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Blytheville, Arkansas
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER YEWS PAGE FIVE Grimm Sees His Men As Definite Threats to But Club Needs To Win Nearly 40 By BEN PHLEGAR * Associated Press Sportswriter Charley Grimm says he has the best team in the National League and he thinks it can win the pennant. Even when confronted with figures which show he should be arrested for violating the law of averages if he's right, the Milwaukee manager maintains his confidence in his athletes. of the New York Giants with 49 games left. "Sure we're pretty far behind," Grimm agrees, "but we're still definitely in the race and with almost seven weeks to go we could do it. "My team is playing at its peak for the season. We've had good pitching all along. Now the hitters are helping out and that's why we're winning." Need 40 Wins If the Giants maintain their current pace they will end up with a 98-56 record for the season. To catch up the Brave s would need to win at least 40 of their remaining games. And then they still have to deal with the Brooklyn Dodgers, currently four games back of New York and 5 l / z in front of Milwaukee. The Braves took a big step in the right direction last night by whipping the Giants 6-5. In doing so, they took some personal revenge on Johnny Antonelli who was shooting for his 12th straight victory. Antonelli turned out to be the prize package in the winter deal that sent outfielder Bobby Thornson from the Giants to the Braves. The lefthander had beaten his former mates twice before this season. Thomson is rounding into pinch hitting shape after being out" since spring training with a broken ankle. KO in Fourth The Braves pounded Johnny for five runs on six hits and bounced him in the fourth inning. One more run off relief man Al Worthington •was enough to allow them to withstand a home run barrage by the Giants. Al Dark hit a pair and Ray. Katt and Dusty Rhodes hit one each, but all four came with the bases empty. Brooklyn clipped Cincinnati 8-1, one of the few times recently that the Dodgers have been able to take advantage of the Giants' misfortunes. Philadelphia defeated Chicago 7-4 and the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates slapped down St. Louis twice, 7-3 and 6-5. The Usual In American The pennant picture remained unchanged in the American League as all three contenders triumphed. Cleveland defeated Philadelphia 7-3, New York shaded Detroit 4-3 and Chicago trounced Washington 10-5. Boston edged Baltimore 3-1 in 10 innings on Ted Williams' 20th home run with a man on base. Russ Meyer and Jackie Robinson teamed up for the Brooklyn victory. Meyer pitched & three-hitter, his first complete game in Brooklyn this season, and Robinson drove in three runs on three hits, a home run, double and single.' 13 for Garcia Cleveland won with ease over the Athletics as Mike Garcia registered his 13th triumph on an eight-hitter. The Yanks did it the hard way at Detroit, coming from two runs be- hind on Gil McDougald's grand slam home run in the eighth. Bob Nieman made it close with a pinch homer in Detroit's half of the eighth off Johnny Sain but the bases were empty. Virgil Trucks, still suffering with a bad back, won his 16th of the season at the expense of the Senators but it took a five run rally by his mates in the eighth to give him the decision. Billy Pierce mopped up in the ninth. Nellie Fox led the 11-hit Chicago attack with a triple, double and two singles. Rams Leaders In Hit Parade Their .331 Team Mark is Tops in Pony League By SAM NORRIS The Baptist Rams, with a team average of .331, are setting the pace for batting honors in the Pony League, according to official records for the nine-game period ending July 30. The Presbyterian Tigers, first in the standings with eight • wins against one loss, are in second place, in batting with a team average of .301. The Methodist Eagles, batting .228 as a team, are third in this department while the Christian Bears are fourth with a collective batting average of .202. Individual batting leader in games through July 30 is Bill Haney, third baseman and pitcher of the Rams, with an average of .445. He is closely followed by teammates David Barnes, hitting .448 and Wayne Honeycutt with an average of .432. David Holt, first baseman and pitcher for the Eagles, has climbed into fourth place with a mark of .429. Batting- Leaders BUI Haney (R) 455 David Barnes (R) 448 W. Honeycutt (R) 432 David Holt (E) 429 Chas. Coalter (R) 419 Ed Moore (T) 395 Eddie Perry (R) 379 Bill Wyatt (T) 371 Jerry Lutz (T) 343 , Bo Huffman (T) 324 Bobby Jayroe (B) 320 Team Batting AB H Pet. Rams 284 94 .331 Tigers 289 87 .301 Eagles 250 57 .228 Bears 238 48 .202 Standings Tigers 8 I .889 Rams 7 2 .778 Bears 2 7 .222 Eagles 1 8 .111 Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. GB 69 39 .639 ... 