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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 5, 1937
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WEDNESDAY;.MAY .5,. ios? (AUK.)' COUlUEtt NEWS Giants And Indi pen Season Here Tomorrow "• . : _. . . •.. .. t • i Detroit's Newest Hero Hits One Lutes To Hurl For Osceola And Harrington For Giants prosuccLs for tomorrow's opening game of Uic Northeast Arkansas league here \vcro not particularly bright today with continued rains giving tile fairgrounds diamond a thorough soaking but nevertheless plans were going forward for staging the Btythevillc-Osccola game before a crowd of thousands. Opening day In the Class D circuit will find Caruthersville playing Paragould in an afternoon game anO Newport playing Jones- Probable Batting Orders The probable batting orders as released by Managers Bobo and Kirchoff "are: BIytheville Osceola Pavlcli. ss Mills, cf Stewart, 2b James, U Hobo. 31) Scolinos, 11) Miller. 11) Bernasck, rf Lanek. cf Kirehoff, 3b Pratt, if Carson, 2b Hine, rf Williams, ss Mancuso, c White, c Harrington, p Lutes, p WalkcvSay»HcQuil y Bc. ini> Crazy To Gel 'Out of Diigoiiit ISV IIAIIKV (\KAYSON S|!tirl s editor, NliA Service nH'i'rtori 1 —' Gerald Holmes Walker null being- crazy to keel from uqlni;. cru/y... t ,,. ,, ... , Thai > the $lsslsjl>>i>l; Rebel's On the Outside—Looking In "I3Y DUKE" "fit Gerald Walker lias shortened his swing, and is mere choosy than heretofore, but tills .unusually good action shot is something in the way of evidence that the newest hero of Naviu Field still takes u mighty " cut when a fat one comes lolljng up us big as :L blimp. explanation; of Jijs trSjisfpv/iintloii from a :'|mruih'-5barum'j extra' outfielder to the In.ik of-j-tlij) Aincrh "Seme ball players have lo have SCUM' knocked into their hearts," beams tlie ncwc.sU hero of Nnvln l-'icld. "Mickey Cochjanc sat .sense "Herschcl Bobo runs true to form ihe Blythcville Oinnts will win the championship of the Northeast Arkansas League ' ltis sca ~ toro in a night game in addition to the opener here. The Bljlhe- villc Giants go lo Osceola Friday to help the Indians open the campaign bnt the others do not appeal- before home folks until Sunday. Seek Attendance Trophy Making n determined effort ; .lo win the trophy offered for ..the largest opsnlng day crowd, Blythc- ville will 'havs Gov. Carl E. Bailey as an honored guest, to throw out the first ball. Other distinguished visitors will include Floyd Sharp, state WPA administrator, and Capt. Limerick, state WPA engineer. A half holiday has been declared by Mayor Marion Williams and most of the business houses arc expected to close. Secretary Fred 3. Saliba of the local' club has set his attendance goal at 4,000 Activities get under way at 3 o'clock. 1 All efforts were being made today lo get the diamond in shape in_.HmcJfoc. tomorrow's game. Home, \ "plifte was getting the most*alteii- tion,because of Its location at, the edge 'of th's, race track, where it is quickly submerged by every 'rain. It was being built up today and tarpaulins will probably be placed over home and the pitching box today to prevent further damage from rain as much as possible. Showers frustrated the exhibition game planned for yesterday between the Giants and the Para- gouW Rebels. Manager Bobo plans only a light limbering up this alt- IMIofs Announce Lineups ernoon for his team. .With big Julian Harrington, Lcwiston, N. C., righthander. Manager Bobo's pitching choice, Pilot Elmer Kirchoff of the Osccolans planned to .send Walter \ "Bud" L\itcs, a BIytheville boy and right- hander, to Hie mound for the Indians. Lutes, in his first pro season last year, won eight and lost one with the Indians. Manager Bobo will opon with ' Frank Miller at first. Russell Stewart at second, Pete Pavich at shortstop and will take care of third base himself. He has George Pratt for duty in left field, Carl Lanck in center field anil Frank Hine. ordinarily a catch'er, in right field. Frank Mancuso, brother of the New York Giants' Gus Mancuso, will be behind the plate. Osceola will take the field in this order: John Scolinos, Ib; George Carson, 2b; Gene Williams, ss; Manager Kirchoff, 3b; William James or Thomas Mabry. l f ; Grady Mills, cf; Hal Bcrnasck, rf, and ' , James White, catcher. / The, Giants have indicated in Ihcir workouts that they will have ' a good defense and pretty fair pitching but their ollcnsc is a t[UC3- tion mark. On the other hand the Indians have displayed