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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,1954 Richest World Series Opener Is Scheduled For Polo Grounds Batting Champs In World Series Mays Gets 3 Hits On Final Day to Win National Title By JACK HAND AP Sports Writer For the first time since 1931, the two league batting champions will meet in the world series with Willie Mays (.345) of the New York Giants and Bobby Avila (.341) of the Cleveland Indians topping the hit parade. Mays beat out teammate Don Mueller and Brooklyn's Duke Snider with a three-hit outburst on the final day of the season. Willie ripped into Philadelphia pitchM; yesterday for a triple, double and single and a final .345 average Mueller wound up at .342 and Snider at .341. Avila's .triumph in the American league is,.bound to stir up some off-season talk. Ted Williams ac tually had a higher average, .345 but he-didn't .have the required 400 official at bats. If the stati ticians gave him 14 hitless trips to boost his 386 at bat total to 400 lie would have finished at .333 Since Cleveland clinched the American league pennant a week ago Saturday and New York elirh inated Brooklyn a week ago, the chief interest in Sunday's fina games was a scrap for fourth place—and a chunk of world series cash—in each league. Red Sox Finish Fourth The BostonRed Sox, helped b; Williams' 29th homer in a five- run seventh, sewed up fourth in the -American league by bopping Washington 11-2. Detroit, with a chance at fourth place if Boston had lost, topped Cleveland 8-7 in 13 innings on Fred Hatfield's two- run homer off Ray Narleski. Philadelphia wound up fourth in the National despite.a defeat by the New York Giants, 3-2 in 11 innings. Cincinnati, needing a victory to tie the Phils, lost to Chicago, 5-2. Karl Spooner, Brooklyn's brilliant rookie southpaw, proved his 15-strikeout job against the Giants Wednesday was no flash in the pan. The 23-year-old Fort Worth grad fanned 12 Pittsburgh batters for a new National league record of 27 in his first two starts. Gil Hodges' 42nd "homer gave -Brooklyn a 1-0 edge . Wally Moon's 400-foot home run gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-0 victory over Milwaukee in 11 innings. . Casey Stengel popped up with his new "power" infield—Yogi Ber- ra'at third, Mickey Mantle at short and Bill Skowron at second—only to see the Philadelphia A's knock off his New York Yankees 8-6. By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees will be missing from the scene for the first time in six years as the. Cleveland Indians and New York Giants come to grips Wednesday in. what is almost certain to be the richest of all 51 World Series. What's in a Name? Winner, Loser, too FORT SCOTT, .Kan. (/P) — Bill Weinberg was the winner and Bill "Weinberg was the loser in a golf match in the city tournament here. The two men with the same name wound up all even at the end of 18 holes. The winner of the playoff on the 19th was Capt. Bill Weinberg of the Kansas National Guard. The loser was jeweler Bill Weinberg. Rooting for the winner and loser, respectively, were Mrs, Betty Weinberg and Mrs. Betty Weinberg. The wives also have the same name. I With two huge arenas — Cleveland's Municipal Stadium seating 86,000 and New York's Pol Grounds seating 52,000—this could produce a record pool for the play ers with each winning share total ing $10,000 and each losing shar< about $8,000. Ihe players share in the receipts of the first four games Should the series go the full dis tance of seven games — and man> experts believe it will — a neu attendance mark is certain to set. The first two games in the best-of-seven will be played at th Polo Grounds, Wednesday and Thursday. All games will begin a 1:00 p.m. (EST). To Cleveland Friday Then, with no interruption for trax r el, the battleground will shif to Cleveland for games on Friday Saturday and' Sunday. Should the issue still be undecided, the scene will shift back to New York nex Monday and Tuesday. The series should develop into one of the most exciting and close ly fought in many years. Lee by two colorful managers — Al Lopez and Leo Durocher — the Indians and Giants are both op portunist clubs, featuring standou pitching, tight .defense, clutch hit ting and ability to come-from be hind with last ditch rallies. The Indians already have been established as 17 to 10 favorites mainly because the brilliant pitch ing of their "big eight" that wa so instrumental in setting an Amer ican League record of 111 vie tories. The American League's vast su periority over the National