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BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, AUGUST «, 1954 Pennant in American League To Hinge on Second Division Yanks, Indians, Sox HaveOnlyFewGames Left with Each Other By BEX PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer The American League pennant chances of Cleveland, New York and Chicago now seem certain to be decided in games against the five also-rans rather than in hand-to-hanc combat. With less than a third of the season remaining, the schedule is running' out of the so-called "crucial" Indians-Yankees-White Sox series. Cleveland has only five games left with the Yankees, who trail by a game and a half, and six with the White Sox who are five lengths back. The Yankees meet the White Sox just three more times. Dogs Aplenty But still to come for Cleveland are 13 meetings with Detroit. New York has 13-left with Philadelphia and Chicago faces Baltimore 11 more times, Cleveland leads the league today • because so far it has had better luck against the also-rans than either Chicago or New York. The Indians have whipped the "lowly five" 57 times while losing only 14. Against the same outfits the White Sox have a 54-19 record and . the Yankees 50-21. 9-8 Advantage The Yankees gained a 9-8 season's advantage over Cleveland yesterday by winning the final game of a three-part series 5-2. The White .Sox ran their current winning 'streak to seven games with a 5-1 triumph over Boston. Washington whipped Detroit 4-1 in the only other American League action. The New York Giants held on to their five-game edge over Brooklyn although they lost 6-4 to Chicago. The Dodgers were walloped 13-4 by St. Louis. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh and Mil- w a u k e e at Philadelphia were rained out. These were the first postponements in either league since July 7, although several games "which had been started had to be called because of bad weather. Mickey Mantle led the Yankee raid into Indian territory with two home runs. Joe Collins hit one. Rookie Bob Grim, with Late inning help from Johnny Sain, posted his 14th victory. Sain gave up the only- two Cleveland runs, a one-on homer by Larry Doby in the eighth. The White Sox managed only five hits off five Boston pitchers but they got them when they counted most. Phil Cavarretta's two-run double in the first was the bjg blow as Bob Keegan won his 14th game. A double by Wayne Belardi and a single by Al Kaline ruined Bob Porterfield's shutout bid with two out in the ninth at Detroit but the Washington righthander choked off the rally in time for his 41th triumph. Mickey Vernon homered off loser Steve Gromek in the fifth. Stan at Home Stan Musial, who always has looked upon Ebbets Field as a real home away from home, drove in seven runs in the Cardinals' one- sided victory in Brooklyn. Musial hit two home runs, his 29th and 30th, each with two aboard, and drove in another with a sacrifice fly. Back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning by Ernie Banks and Eddie Miksis boomed the Cubs to victory over the Giants. Frank Baumholtz also hit into the seats for the Chicagoans. Lefty Jim Davis, last of three Cub pitchers, stopped the Giants after they had put two on with none out in the eighth, then got Monte Irvin to rap into a game- ending double play in the ninth. During the first half of the current American League campaign 10 rookie pitchers scored victories. Dean Stone of Washington was the freshman leader with a 7-1 record. Cards Say Bums Look By JOE REICHLER BROOKLYN (AP) — A five-game deficit with 44 to go is not an insurmountable obstacle to overcome. Bigger leads have been blown. But Brooklyn's chances of overhauling the New York Giants are growing slimmer day by day. The Dodgers fizzled a grand opportunity to pick up a full game on the losing Giants yesterday as St. Louis walloped -them 13-4 behind Stan Musial's pair of three- run homers. A St. Louis player, instrumental in the lop-sided Cardinal victory, was struck by the listless play of the Dodgers. .What's Wrong? "What's wrong with those guys?" he asked later in the clubhouse. "They look like they wish the season were over. Don't tell me they've given up? Heck, I wish we were that close." The statement was relayed to Pee Wee Beese, captain and shortstop of the Dodgers. Veteran Club "What team looks good when it gets its brains knocked out?" he wanted to know. "Talk of giving up is ridiculous," Beese added. "This is a veteran club with a number of guys who have been around. They know the race is far from over. Most of the fellows on this club were around when we made up all but one of a 9y 2 game lead the Philadelphia club held over us as late as September, 1950. They were also around when \ve blew a 13 ^ game mid-August lead to the Giants. So they know it's not impossible to make up five games in seven weeks. "However, we're not kidding ourselves. We'e got to play better ball if we are to win. We've been good on certain days but we tiaven't been good consistently. New Zealander In the last five Motor City Opens in Detroit, Dr. Gary Middlecoff has earned $9,020. He won the golf event twice and tied for it once. UCLA's only defeat in football last year was a 21-20 setback at the hands of Stanford. The tatter was beaten three times in 1953. Sports Roundup— Charles Deplores 'Accident' By JACK HAND (For Gayle Talbot) NEW YORK (AP) — Everybody watched Ezzard Charles closely for signs of