The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 21, 1954 · Page 9
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 21, 1954
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)" COtmiER NEWS PAGE N1N1 New York, Cleveland Await Series Opener Dejected Bums Reason Why 'Not Just One Thing, But a Combination/ Sad Alston Says By JOE REICHLER BROOKLYN UP)—It was all over, even the shouting. The victorious Giants, a jubilant gang of merrymakers, had long since departed after celebrating their pennant victory in true style, complete, with champagne and more sober refreshments There was not much life in the Brooklyn clubhouse either, although a group of Dodgers were still sitting around, trying to put the pieces together. It was so quiet you could hear the pennant drop. Walter Alston, the freshman manager, sat silently in a chair, dejected and still bewildered. A fellow said he had been sitting there-for nearly an hour. As if suddenly aware that he was expected to say something, Alson looked around and began to talk. - "It wasn't just one thing," he ir-urmured. "It was a combination of things. It wasn't Campanella alone .We might have won despite Eoy's bad hand. But Furillo didn't start to hit until mid-season. Newcombe never did get started. Erskine failed to take up the slack. Oh, so many things. We just didn't play good ball." In another corner, Pee Wee Reese, .the team captain, sat quietly, smoking a cigarette. He was still in his baseball uniform. "They're a fine ball club," he said in his usual generous way. "They deserved to' win. We gave it all we had but it wasn't enough." Car! Furillo, Gil Hodges and one or two others of the ex-champions echoed Reese's sentiments but one who refused to console himself was Roy Campanella. "Nobody hurt the team more than I did," he growled. "Imagine hitting .200. I should have done better even with one hand." Earlier, President Walter J. O'Malley had gathered the players together and told them "this has been a rugged season." "I'feel'sorry for you and. sorry for the fans," he said, "particularly because it was the Giants who beat us, and sorry for Alston. I don't feel the team did as well as it should have done—but let's wrap it up and get ready for next year. Go home and have a good winter." O'Malley, accompanied by Alston, had been among the first to congratulate Leo Durocher and his Giants.. • "You got a good manager," Durocher had told O'Malley. "It was fat his fault that Campanella got hurt and his pitching went sour. He did a fine job under the circumstances." Concerning his own club, Leo said he never felt at east about it until the pennant was clinched. "Not when you have to beat club like Brooklyn," he said. "But my guys were great, all of them. Giants Bump Brooks To Clinch Pennant By BEN PHLEGAB Associated Press Sports Writer The Cleveland Indians and New York Giants open the World Series in the Polo Grounds a week from tomorrow and the flags in Florida probably are flying at half mast. For the first time since baseball magnates became convinced their athletes would be better conditioned for the 154-game grind with the help of warm' sun and palm trees in the early. spring, Florida doesn't have a World Series entry. The Indians and Giants shunned the orange juice circuit for the sands and sun of Arizona. With only the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles around for • major league companions, the two clubs played each other often enough to know the players by heart. On their barnstorming tour back to the majors the Giants whipled the Indians 13 times in 21 games, often by such scores as 20-14 or 13-S. Al Lopez flatly predicted a pennant for his Indians and made good as of last Saturday. 1 Now he's after a new all-time high in victories. Leo Doesn't Predict Leo Durocher said he never made predictions, then quickly added his Giants, with the return of Willie Mays., "will be a lot stronger." "Brooklyn is the team to beat," Leu said in April. He followed his own advice. He beat them opening day with Willie Mays' hitting ,'a 425 foot home run and • last night in Ebbets Field, home of the Dodgers, Durocher's men clinched the pennant with a 7-1 victory. Appropriately Willie Mays picked the occasion to take over the National League batting lead with three hits. The "Say Hey" kid, released from the Army just in time to reach training camp, is battering the ball at a .344 clip. Sal "The Barber" Maglie was razor sharp as he scattered five hits. The only Brooklyn run came in the third when Maglie's control deserted him momentarily, and he walked Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider with two . out. Gil Hodges followed with what startec. out to be a routine fly, then it sank rapidly in the murky night and fell just in front of Mays, who made a belly slide on the slick turf. The Giants jumped off to a two run lead in the first inning on a walk to W h i t e y Lockman, Al Dark's single' followed by a sacri- [ice and singles by Mays and Hank Thompson. Don Mueller's single and doubles I first began to get real enthusiastic about our pennant chances when they bounced back after losing three straight to* the' Dodgers and had their lead cut to a half game. They went right out and won six straight after, that. They convinced me they were a real good