in series competition probably had much to do with making the Indians such a prohibitive favorite.' Thanks largely to 16 Yankee triumphs, the American leads by a margin of 33-17. The last National League victory was by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. Record Spotless The Indians' World Series record is spotless — two series, two world championships. The Giants have appeared in 13 fall classics and won four. Durocher has a poor World Series record. He lost twice to the Yankees, once with the 1941 Dodgers and then with the 1951 Giants. This will be Lopez' first World Series effort. The Giants and Indians are no strangers to each other. Down through the years, they have met 263 times in spring training games with Cleveland winning 132 times and the Giants 125. Six games ended in ties. Both managers are confident of victories although neither expects to win easily. Both Lopez and Durocher have seen coy about naming their starting pitchers. Leo said he won't announce his starter until Tuesday and it is expected that Lopez wil] ollow suit. It would surprise no >ne if the opening mound opponents are the Giants' Sal Maglie 14-6) and Bob Lemon (23-7). Following a day of rest today, oth clubs will work out at the 'olo Grounds tomorrow, the Giants i the morning and the Indians, p ho are scheduled to leave for Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. Cleveland Ill 43 New York 103 Chicago 94 Boston 69 Detroit 68 Washington".... 66 Baltimore Philadelphia 51 60 85 86 38 54 100 51 103 .721 .669 .610 .448 .442 .429 .351 .331 GB 8 17 • 42 43 45 57 60 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. New York 97 Brooklyn 92 .630 .597 Milwaukee .89 65 .578 Philadelphia ... 75 79 .487 Cincinnati 74 80 .481 St. Louis ...... 72 82 ,468 Chicago 64 90 .416 Pittsburgh .... 53 101 .344 American League Sunday's Results Detroit 8, Cleveland 7 (13 nings) Philadelphia 8» New York 6 Boston 11, Washington 2 Only games scheduled. GB 5 8 22 23 25 33 44 National League Sunday's Results Brooklyn 1, Pittsburgh 0 St. Louis 2, Milwaukee 0 (11 innings) New York 3, Philadelphia 2 (11 innings) Chicago 5, Cincinnati 2 Major League Attendance Up NEW YORK UP, — For the first time in recent years, attendance at major league baseball games showed a gain in 1954 with 15,937,767 fans paying their way into the 16 ball parks. A year ago, when there was a slight decrease over 1952, the turnout was 14,383,797. Topped by a record gate of 2,132,388 at Milwaukee, the National League drew 8,001,924 as compared to 7,419.721 last year. The Neu York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals joined with the Braves in marking up the biggest gains. The American League attend ance jumped nearly a million with the Baltimore Orioles accounting :or nearly three-fourths of the aoost. At St. Louis in 1953 the Browns drew only 297,238. Trans- : erred to Baltimore the club attracted over a million. The total American League attendance was 7.935,843 as compared to 6,964,076 n 1953. MODESTY PERSONIFIED—With an "Oh, it was nothing" expression, the Giants' Willie Mays, right, accepts the congratulations of the Dodgers' Jackie Robinson. (NBA) Moon Finishes First Season with Homer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wally Moon, the rookie who made St. Louis forget warhorse Enos Slaughter, finished his first year the same way he started it—with a home run. Moon, strong contender for rookie of the year honors in the National League, -belted one of Ernie Johnson's pitches 400-feet into the centerfield bullpen to give the Cardinals a 2-0, 11-inning victory over Milwaukee yesterday. The victory gave St. Louis a 7282 record good for sixth place in the league—the team's .vrorst finishing position since 1938. Wally, in his first time at bat on April 13, smashed a homer to the right field pavilion roof in Busch Stadium off Chicago Cub hurler Paul Minner. Then he had just been tabbed to replace Slaughter, traded to the New York Yankees, in the Cardinals outfield. 