The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 17, 1954 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 17, 1954
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PAGE SIX to Try to Aaainst Ph Phils Cast in Role of Spoilers By BEN PHLEGAR Associated Press Sportswriter The Philadelphia Phils, last team outside the New York area to win a Natioinal League pennant, get a chance tonight to show whether they're playing favorites in the 1954 flag chase. BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)" COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1M4 They move across the river from Ebbets Field to the Polo Grounds for the first of a three-game serie with the slump-ridden New York Giants. Last night the Phils did th Giants a big favor by thumping Brooklyn 9-S when the Dodgers hac a chance to pull within two per centage points of the lead. Instead the Dodgers headed West to Pitts burgh trailing by a full game with 38 to play. 8-2 for Giant* The Giants have beaten the Phils eight out of 10 times so far and they would like to think they could resume the pleasant pastime of winning after losing seven of the last eight to other clubs. Manager Leo Durocher has picked Johnny Antonelli (17-3) to attempt to halt the skid. The Dodgers had won 12 out of 18 from the Phils up to last night, but they couldn't keep up the pressure even though they caught Robin Roberts on what must have been one of his wildest nights in the majors. Solid Hits, Too The Philadelphia righthander walked four men in the first inning and a total of six in the game. He was charged with" a wild pitch and might have been charged with several more except for some acrobatic backstopping by Smoky Burgess. And the Dodgers banged eight solid hits, two of them homers by Pee We- Reese and Gil Hodges. Despite this, Brooklyn was ahead orJy once and didn't have a real chance after the fifth. The pitching staff fell apart. Rookie Bob Darnell, making his first start, couldn't get anybody out in the third. Clem Labine and Preacher Roe got roughed up in the fifth when the Phils put it out of reach on six hits and an error which produced five runs. Cards vs. Braves The Milwaukee Braves, the hottest team in the league, take their niije-game winning streak into a three-game series at home against the St. Louis Cardinals. Twice before this year the Braves have won 10 in a row. They trail by 3y 2 alter making up a dozen lengths Montia Kennedy Back With Class B Ball Club By ED YOUNG AP Newsfeatures COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. The wheel of baseball fortune fi nally has swung full circle fo July 4. Over in the American League the series to watch is at Cleveland where the Indians, winners- of six in a row, play host to the Detroil Tigers. The Tigers were the last :o beat them, exactly a week ago when Ned Garver shut them out on five hits. Although they are well on their way to finishing with the worst av- er?ge ever compiled by a fourth place team, the Tigers may yet have a lot to say about the American League pennant. Snuffed Out They quietly, but decisively, end- id the Chicago White Sox' chances wjth a doubleheader sweep Sunday and they have 10 games left with Cleveland, including tonight. The White Sox still have a mathematical chance, of course, since they have 36 games to play and are 9& behind. But it would take an unlikely collapse of both Cleveand and New York, plus a virtual- unbroken winning streak of their iwn to put the Chicagoans back in enous contention. Two teams have been eliminated rom all pennant hope. Over the weekend the Baltimore Orioles and he Philadelphia Athletics fell more ames behind the Indians than they ave left to play. While Cleveland is busy with the igers, the second place New York ankees, three games back, expect i stretch their seven-game wining streak at the expense of the thletics in a series opening to- :ght in Philadelphia. The Phils-Dodgers game was the ily action in the majors last ight. Montia Kennedy, onetime soutn- paw whiz kid who always seemed one step away from major league stardom but never quite achieved it. • Eight years after he was sold to the New York Giants for a reported $25,000 by Eddie Mooers, veteran Piedmont League club owner, Kennedy is back in the Class B Piedmont, once more on the Mooers' payroll. Won First