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WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 1, W94 BLYTHEY1LLB (ARK.) 1 OODBJER HEWS PAGE SEVEN Yankees Still Insist They'll Take Pennant By HARRY GRAYSON NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — If the Indians don't win this trip, they'! have to brine Bill Veeck back to Cleveland. They'll need a salesman. The Yankees keep saying: "They never saw the day they could beat us. We'll get 'em/' But by now even the more op timistic members of the World Champions' party are wondering audibly: "What with?" When pain developed in Whitey Ford's elbow, while the Astoria! kid was shooting: down the low- flying Orioles the[ other evening/ the New Yorkj''; \ Americans werel >v reduced to just<' > one dependable^ '' and sound start-? *!-**}<< ing pitcher — re-LLLL L.i'J ' emit Bob Grim. "They (the In- Yogi Berra juns) have five good pitchers for every one we have here," remarked one of the older Yankees. Discussing the rather alarming situation with the erstwhile Bombers and their closest followers, you wonder how Casey Stengel has kept them within striking distance. The Big Three was broken up completely when Allze Reynolds' back once more kicked up and Eddie Lopat no longer could go the route. Vic Raschi was peddled to the Cardinals. Young Tom Morgan has been the biggest disappointment of all. For five years it has been said and written that the Yankees would collapse with Phil Rizzuto and those most interested now fear the worst. Glasses failed to help Little Scooter, whose reflexes appear shot. WHEN GIL McDOUGALD jammed his left hand making a tag in Detroit, the family man of i| Nutley, N. J., jammed the infield. Next to the scarcity of strong pitching. Manager Stengel complained most about the lack of hitting around second base. At the tail end of the batting order, enemy pitchers find an oasis, where they may ease up and doctor their wounds. There they stumble into Jerry Colemari, Willie Miranda and the pitcher. Professor Stengel finally had to give up on Riz:_~. i£ zuto, Coleman is Allie Reynolds stm in Korea, as pointed out. Miranda is hardly a man is expected to play shortstop when McDougald's hand gets back in shape. The visiting fireman couldn't help but note the lack of enthusiasm when it was announced that Gene Woodling's wrist was not broken but badly sprained, and the outfielder would be out no more than two weeks. You were told that Woodling had lost a step or two, had been off throughout the campaign and no doubt would be traded — if a taker could be found. THE YANKEES APPEAR to be where they were under Bucky Harris at this time in 1948. They must be rebuilt. Stengel started a good job of that in the spring of 1949 by definitely establishing Yogi Berra as a catcher. Pitching and shortstopping are the major problems this time. Reynolds and Johnny Sain, the one aching, the other frayed and tired, are quite likely to make retirement threats good this fall. Lopat has been reduced to a Sunday pitcher at best. The long-time Steady Eddie is ineffective as a relief worker. Another famous name who appears finished as a major leaguer is Eddie Robinson, the surplus first baseman. Making things worse is the fact that there isn't. much on farms that have never excelled at turning out pitchers. Teh best is Elston Howard, who is hitting ' a lot of home runs for Toronto. A catcher who can play the outfield, Elston Howard is fairly certain to be the first Negro to wear Yankee flannels. Score Named Best Rookie LOUISVTLLE, Ky. (IP) — Herbert Jude Score, the Indianapolis Indian's 21-year-old southpaw hurler and new holder of the American Association strikeout record, was named today for the 1954 Robert"E. Hooey Memorial Award as" the league's outstanding freshman play- r. Selection of the 6 foot 2, 180- pound rookie was made by sports writers in the Association's eight member cities. It was the first time a pitcher was named in the nine- year history of the award which leretofore has gone to seven infield- Mickey Mantle at the plate. Cole- ers and one outfielder. Dressen Tells Trade Secrets Joe Black Has Stiff Wrist and So Can't Curve a Ball By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor OAKLAND, Calif.