Ten THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES, Thursday Evening, September 11,1952. I IN THE SPOfiTllGHT By GIL SMITH Leaven-worth Times Sports Editor Charley Dresseri, manager of Cleveland, Led by Easter, Keeps Pace, Winning by 5-3 Dodgers Down Chicago Twice; Lead to 41-2 By RALPH RODBJf AP Sports Writer Luke Easter, former target for Cleveland's "boo birds," is 'top Brooklyn's baseball Dodgers, is ajman on the hit parade of Indian brave man to say. the least I fans today. Charley authors a story in the most recent issue of the Sateve- post to the effect "t h e 'Dodgers won't blow it again" — meaning of- course, the National league pennant Personally, for Charley's sake, the Brooklyn ball players 'and "i thousands — or •*•• ij :*_ i_ n bush fans, this department, not that he has any particular yen for the Bums, would like to see that team come through to annex the National league pennant But the current story (going out on a. limb, as it were) in a national periodical more than once in the past has become the "kiss of death" for the writer and team, or aggregation, he represents. Prime example of mat sort of thing, as we remember, came in a national magazine several years ago, telling of the great football Big Luke's blazing bat is spearheading the Indians' bid for the American League pennant, a drive that finds them only one game behind the'New York Yankees. Both combatants have 14 games to play including a face-tcnface meeting in Cleveland on Sunday. Easter drove home two runs Wednesday night on a single-and Luke Easter his 29th homer to lead the Indians Milwaukee and KC Blues Make It 2 in a Row FATHER KNOWS BEST—Amos Alqnzo Stagg trots out on the Selinsgrove, Pa., field at the head of his Susquehanna squad. Co- coach with his son, the 90-year-old father of football is drilling «: team for the 61st consecutive year. (NBA) machine (with appropriate pictures to a 5-3 victory over the Philadel- flnri "trainintr <srt*noc1 +n Ho finlda^ I * - i,*i_j. -*^ -*. A *_ _ IT i ! and training scenes) to be fielded that year by the University of Tex- phia Athletics. But the Yanks protected their slim lead as Allie Reynolds pitched the .Bombers to a 6- Well, the Longhorns, as memory i victory over the St Louis serves, made good all that national publicity by whaling the daylights out of their opponents until late in the season wher. some downtrodden team, up and knocked off the Austin, Tex., aggregation. That put a quietus, for a time at least, to national publicity for a university or college team seeking the mythical national grid championship. But back to Charley Dressen. His magazine article was written July 16 according to the Post. At that time Brooklyn led Ne vv York by five games. "The Dodgers won't blow it again, the article read. "Because they're a better ball club. They're better because the glaring weakness that cost them the pennant last year has been strengthened— lack of reserve strength". "It can be shown by a simple comparison. I'll make it for the first half of the season, although things have changed some since then. Anyway going into the second half of 1951, the team had won 51 games and lost 26 for a percentage of .662. At the identical point this year, on July 16, the record was 55-22 for a gaudy 714." Dressen claimed the big difference has been George Shuba in the outfield. Bob Morgan in the Browns. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Dodgers moved 4% games ahead o£ the New York Giants in the National, League race. The Dodgers swept! a twi-night twin bill from Chicago, j 4-1 and 6-2, after the Giants had won a 13-inning battle from Pittsburgh, 3-2, on Don Mueller's home in. . ] Easter, who failed to hit his weight during the first half of the i campaign, has been making up for lost time since he got back into the lineup on July 15, following a sojourn with Indianapolis of the American- Association. The 240-pound first baseman departed unmourned with a .208 average. Since his recall he has been banging away at a .340 clip and has driven in 55 runs in 52 games. The Indians were playing .568 ball and trailed the Yanks by 3% games when Easter left. Since his return they have won 36 and lost 23, a .610 pace. Reynolds was in top form against ; New York Phils' Ace Conies Closest to Matching 'Old Pete' He Says CINCINNATI (ff>—A tall, lanky i is a Cincinnati insurance man. In grey-haired fellow who pitched: 1915 he was a teammate of Alex- alongside Grover ander when the Phils won their . | way into the World Series for the , j Cleveland time _ he was a _ ander says that game w jn n e r for the Phils while if any of the; "Alex 1 ' won 33 contests. present day hurl-| Draping his ]ong legs across his ers ever is able .'desk, Rixey mentioned the pub- to match t h e licity being given the Philadelphia great "Alex" it. Athletics' Bobby Shantz and said- will be Robinj « It seems to me this Roberts Roberts of the; boV) wno is pro bably the greatest Phil adelphia.phiilie pitcher since old Alex, is sorta being lost in the shuffle •Jlixej Phils. The fellow who made the prediction was Eppa Rixey. He now By The Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB ..83 57 .593 uai_ UUMMLU.U* Jjuu AIMUJ. sou. Jil uie *• *- J — .