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PAGE SIX RLYTHEVILLE (ARK.); COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1943 Kling, Baseball Con Man, Called Smartest Receiver Of All Time •By HARRY GBAYSON NBA Sports Editor " Many old-timers consider Jolm O. Kling (he smartest catcher of all time. Johnny Kling caught for the Chicago Cubs dm Ing the glorious era of Tinker to Evers to Chance. '.';••'•'-. Kling called (lie shots of SMC!) fniiious piichers 'a's Three-Fingered Brown, -Big Ed Ruelbach, Orvle Overall and the lefl-hnnded Jack Ptolslor. •' ; ' ';'••' Noisy Jolm Kilns wns the brnln of on Immortal outfit Hint swept to' four National League, pennants and two world championships In five'years. In 1000, the Cubs set a record that still stands In the senior wheel—110 victories. Hling was baseball's No. 1 con man. His chatter disconcerted many a hitter. Like Johnny Archer, who followed him, he threw from n squat and had a powerful arm lie. was one of the first to stress the pilch-out as a menus of breaking 'lip the lilL-and-rnn, was whiz at picking men off base. Kling. a work horse, was In the thick of the fierce rivalry between the Cubs of Frank chance nnd the Giants of John McGraw. When Merkle Pulled Boner Kllng caught many Barnes Hint are still remembered. I" 1908, he was behind the-stick In the con• test at the Polo Grounds in whlcl: Fred Merklc pulled his renownci boner In neglecting to touch second ' base and tin-owing the Oi ants into a tic with the Cubs. • Noisy John also handled Pfeis icr ami'Miner'Brown In'the piny- off of that historic contest whlcl sent the Bruins into' their third , straight World Series. Tills oiv was also "-played' nt the Poll Grounds, and Noisy John one more reminded the Glnnls to be have on the paths when lie catigh Buck Hcrzog off first In tlie open ing round after Roger Bresnalm had-struck out. In the eighth, - Kllng captured foul .ball raised by Larry Doyli whOTpinchcd-hit for Christy Mall: en-roil, in a storm of hats and po bottles. The headwcnr and glass ' ware were not heaved at Nob Jolm. It was tossed in the nlr n despairing gesture as a lion guard rally faded, but that made Noisy. John's picking the ball out of the shower none the less re- mnrknble. That was the last regular-scheduled' National : Lengue game caught I by Klirig. until lie returned to-help the Cubs to another flag In '10. Like.'Tyrus Raymond Cobb, Kling grew; rich playing -baseball. Charles -Webb' Murphy found It harder each year to sign Kling, so prosperous-v.'as'the billiard parlor conducted.in Kansas City by Noisy John'arid'his partner, Benny Allen, the'old pocket billiard champion and three-cushion sliark. O. Webb Murpliy did not go high enough with' his bid, so Kling's baseball in '09 was confined to a few games with Jimmy Callahan's 'ancler Meer Bests Pollet in . 11 -Inning Duel As Cardinals Lose, 4-1 By Hulled Press In halt of Johnny Vumlcr Mecr|s aines, lie's one of the National /.ague's finest pitchers. And In lie other hnlf he's Just another ny named Johnny, But last, night the Cincinnati elt-hnndcr wns In the best cntc- ory. Ills opponents were the St. .mils Cardlm-.'.s y*ilh -'iowlc Pollet m (lie mound. For three Innings 'ach man pitched .scoreless ball. The Cards scored In the lust of the oil]Hi. Then, In the fifth, the Reds led the score. And that's the way I Ex-Blytheville Pitcher Meets One of His Fans Far From Home stayed until the lllh. Johnny's mates went to work and iimbaslcd Potlcl for three runs In he top of the nth. Johnny held lie lead, and was the winner. He'd jlvtn up only five hits all Hit way. And the victory wns his sixth of the year, against live defeats. The runnerup Brooklyn Dodders lost to the New York Giants, so the Cards' lend remains nt three full Bnuies. The Giants nosed out Ihc Brooks, 3 to 2. Manager Mel Ott uncounted for two runs with homer In the sixth inning, SI Johnson pitched the Philadelphia •Phillies to n 2 to 0 win over tile Boston Braves under the lights. Jim Tobln wns the loser. And the Pittsburgh Pirates took the Chicago Cubs Into camp, 5 to 2. Ill the American League, the pacc- EeUinic New York Yankees absorbed nn 8 to :i beating from the Washington Senators in a night . The NaLs broke forth with Johnny Kling RUng's Johnny retirement Archer, by obtaining catcher called Logan Squares, President Murphy by not a few thp nearest approach to Noisy John since the latter cnlled It a career. Kllng wns traded to the Boston,Nationals In July, in '12, finished In full stride with •11. He managed the Bcanentcrs the Cincinnati Reds in '13. Klin? Could lilt unit ttun Kllng, who stood five feet nlne- and-a-hair nnd weighed 175 pounds, was exceptionally fast for a backstop, stole 23 bases In '02 and ;he same number In '03. A right-hand hitter, he left a 12-year major league average of .271, .Very good for .the period. "As .