—(NEA)— Because he is a big-time operator in Triple A, Charley Dressen's name has popped up with each suggestion of a managerial change in the majors. "But I have had no offer," says the manager of the Oakland club, in his cubicle under the old Emeryville stands. "And I am telling you the truth when I say that I don't care whether I get one or not. The club and the contract would have to be right." A lot of people, especially in Brooklyn, still can't comprehend why Walter O'Malley let Dressen go rather than give him a contract for more than one year. Dressen had been beaten in a playoff and won successive pennants and twice taken the Yankees to the seventh game in the World Series. Dresesen can't understand what happens to his old club, especially the pitchers. "I didn't have Don Newcombe last season and Joe Black couldn't get anybody out," he recalls. "Carl Erskine had a big year, it's true but I also had to fall back on young Johnny Podres and Bob Milliken. • "If I was criticized by the front office in Brooklyn, it could only have been because I had four infielders as coaches. I say this because, when I left, they hired Ted Lyons as a pitching coach." When Lyons was brought on Dressen recollects having asked himself just What the old righthander had accomplished with White Sox and Tiger pitchers. "What has anybody done for the Brooklyn pitchers?" askes the little man from Decatur. "Having been a great pitcher doesn't make you a pitching coach. I prefer to work with my pitchers. I feel I have had some success with them. "I have three young pitchers here now that you'll hear from. Rememb- the names. They are Ernie Broglio, TV Makes Things Really Tough For Managers of Young Fighters By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Teddy Brenner assures you that Billy McNeece is a guy they will be positively raving about. Brenner is the chap who matches up all those upsets at Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway Arena. "Irish Billy McNeece figures as the hottest attraction we've come up with since Hurricane Tommy Jackson," he insists. Young McNeece, now 165 pounds, is what is known in the trade as a crowd-pleaser. In fact, as viewed against sturdy Garth Panter, he was too pleasing for his own good. The rough and tumble Mick with the reddish-blond locks is positively insulted if the other bloke misses him. He has the sign of .welcome on his chin, but gives the other fellow a receipt for everything received. So, as per usual, he was blood spattered victor over Panter. McNeece is another striking ex- j ample of what television does to j boxing. McNeece, you see, has had | only 13 professional starts and the j last three have been nationally televised "main events. Billy McNeece but forgets to use it in the heat, of battle. He just naturally lends himself to all out war. Tommy Loughran, the old , light-heavy-weight leader who telecasts from the Eastern Parkway, and other pugilistic pundits stamp him as a remarkable performer for one of his experience, but the lad requires a lot more o it. j Irving Cohen realizes that th ! youngster requires a lot of the eight j round matches they used to hav j at the smaller clubs. i "But where am I going to pu him?" asks the man who handled Rocky Graziano. "There are n< small clubs for me to stick him in And the six-round fights he wa making—at $150 a clip—were s> crammed with action that the promoters and fans wanted to see him on top he won all his six-round fights. The only step after that wa. to take a television date. I jus have to watch who they match him with and have the trainers teach him as much as possible." TV devours boxing's young. Here is a fine prospect out of the Army after a four-year hitch, where he did quite a bit of amateur boxing McNeece has a corking left hand : who wants to fight. So he starts off your loiCt moons most wrtn DirtAed ft»om Kentucky Limestone water and choice grains... tnatwed in chaired, seasoned oak barrels. Thafjvrtw it lootec better. not 30* nor 40X not 50% IRNMZMUMUNI turn*. i in a four-rounder and looks good. A few more and he is moved up to six then, all of a sudden, the matchmaker asks the manager if he wants a Tiger Jones, a Pierre Langlois or a Joey Giardello on top. The customers are wild about the comparative peagreen, break down television sets to see him again. With a modicum of seasoning, everybody knows him. Until too badly busted up. Billy McNeece will be the hit Teddy Brenner predicts. Custie D'Amato has done a splendid job of rating 19-year-old Floyd Patterson, the Olympic champion, but the Brooklyn handler is. is a man of infinite patience. There are no small clubs in which a budding beak-buster can take his time learninig his trade. If he gets belted too much too early, it's just too bad. The television contract has to be fulfilled. WE REPAIR Hydraulic Jacks Air Compressors Battery Chargers Starters Generators Grease Guns Steam Cleaners All Work Guaranteed JOHN MILES MILLER COMPANY Engine Rebuilders BlythevilJe, Ark. Ph. 2-2007 * hfr right-hander; Fred Besana. a left-hander built along the same line; and Don Perrarese, a 'southpaw on the small side. Another prospect is Jim Marashall, an excellent gloveman at first base and left- hand hitter who pulls the ball with power. "Unless I'm badly mistaken. I'll get enough talent for these players to build the Oaks for next year and the immediate future." * » * After