The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 2, 1951 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 2, 1951
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BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY; OCTOBCT z, taw Yanks' Infield Not the Best : But it's at Home in Serie's (MHor-i K«t»—Thii in the wont of • time-put MfiM oom- jMrtnf tht 1951 wottA «eri« l*imi). By JACK HAND NEW YORK, Oct. 3. (AP)— Cuey Stengel'i two-platoon New York Yankee Infield may not looX the best on paper but you h»v« an Idea they will outshine their world series opposition. v The Yanks have ft way of rising to the occasion when the chips ar,e down in October. The shortstop still is the key of any infield and Phil RSzzuto remftinB the top mar. in thla book. Brooklyn's inner defense overshadows the Nc«* York Giants and Yanks in batting averages. But they may spend the world series back yonder on the farm, Gil Hociges of Brooklyn Ss the sttckout first baseman although his late season flump Is a serious handicap. Whitey Lockman of the Gianfs. a converted outfielder, has done better than expecletl around the bag, Still he suffers occasional costly lapses that might be magnified In world series play. Stengel UKM Ihe double shift at first—and sometime* the triple shift—alternating Joe Collins and big Johnny Mtzc with an 'occasion al switch to Johnny Kopp. Collins smashed some Important hits In the stretch and Mize came through a* a pinch hitter in the btg Boston se-j rlex. I Again at second base. Brooklyn ! hold* the paper edge with Jackie [ Robinson and his solid batting average of .335. But Jackie injured himself at Philadelphia Sunday and may be below par tor the big series—if the Brooks make it. Gerry Coleman fell off from his 1940-50 form, this season and spent part .of the season on the bench. Stengel now plaj-a him only against the lefthanders. With Rizguto he makes a real solid double play combination. Eddie Stank;, the Giants' Inspirational leader, slipped & bit during tht hot summer but bounced b«ck in the full drive. Rlaauto, Fw We« Rewe of Brooklyn and Alvin Dirk of the GUnU are three top line shortstops. Although both outhlt little Phil, the Yankee shortstop rates an edge here on his fielding. Dark packs more power and so does, But Rlz- zuto Is a threat at the bat with his superior bunting ability and hit find-run flnlr. Bobby Thomson Improved so rapidly when switched to third base for the Giants that he probably ha a shade on the others. Bobby has been hitting homers consistently down the stretch and playing re mark able defensive btll. * Billy Cox of Brooklyn Is the top glove man at the position and hit better lhan imifU. The Yanks' rnokle. Gil McDougald. was the only '.300 hitter on the club. McDongald with his umiAunl batting stance may turn out to be the surprise of the series. The American League never found out how to pitch to him all season. Gil plays second agains! righthanders and Bobby Brown plays third. The Giants are deepest In reserves with five extras In Dave Williams, Billy RtRney, Jack Lolirkc Hank Schenz and Hank Thompson who also plays the outfield, Wayne Terwlllijrer and Rock> Bridges are the Dodger reserve while Stengel has only Billy Martin behind his seven "regulars." The- Yanks probably make the vital double play more often than either the Giants or Dodgers. Brooklyn packs more batting punch on the infield and the'Giants have the tremendous emotional uplift of their surge to the wire. Giants Go After National Pennant Today Hearn Checks l Michigan State Leac l 5 AP ' S First Grid Poll; Notre Dame Ranks Fifth Crop yields In the Untied States have Increased about 45 per cent in th* Ifust 25 years. Milk production per cow haa Increased 20 per cent. FN+W. LMM J. Rochester Busby Fred W. Lucas &Co. Cotton Merchants , T0MH. H*w Tort Colts* Exchange Mwnphfe Catton Exchange Jfew OrlMM Colt** Exchuig* NEWBERN & CO., Inc. Cotton Merchants 45 Union AVI. Memphii, T«nn. Phon. 5-5322 By ED CORR1GAN