-.. , j f, n infield, and Pitchers Billy Loes, |the Browns. The righthander al- 1 Cleveland ...... 82 ° Chicao ....... ; 74 **icidn, »y Iowed five fanned neck out predicting that the Dodg- 113 in racking up his 18th conquest. ers will nail the pennant they missed (a 13 1-2 game lead with 42 games remaining) last year. I'm safe in going out on the limb. I've got the ball club to support me —and the percentages are all against lightning striking the same tree twice." So quoth Charley. In the meanwhile Brooklyn's recent (August 26) margin of 10 1-2 games over the fast- traveling Giants had shrunk to 4% games. The Yanks collected 15 hits against Over in the American league the race between the New York Yankees and Cleveland's Indians, if someone don't become a cropper, is going to be a dilly. The perennial champions from Gotham and of Casey Stengel are after their, fourth consecutive AL Chicago '. 74 Boston 72 Washington ; 72 Duane Pillette and two relief pitch- I Philadelphia 71 ers. (St. Louis 57 Detroit 47 In other games, the Philadelphia PhilsJ defeated St. Louis, 6-3, and Cincinnati nosed out Boston, 6-5, in 10 innings in the National League, and Chicago turned back Washington, 6-3, and Detroit upset Boston, 6-2, in the American. 58 65 66 69 69 83 91 .586 1 .532 8% .522 10 .511 11% .507 12 .407 26 .341 35 By The Associated Press Milwaukee and Kansas City, American Association pennant winner and runnerup, respectively, ixjth won their second straight semi-final playoff games Wednesday night. Milwaukee's Brewers rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and beat St. Paul 9-7. Bill Bruton's two-run triple was the inning's big blow. The Kansas City Blues trounced Minneapolis 6-2 as young southpaw Jim Russell held the Millers to four hits and struck out 10. The Blues' attack was headed by Bill Skowron's home run and triple. Milwaukee led 4-0 after- five innings but the Saints knocked out Eddie Blake with a six-run blast, topped by Dan Ozark's three-run homer. They added another run in the seventh but the Brewers came back in their half with one run and then exploded for four in the eighth to sew up the contest. Pat McGlothin, who was the loser in the first playoff, game Tuesday, also was charged with Wednesday night's defeat in his relief role. And for the second straight night the winner was Bert Thiel, used in relief. At Kansas City, the Blues got off to a two-run lead in the first in-j ning. They kept up their hitting! against the Millers' leading right- ] nander, Mario Picone, and added; two more in the third and one in 1 the sixth. Skowron's 430-foot home run brought in the Blues' final run. I Minneapolis got both its runs in the fifth, one on Chuck Diering's homer and the other 011 a walk and a triple. The third games of the series will be played ^Thursday night. The schedule and probable pitchers : Milwaukee (Liddle) at St. Paul (Mossor). Minneapolis (Nicholas) at Kansas City (Nevel). andotte No. 1, Lawrence 2, Highland Park 7 and Shawnee Mission 11. This year's "sleeper", according to advance information, both for the Northeast Kansas league pennant, but the Tribe of Al Lop-'and state ratings, well may be ez is in a great spot from here on in to dethrone the Bronx Bombers. Cleveland has the remaining schedule advantage, playing all but two of its final 14 gzones at home, while the Stengelmen have only three of their final 14 at Yankee Stadium. Approximately two weeks ago, Boston's rather surprising Red Sox, as per their recent annual custom, "blew a gasket," losing 10 of 11 games, after being very much in the race, trailing by only 3 1-2 games. But Manager Lou Boudreau deserves much credit for the showing of the comparatively New Sockers, composed for the most part of youngsters plus a trio of Old Sockers, Dom DiMaggio, Vern Stephens and Ellis Kinder, the latter three being plagued by injuries over the greater part of the season. Coach Leonard Hofstra. and his Leavenworth High School grid Pioneers, can sit back and relax this season, as it were. They're not going to do