possibilities of power at the plate and a quartet of crack outfielders but tiieir inner defense doesn't appear to measure up lo the Giants. John Scolinos, Greek first bas:man, is a fine prospect and Manager KircholT is able but Carson and Williams arc somewhat doubtful. In Miller, Stewart, Pavich and Bobo tlie Giants seem to have an infield that will rank with the best in Uic circuit. Osceola probably has the heavier hitting outfield but apparently no better defensive gardeners. Lanek of the Giants In particular has a powerful throwing arm. Gel Acquainted With Managers Hci'scliel Bobo B'lyllicvillc Giants KY J. P. FRIEND If the managerial career of W. Elmer Kirchoff Osceola Indians' "Bobo managed Hatticsburg uncl] Jackson, in the Cotton States League, and in his first campaigns he hrought pennants to both clubs. Herschel was at Hallie.sfourg from 1924-29 and his cluta finished on top four times. When :hey .forfeited their franchise Bobo became skipper at Jackson and the Senators copped the flag. Tlie ,'car he .won the first half but \vas beaten in the /play-otf. They-were pennant winners'in '34. In" 11 seasons his teams have won six titles, a record, for Class D pilots to shoot at. Some babies are bom with silver and gold spoons in their mouths, but the BIytheville boss says he believes life came into this world with a baseball in his hand.- From the earliest time he can remember he has been engaged in tlie diamond sport. His first connection was "pigtail" for a negro team at his father's farm near Clarksdalc. JJis advancement was rapid alter entering high school. He made tlie team as a sophomore and was not ousted except by the sheepskin. He enrolled at Mississippi A. & M. in the fall of 191* an'd graduated four years later. During that time he lettered nine times, 3 in football, 4 in baseball, and 2 in basketball. He was one of the first freshmen ever to earn a varsity letter at A. & M. Incidentally, W. H. Smith, father of W. L«on' aild C. O. Smith, -,vas president of the college. During the summer Bobo played on semi-pro teams, and in the summer of '17 while third hasing for Pratt City, Ala., of the T. C. I. league, he was scouted by tlie N 7 cw York Yankees. In August after the rookie clause went into effect, he was ordered to report to New York. . He was not signed to a contract but played in several exhibition games. Then came the World War and Bobo joined the colors after gratl- ttV 3. I'. FltltiM) Tile jump from Ihe college campus to manager of a professional baseball club, even Class D, is a long one, but Elmer Kirclioff, new .skipper of the Osceola Indians, completed tlie leap after but three years of pro experience. Kirchoff played with Lincoln of tiie Nebraska Slate League '34-35. and .last year was with Palestine Pals of the East Dixie Loot). He was chosen by oflicials of Die St. Louis Browns, who operate the Indian.'; as a link ir their extensive fann system, a: the man to direct their youngsters. Tho new Indian, chieftain ha a colorful and successful athletic baek ground. Born Jan. 1. Ifllli. in East St. Louis, he attended lush school there and look- part in football, basketball and baseball. In football he was .chosen all- state end in '20. as well as co- caplaining the team. In both 28 and '29 he was all conference end. During ills .senior year he was vice-president of his class, and was awarded Hi-Y honors for helng the outstanding athlete. He rated the best all-round athlete ever to graduate at East St. Louis Osceola 'Pilot High school. Kirchoff entered the Missouri School of Mines in Sept. '30, snc! immediately made first string end —a feat on the Miner team at thnt time. The next two years lie made the all-M. C. A. U. teams, captaining his team in '33. Due to injury to quarterbacks he was moved back to the signal calling post, nnd (hen injured himself, playing but three games all season. It v.