wear and tear after the 15th round beating he took from Rocky Marciano six weeks ago. The ex-champion was in town the other day to sign for the Sept. 15 rematch and there were those present who thought he might not last as long next time. The egg-shaped lumps on his face had melted away long ago with most of the other traces of battle. If you looked real close you might see a mark here or there but he seemed more confident than ever. Next Time In the hours after their June 17 battle. Ezzy Was saying Marciano was not the best man he ever fought—that Jersey Joe Walcott was tougher and hurt him more than Rocky. "I know what I'd do the next time." he muttered then. "I'd go out there and punch with him. I thought I beat him and I'll prove it if I get another chance." Now it was six weeks later and he had signed for the second fight. He still talked much the same way, although apparently convinced he had lost. "I believe I can beat him," he said slowly, thinking out each phrase. "I would have beat him last time if I hadn't had a little accident and hadn't made a couple of mistakes I won't make again." Everybody knew he meant the blow to the Adam's apple in the eighth 'round when he talked about his "little accident." He claimed the blow was the turning point in the fight for he led in the early K>unds and to use his own words "blew up down the stretch." About the "couple of mistakes" he was more vague under questioning he said he thought he did wrong in doing the same thing over and over. Thought He'd Fall "I don't think I went to his head enough after I cut his eye," he said. "He's not the easiest man in the world to hit with a right hand." When a fellow asked if he meant to imply that Rocky was easy to hit with a left, Charles grinned widely, showing the gold in his front teeth. "I thought in the last rounds he'd fall apart. It seems I did. There's no doubt about it. It will take a perfect fight to beat him. I think if I fought like I' did against Joe Louis it would be good enough." Charles said he was given the best homecoming reception of his career when he came home to Cincinnati after the Marciano fight. It was a pleasant surprise to Ezzy to hear cheers ringing in his ears. "I guess I made a mistake one time when I told . the writers I didn't care about the cheers—I wasn't in any popularity contest." Naturally, Charier wouldn't tip off his battle plans at this date. He will try to surprise Rocky in the Yankee Stadium ring. The impression here is that he will come out slugging, trying to take out Marciano in an early round. If that happens, it will be even better than the last time. As Jake Mintz, one of Ezzy's co- managers, said, "he don't figure And He Had Better Time Than Landy In Time Trials VANCOUVER, B. C. UK — Courageous little Murray Halberg of New Zealand ranked today with kings and conquerors after beating the great Roger Bannister and outperforming famous John Landy yesterday in the mile trials at the British Empire Games. Murray may bow tomorrow to the power that is latent in the ,egs of the mighty, when Bannister and Landy wage the nationally- televised duel the world has been awaiting since they cracked the 4- minute barrier in separate tests earlier in the year. But the Empire Games mile tomorrow will be men against men instead of men against the clock and the little Auckland schoolteacher has proven himself a man. Murray went out and set the pace in the first heat of yesterday's trials—they called it the "Bannister Heat"—and he was still out there in front . when the timers clicked the clocks and read them at 4 minutes, 7.4 seconds. Bannister, chopping along in his big, loose, elbow-pumping easy style, was third in the heat behind Canada's Rich Ferguson. And then in the "Landy Heat" another New Zealander scored a surprise first place, BUI Baillie crossing the line in 4:11.4. Landy was almost arm in arm with Vic Milligan of Northern Ireland. "I was only out to qualify," Bannister said later, "and that's what I did." Landy, too, emphasized that the qualifing race was merely a tune- up. Even the beating of a world standard by Marjorie Jackson- Nelson of Australia in the women's 220-yard dash couldn't dim the luster of the mile prelims. Marjorie went scooting around the single-turn course in 24 seconds flat, topping the 24.2 world mark credited to Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands. Halberg's run to glory was a record, too, beating the games mark of 4:11. Bill Parnell of Canada, who had set that mark, failed to land one of the eight qualifying berths, running fifth behind Ian Boyd of England in the second heat. England's Dave Law also got Eagles and Rams Play to 6-6 Tie Game Is Colled Due to Darkness After Seven Frames In one of the most exciting games this year, the Baptist Rams staged a two run rally in the seventh inning to come from behind and tie the Methodist Eagles yesterday. The Eagle* opened the game with a bang by scoring three runs. Back-to-back home runs by Holt and Nelson provided the runs after Fitzgerald had singled. The Rams picked up only one run in their half of the first inning when Bratcher scored all the way from first on Perry's double. The Eagles added two more runs in the 3rd. Griffen opened the inning with a single to centerfield and scored when Fitzgerald tripled over the center fielder's head. Fitzgerald scored when the relay was fumbled by Haney. The Rams continued to peck away at the Eagles lead by pushing across a single