The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 31, 1954 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE FIVE Only Four Major Clubs Gained Ground in July But The Leaders Are No Better Than in June Leo Durocher Blasts Dissension Reports By BEN PHLEGAR Associated Presi Sport* Writer Onlv four of the 16 major league clubs gained ground in the pennant races in July, but neither the New York Giants nor the Cleveland Indians were able to strengthen their first place positions. The Indians, in fact, have lost half a game of the edge they held 30 days ago. The New York Yankees, one of the four clubs which improved, replaced Chicago as I Cleveland's closest pursuer and moved from four games behind to 2y 2 , pending today's action. Giants Game The Giants sailed into July lead- Ing Brooklyn by three lengths. On the last day of the month they still are three in front of the Dodgers. The major change in the National League standings involved third place. Philadelphia, third a month . ago, won only 10 of 30 games and •kidded all the way to sixth. Milwaukee pulled up from fourth, 12 games back, to third, only nine games behind the Giants. Braves Get Eighth The Braves represent a threat of unknown proportions. They ran their current winning streak to eight last night with a solid 9-3 triumph over Brooklyn and have three more games with the Dodgers And three with the Giants coming up in the next 10 days. St. Louis moved from sixth to fourth but doesn't figure to go much higher. Boston pulled up from last to sixth in the American League with five games separating the Red Sox from first division. Cleveland and the Giants both made headway last night. The Indians whipped Washington 8-3 while the Yankees were being trounced 10-0 at Baltimore. The Giants defeateu Cincinnati 6-1 with all the New York runs coming on homers and Brooklyn lost at home to Milwaukee for the fifth time in six games. Chisox Witt In other action St. Louis tripped the stumbling Phillies 12-3; Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs split a pair with the Pirates winning the first 8-6 and losing the second 8-5; the Chicago White Sox pushed the Philadelphia Athletics into the American League cellar with a 4-2 decision and Detroit whipped Boston 4-0. Milwaukee spotted Brooklyn three runs in the first inning, then got them all back with plenty to spare as Carl Erskine lost his stuff after three hitless innings. Danny O'Connell hit a three-run homer. Joe Adcock hit into the seats with one aboard and the Braves were off. Ernie Johnson, who took over "rom Bob Buhl with two out and :our runs home in the first, chilled s Dodgers on two singles the rest of the way. The Giants got power hitting from unexpected sources in their victory over Cincinnati. Pitcher Ruben Gomez drove in two with a blast into the left field seats, his first of the year, and Don Mueller hit his second homer of the season. Wes Westrum and Hank Thompson also homered, but Willie Mays, who leads the league with 36, had to settle for a scratch single. Cards Hit The Cardinals' hitting spree at Philadelphia included a bases- loaded triple by catcher Bill Sarni and a double and triple by pitcher Harvey Haddix who posted his 15th victory. Rip Repulski homered for the Cards. Ralph Kiner walked twice in the Pittsburgh doubleheader and each time Chicago slugger Hank Sauer drove him in with a home run, running his season's total to 32. Frank Thomas collected four hits in the Pirates' first game success Art Houtteman, one of the best of Cleveland's "second line" pitchers, won his 10th game as Indian rallied for five runs in the second inning and routed Washington rookie Dean Stone. Jim Hegan drove in four of the Indian rus. Reynolds Bumped The Yakee s got their first look at Baltimore's ew ^ghts and they didn't like what they saw. They did much better when they couldn' see so much since they had won four of five night games in Balti more until last night's fiasco. Bob Kennedy hit a £rand slam home run and drove in two other runs as the Orioles broke Allie Rey nolds' 10-game winning streak. Ned Garver limited Boston to four hits and Al Kaline insured the Detroit triumph with a three-run homer in the eighth. . Bob Keegan of the White Sox ran his victory total to 13 at the expense of the Athletics. It was the righthander's first success since July 9. By ED CORRIGAN NEW YORK (AP)—Manager Leo Durocher today put to rest forever, he hopes, rumors that his New York Giants are torn by dissension. "There is no dissension on this club at all," he said before sending his club against Cincinnati in the second of a four-game set. "Furthermore the Lockman incident is closed—for good." Durocher was referring to his hassle with first baseman Whitey Lockman during Thursday's-game against St. Louis. Durocher yanked Whitey after he failed to run out a grounder and the two had words in front of the dugout to the delight of the Cardinals. "Whitey definitely is and will remain my first basman," Durocher continued. "All we need is a couple of games like our 6-1 victory over the Reds last night." "We were in some sort of a tail- off after our winning streak," Durocher said. "It's too bad that everybody had stopped hitting. Just to pick out some names at random, Al Dark, Davey Williams, Monte Irvin and Wes Westrum haven't been able to do a thing. "With no hitting, the pitching, which I call 85 per cent of our game, went sour." Haddix Well on Way To 20-Game Season Bears Squeeze Out 10-9 Win Seventh-Inning Rally Pays Off With Winning Run 'He Has 11 Chances to Win Five PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Harvey Haddix, St. Louis Cardinals' ace southpaw, seems well on the way to his second- Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PBESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Cockell KO's Kid; Wants Marciano SEATTLE (AP)—Burly Don Cockell dreamed today of an early whack at Rocky Marciano and the world's heavyweight title after his lethal fists—with an slipped sacroiliac—disposed of Harry "Kid" night in the eighth stanza of a scheduled 10-round fight. assist from a Matthews last Matthews, unable to stand erect* because of his damaged back, could not come out for the eighth against the British Empire champion, who outweighed him 210 Vz | pounds to 180. Had Edge Cockell had the edge all the way and the crowd of 10,478, which paid 591,000 to see the somewhat sour finish, thought it was his headhunting attack which left Matthews helpless. The 32-year-old Seattle kid was bleeding at mouth, nose and ear as he slumped to his stool at the end of the seventh. Actually, he said later, the damage was done in the third round when he threw a right at Cockell, who was shrugging off everything the Kid could toss. "Helpless" "It was a helpless feeling," he said. "I couldn't move fast and get out of the way of Cockell's punches." The clouter from London, for whom this was a third triumph over the same enemy, felt this was his best fight of the three. But it was, he added, "a bit of bad luck" to have it end the way it did. "We were going along nicely wnen it happened." Sports Roundup— Watch Out! Braves Are Hot By JACK HAND For GATLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP)—While the Giants watch the Dodgers and the Dodgers watch the Giants the Milwaukee Braves have been making up ground. They're out in the middle of the track now, ready for a stretch drive on the leaders who may not have much left. You never saw a manager take more raps on the chin than Charlie Grimm absorbed last spring. The punch that almost floored him •was Bobby Thomson's triple fracture. When Bobby stretched out in agony in St. Petersburg after breaking his ankle in an inept slide, Milwaukee went in mourning. A few days later Eddie Mathews' chronic bad back started acting up. Chet Nichols, the ex- GI who led the league in earned run average before he went away to war, couldn't get the ball over the plate. The team was losing exhibition games. Things were rough. Still Bad in Opener It was just as bad when the season started. The Braves couldn't get the runs vhen they got the pitching and, when they did get some hits, the pitching flopped. As recently as the morning of July 19, Milwaukee was fifth, 15 Registration Blank 3rd Annual Fishing Rodeo Name - - Age Address Mail or Return to Chamber of Commerce Blytheville City Hall games behind the Giants. Now they are only 9 out. What happened to the Braves? Or should you ask what happened to the Giants. "We're finally making our run," Grimm said. "The potential has been there since opening day. Our pitching was good enough all along. Now we're hitting, hustling and coming on." Morale Booster Asked to be more specific, Grimm picked up some stray