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r PAGE SIX BLTTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NKWS FRIDAY, APRIL 8, Braves Apparently Left Dodger Jinx in Boston By BEN PHIEGAB Associated Press Sports Wrlfer Milwaukee's new major their Brooklyn jinx in Boston The braves of '52 didn't have a winning record against anybody except Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, but it was the Dodgers who really killed them. The Braves dropped their first 14 games against Brooklyn and finished the year losing 18 of 21. One game ended by n tie. While the Braves still were in league fans cat begin taking real hope that the Braves lefl Boston early this spring the si uation remained unchanged — meetings* with the Dodgers an two losses, Then came the switch to Ml waukee. The immediate resul' were not strictly sensational bu there was some improvemen Brooklyn won its first 6? vn against Milwaukee, 1-0. Then Mi Negroes Assured Of Action at Spa HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Two Negro brothers, first of their race to sign in the Class C Cotton States League, wil be given an opportunity to play baseball, at least in Hot Springs. Pitchers Jim and Leander Tugerson of Florence Villa Fla., were unanimously endorsee! here last night by the Board of Directors of the Hot Springs Bathers, an independent club with no niajor league affiliations. Signing of the Tugerson brothers stirred up a controversy in the 8-club loop, covering Arkansas. Mississippi and Louisiana. League President Al Harawa> has called a meeting of circuit directors at Greenville. Miss., Monday to consider the new ownership of the Bathers and "any other matters which are brought up." Haraway has said the question of Negroes playing in the Cotton States League will be discussed. In giving blanket approval to signing of the two Negroes, the Hot Springs Board said, in effect, they would be given a "chance to make the team." Deserve Chance Acting club President Lewis Goltz said "We don't want to disorganize the League in any way by play- Ing the Negroes, but we think these boys deserve a chance." The Board said the Bathers hope to include the Negroes on the traveling squad, but will play them only in Hot Springs if the rest of the League cities object to their playing away from home. The Mississippi attorney general said flatly that "public policy" prohibits Negroes from playing with whites In Hint slate. Mississippi has four clubs in the circuit. Willis Hudlin, former Cleveland piicher and present owner of the Jackson, Miss., team, said he didn't think the league was ready for Negroes. The Tugerson brothers, both righthanders, sjiy they only want to prove their ability as ballplayers, adding that "we came to piny ball and we intend lo stick it out." Both played on the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro .American League last year. Jim winning 14 and losing 2; Leandr-r, 7 and 3. Jim had a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers last year and Leander went to spring training in 1952 with the Chicago White Sox. Judge Sam W. Garratt, president of the Bathers from 1947-1951 and present Board chnriman, said "I think the club is thoroughly \vith- In its right to sign these players." Well RecommenrtiMl Another Bather director. George Earnshaw, former Philadelphia Athletics pitching star, was quoted as saying he also would like to see the boys given a chance. Black of Brooklyn and Monte Ir- vln of the New York Giants, Golta said. He emphasized that signing ol the players was not a publicity venture. "We need ballplayers and we want to give Hot Springs fans a winning club," he said. Several directors said they have received favorable calls from fans throughout the League. Goltz said Hot Springs fans "are behind this move 100 per cent." Free Throw Rule Causes 12-PoinS Jump in Scoring Onc-and-One Plan Doesn't Cut Fouls NEW YORK W) —The one-and- one foul rule cnused nn unprecedented jump in scoring in college basketball games last season, the NCAA's figures revealed. Just a year ago. the average number of points In n game for both (.enms wns 126.6 This year It wns 1382. and it was due almost entirely to free throws. There nlso was virtually no reduction in fouling, one of the purposes for the one-nnd-one rule which permitted a player an extra free throw if he missed the first fry Broken down, the figures showed that each team took almost eight more tree thro\\s nnd made nearly six of them. It committed seven- tentlis of a foul less than a year igo. Before this year, the highest scoring team in the nation wns Ken- Micky, which tallied an average of 82.3 polnls per game In the 1951-52 season. This