The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 11, 1943 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 11, 1943
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BIGHT rick-on-Trigger King Kelly Played aU Like Cobb 25 Years Before Him ; *' Bj HARRY GRAYSON »,„,' , NEA Sports Editor i-Connie Mack calls Michael J ,Kelly;the Tyrus Raymond CoUb of jiis }ime *' ..•.;'•; , .Cap Adrian Constantino Alison t»id King Kellj was as good n bitter as am body and as fine a grower—from the catcher's posi- iioji or outfield, more.Jiien having been thrown out by liini than any other plajer • v ,"/l Splnk, dean of baseball writers, asserted as late at 1921 lhat King Kelly was (lie greatest pla>- cr whn ever ll\ed 1 Certalnlj?, few ha\e had the nil- round ability of Ihe $10,000 Beauty of the late 80s and early '90s, and 'none had the off-the-field color of the quick-thinking, mustached Irishman of Troy, who made "Slide, Kelly, S-L-I-D-E!" a byword of the game. 'Tali, powerfully built, darkly handsome Kellj was one of the best drcised men of his jwrlod— In tall hat tailored suits, ullrn- l?shionab|e Ascot inti patent leath- er'shoes He. was the John L. Sullivan of tn^ diamond, could drink more brandy and champagne than any man in the.'house, and still piny a whale of a game the next day. GA\E MRST AUlOGKAI'lt The King \\as a ginccful spender, consequently had many friends, fair weather and otherwise. In response to idolatrous professions of esteem, he was quU.k with a Imck ill barrooms, when he had it, which wasn't alwajs, for it was difficult for a \oung man like him to keep in funds He'd have broke the Bank of England .Kelly was the first player cranks, as'fans were known in those days, followed on the streets. He was the original target of autograph seekcis Kelly broke In on the sundials of Paferson, N J, v, here hc worked for $3 a week At 20, he moved to Columbus lo play with'a semiprofessional aggiegation. Cincinnati picked him up, and as ttfe 80s began hc came into renown for the first time with cap Alison's Chicago White Stockings. < Kelly was the first ball player sold for and to get "important" money Soden, Billings mirt Conant «ho owned the Boston Na- uonab, paid the While Stockings King Kelly 510,000 for him. in '87, gave him Hub crunks presented their King with a yllstiming horse and carriage so hc could ride to the park la style. Kelly, a left-hand bailer, turned in an average of :m lo be base- bull's (op hitter for the champion White Stock-Ings tin: year before the Bostons bought, him. HC could circle the bases In 15 seconds, scored 120 runs. John Clarkson, with whom he formed one of the crack $5000 a year. EilMorlak were written about It. ' batteries of the day, accompanied him (o Ueanlown, It was the King's um<i-/.lii» ability to do everything (hat Ty Cobb did 25 years later, however, which left "Slide, Kelly, S-I.-I-n-K!" to ring down Hie Hall of Fume forever. MACK TELLS OF KKLLY "Uke 'Coul>," says Connie Mack, "Kelly never gave an inflckler or catcher anything more than tlie tip of his loe !o tag. lie had all of Ty's stuff—llic fiulenwny, fall- away and hook slides and n few so distinctively liis own that olh- ers could not copy them,' "As the Washington ditcher, I had the ball In my hand waiting for him one afternoon. Ho .shouted (o the one umpire who worked in those days: 'Watch It! 1 i haven'i tagged him yet. "Kellcy would cl a second by from 10 to 20 feet In going from first to third on a tap U> the Infield wliile tlic one umpire had hts cm glued on the piny m first. Similarly, lie would cut third in scoring from second. "Kelly cnme In from right field one day when we hud the bases full and none out in u lute Imiln." His old Chicago partner, Clark"son, appeared (b be in trouble, but wasn't when the King shouted: Let me catch him!' Boston had a.'splendid catcher who didn't like it, but the King steadied clarkson and we didn't score." KELLY WltOTi; Til]; KIJLKS Kelly did so many tilings first that he practically wrote-,the rules. A. O. Spaldlng offered Kelly $10,000 nol to hop to' the Players' Brotherhood