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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Red Hot Indians Ask Tottering Yanks Now 8V2 Games Off Pace By JOE REICHLER Associated Press Sports Writer It would be ridiculous to accuse the five-time world champion New York Yankees of "choking up." It must be gratifying to the long-suffering Cleveland faithful, however, today to check back during the past few days and discover that it was the proud Yankees, and not the maligned Indians, who lost seven of their last 10 clutch games. * * * 'My Finest Day/ Al Lopez Says Things Look Good to Indian Manager After Double Victory CLEVELAND (& — In the Cleve• land Indians' dressing room, Manager Al Lopez called yesterday "my finest day in baseball," and he's been in it 30 years. Around the curve of Municipal Stadium, Casey Stengel locked the clubhouse door of the New York Yankees whose five-year reign as American League champs is near *n end.. No interviews. ' Major league baseball's biggest crowd — the 86,563 who saw~ the Tribe humble.' the Yanks 4-1 and 3-2 — probably would agree today that the reactions of Senor Lopez and Old Case were about right, Mathematically, the Yanks can't be eliminated before Wednesday afternoon, and it's more likely to happen Friday or Saturday. But only a. miracle could prevent it — a miracle such as the Indians losing eight of their remaining 10 games, while the Yanks win all 11 they have left. "Things Look Good" Lopez, pilot of three Indian, runners-up to the world champion Yankees, had .more to say about Ms "finest day." "Guess I'll have to admit now that things are looking pretty good," he understated with a chuckle. "You'll have to go a long way to see two better ball games — and What a crowd." The huge crowd — not as noisy as some half the size — watched a display of topnotch pitching by Cleveland's Bob Lemon and Early Wynn. Together, Lemon and Wynn gave the once-mighty Bombers only nine hits in 18 innings, including two bunts and an infield scratch. Lemon crushed the'Yanks' hopes- of gaining on the Tribe by winning the opener 4-1 on a six-hitter that increased his major league leading victory losses. total to 22 against six Wynn poured it on the downcast New York club with the 3-2 three- hitter in the second game and struck out 12, whiffing the side in order in the ninth. Wynn now has won 21 and lost 11. And in the same period, the Indians lost only two out of 10 to pick up five big games on the weary world champions. If ever there had been a doubts about Cleveland's intestinal fortitude, the American League leaders dispelled them yesterday with a glorious double triumph over New York that all but endec the long Yankee dynasty. The 4-1 and 3-2 victories before 86,563 spectators, the largest crowd ever to watch a baseball game, stretched Cleveland's first place margin over the Yankees to 8% lengths. That is almost an insurmountable hurdle for Casey Stengel's crew. With only 10 games left, the Indians can clinch their first flag since 1948 by merely winning three, even if the Yankees win all their remaining 11. Giants Lose Ground All was not rosy tor the Cleveland's springtime sparring '.partners, the New York Giants,, however. Continuing the' lack-lustre play that has marked their recent performances, th$ Giants were beaten 4-3 by St. Louis and had their National League lead sliced to-three games when the rebounding Brooklyn Dodgers came through with a 4-2 and 4-3 doubleheader sweep over the Chicago Cubs. • Milwaukee's Braves, still in the running despite two recent losses to the Dodgers, drew to'within 4 games of the top by earning: a split with the Phillies in Philadelphia. Reds Win Pair Lew Burdette outpitched Robin Roberts for a 2-1 Braves' victory after the Phillies had snapped Warren Spahn's 11-game victory string 5-2. Cincinnati's Redlegs ilimbed into fourth place, drubbing the Pittsburgh Pirates twice 11-5 and 13-2 as Ted Kluszewski drove in nine runs and smashed homers Nos. 47 and 48. The Chicago White Sox, paced by Nellie Fox and Minnie Minoso, vanquished the Boston Red Sox twice 5- Sand 7-5 to reach, and 3ass, the 90 victory mark for the first time since 1920. Detroit trounced Washington ;wice 5-0 and 8-3 to -sweep past Boston into fourth place. Steve "rromek registered his 17th victory with a six-hit shutout and sore- armed Ted Gray won his first •ame since May 12. The -battle for last place in the American League resulted a stalemate as basement-tied Baltimore and Philadelphia divided a pair. The Orioles won the opener 4-3, scoring all their runs in the seventh for Bob Turley's 12th win. The Athletics took the second -4. Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet GB New York 88 53 Brooklyn 86 57 Milwaukee 83 57 73 73 76 85 93 .624 .601 .593 .486 .482 .461 .410 .345 19 y 2 20 23 Cincinnati 69 Philadelphia ... 68 St. Louis 65 Chicago 59 Pittsburgh >9 Today's Games Milwaukee at Philadelphia (N) St. Louis at New York. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (N) Only games scheduled. Sunday's Results Brooklyn 4-4, Chicago 2-3 (second game 14 innings) St. Louis 4, New York 3 Philadelphia 5-1, Milwaukee 2-2 Cincinnati 11-13, Pittsburgh. 5-2 GB AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. Cleveland 104 New York 95 Chicago 91 Detroit 64 Boston 63 Washington . - - 61 Baltimore 48 Philadelphia ... 48 No games scheduled today. Sunay's Results Cleveland 4-3, New York 1-2 Detroit 5-8,' Washington 0-3 Chicago 5-7, Boston 3-5 Baltimore 4-4, Philadelphia 3-, NOT FOR HIM—The raccoon lets a dog know that he definitely is in no mood for a dunking during the annual "Coon-on-a-Log" Contest at Marietta, Ga. Only four of 35 dogs succeeded in knock-' ing the coon into the water. (NEA) Cards' Alex Grammas Finds His Batting Eye NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Grammas, 8100,000 shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals, has found his batting eye. MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Sunday's Results Toledo 7, Charleston 5 Columbus 4, Louisville 2 Minneapolis 3, Kansas City 0 St. Paul 5, Indianapolis 4 Western League Denver 8, Pueblo 4 Colorado Springs 8, Wichita 5 Lincoln 4, Omaha 1 Des Moines 2, Sioux City 1 Texas League Playoffs Fort Worth 2, Shreveport (Fort Worth wins best-of-semifinal series 4-1) Houston 9, Oklahoma City 5 (Houston wins best-of-7 semifina! series (4-1) Southern Association Playoffs Memphis 4, Atlanta 3 (Atlanta eads best-of-7 semifinal series (32 New Orleans 10, Birmingham 3 (New Orleans leads best-of-7 semifinal series (3-2) Record for Cropp/e? ELLOREE, S. C. (ft —• James 'ennel is finding it difficult to establish if he has a world record n size for the 5-pound, 9-ounce crappie he hooked near here re- ently. Fennel's catch, which was aken in the waters of the Santee- tooper reservoir, measured 23% inches long and had an 18 V> inch girth. Records here show only a -pound crappie. Sports Roundup— Texas Is King of Football States By GAYLE TALBOT SAN ANTONIO (ff)~- At the fag end (they hope) of a record heat wave that sears the eyeballs, the youth of Texas is sweating it off on hundreds of practice fields in preparation for the football madness which annually besets this with 512. Six-man football also is Bryant hasn't been provided with enthusiastically played in scores of smaller communities, and there are sufficient college and university teams to pretty well absorb the best of talent which pours forth from this horn of football plenty. Even though the Texans have state to perhaps a greater degree j not been notably modest about tell- than any of the other 47. It can be argued whether they play the best football in the biggest state. But there isn't much doubt that they play the most of it, or that they go a little daffier over the sport than any comparable set of citizens. | ing the rest of the country of their football wonders, we find it "possible to marvel a little bit even yet when hit in the face with a new set of statistics. Such as the fact that there is not a single out- of-state player on the huge University of Texas squad, which is Probably nobody knows exactly ! expected to be a powerhouse, how many football teams there are In fact, only 22 foreigners are in the vast region between the Panhandle and Brownsville, and between El Paso and Texarkana, because some of them undoubtedly are hidden away in gullies. But some idea may be gained from the latest official figures which list a tofal of 720 11-man high school clubs In the state, divided into five groups for championship