-as in 1933 that the Miners and St. Louis University played that famous 33-33 lie. Kirclioff was one-half the offense that night, catching three passes ' for touchdowns despite a dark fog through which; the lights could not penetrate. Despite the fact that Kirchoff was hurl, he was chosen all-state by Missouri coaches. Kirchoff played basketball three years, was all-conference for one nnd was captain in his last year. Iluring the summer of '33 a Elmer KircholT makes his debut i ths Northeast Arkansas league n Ciccola manager here tomorrov Introducing - Bobo's Giants into mine." I>hi!j cmilined lei; the dugout for the better part ot two and ft ball years while men of considerable less ability patrolled the Dr- tiolt outfield was real punishment lor Walker, who geishas much fun out ot playing today as he did I icn ho was the star of the Unl- isity of Mississippi. A grand lur.elllor who hales to lose, alker was recklessly aygrc.sslve. "I had a great deal of time to udy The Mouthpiece while on at, involuntary sildown st:lke," ys Walker, "nnd it was when I art?d lo copy him Unit I started Hacking that onion." The Moutli- icce is Gerald Holmes' nickname >r Charley Gchrlngcr, because all 10 peerless .second sackcr ever lys is "Good morning"- and Good night." Vuiiu-r nhuricns Suing "When I finally got next to the id that The Mouthpiece had ic right idea," asserts Walker, I shortened my swing and coin- !!;i«'b:il1 Comrs Hack Illylhcvillc's baseball minded uonuluce, pushing Into the farthest corner of its memory the stigma of thai team o! la ycni'B ago, renowned In bascbiill circles us the world's champion losers (35 straight) will be on hand at l!w Jali'uroimds tomorrow to watch the city's lirsl organized ball club In action since Stormy Kramer's cver- changlng niigrcgnUoii closed out Us losing nd. • It goes without saying that the Blylhcvllle Giants (owned bv the New York Clicmts) will full short of the class displayed by, toinc Blythcville Independent teams of Uic |>ast. After all, there's not a big Icngue club today that wouldn't practically (jive uway Its Brand- stand tor 11 Shoeless Joe Jackson or a .Swede Rktborg, minus the talut of the Black Sox scandal. It is extremely doubtful if there is n ninn on Manager Hcrsclicl Hobo's club who i up lo the bcsl man who has performed at ans position on the field for varlou. Blvthsvllle (cams of'tho past. Hut so far as we're connccrnni we'll lake our baseball In a Clns V professional circuit In prctcrenc lo the Independent or scml-pr teams, even If they should play superior liraixl of ball The com petition should be keener, the rule an;l regulations niKiuesttonabl stricter, and best of nil 'there's n demand for local business mon c iicrchants to dig deeply Into the icckcls every few <lays to finance icnccd lo )hfck back look pilches nnd KCC how many The Mouthpiece has struck I've been him for gav They'll- Bo Huslllngt The youngsters playing with tho lants arc going to make mistakes —plenty of them—but they'll be ut there trying. You can count n Herschel Bobo for that. Right now It looks like the Gi- nUs are going lo get pretty good itching and good fielding but may x n Hllli.' weak at the plate. Hut 'c have every assurance that tho Giants arc going to get nil the olstcrlng Hint Hobo and Hank Bc- erry, the parent New York club's oulhern scout and farm boss, can ibtaln if it Is needed. We hops the local GinnU get olf lo a better stnrt tlian their Greenwood cousins of the Cotton States league, Class C. now fled 'or last position, nnd their Jersey City cousins, of the Class AA In- crimllonnl league, In fifth posi- lon Tuesday. Soulhcrn League W. Memphis 10 Little nock XAtlMltft Nashville Birmingham ...., Chattanooga xNcw Orleans .. Knoxvillc x—Night game. 9 8 1 8 C 8 8 li 7 V 0 5 12 L. I'd. c ,025 0 .600 1 .533 C .571 .500 .402 .438 .204 Well Drcxsi'ii, ut Any Hale The Giants should be one of lira best dressed clubs In the North- cast Arkansas league nt any rale. They'll be wearing the untforin.s Uic New York Giants paraded Ir last fall In their world scries engagement with the New York Yankees. They have the nsiuit two seU of uniforms, one for home game: nnd another for the road engage int-iils. .lie club. All Ihc-Ncw York Giants ask GEOP.GK JOSEPH PRATT, oil fielder. 13'years old. Born Octob 3, 1918. at Memphis. Tenn. Graduated from C. B. C. in 193C. Played t\vo years of basketball as puard and baseball. 3rd base and outfield. The C. B. O. won the Memphis Prep school baseball championship and George Pratt \vas honored with n place on tlie All-Memphis team. Batted over /nn that year. Tech ami Soulh- ;-:cic tied for highest honors in 3G, and C. B. C. was runner-up. Played outfield on the Memphis American Legion team, '34 and They won the district and nation. He was discharged in I sports wrllir in St. Louis dlscov- 1919, and the next year went to Olc Miss as nssistant coach. Ho esisnet! nC the end of the sca- rm nnd moved to Hound Pound, ,rk., \vhcre lie tried farming. He ilayed fo;ii days a week in Ilic jicl N. E. Arkansas League. Prcv- o'.isly, he had asked for and rc- •civcri his release from the Yanks. Ic said it was one of hi.s greatest