The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 5, 1955 · Page 13
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE TiliM'EEM No Stopping Now for Dodgers '56 Pennant Seen For New World Champion Team By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — Their long-cherished dream finally a reality, the world champion Brooklyn Dodgers loomed today as the team which will represent the National League in the 1956 World SerieS. Walton Alston, first of 20 managers dating back to 1890 to lead the Brooklyn club to a world title, modestly predicted his team would be even stronger next year than the one which whipped the New York Yankees in the series 4 games to 3. Improved Pitching "Improved pitching will make us stronger," the tall, taciturn former Ohio schoolteacher said during a lull In the Dodgers' riotous victory celebration alter their 2-0 triumph in the final game. "Johnny Podres (who was so superb in his two victories over the Yankees- should develop into one of the game's greatest pitchers," Alston said. "He has all the stuff to make a great one and he may come into his own next year. Those world series victories should give him the necessary confidence. "Then we have Karl Spooner, Roger Craig, Don Bessent and Sandy Koufax. All are young, with human emotion as the entire Dodger team raced out on the field to embrace the gritty young southpaw. In one blazing, thrill-packed afternoon, after four decades of trying, a Dodger team finally succeeded in winning a world title, and they won it from a team which had humiliated them in five previous series. Never before had a team won a seven-game series after dropping the first two games. Another record that brought joy to the victors was the total net receipts of 52,367,515.34, making it the richest World Series ever. Brooklyn had to heat Tommy Byrne, the veteran southpaw who had given. them a lot of trouble. They, managed to drive him from the box in the sixth inning with the help of an error after scoring both runs off him. Hodge Big Man Podres, who hails fom Wither- Hero of Series Never Doubted He Could Win strong and have shown tremendous [ bee, N.Y., and Byrne, a resident promise. And remember, we still have our reliables such as Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Billy Loe«, Clem Labine and others." Other Standouts Alston did not mention such standout stickraen as Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Carl Furillo. All undoubtedly will be at the old stand next year, including the aging but still brilliant Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. Junior Gilliam, Sandy Amoros, Don Hoak and Don Zimmer, rep- it»«ct*ng the younger element, all figure prominently in the Dodgers' future plans. There's no denying that all figured prominently in the great Dodger victory of 1955 climaxed by ttoe pulse-pounding triumph at Yankee Stadium before 62,465 spectators, 'Ivftn th« staunchest American League die-hards could not begrudge Brooklyn's finest hour they watched the 23-year-old Podres become tlie first Brooklyn pitcher to win two games in World Sertw. They saw the Dodgers make maximum use of their five hit* and marveled at the brilliant Brooklyn defense that five time* turned (Sie Yankees back whin it appeared they were about to break through. At the finish, when Reese, the Jtonewall shortstop, *rew out El- aton Howard, the big park rocked of Wake Forest, N.C., dueled on even terms for three innings but in the I'ourth, Campanella crashed a double to left' and scored on a two-out single by Gil Hodges. A costly error by Yankee first baseman Bill Skowron in the sixth paved the way for the insurance run. It forced the withdrawal of Byrne although he had given up only three hits. Reese led off with a single. Snider sacrificed, but was safe at first when Skowron took Byrne's throw •wide of the bag and dropped the ball as he made a swipe at the Duke. After Campanella had moved the runners along with another sacrifice bunt, Yankee Man ager Casey Stengel allowed Byrne to give Furillo an intentional pass before taking him out. Bob Grim took over on the mound and served a long sacrifice fly to Hodges, who thus drove in both Dodger runs. It was s frustrating, fruitless afternoon for the Yankees and Stengel, who, In six World Series as a manager, went down to defeat for the first time. In every inning but the first and ninth the Yankees had threats going but could not break through. Top Play The play of the game came Johnny Padres the sixth. The Yankees had runners on first and second with nobody out when catcher Yogi Berra came up. Billy Martin had opened with a walk and had gone to second on Gil McDougald's surprise bunt single. Berra lashed at an outside fast ball and sent it soaring into the left field corner. It looked like a certain hit, possibly a ground-rule one-bounce double Into the stands. Amoros, who had replaced Gilliam in left at the start of the inning when Junior moved in to play second base, was far over in left center for the left-handed hitting Berra. Flashing a burst of speed, the little Latin-American outfielder caught up with the ball and caught it