65 Brooklyn ... Milwaukee .. Philadelphia St. Louis .. Cincinnati .. Chicago Pittsburgh . 58 • 51 51 51 . 44 . 37 43 47 52 55 57 62 71 .602 .552 .495 .481 .472 .415 .343 15 V 2 17 18 24 32 Saturday's Schedule Milwaukee at New York. Cincinnati at Brooklyn. St. Louis at Pittsburgh. Chicago at Philadelphia. Friday's Results Milwaukee 6, New York 5. Brooklyn 8, Cincinnati 1. Pittsburgh 7-6, St. Louis 3-5. Philadelphia 7, Chicago 4. AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. 32 .695 35 39 59 59 61 GB .676 iy z .642 5 .443 26 V 2 .427 28 .408 30 Cleveland 73 New York ... 73 Chicago 70 Detroit 47 Washington .. 44 Boston 42 Philadelphia . 37 68 .352 36 Baltimore ... 37 70 .346 37 Saturday's Schedule Philadelphia at Cleveland. New York at Detroit. Washington at Chicago. Boston at Baltimore. f Friday's Results Cleveland 7, Philadelphia 3. New York 4, Detroit 3. Chicago 10, Washington 5. Boston 3, Baltimore 1 (10 innings). COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. G El Dorado 67 31 Greenville 62 36 Meridian 55 43 Pine Bluff 42 56 Monroe 41 59 Hot Springs 28 70 .684 .633 .561 .429 .410 .286 5 111/2 25 27 39 Yesterday's Results Greenville 4, Hot Springs 3 El Dorado 8, Meridian 3 Pine Bluff 10, Monroe 2 Games Today Meridian at El Dorado Greenville at Hot Springs Monroe at ~^ine Bluff SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet Atlanta 71 47 GB .602 — New Orleans .. 6 949 .585 2 Birmingham ... 67 51 .568 4 Chattanooga ... 62 54 .534 8 Memphis 57 58 .496 12 & Mobile 51 68 .429 20% Little Rock .... 48 70 .407 23 Nashville 42 70 .375 26 Yesterday's Results Memphis 7, Little Rock 2 Atlanta 10, Birmingham 6 New Orleans 9, Mobile 2 Nashville at Chattanooga, postponed, rain. .. Games Today Nashville at Chattanooga (2) Memphis at Little Rock (Only games schedlued) Osceola Athletic Club to Meet OSCEOLA — Arkansas State Coach Glenn Harmeson will be principal speaker Monday night Sports Roundup— Things Unbalanced in A.L By JACK HAND (For Gayle Talbot) NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Dykes was half-kidding and half-serious the other day when he spoke about the "Big Three" and the "Little Five" of the American League but it is no joking matter in league headquarters. Whether the Philadelphia Athletics move to Kansas City, San Francisco, Dallas or stay in Philadelphia, the league faces a serious problem in trying to restore some semblance of balance. Five Under .500 It is ridiculous situation when five clubs are under .500—the best of them 10 games below the break- even mark. The way things are going everybody except Cleveland, New York and Chicago can be eliminated by Labor Day. That means almost a month in which only three clubs have any active interest in the proceedings and the others just play out the string to see which gets fourth- place money. National Trouble* Year s ago the National League had the same headaches. Philadelphia had to sell its best player each winter to break even. Boston crumbled but the Milwaukee switch fixed that. St. Louis had its rough days and Cincinnati and Brooklyn were withering until Larry MacPhail pumped new promotional blood into their veins. The National straightened out its weak sisters, lured new cash into its shaky franchises and came up with a well-balanced league. Only the Pittsburgh club, still in the midst of a costly revival program with Branch Rickey, was an assured also-ran before the season opened. Domination In the American, the Indians, Yanks and White Sox completely dominate the field. It's an upset when one of the "Little Five" beats the "Big Three." Detroit made a run for it early with kids like Bill T u 111 e and Al Kaline coming through and Steve Gromek bouncing back. But the Tigers simply weren't enough ball club to stay in the race. Some thought the Boston Red Sox might challenge the Yanks but Ted Williams' spring training injury and illness left them at the post while the young talent floundered. Rough Days Bucky Harris' pitching makes Washington look good every now and then. But their infield is leaky and they don't have the power to stay with the leaders consistently. When Bobby Shantz couldn't pitch, the A's found themselves in trouble. The St. Louis Browns, moved to Baltimore, turned out to be the same old Brownies in new uniforms although they have been a financial success. Unless Will Harridge and his directors can devise means to bring a better balance to the league, the American is headed for rough j days. Cougars, 9-2 The Bobcat's continued along the victory trail yesterday afternoon with a 9-2 decision over the Cougars behind the right hand hurling of Marty Caudle in "Y" Pee Wee League play at Compress Park. Marty had a one-hit