The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 4, 1943 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 4, 1943
Page 8
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nam EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ABK.) COCKIER Watching Cliun Shell Sail Gave First Curve Ball To Cummings; they Said It Couldn't Be Done BV HARRY GRAYSON NEA 'Sports Editor William ArtlHir Cummings is Hie most controversial name In base ball's Hall of Paine. Candy tCummlngs got there bc- eaiije he Is credited with having thrown 'the first curve. Fred Goldsmith, a National league pitcher, tor years claimed Hint lie Ilireiv Hip first curve. Goldsmith said he had demonstrated his curve to Pop Chadwlck, and that Chadwick ,who knew Cum- nihiBS, expressed wonderment. Goldsmith previously had pitched a curve for amazed professors nl Yale. '••••'• "If Cummings..really threw the first curve, Cliartwlck would hnve Eijcn It," he argued. "He would not have been surprised nt my ability to tlirow one. Nor would he liave asked me to Brooklyn to prove Open 7-15 *» Shov, hlarls 7 15 Adm Always, IJc and 25o V ^|' fi Friday and Saturday Buth Of Santa Fe' t/£ *'( ' > with ItuBcri A, G.ibby Hayes , SERIAL: "Perils of Nynka" Sclcclcd Sliorls SATURDAY Midnight Show 'The Hidden Hand' with Craig Stevens & Julie llishiip Selected Shorls Sunday and Monday 'In Old California' with Blnnlc Barnes <fc Albcrl Dckkcr News (if Ihc Kay Selected Siiorls CHIGKASflW West Main Near 21st ,St. Kal. starts 12-4S; Sun. slarls 1:4J , Nlfhl sliows 5:4S Except Sloniiay, opens 6:45 Continuous shows Sit. and Sun. Friday & Saturday Double Feature "HIDING:THE WIND" ' with Tim Holt and , "TIGHT SHOES" *. win, John Howard ,t liinnic Uariics Comcily SEKIAL: "Dick Tracy vs. Crime. 1 Sunday & Monday 'Caught In The Draff with oli Hope & Dorolliy Lamuur UnircVsal \civs 1'opcyc. Comcily Candy Cummlnps . . . Ms curve amazed professors, chul i could throw one." In view of what pitcher's . have done with a baseball since, It really is incredible that for years scholars insisted Hint' no man could pitch a curve, indeed, only last summer a pliy.ste professor contended lhal (he ball did not curve, thnt It was the air resist- .nce that nfade it dipsy-do. HcOKAW AVON A BUT, - Cumminjjs of Ilnrvnrd nnd An- liol, Mass., pitched for Hie Ex- clslors of New York in 1885 and "", but the curve wasn't common .the lale '80s. John Mc'Ornw rc- ited how as n youiiB . peanut utchcr on a railroad he overheard group of passengers discussing lie mystery of the reputed be'nd- r. "It's easy. 1 cnn pilch one my- e)/," cut hi Little Mac. who fan- led himsell as n pitcher at the ime. The travelers made a wimcr uioiiE themselves, nnd when Ihc •aln slopped three sticks were scl 1), nnd McOraw won'$5 by throw- ig a ball IhaL curved In and oul inotii! them. From the Slnr Amnleur Club of •rooklyii, Cummings went into he National A.^socintioii, prcde- ;ssor of the Nntloiiiil Leneuc, when was organhcd In '70, and 'finish-' d up in the National .League In s. He hurled : in the underhand, riekct-bowltii:; motion Ihen in ogitc, stressed how difficult it was lo curve the bull under the rules ol thai lime. lie explained that walcliltif .. clam shell sail gave him (he Idea ss n boy. lie required three or four ycnrs to yet (ho curve ball working, lie tlien perfected It until he Vainly Cuirmliigs . . . his mire aniaml professors, could break (lie curve where he vvnnted lu. cumiiilngs had to pitch wllh one foot just Inside the front line of Mic )xw, (lie other Inside the rear line. Tlie ball Imd to ho delivered below the waist ,so the iirui Jind to be swung perpendicularly. The pitching distance was 45 feet, which made his fcnl more difficult,! He ndmlttcd he had to fool the umpire to curve the ball. KNKIV AJIOUT 1'ITUIIlNft Asked liow lie would pitch lo Dnbe Ruth, old-Tinier Cummlnus said (lie first pitch would he a lihe curve close lo his hands. Then a high out curve Hint would stnrt close to tlic plnle. Next a ball that would stiirl two feel outside the plate and curve lu am) drop lo the knees on the Inside of the plalc, 1 would chance the program each lime ho faced Hie," asserted Candy Cuminlngs. "I'd clmngo the ipccd of.ciicli ball. A free swliit;- ti like Ruth goes afler a ball thai looks good, but you won't fool him oflcu on the same ball. I'd slurl !hc ball the same way every time bill make It no another way." They knew something nboiil pitdiing thul fur hack. Baseball Standings NATIONAL Brooklyn St. loub Pittsburgh xCinclnnati xBoslon Philadelphia New York Chicago x—Night Btuncs. W. . ZC . 10 . 1!) . Hi . IB . 15 , 13 I'd.. .in i .15:12 ,r«2» AMKIIICAN LKAGUE W. L. New York ;o n ashliujton 21 16 ^Detroit 18 nj Philadelphia 20 19 Chicago . 