Orlando Evening Star from Orlando, Florida on June 10, 1957 · 9
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Peg 10 . ORLANDO EVENING STAR SPOUTS Ph. 3-4411 Classified 3-8511 Monday, June 10, 1957' SPiy If W EMxes ffiJesft s& &h i3sl f ygoGul u By BI D SPENCER NEA Special Correspondent SAN FRANCISCO When Matthew Fox, president of the Skiatron Corp. handed Walter O'Malley, head of the Brook-lyn club, a down payment of $2 million for Pay-TV rights to the Los Angeles territory, then expressed willingness to make a deal for the San Francisco franchise, major league baseball on a new basis seemed assured for both cities. This new style of baseball can be summed up in a couple of words who cares about attendance? While most of the talk surrounding major league franchise shifts has been of new stadiums and larger at-, tendance, the blunt truth is that, in San Francisco at least, no records will be set once the novelty disappears. This city is in the center of a horse race-crazy area, as is Los Angeles. Seals Stadium, which would be used by the New York Giants in 1958, is big enough for the long run and it seats only 22,000 now. ray television is to be the real source of revenue for major league baseball in California. 0 0 0 For several years, the National and American Leagues have been eyeing expansion as an answer to sagging gates. Del Webb of the Yankees had been stirring up Los Angeles city fathers for a possible Washington transfer. The Boston Red Sox purchased the San Francisco franchise in the Tacific Coast League. The National League hit the jackpot when Fox put money in the bank for O'Malley. The Brooklyn magnate had an easy time getting Thillip K. Wriglcy to sell him the Los Angeles franchise. O'Malley soaped up Mayor Norris Poulson of Los Angeles, then brought in Mayor George Christopher of San Francisco and New York owner Horace Stoneham. Until three weeks ago, observers on the Pacific Coast didn't feel it was likely that either the Dodgers or Giants could afford to junk rich television rights around New York. But Mayor Christopher called a private conference of San Francisco newspaper editors and told of the Pay-TV negotiations. It was made clear that the transfer talk was not to squeeze new parks out of New York municipal authorities. 0 0 0 Fox put money on the line. As a solid guess, O'Malley and Stoneham are able to offer a percentage of their ray-TV money to visiting clubs, so unanimous approval of the shifts by fellow owners was easy to obtain The fact that O'Malley and Stoneham are to receive new stadiums with concessions on low rental is secondary to the Pay-TV operation. Fox was willing to put up two million because he knows if it proves a financial success on the golden slope he will have an edge on the eastern baseball market and the rest of his program he already has purchased a big film company's library of reels should follow easily. Skiatron needs no federal sanction. Dodger and Giant games would be piped through a closed circuit and the only thing needed to make this work is cash customers. Telephone company people are surveying the operation and their report will reach O'Malley and Stoneham in the near future. Final action on the transfers will take place in October. ooo You get an idea of the influence ray-TV holds, when jou realize Minneapolis was more highly thought of for explansion than either .Los Angeles or San Francisco before Fox stepped in. There is no horse racing in Minneapolis, you see.' Los Angeles and San Francisco are surrounded by tracks. Racing is continuous 'in Los Angeles with harness and quarter horses running between regular thoroughbred seasons. You can well see how Pay-TV may save the majors from hock. Speculation has it that the Giants and Dodgers will receive 10 cts. from every tuned-in set. And 30 million sets isn't too large an estimate. Take me out to the ball game? Why, that's" as old-fashioned as the NEW YORK Giants and BROOKLYN Dodgers. Orlando Earns Split; Meets Tampa Twice Flyers Tie Daytona For Fourth SPORTS Qi BOBBY AVILA By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor The Sudden Fall Of Bobby Avila NEW YORK Three short