The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 25, 1931 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, February 25, 1931
Page 5
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25,-1931 BLYTHEVILLE. (AUK.V COURIER NEWS Vet of Diamond Game Old Jawn Seeks Combination That Will Click; Lindstrom to Garden.. (From an interview with John J. JIcGraw, manager «f Hie New York Giants.) Last year the Giants led the league In hitting with a mark of .310 and were second only to the Cubs In 11:<J matter ot long hits. In fielding, also, the Giants were first- Despite this record, the team finished third, five full games behind the pennant-winning St. Louis Cardinals. The play of tlie team was spotty. At the start of the season, we iiiled up a winning streak that surprised • me as much as anybody else. Then the club went into a slump. On the road, late in the season, the club came back again lo threaten the leaders and fiyht all the way down the stretch. It is sometimes hard to fix the blame for a disastrous slump. All (cams have them, it seems. To win, the right combination must be working, you don't find right combinations overnight. Several of 'our pitchers did not live up ta expectations and the outfield lacked, 'something. The pitching department this year will come in for careful scrutiny in the training: camp at San Antonio. Chief' Bender, one of the smart pitchers of the old Athletics, will take some of the 1 youngsters In hand and teach them ho\v to cut the corners. There will be 17 pitchers in the squad and many of the newcomers ars highly recommended by baseball men v;ho have watched them carefully. Among these, Jim Mooney, a Icft-hflnfor fvom the Sally League, had 185 strikeouts, a record, last season, nil! Morrell, who camo to us the latter part of the season from Shreveport, got Into a game cr two at the Po'.o Grounds and thowed courage and promise. Young Berly from Rochester, the International League champions last year, wen 16 and lest 8 in that league during the 1930 season. Balaski and Turner, a couple of big right-handors from Bridgeport, have been schooled by Hans Loberl for a time. We still have Parmalee, Hevlng and Lucas. Parmalee received valuable instruction on the bench last year, and Heving pitched several relief games. From this group of pitchers may cnc cr two ready for activ,. 1 duty sooner than expected. ''Several'baseball'writers have announced that Fr?d Lindstrcm would play center field for Uu Giants next summer. I cannot con firm or deny that now, of course Ludstrom will try the outfield n while. Vergez,' a new man the coast; Eddie Marshall, and others wil be tried at third. I am Slab Myslfrlrs Rogers Hornsby writes that he was glad to get ''Sugar" SweetlaiK from Hit; Phils, l)ol> Smith Irom the Braves mid Jaklc May from the Heds. The further careers of I Uiese three pitchers, all taken' from lowly bull cluus to <\ top- notcTi tnm, will be one of the phenomena lo watch after the season gets under way. Other experiments along these lines Imve turned out both good and bad in tin pasl, but during the last fe\v years hurlers suddenly elevated to the honor of heaving for better clubs than the one to which they Imd been accustomed, seemed to lake on new life. • • • i RuffiiiK Gets Touch Charley Hulling Is a notable recent example. He was a' pretty fair pitcher with the Red Sox, of course, but after lie went' to the Yankees he became very linrd to 1)11) YOU KNOW THAT— 1-tcil Sturdy, the great Yule xile vuuller, says that Tom \Viirnc of Northwestern Is t!u? l pole vnulter In ihc country iiy n ml it is a cliwli lie will belter 14.2 before !>.• grncluaii-s. . . sturdy started to vault when he was II years old. . . . He used old poles tluU Iwrt b:cu broken by the U» Angeles high school squad- . . • The Sturdys' lawn used to be mowed quite rofiularly In llioso days, . . Fred would mow the luwn nml pile the g'nss cuUlnus in » fiwt imilcr the bar wlurc he couli fall on the soil pile nftcr inak- Ins Ills h'iip. . . . LTO Harm's vaulted 13 fret In 1924, urn four years later set a new record at 14 (cet I'l Inches. . . i.e.? Is a l.os Angeles bjy, too. BRUSHING UP SPORTS By Laufer that went for home runs? A ncod llscory. unyway. At that Sweet hud won 13 and lost 11 us leccnt ly as 1023 and pitching for th Phils, too. He won't be 30 mill .somcllm? In August. What Jnc! Qulnn