Outing- In his first appearance, a six- inni; „ relief chore for Mooers' Colonial Heights - Petersburg Colts JVL' 20, Kennedy was credited with a 10-9 victory over the Hagerstown Packets though he gave nine hits and four runs and had to be lifted in the ninth. The feeling of winning must have been welcome, for it has been a long time between victories for the lefty who as-late as 1947 was tagged by the Giants as the only player "Not For Sale." In many ways, Kennedy's professional baseball career has been one of tragic frustration. For years with the Giants, he had all the requirements for stardom except one nee ssity: control. He never acquired it. Now he is plagued with a sore arm. Kennedy, at 32, thinks if he an work often enough for the Jolts, he may overcome this ail- men" and—maybe—get back into :he big time. But for the present, he holds up the arm and says: 'It's hanging there; that's all." Mooers, captivated by the blazing, fast ball Kennedy had shown at Amelia, Va., High, signed the erratic pitcher in 1942. He finished >ut that season with the Colts, then Richmond, winning one, losing wo. 12-Game Winner in '49 Kennedy's best year with the Giants was 1949 when he worked' 223 nnings and posted a 12-14 record. He was 5-4 in 1950, growing wilder all the time. The Giants just about CHAMPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK—Tattooed, barefooted Bobb Olson refereed a bout between his sons, Vincent, left, 5, 2nd Carl, Jr., 8, between workouts at Clear Lake Lodge at Nice, Calif where the middleweight champion trained for his title defense against Rocky Castellani in San Francisco. (NEA) Now Athletics Set To Stay in Philly PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Harry Sylk appears increasingly confident his local syndicate will be successful in its bid to buy the Philadelphia Athletics American League baseball franchise. Sports Roundup— Giants Are Being Counted Out NEW YORK (AP) — One returns to the workaday world after a period of earnest PCC TA I £1<D frl TirTfh c<r\ vvi /\ r«t> v*v\-*»-i /-*^ 4-*U ^.4- 4.1*-. _x_. •_ *• j •*••*••-,. _ __ < Disclosing yesterday that the local offer for the club was million dollars, Sylk said he believed "it's a certainty the A's will remain in Philadelphia . .. and I don't know of another local offer for the club." The drugstore chain executive again expressed skepticism of reports that Chicago businessman Arnold Johnson had offered 4 2 /2 million for the franchise. Johnson wants to nove the A's to Kansas City. To Retain Roy Sylk also disclosed yesterday that his group's offer included retaining Roy' Mack as executive vice president of the club, and Roy's father, 91-year-old Connie, as "honorary chairman because of his many years in baseball." Roy's brother Earle would be allowed to reinvest his money as a' stockholder in the new corporation along with his father and brother. Sylk said his group plans to spend two million dollars fixing up the ball park and improving the team. gave up on him in 1951 and he worked only 68 innings, winning- one, losing two. In 1952 he finished 3-4. and last year went without a decision while pitching just 18 innings. The Giants sent Kennedy to Minneapolis last spring but he was optioned to Richmond's new International League team. The Virginians released him. Kennedy tried healing his sore .,. " ' -~ —•"- "w^^uuaj VVUJ..LU. ancj. a. penuu. OI earnest -t^enneay inea neaiing ms sore idleness to learn, with some surprise, that the vast majority of local baseball analysts con-1 arm by P la y in ? semi-pro baseball sider the Giants to be dead, absolutely, and are equally certain that the Milwaukee Braves for a few weeks " Then Mooers will be the National League entry in the World Series He said one reason he is so certain the club will not be moved West is Washington and Baltimore's sure opposition to such a transfer. Hunters' Report Cards LANSING, Mich. L?) — Fishermen still hold their title for spinning yarns. At least, hunters can't claim it. A post card poll of hunters conducted under scientific sampling methods by the University of Michigan Survey Research Center showed about 1,750,000 pheasants killed last fall. The annual voluntary report card system showed only 1,063,000 birds taken. Researchers say the results dispute the contention that voluntary report cards produce