years ago, Roberto Francisco Avila was the terror of American League pitchers. So, it seems very strange indeed to see Bobby Avila, the World Series second baseman of 1954, confined to the darkest corner of the Cleveland dugout. Especially with a desperate Ker-by Farrell sending up pinch-hitters with averages of .111, .125 and .190. This is a national calamity in Mexico, for Ah-vee-la was the finest ballplayer ever to come from south of the Rio Grande. It was also so shocking to an old Avila admirer that he visited the Indians dressing room after the game. He suspected that maybe Roberto Francisco was slightly incapacitated and would be back in the thick of things in a few days. He's Ready To Play "Are you ready to play, Bobby?" he asked Avila. "Sure, I'm ready, but I can't play right now," replied Roberto Francisco, a wry smile framing his white teeth. "There's nobody out there to play with right now. But there's not a thing wrong with me, if that's what you mean." Avila's bat contributed generously as the Indians won 111 games in 1954 to snap the Yankees' string of pennants. There was a definite ring of authenticity to Avila's stick as he led the league with .341. There was zing in it 27 doubles and 15 home runs. Avila's bat carried him at second base, where he was never much more than adequate, So, this season, Farrell, the new manager, decided to -employ him at third base. After 17 games, the harassed Farrell decided it was time for another change. Avila made only 11 hits in 57 times at bat, for an average of .193. That won't do on any club, especially from a third baseman on an outfit starving for runs. So, Al Smith had to be brought in from the outfield, even though at times he operates, in self defense at third base. 'The Ball No Longer Travels' "They just pitch Avila close to the hands and nothing happens." explains Farrell, who requires a right-hand power hitter like a horse player needs fresh money. "The ball no longer travels when he hits it." Few accomplished batters have declined as quickly a Avila. This would be understandable if Roberto Francisco were an old pappy guy on his last legs, but the chili consumer is not yet 31. Nor was Roberto Francisco anything in the nature of a morning glory or flash, in the pan. He crashed the American League after only 56 games in the International, batted .299 the first time he got a real crack at it, then .305, .300, .286 and .341. There was no genuine cause for apprehension when his average dropped to .272 in 1955, but there definitely was when it fell to .224 last trip. It is sad to relate, but there are unmistakable signs that Bobby Avila is dropping all the way out of the majors. 2 Women, 25 Men Beat Golf Champs Tied for fourth after splitting a day-night doubleheader yesterday with St. Petersburg, the Flyers open an important four-game series with Tampa here tonight that could boost them even higher in the tight Florida State League race. . A twin bill with the Tarpons is scheduled in Tinker Field tonight, starting at 6, and will be followed by another pair Tuesday night in Tampa. IN TOSITION Ray Abel will start the first game on the mound tonight, while Munsey Millaway is scheduled for the nightcap. Only two and one-half games out of second, the Flyers are in position now to gain important ground. But they are facing a revived Tampa club which is fresh from sweeping a doubleheader yesterday from Daytona Beach that lifted the Tarpons into second place. 4-3 LOSS. After winning yesterday's afternoon game, 2-1, to extend their victory streak to six, the Flyers slipped in the nightcap, allowed two runs in the eighth and absorbed a 4-3 loss. Dick Vigliotti emerged as a pleasant surprise from the day s activities. He was making his first start in the afternoon game, after two weeks on the disabled list, and was within one pitch of a shutout. A wild pitch at that point allowed the Saints to score their only run. In the nightcap, Vigliotti re lieved starter Eric Spence in the seventh and eventually took the loss. Only two area distaff golfers managed to beat the score posted by Kathy Cornelius yesterday as part of National Golf Day. Beating the 73 posted by the National Women's Open The Man Near Suhr's Mark NEW YORK (IP Stan LThe Man Musial can equal the National League's "iron man" record Tuesday night when the Cardinals meet the Phillies in Fhiladelphia. By playing in both Sunday's fames against the Giants, Musial ran his streak of consecutive games to 821, only one s.hort of the league record of 822 games held by Gus Suhr, former Fittsburgh first baseman. Weekend Fights I Th AeiatMl frmt WONTIVIOtO. Urwouay Oogomur Wart-rut. 177, llrvauar. utpemtrd Wrni I.. 1" !H". 