examples. He didn't need to mention that Thomson's return, even as a pinch hitter, had been a tremendous morale booster. "The kid, Hank Aaron, has been hitting good, especially the last three games. He won the last game in Pittsburgh with a home run. "Eddie Mathews has started hitting home runs like he did last year. For a long time he wasn't pulling the ball. Others Click "Joe Adcock is having a good year and Andy Pafko is going good again after we gave him a little rest. Bill Bruton is so hot in center that I don't alternate him and Jim Pendleton any more. Bruton can do so many things when he gets on the bases. "Del Crandall has been doing a great job. He had a tough time getting started at bat." Grimm has a "big five" pitch- Bulldogs Take 12-9 Decision In Pee Wee Loop The rampaging Bulldogs of the "Y" Pee Wee League heaped 12 big runs into a single inning to blast the hopes of the Panthers 12-9 in a game at Compress Park yesterday afternoon. The Panthers broke on top, tallying two runs in the second and one in the third, before the dam burst and they were flooded by the 12-run third frame of the Bulldogs, including Paul Swafford's grand slam homer. In this inning, the Dogs sent 17 men to bat, and registered seven base knocks. The Panthers came back to score four in the top of the fourth on one hit, as pitcher Mickey Johnson hit a wild streak, walking five men and hitting another. Two more in the 5th threatened the Bulldog lead but Johnson settled down and fanned the last two batters. Aside from their seven -hit attack in the third, the winners were able to get only one hit off the hurling of Clea McDermott, who started on the hill for the Panthers. The Panthers gathered a total of five safeties. The game scheduled for this afternoon between the Bobcats Two Women Booked for Mat Program Women wrestlers return to the Memorial Auditorium. wrestling ring Monday night as Promoter Mike Meroney offers Blytheville fans a double main event program. Cora Combs, the pugnacious Kentucky lass who has displayed her talents in Blytheville twice before, is scheduled to meet Ruth Waters, a newcomer, in one of the two main events. In the other, four top notch male heavyweights are slated to square off in a tag match. In this one Chris Averoff, who made his debut here last week, is scheduled to team with Chico (The Mad Mexican) Cortez against Lee Fields and Lester Welch in a tag bout that should be a rip-snorter. The women's match will be the first held here in several months. Always a crowd pleaser, this match is expected to hold much of the interest. Blytheville fans remember Miss Combs as a chunky, fiery little blonde bombshell who can get just as rough as any male grappler. In a see-saw Park yesterday Bears eked out a 10-9 victory over the Eagles of the "Y" Pony League on Dickie Nokes' single with Bob Jayroe on second, in the bottom, of the seventh. With darkness threatening to halt the contest and the score knotted at nine-all by virtue of a two-run rally by the Bears in the sixth. Nokes lashed a single just beyond the outstretched fingers of Larry Fitzgerald and into center iield. Jayroe, who had a line on Eddie Gilless' throwing error, going to second on the overthrow, was off and running for the winning tally. Prom the spectator's standpoint, it was an interesting game; the first three innings being played in almost record time. However, the pace slowed to a drag, as pitcher wildness began to plague both teams. In the fourth "Slick" Nelson, who started for the Eagles Appeared to tire and was replaced by David Holt after walking Tinker and Jay-" roe and Simmons' error of Mike Terry's roller. Holt fanned O'Neal, but then walked Nokes, McGuire and Privett straight 20 victory year. (Cleveland . ! New York He racked up No. 15 against sev-1 Chicago .. en defeats last night as the Cardi- j Detroit ... nal hitters assaulted four Philadel- j Washington . phia 12-3 pitchers victory. 