Richie Allen all connected for the Phillies. Jack Fisher hurled six innings of sharp relief to gain the second victory for the Mets. He allowed one run on six hits, sleheader from Chicago 3-2 and 5-3 with Roberto Clemente hom- ering in each game, and Philadelphia split a pair with New York, winning 7-2 and losing 3-1. * * * Wills' homer started a 16-hit Dodger attack that included six doubles and three hits apiece by John Roseboro and Tommy Davis. Cepeda doubled home Lou Brock in the first inning and then hammered his eighth homer of the season and fifth in 18 games with St. Louis in the fourth. The big first baseman doubled again in the sixth and scored on Tim McCarver's single. Cepeda's eighth-inning single completed his perfect night. Sadecki, who bad a 12.38 earned run average in his last :hree starts for San Francisco, evened his record at 3-3 with his coming on after starter Dick Selma was hit by a pitch and forced to leave the game. By MURRAY CHASS Associated Press Sports Writer Jack Lamabe, who often has trouble retiring American League batters, will be in Westwood, N.J., July 12 getting married. Denny McLain, who already is married, will be in St. Louis that day trying to retire National League batters. McLain took another step toward becoming the American League's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game by pitching his second one-hitter of the season as Detroit defeated Kansas City 5-2 Monday. Lamabe also pitched a one- hitter in Chicago's 11-0 second- game victory over Boston, but he doesn't expect to join McLain on the AL All-Star staff so he's going ahead with his marriage plans. "I'll be very happy just to make the White Sox," Lamabe said after missing a no-hitter because of Joe Foy's leadofi single in the eighth inning. * * * Lamabe never had pitched a game like that before in the majors. In fact, it was the first shutout hi his five-year career and his first complete game in nearly two years. And it came in his first start of the season. Lamabe, now with his fourth team, had compiled a 5.40 earned run average in seven relief appearances this season. With the exception of the 1964 season when he was a starter with Boston, the 29-year-old right-hander has been primarily a reliever. In his other three Smallest Ball Crowd at KC By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Seven National League games drew only 568 fans less than nine American League games on Monday's Memorial Day baseball schedule. The NL schedule two doubleheaders and three night games, attracted 128,062 fans while four doubleheaders—one a day-night affair—and one night game in the AL drew 128,630. The major league total was 256,692 compared with a total of 257,794 last year. The day's biggest crowd—46,882—saw the doubleheader between Philadelphia and the Mets in New York. The smallest —8,039—was on hand at Kansas City for a night game between Detroit and the Athletics. Last year's total included 148,449 for seven National League games and 109,345 for 10 American League contests. seasons, he appeard In 128 games, only four of them as a starter. * * * A 16-game winner In his first full season in the majors last year, the son-in-law of Lou Boudreau is the wlnningest pitcher in the AL, has won as many games as Sandy Koufax and is only one behind major league- leader Juan Marichal. The 22-year-old right-hander stopped the White Sox on one hit May 6, allowing only a second- inning single by J. C. Martin, The only hit Kansas City managed against him was Phil Roof's two-out double In the fifth. In other AL games, Chicago downed Boston in the first game 1-0, California swept Cleveland 4-3 and 5-1, Baltimore defeated Minnesota 5-1 before bowing 7-4 and Washington stopped New York 2-1 after losing 4-2. » » » Lamabe was supported in his one-hitter by Tommy Agee and Don Buford, who between them collected five hits, scored eight runs, drove in two and stole five bases. Lamabe's shutout was the third straight for the White Sox. John Buzhardt gained the second in a row in the opener, stopping the Red Sox on five hits Bill Skowrin singled across the only run of the game in the seventh inning. Roff's hit off McLain drove in two runs—the runners had walked—and tied the game 2.2 But Dick McAuliffe tripled home two runs in the seventh and scored on Norm Cash's single. Home runs by California's Jim Fregosi and Bobby Knoop helped hand Cleveland its second doubleheader defeat in two days. Fregosi's seventh-inning homer in the opener snapped a 3-3 deadlock while Knoop's two-run blast in the fourth inning of the second game put the Angels ahead to stay. Minnie Rojas, making his major league debut, gained the victory in the nightcap with relief help from Dean Chance. * * * Dave Johnson rapped four hits in the first game, including a single that triggered Baltimore's three-run sixth inning, while Woody Held and Andy Etcbebarren added homers to the Orioles' attack. Minnesota won the nightcap behind Harmon Killebrew's pair of homers and Bernie Allen's tie-breaking, two-run blow in the eighth. Bobby Richardson's double and a single by Elston Howard were the key blows in a three- run first inning outburst that carried the Yankees past Washington in the opener. The Senators came back for the second-game victory. 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