The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 25, 1954 · Page 7
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WEDNESDAY, ATTOITST JU, 19W BL'i l'JULVtt!2 PAGE SEVEN Managers Have Fits Figuring Their Talent By JIMMY BRESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NBA) — Over a season, the fellow .running a major league club runs into a few U.N.-sized problems. Frequently, the only way to solve them is by running up a higher bar bill. • Talent usually provides the biggest puzzlers. Not the lack of it, for you get plenty of players in these platoon-wacky days. The big thing is to know when to get rid of what you have. On more occasions than the average set of nerves can take, a game is lost because a .pitcher was not asked to take the sweat off his body with a shower two tosses ago. Or an infielder, as a reward for not being kept out of mischief on the bench, kicked away a double play grounder. * * « IT IS EASY FOR AN* onlooker to say, with absolute authority, that the pitcher should have been aken out in the third or that left-hand hiting outfielder should have been in right. But an awful lot of things crop up to change a manager's thinking when he debates moves such as these. Take Al Lopez of Cleveland. The other day, the simple business of a tie being knotted before his .eyes switched him off any thoughts about benching Al Rosen. Rosen had swung his normally , potent bat for a stretch of 39 chances and only two products of all this effort fell safely. After a contest at Detroit, Lopez scuffed his spikes along the dressing room floor, debating whether or not to bench his guy the next day. While he was doing it, Rosen walked up to a mirror nearby and began to knot his tie. Lopez watched as the ends of a fashionable piece of neckwear were spun around. Then Rosen glanced at him. "Aren't you tempted to take me out of there, Al?" he said with a don't you-dare-do-it smile. Al Rosen LOPEZ LOOKED, THEN FORCED a smile in return. "You're my guy," he said, and the matter was dropped there. More than just a few managers have found themselves in Lopez' situation. Charley Dressen always was one. Early in his career, he always fell for his pitchers' one-more chance sales talk and left them in. Only the next pitch the guy threw usually disappeared from Charley's view at' an alarming clip. Dressen found an answer to this rhetoric. He timed his walks. The minute he reached the foul line on the way to yank an errant hurler from the mound, he would start hollering: ''You! You keep quiet and don't talk me out of this. I'm taking you out." Whenever the subject of changing pitchers is brought up, Casey Stengel, as manager of the Dodgers, comes to mind. BOOM-BOOM BECK WAS OX the mound for Stengel at old Baker Bowl in Philadelphia and he was not doing well. In fact, Hack Wilson, out in right field, was thoroughly exhausted from chasing long shots to that sector. Boom-Boom didn't want to come out and put up an argument. Wilson gload fo rthe respite, went over to the right field fence and leaned against it, eyes closed. * Finally Casey persuaded Boom- Boom to get off the mound before somebody was killed. But to blow off steam, Beck turned and hurled the ball into right field. It banged up against the wall where Wilson was cooling out. Thinking it was another Phillie hit, Wilson jumped up. grabbed the 'ball and fired a perfect peg into second. UNDER STENGEL, THE YANKEES have_ done more than their share of shuffling talent and out of it has come a player's password "Don't let them take you out, even once." That's because, at the season's out set, Casey juggled Irv Norgen into the Yankee outfield in order to give Hank Bauer, an AH-Star outfielder, a short rest. Well, you know what Norgen has been doing. Bauer? Oh, he gets a chance to play now and then—when Gene Woodling is assigned to the hardwood for a short rest. Between You'n Me SEC School Heads for Carpet; Gals Help Toski, Ed Matkews By MURRAY OLDERMAX (NBA Staff Writer) One of the nouveau riche Southeastern Conference football powers is heading straight for the carpet (and this one isn't magic) if it persists in flaunting all rules, such as they are, in recruiting talent ... MIRROR SHOT — Sweden's Arrie Werkell blasts out of a trap on the 16th hole at Tarn O'Shanter. Water reflects pro's style as he gets out of trouble on the Chicago course. (NEA) Reiser Books Nine Games '54 Season KEISER — Coach Charley Sims of Keiser High School has released a nine-game football schedule for his 1954 Yellow Jackets. Here's the schedule: Sept. 10 at Shawnee 17 Burdette 24 Open Oct. 1 Trurnann 8 Marion 15 Wilson 22 at Osceola " 29 Luxora Nov. 5 at Lepanto 12 at Barton Pug Pilot Sees Charles as Sleeper By JIMMY BRESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — It was a muggy afternoon and the