shutout going into the fifth but Carson's triple with Mik Huffman aboard by Shaw Cardinals Razorbacks Bank Some Fundamentals ** e i • inc» On Sophs in 1954 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's Pirates may be in the National League cellar but they showed the fundamentals of baseball to the St. Louis Cardinals. Forbes Field was the spot and the time was last night when the Pirates took both ends of a twi- night doubleheader from the Birds 7-3 and 6-5. Preston Ward demonstrated his power-hitting abilities in both games, smashing a tie-breaking three-run homer in the opener and a three-run triple in the nightcap. Ward has hit five homers this year, four off Cardinal pitchers. Rallies Short The Cards battled from behind ir^ both games to tie the score only to see their bullpen pitchers fail in relief. The double win gave Pittsburgh its longest winning streak of the season—three games. American League castoff Dick Littlefield scattered 11 hits to take . . way of a ftralfc. followed by Larry the Buds in the opener and Laurm Hodges' bobble of Jon Bruton's grounder, produced two runs. Bill Roush hurled well for the Cougars, giving up five hits, walking five and striking out 10 but the Bobcat's five h its were placed where they hart, three of the five being for extra bases. Caudle surrendered only two hits, while walking five and striking out 13. The Bobcats picked up two runs in the first inning. David Sudbury led off with a free ticket to first. Jimmy Akin and Phil Smith whiffed succession but Caudle laced a skipper over the bag at first and went all the way for a home run. In the third, they picked up two more. With two away, .Ronnie Fowler tripled and scored on Larry Hodge's triple, which was turned into a homer when catcher Richard Raspberry let the ball get away on the relay. The big fourth was most productive for the Cats. Bobby Johnson and John Holland walked in Succession. David Sudbury was safe on Bruton's miscue of Sudbury's roller and the sacks were jammed. Jimmy Akin grounded out to the pitcher, Johnson scoring. Smith and Caudle singled driving in three additional markers, and the latter tallied when Bruton committed his second bobble. Hodge fanned and Jimmy McDowell forced Fowler, Bruton unassisted, to end the inning. The Cougars then produced their only scoring punch, Huffman getting a pass and scoring on Carson's triple. Carson scored on Bruton's roller to short which was booted by Hodge. at 5:00 p. m. today at Compress Park. Grudge Bout Scheduled for Mat Feature A grudge match, with Referee Jack Moody deserting his official status and taking over his old role as a wrestler, will highlight Monday night's wrestling card at Memorial Auditorium. Moody, a 240-pounorer, Is scheduled to team with Lee Fields against Chris Averoff and Chico Cortez, the "Mad Mexican," in a tag match that is expected to be real slam-bang affair. Monday night's grudge booking grew out of last Monday night's tag match which Moody officiated. All during this bout Moody and Cortez carried on their own private little duel while Fields and his partner Lester Welch, banged away on Averoff. Pepper, bonus Buc hurler from Mississippi Southern College, held them to only two hits going into the ninth in the .ightcap, Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for the Birds in the ninth and John Hetki came on in relief. Singles by Joe Cunningham and Bill Sarnis tied the game. Strategy Clicks Then in the last of the ninth, with Brooks Lawrence pitching for | St. Louis, Curt Roberts walked and moved to second on a sacrifice. He took third on a force play and Sid Gordon caught the Birds napping with a squeeze bunt to bring in the winning run. St. Louis .had tied the opener. 3-3, to take rookie Gordon Jones off the hook but Tom Pobolsky came on in the seventh to serve up home run balls to Ward and Frank Thomas. Half of Squad Is Made Up Of Those Eager Youngsters FAYETTEVILLE — Whatever the Arkansas Razorbacks accomplish in the 1954 football season, much of the credit will undoubtedly go to a large turnout of sophomores who even now represent the one great unknown factor in the season ahead. If in nothing else than numbers 1 ball squad scholasticaily — Charlie alone, the 272 newcomers on a rost er that includes only 49 names is mathematically certain to have a telling influence on the success of the Porkers in 1954. Sheer numbers, however, do not tell whole story. At two positions Cole of Magnolia, Jerry Ford of Lake Village, George Walker of Rison, Greg Piukston of Edinburg, Texas, and Jim Heil of Alton, HI. And, impressively enough, the the ! business and professional world j can claim. 