mistakes. While playing at 'orrest City he married. A year nler, 1921, he joined Clarksdale inci played his first pro game. He vas traded in the middle of the 22 season to Greenwood. Th Cat Reaches 21st Year, Equal to 105 for Man MIDDLETOWN. N. Y. (UP)— Toadies a cat. is 21 years old, th< equivalent of 105 years for a liu man being, according to vctcr innrians. One for n cat is, equal ti live human years, according d Veterinarians. foodies is totally deaf. It is a . pedigreed Persian and came fron a long-living family. Its mot he died at 18. and o twin brother \va chloroformed a few years ago I after suffering a bone injury. ctcd that Kirchoff had been playing baseball at Lincoln under the of "Phillips". He was declared ineligible for college -spovts, and all Miner football nnd baskct- l:all victories over two years lime cifr.Imcd forfeited. :'atc title Ijtii v.-ure heaten by ven years nnd it seems to me hat I cnn count (hem on tho ingers of one hand. "I used to bo too eager lo hit) ml swung nt too many bad balls s a result. I was trying to hanf he ball into tho next county intend of just meeting.U. The thing s elemental. It yon stnrt you iwini; from back here," nnd Gcr lid i'lustralcs, "you arc more ikcly to miss than if you star ,t from here. .Hitting ^5;'nothlni more than n simple twist of Hi wrists." Pete FOX'S SUIT shoulder Wnlkcr lik -linnce In rl'r'.it the mirti.l- of last season niri .he Hnttirsbt.r" "nniim^'er prompts' blasted hlisuc:: :;•'. > n steady job. For three years smnrt bnscball men who knew him best said Hint wns all Wnlkcr --needed—the opportunity. Meanwhile, daffy stunts on nnd off the field threatened to ruin the- career of n player Messed''with unlimited talent. An allround athlele in college, Gee is fnst and tremendously strong. He has the big hands of the sure fielder and his arm is good enough. He appeared to lack only judgment. Ccchranc Cracks Duwn Cochranc gave Walker every possible break during the early months of 1934, when Miracle itfike was lashing the defeatist complex out of what appeared to be n scraggly outfit that had finished fifth the previous fall. Ukc' Bucky Harris before him, Cochrane realized thnt Walker had everything but balance and kept hoping that lie could get him on the right track. Cochranc stood for the Dixie Flyer being picked off base n dozen time.?, bnt cracked down on him when he was trapped twice In the same Inning in St. Louis, June 30, 1934. Walker uas ordered home .and when the club returned, Cochrane let the players decide by secret 'they've already paid better Ulan $000 cash rent for the park) Is tlie iupport of Blythevillo nnd ,Mlssls- sippl county ball funs nt the gate. You're not likely to see:many former big league-slars performing around a Class.U circuit but It's very likely Hint you'll be wn'lclilnj some youiigsl'' •, /this 'season nnd reading about iheir exploits as they climb higher :.nti possibly InUi the big lime la'jr. " Maybe wnlcfilng their mlstnk:s you'll wonder how they'll ever get, there but some of them will.; ' Vi/es Offered Ball Players by Local Merchant National League W. Irf I'd. Louis .. York . ioston ..... hllndelphla 'liEcngo .... Brooklyn ... Jincinnatl 8 2 7..4 7 4 7 0 s G 5 C 4 8 American 'League W. L. Detroit .... fev York . Joston Philadelphia Cleveland .. Washington St. Louis ., Chicago 7 3 5 3 4 4 .800 .030 .031! .538 .500' .455 .333 .100 I'd. .700 .700 .023 .500 .441 .364 .333 .333 clouting .353 and driving In 03 runs In 134 games. Walker launched the current campaign Uy belting Mel Harder of Cleveland for u home run, triple, daublo, nn ( l ring!?, with the season well under way, lie's roaring along at'n .000 clip. He's battlnff lUlli, pacing the big gnnn, 'Qchruvgcr and Hank Grecnberg. Right now he's the toughest hitter in baseball lo get out and the toughes' to keep from scoring :'r6 he Is on the baselines, /11 Qerald Walker had to do n r r'r.rrpe from the bonds of hn- '. i He'll make life miserable lur pitclicrs and the opposition In general just so long^ns he enjoys his freedom. Members' ot the lilythcvllle Giants who participate in the opcu- ' game ot the Northeast Arkansas league hero tomorrow against the Osceola Indians arc being offered prlres of cash and merchandise by local merchants. The first Qlant to crack out a j home run will be rewarded vvltlv a ' new pair of shoes. K shaving set suvalts tho ulythcvllle player getting the first three linsc hit ol tile Bame and a suit cleaned and pressed free will lie the reward for the first:two