PAGE SIX / .».M*&) • COURIER Catchers Used to Gel Rc - ' lief l i 'Occasionally :. Bi| ' ' By' ; HARRY GRAVSON Spcrls •.£dt(«r. N'KA .ScSrvii-e . CHICAGO.— This may be a «la of baseball trlc-a-brac, bill the overlook the catchers., when the' "Point to' Ixiii Oehrij, cussic Sithr and a, few more an Hie exception ^proving the nilc. • The '.present run of backstop pers ;nre doing right Wf ll f <H . the • noble .v magnates. Years ai'o. Uvo receivers • usually shared the duties bcliim] the plate. As Mike Gonznles. Cuban coach or Urn St • Louis <: Cardinals. iioinls out, he , and Frank Rnyiler look turns catching for that club from 11)15 .to 1018, Inclusive. Tlie resell was, that few backstops worked in as • many ; as 109 games. Of course. lhnc> \vcrn cxcrp- tkns; such as Roger nrcsnalian of Ihn .Giants and Cardinals, ,)tm- mv Archer of the Cuts, Cirorj(o Gibson of the Pirates, Chief Meyers of -the Cilnnts. Hank Gowilv of the "Braves, and !(iy Sehalk nlmLIc star cf Hie Willie Sox They had ton much ability bolL _ us handlers of pitchers ami nt hitters to be lefl oul:of the lineup even when there was an nni- Ple supply of catchers. It Is not out of the ordinary for a 'catcher to work more llinn 100 games a season now, however. This largely is due lo (he scarcity of capable workmen behind the log, Few clubs have two oulslri!Kl!r\j.. backstop.!. Mflim-"- ers like Charley Grimm of Ihr Cute, with Cmbby Ilurlnett and [ Ken O'Dea. niul Fmnklo Frlsch of the Red Birds, with Virgil Davis nml Brusle OgroclowsKi arc extremely fortunate. Catchers Worklifcrscs Now 4 No less llinn nine nmjor league cntchers tolled in more than 100 contests In 1935. ami nt least two more— Al Todd of the Pirates and Enile Lombard! of Ihe Reds— are likely to traverse a marathon route of that, sort this trip. Roily Henrslcy of the Brawns was 'the -workhorse of the big show last; year, with 141 games. Hick Kerrell rai^hl 131 for the Red Sox. Gns Mancu.so nml Al Lopez participated in 120 for the GlnnU and Dodgers, respectively. Bill Dickey was' In 118 for the Yankees despite Injuries. Luke Scwell caught, 112 games for the White Box. Mickey Cochrano worked 110 for the tigers, and Harlnett hn equal number for the Cubs. ctifT Button labored In 100 engagements for the Senators. ' •' , C6clu-anc : 'has averaged 127 games' a season since he broke in with the; Athletics in 19'25. Sclmlk averaged 132 for 11 ' years. .With first-string catchers doing most of the back.sloppiiig, battery combinations si-ch as were famous in the old"dnys liave bccotne pietty much passe. In years gone by. pilchersl as a rule, had their favorite buttery mates. They preferred to -'loir with the same receivers. Pitchers Can't Be Choosy Some of the famous combinations of the early days were those of Christy Mathcwson and Bow- crman of tlie Giants. Smoky Joe Weed and Forest Cady of the Red Sox, Mnllin and McAllister of the Tigers, Cy Young and Lou Criger of the old Boston Bean Eaters. Addle Joss and Clarke of Cleveland. Big Ed Walsh and Billy Sullivan of the White Sox, Three- Fingered Brown and Johnny Kliiig of Ihe Cubs. Walter John- sou and Gabby Street of (he Senators. Rube Wiutdell and Ossie Sclireck of the old Athletics, and Grover Cleveland Alexander and Bill Killefcr of the Phillies and Cubs. But Ihe only bnltcry combination inanajers worry about these days is one that can 'win, and. i catchers - being as scarce as they ere, pitchers can't be choosy, i Managers and pitchers realize' that they are lucky lo have on<? first-rate hand in catching paraphernalia. When he arranged the deal that brought Todd from tlie Phillies- last winter, Pie Trny'nor. the bors Buccaneer, remarked that there '-was only- one catcher In the minors ^ good enough to help a major- .league array. He named Ogrodowskl of Columbus, who went to: -the Red Birds. • Billy. Sullivan, Jr.. had caught . only 10-. games prior to breaking In-: behind the bat for the Cleveland Indians this season. There arc semi-professional, college, and amateur catchers galore, but few progress beyond Ihe . sandlot . stage. , I' ' ' .