NEW YOHK, Oct. 3. <AP>—Ignored before th« season got under way and relegated to i «pot among th» also-rans, Notre Dame today found lUelf the fifth-ranking college football team In the country, Rated behind only Michigan slate, California. Tennessee and Oklahoma, in that order,' In the first weekly Associated Press poll of IBM, Frank Leathy'j le?lons could climb even of course, they get past the University of Detroit Friday night. Bums on 5 Hits Durocher's Red Hot Polo Grounders How Favored in Playoff By JOE KF.rCHLKR NEW YORK, Oct. 2. (AP) —Today could be the day when New York's miracle Giants climax the most sensational surge in National League history by winning the pennant. For the first time this year, following yesterday's cloan-cul 3-1 Ebbett-s' Field victory over Brooklyn In the first of the be,st-nf-three game playoff, the Giants find themselves solidly entrenched in the driver's seat. Professional ' odds-makers, who only six weeks ago were offering League 50 to 1 odds against the Giants'* •,. ' , pennant chances, have established 1 ™ e lean Blu &e er of ln « st - Louis*' Leo Durocher's darlings a prohlbi-1 Car ?, l( Tf *'" cro « ncd , theu lo °P' s live favorite to drub the Dodgers "noHiclal batting king for the ISM the- Kca i on flfter the regular season C!OB- It U dangerous to UM wit*r on electrical and »re»w fires. It conduct* electricity and scatter! bum- Ing grease. The 0.8. een»u» thowi 11 per e*n* of American malei over 1« have completed »t taut one year of eel* lege. furtfler next week—provided, Stan Musial Cops Fifth National League Bat Title . NEW YORK, Oct. 1. (API—Stan Mnsial, for the fifth time In eight seasons, has won the batting championship of the, National again for the rifcht to meet Yankees In an all-New York world series. The world .series will start Thursday at thn Yankee Stadium. Brooklyn definitely was the underdog us Drcsscn dug deep into his riddled moimrl corps for a wholesome nnd rested pitcher. Unless there Is an llth hour switch. Dressen'fi % hesitant choice lay between CaVl Ersklne (16-12) and Clem Lablne (4-M, both young, inexperienced righthanders, Alaglie or Jones Diirocher also was undecided whom to Rtart in the second game, It was to be either Sal Maglle (236) or Sheldon Jones (6-10). Jim Hearn. the big raw-boned righthander from Atlanta, Ga,, litched probably his best game yes- .erday, certainly the most impor- nt, of his career. Five hits were all h« allowed as he struck out Ive and walked only two In out- dueling Ralph Branca Tor his 17th Ictory. A second-tnnlng home run by Andy Pafko averted the Dodger shutout. In only one inning — the fourth — did the Brooks get as many as two runners on the base paths. That was when Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson smashed back-to-back singles with one out. What trouble Hearn encountered during the afternoon was efficiently eradicated by the Tiger Giant defense, which reeled off four double plays. Second baseman Eddie Stan- figured in all four, and shortstop Alvin Dark took part In three. Catcher We* Westrum cut down two wou 1 d-b« base stealers bullet thrown to second »nd caujrhl flnwtess game. Bobby Thomson, hottest hitter on the club during the surge, provided the big blow. The converted third baseman walloped, a fourth- inning homer with a mate aboard to erase Brooklyn's 1-0 lead. Monte Irvin, the team's mewl eon- ed Sunday. Musial wound up with a .355 mark to beat out Philadelphia's fleet Richie Ashburn by 11 points. Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers owned a .335 mark after Sunday's games hut his figure will change, Dodgers and New York are Involved in ft playoff the Giants for the pennant. All batting, fielding and pitching performances in the playoffs count In the averages. Rounding out the top ten are Roy Campanella, Brooklyn, 327; Monte Irvln. New York, .313; Johnny Wyrostek, Cincinnati. .311; Ralph Kiner. Pittsburgh. .309; Al Dark. New York, .306; Carl rurillo, Brooklyn, .301 and George Metkovlch, Pittsburgh. .294. Musial is the First National Leaguer to win the batting derby two straight seasons since Rogers Hornsby performed the deed, hanging up Ix consecutive crowns for the Cardinals from 1920 through 1925. Only iornsby and Pittsburgh's Immortal Honus Wagner have captured more •rational League hatting titles than slstent run -producer, In with a Horrier. also chimer Fain Wins AL Batting Crown OHICAOO. Oct. 2. (API—It Isn' official yet. but Ferris Fain. 29 year-old first sacker of the Phila delphia Athletics. Is the 1951 bat ting champion o( th« American League. Faln's final .344 average enablec him to finish 18 points ahead of Orestes Mlnoso, Chicago's sensational rookie third sncker-o\itfleld- er. who wound up with .328. Along about next December, the league will put Its seal of approval on the 1951 averages, but It's a safe bet the crown will be fitted on Fain, first Athletic star to win It since 1933 when Jimmy Foxx copped it with .356. Wagner Hornsby seven. won eight and The Cardinal ace pounded out 205 hits In 578 times «t bat including 30 home runs. 13 triplet and 30 doubles. Musial also drove In 108 runs and scored 124. It marked the eighth straight season that Musial has scored 100 or more runs, a circuit record. The odor of I skunk often can be detected at distances of mor« ml If. than Blood Flows In Auditorium Wrestle Bouts Blood vat spilled in Memorial Auditorium's wrestling" matches last night with Referee-Promoter Mike Meroney being forced from the ring after a "working over." The trouble started In the second fall of the tag match main event Bin Canny and his partner. Jack Moody, went all out for a comeback after losing the first fall to Lee Fields and Rex Mobley. Canny and Moody, enraged when Meroney warned them about fouling, turned on the ring official and beat him Into unconsciousness. Then Canny stomped him until Virgil Hatfield, Jonesboro promoter and • ' ed. Hatfield look over for the injured Meroney and finished the match. His first act was to disqualify Moody but Canny went on to win the round by himself downing Mob' y with a crab hold as th The third fall started a< the second fall did with Canny and Moody turning on Hatfield. But Hatficld refused to tolerate it and immediately disqualified the two meanies, giving -rlelds and Mobley the decision. In the preliminary bouts, Moody beat Mobley In nine minutes with a Strangler Lewis headlock and Fields beat Canny in 30 seconds with flying tackles. The question Is: Will Leahy's Icky "I" formation in which the cks line up behind each other xil Its coming opponents as It did ndlana in the 48-6 rout of the oo;lers last week. Indiana beat he Irish last year. Only time will 11. The first place votes were evenly pread out with No. 1 Michigan tat« getting 37 from the nation's Jbrts wrlterg.and sportscasters. econd place California got 22 and hird place Tennessee 27. Okla- oma. In fourth spot, pulled down ", while Notre Dame received nine. Biggie Munn's Spartans, however, iled up 1,026 points to 962 for alifornla and 934 for Tennessee on he basis of 10 for first, nine for econd. eight for third and so on own the line. They were the only •uee schools of total more than 00, The rest of the first ten included 'exas. (i!6 points: Ohio Slate, 430; llinois. 294; Maryland, 237, and Texas A and M, 222. Kentucky, Washington and Ala- ama, rated, respectively, seventh. Ighth and ninth before the season pened, all were voted out of the op ten. Arkansas got eight points i the voting. The top teams with their points first place voters in parenthesis) $300,000 Player Deal Between Browns and Chisox Reported CHICAGO. Oct. 1. (/TV-The Sun- Times said today It "learned ex- clunlvely" that the Chicago Whit* Sox have closed « WOO.OOO, eight- player deal with the St. Louis Browns. The Sun-Times wld the players coming to th» Sox are catcher Sherman Lollar, pitcher Al Wldmar and Infielder Tommy Upton, Outfielder Hay Coleman, who came to the White Sox