League In '90, but the King refused "to go back on the boys." The Boston management became Jed up on his royal temperament, and sent him to New York in 'm, where lie wii.s suspended for going on n beer bust and to the races when he was .supposed to be stenin- Ing himself into shape in a Turkish bath. King Kelly was out of baseball and on the stage a year when he died of pneumonia In November, '04, at the age of 37—just In lime to escape the one thing in the world he feared—luck of funds to piny the golden boy. Clutttuiiooffa Wins Over Atlanta, 4-3 Kf Dulled I'ress In Hie only Ijascbull game' played In the Southern Association Monday, llardln Cathcy, young Chattanooga lighlliander, led his mates to a 4 to 3 victory over Atlanta's Crackers, Catliey handed out nine hits during the conlesl and In the eighth scored the winning run after gelling on base with a single. He' wns brought home on a double by Hed ilolieils. Tlie win put the lookouts In a third place lie In the loop standings. in trie second stanza, Calhey turned 111 his neatest exhibition t>; climax pitching. After allowing A;- lanta to fill the bases, he walked Manager Al Kelly, of the Crackers— scoiliiK Lindsay Deal. Cathcy then applied the pressure and struck out Aycrs and made Mauliilu fly out. Tuesday's schedule matches the hra (cams iiKtilh nt, Chattanooga, Hlrmldghum in UlUc Rock, New Orleans in Memphis mid KnoxvJIle In Nashville. tonnie Mack 'Never Felt Better' Pespite 13-1 Beating.By Yanks ' NEW YORK, May 11 tUP) — Eighty-one-year-old Connie Mack Will tell sou that lie never felt better in his life And he really means'" it The, \enerablc manager of the MtiUadelpWa A|/ht«tics -(,vas .iit- ting in the Philadelphia dugout at Yankee Stadium and talking auout ttjB 13 to 1 shellacking his charges had t Just received from the Ynnks. And his comment was. simply: "Gracious, e>erj thing happened In that game, didn't It?" ^And hc wasn't fooling. Jo Jo White and Johnny Welaj both members of the "AV outfield, had been" playing fly balls like they were time bombs And Lum Burns, ,the Athletic s starting pitcher was pretty lucky to get out of the game alKc' Mr Mack (.oulun't understand whit was urong with his boy Harris ' Said he 'Last sear he had a pretty good record and this year he has last four games. He isn't bearing down for some reason. But hes a conscientious fellow and I'm sure^ he 11 have better luck soon." That, essentially, is why Mr. ack,- and Incidentally nobody calls him Connie— is loved by alt who have worked for htm or near him He is i stern disciplinarian, butane always gives the' other fellow much more than an even break. -Baseball Standings SOUTHERN LEAGUE W. L, Pet. M In commenting on this year's baseball teams, Mr. Mack said ho Udu'l think the |}ijl.clicrs wfrc quite as far along as they had been In former years when they trained in the south. But, lie added,, they arc catching up fast. Mr. Mack thought the Ynnks had a very good Infield, but he pointed tint their strong point is their pitching. . "My thai Chandler ceiiainly was fine tortny," lie said after Spud had pitched the Yanks to the 13 lo 'I victory. Mr. Mack said the "A's" didn't have the pitching they noedwl. "But," hc added, "I think you'll agree we have a learn that fields very well, as well perhaps as any team in Ihe league, if not better." Jo Jo While, Ihe 1 veteran speed merchant from ccnlcrficnd, interrupted. "We'll show 'em some runnin', too, Mr. Mack, us soon as we start getting on Ihosc base pains. Trouble Is We havent had any. place we could get started from." "Yes we can run all right,, caii't we, Jo Jo," Mr. Mack" answered. "We'll win some ball gome : '.'l>y running loo." .•'••'" -That was encouraging but .not half so encouraging us lo hear Mr. Mack say: "Why youn man, 1 never felt better in my life'."' "."" After all, Hint's what everybody 'wanted to hear. : , Yesterday's Results SOUTIIKUN LEAGUE Night games: New Orleans at Memphis, postponed, wralhcr. Atlanta at Chattanooga. Birmingham at Little Rock, postponed, weather. Only games scheduled. xBirmingham * Nashville xLittle Rock xchattanooga . . Atlanta New-Orleans . . Knoxvlllc . . . Memphis , , • ':X— Night game. . 