The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 12, 1954 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, August 12, 1954
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN Charley Grimm Is Likely Skipper of Year Candidate His Ball Club Reflects Pilot's Calm and Even Temperament By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sport* Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — The best manager usually is the bloke with the most good ballplayers. But the fellow in the pilot house also can turn in a standout job — Paul Richards of the White Sox, for example — and Charley Grimm with the Braves. Birdie Tebbetts of the Reds was the early choice, but the Milwaukee club's sustained drive rapidly is making the veteran Grimm the major league manager-of-the-year. And it required more than the rooting of the wild-eyed Sudsville fans to lift the Tribe from seventh place to second last season. The well balanced and now steady Braves—19 and 5, and 14 of the last 16 closing the eastern trip —reflect the even temperament of their head man. Grimm is as delightful as a cooling glass of Milwaukee beer on * hot afternoon. Win, lose or draw, he is the same amiable Dutchman. Having twice come back from the minors, e takes ups and downs in stride. He developed an ulcer suppressing his emotions while dispensing jokes to the gang. No manager Is as close to his hired hands. The Braves come close to being a Grimm product, the Missouri dirt farmer having developed the bulk of them either in the minors or with the Braves. Having made up his mind on an athlete, Grimm sticks by him, which is not the least reason why players come through for him. When the Braves were 15 Vi games off the pace, July 21, no, one gav« up. "We'll be OK as soon as Ed Mathews starts hitting," Grimm kept saying—and the Braves were, Grimm is extremely proud of the fact that the lineup now stepping on the heels of the Dodgers and Giants is the same one which was 15Vz lengths back with more than half of the season gone. The only change was the instal- Chmrlej Grimm ball no higher than A behind him and only a Puerto Rican winter in the outfield. Grimm kept telling the Braves that they still would have Thomson's big bat in the order, gave them something to look forward to. "The turning point," he says,. "was when Thomson, pinch-hitting ' " " over as the clean-up man, when' the burden proved too much for Mathews, Joe Adcock and the well- seasoned Andy Paflto. The Braves ^pped 24 games by one run, yet Grimm sat tight. He knew he was'fielding the best lineup he had. He refused to be stampeded, so the Braves were panic^proof. • • • When Bobby Thomson shattered his ankle in a spring exhibition game, the boss remarked that it was just as well for the club to get all the oken bones out of its system before the real firing commenced. He stressed how fortunate the club was to have a splendid center fielder like Bill Bruton and a fine young man like Aaron to round out the outfield. Aaron had no more than a season and a half of organ- Bombers Defeot Ark-Mo; All-Star Gome Today The "Bombers' 'of the "Y" Men's softbaU league had to stage a late inning rally to defeat the Ark-Mo Kilowatts in a league game at Little Park yesterday afternoon. Go- Ing into the fifth, the Kilowatts were leading by 7-5 by virtue of a five-run splurge in the top of the fourth. The Bombers had taken an early lead, pushing across three runs in the first without benefit of a. hit, as the Kilowatt infield folded like an accordian. They.added two more in the second on four safeties, including doubles by Lutes and Bunch. This must have satisfied the Bomber hitters, as they went scoreles until the fifth, after the Kilowatts had punched across two in the third and five in the fourth to go ahead. Two errors, a fielders choice and a sacrifice, regained one run in the 5th and they tied it in the sixth, when Meharg doubled and scored on Reed's double. With two away in the 7th, Mathenia singled and scored the winning tally on Reed's double. This afternoon, the Bombers will play an All-Star team composed of members of the other five teams in the league. The game i« scheduled for 5:45 p.m. at Little Park. inning li their last series in Milwaukee That gave us a tremendous lift He has won three other games with pinch hits." ^iobby Thomson may not do anything more thn pinch hit the rest of the way. But Grimm turned a frightening accident into an asset. Charley Grimm is a pschologis as well as a strategist. Athletic's Board VotesNoActionYet PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Home-grown offers to buy the Philadelphia Athletics ball club appeared to have the inside track in the maneuvering which may end the 54-year-old regime of the Mack family. But there is still nothing definite that either the home town offers or the proposal from Chicagoan Arnold Johnson will be accepted by the Macks involved- Connie Mack Sr., and his two warring sons, Earie and Roy. Action Postponed The Macks and the other two members of the board of directors, Eastern League President Thomas H. Richardson and Gordon Burlingame, put off any definite stand on the future of the financially shaky franchise yesterday after two reportedly uproarious sessions. J. Channing Ellery, general counsel for the club, issued a statement after the second meeting which said in full: "At'the meeting of the board of the Philadelphia Athletics today, various proposals were discussed at length. No decision was reached. The board adjo- .