15 ic 'levclnnd 18 M Boston jo 21 St. Louis \'i 20 I'd, .588 .SIM .520 ,5U .•IIS! .•17! .•IG2 .375 Yesterday's Results ;|%.(.-.)•/-1 N] •. | r-l V| tij 1.J NATIONAL LEAGUE SI. Louis 8, Philadelphia 2. Pittsburgh 0, New York (j. Chicago 8, Brooklyn 1. Boston nt Cincinnati, night, AMERICAN LEAGUE New York 2, St. Louis 1. Philadelphia ID, Cleveland •!. Chicago C, Boston 4. Detroit at Washington, nlglil. Rend Courier News Want Ads. Sinclair Greases save farmers money over a season because they last so long. They help prevent costly breakdowns because they lubricate moving parts safely. You play safe and save money when you use Sinclair Greases. Let me deliver to your form B. J. ALLEN Pfcone2005 — Afent - BlytkeyiHe, Ark. FlvlDAY, JUNE..V1, 19-13 «V IIAKKV GKAVSON NBA Spurts Kditor NEW YORK.-Stcce O'Neill was Inlklns about Uobert William An drew Feller. "Hob Teller was the only pit cn . IT I ever saw,' remarked ll,e DC- iroll manager, "whom hall watched warm up." O'Neill probably would stm K,, MS of ii,c Cleveland Imd nol Pel '•• "' tirat his am, j n 1037 nn ' ;™ tmt y '; " iui i>oiisii « i ti. E Schoolboy Feller cried when he learned that O'Neill had been released for no reason at all. Rapid Uobert didn't know how lo stand In (he box when O'Nell! first saw him. The Irish strategist cniighl i Hie first Ume lie pitched to majpr league hiltcrs — when he .struck out eight of the nine Cnr- dlimls who faced him in an exhibition game in the summer ol '3li. Frank FrLsch had never heard of Keller. Cy Slnpnlckii, who ran the Indians' Ihon, had Ihc young lire- ballcr workln: In the concession department. J{e wan filling bags with peanuts, etc., pitched for a semi-professional club on Sundays, I sat at one end of the dugout nt old League Park, gabbing wllh Frl&h. George Uhle slartcd for the Indians, and when Feller started Ihrowin™ (hat foot hilo the stratosphere and striking out lied WlKls, I'Yisch ,asked me who lie was. "Feller." I replied. "Dob Feller." "Yes, I know," .said Frlscli, "I heard the announcer say that, but who is he?" I lold him Dial Feller was a peanut butcher. Feller really made the ball look like a pea that day, and afler lie had struck out the fourth Cardinal, Frlscli asked: "What did you say that kid did?" "He's a peanut butcher," I repeated. 'Peanut butcher!" Frlsch shouted, and ran up and down the dugout. "Do you know who that kid Is? He's a peanut butcher. A pea- iiul butcher, J tell you. Sec what a peanut butcher does to us" Frlscli came Inlo Die Cleveland Ilolel wllh Mike Clon/alc/, and liuzy.y Wares following || )e S a mc . Harry," he said, "lell Mike and Bunny who that kid is." "He's a peanut butcher" f re- llcrnled, "Now do you believe me Mike? butche™ BCl tllat from B '' )Mllllt "I've always heard tlmt Cleveland was the dumteil club in basc- b»ll." concluded r'rank Fiiseh "Now I knoiv it. A 'peanut, but- "If I had Hob Feller I'd schedule a same rlglit now mid pitch him tonlghl." Today's Games SOUTHERN LEAGUE ChatlaiiooKa at Memphis Atlanta at Little Rock, two Hlrminghani al Nashville. New Orleans at Knoxvllle NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn at Chicago. New York at I'ittsburgh, nlsiht PWladelphla nt St. Louis, nfcl'ii Only games scheduled. AMKKICAN LKAGVg Chicago at noston. SI. I/>u!s al New York, nelrolt, at Wiishlngloii. night Cleveland at Philadelphia, night ..*• "OFF-DUTY' 1 COAT . of iiivurieus, all-wnol rtiivclla cloth . .vith chroketl frojil . . . hsini stitch- ; ii)|t .'. .ifiisy (i«inff. In ritii (wo-lonctl • : : •] shadines._ I'riccil al -i r>.50 •»' CHALLIS SHIRTS : • nr« great (or sportswrar wbcn worn ivilb c<intrasUng sinews, lluvc long point collars. This shut : is In-or-buter model. «vG5 ' i' • - ' - KQOLRAY SLACKS are ciiol'for they're niade of line raynn .'. .an ideal hol-wealJier fabric. Made ' uii wllh pltais at llic waisl and ' ' ' -available, in tone* of hrown, blue or Ian. Moderately priced. C-95 CHEW NKCK sweaters with Ions sleeves arc a popular item for rnuRliinp it. Also avallaiilc in spring knit short sleeve, slipovers. Prices begin at Sr.OO ARGYLE PLAID socks are a "miisl" with every spnrls oiilflt. Available In wide selection of lislcs. FricEit from 65c YOU CAN'T hold 'em up wilh- «til a hell. Chouse from thp narrow saddle Irnllitrs or riaslfl tonrrt knits. The prices arc moderate from ? 1 . V * buy more War Bonds & Stamps ! 't Blytheville Swimming Pool - Open Sunday 1 p.m. LOCATED AT MISSISSIPPI COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS •Filtered Water • Chemically Pure • State Inspected REGULAR SUMMER HOURS 8 a.m. untU 10 p.m. - Private Parties After 10 p. ADMISSION: m. 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