10 8 -.06 . 8 0 .GOO .511 7 6 .538 ..81 .. 8 .533 .500 B .308 4 10 .286 AMERICAN LEAGUE W. L Pel. New York . ... 13 5 .in Cleveland . . . lo G .025 Detroit . ..87 .633 Washington , .. 10 o 526 St Louis . . ..77 .500 Philadelphia .. .. 8 11 .-121 Boston .. 8 12 .333 Chicago 5 10 .333 . NATIONAL LEAGUE W, L. Pet. Brooklyn . ... 12 0 .667 =» Louis g g .571 Cincinnati . . .'.. a g .529 Pittsburgh . ... 7 7 500 ^Kton . ... 7 7 500 Philadelphia ; 7 g .467 Chicago 7 10 .412 New York .-an .353 'Sixteen gallons of milk will produce enough ' wool' for a suit of Young Farmer * .:, AMERICAN LEAGUE Open date. NATIONAL -r.KAGUE New York at Philadelphia, play Inter dritc. " Only game scheduled: CHICKASflW Vital Main Near 21sl St. Sal. starls 12:45; Sun. starls 1:45 . Nicht shows S:<5 Exi-tpl Mnnday, njicns li:45 Conliiiunus shows Sal. anil Sun. BLYT1U3VILLB (AUK^COUUIEU NEWS Tuesday BUDDY NITK Iwo tickets for the pricn of one. "NO 1'LACK TO GO" With Vred Stone & Gloria Dii-ksun C'oincily l*athe News Wednesday & Thursday Double Feature "LOOK WHO'S LAUGHING" with ilsar Bergen &• Charlie McCarthy "WKST 1'OINT WIDOW" with Ann Shlrlr.y * Iticliaril Carlson Open 1:15 Show Slarls 7:15 Adin. Always lie and 25c Freckle-laced Allen Herndon, 10, pitches In as a ?'hircd hand" on his father's farm near Snell- vUIo, Ga., lo help relieve shortage .pi. ma Parts and Repairs for... PLYMOUTHS-nOUGES-DeSOTOS-CHRYSLERS ^FACTORY-TRAINED, MECHANICS! , Let Us Help Kwp Your Car & Truck Rolling Louis Qeorge Motor Co. A»thortred Dodge « Pl>moulh ncaler „ AHh-Ch«hners Part, A R« pairs P1) «ne 459 Tuesday PAL NITK 2 ticked for ZS<s 'Girl From Alaska 1 will. Kay Mlddlcton « .lean I'arkcr Selected Shells Wednesday & Thursday 'Adventures of Martin Eden 1 With Claire Trevor & Sliurl Erwln I'aramnunl News Comedy A nlijhtlmwk is cloaely related o the wliippoorwill ami Is not a mwk at all. [ - 7 TUESDAY,-.MAY-II, ,1943 <: By HAHUV GKAYSON NKA Spurts Kilitor NEW YOnK.--.Mcl Oil points out that outfielders arc handicapped as well as batters by the new balata ball, still being used'In the American League. Oil noticed the difference tlie day Ihe Giants switched back to Hie J9W pellet. "The instant the ball left the bat it was possible lo lell where It was going," says the manager of the I'olo Grounders. "With the 1043 ball an outfielder was'never certain whether he was coming in fast enough to make a catch. Frequently the new balls seemed to Iwlst and duck in flight, An outfielder partially has to depend upon (be sound of the bat meeting the ball In judging how far the ball is lnif (o travel.,'Ihe new ball was likely to sound as though It was Boiiifi to hit the fence, yet drop fnj- short of the, outfielder's regular no- Sililll).". Many of the boys last season complained about the ball being kncxrked lopsided loo frequently, but, following a whirl with the balata cdllion, Ihe 1942 sphere Is perfectly okeh with the Nattonaj Ltaguers. Baseball men who have seen tlie Brooklyn Dcdgers -'advised' Leo Umochcr to put Billy Herman baci on second base without delay. . Herman may lack U}e'speed that was his as a Cub, but he knows the liiltcrs and can start the pivot'on double plays. , • . , Alby Glossop obviously.Would,not do at second, and Alex Kampouris Isn't much improvement. , Anybody can try (hlr<j, ami It has been suggested to Lippy •Diirocher that he try Bee Moore there. Moore, veteran of the minors, brought '• up from New Orleans, can play any position but shortstop and Is a rousing hitler. : • . . ,....., Billy Herman might prolong lits baseball career at. third,, but, the Brooklyn club requires ills services at the much more. Important; position of second base, ••' . This is especially'^ true with -Arky Vnufiliiin at shortstop. , .. Branch Hlckey now consider;; Mickey Civen the soundest catcher mentally In baseball. • , Hlckey pointed'lo Owen'following ,« t lcrl 1 flrst hise - The Missouri in tlrlwn 'does this on every play, nickcy belles h c goes 20 feet further in backing up