12th of Year His llth inning homer—No. 12 of the campaign — scored Sal Yvars who had opened the inning with a ground ball booted at shortstop by Roy Smalley. Brooks Lawrence, who took over for Harvey Haddix in the 10th, was credited with his 15th victory against six losses. Haddix and Bay Crone had dueled through nine scoreless innings. The Cardinals of 1938 also came in sixth with a 71-80 record and the 1932 team finished with an iden- tical 72-82 record and placed sixth. Only three other times since "32 has the club finished lower than third. The Birds were fifth in 1933 fourth in 1937 and fifth in 1950. Moon to Miss NCPCbut Sends Wishes Wally Moon won't be able to make it for the National Cotton Picking Five Games Scheduled In MisscoThis Week Southern-Tech Game Tops AIC Mule riders Capture Opener but Wonder Boys are Favorites By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Southern State College's football team hits the practice field today with one Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference scalp in tow, but their victory won't be enough to boost them into the favorite's role - for next week's game. The Muleriders, 7-0 victors over The College of the Ozarks at Magnolia Saturday night, tangle with the well-manned and highly-respected Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys. Tech, which outclassed a Memphis Naval team 32-13 at Russellville Saturday night, will be going for its first conference triumph under new coach Sam Hindsman. Loaded with experience, the Wonder Boys rate high among preseason choices to take to the AIC crown. But Hindsman saw the Southern State game and he rates the Muleriders as "dangerous to anybody." Teachers Play A&M Arkansas State Teachers College, twice beaten by out of state teams, enters conference play against Arkansas A&M of Monticello. The Boll Weevils defeated Little Rock Junior College 26-6 and State Teachers fell to Warrensburg State of Missouri 33-0 in games last week end. Arkansas State, which is not a member of the AIC, moves from a 25-7 win over Lewis College of Lockport, HI., to'a hair-raiser Saturday — Mississippi State, which bowed to Tennessee 19-7 last week. Ouachita College, 38-34 loser to Southeast Oklahoma State last week, goes against Little Rock JC, which has won and lost in two outings. • x The College of the Ozarks entertains East Central Oklahoma at Clarksville Saturday in the other game scheduled. A total of five games — two Thursday night and three Friday night — are scheduled for the county this week. Thursday night, Mississippi bunty's two leading junior high elevens, Blytheville's Papooses and Osceola'a junior Seminoles, will take on out-of-county rivals in games in Blytheville and Osceola. Coach Jimmy Fisher's Blythe- ille Papooses, who notched their econd win of the season last week, will go after a third at Haley Field when they take on Maiden, Mo. At .Osceola, Osceola's junior jeminoles will play host to Marked Then Friday night there are three top Class B tilts on schedule. Looking For First Win Osceola's Seminoles, who are till looking for their first win of tie season, will take on Burdette's J irates in a game scheduled for Burdette's athletic field Friday night. The Pirates will be seeking fceir third win of the season gainst one loss. Wilson and Shawnee, two of the ounty's most bitter rivals, will have a setto at Wilson Friday light. Regardless of who wins, this Contest. The sparkling Cardinal rookie previously had: promised to be here "if it's at all possible." However he wrote bis friend here. Homer Smith, "I have been elected alternate player representative for the Cardinals and must attend a -league meeting from Sept. 27 through the World Series." He sent along his regrets to those connected with the National Cotton Picking Contest and stated, "I surely hope this year's' contest will be even more successful than those of the past." York tonight, in the afternoon. As in recent years, all games vill be broadcast (Mutual) and tel- vised (NBC) over nationwide networks. Sports Roundup— Wilhelm-Key Man in Series By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK fa — This seems a good day to nominate the player who is destined to have the greatest influence on the outcome of the World Series. Our choice for the distinction is Hoyt Wilhelm, the knuckle-balling relief specialist of the Giants, and the reasoning goes like this: If Wilhelm can baffle the Indians for two or three late innings at a stretch the way he has baffled the best hitters in the National league all season, the Giants will in all probability win the set. If he can't you've got to like Cleveland's chances. Maybe it's not quite that simple, but it's close. There' can be little question that the righthanded North Carolinian is the greatest game-saver around today. If the circumstances are right he will be in there nearly every day the play-off lasts, because he needs no rest between his heroics. One Out of Three In the course of the season just closed Wilhelm strode in from the bullpen in approximately one out of every three Giants games and scored 12 victories against only four defeats, two of