-'accomplished "and versatile as he was as a youngster, Kling experienced difficulty breaking into professional ball. Veterans didn't welcome newcomers then, remained on tlie job. Kling could get in no more thnn 1C games at iUiovt- stop and 28 In the outfield for prepared for Houston In 'QG, jumped the club for Inck of opportunity. The Cubs obtained Noisy John From St. Joseph of the Western League in the fall of 1900. Kling did all of the Cubs' back- stoppini; in the World Scries of 'OG-U7-08, in which they lost to the unless Wonders, four games to two,'and beat the Detroit Tl- ;crs, four games to none with one tic and four games to one. In '10, Noisy John caught the urst three engagements agninst the Athletic? before bciny supplanted by Archer ns the yoiuiK Mackmcn prevailed, four games to one, The only hit he made in tins set, came in ninth inning of the opener and il pre-..' vented Chief- Bender from scoring' a shutout. Kling, hotel proprietor nnd real estate owner, .sold the Kansas City franchise to the New York Ynn- kci's. lie Is reputed to be a millionaire. Johnny Kling kept his eye nn the ball—nn and olt the diamond. five runs' hi the eighth inning. Tommy Byrne's wildncss helped Washington nlong. The Boston lied Sox nosed out the Philadelphia Athletics, 3 to 2. And the St. Louis Browns and Chl- cngp White Sox split a doubleheader. St. Louis won the first game, 5 to '<:, bill lost the second, to 0. Orval Grove was the winner In the nightcap, although he gave up 10 Mils. The Detroit-Cleveland night game was postponed. Today's schedule has Cincinnati at St. Loins, Chicago at Pittsburgh, and Brooklyn at New York in the National League single games, with Boston playing Philadelphia in a double-header. In the American, It's Philadelphia nt Boston in a double-header, Detroit at Cleveland in a twilight double-header, nnd New York nt Washington and St. Louis at Chicago in single contests. When a strapping young Irishman named Tommy Gorman used to pitch for the Blythevlllc Giants in the Northeast Arkansas League bark In 19M, the kids all flocked IIHU the stands. Out there on the mourn!, Tommy was a colorful chap nnd the boys nil wanted to learn lo pilch like him. lie had an firm like a rawhide whip. He could pump 'em in like n blazing comet, and the fans all lived to watch him look the batter over, wind up and turn loose lits lust one. One of his admirers was -Ungli Ifuilicrt, a high school athlete who rcciiu'ntfd the ball park whenever lie Giants were playing at home. .IiiKhie became pretty much of an ithlcte himself Inter on, but that's lot the story. The Giants .went on to win the ;:wmant that Summer, thanks to :hc pitching of Gorman nnd his fellow star, Harry Feldmnn, nov, wearing the livery of the New York Giants. When the season was over, Gorman and Feldmnn re turned to their homes In Nc\v York Other members of the tenm scat, tered far and wide, but Hugh Hnr bert and other tilythcvllle fan; ncvir forgot that baseball team. Harbcrl, now a corporal In th Medical Corps, recently was In hi barracks fit an American base I North Africa when suddenly slrangcly familiar face npjwnre on the scene. Corporal Harbcrl too n second look and ask, "Aren't yo Toiiim.v Gorman?" Equally surprised, the visitor an swereil. "Yes, and .who are you? It was like seeing someone from home for both of them. Corporal Harbert showed the New Yorker a copy of the Blytlievillc Courier News he wns reading, and the big Irishman who never called any- rabb:d the paper and rend the ionic town news," probably with lore eagerness than he ever did 'lien his name was making the eadllnes on the Courier's