team. They came close to us several times after that but my guys only played harder. They played best when they had their backs against the wall." by Thopson and Monte Irvin produced two runs in the sixth and up went the flag. Durocher called his team a better outfit than-the 1951 pennant winners who caught Brooklyn and won in a playoff after being far behind in mid-August. Walt Alston, freshman manager of the losing Dodgers, congratulated Leo and said: "There is a lot of difference between those two teams, mine .and his. I only hope he can go but now and beat Cleveland." Willie the Giants were clinching their flag, the Indians won their llth straight and ran their victory total to' 109,- only one short of the American League record set by 'the 1927 Yankees. Feller Wins Bobby Feller, pitched the Indians to a 7-4 triumph' over • the Chicago White Sox with the help of home runs by Larry Doby and Vic Wertz. Cleveland has five more games to play. The battles for fourth place, and its share of the rich World Series loot, tightened in both Leagues. Cincinnati split with Milwaukee, winning 3-1 after losin g6-2, and holds a two game lead over St. Louis. The Cardinals defeated Chicago 7-2 with five runs in the 10th inning. The idle Philadelphia Phillies are less than half a percentage point behind the Cardinals. Boston held fourth in the American League with a 5-2 triumph over the Athletics. Detroit, half a game back of the Bed Sox, defeated Baltimore 4-3 and Washington, another- half game behind', shaded the Yanks 3-2. Headline Edged In Black Bemoans Fate of Dodgers 'NEW YORK UP) — The Brooklyn Eagle, the faithful and oft unhappy hometown newspaper of the Dodgers, buried the 1954 National League baseball pennant race with this front page Streamer today: "HEY, YANKEES, MOVE OVER" The headline was framed in black. You Must Have Faith Even in Fishing SAN DIEGO, Calif. (£>)—Most. every Sunday Dr. David Jessop has been going fishing. • Then his wife began urging him to stay away from the sporting waters and go to church with the family. As the family were shown to their seats at the First Methodist Church of La Mesa, Calif,, Dr. Jessop listened to the sermon topic and blushed. It said, "Let's Go Fishing." Bums Simply Had the 'Slows By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (.^—Specialists who have examined the Brooklyn Dodgers minutely in an effort to discover what happened to their internal machinery this season are able now to report that the defending league champions simply came down with the slows under the direction of their new manager, Walt Alston. If the Brooks contin-ae for the remainder of the week at their present mad pace, they will finish the season with approximately half as many stolen bases as they racked up for aggressive Chuck Dressen last year—45 as against 90. They will have grounded into about 25 more double plays than the 115 that were chalked up against them when Dressen was signaling for the hit and run. Their opponents over the season will commit some 35 fewer errors than they did last year, when they were jittery under the pressures of the Dodgers' running game. There is no disposition to blame Alston. He inherited a club which had aged one year, and he probably was told that he could sit back and let his veterans drive the runs across. If so, he was a victim of poor advice. Texans Don't Want A's They'll have to peddle the Philadelphia Athletics to some section of the country other than Texas. A recent week spent in that state disclosed that the desire to pos- sess a big league team of any description has abated to the vanishing point. "It was silly in the first place," asserted a leading citizen of Dallas., which only a few months back was yelling its civic head off. "If this town couldn't support a professional football club, how could it expect to support big league baseball?" Another discouraging item is the heat. The record spell of 100-degree weather they've lived through" around Dallas and Fort Worth this summer would have made an awful ordeal of daytime ball. Ran into the master, Leahy, at San Antonio, and can report that the man who gave up coaching Notre Dame to give his nervous insides a fighting chance already looks about a dozen years younger. Ready for Olympics A citizens Olympic ' committee, numbering 180 of Melbourne's civic leaders, has been organized to arrange for the bedding down of the thousands of visitors expected for the 1956 Olympics in that Australian city. As Melbourne boasts only about 4Vi hotels of any size, it is planned to stake' out sufficient private homes far in advance to take care of the great overflow. Did you know that Willy Mays, at 23, is only the fifth right-handed batter in all the history of the National League to hit as many as 41 home runs in a season? Well, he is. The other four to have equaled or bettered the figure— Hack Wilson, Ralph Kiner, Rogers all were comparative veterans when they did it. PROTECTS the BEAUTY OF YOUR CAR... AMERICAN CArt PORT • A Ur*« 10 by JO N*t flwhw NO MONEY DOWN LOW Budget Payments H.A. HNANCID FRANK P. CARTER Kennett, Mo. 507 King St. Ph. 82183 Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L. Pet. GB Cleveland 109 40 .732 New York 100 49 .671 9 Chicago 92 58 .613 Iiy 2 Boston ........ 65 83 .439 43% Detroit 65 84 .436 44 Washington .... 