with an outstretched glove, about a foot or two from the stands. Then he whirled and pegged to Reese, who threw to Hodges. McDougald, who had rounded second, was doubled up at first. After that, Hank Bauer grounded out and nearly everybody in the park could sense that the Dodgers would not b« denied their greatest hour. Fodres finished in a blan glory, getting right-handed hitters Skowron, Cerv and Howard in order to end the game. By WILL GK1MSLEY NEW YORK (AP) — Hero of the 1955 World Series is a brash, 23-year-old miner's son who holds Yankee baseball power and prestige in a disdain bordering on contempt. "I think I can whip 'em seven times out of eight," Johnny Podres said yesterday after he had pitched the Brooklyn Dodgers to a seventh- game 2-0 victory which brought Flatbush its first world championship. It was Podres who stopped Casey Stengel's haughty New Yorkers in the third game 8-3 after the Yankees had won the first two games. It was Podres who clinched the series yesterday with a crafty eight-hitler, cowing the big Yankee bats in the clutch. "I never once doubled I could take "em," the young left-hander from Witherbee, N.Y.. said. "Sure, I was in a tight spot once while. But all I had to do was bear down." If the odds were long that the Dodgers could come back after dropping the first two games and ,ake the series—a feat no team ever accomplished in a seven- game set^-they were even longer that the main part of the job could turned in by the hard-luck southpaw who finished the season with a lack-lustre 9-10 mark. Plagued by a chronic back ailment for years, he hadn't cbm- FARM LOANS ix Star Feature 1. No brokerage feet to paj 2. No Stock to purchaK 3. An opportunity to establish credit with * Itrfe Innr- anoe Co. that is and hu been for many years a permanent leodor to this territory i, Lonf time low Intern* rate I. We pa; ttw appraisal and attorney feet «. Qvkk wrvlM, fait elMint. We close loam before most companlei make their in- apecifont. For Information, Set, Call or Writ* LOGAN FINANCE CORP. Lynch Building BIytheville, Ark. Phoi» 1-2034 Exclusive Agent (or American United Life Insurant:* Co. pleted a pitching assignment from June 14 until the end of the campaign. He started 13 games in that span, was knocked to the showers in all. Proudest Man Proudest man in Yankee Stadium after the clinching game was not young Podres but a leathery miner of iron ore from a small upstate" village five miles irom Lake Placid. Johnny is the oldest of Joe Podres' five children, consisting of a sister, 15, and three other brothers, 17, 7 and 6 years old. "Dad was a great pitcher himself, '' Johnny said. "He had a better curve than Carl Erskine.'' "Aw, it wasn't much," modestly demurred the father. "I played a lot of baseball, though, around home. There were some pretty good leagues up there. Not big time, but semipro ball and pretty good." Young Podres seemed completely unawed by all the attention suddenly lavished upon him. "You're a hero now," a teammate yelled at him. "You're the talk of the country. They'll be after you for television appearances and speeches. "Okay, for a thousand bucks a throw," Podres said, displaying a familiar mercenary touch. Agents swarmed around Johnny's locker, trying to get his signature on contracts for TV appearances and endorsements. "Not now, fellows," Podres said ."I'm dead tired and too confused to think. There's nothing I'd like more now than to go to sleep and then tomorrow go fishing. 1 ' Jackie Wants To Round Out Decode of Play NEW YORK lift— Jackie Robin' son. generally recognized as base ball's greatest current competitor said today he wants to play one more year with the Brooklyn Dodgers so he can realize his dream of rounding out a 10-year career in the major leagues. The versatile veteran, still dangerous batter, and spectacular base runner despite the wear am tear of nearly 37 years, thinks he can be useful to the Dodgers for at least another year. He expects the Brooks to win the pennan again in 1956 and is anxious to play on another world championship club.. "I would love to play another year," he said yesterday during a lull in ttie clubhouse celebration proceedings after the Dodgers World Series triumph over the Yankees. "It's up to the ball club whatever they decide. If they wan me, I'll play—but not for nothing.' Read Courier News Classified Ads Dick Ricketts, Duquesne's All- America .basketball player of last season, Is starring as a pitcher for Allentown, Pa. The University of Tenu foot*** team has UMd the Spllt-T for lour seasons. This ye»r they hav« added the "belly series." deift just ask for bourbon... ask for ourbon KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY FULLY AGIO THE BOURBON DE LUXE COMPANY, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. THIS WHISKEY IS 4 YEARS OLD. 86 PROOF. Don't Fumble! Have Your Car Checked and Serviced For Fall Driving. TUNE-UP OVERHAUL RE-LINE BRAKES It's the first of October, time to think about a fall change-over for your car or truck. No matter what it is, when you think of Service, think of us. 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