The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 5, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, August 5, 1954
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1954 BLTTHE-VULE (AKK.) COUEIEE NEWS PAGE NINE Willie and Leo Older Giants Hustling Like Blazes As Mays Sparkplugs Whole Crew Second of three articles By JIMMY BRESLItf NEA Staff Correspondent . .NEW YORK — (NEA) — To get to the start of the Willie Mays-Leo Durocher partnership, you go back to a quiet Sunday night in 1950 at Massapequa, Long Island. Jack Sehwarz, who helps direct the Giants' farm system, answered a long distance telephone call from Birmingham. Scout Bill Harris wa§ on the other end. Bill and Eddie Montague had gone down to take a look at Lou Perry, in hope that the Birmingham Black Barons' first baseman could fill a spot in the Sioux City farm club lineup. "The first baseman wasn't top hot/' Harris began. "But we saw an outfielder who looked pretty good. The name is Willie Mays. Just a kid, but he might make it." Sehwarz listened as Montague got on the phone. "Forget the first baseman, Jack, but you just gotta get this kid," yelled Montague. "He can do ev- everything "and he'll be in the ma-_ jors in two years. The Black Barons were paid $10,000 for Mays contract The youngster got $5000, and was assigned to Trenton of the B Interstate League. At the end of the season, Chick Genovese, the Trenton manager, stopped in to see Durocher, went into raptures about the boy wonder.^ "Willie Mays is the greatest ball:player I ever saw,' he said. It wasn't until the spring of 195! that Leo saw Willie for the iirsi time. The Giants swapped training camps with the Yankees, worked in St. Petersburg. They were meeting the Senators in an exhibition game in Orlando. Mays was in nearby Sanford with the Minneapolis farm club squad and Durocher, e£ er to get a look at the new find, arranged a game between the Millers and the Ottawa squad to start at 9 o'clock in the morning. "I recall Willie wearing his pants too long," recollects Durocher. "The first time up he lined a base hit into left center. In, center field, he threw a strike to the plate to cut down a runner attempting to score from second base on a hit. The next time at bat he grounded out. "Then Red Hardy struck him out with a low outside curve. The next time up, Hardy set Willie up the same way, the inside pitch first. But this time when he threw the 10 woutside curve, Willie reached out and hit the ball over the clubr house in left center field. "When we shook hands after the game, Willie wrapped his tremendous hands around mine. 'You'll be okay, kid,' I assured him." Mays batted .477 in 35 games for Minneapolis. Meanwhile, the Giants were losing 11 straight. Durocher pleaded to Horace Stoneham for Mays. "He's going into the Army,' President Stonehara replied. "Let him go into the Army from here, countered Durocher. "And while hes waiting, he can get some of those base hits here. So on May 24, Leo had Willie. Mays went 0 for 13, but Durocher stuck with him. Then Willie busted a towering home run over the left field stand of the Polo Grounds off Warren Spahn of the Braves. Then he went 0 for 12, which made him 1 for 26. THE MAPPY YEARS ,— Leo Durocher, rfcht, and the Giants have them with Willie Mays. (NEA) Slow Boat to Jersey Is a Tout's Dream; It Goes to Racetrack As told to Harry Grayson Count on from 130 to 145 yards from the 6, last of the medium irons. The 6 closely resembles the 5 in use, except that the distance is shorter and you get a good deal more loft. The 6 iron saves putts. Using the 6 iron well, you can stick the the ball up near the pin and give yourself a chance for a birdie ''You get more iof-t f forfi a, 6-iron, -the tas-t o£ HOPEFULS—Tom Morgan, left and Bob Grim are young right bank to keep then* in the American League •bander* on whom the Yankeei race : (NEA) By JIMMY BEESLIK NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — "Have a good trip," the cab driver said to the guy he let off at the pier. "Never mind me," guy growled as he fished for change. "It's the horses What better have the good trips." This was about llo'clocfc on a sunny New York morning and the guy was shaping up at the only place in the world where you use a boat to take a bath. That would be the hour-and-a- half excursions-boat ride to the New Jersey shore, where the passengers take their bath. The tub, in this case, is Mpmmouth Park Race* Track. It is unique in the annals of both the sea and thoroughbred racing. Not only do you have the weirdest selection of seagoers ever found t you get an excellent chance t see, at length and first hand, ju: what makes a horse player throb Paying off the cabbie, the gu strolled boldly up the gangplank He sat down on the second dec n a wicker chair, and stood a he ready, pencil in hand, scratch sheet unfolded. 