midway In the past season, supposedly on waivers, also Is included In the deal, the Sun-Times said. The paper said that In exchange, :he Sox will turn over Jim Rivera, :he Seattle outfielder whom the Sun-Times said it had learned hart been purchased by the Sox for S67.500; Infielder Joe Demaestri; catcher Ous Niarhos, and pitcher pick Littlefield who spent (he 19J1 season with Memphis. The Sun-Times said that tht 5ox. in addition to the cash given Seattle for Rivera, have agreed .t send three $10,000 ball players tc he Pacific Coast League club In 1955 and three more for 1953 de I very. There was no confirmation o the reported deal immediately fron White Sox officials. Eugene B. Smith & Co., Inc. * Cotton Merchants , Tenn. "We Ar« Tireless Workers" LD-551 Local 38-1666 Wafer Pistols Banned KUALA I.UMPUR (API — It's dangerous even to carry a toy water pistol in Mnlaya while (here's war on against Red terrorists. You could be sentenced to death. Under the stale of cmergrncy, capital punishment may be Inflicted on persons carrying unlicensed firearms. Although It. mlehl be difficult to class a water pistol as a firearm, it's nevertheless an offense to possess one. Ralph Kiner Sets Date of Wedding VENTURA. Calif.. Oct. J. (ft — Nancy Chaffee, 22. national indoor umnij champion, and Ralph Kiner 27. PittJbursh Piral« home nm slugger, will be married Oct. 13. They obtained a marriage license here yesterday. Mrs. Harold Chaffee, Nancy's mother, said the ceremony will 1-ake place In the Trinity t:piicopal Church in Santa Barbara. 1. Michigan State 2. California 112) 3. Tennessee <27> 4. Oklahoma <18) !. Notre Dame (9) 8. Texas (6) 7. Ohio State (1) 8. Illinois j, 9. Maryland (4) 10. Texas AifcM Second Ten: 11. Georgia Tech (4) 12. Washington (2) 13. Georgia (1) 14. Princeton 15. .Oregon Statt (1) 18. Diik* 17. Kentucky 18. Clemson (I) 19. Baylor 30, Kansai (37) 1,026 962 934 80S 720 616 430 294 337 322 303 166 95 81 42' 87 34 33 32 Louis, Marciano Fight Changed NEW YORK, Oct. 3. (AP)— Jot Louli and Rocky. Marciano won't catch cold at their 10-round heavyweight fight this month after all. The bout, originally s«t for the Polo Grounds on the night of October 11, has been moved indoors to Madison Square garden and the d*t« moved back to Oct. 36. Th« International Boxing Club announced the shift .yesterday, explaining that the club didn't want to rink K possible world series game delaj'lng preparations to get .the Polo Grounds^ ready for the bout. It takes a day arid a half to set lip the ring and seats for an outdoor jight. Red Bureaucracy Enters fast German Barnyards BERLIN W) — CommunLst-rule East Germany, (where everybod and virtually everything is pres surcd to fulfill a state-prescribe production quota), Is hailing a sow these days. She set a record by exceeding the state quota which requires that every sow produce at least 18 piglets in a year. The champ was credited with already having produced 13 litters totaling 114 in breedings fo tar. She's the star of a PIR (arm run by one Hc-rr Wellncr near Madge- burg. All the sows sf em to be working well for Wellmer, who is given an accolade in the Communist press and promised an expansion of his farm v.ilh six new pig stico. Barons Beat Buffs In Dixie Series BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 1. (ff) —The eye* of Tex is—and of one small part of Alabama—will be on Vilbur (Vinegar Bend) Mizell to- light as the young lefthander seeks o pull the Houston Buffs head of he Birmingham Barons in the .eadlocked Dixie Series. For Wilbur, from Vinegar Bend, Ala., will toe the mound determined o halt the Barons once more. His •pponent will be Ralph Brickner, 3irmingham righthander whom he beat 1-0 in A great duel at Houston ast Friday. , The Barons snapped back to quare the scries with a 3-2 trl- imph last night on George Wilon's two-run homer in the sixth nning. The win knotted the series count at two games each/ U. S. 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