The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 15, 1943 · Page 6
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FAGB six BLYTHEVILLE; (ARK.) COURIER NEWS -THUUSIJAY, Al'KIL 15, 1<J.13 Perm Relay Carnival Scheduled Collins Calls Plank Greatest; Counted Out Batters Aloud; Kept Better Hitters Waiting trying to fool «om*orie «1«, didn't lool EduV Plank. DIAMON" WITHOUT Cl.UIi niXXJMINGTON. Hid.— Cincinnati Heels left Indiana's baseball diamond In fine condition, but Uic Hooslcis arc unlikely lo have n team. SKUV1CK MONOGRAMS ' WEST POINT.— Robert Woods, Army yriddcr, is Hie only cadet who has won K A'UVV monogram. Woods Iransfcried from Annapolis. AKMV HAS UUSAIt FORT SERIDAN, III., — Ervln Dusak, St. Louis cardinal recruit outfielder'last season, head's pros- pfcts for the Fort Sheridan baseball team. PHILADELPHIA, April 15 UP.) — More than 25,000 athletes from tlie armed sen ices, colleges, MB" schools; and Industrial plants will take part in the 49lh annual Pcmi Relaj carnhal at Pniladelplila next weekend Heading tl)e list of entrants is ntile Greg Rice, the dynamic two- miler who hasn't Keen beaten in a distance race In three ycnrs. Private Frank Dixon—the Indoor mile champion—will compete as will Private Barney Ewcll of Camp Lee, Va.,,the star sprinter. The large number of service.com- petitors promises to. make the carnival one of 'the 'most successful In recent sears An attempt was made to match Rice, Dixon. and OH; Dodds ii\ a special two-mile race, but plans fell through.' Rice has had virtually no competition this year, and has won all his indoor races by large margins. Dtxon and Doilds were the two leading miters of the board-track season But, both also can run a superb race at two miles and even three. Officials of the Penn Relays sought lo llirow them in with nice, confident lhal the' Irio would produce the best race of the year. 'But the athletic director nt Camp Lee has declined to run Dixon in any mdrudual e\ents Instead, he prefers to use him on two or three relay teams. He'll be on the Camp Ltc distance medley squad, whlcl should be one of the best In the meet. Private Ewell and Office: Candidate Hugh Short—George- 1 town's gicat quailei-mller—win be; on the squad along with Dixon, Ewell is scheduled to meet Enlace Peacock of the' Manhattan Beach Coast Guard Station in New York, in the-tOO yard event. Other individual stars include Corporal Adam Berij of Fort Knox, who established a carnival high jump record of six feet, seven and one- half inches last year. The world's greatest pole vaulter —Cornelius Warmerdam—has been invited to enter. But there Isn't much chance Sim 1, he can gel away from his duties as an ensign at the North'Carolina Naval pro-flight school. Crack relay teams from Indiana, Michigan, Notre; Dame, Fordham, Pittsburgh, and Penn State have oeeir entered! But they'll have to beat the best in service learns to take any titles. A special United Nations hnlf- mll'e relay race has been arranged. Naval units'from the'United States, British, and 'French navies will participate. All of which adds up lo a mighty .fine start-for the outdoor track, season. \ Eddie Plank threw a vicUeil ball.. CATCH EVERY EYE ON \ C RAYSON S SCOREBOARD B> HARRY GRAYSON NBA Sports Editor NEW 'YORK.-^Joe Cronin los liis entire ; outfield—Ted Williams !and Dom DiMaggio lo Ihe Navy and Lou Finiicy to the farm—and ih'c Reii Sox were talking about them, Williams was the best left-hand hitter anybody ever saw," remarked Manager Cronin, "and the other Uvo could paste the ball, but little DiMaggio was the only one gnen full credit in the field. "In' the excitement. stirred up by his prodigious drives, writers and fans complclly o'vrlookcd the fact that Williams was an excellent outfielder, and the thrie had one great asset in common. They all could throw like biases." '•Yes," cut