'I kinda think today is th day," the guy observed. "Yoi enow what I mean? I think I am •oin' to knock this card apart Take this Vanderbilt horse in th eature. The thing will not lose Positively. I'll make a day's paj right there." putt. Handle the 6 iron just* as you do the 5. ' " The ball is in the center. Hit on the downstring. The backswing is shorter and slower. The 6 iron fills the bill on. approach shots. Playing to the green, bear in mind that it is bettej: to be a bit short than to overshoot. The most trouble, you see, usually is in back of the hole. The boat was moving down York's harbor. The towering sky Durocher continued to stick with j jj ne wa g directly behind, gleaming Mays and was richly rewarded when Willie commenced to hit. "Say Hey, Willie began to chant, excitedly. Say Hey is a Birmingham salutation. Say Hey became the Giants chant—and it was heard around the league as the Little Miracle of Coogans Bluff took place. Mays was batting .294 at the stare of the last month and despite a rather poor September finished with to the sights. That for practically any- But Mays did more than bat for the Giants. He was their pinwheel and personality kid. "He's the center of attraction wherever he is," stresses Durocher. "It is like Babe Ruth or Jacjc Dempsey coming into a. room. When Willie xvalks into the clubhouse., everybody looks at him." A throw by Willie in August easily could have been the turning point of the campaign of 1951. In. an always big one with the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds, Willie went deep to his left after a drive by Carl Purillo. He grabbed the ball, whirled as Billy Cox tagged up at third base and headed for home. 'Willie nailed Cox at the plate with a'throw that shook the Dop> gers and sent Durocher into a vic- tpryrcrazed dugout dance. They'll never forget that throw. "I just throw at Whitey," explain^ ed Willie, First Baseman Lockman having lined up the throw. Willie's enthusiasm is infectious. When the other side is retired, he were stealing home. "See Willie catch that ball," he'll sing out. Older Giants hustle like blazes. No one wants to disappoint Willie. NEXT: Willie saves Leo and the franchise. in the sunlight and demanding at tention. To the right, was the Sta tue of Liberty with its historic raised arm. A big ocean liner moved past Its decks were crammed with peo pie pointing is the usual thing that moves in New York's harbor. Practically anything — but not even an eyebrow raised on your vessel. As it passed the downtown skyscrapers, the guy with the scratch sheet for example was working on the first race. He had the second half of his double figured as the Statue of Liberty v/ent by. "Statue of Liberty, huh?" he said. "I get no inspiration from that. Don't give me a hunch at all." At a writing table set up inside, two spprt-sbirted men were busy working over accountants' sheets. "See the sights?" one of them said, looking up. "Listen, Mac the only sights I care about is the winners, which we are figure ing up now, corning home first." * f * He turned back to what is known in the trade as comparison handr icapping. On guy works on the workout times of each horse and the other compares them with the rest of the field. Out of this they evaluate, absolutely, eight-winners. As the boat moved on, a Japa? nese merchantman rnpyed up the harbor, its foreign markings pre? Denting what would be an inter? esting sight — for most people. But a woman, pacing back and forth in what is known as -'stall walking," didn't care about this. "Honey," she said, "I'm tryin' to sell myself on that three horse in the fifth. I want to make it my best for the day. Don't interrupt me about some boat you see." * * * As the Jersey shore loomed closer, a woman turned to the man with her. "That fellow standing there in the little sailor hat and dungarees. What does he do?" she asked. "He is a deckhand. He works for the boat here," the guy anr swered. "He is an AB — an able- bodied seaman. I know that. I was in the Navy once." "He is huh?" the woman answered. "Well, he's just a tout where I come from. "The bum tried to sell me a winner. Major League Leaders By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS AMERICAN LEAGUE Batting—Nor en, New York .344, Minoso, Chicago. ,328, Fox, Chicago, .320, Avila, Cleveland, .319, Mantle, New York, .316. Runs oatted in—Minoso, Chicago 85; Berra, New York, 82: Doby and Rosen, Cleveland, 79; Mantle, New York, 77. Home runs—Doby, Cleveland, 23, Mantle, New York, 21; Williams, Boston, Rosen, Cleveland and Sivers, Washington, 19. Stolen bases—Jensen, Boston, 15, Rivera, Chicago, 14; Minoso, 'chi ago, 12; Busby, Washington, 10, Pox and Michaels, Chicago, 9. Pitching — Consuegra, Chicago, Ur3, .82.4'; Feller, Cleveland and Morgan, New York, 8 7 2, .800; Reynolds," New York, 10r3~ .769; Grim, ew' York, 13-4, '.765. Strikeouts -^ Turley, Baltimore, 22; Trucks, Chicago, 111; Wynn, Cleveland, 102; Pierce, Chicago, 99; Hpeft, Detroit, "90. NATIONAL LEAGUE Batting—Snider, Brooklyn, .353, fuller, New York, .344; Musial t. Louis, .341; Moon,- St. Louis, 336; Schoendienst, St.'Louis, .331. Runs batted in—Musial, St. Louis 4; Hodges, Brooklyn, SI; Snider, arppklyn, 88; Mays, 'New York nd Jablonski, St. Louis 83. Home runs—Mays, New York, 6; Sauer, Chicago, 32; Hodges, Brooklyn and KJuszewski, Cincin- Bannister