The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 24, 1931 · Page 6
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i|p^;^.y "Heap Big Chief' . ' Peckinpaugh Says Indians! • •- Liable to Grab Pennant ! Time.in '31. • Any I. BY ROGER PECKlNPAVflll Manager Cleveland Imliim [ ;• (Copyilght, 1931, NEA Suvlcr. In:.) j '' It Is my opinion that the Crave- I iOand Indians of 1031 arc a first cU- ~vis!on ball club. Tliat was fi? .^thought I expressed prior to tiie .•'opening of the 1930 camiiaisn. Tn; *• members of the club certainly justified ray prediction, for not one: "/.. during tlie season was the club /•"lower than fourth, where v.-c fin- fished. - • . ''*: Despite the longest list of inajD- .""injuries ever sufferoil by a blj ^league ball .club, ihe team avcrinr.i > .^cvery handicap except the ncciiU':i: Jtlmt befell Luke 3e\ve!i. our fir:-.; •& string catcher, ami put him 'out to:^practically half of the season. Th? ^young pitchers mis«;d tha |:3iv ^that Seven's catching [;:UT then; ^and with his loss, the leatn ilsat ;had bravely batllecl nil borts n' . 'Mough -luck, collnpsctl. -,' Going Into first place in Uic mid- y'die of June, as the result of liuv- ^victorles over Philadelphia, cvery- -^thing reemcd rosy. True, we were••probably' traveling a bit over our .-'head but there we were, on lop or ' y he heap, with the season ntoui iOne-third over, . . '*!*..'' * ' * ^ Th;h came Siwcll's injury airl . '^<msh. break utter tough break. The .•team ilint hail been the surprise of, '.the year, proceeded to do. a com- 1 '•: 'jflelo flop nmt lust 20 out of tta Jiext 23 games, dropping frcm firs: . 'to fourth. However, the club prove:! ,' Mis great .spirit by a yrenl co:nc- /.' "back, winning 10 out of t'ne ncxi 1?6 games. Vjj.This I consider one o[ the most . Remarkable achievements of th? •;;Vear. By it, Cleveland prove:! tf - /ycnd a doubt that it Is one of Ih; >-'most courageous teams in tlie ma- '•jor leagues. Most clubs would have ; qult after- taking 20 trimmings out -. .'-'Cf 23 starts but not the Inrtlr.ns • Winning 10' out of the next K . games was a comeback just as remarkable and unexpected as Iiatl been th; losing streak c[ the team. •. There are a numtwr of rcis:n; ,-• why I bslieve Clevclund will lia\v • 'a -better ball club in 1031 llian lp.sl /' season, the most important c! which is pitching. Cleveland h al."- most certain to get n better bvinrt "cf pitching and as everyone imcv.s -.'pitching is about GO per cent o;' the battle. • : « • • Ferrell has proved beyon.-i r dcubt that he is a great pitcher and should have another big year. ... He is the type of pitcher who al.- ways has a chance to win 20 games or better. In addition, Hiidlin and • ..MUJer* two of the veterans, should be far better than last leascu.Hiid- . lln has enough stuff to v:in sever -.or eight mere games than he did last year. For. Walter Miller it wa? .a terrible season. Winner of H games In 1929, he was of little uss to the Indians In 1930. Miller may show a complete reversal of form the coming summer and may turn ^ia from 12 to 15 wins for tha Indians. which would he!o considerably. Better pitching Is one thing that I feel is certain to make the Cleveland club a stronger team than in 1930. Un,<ruestionab!y, Miller and Hudlin between them should win at least 10 more gomes than last year. In addition, Cleveland has the best looking crop of young pitchers In the- majors. Billy Evans tells •me that Craghead has a great - ' • : IKK NICWS 1031 Scb in cling as Third Man l[e Knivn Itlllh When .Jnr McCmtliy. who calls himself ".in American Lcagur rcokle," louks over his atw crop i<; ball players at 81. Petersburg, Fi-i.. thcu- will b-j two fares In (ho UIK J up thut he v.-lll (InU familiar. j One is I-'tii 1 ! Combs, the CPnl'T , Holder who played wllli Colonel J<v I nl I.Quljvllio. The ollitr is Geor^Herman Ruth. ! Hate and Joe. yon know, playcl j In IIiL> same league, llac!: in l'jl-1. I Jce v.'as pl.iylng second base f(,i I Bulfalo. He was UII.TC the- dsiyj ' Until, ii husky lefl-hander, niati. 1 Ills (k'bnt ivltii Baltimore, ft »•.'.:.; April 2?, -1014. Eabe slnit cut ruilf.ilo that iluy. winning Ii to 0 nnd allowing lliif- falr, six lilts of which Joe McCarthy i;.il exactly none 111 four (Imri :it tot. I.el the Huliu 1'ilcii Culimc-l Joe admllr, he has ; scim-thliif! of a pitching prob- !L-II> on his linmls t'jis year. Ruth would l.tlp lilni to folvc it. Believe it ur not, tlio Oalje I;: a pretty good pitcher risht today—nnd crazy to i:l(rh, too. There were only two pitchers in tlie American Leayiux last year wlio finished Hie season \\llll an avfrnuc of 1000. and one of llicin was Bribe Ruth. The Big Boy iritclird one game, wlnnini: "cas«! up," as he -aid lilmseli. Tlio oilier 1000 pitcher was Lcs j narnhnrt of Cleveland, who llkc- ! wise pitched one (jam 1 . 