The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 2, 1954 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, August 2, 1954
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MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN ndians Infield Lousy But Pitching Is Great Bobby Avila And That's Big Factor In Winning By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — When George Strickland went out, hit on the chin by a thrown ball, Casey Stengel expressed the opinion that the Cleveland infield was the "lousiest" he ever saw in the majors. "None of 'em can move five feet," said the manager of the Yankees. Perfesser Stengel was looking at Vic Wertz, an outfielder, at first base; Bobby Avila at second; Sam Dente, nothing more than adequate at shortstop; and Al Rosen, hardly a Jumping Joe Dugan, at third. Speaking- of the thrilling threes'" ^rf^^Si^.' game set at the F - Stadium, Stengel added: "And we didn't do a thing to them." "Tell Casey where to place that we k n o w our infielders," countered Al Lopez. The Indians - this season obviously are out to demonstrate that pitching is, as the pundits long have contended, from 75 to 90 per cent of baseball. Senor Lopez plans to win with pitching depth. It is composed of Wynn, Garcia, Lemon, Don Mossi, Feller, Houtteman, Ray Narleski, Newhouser, Dave Hoskins and Bob Hooper. Bob Feller's comeback is one of the better baseball stories of the year. Rapid Robert may not be as swift as he once was, but he is the fastest 35-year-old you ever laid eyes on and he has the control of the ball that Ed Furgol had in the Open. The old strikeout king, looking little older or worse for wear than he did when he broke in as a kid, won two games on the eastern swing to make it eight and one. * * * FELLER BOUNCED back to such an extent that Bill Lobe, the bull pen catcher, once more puts sponges in his glove when the one-time Iowa farm boy is warm- Ing up, Lopez can throw a good pitcher at the opposition day in and night out with plenty in relief. Meanwhile, Stengel frankly confesses that he is hurting for pitching. Thats' why the World Champions called up Bob Wiesler, picked up Marlin Stuart from the Orioles and signed Ralph Branca. Cowboy Tom Morgans' bad back put a burden on the rest of the staff. Jim McDonald, who injured his groin, can't run yet. Bob Kuzava tore a muscle in his side hitting fungoes. Whitey Ford has become the number one man ,but the Yankees would have been in a bad way had not recruit Bob Grim come through a la Native Dancer in the stretch and the venerable Johnny Sain stood up like a fireman putting out a five-alarmer . * * * . THIS IS A DEAD GAME Cleveland club. Playing first base, Rosen tried to spear a ball With the index finger of his throwing hand, was out three weeks, still has to hold the digit away from the bat. Avila suffered a chipped bone in the thumb of his throwing hand when Hank Bauer of the Yankees, slid into him, June 2 was sidelined for three weeks. Bob Lemon has had a lame back and sore side since June 27, when he had to retire after swinging at a ball against the Yankees, and is just getting back into the swing of things. Mike Garcia ruptured a blood vessel in the middle finger of his pitching hand, July 4, had to be employed sparingly and is still not right. Al Smith ,who later pulled a leg muscle, was discovered when Rudy Regalado was kept in the dugout by a Charley horse. Early Wynn missed a couple of turns with a bad back. Mickey Grasso has been laid up with a broken leg since spring training. And then there are the line fractures in Strickland's jaw. "There are a lot of old Orioles on this club," concluded A3 Lopez. "I'll never tell you how we limped through June." "But it convinced me that this outfit will go all the way." ' Befor* Buymfl you||K»m», Call Game and Fish News Waterfowl Meeting This Week; Fire Danger Grows By THE ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION LITTLE ROCK — Executive Secretary T. A. McAmis was to be in Washington, D. C., this week attending the annual meeting of the National Waterfowl Council of which he is Chairman. itfle arks in Danger Second Round Just- About Ready to Draw to Close THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE (And Probable Bitching- Assignments) Tuesday — Lions Club at Shrine Club; Billy Nelson (1-4) vs Ray Odle (3-2) Wednesday — Kiwanis at American Legion ; Jimmy Bruce (4-3) vs Doug Dorris (8-0) Thursday — Rotary at Jaycees; Tom Smith (2-5) vs Jimmy Marshall (5-4) By J. P. FRIEND With the second round of the three-part 1954 Little League schedule coming to a close this week, two outstanding league records appear to be in jeopardy. . Hitting a lusty .731, Jimmy Bruce, Kiwanis pitching ace-first baseman is conceded an excellent chance to smash the record of .556 which won the dat diadem for Joe Bratcher in 1953. Dorris Threatens Doug Dorris, American Legion star, already has tied Bratcher's consecutive winning streak and total victories, eight, and will be gunning for the pay-off triumph