Has Cold in Head He'lj Tangle With Landy In Saturday Finale VANCOUVER, B. C. (JPl — Dr. Roger Bannister has a slight cold in the head today but says it isn't bothering him and he has prescribed a brisk mile canter in preference to a glass of hot lemonade. "I never drink lemonade," said the first human who ever ran the mile in less than 4 minutes. He'll take his preferred tonic this afternoon about 5 o'clock, Pacific Daylight time, in the second heat of the British Empire Games mile trials. Before his turn comes, John Landy of Australia must qualify in the first heat programmed for 4:45 p. m. Landy Feels Good Canadians enjoy a friendly wager but nobpdy was friendly enough to bet Bannister and Landy would fail to survive the preliminaries that will cull the field to eight runners for Saturday's grand finale. There was one casualty, however. Australia's Jim John Bailey is wearing a cast on' his right ankle and has been scratched from ihe first heat. This leaves six men to_run with or after Landy, whose 3:58 mile is up for consideration as a world record. Landy says he has never felt better and that he hasn't done any running for three days because he's "just right." But he was hoping he wouldn't be pressed heavily. nati, 29; Mathews, Milwaukee and Musial, St .Louis, 28. Stolen bases—Bruton, Milwaukee 23; Fpndy, Chicago, 16; Temple, Cincinnati, 15; Moon, St. Louis, 12; Mathews, Milwaukee and Jablonski, St. Louis, 8. Pitching—Antonelli, New York, 16-2, .889; Lawrence, St. Louis, 8-3, .727; Davis, Chicago, 7-3, .700; Grissorn, New York, 9r4, .692; Maglie, New York, 11-5, .688. Strikeouts — Roberts, Philadelphia and Haddix, St. Louis, ISO: Erskine, Brooklyn, 113; Antonelli, New York, 98; Spahn, Milwaukee, 95. Electrical & Plumbing Supplies For That Hard to Find Item — See Us. Genera! Hardware And Appliance Co. 109 W. Main Phone 3-4585 Youngsters Begin Training Program NEW YORE UF) — Eight of the most promising young tennis players in the country today were placed uader the guiding wing of- Jack Kramer with one thought in mind — to win back the Davis Cup from Australia. The United States Lawn Tennis Assn. announced the plan — the junior Davis Cup training program and the idea is to beat the Aussies at their own game. They begin training youngsters early. The lads range from 13 to 17 and will make the entire Eastern swing under the watchful eyes of Kramer, one of the country's greatest players. Kramer is donating his time and Holiday magazine is underwriting the expenses of the youngsters. The list includes Ron Holmberg of Brooklyn; Gerry Moss of MOT desto, Calif.; Alan Quay of Si. Petersburg, Pla.: Mike Franks of Los Angeles; Mike Green of M> ami Beach, Fla.; Jon Douglas of Santa Monica, Calif.; Arthur Andrews of Iowa City, la.; and Donald Dell of Bethesda, Md. The 1955 Florida Derby — the winner gets $100,000 — will be run at Gulfstream Park next March 26, a week later than usual. The dat was changed to attract horses from California and Louisiana. Cards Nearly Slipped Home But Error*, Hit By Robinson SptH Defeat for Birds BROOKLYN UPbrTbt St. Loui Cardinals put up a game figh last night and just about slippe past with their second victory i two years at Ebbets fi&id. With Junior Gilliarn on base wit a walk, Robinson bomered"in th ninth and handed the Brookly, Dpdgers an 8-7 victory. The Redbirds had just finishe coming from behind in their pai of the ninth with three runs a doubles by Ray Jablonski and Re Sehoendienst, singles by Start Ms sial and Joe Cunningham and Bij Sarni's sacrifice fly. Thai's the way the rest of th game went. St. Louis led by on run in the first inning, then ha- to fight back to tie scores in th third and fourth frames, Hurler Tom Pohplsky, who n lieved starter Harvey ' Haddtx i the eighth, fed the home run ba to Robinson with one put. Musial provided the major & Louis batting power with four hits one a triple. He drove in thre runs and scored once. His tripl in the fourth batted in two of th runs and knocked Johnny Podrej Brooklyn starter, from tide mount Two of Brooklyn's runs came i the second inning when, with th bases loaded and none out, Ro Campanella hit into a double pla and Don Hoak scored all the wa from second, behind Carl Furill< who had been on third. : A A Leader in the Legislature! E.C. (Gene) FLEEMAN Is Deserving of Retaining His Position In the Arkansas Legislature For years, Mississippi County has enjoyed one of the strongest delegations in the Arkansas Legislature. Its delegation has been respected by more than just one or two political groups, but by all those interested in the Legislature. No small part of that prestige has been won and is held by E. C. (Gene) Fleeman. If you think this Couny should continue to be represented by experienced lawmakers of sound record, then cast your vote for Gene Fleeman when you go to the polls Tuesday. VOTE FOR « GENE FLEEMAN WITH CONFIDENCE (Political Adv. Paid for by Bob McKinnpn) EPS RECAPP ONE" BURNETTS ROYAL TIRE SERVICE South Hifhwuy 41 Phone 3-8662 Fermtrly McCoul's Tirt Start

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