> Georgia Corn Cracker • v'i''*'?i'"'•'>' - I'elc Uceker, known as the Georgia'.Corn Cracker, said to be one o( he most colorful wrestlers en Ihe smaller wrestling circuils of Ihe South, makes his appearance here -tonight Against Emtl Firpo, ihe so-called Argentine showman, who .possesses..more tricks lo put Ills nuliencc In the anlaMonlsUc~inood' so iilglily prized by the urlint nnd groan racket than .three a'vciht'o wrestlers, 't Bloom field Takes On Myers; Firpo Meets Georgia Cracker HV J. I'. PKIENI) I.ec Myers, Dallas, 'I'cxas, former welterweight and middle-weight champion, will attempt to get back into the good graces of the fans lonlglu when he nnd Morris "Ike" Hloomfleld. the Jewish Strong Boy, meet In the second mulch of the American Legion weekly wrestling program. '' .Angered by the actions' of Referee Mike Meroney in breaking his holds on Rex 'Mobley, Amarillo, last week, Myers deliberately fouled Mobley and was promptly disqualified. Until' then Myers nnd .wrestled on even terms with Rex, winning Ihe first fall In 31 minutes, nnd dropping the second In 18. Tlic former champion used n ;pet grip pf ..JJm Londos, n step over loe bold to force Mobley to surrender', and showed plenty of class. He is a capable performer, but is -Inclined to,, lean toward the rough ladies In .softening his opponents. In Ulooinfleld Myers vylll 'meet n, 1110,11 Just abont Ids own" 'size uhd weight. A professional weight tlflcr, "ike" likely will be the stronger, and, 'as ngalnst. Movie;, is expected to utill/.e his jxiwerriil arms and back muscles to'a 'decided advantage. ' i ','..'" Two of the real mat..meahlcs; perhaps Ihe • roughest nnd toughest guys of their weights — Emll Firpo, Argentine, and'Pclc'Beck- er." the Georgia corn Cracker, collide In the opener, nnd most anything Is likely to happen. Bolh hnvc • bulging' bags of. [ricks' that provide ample entertainment niid excitement for the fails', ; and plenty'of grief for, Ihe ' referee. 'A coat of minor would be. n : si]|iab'le tlrcss lor n:m, tonight. The curd will -get started at 8:30, and will have a ninety minute time limit for both matches. Mike Meroney, as usual, will be lie referee! The Standings Southern Aljnntn Nashville ... Birmingham Chattanooga 1 Little Hock . ! New Orlenns I Memphis Knoxvllle ... National SI. Louis .. Chicago C|nclnnntl . New York , Ijostoti I'hjlntlelphla Brooklyn '... New York . Detroit .... Boston '• Washington ' crevefand .. Chicago Philadelphia St. .Louis .. W. U Pet. .58 30 .Gf>9 .52 39 . .571 .40 43 -Jin .44 43 '',500 :-id 47 -AW .40 41 .4CO .37 . 52 .416 ..37 53 .411 W. L. Pet ..49 : 30 -.020, ..47 29 ,.618 ..42 35 .545 ..39" 37 '.513 ..40 '38 513 ..•18 41 .481 ,.28 48 311 ..'21' M .338 W. L. Pet .......53 28 .071 43 35 .551 43 37 .538 42 :37 £21 42', ! 38 .525 .38 '-40 '.487 :..:'::.W '49 .355 ..'....'.24 SO .324 Today's Games Southern League Atlanta at • Birmingham, . . Knoxvllle nt New' Orleans: ' Nashville at Liltlc nock.'i Nallonar League New York at Chicago. '' llrooklyn at St, - Lonls. Boston at Pittsburgh. Philadelphia nt Cincinnati. American League Detroit at Philadelphia. Chicago nt New York. Cleveland nt Boston. St. Louis nt Washington. N'orlheasl Arkansas League Open date. Northeast Arkansas Leajue'•"' ' 'i '' ' ' I \ Vf.'.U. P&. ' ................ ,;G i '.ft? sviiie ; : .:...;.. ; ..rM -3 '$1 :.';::.,'!J2 -5 .286 Win Two Games Sunday At Caruthersville; Feij- ure Ladies Day ;;'( •Bv J. I>. FRIEND -.' OFCFOI.A. Ji.lv 13.