His disappointing: season er the names. They are Ernie Broglio. a big right-hander; Fred Besana of '53, Black the masterful line fighter of '52, complained that Dressen had fouled him up. "A stiff finger made Black effective," explains the bouncy Dressen, "but he also had a stiff wrist. Joe did it for one season with remarkable control of a fair fast ball and a little slider, or nickel curve. He could hit a fly between the eyes. "I warned Black that he would have to develop another pitch to stick in the majors, worked on the development of a curve and a change-up in spring training of "53, but the stiff wrist made it impossible for him to break off the curve. "Anyway, where is Black now I see he's a .500 pitcher •with Montreal. Milliken, too, is with St. Paul, similarly handicapped by the lack of a good curve. Perhaps Bob has the same trouble—the stiff wrist." Charley Dressen, as usual, makes a lot of sense. There's a ton of baseball guidance out in Oakland. Comeback Joe Coleman Hit with Oriole Fans; He Gets Them Home from Ball Park Early Walter J. Travis won the 'U.S. Golf Association Amateur title three times, was medalist six times. By JIMMY BRESLIN XEA Staff Correspondent BALTIMORE — (NEA) — If you spend your time watching Baltimore Oriole baseball games on a day-to-day basis, you find yourself startled whenever the Birds step out and put more than two hits together over a game. There is little cheering to be done when a club is something like 50 games off the pace and making a definite bid to make it more. But every four days. Manage. Jimm y Dyke gives everybody concerned a treat. He names Joe Coleman as his starting pitcher. Coleman is probably the only bright spot in the. entire black-tinged Baltimore pic-;; % ture this season t" ) The s t r a pping^J 6-1 200 - pound *~ righthander has made an eye-popping comeback from the washed-up, dead-armed guy who had a 3-4 mark with the Philadelphia Athletics last season. This year, firing the ball with his old-time zip and control, Colsman was able to snatch 10 victroies out of his first 26 decisions with the Orioles, This kind of record, with a club of Baltimore's caliber, easily places Coleman within the circle of the American League's top pitchers. * * * Dykes, only too glad to be given a chance to talk about something good, gives this strong support. "'The guy has had his heart broken on a lot of those games he's lost," Dykes says, "but he just takes it and then comes back and gives you a real big one the next time out. He's all pitcher and he's all guts. With any son of luck, he should have a crack at a 20-garne season." The bad breaks certainly have been there for Coleman. He hurled a three-niter against Detroit, gave up only one run and lost the game, 1-0. Then he went 12 innings against the same club and lost by 5-4 as his team left 10 men on base. Later on, he had a 2-1 victory in the works over Washington—until the Orioles made three errors behind him in the ninth and Coleman was the losing hurler in a 5-2 game. Things like this don't even dent Coleman. He figures, you see, that he's lucky just to be able to pitch in the major leagues. Back in 1949, Coleman hurt his shoulder running the bases and he found his arm rebelled with a sharp pain every time he tried to throw. From a hurler who had won 27 games over two seasons for the hapless Athletics— and pitched three hitiess and run- less innings in the 194S All-Star game — Coleman was reduced to! dead weight on the A's. H« won exactly one game over the next two seasons and was shipped to Ottawa in the Intemaional League and then Savannah in the Sally League. "I couldn't win at either place/' the Oriole hurler recalls. "Finally, a doctor said the arm would come around, but it might take time. So.j I moved my family to West Palm Beach. Fla.. from our home at Maiden, Mass. I figured the more hear-, the better. "It sure helped out. Law last season, I came up with a three-j hitter against the Red Sox and I! knew that with a winter of playing j down at Havana in the Cuban j League I'd be okay." Jimmy Dykes and Baltimore General Manager Art Ehlers, both of whom were with the Athletics last! year, remembered that game and' made a deal for Coleman. * « * The 31-year-old hurler has been firing his way around the leafue with a hopping fast ball. But DyJcet and pitching coach Harry Brecheen give a lot of credit to his sharp curve and a slider. As far as the fans in the Maryland city are concerned, they lite Coleman fine. He has earned 13000 in special awards so far thig season. But there's probably a reason for that. Coleman, you see, is one of those fast working pitchers. He ha* finished games in 1:45 and 1:56 this year, for example. And he's alwayi close to the two-hour flat mark as much as possible. 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