10. HOtt VVOf0. Calif 'Vr, 9. Im !. utie'M4 ebb Jet, !', 0't. 10. champion were Ginger George and Mrs. N. G. Filley. Ginger, 14-year-old daughter of Winter Park golf pro Dow George, shot a 70. Mrs. Filley, at Dubsdread, carded a net 72. Meanwhile, at Dubsdread, eight men were added to the list of those who defeated National Open champ Cary Middlecoff's- 70. Al Kelley, Don Bisplinghoff and club pro Denny Champagne did it without benefit of a handicap. Kelley had a 67 while Bisplinghoff and Champagne shot 69s. Others with net scores, were Bob Reed 63. Lou Lada 681. Jim Fuller 69, Walter Leach 69 and Marshall Steidfell 69. They were added to a list of 17 who topped Middlecoff's score in Saturday, rounds. The 17 were: Dr. John McKcy, Ralph Reed, Harold Rogers, Tommy ! Barnes, Bob McCullars, John I McCoy, Ken Pray. A. S. Dick-; erson, George DesRosiers, : Jesse Bennett, Gus Robertson, Art Braun. Jack Coulter. Jerry Barry. Tony Mallada, W. A. Farnngton and J. A. Brent. It was a busy weekend in the personnel depart ment. Second baseman Hayden Haskins and pitcher Nastor Olano were given outright re leases, while outfielder Richard Jesek was placed on the dis abled list for a 10-day period. Two new players replaced those released and started both games yesterday. They are outfielder Joe Gore and second baseman Jim Hanson. Both were assigned here, by the parent Detroit Tigers from other clubs in their farm sys tern. rioles Make V ..; k h 4? i. . 4 Jul Life Tough For Leaders By The Associated Tress You can call them the Baltimore giant killers from now on after the job the Orioles did on the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees over, the last two weekends. Paul Richards' Birds edged into sixth place yesterday by sweeping a pair from the league-leading White Sox to make it three out of four in the scries, 1 This will be the Flyers' busiest week of the season. Barring further rainouts, they will have played five doubleheaders in the six days from yesterday to Friday night. They go to Daytona Beach for a single game Wednesday, then return home Thursday to play a twin bill with the Islanders. Another pair is on tap Friday against Gainesville. Smith Leads Ladies' PGA By 3 Strokes PITTSBURGH OP Wiffi Smith, 20-year-old St. Clair, Mich., freshman pro, carried a three-stroke lead and a de sire to win the "big one" into today's final round of the Ladies' PGA championship at Churchill Valley Country Club. The winsome Miss Smith re fused to be disgusted Sunday when she fired a double-bogey six on the 17th hole as her drive struck a tree branch and nearly bounded into a creek.) She finished the third round with a 75 and a 214 total. PRESSING Pressing the Michigan lass at 217 were the veteran Louise Suggs, Sea Island, Ga., and defending LPGA titlist Marlene Bauer Hagge, Dallas, Tex. Miss Suggs, who went into Sunday's round trailing by four strokes, carded a 74 and Mrs. Hagge came home with a 73. v Deadlocked in fourth position with 219s were Alice Bauer, Palos Park, 111., and Joyce Ziske, Waterford, Wis. Miss Bauer shot a third-round 74 and Miss Ziske posted a 75. FOUR AT 221 Four of the 23 players in the tourney were bunched at 221. They were Jackie Pung, San Francisco; Bonnie Randolph, Naples Beach; fievcrly Hanson, Indio, Calif., and Marilyn Smith, Wichita, Kan. Miss Randolph carded, the only sub-par round of the afternoon with a onc-under 69 as the remainder of the field had difficulty with the stiff winds that blew all afternoon. MflQE1 The Battle Umpire Bill Summers gestures to Tiger Mgr. Jack Tighe, partially hidden by Ray Boone 8 in top picture after Boone's fight