68 67 63 45 42 for 17 hits and a j Boston 39 The win Osceoia's Dunn To Get Invite For All-Star Tilt OSCEOLA — Donnie Dunn, hard-driving Osceola High School halfback, is due an invitation to the All-American high school football game in Memphis, it was revealed today. Mose Sims, the major domo of the contest, chatted with Dunn and Coach Bill Beall yesterday and hinted the invitation is in the making, Dunn is an 183-pound halfback who led Osceoia's split-A formation in scoring last year. He was looked upon as one of the top backs in Eastern Arkansas. Present plans call for him entering Arkansas State in September. returned to the mound and whiffed Ross and forced Howard to pop to short. The Bears scored first, in the bottom of the second when Billy Ross strolled and stole second and third, scoring on Glynn Howard's infield out. They added one in the third on the first of two triples by Bob Jayroe, an. error and Nokes' first single. The Eagles posed, their first threat in the fourth, by scoring two runs on Holt's double and Nelson's vicious line drive homer to the Hamby garden. The Bears whipped right back with four to take a sizeable 62 ad- Louis undisputed hold place. 20-9 In '53 Haddix, in his first full season with the Birds last year, had a 20-9 record. The Cards have 56 games left to play which should give Haddix at least 11 more shots at those five needed wins. Philadelphia jumped into an early lead on Start Lopata's two-run homer in the first but the Cards tied it up in the fourth on a single by Stan Musial. Ray Jablonski's double, an error and Rip Repulski's single. Sarni Delivers Two more runs came across in the sixth on Jabbo's single, a triple by Joe Cunningham and Re- pulski's sacrifice fly. Lopata put the Phils one run back, 4-3, with another homer in the sixth. But the Birds put the game away with a six-run seventh which was capped by Bill Sarni's bases-loaded triple against Jim Konstanty. Konstanty had relieved Herm Wehmeier, who in a brief relief chore, walked two runs home. Repulski added hi s fourth RBI of the game in the ninth with his 16th homer of the year and Haddix, a good-hitting pitcher, tripled home the final run in the same frame. gave St. I Baltimore .. on fourth 'Philadelphia Newport Cops Legion Title OSCEOLA — Newport's strong and j American Legion baseball team Wolves has been postponed until won as expected in the finals of the Northeast Arkansas B Area tournament here last night. The Newport club took a a later date ,to be named. 6-2 the Holland Boys Win Another HOLLAND - Braggadocio and | ™ t p oc ^^""-^— rf ^ A M 11 A vt j"! c-^.*»\<-i (I •*• j-ifi -w* r* Mi*TiAAt* n i " M* *• •.— decision over Searcy to end week-long tournament. Next stop for the tough Newport club is Pocahontas where they'll Holland Softball teams divided a pair of games at Braggadocio last 13-10 victory while the Holland girls were dropping their contest by a one-run margin. Buddy James was the winning pitcher for the boys while Patsy Majors twirled for the girls. It marked the second win of the week for Holland's boys, who earlier beat Bragg City at Holland. Area tournament. They'll play i two-of-three set there Monday and the winner will enter the state tournament at Harrison on Aug. 6. vantage fourth. It looked in the bottom of the discouraging for the Eagles but they fought back with three in the fifth on one hit, as Jayroe, who had looked unbeatable in the early rounds, began to stagger, walking three men and having a bit of poor support afield. In the sixth, they added four to go ahead 9-7. With nobody out and three runs in, James Privett was brought from his catcher's position to retire the side. Holt was the man with the big stick, keeping the Eagles in the ball game with a triple, two doubles and a single in four trips. Nelson, also, aided his cause with a homer and single. For the Bears, Jayroe had two triples in three appearances and Steve McGuire surprised with his first homer of the season in the sixth with nobody on. He also had a single. Nelson Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PBESS Seattle—Don Cockell, 2!0y 2 , London, stopped Harry "Kid" Matthews, 180, Seattle. 8. Kansas City—Bobby Bickle. 139, Topeka, knocked out Marvin Smith 135, Wichita, 8. Louisville — Sid Peaks, 215, Brooklyn, stopped Bob Jackson 190, Dayton, Ohio, 9. MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AMERICAN ASSOCIATION Indianapolis 8, Louisville 7. Toledo 10, Kansas City 7. Other games postponed. Texas League Tulsa 5, San Antonio 4 (10 innings). Dallas 2, Beaumont 1. Houston 8, Oklahoma City 7. Fort Worth 6, Snreveport 3. Western League Pueblo 1. Omaha 0. Wichita 6, Sioux City 2. Other games postponed. the Eagles, with a 1/3 inning stint in betwen by Holt. Jayroe went five innings for th Bears before being replaced by Privett, the later getting credit for th< started and finished for win. 36 35 30 34 39 54 53 58 64 63 .694 .663 .618 .455 .442 .402 .360 .357 7 23^ 28V 2 33 33 Saturday's Schedule Washington at Cleveland. New York at Baltimore. Boston at Detroit. Philadelphia at Chicago. Friday's Results Baltimore 10, New York 0. Cleveland S, Washington 3. Chicago 4, Philadelphia 2. Detroit 5, Boston 0. NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. 