run in the last half of the third. Wheat dropped a pop fly single just down the left field line and took third on Holt's wild pitch and scored when Nelson threw the ball away while trying to pick him off third. The Eafles picked up their last run in the top of the fifth when Fitzgerald got his third straight hit and Holt singled scoring Fitzgerald from second. Behind now 6 to 2 the Rams began to play serious ball. Honeycutt opened the fifth inning with a single and then stole second. Bratcher followed with a single scoring Honeycutt, and took second when the centerfielder let the ball get past him. Bratcher took third when Wheat rolled out and scored when Holt let loose with a wild pitch. Coalter fanned and Barnes rolled out to end the threat. With darkness settling over the field the Rams staged a do or die rally in the last inning, Wheat opened the inning with a walk and went to third when Coalter doubled to center. Nelson then replaced Holt on the mound for the Eagles. Haney struck out and Barnes fanned and it looked like Nelson would save the day. But Bobby Watson lashed a hard single through shortstop to score the two runs to tie the game. Wamble fanned to end the inning. The umpire then called the game because of darkness. It will be completed at a later date. fourth in the Bannister heat. England continued its domination in the unofficial team standings with 373y 2 points. At the day's end Australia had 253^, Canada 239, South Africa 168% and New Zealand 112%. The TV Grid Wars College Sports in U.S. Living with Time Bomb By TED SMITS NEW YORK (AP) — American college sport is living with a television time bomb. Already famous institutions have dropped out of the football scramble, with Washington and Lee the latest. Television has not been to blame for the decision of many to cease to struggle to be "big time," bu television certainly clouds the future. The big question is this: Will alumni and fans continue to pay to see games between smaller, beaten teams, particularly on an unpleasant day, when they might stay home in comfort and watch Notre Dame and other greats of the gridiron? NCAA Worried The National Collegiate Athletic Association, deeply worried by the implications of television, has devised a football program that protects smaller colleges. The American Broadcasting Company supposedly bid 2 million dollars for the 1954 rights, in competition with NBC and MBS, and has yet to announce a sponsor. For the .ast two years NBC televised college football with General Motors paying the bill, which can reach 4 million dollars in one season. Different Problem The problem of college television is entirely unlike that of professional football. In pro ball comparative- y few cities are involved, and local games are blacked out. College foot- sail involves hundreds of cities and each week, as the tides of battle shift, interest can flame up in a •ame that previously did not look important. For the first time American col- eges will have TV competition. NBS is bringing in Canadian pro- essional football Saturday afternoons. ABC Is Sold Robert H. O'Brien, executive vice president of ABC, is so sold on col- ege sports that ABC won't stop with its Saturday afternoon televis- on program with football, but will xtend it 25 weeks through winter and spring sports. It was this as much as anything else that swung he NCAA to ABC's bid. In addition to the running contest with Canadian football via TV, the AA program also faces serious adio competition. Mutual will >roadcast play-by-play descriptions 1 all games played by Notre Dame. In the end most collegians feel he answer must be some form of >ay-as-you-go television, with the iroceeds spead among all colleges D maintain their important athletic •rograms. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Lawrence Is New Ace of Redbirds BROOKLYN (AP) — Brooks (The Bull) Lawrence, rookie right hander who has turned into the workhorse of St. Louis Cardinal pitchers, hurled the Eedbirds to their second win at Ebbets Field in two seasons. Lawrence turned back the Bums yesterday on a six-hitter, 13-4, as Cardinal batters paced by Stan Musial's seven runs-batted-in went on a hitting rampage. Five in Row It was the ninth win of the season for Lawrence and his fifth straight. He has lost three since joining the Birds from Columbus on June 24. Vic Baschi got the Cards' other win here, 10-1, way back on May 14. Brooklyn won all 11 games against the Cards here last season. Musial polled two three-run home runs — his 29th and 30th — to give Brooks a victory margin by himself. Everybody in the St. Louis lineup got in on the 11-nit attack against starter Preacher Boe and thre~ relief hurlers. It was Roe's first loss to the Cards at home in four years. Brooklyn scored in the first on Duke Snider's 27th homer with a mate aboard and counted their final two runs in the sixth on Snider's single, a walk, Sandy Amoros' double and a s'acrifice fly. Musial's seven runs-batted-in boosted his league leading total to 101 to make him the first major leaguer to pass the century mark. It was his seventh season with 100 or more BBI's. Bip Bepulski got four hits for three runs and Bill Sarni drove in three runs with a pair of singles and his fifth homer. Bay Jablonski got three hits, a double and two singles. President Ulysses S.. Grant looked upon golf as good exercise, but he asked "-what's the little white ball for?" 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