against the Kiwanis, and probably Bruce Wednesday afternoon. At the rate he is going, Dorris should write a worthwhile victory total, even if he should stub his toe before the season is concluded. Several records already have been eclipsed, Bruce has 34 total bases to date, two more than Larry Fitzgerald (Lions Club) won with during the loop's first year. Jimmy's 19 safeties exceed the previous high of 17 which Steve McGuire (Jaycees) and Fitzgerald tied with, also in '53. The Kiwanis star's three homers already match the best over a full last season of Bratcher, Fitzgerald and McGuire. Others are due to topple, due mainly to the longer schedule. Batting- Leaders Dorris, in addition to the win- ningest pitcher, is second to Bruce in batting at .520. Jimmy Killett, Lions Club, rates third at .458, with Shrine star, Larry Whittle, in fourth at .444. Curt Brascum, Rotary Club, holds the other extra push pace mark at .414. Ten other batters are included in the second group within the .300 circle, including: Jerry (Monk) Rounsavall, American Legion's great little catcher and a tough clutch hitter, .382; Johnny Ray.Plunkett, Legion right fielder and leadoff, .3370; Jimmy Pugh, Shrine Club's "Handy Andy" who is fast improving at the plate and all-round skill, .357; Jess Taylor j also of the Shrine Club, and perhaps the best second baseman of 'em all, .348; Kiwanis Don Stallings, whom they don't call "The Cat" for nothng .333; The same as Bobby Jacques, Lions Club, who plugged a big hole at third for the dethroned champions; Bob Lovelace, Shrine Club, who has mannerisms like Marty Marion, and Tom Smith, Rotary star who hasn't regained his prior form, .308; Jerry (Muggsy) Palsgrove, Kiwanis, .318 and Nathan Austin, another Kiwanis, .313. Ron Huey, who leads in triples (3) is close with .290. So is teammate Tex Turner (.236); Jerry (Cue Ball) Hill. Lions Club. .286; and J. L. Austin, Kiwanis .286. Bruce has the most runs, 12; most hits, 19; tied with Rounsavall and Dorris with three homers apiece; most total bases, 34, and most runs batted in, 19. He has * The Council and representatives of various wildlife groups will meet with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make a final determination of this year's seasons and bag limits regarding waterfowl. The Commission would like to warn fishermen, campers, picnic groups, and others of the increas^ ing fire hazards at this time of year. Reports from throughout the state indicate that the water situation is more serious at this particular time than it has been at any other period in the past three drouth years. Rescue Work in Higrh Fish rescue work is at an all- time high with' constant calls on the Department for additional equipment and personnel. The seriousness of the problem is being further intensified by increased irrigation demands now being made by farmers for both row crops and pastures in addition to the heavy requirements of rice farmers. The dry weather 'fire hazards to the state's forest lands are also of immediate* concern to the Commission. A match or cigarette tossed carlessly aside by a fisherman or a camp fire left burning at this time could result in untold damage to both personal property and wildlife. The Law The Commission would like to point out that starting or causing fires is in violation of Arkansas' game laws. The following provision is included in the Arkansas Game and Fish regulations: "Firing or causing to be fired, woods or marsh lands of another, or leaving camp fires without extinguishing same, or building fire in wooded areas where it cannot be extinguished, prohibited." Forest fires not only destroy lives, homes, timber, and crups, they also destroy wildlife, therby reducing and limiting hunting pleasure. Ordinary precautions can eliminate 9 out of 10 forest fires. But precautions cannot be left tx "the other fellow." It's up to you to do your part in observing the following simple rules which will prevent forest fires and maintain hunting opportunities for all sportsmen: 1. Select a suitable place for your camp fire, preferably beside a stream or lake. Remove all combustible material down to the mineral soil. Extinguish your fire with water. 2. Limit your smoking, to the camp area or while resting in a safe place near a stream or lake. Avoid smoking while on the trail. Never throw away lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigar stubs, hot ashes from pipes, or any other burning substance which has not been thoroughly extinguished. 