inflated estimates of hunting success. It was the first time the kill'; went over the million mark, since the early 1940's. ' coaches all over the country. New Ideas "We as coaches didn't get back to one-platoon thinking last season," he told sports writers and sports casters at the annual preview of OU prospects here yesterday. "Kicking and field positions will mean a lot more this season. There will be an increased tendency to work for the perfect field position on both offense and defense. This will call for more quick kicks and other kicking. "Also, it has taken a year to teach football players how to be kickers. Everybody's kicking should be better this season." Wilkinson pointed out there were no changes in football rules this season so that there should be steady improvement in the limited substitution game. Improvement Wilkinson says the Sopners, the No 4 team in the nation last year, should have a good team but the une and pass defense are the problems OU must conquer. Wilkinson feels California, Texas and Oklahoma A&M are the toughest teams the Sooners will face this season. Oklahoma opens against California Sept. 18 with the game to be telecast nationally from Berkeley." In the Big Seven Conference, he says Missouri and. Colorado are the biggest threats. Wilkinson Sees More Kicking in 1954 Game OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It has taken a year to get around to it, but the nation's football coaches probably will use a lot more kicking this season because of the limited substitution rule. Bud Wilkinson, the highly sue- i ; _ ____ _ _ Blll nni Imi cessful University of Oklahoma football coach, said he has reached . . ^^ this conclusion after talking to \ / "JT j I \/ f* i You Think You Got Trouble? Dig Poor I olds Ball Club IOLA, Kan., Aug. 17 (AP) — Some minor league clubs are having difficulties this season but can you find a team more bedraggled than the tattered lola Indians? Rocky Likes To Fight Often Would Feel Better If He Fought Every Month, Champ Says GROSSINGER, N. Y. (£>)—Rocky Marciano figues the 15 rounds he boxed against Ezzard Charles June 17 did .him more good than 200 rounds in training camp. Consequently, the heavyweight champ will warm up for the Sept. 15 rematch with "only" 100 rounds of gym work. "I know it's not practical for the champ to fight more than once or twice a year," he said. "But I felt the best wher I was going steady every month or so, like 1951 when I boxed seven times." Apparently Manager Al Weill, and lola is in the Class C Western Atsociation. It started the basebal season on a cheerful notea mod erately successful advance ticke sale, optimistic fans, players talk ir.fe about a first division spot. But only 11 able-bodied player are still available. Illness, injuries and military service have taken the others. The team is in seventh place. The league has assumed management of the club because of financial difficulties. The league filed a receivership action against former operators of the club and a receiver has been appointed. The players lost their bus during the .legal action and they now hove to travel in their own cars. Seven of lola's 11 able-bodied piayers are pitchers. Last night the makeshift lineup included six trainer Charley Goldman expect Charles, the ex-champ, to sprint 15 rounds in his third bid to win back the title he lost to Jersey Joe Walcott. They have brought in Joe Gannon, a faststepping Washington D. C., boy for Rocky to chase. 1 Already down to 191 pounds, as compared to 187% for last bout, the champ still works about four hours a day. He goes on the road in the morning and boxes five days a week. According to Goldman, the champ is working on his old payoff punch— the right hand. He concentrated on the left hand in his prefight work for the first Charles fight. Maybe he worked too much with the left. In any event, he is out for the knockout this time and the right hand is the KO weapon that flattened Walcott twice. She kept 9 fwy of hef telephone calls The Brooklyn Dodgers, say this city's deepest thinking savants probably have enough bottom to make the Braves realize they are in a race, especially since young Billy Loes turned into a winning pitcher. But the Giants, they claim after careful inspection, have made their run and now are gasping like a boated flounder. Falling: Apart? They say they cannot recall having seen an apparently sound and seemingly inspired teams come apart as completely as the Polo Grounders have in the past five weeks, and especially in their four straight losses to the Braves and three straight to the Dodgers. One journalistic gumshoe reports that the player 1 - now are grumbling about Leo Durocher's "bad guesses," and declares there is no posibility of Leo being back next year, even if he pulls the club out of its current skid. Swapped Glares This latter co'ild have much substance, for Durocher and his boss, Horace Stoneham, were exchanging glares early in the season, before Willie Mays and his team- 'mate caught fire. Now that they have simmered down again it is not expected that Stoneham will issue any ringing votes of confidence in his pilot. The chief disaster to strike the club which once was winging along seven games in front was the sudden and inexplicable collapse of its pitching staff, all except Johnny Antonelli. The figures show vividly what happened. From June 3 through July 9, while the Giants were winning 32 out of 38 and there was talk of measuring Mays for an individual shrine, their pitchers allowed the remarkably low average of 2.9 runs per game. From July 10 to this sad day, a period in which' the club won only 14 while losing 19, the identical set of throwers has yielded 4.7 runs each time the opposition teed off. To make matters even worse, the hitting has fallen off too, though not to such a ^ainful degree. Major League Leaders By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUED Batting—Noren, New York, .345; Minoso, Chicago, .326; Avila, Cleveland. .324; Fox. Chicago', .322; Abrams, Baltimore, .315. Runs batted in—Doby, Cleveand, 94; Minoso, Chicago, 89; Berra, New York, 87; Rosen. Cleveland and Mantle, New York, 85. Home runs — Doby, Cleveland, 27; Mantle, New York, 26; Williams, Boston, 22; Sievers, Washington, 21; Rosen, Cleveland, 20. Stolen bases — Jensen, Boston, 17; Rivera, Chicago, 14; Minoso, Chicago, 13; Fox, Chicago, 11; Busby, Washirgton, 10. Pitching-—(eight decisions)—Feler, Cleveland, 10-2, .833; Consuegra, Chicago, 14-3, .824; Grim, New York, 16-4, .800; Reynolds, New York, 10-3, .769; Lemon, Cleveland, 16-5, .762. Strikeouts — Turley, Baltimore, 28; Trucks, Chicago, 125; Wynn, Cleveland, 114; Pierce, Chicago ,nd Hoeft, Detroit, 100. NATIONAL LAGUE Batting—Snider, Brooklyn, .353; Musial, St. Louis, .339; Mueller, STew York, .335; Schoendienst, St .ouis, .331; Moon, St. Louis, .330. Runs batted in — Musial, St. suis, 109; Snider, Brooklyn, 98; lodges, Brooklyn, 94; Kluszewski, incinna'ti, 92; Jablonski, St. Louis 9. persuaded him to sign with CH- Petersburg. OLDS MOBILE "88" 2-Dr. Sedan. Delivered locally; stats and local taxes exfro. That's Hghtl For a surprisingly low price, you can own this future-styled, fufur*- power»d 1954 "Rocket" Engine Oldsmobile! Mdk« a datt to se« and drive it — toddy! Your price depends upon choice of model and body style, optional equipment and accessories. Prices may vary slightly in adjoining communities because of shipping charges. All prices subject to change without notice. Check our budget terms! WE BUY USED FURNITURE PHONE 3-3122 Wade Furn. Co. pitchersbut only one was on the mound. The others were converted into infielders' and outfielders. But the team still has plenty of spirit. It won 2-1, beating second- place Topeka. The pitcher who did the hurling in the previous night's game was a catcher last night. The regular catcher, Ralph Kennedy, is" also the casualty list. A split thumb tnay keep him from catching the remainder of the season. Troubles aren't limited to the playing field. Thieves recently broke into the clubhouse and carried off approximately $250 of the players' cash plus several watches and rings. It's enough to drag out all the crying towels. Only trouble is there might not be enough to go around. Just the other night after the players took their showers, somebody discovered they were short on towels. So, for some, it was two to a towel. Bicycle Parts Complete Stock Parts & Accessories General Hardware And Appliance Co. 108 W. Main Phone 3-4585 BUTLER AND COLUMBIAN GRAIN BINS Byrum Implement Go. 118 E. Main—Phone 3-4404 HOW VALUABLE IS YOUR TELEPHONE SERVICE? 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