with pitcher Tom Sturdivant. Behind umps are Yanks Mgr. Casey Stengel, partly hidden by catcher Elston Howard 32 and Gil McDougald 12. Boone and Sturdivant were both ejected. In picture below, Boone applies ice pack to cheek bruised by Sturdivant. AP Wirephotos ( LrAf;UE ) ....... -x si ' ! . s V Grumble, Yanks The six-game winning streak was the longest of the season for the Flyers. And the win in the afternoon game boosted them above the .500 mark for the first time. No. 18 Not Martin's Car Another area stock car owner has denied that his car was one of three which appeared for races at Sunbrock Speedway Friday night. Sam Martin of Longwood said that his No. 18 was not at the track. Cars at the track last Friday were Nos. 18, 20 and 21. Dick Carter had already said that the No. 20 was not the car sponsored by him and driven by Bobby Dawson. 'O DETROIT W Like the winning poker players who laugh and tell funny storks while the losers grumble and yell "deal the cards," the New York Yankees had their own private little joke today about "Bauer's beautiful boner." . Mgr.1 Jack Tighe, whose Detroit Tigers dropped a 54 decision yesterday when Yankee outfielder Hank Bauer tried to steal second with bases loaded and turned the act into the winning run thought the whole matter was very unfunny and called Bauer's maneuver "the rock of all rocks." FORGET IT And both teams were prepared to forget they said about the third inning brawl that started when New York awarded badges emblematic of ! l ' tT ' olul",va,LL "u Miss Smith was two Laugh At Bauer's Slock SIDELIGHT In a sidelight of the LPGA, U.S. Women's Open champion Kathy Cornelius posted a 73 as the target for the country's lady golfers in the national "I Beat the Champion" day. Spotted course or individual handicaps, those who better Mrs. Cornelius' score will be traded punches over a pitch Was tWO OVCr 4,nt n.,rl,r cfrnrt P.nnno nn men's par at the end of 16: tne riGa(j. when she ran into trouble.! There was agreement on one She gambled trying to hook a!pointi Baucr concurred with shot around a tree but her ball xighe on the "rock of all struck a branch and bounced ;mks" statement and said it to the edge of a nearby creek. iwas the first time in his long Although the hole cost her the. career that he had run a team-double-bogey, it failed to mate off base, crack her ice-water calm and! ojjtS she came' back strong to par Thcre were two outs, the the final hole. , . was Ucd and the Yanks In a companion "tourna-i hafi the bases loaded in the ment of champions" event, eighth inning when Bauer lit Maureen Riley, New Castle , out for second base, already oc- Pa., successfully defended her title in a tourney originally set for 72 holes but shortened by 18 as a result of Saturday's rain-out of all activity. She finished with a 6. cupied by Bobby Richardson. But before the Timers could tag Richardson for the third out when he left the bag, Bill Skowron raced from third base with the deciding run. In the third inning Sturdi-vant's first pitch to Boone was a high inside fast ball that caromed off Ray's bat as he was trying to get out of the way. EJECTED Boone charged toward the mound and Sturdivant toward the plate. They met, traded a couple of punches and fell to the ground. Both benches emptied and it was 10 minutes before umpires could restore order. Both Boone and Sturdivant were ejected from the contest. Boone., shaken by the incident, said he was convinced Sturdivant deliberately "threw at my head and nobody gets away with that." Sturdivant said the pitch "was a fast ball that just got away from me. It's one of those unfortunate things." Only a week ago they gave the Yanks a dose of the same three out of four medicine in their own ball park. Billy O'Dell, a 24-year-old southpaw making his first start of the season, struck out 11 White Sox in Sunday's second game shutout, 5-0 after homers by Tito Fran- cona and Bob Nicman helped the Orioles' ace reliefer, George Zuver-ink, win his sixth in the opener, 7-5. Baltimore now has won eight of its last 11 games. The double defeat cost the White Sox a game and a half of their American League lead which still