the. latter at the hands of Pittsburgh, no less. His earned-run average was an •mazing 2:15 per game and virtually nothing per inning. He has not lost a game since July 23, though he has stuck nis neck out 31itimes in that period. There was not quite the usual call on Wilhelm's services during tht Jteaaon, because the veteran Marv Orittom Also proved himself a r*markably effective reliever •vtr, somewhat longer stretches than th* knuckle-bailer normally ttctlf. la Utt last two months, though, Grissom lost some of his effectiveness while Wilhelm was becoming unbeatable. The Indians have seen less of the knuckler than of any other Gi ants pitcher. Leo Durocher used him very sparingly in the spring exhibitions, because he knows what he can do when the proper time comes. Even so, our Cleveland informant says the Tribe batters are more jittery at the prospect • of facing his butterfly ball than they are about Sal Maglie's curve or Johnny Antonelli's fast one. Millions of television fans will have a chance to see for themselves what it means to try to even catch the particular type of knuck- ler that Wilhlm throws, much less hit it. They will see catcher Wes Westrum. hopping about like a cat on a hot stove, just seeking to block the thing. The reserve' Giants catchers usually wear a mask vhen they warm him up. Wilhelm serves his specialty with the same motion and much the same speed as his fast ball. Neither pitcher nor his catcher ever know which way the knuckler is going to break. "It doesn't matter whether you hit left or right, or whether you're a good hitter or a poor one, the thing fools you," says Stan Musial. "It levels hitters off." This fellow who, we Say ,is more likely than any other player to have a decisive effect on the series outcome, one way or the other, also represents the "biggest bargain on the Giants roster. They' picked him up for $2,500 back in 1947, when they drafted him from .the Braves' farm at Mooresville, N, C. The Giant* though so little of him that they left him open to the draft for several years and didn't bring him in from Minneapolis until '52. Patty Berg Wins Ardmore Tourney ARDMORE, Okla. UP) — .Steaoy shooting Patty Berg drews, HI., called on of St. An- her tournament experience in the late stages to win the rich Ardmore Women's Open Golf Tournament yesterday. The pudgy Miss Berg shot a one- under-par 73 over the 6,483 yard Dornick Hius course to finish with a 299 total for the 72 hole event. The. victory enabled her to nail down top money winning honors on the Ladies Professional Golfers Assn. tour. Her bankroll has grown to $15,905 for the year, Patty picked up 58,116 in the tournament, the richest ever sponsored for women. Jackie Pung of Honolulu, who ield a four stroke lead going into the final 18 holes soared to a 78 for a 300 total and second place. Marilynn Smith, Wichita, fash- oned two fine finishing rounds of 73 to grab third place. Foreign Faces In U. S. Golf DETROIT C?) — Although a native of St. Andrews, Scotland, Findlay S. Douglas became U. S. Amateur Golf champion in 1898, then went on to become president of the tJ. S. Golf Association. Walter J. Travis, U. S. Amateur Champion in 1900, 1901 and 1903, was born in Australia. He didn't begin golfing until he was 35 years old and had moved to the U. S. First native born American to win the title was H. M. Harriman, who took the title in 1899 in his home town of Chicago. Juniors Play Tonight CARUTHERSVTLLE — The Caruthersville Junior High football team will play its second game season against Portageville's juniors at Portageville tonight. The Cubs lost their first game Wednesday night at Kennett 20-6. Costa and Smith Battle Tonight NEW YORK (Pi — Undefeated Carmelo Costa of Brooklyn gets his toughest test tonight when he faces Gene Smith, of Washington once a top-ranking featherweight contender, in a 10-rounder at Eastern Parkway Arena. The 22-year-old Brooklynite, gunning for a title shot at feather weight champion Sandy Saddler, is a 1-2 favorite. Another good Monday night scrap matches Bobby Bickle, a 25- year-old knockout artist from Topeka, Kan., and rangy, 22-year-old Danny Joe Perez of New'York, at St. Nicholas arena. Perez is a 5-8 choice to beat the college clouter from Washburn in the 10-rounder. Moving- Coyotes Coyotes have special places to meet and sing their weird songs after nightfall, but they never use he same meeting ground two nights in succession. for the COURIER NEWS in Osceola, call BILLY BEALL, 567-J YELLOWSTONE Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey... the leader today as in 