-"I/rttes D-iv v.111 bf- ph.w v 'eil nt Ihe '6s- Cfoln pnrjt Tiitsdav. when nil feni; (nine fans "will be ndmitled free it charw, Sccrebrv D.'Fred Taylor Jr.. hns announced. The Nev, 1 port Oreyliountts will'open a t'wd- pftme Atandv \-\ Indians ' dffclals ha\c ctifted Hint, no' more flumlay doubleheaders will be plnvnl here, [instead, slni-le games will be pliWed on Saturdays nnd Sundays, b'glii- nln-? July 18, nBiilnsl Newrxirtj * peiulfnce 'bay 1 -itorble '(fefch't 1 -(lint erased them from the first half championship picture by wlnnlii-t br,ih .-antes of ' n' twliv bill from the Pilots, 7-fi, nnd (-0 yesterday nt .Cnruthersvllle, for ihelr ! sixth cgnsecnllvc' victory. Ernest Blngham and Alfred Kellley were the winning pilchers lilnehrtni Imhj; up'his UvelWi tri-' innph of Ihe season by outlasting three Cariithersvillc ningers in Ihe first ftiiuib. while Kellcy tilrii- fd the tnbles on Russell Lewis- beating the-ace rlghth'amler,'-' l-o'! Ulniiliiini allowed elghl hits one less- 1 than osceoln 'collected'-'Ca-' ruthersvllle loiiched Kellcy for-live singles, u was Kelley's slxlh vie, lory ns" compared lo - two re-' verses. ' • - '• • ^ i i! It was n particularly tough tiny for Lewis,' for/ he' was the loser (in both games. . lie opposed Bineham in ihe Initial.- contest but | went'out In-the third with-'the bases filled and his team trailing 3-.0. , Two of, the runners scored oil Wll|ic Speer. Ills successor, but since lie put them on base he wns responsible, foi them. Tlie pilots threatened regularly'but'never did tie the ,score. WIlHani.. Paviedge lu,irleu"t'lie final round after!:'!'.' McOpwan hatl ^ batted for ' the southpaw tln:'the' elghtli.?. 1 ' 'i'V 1 . : Th« ilpne ta|ly ,ln the ifina| .contest "came in the seconti hiiilng. After Billiard and Briinner had fanned, IRbyce' Willlnms • singled, ndrnnccd 'on a wild pitch, -nnd The Pilot pitchers hud. their strikeout . ball' working overtime Lewis fanned five In the first two Innings 'of the• first gnme, -three coming in tlie second. 'Sucer struck out seveti' in 'slx^ ' Ten Indians felt before/ LeVlisV benders 'In the seyen-luiiliig nnnle! Osceola .stngcd.-'a" doubli; piny In both game's,' nmklng 'it' ten since '(he second tialf opened.;' ,- •,' x .**'??$ Game! " 'I' 1 '' ^. ;'•- .".'• .' 'V':'. '.''"": ,'Ii 1 H;E Osceola :..'.., OSa/ppO-.ltu—v '!) 4 '.' Blngliam'. an'd HuckerJ .' Lewis. Speer; Ptivlcilg'b. : ancl : .Tiinier.: -.''!• Spot Removers Capture First Half Championship STEKL-EV Mo.-Tlie Spot-Removers won the first half league title In (lie Steele soft b.ill leagt- race by defeating Hie V-8's, 6 to five In a game lhat decided ihc loop championship. Tlie game was close all the way with the. Spot Rfmovers having the tying and winning runs en base In Hie last Inning but unable lo push them across^ All teams In Ihe; league are On atom an equal footing as tsr as ability is concerned and the second half race Is expected to prove a torrid alfalr. Wiii By Decisive, Margin, 40'to J 4, In Inter Dub Golf Tourney MONDAY, JULY 18, .1936 | thinks will cause them to snap out' r nr .t a , /"•• I n £ • I of it and resume ihelr winning Uote r "'"S Defeat I way. There has been little fauli " " • -- - Ivvith the pitching of Edna Whit- He. She has done a pretty fair Holland Girls, 5 to 2 Nu-Wa Cleaners and Local.,,"";' ""•",' Cola Botllers Collide; Blylheville J[ 'Bautnci's Face Laundry | Job or. iieav'uV'uiul wili"w'ln wii'l'i L v ™°'!f ',-^°'~ Vl l C mm y be.lor bauHnit ugamz.'d Cooler girls soft ball team defeated ihe Holland "irk City Drill! team, 5 to 'i, ai Cuot- I fr recently. It was the first sch< ! cf the sea^un foi' ihe -4 T. to game DV J. 1>. FIlIENl). Nu Wa Cleaners nnd coca Cola Holtlers have been having a haul lime deciding who shall be ihe rightful occupant of first place In the Girls' Softball League For three weeks they have been 'joim holders, but tonight one will gain undisputed possession, for a seven dav period, at least. These two strong, aggressive clubs face each other in ihe second game of the double header t Jack Applebaum's store and lily- ! tlievllle Steam Laundry will sol' off activities in the first (>nme beginning at 8 p. m ., mulei em; In a 2Iris |, day n The Cleaners be the sen:::Uic;.i -*', :; | ili-nd alewlve.