that, however, and the 1952 club may pull some surprises. In other words, the pressure is off, because the Pioneers have but three lettermen, none of whom were starters on the rugged (at times) 1951 eleven which was accorded a place in the state's Top Ten during the first-half of the season. Leavenworth High's 1952 schedule contains no less than four schools finishing in the state's top bracket last year. They weres Wy- Atchison High School's Redmen. THURSDAY'S SCHEDULE Boston at Detroit McDermott (89) vs Trucks (5-16). Philadelphia at Cleveland Byrd (14-12) vs Garcia (19-9'). Washington at Chicago Masterson (9-7) «vs Dobson (12-9). (Only games scheduled) WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS Cleveland 5 Philadelphia 3 (night) Detroit 6 Boston 2 Chicago 6 Washington 3 New York 6 St. Louis 1 (night) NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn 88 New York The proteges of Coach Ivan Sch- St. Louis ottie who wound up with a pretty ~" " fair club last campaign, boast 19 senior players, including 14 lettermen and eight starters of 1951. The Pioneers and Redmen clash in their traditional battle this year Friday night, November 14, at Abeles Field. Philadelphia Chicago .. Cincinnati 83 80 75 50 54 58 63 73 .638 .806 4 5 J .580 8 .543 13 (going into today Roberts had a 23-7 record as against Shantz's 22-7). "In my book Alexander was the greatest pitcher who ever toed a slab and it's hard to imagine any- One ever being as great as .the old master. But if anyone is going to match him in the present day I think that boy Roberts will be the one." Rixey went on to explain tha Roberts seems to have "the same tools" as Alexander. "Alexander never really overpowered the opposition," he said "He had a good curve ball but he wasn't exceptionally fast. His fast one always dipped or hopped and he knew how to pull the [string. I think Roberts has the same kind of stuff." Continuing his comparison, Rixey referred to Alexander's control anc pointed to records which showec "Alex" gave up an average of only 1.64 bases on balls a game during his major league career. "In that respect, I must say,' he continued, "from what I've seen of young Roberts this year, his control looks every bit as gooc as Alexander's was." Roberts currently has an average of 1.29 bases on balls a game, for this year. Roberts also is the first Phi] hurler to win 20 games for three years in a row since Alexander. 62 77 .446 26% Boston 60 78 .435 28 Pittsburgh 39102 .27750% THURSDAY'S - SCHEDULE Pittsburgh at New York Pollet (6-15) vs Lanier (7-12) or Maglie (15-6). ( Chicago at Brooklyn Rush (1412) vs Loes (13-7). St. Louis at Philadelphia Boyer (6-6) or Haddix (1-1) vs Roberts (23-7). (Only games scheduled) Why Does fij$) Make Food Taste Belter? PREMIUM LIG IT'S DE-BITTERIZEDf Gnesedieck gros. .--,„•. LIGHT LAGER 8KB i wos. Miworr co, ST. touts 4, MO. Gustavus Adolphus Grid Squad in Practice Here The football squad representing Gustavus Adolphus College of Minneapolis, Minn., en route to oppose Emporia State College in a game Saturday night at Emporia, is to share Abeles Field with Leavenworth High School's Pioneers Friday night in a practice sesssion, under the lights, Howard Tolle, Leavenworth High principal;- said this morning. The Minnesota aggregation, ^traveling by -bus, is defending champion of their college conference, and is expected to arrive in Leavenworth late Friday, afternoon. Included on the Gustavus Adolphus roster is Cal Roberts, a Little all-America selection at tackle for the past two years. Coach Leonard Hofstra plans to send his LHS varsity squad into an intra - squad practice game, starting at 7:15 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend 7riday night's program. There will be no admittance charge. Fights Last Night By The Associated Press DETROIT—Johnny Bratton, 150 Chicago, outpointed Ralph' Zan nelli, 150, Providence, R. I. (10) WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS New York 3 Pittsburgh 2 (13 innings) '. Philadelphia 6 St. Louis 3 (night) Brooklyn 4-6 Chicago 1-2 (2, twi- night) Cincinnati 6 Boston 5 (10 innings, night) MEN WANTED to Train for TELEVISION Allocations have been made to provide for 49 television stations in the state of Kansas. This will require the services of thousands of trained television engineers, technicians and servicemen. We are interested in interviewing men between the ages of 17 to 40, good reputation and habits, who would like to train for these opportunities. Training can be handled in your spare time . . . need not interfere with present employment. 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