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FACE TEX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER «t 1954 A's Sale Reported Chicagoan to Move Club to Kansas City PHttADELPHM (AP) — The current owners of the Philadelphia Athletics called a series of closed door "let's make up our minds" meetings today amid reports the bal club win be sold within a matter of hours. Minors Threaten To Sue Majors Radio and TV Invasion Charged in Talk of Million Dollar Suit By ROBERT MOORE PORTSMOUTH, Va.:tfl — Frank D. Lawrence, a minor league club owner for many years, today charged the major leagues with invading minor league territory through ;radio and television broadcasts and identified himself as the key figure behind a multi-million- dollar damage suit to make them pay for it. At .the same time, Lawrence accused Commissioner Ford Frick ., „ ___ . of being-a commissioner of the -between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 That New York big league clubs only- !^ Ves an y Crested parties slight- Almost everyone but the principals involved seemed ready to concede the A's would be sold to Arnold Johnson of Chicago and the franchise moved to Kansas City, now an American Assn. City, The big question appeared to be "when?" The Chicago Tribune reported last night it had learned from high authority the A's would be sold to Johnson within 24 hours. Johnson declined to comment on that time element but said his previous offer to buy the ball club .still stood. Meetings Scheduled Roy and Earle Mack, who own the controlling stock interest in the A's along with their father, Connie Mack ST., gave indirect credence to the general belief something was afoot by scheduling a series, of meetings today. The whole deal showed every sign of still being in the talking j stage but reaching the limit of that "phase. A major league rule forbids the transfer of a franchise except not commissioner of baseball." Asked to Contribute Lawrence, owner of the Portsmouth Club of the Class B Piedmont League, said he had the support of most of the 83 independent operators in the minor leagues in his plans to file suit against Frick and the 16 major league clubs. "Many of these minor league clubs already have mailed in their checks to pay the costs of the suit," said Lawrence, a banker who has made "a hobby of baseball for 47 years." •' : • ' Lawrence said these minor league clubs had been asked to contribute to the costs of the proposed suit. Lawrence said the big league clubs collect millions of dollars annually through radio and television broadcasts;and are "trying to,put the minor leagues out of commission." "The big leagues violate tiie most sacred agreement in all of baseball," he added. "That's the respect for territorial rights. The big leagues do worse than invade your territory. They send it down by radio arid television to the fans —free of charge—and collect vast sums for it. "Now don't get me wrong. The big leagues should go ahead and get all of the money out of radio and television they can, but we want them to share it with the minor league clubs." Lawrence said he had no idea how much would be involved in the proposed suit, but he hinted it would run somewhere around 50 million dollars. 25 Leagues Killed ly cvsr tv/o months to wind' things up. $4,5<M),000 Offered The Associated Press was told authoritatively last night that sale of the Athletics couldn't possibly be completed in a matter of hours. In the first place, Johnson reportedly has made only a verbal offer for the club—a reported $4,500,000 including Connie MacJt Stadium, $2,500,000 without the park. Nothing has been put in writing yet. The American' League would have to approve the sale and any transfer of the franchise to another city. Those little details would require more than a few hours. However, there was a, feeling that at long last things were really beginning to jell. '...-. Carter, Herman On TV Tonight SAN FRANCISCO MD — Ex-lightweight king Jimmy Carter meets Freddie (Babe) Herman here tonight in a 10-round warmup for his twice delayed title fight. This fight replaces the championship battle in which Carter was to have met Paddy BsI.Iarco, who came up with a sors elbow. Their title battle was rescheduled for Nov. 17. The Carter-Herman show will be nationally televised from the Cow Palace at 7 p.m.. (10 p.m. EST) by CBS. Carter is favored, but it's difficult to pin down odds. Two years ago Herman, from Los Angeles, fought a 10-round The veteran club owner said that nontitle draw with Carter when he "during the past five years, 25 leagues in 200 cities have been killed by radio and television." Lawrence plans to confer with an attorney, identified only as one of America's most famous attorneys, about the suit tomorrow. "Whether the suit is filed or not will be predicated on the advice of my attorney, who has been making a study of the major-minor agreement," Lawrence said. "If he takes the case, we'll go to court." Frick said in New York he had not heard of the proposed suit and declined comment. Advised of this, Lawrence said "Frick does know. He's known how I feel for a long time. I've told him I thought he ought to resign. He's a commissioner of the New York big league clubs only—not commissioner of baseball." Lawrence said he was a member of a nine-man committee set up to study major-minor league relations but Frick had ordered the committee not to discuss radio and television. was lightweight charnp. CHICAGO (A—Stan Hack will be given a new contract to manage the Chicago Cubs in 1955 after the World Series, club owner P. K. Wrigley said yesterday. Hack, who finished his playing career with the Cubs in 1948 and then spent five years in the club's farm system as manager at Des Moines, Springfield, Mass., and Los Angeles, succeeded Phil Cavarretta as skipper of the Bruins last March. The Cubs spent most of this season deep in the second division of the National League standings and will finish seventh for the second straight year. LOS ANGELES UK — The Los Angeles Times said today it has been "reliably informed" that Casey Stengel signed a contract today in New York to manage the New York Yankees in 1955. The unsigned Times story, presumably from sources tapped by the newspaper's baseball writer, Al Wolf, said it was not learned whether Stengel's salary for next year would be the same as his reported $80,000 for this