1 . Why shouldn't Jce give Ihc Babe a chance to see liov: the old wine is? There arc mfn older than Ruth Inking their lunis on the hill. And Hntli, v.ilh a nice ion!: rest for his arm, infill find In llin pitchers' box rejuvenation. , They say that with the new ralsrd scam ball, home runs are solni: to fade IKC.IIIKL' at tlie pitchers will be able to do tilings with (he apple that were impossible with Ills nnirble thr-y hnve been using this last decade. Wily not let the Babe sec what his old left arm cnn do vvilh the new taw? rllrlu'll firl'.it Games Ruth was pitching in tiie world scries 'of 15 ye.xvs ;n;o. In the v.orM scries r,I 1010. the IJauc pitched the second ynm?. ullow- 1ns one "I" ant| six hits in H innings of baseball. A hcme run by ?,1vers of Brooklyn in the first Inning provided the only score Kutli a-"'e In ' that jjamc. He pKchrd tltc first gam? of thu 1918 world scries for Boston, with the Cubs ,as opponents, and KP.VC no runs at, all. allowing si:< ! hits. In another game of the fiimc [ series lie pitched for d-Jn in- I nliis's. and' played left field in the Inst inning. They took him out In the ninth after Chicago hurt tied the score nt 2-nll. Bosion c.or, tlie name, however, 3 to 2. In lliat era Cactus Gavvy Cravatli was regarded as tiie Sultan cf Swat. Ouvvy got 90 homers in five years anil was reierrccl to as a fence-busting fool. Dili VOU fcKOW THAT—' One 6f Ihc ::nw p!lcl::rs drafl- rd by the Cubs will not, riporl ...I:-.' In fichard O. Whileworlli iiiid he iireferfi to i-cmc.ln in •£c::;s, where he combines his Va'clwl 1 . Ehill v.lth a bit of roil- roru'ini;. ..to- retain seniority r]>hls a. 1 : t« railroad man, Rlcn- nd musl put on hts ouralls at • tiitcil interval^., .ho can cut :lie trick \vhib playing ball in Texas, but co'.ildn't make the iartl 1 ! In lime if he should be .nnnin? around Hie country pitching for the Cubs...ihe Fort Wt-itli '.Cain will lake Wlilte- v.crth back, and the big leagues m:ij never kno',v whether he'd lie itnollu.r Mathcwson or not ...\Vliiteworl3i bas lx?en in the minors 15 ycai.s. and is Just past 34 years o'.d...lhi.s was to have l:oen his first crack fll the majors. Koih^d Town Team Defeats Frisco Five The l-'riiC7 quintet of Hie City Cat^ lc;^uc lost to the Holland, Mo. iiid-.-pi'iutent team at the Ar- mcry tiisl night. '?• to 23. The ^iimo w:is fast 'all Ihe way with tile visitors holding an edge. In a*preliminary game the Apes and lli-Ji'.cl'.crs of the City leusuc lied up In an unofficial contest vvliicli v.'cni to the Hl-Jackers by o fairly cnc-sidcd scovo. Haven Has Oldest Weather Record NEW HAVEN, Conn. IUP>— The eldest- continuous weather records of the Western Hemisphere are believed ill the posspwloii of tlie Unlle.il States Weatlier Durcau here. While recordings have keen foimd in ether places, prc-claling those of New Haven, they have no:- be-;r. kept regularly nnd do not constitute an unbroken record of readings at specific intervals, according lo Leonard M. Tarr. government meteorologist. Previous to the establishment of tlie weather bureau here in 1873. records were compiled, faithfully by professors at- Yale University. These records wore turned over to [lie government and continued v,i;liout inltiruption for 152 years. AcLordlng lo Tarr tile first thermometer wns used in North Carolina in 1670, and readings were jotted down without regard for Tiny Roebuck, giant Clierokee chief, won a wrestling match recently from -Jack Wnshtwrn, but fur mere Interesting than Ihe craiiplliig was the pirouetting nnd side-stepping c! one Ma\ Schmcling who acted in f.ie capacity of referee. Tills phoio shows the heavyweight chsinpion-by-foul attired in the olTicinl gray fiannels tis the Biapplers. Tiny on [he left, come to blows—no. clutches. as, I am told. Is just, about as gooil a prospect, while Hildcbrond nnd -... u.,«> ^lasneau nas o great Lee ore more thnn possibilities, -cdance lo-step right into major | Drown and Harrier, two youngsters -ieagve company a n d deliver. Thorn- wlio performed mest creditably lasl j year, arc sure lo bo much betler because of nn added year of experience. Defensively we should ba belter. Tomorrow and Thursday THEATRE Continuous 7 pm 11 We were weak nt short and third most of last season. I do not hesitate to say that we will be belti-; oft" defensively this year tha^ last. Our outfield leaves nothing to b? desired. I regard it as the best in the majors. My dope is that Cleveland is ;i sure enough first division club ann atiy club that- sticks among thefiri' (our always has a pennant chane. MYSTE! OFLOV The Only Program of its Kind i\ead Courier News Want Ans. 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An «rror and a base hit scored anothor run and won the' game for St Louis" of Charles L. Watson, son of Douglas VVntson, San. Francisco his-, tcrian and brother-in-law of Hcr- \Vhen pursued by another creature, the hve-cellied toad turns on his back and kicks -legs. -Na- of red on the stomach and leas. As red is regarded as a danzer s.jn by wild animals, no crea'.ure will i' splash I eat him. Watson said, from one or both of j hro faults. They won't work or. they won't res|*ct Ihe property! Boston and New Bedford. Mass.. I rights of their employers, lave readings older than New I "The island was once called 'La-' •lavpn. but ngaln they are not con-j drone'—Spanish for thief." Watson' ihiuous. ; said. "It should never have been I ! changed. In ten months, we had! I fourteen servants." - • : j "Ox carts are the most popular! U. S Servant Problem Milch Better thail Guams' vehicles." 'he said. 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