In'. Johnny Peacock, "it was a pleasure to take Williams' throw at the plalc. The ball skipped smack dab in your glovc,but that isn't the reason we'll miss him." Cronin expressed the opinion that Williams, in 1941 the American League's first .400 hitler In If years, could hit just about wliat he wauled lo. Calcher Peacock recalled how late last summer, Williams, on his •way lo a league-leading .356 am 137 runs-batted-ln,' told him tlia if anybody else hit- .400. he'd hi .410. He batted ADS the year before Williams had fits of tempera mcnlcnt and rabbit ears tha caught derogator yrcmarks hurlc from the stands. Peacock told how, as Willian slarlcd for the plate in Detroit last, summer, someone in the- left field stand shouted something uncomplimentary. With Jack Wilson pitching, Wil* liams stood there deliberately fouling the ball into the left field stand. I honestly think Williams believed he could hit his tormentor. Anyway, that appeared to be his idea. Finally, as he rode him from the bench for his foolishness, his mood changed .and he rjlled lly IIAUKV GIIAYSOX ' NBA Sports Editor Edtlle Collins, who played behind m for seven seasons, calls Edward Plank the greatest of all pitch- Not the fastest," says the eiiuil- famous second baseman. "Not ic trlckiesl, and not the possessor the most .sluff, but just Ihc realest." Raised on a farm near Cieuys- urg, Pa., where he died following stroke, Feb. 24, 1926, Eddie Plank md never played baseball when Frank Foreman, an old pitcher caching Gettysburg College, asked ilm to try out for the varsity. Plank was nearly 26 when he came into the American League with Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1301. In 10 different seasons he won from 10 to 20 engagements, in 1C year finished under .560 only once. HL won 320 games in 17 years, lost 190 for a percentage of .627. The 'Gettysburg Guide was n five World Series, and ulUio he pitched brilliantly, had little luck. He lost five while wlnnini two, yielding no more than 1 runs in all. He gave up more thai two runs only once—when Christ Malhewson mid Ihe Giants shu out Ihc Athletics, 3-0, in 1911 OI'TKItKI) CONTRACT AT •» Plank jumped to the Fedcra t|iiently did, "Then, suddenly, Plank would turn his attention to the fretting batter again, who would, in all probability pop up in disgust." Plnnk said it was never so easy to foo| a ball player as when he was Hauler. $ fliri—be ready for it . . . And vim can pass critical t-ycswilli flying colors " l y°" r u - "• Hu « lles clo'ljit's, for they're cut and styled lo the standards (if the'best dressed men. They're priced for the average purse, however, and easy on budgets . . . You'll find everything you need here—nationally advertised merchandise at nationally advertised prices. A Splendid Selection of Easter Suits Tailored By PENWVOOD Tailored By TIMELY 29 • 75 '40 Spring Weights and Tropicals Open 1:00 p.m. Show Slarls 1:30 p.m. Auiii. Always Ho »nd 25fl Last Time Today 4 T!ie Glass Key' League, wound up with the Brown He quit in August 1911, disgusted with Ills support following two-hit, 1-0 loss to Walter Johnson, uvadcd the Yankees, he refused to rc- >ort, and was so effective in 1S1B hat Miller Muggins offered him a t contract at the age of -14. No left-handed pitcher matches lank's record in length of service I ml general effectiveness. Soulh- aws aren't supposed to last as ong as right-handers, yet no pitch- retained liis effectiveness at •lank's age, retrogressing so'little vcr a lonf span of years. The fact hat he broke in so late undoubted- accouu!s lor this. Plank stood 5 led ll'.i inchra, veighcd 115 pounds. He had sharp eatiues, a jutting jaw and there were lines in his tanned face. lie suffered from a nasal condition experienced difficulty in breathing He always complained of a sore, elbow, and the sorer he said it wa: the better he pitched. Eddie