16 of the 27 as prospec- center and at! tive candidates based upon college :00 Mile Is Seen In Empire Games By JACK HEWINS VANCOUVER, B. C. (AP) — The mkacle men of the mile, Roger Bannister and John Landy, tangle today for the British Empire title and both of them think the time will be the all-important tailback spot —! majors. Another eight are major- head coach Bowden Wyatt will have I ing in Physical Education and three only sophomores with which to! are enrolled in agriculture, work, * I Small-Town Boys Not even a holdover squadmanj The new Razorbacks come from with limited experience is avail-, all walks of life — though the small able. Furthermore, neither end po- ;sition has a single letterman re- and at tfeakside guard, i-urning town player is by far the most predominant. Hometowns range from Risoa, wingback and fullback, only one population —_ 1.005 (Walker) to j letterman returns. Sophomores must by necessity be Little Rock (R.onald Underwood), the state capital with over 100,- cailed upon for immediate play 000. at each of these positions. ~ j As for the occupation of the fam- From All Over j ily "bread-winner." the various While the success storv of these ! trades (railroad, pipefitter glass 97 qnT) v -mnres rp»n«ins for *he i coin P an >" work er, etc.) lead with ,2i sop mores remans lor -ne ~ nnth pr in are whitecol- Empire very close to 4 minutes. "I think I'll be getting down to four minutes if I'm to win," says Doctor Roger, the English interne who was first to crash the 4-minute barrier. And Landy, Australia's national hero who claims the world record at 3:58 guesses "it certainly won't be much over 4 minutes, but perhaps 4:02 or 4:03 will win it. I don't think it will be under 4." Others Involved Although the world views this as a duel between Landy and Bannister one of the six others in the race could steal through to victory-if the big stars falter. New Zealand's Murray Halbert is the most likely upset winner. Murray ran the fastest heat in the preliminaries Thursday at 4:07.4 and has done 4:04.4. Asked why he set such a blistering pace in the qualifier, Halberg said seriously, "I just thought I needed the workout." When the eight strong men line up at the starter's call at 2:40 p.m.—Pacific Daylight Time—tele- and November sports pages — the personal side of their [ 12: while another 10 are whitecol- lar workers and five make their vision cameras will flash the picture across the North American continent and radio will tell the story to the far corners of the globe. 35,000 on Hand NEA Tourney OSCEOLA — In what has been termed the best baseball game ever run off at Hale Field here, Parkin's Little League team wrapped up the Northeast Arkansas championship las night with a 4-3, 11 inning conques of Osceola. Here's the way it went: Osceola scored in the top of the first with one and Parkin came back to tie it in the bottom of the second. In the top of the seventh, Osceola went into a 2-1 lead, but Parkin tied it in the bottom of that same frame. In the llth inning, Osceola got in its final run to go ahead 3-2. Then, in the bottom of the llth, Parkin tied it at 3-3 and loaded The brawl between Cortez and tne bases Wlth one out Moody even carried over after the j A squeeze play backfired when bout was finished with the twoi the batter P°pped to the catcher trading blows in the center of the rinsr until both were exhausted. Things are expected to start popping in the preliminary bouts when Moody and Cortez have the ring all to themselves. They tangle on an attempted bunt. Then, with Jim Wooten, Parkin pitcher at the plate, Osceola hurler Ed Weldon lost the heart-breaker when a slightly wild toss hit Wooten, sending in the %vinning tally. in one of the two one-fall matches In the consolation contest, Earle while Averoff takes on Fields in look an eas y 14 -° rom P ° ver the other. when the Osceola High School Athletic Association holds its monthly meeting at the Seminole Club. Originally, the session was scheduled for the High School, but Coach Bill Beall announced today the change in the meeting site. The session is to get started at 8 o'clock. Wynne. Appointment of Arthur F. Raimo as assistant football coach at Yale made it practically a Villanova reunion in New Haven,- Head Coach Jordan Olivar and backfield coach Jerry Neri of the Elis played with Raimo at Villanova. Rain or shine—and the forecast calls for cloudy but dry weather at race time—a capacity crowd of 35,000 will jam Empire Stadium for the climax moment of the eight-day program. Other things will be going on— like the marathon race which England's Jim Peters is expected to win as he wishes. And the hammer throw and pole vault and some relays will be tossed in as frosting, but the mile is .the real dessert of the day. England has "won" the games. No official team scores are kept but unofficially the English were so far ahead last night they couldn't be overhauled. On a late count the