fight mob sitting around the Eastern Parkway Arena office was taking it easy. In an adjoining room, Teddy Brenner, the matchmaker, was busy yelling into a phone about some fighter he wanted to use in a couple of weeks. "Another rematch," Vic Marsillo, the manager commented. "Say, when a guy talks about a rematch today, I would suggest he looks close at this Ezzard Charles. I know Charles from Cincinnati—I got a fighter out there, Wallace Bud Smith—and I don't think he is the kind of guy who will duck out of there on Marciano in this one they got coming up. I look at Charles as a real sleeper." MARSILLO, A PUDGY, dark- haired little fellow from New Jersey, has made a name for himself as the best story teller around the fight beat. "A fighter," Marsillo said, "really gives it everything when there's a title on the line." "Like Charley Pusari," somebody said. "Oh," Vic answered, "that was different. I had Pusari and they, offered me a title bout with Ray Robinson. The money was good—this was four or five years ago—so I took the match. "But I knew Fusari. Better yet, I knew Robinson. So I took Charley to camp and trained him for two months running backwards. That's" right. He never took a step - forward. He ran five miles a day backwards. It got so that even if he wanted to borrow money from me, he couldn't get within calling distance. "WE GO IN AGAINST Robinson, and for 10 rounds Fusari is, going backwards and Robinson doesn't tag him good—for which we are quite happy. "But what do you think my guy does? He comes back at the end of the 10th and he tells me, 'Vic pull up my gloves.' "I say to him, 'What's the matter. Charley? Everything is going nice.' "He just looked ahead and said, 'Pull them up. I'm gonna open up on this guy.' '"You open up on him,' I yelled, 'and we close up.'" Marisillo rasped on. * * * "BUT TITLE MATCHES DON'T mean a thing to me. I had a guy. Paul Portland, who held 22 titles. He was the champion of every country except this one. We never made a dime with all the titles. We were the Greek champion .and we used to go into a Greek restaurant and try to pay them off in press clip- pings from the other -side. "We begt the Italian champion because I could speak the language. -I heard the guys in the other corner telling the fighter: 'Guardo la mana destro'—look out for the right hand. 'A la sinistra'—go to the left. "I tell Cortland to go to his right instead of straight ahead and he met the guy like it Was planned, and hit him over the head with a right and now we are the Italian middle- weight champion. We didn't get enough from the fight to buy a bowl of spaghetti." MARSILLO WAS JUST WARMING up now, "I had another guy," he yelled out. "Laurient Bouchard. A Frenchman. I thought he could win the heavyweight title, so I bring him over here. We took a tuneup match at Fall River, Mass.. before trying the big-time and I was busy learning French. I didn't think the guy understood any English. The only words I thought he knew were, 'You pay the check.' , 'Well, for five rounds, this bum of mine is losing the fight by a mile. I get into the ring at the end of the fifth and start screaming in English about what a bum he is. Then I slap him in the face to get him mad."I'm just finished calling him a bum for the fifth time, when he looks at me and says: " 'Mister Vic, you no like the way I fight, then you fight!' "That was the guy I sold for three dollars a pound. That's 'right. Put. him on a scale and weighed him, then sold him. "The guy buying him looked at Bouchard's feet — he had size 13 shoes on—and began to gag. '"Give me a break, will you?' he says. 'At least make the bum take his shoes off.'" Engine \\ear Reduced Over 4O% with Trap-Artie Don't be surprised if Jackie Parker, now toiling for a year's wages up in Canada, makes news next year by returning: to the States for a National Football League fling ... The Braves' renaissance dates back to the time Eddie Mathews started hitting after the All-Star break and/or a blind date with a stunner from Milwaukee's environs which has led to an announcement of fall matrimony . . , Another whose work has perked up under the stimulus of romance is Tarn o' Shanter World winner Bob Toski, a bridegroom of six months and no longer the carefree bachelor who once missed playing in a U.S. Open because he overslept two hours ... . * it A big Texas oilman is behind the Kansas City major league bid, and the stumbling block in the early negotiations was that Roy Mack wanted in (and the KG group wanted him out) . . . If Tony Trabert successfully defends his U. S. singles tennis crown, he'll be the first to credit Cincinnati trainer Wayne. Anderson ... In desperation, he took his blisters to the Redleg medico, who prescribed an immediate scraping operation and. two weeks' rest—a diagnosis confirmed by