bagncr. The first single by a Giant will be worth $2 In cash and the llrst Blythevlllc runner crossing the plate with n score will receive a new shirt. ,Twq elaborate- dinners will be awarded the batter driving in the first, ron : TOT tn« -50Ci\is. A'uOltlo of light wine is offered for the first stolen bnse and u new atrnw hat nwalts the BIytheville player cross- Ing the plate with the winning run. If the Giants put out a base runner nt home plate the lust two pln'vers participating In the play Will each receive n $1 cash prize. As a special consolation prize 0115 local merchant is offering a good pocket, knife to the first Osceoln man who strikes out. Yesterday's Results Southern i.raguc Memphis 0, Knoxvillc • 4. LIUtc Rock at Nushvlllc, rain. Chattanooga nt Birmingham, rnln. Atlanta at New Orleans, night fjame. / National League. / Pittsburgh to, Brooklyn 3. Chicago 14, Philadelphia- 7. New York 7, Cincinnati 0. Boston 8, St. Louis. 1. American League New York 10, Detroit 1. Washington 12; Cleveland Innings). :Hos(on ill St. Louis 0. Philadelphia at Chicago, 'rain. (li Head Courier Newa Want Ada Today's Games , ——. / Southern League Nfcmphis at.•_ Knoxvillc. Chattanooga at Birmingham. Little Rook at Nashville. Atlanta at New Orleans. National League St. Louis at Boston. Pittsburgh at Brooklyn. Chicago at Philadelphia. Cincinnati nt New York. American League Philadelphia; at Chicago. Boston nt St. Louis. New York at Detroit. Washington nt Cleveland. Maori warriors tattoo their faces lo mask any expression of fear. Gii.'.tonia. N, C. in the lournciv infe. George helped his tcanr delt'At 'Richmond, Va., with a home run for the right lo meet the |Ta)S Heelers. Gastonia nn tn he crowned world champ- Ions. Played with W. O. W. semi i:ro tram , last .summer ' and they „„;..„, I ballot whether the Rebel was U> ° ' remain with the outfit. .The alh- leles voted to kcc[> Gerald Holmes, for. like the late owner, Nnvln, they suspected thnt 'If he timer received hi.s Bachelor, ol j won Hie Memphis Amateur Asso- Sciennc in Civil Engineering in ciation. .championship. He batted 34. spent two years a?; nn a.-,si?t-' .335. C;coi'3e"was n member ot tlie ant student coach, nnd was later '• band '1 years'at C. P,. C.. always added to the School of Mines .staff: the lending hi Memphis.; Plays the as l::ad bnskctball mentor aF.sistnnt in football. The letter from William O. Do- • Russell Stewart, in duets as Stew- Wilt, vice-president of the Browns, i art also 'tiSkles the Ivory. They were shipped OieiAvould return li: another unifomi to pljiguc them. 'Hie Madcap'''of Olc\Mis.s took n 10-day suspension like a major and warded his mates for .their loyalty without pay that fall rc- by driving in' the ty;ng run In a world .series i;mne with the Cardinal. 1 ;—and thai being picked off and I clarinet. Piays the piano, loo, nnd first Wse leams wi!h> a fellov.' townsman,] Q^ O , ' j, ... Walker is as good as he wants attri- college, and managed the league entry during the next six summers. He played with the Memphis Chicks in 1932, and was goln? great until he fractured n shoulder, He was batting .310 and His work fell off injury from which fielding well. due to the lie never recovered during tiic year. He finished the season nnd was close to the charmed .300 circle. He was sold lo Jackso; and went back to his business; of turning out fine teams. tics ol n natural leader. Despite j Orcciuvocd, who clinched things his limited'iall experience, 1 with the parental okay. Reported th;y are expecting him lo come 1° Brnnii! this sprint; and sent through In fine shape. M.1XUP WILMINGTON. N. j here. GrorR^ Ls connected with I the Bruce Tcrmincx Company In. off scii;iai. C.--Capl. Read Courier News Want Ads. . . . Warren Jones. Coast Lin- tor. evicted n litter of kitlcns from muter his house. Mama cat move:! them into a du-k nest in Jones' garden after rcmovine (hick eggs. Mama duck decided to sit on th- kittens. Neighborhood wants to know what will happon when mama duck takes them down to tlw wat:r to swim. Ticaci Courier :,'ews Want Ada. Drs. Wert & Wert OPTOMETRISTS Over Joe Isaacs' Store ••WE MAKE 'ESI SEE" Phone 6W WHY IT MEANS EXTRA RICHNESS IN YOUR WHISKY CLOW MASH is i "sign post" to quality in whisky, because there's more time and mor» grain used in making whisky the Slow Mash, way. And:Bottoms Up is Slow-Mash! That's the story, in a nutshell why you can look'forward to full smoothness and tichacss-in Bottoms Up. 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