1872 with those who know fine Bourbon. Try a bottle WASHINGTON (£>)—Marty Furgol, the burly belter from Lemont, HI., was high among the year's money winners today after capturing the $40,000 "world series of golf tournament with a 273, 11 under par. In a stirring competition that carried to the final hole of Congressional Country's Club's 6,814-yard course. Furgol whipped Bo Wininger yesterday by a single stroke to win $7,500. This boosted his 1954 earnings to $19,909. Furgol hasn't won many tournaments in his five years of pro play but in this tournament, ,he was out front all the way. He, was the only golfer in the 60's in all four rounds: 68-68-69-69. Paps Play Maiden Thursday; Osceola to Invade Burdette Blytheville's Chickasaws will enjoy an open date this week but Mississippi County's football fans will still have plenty of action to witness in the county. game is usually an exciting affair because of the hot rivalry between the two schools. Wilson's Bulldogs suffered their first defeat of the season last Fri- This Week's Football Menu Thursday- Maiden Juniors at Blytheville Marked Tree Juniors at Osceola Friday— Osceola at Burdette Shawnee at Wilson Trumann at Keiser day night when they bowed to Hayti, Mo., 7-0 while Shawnee got its first win of the season, defeating Marion. The county's top ranked Class B team, Keiser, will be in action Friday night, too. Coach Charley -Sims' Yellowjack- ets are slated to go against Trumann in- a game to be played at Keiser. John R. Nelson of Blytheville Wins Courier's Grid Contest Four upsets and a tie game threw entrants in the Courier News' first weekly football contest a curve last weekend but 10 contestants still managed to pick 18 of the 24 winners correctly. And, according to contest rules, ; was necessary to determine the [rst week winner by post marks. Declared the winner was John R. kelson of 114 North Hollywood, Blytheville, whose entry bore the arliest post mark. A'.cash prize of $10 was offered o the one picking the most win- ers. The second week's contest ap- ears in today's issue of the Cour- er News. And this week, only one minor change in the rules has been made — entries must be post- narked not later than Thursday Togs' Scoreless Season FORT WORTH, Tex. (#) — Texas hristian University, noted now of its wide-open offense, once layed two consecutive football easons without scoring a point. The 1901 and' 1902 TCU Horned rogs went scoreless while their pponents got 165 points in seven ames. The' winless 1903 team cored 11 points against the oppo- tions' 100 in seven games. In 1904 CD" yielded 90 points while scorig: only five — the latter in a 5-0 iumph over Baylor in the last ame of the season. midnight. The deadline was extended until Friday noon last week because the contest did not appear in the Courier News -until Wednesday. It will appear in Monday the future and Thursday midnight deadline will be in effect. Here are the scores of last week's games: Blytheville 21, Frayser 7 Alabama 12, LSU 0 Georgia 14, Clemson 7 Duke 52, Penn 0 Ole Miss 28, Kentucky 9 Tennessee 19, Mississippi State 7 Memphis State 13, Tulane 13 (tie) ,,,.... Arkansas 41, Tulsa 0' Baylor 25, Vanderbilt 19 Notre Dame 21, Texas 0 Oklahoma A&M 14, Texas A&M 6 . Iowa 14, Michigan State 10 West Memphis 34, Osceola 0 Minnesota 19, Nebraska 7 Purdue 31, Missouri 0 Penn State 14, Illinois 12 ' Southern Cal 27, Pitt 7 Oklahoma 21, TCU 16 Florida 13, Georgia Tech 12 South Carolina 34, Army 20 Ohio State 28, Indiana 0 UCLA 32, Kansas 7 Kansas State 21, Wyoming 13 Navy 27, William and Mary 0 FARMS FOR SALE 80 to 480 acre tracts. Excellent loans obtaintble. Want to buy want to keep? Here it is! 200 acre loam located on black top. Hiway in excellent community.3 houses, 2 barns, and electricity. Ready to go! LEIGH AGENCY Phon* 99 Parma, Mo. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, Sept. 27 8:15 p.m. Adults 50c — Children ISc RETURN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH FOR SOUTHERN JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Red Roberts protested the decision in their last match here Sept. 13 to the National Wrestling Alliance and that body ordered a return match. A representative of the NWA will be in charge and conduct the match and the NWA will appoint the refree. 100 PROOF BOTTLED IN BOND YlUOWiTQKl, IWC-, lOUIiVHH, EY. L THEGREAT RAY PIRETT »s. RED ROBERTS (CHAMPION) (FORMER CHAMPION) 90 Minut* Tim* Limit—B*it 2 Out of 3 Falls DON FIELDS «. PRINCE OMAR On* Hour Tim* Limit—B*st 2 Out of 3 Falls -

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