a leading dermatologist, who cleared up the trouble . . . A top college coach in the East is down in the dumps over constant changes of administration and shifting athletic policy and makes no secret of the fact he'd like to be hack in the pro game, where he started. We riffled through registration cards at press headquarters for the All-Star football game in Chicago and caught this one: "Name — Walter Paulison; Representing — Northwestern University; Position — Publicity Director; Comments — Our academic requirements are too high," . . . • * * The fine publicity hand of Doc Kearns can he perceived behind the yanking of Mickey Walker back into the ring to engage in a little sparring with Rocky Castellani . . . Doc Nardiello says the chances of Rocky Marciano's left eye cut being opened again by Ezzard Charles are decreased because be:ore stitching it up after the June aout he removed scads of old scar tissue . . . Ralph Dupas, the New Orleans lightweight used by Paddy DeMarco as a step to the title, is still only a junior in high school (he's 18) ... and he has a brother, Tony, who's had 10 pro fights and is all of 15 years old . . . The father of J. C. Caroline is a former trainer for the University of South Carolina and a grounds Ed Mathews" caretaker there now . . . Sprinter Willie Williams of Illinois two years ago went out for football and broke -his leg . . . after which he ran the fastest times of his life . . . Jack Chamblin is the last of the hatcheted West Pointers of '51 still active in college football —as first string center for the H- lini ... To give you an idea how loaded Oklahoma is, one of their captains, center "Gene Hears, is a second-stringer . . . It had to happen dept.: Melino. the rhumba band leader at Kutsher's in Monticello, N. Y, r has written the Ezzard Charles Mambo in honor of the heavyweight challenger training there . . . Between you'n'me. is there a sports pundit around who hasn't flatly predicted Cholly Dressen will return to the majors next year? . . , Rock Puts Him to Work Freeloader Complains GROSSINGER, ST. Y. — (NEA) — A fellow by the name of Robert Beauregard Brumby insists that he is the hardest worker in the training camp set up for Rocky Marciano's title defense against Szzard Charles, Sept. 15. Brumby's job is to ballyhoo the Marciano training, with an eye on getting enough newspaper space to bring in a full house at the Yankee Stadium on fights ight. So, the day Rocky opened training. .Brumby rubbed his hands together and sat down with Rocky. He fired a few leading questions at the champ, hoping to draw some words of anger from Rocky— the kind of statements which the papers would use. "Aren't you mad at Al Weill, your manager?" Brumby asked. ''And I guess you're all out of shape and need a lot of work car you'll lose your title for sure." As Brumby fired away, Marciano delicately attacked a steak. "Not a thing wrong, anyplace." Rocky replied. "I'm in fine shape right now, I'm not mad at anybody. Even my wind is great. I just don't see what I can say except that I'm feeling great all-around." "Well, then," Brumby replied. "I guess that eye of yours is the big worry. The one Charles cut last time — I guess you're worried it will open up again." Marciano felt the skin above his left eye and shook his head again. "Doctor says you couldn't open this up again with a baseball bat. "You know/' Rocky continued, "it looks as if you are going to have to really go to work this time." Brumby, who has made a name for himself in boxing circles as a man who has gone through life without ever working a day, was left shaken. When he's asked how many rounds Rocky worked on a particular day, the press agent replies with a snort: "Never mind him. I'm., the guy who has to work up here. Why don't you ask me what I've done?" WARNING ORDER Charlie Washington Fain and Dollie LouElla Fain Austin, heirs in the Estate of J. C. Fain, Deceased, are hereby notified that a claim has been filed against the Estate of J. C. Fain, Deceased, Probate Cause No. 2231, Probate Court, Chickasawba District of Mississippi County, Arkansas. By Order of the Probate Court said claim will be heard on September 27, 1954, in Blytheville, Arkansas. SEAL ELIZABETH BLYTHE PARKER, Clerk. James W. Steinsiek, Atty. ,for Claimants. 3/25-9/1 Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Miami Beach. Fla.—Willie Pastrano, 161%, New Orleans, out- pointed Jimmy Martinez, 156&, Phoenix, Ariz., 10 Detroit—Ken Hammer. 192, Detroit, outpointed Neil Welch, 196 Vz, Toledo, 8 London — Sammy McCarthy, 127V4. England, stopped Enrico Micale, 127, Italy, 5 Gene Woodling, the Yankees' left fielder, is called ""Porky" by his teammates. POLIO AGAIN ON RAGE Througihout The Country and in -vlississippl County. 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