measures 4Vi games over the second place New York Yankees, who took advantage of some crazy base-running and a defensive lapse to whip Detroit, 5-4. The game was married by a fight between Tom Sturdivant, Yankee starter, and Ray Boone, Tiger first baseman, after Boone was hit by a pitched ball following two Tiger homers. ONE RUN Cincinnati's determined Red-legs held Brooklyn's defending champs to only one run in 18 innings while taking two from the Dodgers, 3-1 and 3-0. As a result of the weekend action, Cincinnati has opened up a l'i game lead In the National after a one-day drop into third place. The Dodgers and Phillies are tied for second because the Phillies lost to Chi cago, 7-3, and had to settle for a 4-4 tie in the second game, called by the Sunday curfew in Philadelphia. The Cubs had just scored a run in the 10th before the curfew struck but the score reverted to nine innings and! a tie. It will be replayed completely at some future date. BRAVES STUMBLE Milwaukee stumbled again at Pittsburgh. After winning the 11- inning first game, 2-1, on Roberto Clemente's error and Johnny Logan's single, the Braves bowed to Ronnie Kline in the second game, 5-3. Hank Aaron ran, his home run total to 15 with one in each game. St. Louis also edged into the thick of the race by taking two from New York. They won the first, 2-1, for Vinegar Bend Mizell's first victory, and' 10-7, for Lindy McDanicl, by scoring six runs in the sixth inning wheft 11 men went to bat against Steve Ridzik and John ny Antonclli. Stan Musial hit his 12th homer and played his 821st consecutive game, only one short of the National League record set by Pittsburgh's Gus Suhr in 1937. BOSOX SWEEP the chief excitement in the American, with ths exception of the Tiger-Yankee brawl, there was other action. Boston hit seven homers in downing Kansas City twice, 8-4 and 9-5. Ted Lcpcio and Jimmy riersall each hit two and Ted Williams slammed No. 13. Cleveland settled for a split with Washington, winning the opener, 7-2, on Early Wynn's six-hitter, but losing the "ec-ond, 7-6, when Roy Sievcrs of the Senators hit a two-run pinch homer in the ninth. Vic Wertz and Roger Maris each smashed two homers for the losing Tribe in that second game. The Oriole' double victory at Chicago Was costly because George Kell, veteran third baseman, was hit on the head by a pitch for the second time, this season. Kell, who recently connected for his 2.000th hit, suffered a possible hairlina fracture as the result of a pitch by Dick Donovan in the second game. Francona also was injured, suffering a fracture of the index finger on his left hand that will keep him out fof four weeks. Bob Boyd had si hits in the twin-bill. 7ho High Flyers Ooslittlt PImu Srnc Franklin Smith Hyatt Abtl Ho J-k Hfdd Millaway Whit Vigliotti Glr Jtnr Totals P'tehtr Doohttli ool Viq'mMi ortr . Other BATTING ab r h 2b 3h hr rhi iv, 31 S 13 5 0 1 10 3 4 0 mill US 32 44 7 140 17 4) 13 7 0 2 1 ?3 6 133 21 34 JJ 1 3 179 71 ? 147 7 31 17 2 3 37 2 S 2 2 3 12 2 1 IK 2 1 n o .414 1 .4fifl 8 .19 19 .303 2t .793 0 .?6 4 .2M 2 .2S6 2 .210 19 .773 ,211 1 .705 2 .12 1 .170 0 .n3 1 ,n,3 .000 t .197 Columbus' Sally Loop Franchise On Rocks . COLUMBUS. Ga. MV-Directors of the Columbus Foxes have issued an appeal for $25. 000 to keep the Class A South Atlantic baseball team going the remainder of the season. "Frankly, unless attendance does increase and the money is raised, we will be forced to sus. pend operations," they said in a statement yesterday after a stock-holders meeting. Besmanoff Fights NEW YORK (INS) Argen. tine heavyweight Alex Miteff meets German hopeful Willie Besmanoff in tonight's televised 10-rounder at the St. Nicholas Arena. 103 proof Cavalier Vodka ? J & the perfect "plus" proof ll.-l.f I ' .I-' inais cnangmg ,y? in vodka MUM as American as the Pony Express - fi09 X4 i70 14 1678 219 301 " 23 13 2D .227 PITCHING 29 30 2 '3 34 23 99 2 2 '3 39 23 S 123 hb 13 9 72 39 4 43 9 w I 2 A : 4 l' a a 1 f 11 CAVALIER the great American J (ft Sft W.I :-. o l .... i - , VODKA DISTILLED 'm AMUICIN CUM IU HOOF (ONIINEUTU DISTILLING (OV. UlU, thm

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