first base than any catcher he has ever seen. It was Rickey who brought Owen up through the Cardinal chain to the parent club. ! Owen has come a long way since then and.sim* Hugh Casey's third strike on Tommy Hehdrlch squirted off his glove and toward tlie home dugout Just.about to give tlie Yankees the decisive break In the 1941 World Series. Arky Vnughan and Mickey Owen are the only Dodgers with speed, and it is tlie latler who keeps the Old Gentlemen of Flatbush on their tots. Scoring Record Seems ,Safe • EAST LANSING, Mich. tU P )•Michigan :Stale College doesn't ex pect its one-game baseball scoring record to be broken by Spartan athlelcs for; some time to come. Files showed that the college rolled dp a 53-to-O score aga)ost Lansing in 1886 , N. Y, D. C'agers Elect MHe . NEW YORK. (U.P.)-Sam Mcle, all-Metropolitan guard who Is a member of the Marine Corps Reserves, has been elected captain of .next yeai-'s New York University I basketball team He also Is a second baseman on the Violet nine *.$$ Injury of Cooper Held Not Serioui\\ BOSTON, MaTTI (U Pl-Hcrc'i a spot of good news from St Loui. Cardinal rooters. Manager Billy Soulhwortb of th,'• World Champions says reports ol Ihe injury lo ace pitcher Mori Cooper's shoulder are greatly ex aggerated. * Southworlh says Cooper will be able to take his regular tun, „„ I the mound. ;j The wily manager also nainert't Ins regular trio of outfielders for 1 '' the season. Tney are Stan Musial' in left, Harry Walker in „„/„"M and Frank Denial-Co in right. •' The Cardinals are In JJosion to' 1 open a scries against the Braves. •'•• Quiz Programs Blamed ' LOS ANGELES, >Jal. (UP)—Qulv programs on tlie radio have caus- ,ed at least one divorce. Mrs. Janev' Milchel, told the court that hei husband Herbert Michel, formei salesma nbut now in the Army, refused to let her listen to quiz programs because "He said lie knew all 'the answers and I didn't have to know them." The court held the I provocation was sufficient. .*.; ' A church steeple, in the slcel In-' dustry, is a defect consisting of s> transverse crack in rolled steel. '<: Why butter won't melt in Africa ^ AS EVERYBODY KNOWS* butter :wm melt unless you keep it cool. And the African desert isn't cool/ • 1 ] '?•, Nevertheless, the Americans who are fighting - ; * there carry tmtter-^and it doesh't naelt. / T- A ' t -',''*"''' i '. '•' . - v ' •" ' • ^ } ,^ It doesn't melt because it's fortified with a fat f wh^ch has a high melting point. The result is • butter which can be packed in a can, like beans or beef, won't jnelt, and will keep indefinitely. ]4i: You might think our soldiers could get along .TVithout butter. They could. But—they don't have to! Butter is good for J them—-and Uncle S^m is seeing to it that American'soldiers are the test-fed, best-ecjuipped, best-cared-for soldiers in ., , / ; Of course, it takes money to do that. So much '' •• money that, to help pay the bill, every one of us must loan every dollar we can to Uncle Sam; through War Bonds. . War Bonds are a swell investment. They pay you back $4 for every $3. Save part of every paycheck with U. Sj War Bonds! > YOUVE DONE YOUR BIT DO YOUR BEST! \B99Sl'MA\BOHBJUYIHG This space is Q contribution to America's all-out war effort by Arkansas Grocer Co. Ark-Mo Power Corp. L K. Ashcraft Co. Joe Atliins Machine Shop L. H. Autry, BurdcUe A. S. Barboro & Co. Barksdalc Mfg. Co. Blytheville Water Co. Th e Craflon Co. Delta Implements, Inc. UNITED.. JSTATES TREASURY Loy Eich Chevrolet Co. Gay & Billings, Inc. Guard's Jewelry & Optical Store Halter's Quality Shoe Shop Happy Hour Grocery & Mkl. Hardaway Appliance Co. Herrick's Jewelry Hubbard Furniture Co. U-ibhard Hardware Co. Huddleston & Co. Tom W. Jackson Jiedel's Keiser Supply Co., Reiser Langston-Wroten Co. Charles S. Lemons Tom Little Hardware Co. The New York Store Pat O'Bryant Palace Cafe J...C. Penney Co. Robinson Drug Co. Phillips Motor Co. I. Rosenthal, Inc. RockSaliba A. G. Shibley Wholesale Grocer* C. G. Smith Swift & Co. Oil Mill Thomas Land Co. Floyd A. 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