year. Williams Sticks By Statement BOSTON (ft ~ Ted Williams' latest statement on the question of whether he will be back to play baseball next season appears to be on the ne'gative side. "I made my announcement last spring," the Boston Red Sox slugger is quoted as telling a local writer. It was last spring that Williams announced this was to be his final year in the game. Junior Tigers to Play CARUTHERSVILLE — The Caruthersville Junior High football season will begin tonight when the Cubs play the Kennett Junior High grid team at Kennett. The local team ii coached by Jfcck Hopke. PITTSBURGH (*. — A former tackle on the University of Arkansas football team, Buster Graves, has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. Graves was one of eight players dropped in a move toward trlmmlntf the Bteeler squad to th* league limit. RCA VICTOR Clock- O Powerful RCA Yktvrnriiojfei fanotM "TelechNM" ttMk. Wl • * * WMtM ytM ^ WMfU • t«w thaw flbr tneta kirfk Choice of colon. ^4U^ Sw it toditf. A I Adams Appliance Co. Mt-N'W, Mfcta Chicks Ranked Sixth in State Only One AA Team Listed Above Tribe lit Gazette Poll Blytheville's Chickasaws named the sixth best high football team in Arkansas today by Little Rock's Arkansas Gazette. Only Class AA team ranked ahead of Coach Russell Mosley's crew was Camden, which -has beaten Fairview 32-0 and Hot Springs 38-0: Camden gets its first real .test this week when it goes against North Little Rock. , • The Chicks /earned their sixth slot in the Gazette poll by taking Osceola easily two weeks ago and by dumping North .Little Rock 20-7 Friday night; / Little Rock Stopped Rated tops in the state is Little Rock which lost 2-tf last week to Texarkana, Tex. Coming down through the top ten from Little Rock, the list reads: Texarkana (Ark.), Camden, El Dorado, Pine Bluff, BlytheviUe, Stuttgart, N. Little Rock, Van Buren and Malvern. . Van Buren and Malvern are the only other AA teams. Stuttgart is the only A school in -the top ten. Second ten finds DeQueen, Newport, Payetteville and Springdale. The ratings are determined by a poll; of the Gazette sports staff. It s to be a regular, once-a-week feature of the Little Rock paper. FRED SPARKS Chick Tackle Said 'Resting Well' Following Head Injury Fred Sparks, a sophomore tackle at .BlytheviUe High'School, was reported resting well at Chickasawba lospital today where Jae is recovering from a head injury received dur- ng a scrimmage session. Sparks, who was a front line re- erve, was injured during a scrimmage session Monday afternoon. He was hospitalized immediately fol- owing the injury. • Dr. John Elliott, team physician, aid this morning that he "couldn't ind much wrong" with the injured Thick player. Dr. .Elliott said that, x-rays failed to reveal a skull fracture. Sparks, who lettered with- the Paps last season, showed, good potential with the Chicks in their first two ball games and was being counted on to see plenty of reserve action behind starter Allen Shanks. Huge Acorns Oaks of Guadalupe Island have the largest known acorns, fully two inches in diameter. Mexico's westermost possession, Guadalupe is situated 180 miles south-west of San Diego, Calif. Nuxhall and Redlegs Blank Braves; Giants Win Again Cubs Nip'Cousin' Cardinals in Pair Red Birds Bock in Sixth Place After Doubleheader Loss CHICAGO \lfi — Things went as usual when the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals got together. The Cubs swept both ends of a doubleheader from the Birds yesterday, 4-3 and 3-2. That's about normal for St. Louis only holds seven victories against the "cubs in 21 starts this year. Three home runs in the two games paved'the way to the victories .and that's an ordinary thing for Redbird pitchers, too. They've iven up 168 homers this season, only 11 behind the Cincinnati record ofjlast year. Vic Raschi and the Cards wer,e oing along with a 3-1 lead in the opener until Hank Sauer smashed No. 40 into the' left field seats with Dee Fondy on base to tie the game. •• The Cubs went on -to win the game in the 10th' against Gerry Staley when Frank Baumholtz beat out on infield hit and moved to second on a wild throw past first. Then Gene Baker singled him home with the victory. In the nightcap, shortened to six and one-half inning's by darkness, ex-Cardinal Steve Bilko and Ralph Kiner homered off starter and loser Harvey Haddix to account for all three Cub runs. Bilko's blast-.came after a Kiner single in the second inning. The Cards scored on Rip Repul- ski's home run blast in the seventh inning of the second game and.one Yanks Set Record with 101st Victory; Sox Trip Cleveland By BEN PHLEGAR Associated Press Sports Writer Roosevelt was president and Leo Durocher was managing Brooklyn when a 15-year-old high school boy from Hamilton, Ohio, took the mound for the Cincinnati Reds one gray afternoon in June, 1944. The youngster missed the catcher completely with eight of his first nine pitches and finally staggered through one inning with five runs scored against him on five walks and two hits. Ten years later. Joe Nuxhall has made the grade in the big time. The lefthander, who was the youngest player ever to wear a major league uniform and probably the wildest, has conquered his control* problems and has a tidy 12-4 won-lost record for the fourth- place Redlegs. His 12 victory came yesterday and was the best of the dozen. He gave the Milwaukee Braves only six hits, struck out six and walked but two in winning his third straight complete game and* his first shutout, 5-0. Then to Birmingham Nuxhall pitched only one other inning i n 1944. It was for Birmingham in the Southern Assn. and it was even worse, five walks and six runs. The youngster dropped to Class D in 1945 then quit for a year and went back to high school. The road back has been a long one Muncie, Tulsa. Columbia, S.C., Charleston, W.Va., Tulsa again and finally Cincinnati in ^^^^~*^^~~ ' •"•• i I in. the first on a walk, infield out and Red Schoendienst's single. Manager Eddie Stanky was chased by Umpire Jocko Conlan in the first game, marking the first ejection for him since Julv 18. The Greatest Gasoline Development in 31 Years 1952. In the past two seasons with the Reds he won 10 and lost 15. In the American League yesterday the New York- Yankees set a. record .and the pennant-winning Cleveland Indians didn't. 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