3. Observe all fire prevention rules applying to a particular fishing or hunting area — especially rules posted as a result of unusually dry spells. AIMS TO PLEASE Mrs. Margaret Culbertson of Sierra Madre, Calif defends the women's pistol championship in the National Bifle Matches at Camp Perry, O., Aug. 16-Sept 5. (NEA.) Pirates Are Glowing Over Thomas'Stick By JOE BEADIS PITTSBURGH — General Manager Branch Rickey can be pardoned a superlative or two if he goes overboard about outfielder Frank Thomas, the new home run seige gun of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Professionals Hold 12 to 6 Edge Over Teams of College All-Stars By TOM BRANAGAN* AP Newsfeatures CHICAGO — For the 20th time, a "dream team" of college football players takes Soldier Field 13 for the annual charity game with the professional champions. Opposing this collection of the finest material the colleges graduated this spring will be the Detroit Lions, two-in-a-row champions of the National Football League and 2410 victors over a similar 'group of collegians last summer. Jim Tatum. who coached Maryland to a national championship in 1953, has the job of directing this year's assemblage of All- Stars. He was alloted only three weeks to prepare the squad for the pros, which means, of course, that his boys will be at a disadvantage. However, lack of experience may be offset, somewhat by rules which require the Lions to play both ways, offensively and defensively, something that, unlike the collegians, they aren't accustomed to. The Lions are expected to enlarge on a record of 12 victories for 4 professional teams against six for the college boys. Two games ended in ties. * * * Tatum has a squad of 50-odd standouts of 1953 — ranging from such backfield aces as Zeke Bratkowski of Georgia and Bobby Garrett of Stanford to linemen like Don Dohoney of Michigan State and Art Hunter of Notre Dame. All-Star players originally were selected in a nationwide vote of football fans but now they qualify either by (a) gaining berths on the first or second teams chosen in the "Players All American," an all- star team announced by the Chicago Tribune after a poll of college players or (b) being selected by the head coach, his assistants and Arch Ward, sports editor of the Tribune, which sponsors the event. Proceeds after expenses and a cut for the pros are distributed among worthy charities. Many of pro football's past and present greats are All-Star alumni. In just a few of toe annual game's big moments: * * * Sammy Baugh, for years the | games outstanding quarterback! with the Washington Redskins, j passed to Gaynell Tinsley for the touchdown that gave the collegians their first victory, 6-0 over the Green Bay Packers in 1937. Otto Graham, now the Cleveland Brown's veteran field general intercepted one of Baugh's passes and returned it 97 yards for a TDj as the collegians beat the Red-i skins 27-7 in 1943. Graham wasj All-America at Northwestern.- J Elroy Hirsch, the "craaylegs" end, wheeled 68 yards for a touchdown in a 16-0 victory over the Los Angeles Ranis in 1946. He now stars for the Rams. j Past All-Star Games j 1934—All-Stars 0, Chicago Bears Qj 1935—Chicago Bears 5, All-Stars 0! 1935—All-Stars 7, Detroit Lions 7 1937—All-Stars 6, Green Bay Packers 0. 1938—All-Stars 23, Washington Redskins 16 1939—New York Giants 9, All-Stars 0 1940_Green Bay Packers 45, All- Stars 28 IS41—Chicago Bears 37, All-Stars 13 ' 1942—Chicago Bears 21, All-Stars 0 1943—All-Stars 27, Washington Redskins 7 1944—Chicago Bears 24, All-Stars 21 1945—Green Bay Packers 19, All-Stars 7 1946—All-Stars 16, Los Angeles Rams 0 1947—All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 1948—Chicago Cardinals 28, All- Stars 0 1949—Philadelphia Eagles 38, All- Stars 0 1950—All-Stars 17, Philadelphia Eagles 7 1951—Cleveland Browns 33, All- Stars 0 1952—Los Angeles Rams 10, All- Stars 7 1953—Detroit Lions 24, All-Stars 10 two doubles and two three bag- gers. Branscum and Killett have a brace of doubles. In addition to Dorris, only three other rangers have a mound winning margin. Jimmy Marshall has a 5-4 chart for the Lions Club and Jaycees. Bruce has won four, lost three, while Odle posted a 3-2 chart. Dorris has fanned 90. Smither comes next with 66, one more than Marshall, who has walked only 10 in 47 innings. Smith's 43 passes in 44 ] /3 frames are most. , EXPERT WATER PUMP REPAIR Hubbard Hardware Phone 2-2015 Few freshmen ever caused such a commotion in the booming set as Thomas did last year, if you can discount 39 games he played in 1951. He smashed all records for the greatest number of home runs poled by a Pirate player in his first full season. The 25-year-old product of Pittsburgh sandlots, playing in only 128 games, hit 30 homers, seven better than the old Pirate high established by Pvalph Kiner, for many seasons the major league home run king. Kiner belted 23 roundtripers in his first full season. Thomas didn't find his stride until the closing weeks of the season, smashing eight homers in the last 12 games, 14 in his last 32 contests. He knocked in, 12 runs in his final six games to give him 102 for the year. "That boy potentially is a great ball player. He can hit, throw and run. No ball park will hold Thomas' drives." To back up that statement, Rickey ordered .Greenberg Gardens torn down at Forbes Held. The Gardens was an eight-foot high barrier extending from left to center field to cut down the distance from home plate. It was built in 1946 to accommodate Hank Greenberg's bat in his fading career. Greenberg