64 3-7 .634 .. 61 40 .604 3 54 45 .545 9 GB York .. Brooklyn ... Milwaukee ., St. Louis ... incinnati .. Philadelphia Chicago Pittsburgh .. 4S 50 47 42 32 49 52 50 57 69 .500 .490 .485 .424 .317 15 21 32 Saturday's Schedule Cincinnati at New York- Milwaukee at Brooklyn. St. Louis at Philadelphia (2). Chicago at Pittsburgh. Friday's Results i New York 6, Cincinnati 1. fjj Milwaukee 9, Brooklyn 3. **| St. Louis 12, Philadelphia 3. Pittsburgh 8-5. Chicago 6-8. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB 46 .586 — 46 .582 .582 .536 .486 .429 .402 .396 46 51 56 64 67 64 71 Vz 5Vi 11 17% 20 £ 21 New Orleans .. 65 Atlanta 64 Birmingham ... 64 Chattanooga ... 59 Memphis 53 Little Rock 48 Mobile 45 Nashville 42 Yesterday's Results Memphis 5, Atlanta 4 Birmingham 8, Little Hock 1 Mobile 6, Chattanooga 3 New Orleans 6-1, Nashville 0-5 Games Today Little Rock at Atlanta Memphis at Birmingham Nashville at Mobile . Chattanooga at New Orleans COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. Q El Dorado 61 30 .670 — Greenville 56 35 .615 Meridian 52 39 .571 Monroe 40 53 .430 Pine Bluff 39 52 .429 Hot Springs 26 65 .286 .. Yesterday's Results Pine Bluff 4, Hot Springs El Dorado 8, Monroe 0 Meridian 2. Greenville 1 Games Today Pine Bluff at Hot Springs Greenville at Meridian El Dorado at Monroe 5 9 22 22 35 NewGridCleat Saves Knees, Ankles LITTLE ROCK (AP)—An ex-football tackle with a "couple of bum feet" believes he's found a preventative for the knee and ankle injuries that plague the players. Walter Michaels, linebacker with the Cleveland Browns, owns a dairy farm near his home town of Swoyersville, Pa. ing staff — Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, Bob Buhl, Gene Conley, and Jim Wilson. In the bullpen he has been using Dave Jolly and Ernie Johnson on relief. Jack Dempsey never wasted time in the ring. He knocked out Carl Morris in 14 seconds on Dec. 16, 1P18 at New Orleans. At Harrison. N. J., on July 27, 1918 he flattened Fred Fulton in 18 seconds. John Patterson of Little Rock has developed an aluminum "spin cleat" for football shoes which allows a runner to turn suddenly while the cleat holds firm in the turf. , Goach Endorses It Little Rock Junior College tried out the new cleat in spring practice this year, and Coach woody Johnson heartily endorses it. "Mr. Patterson has prepared enough cleats for about half my squad and we plan to use them in next fall's games," said Johnson. "We found the cleat to be very satisfactory." Paterson's invention has five reg- ular size aluminum cleats, which] Patterson said that he's still ^ «~- — , fixed on a metal plate. The j working to perfect^ the "spin ^ are ._ plate, which is attached to the sole of a football shoe, rotates allow ing a runner to turn his foot without moving the cleats. "We believe it'll stop knee and ankle injuries, to say nothing of preserving the turf," said Coach Johnson. He's trying to find an alloy to strengthen the aluminum. Asked how he got the idea for his product, Paterson told newsmen,. "Well, I play-d football back in the thirties, and about all I've got to show for it are a. couple of bum feet." , BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, Aug. 2 8:15 p.m. Adulti 50c — Children 15c DOUBLE MAIN EVENT V/omen Wrestlers MISS CORA COMBS MISS RUTH WATERS One Hour Time Limit Tag Match Lee Lester FIELDS and WELCH vs Chris The Mad AVEROFF and MEXICAN SWIM NOW! Moxley's Clearpool At Walker Park Blytheville OUR NEW OPENING TIME Daily Except Sunday 10a.m. 19p.m. • •M*lB«****k«H«*«««*** See our New Modern Filteration Plant and Chlorana- tor that makes the water perfectly pure and Healthful to Swim in. ASK ABOUT RENTING THE POOL FOR PRIVATE PARTIES IN EARLY MORNING OR AFTER 9 P.M. WHY SETTLE FOR A SUBSTITUTE?... .. . YOU CAN OWN THE BEST FOR SO LITTLE MORE! HALSELLanc! WHITE FURNITURE CO. MAIN AT DIVISION PH6NI 3-6096

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