sports age back in 1Q38. Gorman, also doing chores for Jncle Sam, Is an athletic director nd is organizing baseball teams menu the service men In Africa, heedless to say, lie soon found a ilnco on one of his teams for Hugh larbert. where home except New York City Baseball Standings SOI1THKHN LEAGUE W. L. xNashville 34 18 Little Hock 21 21 Birmingham 3225 Clinltnnooga 20 23 Atlanta 28 25 Knoxville 2.1 28 New Orleans 25 32 • Memphis 15 35 x—Night enine. NATIONAL LEAGUE w. r,. XSt. I.QULS 31 15 Brooklyn 31 22 xClncinnnti 24 22 xll'ltsburgli 24 22 xPhlladelphia 23 23 xlloston 2023 New York 13 20 xChlcago 1C 31 AMERICAN LEAGUE w. r,. xNcw York 28 11 xWashlngtou 28 23 Detroit 23 21 Philadclphln 28 25 Boston /. 24 27 Chicago 20 23 Cleveland \ 21 20 St. Louis 1'J 25 Yesterday's Results SOUTHERN LKAGUE Afemphls 1, Knoxville 1 (called end of eighth). Night game: Little Rock at, Nashville. Only games .scheduled. NATIONAL LEAGUE Ntw York 3, Brooklyn 2. Night games: , Boston ut Philadelphia. Chicago at Pittsburgh. Cincinnati at St. Louis. AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 3, Philadclphln 2. St. Louis 5-0, Chicago 2-0. Detroit at Cleveland, postponed. Night game: New York nL Washington. .042 .603 .5C1 .531 .528 .451 .439 .300 Pet, .074 .585 .522 .522 .500 M'. .388 .340 Birdies Win For Byrds Hy NtA Service PHILADELPHIA. - Sam Byrd us Babe Ruth's understudy as a Yankee outfielder. One day, when BAlKMHE," LEG PAINS MAY BE DANGER SIGN Of Tired Kidneys It bftfkvh* a0d leg pairu are msWne you mEserable l Uun't justcojiipUiu and do notliltif ulxiut the m. Nature may be waruS eg you ttiat your kidneys need attention. The kUneya &re N&ture'a chief way of ta king eicea* Belli*- and polsonouj mute out of (tie blood. They licfp tuoet people pau about 3 ie out-drove Ihc Bambino in n friendly game of golf, Byrd remarked: "You may have the homers ioih now on, Bnhe; hereafter I'm suing after birdies." Byrd quit baseball lo become a jt'ofesslonal golfer, progressed rapidly. Byrd has won major tournaments.'Mrs. Byrd teamed with her Husband to win the lady-pro tournament of the Bala Golf Club here will! n sub-par G7. Three birdies contributed to the Byrds' victory. CHICKASAW West Main Near 2Jsl St. Kat. starts JZ:'I!>; Sun. starts 1:45 Nliilil shows 5:4:-, Kvr-epl Monday, opens 6:45 Continuous shows Sal. and Sun. . ft day. J[ the IS mile* of kidney lube* and filters don't work well, pouoaou* waate matter Blaya in tKetlood/rheaepouona may start rjajjji'mz backachei,rbeuuiatio paloa, leg iialna, ln«3 of ,*,<.*. pep end ertfrky, cetting up rjiKiiU, iwellmr, 521 I iiuffinesaurwlertbeeye«,h»iujache*anijdini- ',._„ j neas. F/equentorKantypassagea witheiiiart- • Don't Wiittt Ask'j'our dru^gbt for Doaia'a tiling wron{ with your kiJueyg or bladder. ' Don't wiiitt Ask your druKgbt for Doju'a FilU, u*ed iucceMfusly by nnliiuiiA (or over 40 .471 .4G5 . yearn. Th*y give liujiny relief and will t r 447 I tlie 15 milt* of kidney tuU* tluali out poison'.~2 oua waste from clj« tjooj. Gel Doau 4»fili*. Last Time Today Double Feature 'LADY. KKOM CHKYENNK' with I.orrfla Ynunpf * Uoterl I'reston "MAYOU OF'7lth STREET" wHli Anne Shirley & Dennis Morgan Selected Shorts Friday and Saturday Double Feature "LONE STAR RAIDERS" With The Three Mestjuifccrs ami "HAD MEN 01'' MISSOURI" with Jane Wyman & l>enuis Morgan SKHIAI,: "Hick Tracy vs. Crime" Coined) 1 , B>' HARRY GRAYSON : NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK—If the war doesn't Inst too long. Luke Scwell perdicts that Vcrnon Decntur Stephens, Jr., will take his place among the great players of the game. Junior Stephens, due lor induction into the Army, has nil four Jack Lovelock's 3:47.8 for 1500 meters was considered remarkable until Guilder Hngg cnmc along with his 3:45.8, which is his best time. Maintaining Hint pnce, he would do the mile in 4:03.8. Like Count Fleet, however. Gun der the Wonder is a sprinter who requirements, .points out Manager Sewcll of the Browns. He hits a long ball, is fast, has a fine arm and the desire to play. "Many players have three requirements, but when you get one with four you have a Ty Cobb Honus Wagner or Joe DiMnggio," says Sewcll. "What good Is all the ability in the world it the player dosen't take