ihrew with a three-war tcr motion and had n sidcarn wilh Vrronirn I.alic * Alan r.ivnmcmnl News C'wueily. Ladil the next pitch for a double. into right-center Friday and Saturday Town Law Si:iUAL "Perils of Nyoka," Chapter %. Selected Shorts Wake lip and vlAve It's Sport Jacket Time! IVnutifully '•• styled and laiJnreil Sport .luckcls . . . Rtady for wear anywhere. \ wiilc selection «t fabrics and colors., Extra Slacks EV«IT »»ni«l color and inuti'iial — they're wardrobe stretchers! Mulch or mix 'cm with smart comfort. odd jackets Cor :os to 95 Wcsl Main Near 21st St. jat. starts 12:!5; Sun. slarlj 1:45 Nieht slums 5:45 Except Mfmilay, optn» v.<f. ContiiuioiK shows SaL und Sun. Lt, f; "Bill Dickey was aboard him at Yankee Stadium one day. 'Hit this one lo left." Dickey would say. .Just lo show Dickey lhat he could ; do it, Williams filled the order on several ••successive pitches. Then, growing tired of the game, or something, he lined the next pitch into the rtght-centerfield stand." Jimmy Dykes and the White Sox , started out to have some fun with Williams three years ago, when the , Billowy kid gave out his famous "I- wanna- be- a- fireman" inter> vldwi Dykes equipped the Pale ' HoscVwlth firefen's hats, and they * opened up from the dugout every tinic Williams came to bat. , Williams replied with such a ' barrage of extra base hits, ho* - i c\cr, that Director Djkcs soon or' dered: the While Sox to cease Ilr- '* "Biding only impnnes Williams I and no's tough enough when sou * !«i i,i_ nirmn" commented Dykes. hitter could .come crossfire when he took u step to ward first, base. He was just a litti different and a master at holdin :ncn on or picking them off base. He threw a mean ball and didn't hesitate to tuck it under a good batter's chin. It look a long while to complete games pitched by Plank, for he believed in letting the better hitters wait. Once he got into the seventh inning, he counted batters out. "Nine to gel,'' he would say, loud enough lor his inficldcrs to hear. Then "Eight lo get. etc.." DROVE 'DM TO IHSTKACTIOX But let Eddie Collins tell you about rianl:. He knew Mm best. "To some lie would pitch without j fussing." explains the vice president] and general manager of Ihe Red | Sox. "To others he would throw a ' . ball only after the umpire warned I,asl Time Today Double Feature •First 1'calurc 'Mexican Spitfire Sees A Ghost' wilh l.cnn Erroll & Mipc Vclc7. Slit'OM) 1-T.ATimE: of Japan' \\itli Alan liaxtcr Selected Sboils You Can't 'Beat. DOBBS For Style and Quality < » Left: ilcuoln-brcaslcd stripe suit —u. favorite Tor dress occasions and Ijusinrss wear. In line worsteds, flannels, cnvcrls. Wilson and Arrow Shirts twear! Fabric <|ii;illl.v anil tailoring of Ilicsr. fine shilts ami tips has unt Miltcreit from Ihc war. Select yours from Iho lincst display we've ever shown. SHIRTS 2.25 up TIES $'.!. up let him No 'distance rlostr to calling hh phot? than ' him against delay. "Plank's favorite situation was two men on and a slugger up. The I belter the hitter, the better Edm'cj liked it, .For. if the man had a j reputation lo uphold, the tans 14 would urge him on, and he would ' be aching to hit. "Plank would Inss and fuddle with the ball, with his shoes, and then try to talk with ihc umpire. "His motion was enough to give the batter nervous indigestion. He'd dish up something the batter couldn't reach with two bals, would follow that with an equally wild pitch—inside. Probably the next would be a twister the batter could reach, but could not straighten out, A couple of .fouls, and he would wink knowingly at me, "Then he would attempt to pick off Ihe'basemnncvs, which he Ire- Kriday & Saturday , Double Feature riitsi The Bade Cowboy' We've DOBBS bats to compliment every face. Quality fells In all the ntw .Spilnfi shades. 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