purposes. Pennsylvania Second They say that Pennsylvania stands second, with 622 orthodox high school teams, and Ohio a rather surprisingly distant third said to be listed among the six Texas members of the Southwest Conference, and only four or five of them shape up as regulars in the coming campaign. We are told that the only really good Texas boys who get away are carried off kicking and screaming to • Oklahoma and Louisiana State. "Those fellows don't get so many of them, but the ones they do get are mighty good," conceded our informant. Bryant Is Short We find that, through some oversight, our old friend Paul (Bear) anywhere near his share of the talent crop in his first year as coach of the Texas Aggies. The former Maryland and Kentucky mentor has only 38 boys on his -squad, and several of those are said to be emaciated. As you might have read, seven of Bryant's players simply have walked away and forgotten to come back since training began. It's the mystery of the local fall season. "The only thing I can figure," one writer says, "is that the boys were shocked by the rugged training and discipline that Bear hands The 26-year-eld "golden Greek,"* hi his last 20 games, has banged out 27 hits during 63 times at bat for a lusty .-129 average and in the process has boosted his batting average 30 points to .253. Grammas, smooth fielder who can cover a lo of ground, was acquired by th Cards from Cincinnati during th winter in a deal that sent pitche Jack Crimian to the Redlegs. Th price was reported to be $100,000. Alex collected two hits yesterdaj as the birds edged by the league leading New Yorks Giants, 4-3 slicing the New Yorkers' lead ove second-place Brooklyn to thre games. .Musial Big Gun Stan Musial was the big gun in the batting attack as he drove in three runs with a single and his 35th homer. ' Southpaw Harvey Haddix, who retired after eight innings of work received credit for his 17th victors of the year against 11 setbacks. He gave up six of the Giants' seven hits and all three of their runs. Bobby Hofman accounted for two tallies for New York with a homer in the sixth after Al Dark had walked. Musial's two run homer came in the first inning after Grammas had singled. Then in the third Haddix singled, took second on a walk and scored on Musial's single. New York's last run came in the eighth on two walks and Ray Katt's single but Haddix fanned two pinch hitters to prevent further scoring. Walter Hagen, many times golf champ, now lives on Long Lake, Michigan. Mostly he is hunting and fishing, but spends some afternoons driving golf balls into the lake. out. I think Bear realized that his predecessor was too soft, and that f he's ever going to get the Aggies back in the conference race he's ing to have^ to be hard. They haven't had a really good team for more than a dozen years." One reason the Aggies haven't 3een getting the John Kimbroughs ately, at least since the war, is the fact that it is one of the tightest military schools in the nation, comparable in some respects to »Vest Point. The fellows who came back from the war were caught up wearing uniforms, and those who know they eventually will have to serve a few years in the rrned forces are in no rush to get tarted. Chiefs Get Win Over Trimble, Tenn. Blytheville's Chiefs went to Trimble, Term., yesterday where Fritz West hurled steady ball in picking up his seventh win Against one loss in getting a 7-1 decision. West had the Tennesseeans shut out until the ninth inning when two errors produced the lone tally. He struck out six, walked five and gaye up but a pair of base hits. The Chiefs didn't exactly take apart the offerings of Trimble's Carole, who limited them to six hits and a flock of unearned runs. Two runs in the first and three in the fifth iced the game for the Chiefs, who have now won 23 and dropped only nine. Trimble returns the visit next Sunday when Fritz West Park will be the scene of action. Chiefs 4.S Killett, 3b '4 O'Neal, c 3 Foster, Ib 2 Garner, ss 2 Long, 2b 3 VTcAdoo, If '4 Vtathenia, cf 2 3oss T cf 3 Salstead, rf 3 West, p 4 R 1 2 0 2 1 1 0 -0 0 0 Soaring Odds List Marciano As 4-1 Favorite Over Charles Til Start Fast/ Marciano Says By JACK HAND GROSSINGER, .Y. L^—Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano isn't fooling this time. Remembering with a shudder that he was behind on the cards of all three officials for the first half of his last title bout with Ezard Charles, the king of heavies declared today: "I hope to get off to a fast start because I know Charles might try to do something with me." The Rock, going into his last day of training before Wednesday night's fight, thinks he might have stayed in camp a little too long before the first Charles battle which he finally won by a unanimous decision. "I had some dull days a week before the last fight," he said be- bre hitting the road. "I think the iming is just right for me this Marciano weighs 188 pounds and has boxed 112 rounds in 26 workouts. Today was to be devoted to road work and camp will break omorrow. Before the first Charles bout, the Rock" boxed 180 rounds. Meanwhile, with reports the camp of former buzzed heavyweight champion Joe Louis tagging Rocky a "foul fighter." It was as good a way as any to keep interest up, and it drew immediate retorts rom Marciano's camp. "I'm surprised at Joe," said Vlarciano. "I don't know why he'd ay that." • , Marciana^aid his style was best described as a "rough type who might look like he's hitting foul it really wasn't./**" ' . "As far as hitting after the bell a Louis accusation)," said Rock, 'Charles started it, not me. I hink the pictures will show he got he last punch in, too." Trimble AB .anier, ss 2 'ronch, If 3 Gaeboay, 3b 7 Vinson, c 4 arole, p 3 Pope, rf 4 Heathcoff. Ib 3 Halford, If 2 Stevens, 3b •.. 3 Opening Record The Arkansas Razorbacks open iheir 61st football season with an impressive opening game record. Since 1894, the Porkers have won 8, lost only nine and tied three imes. The longest consecutive tring without an opening loss was rom 1929 through the 1949 season. Oklahoma A&M's 12-7 win in 1950 ended that record. Jetsy Rawls Wins St. Louis Meet ST. LOUIS (JP) — Betsy Rawls, mooth-swinging . golf pro from >partainburg, S. C., heads for the- 5,000 Wichita Open this- Week with er third tournament victory under er belt. The 26-year-old Betsy, firing the j est 54-hole tournament score in j er career, chopped 17 strokes off ' to walk away with the St. J xmis Women's Open with a 211 to- al. Miss Rawls, who held the lead tiroughout .the tourney, came hrough with a final five-under- ar 71 yesterday to match her earlier 73 and torrid 67 to win the $700 first prize. Bookmakers Say Bout Won't Go the Limit By MURRAY ROSE NEW YORK (AP) — Plenty of backing for heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano has sent the. odds sparing to 4-1 and better for his return title bout with Ezzard Charles at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night. For a long time the odds favoring Marciano held at 18-5. With the support for the 30-year-old, all- conquering champion has in'creased considerably. Most of the wagering is on whether the 33-year old Charles will be able to go the full 15 rounds as he did on June 17th. Rocky is a 12-5 choice to stop Ezzy this time. The broad-shouldered Charles will be the first ex-champion to get three cracks at regaining the heavyweight crown. Jim Corbett got two tries and failed both times. Charles, too, lost twice—to Jersey Joe Walcott and Marciano. 53 Out of 98 Charles, who nas stopped 53 of S8 opponents, may try for a knockout himself. And .the champ, who has won 40 of his 46 fights by kayos, wants badly to knock his man out this time. There will be no home television of the show. It will be telecast over a closed circuit to theaters coast to coast but New York City and New England will be blacked out. 3BS will air. the radio account coast to coast. The big week in boxing gets off ;o a lively start tonight at Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway arena where undefeated Prankie Ryff 13-0 of New .York takes on Ralph Dumas, 19-year-old contender from New Orleans, in an eight-rounder. Middleweights are featured on;he Friday night radio-TV NBC 8 pan., CST show which will come out of Washington's new Capitol arena this week. Two hard hitters, Walter Cartier of New York and Willie Troy of Washington, are matched for 10 rounds or less and ;he emphasis in this case is on the ess. 