care ol himself nnd is not eager to play? . Siwell's , outfit 'fell apart when Shortstop- Stephens, who Is only 22, twisted his knee when he made the mistake of not going all the way through with a slide into second base against the Yankees. When Stephens returned to the wars, Sewell didn't want to run the risk of having his knee bumped before it had completely healed. To get his big bat into the thick of tilings, he sent the youngster to left field. "In five games tnere, ne was as good an outfielder as I ever saw," relates Sewell. "He made one of the best-catches I ever saw, threw oul three runners at the plate." Stephens stands 5 feet 11, weighs 185. Ks is a power right-hand hlt- ,'er at shortstop, batted in 92 runs n his freshman year, hasn't a care i the'world. can go n route. Little Sidney Wooderson's mile mark went from 'I00.4 to 4:04.0. Archie San Romnnl rai: 2000 meters in 5:10.8 in llelsink on a tour in 1937. Tlie Swift Swede shaved it lo 5:11.8. Henry Knltirne of Siveden 3000 meters in 809.0. llagg cut i to 8:01.2, It \vns Kalnrne who go Hagg to running, by the Miklos Szabo. tile llungnrian, lie gotiatcd two miles In 85G.O. Hag reduced that one to 8:47.8. Laur Lchtinen. the Finn, turned in 13:50.0 three-mile at the Los An .cles Olympic Games in '32. Hag whacked that one lo 13:32.4. Taist Makl's 5000-meter record of 14:08 was reduced to 13:68.2. Guiltier Hagg conies well rccon mended. Cecil Wilhclm expects Devi Thumb, winner of five stakes : Saratoga last August, to be ready for the Arlington Classic, July 24. Trnimr Wilhelm professes to he- cean Wave mean to he on hand i tackle Count Fleet for the first me this season. Slide Rule Is also > take another Whirl. The Arlington Clnssic may pro- idc Count Fleet's only real test as 3-year-old. They act tired of chasing the treak from Stoner Creek. Today's Games . SOUTHERN LEAGUE Nashville nl Memphis. Knoxville at Little Rock. Chattanooga nt New Orleans. Atlanta nt Birmingham. NATIONAL liKAUUE Chicago at Pittsburgh. Brooklyn at New York, lioston nt Philadelphia (2), Cincinnati nt St. Louis. AMERICAN LEAGUE St. Louis at Chicngo. Detroit nt Ccvelnnd New York nl Washington. Philadelphia at Boston (2). Error:. Beat. Jonestoro .lONKSBOUO, Ark., June n—The Newport Air Base had little trouble defeating the Jonesboro All- Stars in a game plnyed at the Lc- lon Park, 8 to 1. The Cadets were n great form and played good ball. Errors were largely responsible for he Joncsbm-o defeat, as the Cadets ;corcd many of their runs on er- •ors. FOR SUMMER HEAT FOR ACTIVE SERVICE FOR LASTING WEAR Cool New Among the weapons turned In by aliens nt San Francisco were Japanese swords 750 ycnrs old. lieve that William E. Boeing's colt can run with Count Fleet and is positive tlie son of Grand Slam can travel as far. He came through the pack In the stretch lickety-split Inst Summer. The Classic, particularly Devil's Thumb returns, will put life in the 3-ycnr-old division at least for a day, for Occupation and HANDY TO CARRY—EAST TO USE SAVE YOUR WBfS Gel DIXIE Patch! msir.'S TRln.F. <trtntfh millnili tlie liiht Iticlf. I.m^i for lite rrd center In Ilie r-nlrll Hint Insure! jon of ^citing the genuine iiixn: i-.vrcir. A»k >m,r ce station or cnrnfEC- , t.,iU)t (top « Cm In Cir -Alwiyi Open 7:15 Show Starts 7:45 Adm. Always lie and 23c TROPICALS 29 Genuine Palm ,75 up Heach Stills—19.50 IDE "Mimi" W»T OF TIIE HUIIIM II Vulcanites while yn drl**— Outlasts Ikl tikt IHllll WHO DUNNIT? THEY SCRAM. UHEN YOU Friday & Saturday 'Apache Kid 1 with Don "Red" Marry SERIAL: 'Tr-rils of Nj-oka.' Selected Shorts Don't Forget FATHER'S DAY Our salesmen will Rlailly help yon select \ Sift he'll like! We Suffffcsi A CiFT CERTIFICATE for the Dad who "has everything". He fan select his own gift later. You CAN (In s<iniiMhins alioul (he weather! You cnn licat (he lieal in coo! clothes and a(. the same time lie well dressed and prepared for any job lhat comes Jilonp; ... in war production or civil- ian defense . . . It's economy lo Iniy a good Sum- mer suil—more months of wear arc built into Ihem so you'll need lo buy fewer. Prepare foday for the Itmj; monlhs of hot weather just ahead. Huy a tropical I R.O. Hughes *Co, \i '

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