--ned to meet again in approximately two weeks. Within that time all proposals will be thoroughly reviewed with particular emphasis on keeping the team in Philadelphia." Prime Consideration That tag end pnrase seems to indicate that a proposal by Philadelphia financier Albert M. Greenfield to "salvage" the club appears to be getting prime consideration by the Macks at the moment. However, the Greenfield proposal might lose the lead to a reported third offer from local financial sources who, rumors have it, are ready to back Roy in his effort to buy out Earle and Connie Sr., and run the club himself. Under Greenfield's plan, Roy at best would be a minority stockholder. Johnson, who has said he will seek to transfer the franchise to Kansas City if he is successful in purchasing the team, appeared unperturbed last night when reached in New York. "Im so busy on another deal I really haven't paid much attention. Nobody from Philadelphia has been in touch with me today." The 4 J / 2 million dollars reportedly offered ,by Johnson is considered a dubious figure by local in- terests, who feel the franchise is not worth near that amount. The Greenfield syndicate's offer is believed to be a much more "reasonable" figure. Cards Lose To Rain ST. LOUIS (&— Aside from facing the hot Milwaukee Braves in their late summer drive, the St. Louis Cardinals had the rain against them last night and dropped another game, 6-5. Given the usual two extra innings the Redbirds might have staged another comeback, but a steady shower,- which delayed the start of the game an hour and 27 minutes, put - stop to action in the top of the eighth. The Cards led until the fifth, then staged a rally to tie the count in the sixth, but Danny O'Connell's double and Joe Adcock's single in the seventh gave the contest to the visitors. Wally Moon, Stan Musial and Ray Jablonski singled in order for one run in the first frame. Another single by Moon in the third, Musial's double, a walk to Red Schoendienst and a single by Joe Cunningham made it 3-0. The Braves pulled in front swiftly with a fifth-inning four-run attack, climaxed by Ed Mathews' 32nd home run, and added another tally an inning later. In the sixth Cunningham forced Schoendienst, Bill Sarni and Solly Hemus, both walked, filling the bases for a sharp single by Pinch- hitter Joe Frazier, good for two runs. The sixth Milwaukee run came off reliefer Gerry Staley who drew his ninth loss against six victories. FIRST from Border-to-Border 2J ot Blytheville's Only Exclusive Children's Shop 110 South Second Street AUTO, TRUCK AND LONG HAUL TRUCK INSURANCE At Low Rates United Insurance Agcy. Ill W Main Ph. 3-6812 STRAIGHT %Pt. FIRST from Coast-to-Coast! Ever since early times, this is the whisky that has made Kentucky whiskies famous.. .today Early Times is America's top-selling straight whisky.. .bottled at the peak of perfection.. .enjoyed at the peak of flavor.. .truly every ounce a man's whisky. 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LIONS CLUB Ejection, of Pitcher Wou/c( Cure Bean Boll Practice-Cal Hubbard NEW YORK — (NEA) — "I see there has been a flareup of bean ball pitching in the National League," observed Cal Hubbard, supervisor of umpires in the American League. "We have very little trouble with that stuff in our league because the solution lies with umpires," Cal continued. and then there will be an outbreak of dusting off, and occasional skulling, with all of its dangerous implications. League presidents will express their concern and club magnates will offer panaceas. But, as Hubbard insists, the cure lies not only with the hurlers and the managers, but with the umpires as welL "The cure? It's exactly the thing Frank Secory apt "?d to the situation at the Polo Grounds recently. When Lew Burdette, who had hit Ruben Gomez with a, pitch, came to bat and it looked as if there might be reprisals, Secory warned Leo Durocher and Charley Grimm he would not put up with any bean ball tactics. * * * "That is all any bean ball situation requires. A forthright stand by the umpire. "I don't know the exact details of the Joe Adcock beaning, but suppose Adcock had not worn that plastic helmet? We might have had a tragedy. "Of course, some batters try to hog the plate and ask for trouble. Those are the problem boys. But c bing dangerous pitching practices is entirely within the province of the umpires." The remedy which Hubbard referred to and Secory used does aot co ist entirely or conversation. It entails throwing the pitcher out of the game if he ignores the warn- ( ing. The American League longj has been ready to stand by any j umpire who has been forced to take that drastic action. 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