'He Can Punch/ Ezzy Declares Milt Lippitz, a 300 bowler of Chicago, broke his hip when someone tossed him a- baseball. He tried a one-handed catch and slipped on the bowilng alley. By ED CORRIGAN MONTICELLO, N.Y. W— Ezzard Charles, the 33-year-old ex-heavyweight champion, who will try for the third time to regain the crown Wednesday night, does not aim to prove he can take one of Rocky Marciano's punches. . "No, sir," he said today before going through his final full-scale workout, "I'm not aiming to prove I can take a punch. In fact, I'm. going to try not to get hit." Ez has his own analysis of Marciano, who licked him with a unanimous decision last June 17: a tremendous volume of punches, few of them direct hits, plus tremendous strength. 'Tie's Be a .Bum" "If he couldn't punch, he'd be a bum in the ring," said Charles. Charles figures on weighing 90 —four and a half pounds more than he did in the last contest — when he steps into the Yankee Stadium ring. "Sure, he hurts," Charles admitted. "But he doesn't floor you with a single punch. I feel stronger this time. I've been punching .the heavy bags more anci I've added a mile or a mile and a half of roadwork to the three miles I did each morning in June." Charles is sort of a "quiet fellow and still refused to make a definite prediction on the outcome of the fight. Ji lf I put some punches together, I'll be all right," was about the . closest he came to summing up his chances. From Last to First The University of Tulsa, traditionally the final game of the year for Arkansas, becomes its opening rival for the second time in their long history of play. The last time Arkansas played the Oil Capital school was in 1918 when they were known as the Henry Kendall College Indians. The Hurricane has closed Arkansas' season 15 times in the last 18 years. Palmer to Keep His Amateur Status DETROIT (#) — Arnold Palmer, new U. S. amateur golf champion, says that he plans to remain amateur for the next few years and will sidestep the lucrative offers from the pro ranks. But he is now top man in a field that has furnished some of the top professional golfers. Five former Amateur champions who once field Palmer's crown later moved to the professional field. These include Lawson Little (1934-1935), Marvin (Bud) Ward (1939), Skee Riegel (1947), Bffly Maxwell (1951) and Gene Littler (1953). . Little went on to become USGA Open champion in 1940. And Littler almost achieved the same triumph when he was runner up in 1954. DO YOU KNOW —What is the first name and middle initial of Mr. Gaines owner of GAINES FURNITURE CO. located on E. Main Street? ., Who is the bookkeeper? The more folks with whom you "get acquainted"—the more enjoyment of life will be yours. In business and in social contacts "knowing the persons Bi? THEIR NAMES" is most important "LET'S GET ACQUAINTED" . . . will feature PEOPLE, those friends of yours at our pj^»«« of business who serve your daily needs ! ! ! Attention: Natural Gas Users In order to serve yon more efficiently, we suggest that you have your heating equipment checked and your pilot lights lit now. We, of course, will do everything possible to take care of your work whenever you call. But to prevent unavoidable delay when that first cold snap "snows us under" with service work, have this work done NOW. We Mil do thta for jam FREE OF CHARGE Until Sept. 3D. 1954 (After Sept. 30 regular service charge will be nude) Ark-Mo Power BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA LING Monday, Sept. 13 8:15 p.m. Adults 50c — Children 15c CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH FOR SOUTHERN JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Unless Promise This is the first time that a Championship Match has ever been held in Blytheville, Arkansas. This match is sponsored by the National Wrestling Alliance, and representatives of this organization will be in charge and conduct this match. THE GREAT RAYPIRETT .*. RED ROBERTS (CHAMPION) (FORMER CHAMPION) No Tim* Limit—Best 2 Out of 3 Falls DON FIELDS * RED BYRD 90 Minuf* Tim* Limit—Best 2 Out of 3 Falls to Send Shirts to Blytheville Laundry/' Men's shirts keep looking 4ike brand-new for months and months and months when we do 'em — because we are so CAREFUL! Try us! You will like our work. 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