nilEht call a mere stripllui, Sweetland's record is a bit mcr unusual than the others. He cum lo Philnri-limla In 1D27. lie ha tlie stuff, but he could win mil tsvo tunics while losing 10 tin year, He was even worse in 1928, winning 3 and losing 15. Then rurtilenly h« seemed to find himself in 1025, whining 13 while losing n. I-nsl year lie slipped tack again, winning 7 ami losing 15..and lacking control again Rogers Hornsby was a Eocd head v.lth pitchers when he managed the Cardinals. What he is eo'-ng to ilo witli Swcellaml will be scmc- IWiiB to watch. At any rate the (all boy from Michigan won't have nny excuses under the Rajah. Blylheville Is Beaton Twice by Holland Cagers With the signing of the ancient Jack (John Picus) Quinn, leu above, to a Brooklyn, contract, all three of the veterans released J * or jtrils winter by the Athletics have caught on with other 'major league teams. Catcher Ralph Perkins previously had signed a New York beat. AdoUo Luque was a conspicuous example last year. Tli.3 ancient Cuban started pitching airtight ball after the Reds sent him to the Robins. Luque, who will be 40 in August, suddenly burst into (lame last year as one of the most reliable flingers Rob:e had. Then there Is the case of Atvin Crowder. He's cne of Ihosc you never could classify as a second _ division • pitcher though he toiled i 10115 and vainly for the Browns. His . stock became very bullish, however, ! just as so?n as h: cot one of the Washington shirts on. The Holland High bnsketbal teams defeated the BlythcviHe bas- kelcers in two gumes at Holland Mo., last night. The Holland boys won a decisive victory, 20 to 11. Little was nlgl point man for Holland with 1 points while McAfee counted lei for Blythevllle. The Missouri girls swamped Blytheville aggregation in easj fashion, 48 lo 1G. Tin: Hclland gtils were never threatened. I'iiilcy wus high scorer with 21 points. Elliott led the Blytlieville misses with 10 points. JASEBALUS ilGGEST (ONERS Read Courier News Want Ads TWO UMPIRES, two mariBgers;an'd,S8 players nil.Wero fast aslwp on a very simple play In Chicago-oil the day befor«;th« tj>» 1916 season. > As a'result the game was throw'n/outiof tHe record* and the two teams had to play a'double-headBr on .-rjie'firisl d»y. With a runner on first and one out, Steve O'Neill of; the Clevefarid club struck out... The final strike'wa's.'.a wild pitch. The runner dn first galloped to third and O'Neill,'who'-really was-out:'because first base was occupied when he 'missed the third one, ran to second,,. A base.hit then scored both and Cleveland apparently won, 5 to 4. The two illegal runs vfere discovered thW night by a Chicago newspaperman, going over his box icore.. The. Sox-protested, and President Bun Johnson ordered the name replayed. .'! . ;1 . :. As it manager of boxers, Lou Brown apparently favcrs brolhcrs. He ims managed Jack and Pete Zlvlc, Jack and Jco Knlklsh, Harry and Fraukle Carlton and Phil and Abe Goldstein. . not definitely committed to the move, as yet, for I have to sec how Eocd Vcrgez is at third. Mike, Donlin has advfe:! me that he has the Scods. Lindstrom has a good arm and speed ot foot, and as a kid around Chicago was an outfielder. He • is ready to try for the job in center himself. As far as switching players is concerned, Melvin Ott came to ib? Oiauts as a catcher and was changed into an (jutfieldcr; Bill Terry was a pitcher when he joined the team, and Ross Young wss a third bareman but became more] valuable as an outfielder. It was while he was with the Giants, also that Hank Gowdy was changed from a first baseman to a catcher. We will do some experimenting at San Antonio In an effort lo find a combination that can win 100 games. The pennant-winning Cardinals won 92 last year, while we were just five behind them. The | success or failure of the coming | year depends largely upon a better to-ordination and our pitchers. Yankee contract while Catcher Wally Schang was signed by Detroit. | ™ ' In this picture of Quinn and Joe Boley, shortstop of the world champion Athletics, old Jack may be saying, ''This letter from Robbie is assurance that I'll be pitching my spitball against yo'.i fellows in the world series of 1831." And maybe an appropriate answer trom Boley would be "Yes—and I'm for that too, Jack, old boy!" 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