now is general manager of the Cleveland Indians. Thomas credits George Sisler, the Pirates chief scout, with helping him hit the longball. "I was really depressed until Mr. Sisler took time out from his strenuous duties to fceach me a few things," comments Thomas. "He was very patient. My one fault was pulling my head away. I guess Mr. Sisler spent more than two weeks with me last year straightening out my faults. I still have plenty. "Like Ralph (Kiner), I am a slow starter. I love hot weather. At least my hitting shows better in hot weather. "I dislike night games, but don't disapprove of them. I think we should play either all day or night games. It's hard to get adjusted at the plate after playing a day game, then trying to follow the ball at night." Sisler, who takes no credit for teaching Thomas, figures in a couple of years the big Lithuanian (he's 6 feet 3) will be one of the top home run hitters in the majors. "He's a good pupil. He's strong and alert and that counts a lot in being a great home run hitter," says Sisler. At All-Star game time Thomas was hitting .303 for 84 games but had hit only 10 home runs. It was then that he said: "Now is the time to get going." By JIMMY BRESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent Little League National Headquarters in "Williamsport, Pa., in swing with the televised times, announces that the World Series program will be available before the Series there, Aug. 24-27. That's because CBS-TV has slated a filming of the Series to be shown on its network, Aug. 29. Bob Stirrat. the Little League tub thumper. thought many people around the nation would like to follow the filmed game more closely, so he has made plans to ship viewers the program in advance. You cas get one by writing Little League headquarters. * . * » In Conway, S. C., they have come up with a ground rule which figures to cause plenty of debate around Little League, nationally. One of the rules covering the district tournament, now under way, says players are permitted to chew bubble gum on the field, but not to blow bubbles. All of which seems to cut down on any ''Mickey Mantle" clubs among the Conway small fry. * * * Disirict tournaments have started around the country, with .Tallahas- e among the first to complete its local event. ... In Milford, Mass., Little League mothers came up with a sound way to add extra revenue into the league coffers. . . They take turns operating the concession stands. ... Russ Hodges, the sportscaster, is president of the East- Chester, N. Y., LL. » * • TRADE TIPS: Most infielders have a tendency to go for a grounder with their feet close together. It's as good a way to strat as any, Mickey McConneU observes, but it is more desirable for the boys to spread their feet a litle. This gives them more balance and a better chance to change position if the ball hops to one side. "Another important thing," iFeld Director McConneU notes, "is that the boys should charge tihe ball- play the ball, not allow it to play them.' ' Don't stand around with your feet locked, waiting for the ball to reach you. Spread the legs a bit and go ( in for the ball. It means less errors and easier handling. STATISTICS SHOW: LAND WITHOUT IRRIGATION Fast Becoming Unprofitable In this area practically all land suitable for farming is now bein? utilized so that more farms are impracticable ... but we can IMPROVE THE LAND WE HAVE! Have A Competent Engineer Run A Survey On Your Land If you are considering irrigation, and you must If you are to continue to farm profitably, I can save you money on the final purchase of your equipment through running the levels of your farm and giving you a blue print for your irrigation system. J. W* Meyer, Civil Engineer P.O. Box 778 — BlyHieville, Ark. 12 Years experience in Land Irrigation AUTO, TRUCK AND LONG HAUL TRUCK INSURANCE At Low Kates United Insurance Agcy. 1U W, Main Ph. 3-6812 SWIM NOW! Moxley's Clearpool At Walker Pork Blythevlle NEW OPENING TIME Daily Except Sunday 10 a.m. 'til 9 p.m. See cur New Modern Filteration Plant and Chlorana- tor that makes the water perfectly pure and Healthful Lo Swim in. ASK ABOUT RENTING THE POOL FOR PRIVATE PARTIES IN EARLY MORNING OR AFTER 9 P.M. SALE 400 Acres Best Type Black Land located about 20 miles Southwest from Helena. 360 Acres in high state of cultivation and suitable for cotton, corn, rice, beans and oats. Well drained and fully protected by levee. 8 Tenant Houses, adequate barns. Electricity. Price $40,000, Assume $16,000 long term low interest loan and pay $24,000 for Equity. R. L. Brooks Real Estate Helena, Arkansas -- Call Hickory 4-2341 CHECK SAVED ME" BE SURE PAY ALL BILLS BY CHECK — You'll like the idea oi having cancelled checks to prove payment of bills, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without a checking Account. THE & TRUST COMPANY The Oldest Bank In Mississippi County -TIME TRIED - PANIC TESTED" F.D.l.C. - 110.000 Each Deposit !H?mb*r Federal Rc«r7e Syst«-»

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