-i --commonly called " lts -1 shiners by lake bathers-caused I i ! temporary exuhu of brac'li colon- are reported to | his on Lake Ontario, Seekers of of lite BIyihevllle cuol brcraes da-lined lo inhabit ! tlieli 1 cottages uiuil the sanitation The sons." Hume SvTeei Home " ! ioMs"o7"n 1 '""' r 7™'"'"' tlle is more lhan 100 years old. ' i .,„,;„„„„ „.,„,: ,J. , ! '.! ccu " mliue 1 the Cecil Cola and Nu Wa have mel three limes this year. Tn the season's opener the Bottlers eked i Blytheville country club golfers out a e ~' J verdict over the Clean- 11 defeated Paragould golfers \vllli plt ^' llf tltn " ""•>•- „...,. . . i comparative ease, 40 to ,14. here . fires at Haley Weld. end of the score in the oilier iwo Sunday, avenging nn earlier de- i encounters. feat suffered by the Blytheville' 1'ilclilng Duel i team nl Paragould two-weeks ago.I T he B am e is expected lo be nn' .Low medal honors for the. day! olu fashioned hurling duel be-, went lo two . PiirnBQUld golfers lvveen Sll(UC Stamey, Nu Wa ncc' .itimrc Mari, luu i ud y/rape,. with', moiimhnnu, and Mi>ry Lou Whit- two over par. I " c . Bottler star. Stanley has been Bastball Result* ; :' .Sonthcm I>«mw; Ohntlanoogn ' 3-4, Memphis 2-2, : Nashville .5-4,'. Little -'Bock 3& Kiioxvllle C-l,. Nev-vOrleans 4-4; 'Birmingham -5, ^Atlanta"-a. •* > . Brooklyn 6-11. st/ Louis 3-4/ .Chicago' 4-4, 'New York 2-5. • • 1'hllndeiuhla 4 r 3,-- Cliiclnhati 0-4 (second-game 11 InhlngsK • " >. • Boston 0, Pittsbm-gh 2 (10. Inn-- ings).- .•;••'• •.•• . . ' ..-.'". l'E OsCeola .-..:.. 010' ODO- 6—1' 66 Cariltliorsville'. '600' '(MO "0—0 "5"( .' /Kelley ' amj' Ritektf; LeAvls 'nrid T. McGcwan':'. '. „'" / i American Lrame Chicago .5-4. New York 0-5. Detroit 7. Philadelphia .2. Cleveland 5. Boston 2. St. Louis 4, Washington 3. Northcasl :Ark^isis • League •' .Batesville 7-1, 'Nevfport-'5-3.- ; - ; Jtfnesboro 12-6, Pafngould 7-7. Osccola 7-1,- Canithersvtlle 8-Q. Number Eight, Scampers •' From Behina '^ht Ball' .'COOTER, - Mo.—Tli'e ! .'last- place Number-Eight -ball, team,.won "two- games, Friday' night, «y, defeat-, Ing the ..strongest ,tea'ms ; In tjie loop, ibeajtiij' the . Texaco ., team ami ,lhe : Barbers. . ' . ; '-' , . Before You Boy ; Any Oullxurd - Ste the •NEPTUNE'; 2 H. P. Siujle CyL (Other Sizes to 15 H. P.) 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Stanley was hard pressed to beat (he rejuvenated Ijumdry outfit last week. Incidently, the status of the contest has not, been decided. Marl-in "Soak" Sanderson, Laun- th-y coach, filed a formal protest during the game, and the decision of Early Maxwell, sports promotion director of the Commercial Appeal, nnd district Softball gov- , ernor, will settle the dispute. ''\ 2 1 Working behind an eighteen run lead, fourteen coming in Ihe big third lm]in Kl Mary Lou coasted to nn easy 18-8 win over Apple- j baum, last Monday. Laundry I'crks Blytlicvillc Steam Laundry was impressive despite Ihe loss io Mil Wn, They hustled, hit timely hut! were too anxious on Ihe bases, i That fault was cosily, rjoits Fowler nl second base, who has been fielding well and hiding hard, j has pluyed a prominent role in o the spurt. "Tootsie" Stanficld has , pitched in hard luck all year, and 3 has deserved to win sevei-nl games I that went to the losing column 3 because of faulty support. 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