64 84 .432 44 ! / 2 Baltimore 52 98 .347 5iy 2 Philadelphia .. 49 100 .329 60 Today's Games Chicago at Cleveland (N) Washington at New York. (N) Philadelphia at Boston (2) Detroit at Baltimore (N) Monday's Results Cleveland 7, Chicago 4' Washington 3, New. York 2 Detroit 4> Baltimore 3 Boston 5, Philadelphia 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. GB New York 94 54 .635 Brooklyn : .. 88 61 .591 6}4 Milwaukee . 86 63 .577 8 l / 2 Cincinnati ..... 73 77 ,487 22 Philadelphia ... 69 77 .473 24 So. Louis 70 7,8 .473 24 Chicago 60 89 .403 34y 2 Pittsburgh 53 94 .361 40%. Today's Games New York at Brooklyn Cincinnati at Milwaukee St. Louis at Chicago (2) Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (2) Monday's Results New York 7, Brooklyn 1 St. Louis 7, Chicago 2 MINOR LEAGUE PLAYOFFS American Association semi-finals (best-of-7) Indianapolis 9, Minneapolis 5 (Indianapolis wins 4-2) Columbus at Louisville, postponed (series tied (3-3) World Series Heart Throb and Howls— Dean Turned Tension Into Fan Like 1934, Frisch Says (EDITOR'S NOTE — First of a series of three articles) By FRANK FRISCH Written for NEA Service NEW YORK — (NEA) — The World Series Is the biggest sports thrill, year in and year out, that this country has. It also, can be an awful lot of fun ... if you have a guy like Dizzy Dean. I've played in. managed in or watched 191 World Series games. They tell me that I hold the record for playing in them. I was on the field in 50 Series games. Not once during these games did I take the field or sit on the bench or in the stands with the feeling that "this is just another. game." Of all the Series that I have been in or seen, the 1934 edition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers sticks out in memory. I managed the Cardinals aad the job was much more suitable for a fancy head doctor. The Cardinals of that year, you see, were corn- Frank Frisch prised of the famous Gas House Gang. They came close to driving me crazy. Dizzy Dean himself, was enough. That was the Series during which Ol' Diz put himself in as a pinch-runner while I was looking down the bench for one — and promptly broke up a double play by blocking Shortstop Billy Rogell's throw with his forehead, a blow that knocked a million-dollar pitcher colder than Greenland's icy mountains. * * * After the sixth game of the seven-game set which we eventually won in Detroit, I told Dizzy that he had best get himself some sleep that night. "Tomorrow will be worth $100,000," I said. This impressed Mr. Dean, of course. "I got a date tonight," he said. The next day, everybody was in the clubhouse at Navin Field on time — except Dean. He showed up 10 • minutes late and I was fuming. "Aw, Frank," he said, "calm down. Ol' Dix is pitching. There's nothing to worry about. I been out at the Ford plant. I can get Fords for you and Pepper Martin for only $750." This, before a game worth a cool $100,000 to us. Dean was driving j me nuts, so when I began to go over the Detroit Batting order with the club, I made it look like Wild Bill Hallahan was going to pitch. That changed Dizzy in a hurry. As we left the dressing room, he sidled up to me. "Frank," he said, "nobody can pitch this one but Ol Diz," but I cut him off quick. "Hallahan deserves to pitch," I said. "And he'll murder them?' A few minutes later, I looked around for Dizzy. Re was going to pitch for me, of course — nobody else. I located him standing behind Eldon Auker, ,warming up for' Detroit. Auker was something of a submarine pitcher and his motion had Dizzy interested. "Is that the way you throw?" Dizzy asked Auker. "You ain't gonna beat us with that kind of stuff." He turned to the Detroit dugout and yelled, "You guys better get somebody else ready. This guy ain't gonna do at all." Dizzy was only 23 and a bit hard to handle. The next time I caught up with him the nicredifale hillbilly was seated comfortably with the band, indulging in his favorite pastime of making: noise blowing someone-else's horn — a tuba. He stood before a microphone, ranged around by a whirring semicircle of motion picture cameras, and blithely announced what he and his teammates were presently going to do to the Tigers. " x This, mind you, was my starting pitcher in the biggest game of all! But-he could pitch a bit. We won, 11-0. « ' * » This was the game in which Joe Medwick, with a chance to break the Series record for number of hits, was ordered from - Navin. Field by Kenesaw Mountain Landis to stop a vegetable shower in left field. Muscles Medwick had • tripled and as he stood over Marvin Owen at third base he moved as though. shoving the third baseman away with his foot. When the crowd booed, Medwick offered to shake, hands and Owen declined the invitation. That brought on the shower When the Cardinals returned to the field. *. * * Pepper Martin ran out from third base, where he had been fielding balls with his -chest, and joined Joe Medwicfc and th« bleacher customers in a pepper. game. They had a...high. old. time tossing and kicking rutabagas and whatnot back and forth -until-••Commissioner Landis told Umpire 'BUI Klern to get Medwick out of there. The Detroit fans did something the Tiger pitchers couldn't do; They got Joe Medwick out. 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