points were 441 Va for England, 323% for Australia, 286 for Canada, and the other 21 nations were trailing far these leaders. back of who will be watching them. in action this fall. Representing every section of the state, the 27 include 21 from Arkansas and six from nearby states (three from Texas, and onei each from Louisiana, Missouri and Illinois). While not significantly more talented than some groups of the, past few years, the sophomores of 1954 do include an even dozen ix mer All-State performers and] another half-dozen players were All-District selections. agricultural element has remained the strongest — all three of the sophs majoring in agriculture came from farm families. That's a summary of the yeax- lings as they take over the numbers of last year's seniors and prepare themselves for the most important role to be handed a group of sophomores in many years. The Three Games sophs played only games as freshmen last year, winning two and losing their opener with Little Rock Junior College. Both of their wins — over Tulsa and Oklahoma A&M — were impressive late season games. In the classroom too the sophomores have played the game well — majoring in a variety of subjects and averaging well over a C as a group in the vital first year. Not one freshman failed to make the grade scholasticaily this year. Five of the newcomers ara included in the Top Ten of the foot- Holland Softball Teams Get Split three HOLLAND — Softball teams of Holland and Braggadocio split a pair of games here last -night, the Holland girls taking a 6-1 victory while the boys were going down 5-3 in an extra-inning contest. Julia Scott was Braggadocio's hurler while Patsy Majors was picking up the win for Holland. Fay Lack of Braggadocia bested Hugh James in the duel during the boys game ,which was decided after the score was tied 3-3 at thee end of the regulation seven frames. The Babe in Sparkling Comeback By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN CHICAGO (AP) — Gallant Babe Zaharias, who 16 months ago underwent surgery for a critical cancer condition, is at the peak of her golf form today at the age of 39. The stirring comeback of the beloved Babe, recognized as the greatest woman athlete of our time, and perhaps all time, reached a sort of climax at Tarn O'Shanter yesterday. She cut seven strokes off worn- was taking a five on the (460-yard) en's par -nd three off the men's standard with a record-shattering 33-36—69. The sensational round, in Read Courier News Classified Ads. men's par, shot her into a two- stroke 36-hole lead of the All-American women's pro division. Breaks Kecord The sizzling 69 broke her own competitive course record of 36-34—70, set in the first round of the 1950 Ail-American tourney. The Babe collected 81,500 for the effort, a prize confidently put up for grabs by promoter George S. May as an award for a new women's mark, In all, Babe has walked off with nearly $11,000 of Tarn O'Shanter since 1946. By taking the AlI-Amer- ican crown this time she can add $1,000 and be set up for the grand prize of $5,000 in next week's "world" championship. The Babe called it her best round of golf since her operation. This includes a series of hot rounds, during which she has won $9,832 . to top women money winners for ' this, year, and her 12-stroke triumph in the recent Women's National Open at Peabody, Mass. "Shucks, who goes by women's par—I just play against men's par," she chortled alter posting the 69. "My only disappointment 10th. It was the first time in all my Tarn O'Shanter playing that I didn't get a four or three there." The 10th is a "gift" hole with a par 5 for men. The males had 12 eagles on it yesterday. "I felt pretty good out there," the Babe conceded. "You don't get tired when you're playing good. My back gave rne a little trouble, though." WRESTLING BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA Adults 50c — Children 15c 2 One-Fall Matches Monday, Aug. 9 8:15 p.m. Tag Match CHICO CHRIS CORTEZ and AVEROFF vs. JACK MOODY LEE and FIELDS Texaco Cotton Picker and Spindle Oil For All Types Cotton Picking Machines Delivered Anywhere In Mississippi County Finest Quality . . . Rust And Oxidation Resistant . . . Priced Right Dirtributor For FIRESTONE TIRES Bob Logan Consignee Blytheville Phone 3-3391—Joiner Phone 2421 Areroff vs. Fields And Moody vs. Cortez See Blytheyille's Newest and Most Modern SERVICE STATION CONNY'S CONOCO SERVICE Corner Ash & Division — Blytheville Conoco Super Gas with TCP — Conoco Super Motor Oil G. 0. POETZ OIL CO. "/ Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 KIEKHAEFER WHY SETTLE FOR A SUBSTITUTE?... ... YOU CAN OWN THE BEST FOR SO LITTLE MORE! HALSELL and WHITE FURNITURE CO. MAIN AT DIVISION > PHONE 3-6096

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