year, no fewer than seven learns beat the record, led by Airman with n 90.2 average. For the 14th time in 19 years, the defensive leader was Oklahoma A. and M. Whereas last year the Aggies cd the nation by permitting an nv- 'ragc of only 45.5 points per game, his eyar they could do no better hnn 53.8- There were 14 teams be- The Tugersons were recommen- ow this year's winning figure dur- ded by Roy Campanella and Joe s ing the 1952 campaign. waukee won one, 3-2. Tuesday the Dodgers needed 10 Innings' U squeeze out a 3-2 decision. Joe Dlack Shelled Yesterday the Wisconsin Indians went on the warpath like the Mas sachusetts Indians never did. Thej battered the Bums, 11-3. at New Orleans in Brooklyn's worst de feat of the spring. Opening up on Joe Black anc continuing their attack on Clem Labine and Ronnie Negray the Braves scored five runs in the fi/si four innings and never let Brooklyn get. started. The Brooklyn hurlers walked eight and the infield contributed a pair of costly errors. The victory gave the Braves an overall spring record of 12 iri- umphs and 13 losses. Yanks Shutout A's The Braves were the only club :o score in double figures yesterday. There were two shutouts. Vic Raschi and Johnny Schmitz combined to give the New York Yan- cees a 6-0 decision over the Philadelphia Athletics at St. Peters- )urg, Fla., and Bob Lemon and Lou Brissie of Cleveland blanked he New York Giants at Wichita, Can., 3-0. The Yankees had some anxious noments when Raschi was hit just below the right knee by a line drive off the bat of Dave Philley but X-rays showed no serious damage and club officials said last night the veteran righthander >hould be able to pitch in turn, ^aschi's right knee bothered him hrough the 1951 season and he lad a loose cartilage removed rom it in the winter of 1951. Eighth Straight for Giants The Giants, who had lost eight traight mainly because of bad iltchlng. got some good pitching or a change with Larry Jansen triking out six and giving up six its in six Innings. But the Cleveand twirling was better and the iir<s also came through with leir daily quota of home runs, his time by Dale Mitchell and 1111 Glynn. A three-run home run by light itting Eddie Yost gave Washlng- on an 8-5 verdict over Cincinnati t Savannah, Ga. Mickey Grasso. im Busby and Jackie Jensen also omered lor the winners. Jack Mayo cleared' the fences ith two out in the ninth to tie lie score nnd then Granny Hamner rove one over the centerfield wall n the 10th to give the Philadelphia 'hlls n ,9-8 victory over the Boslon .ed Sox at Waycross, Ga. Mayo's omer was his second of the game nd Earl Torgeeon of the Phils also it two. Cards Win The St. Louis Browns took a 6-4 dge in their spring series with he Chicago Cubs by whipping the Htibunl Leaguers, 9-4, at Alpine, ex. Herbert Kokernot, a Texas incher, donated $1,900 In prizes ir fhe games and the Browns icked up $1,330 of the jackpot with 15-hit assault. Detroit defeated the Cincinnati B" learn at Lakeland, Fla., 9-7, .though Ihe second string Reds it. four homers — two by Andy jminlck, and the St. Louis Card- als won over Birmingham of the outhern Association, fi-3. Ft. Worth of the Texas League ipped the Chicago White Sox. 6-4. a 10-inning night game. Jim axes, sent back to the minors "ter training with the Dodgers is spring, broke up the game with s second home run of the even- g. Tony Cucchiarini also hit two ir Ft. Worth. CQMiNG DGWN=-The earners catches Goalkeeper Krstalcvic, captain of the Yugoslavia team, sailing through the air like an airp'ane as he dives to stop a shot against Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham, England. (NEA) tports Roundup — Man Says Indians Sure to Wm American League Flag This Time By GAYLE TALBOT DENVER (AP) — We part from the Cl jveland Indians and send them hitting on their xhibition way convinced — again — that thej' will win the American League pennant in- tead of finishing second. This time you can ciunt upon it. Two years ago the Tribe wound •!•p five games behind the Yan- ees. Last season they narrowed le gap to two games in a sen- ational stretch drive after having een 7!i out in mid-July. From the ook of things, they are prepared take up where they left off, nly more so. Senor Al Lopez still does not ave a club which can field with he Yankees — if he did. the race ouldn't even be close—but he has uch awesome power at the plate nd such a group of fine pitchers lat it is hard to see how he can iss. He doesn't believe he will, in- dentally. Insurance What Al has now that he didn't ave a year ago is infield insur- nce. If Ray Boone fails to make I Bucceroni 11-5 Over Davey in TV Go Tonight NEW YORK, (AP) — Stringy Danny Bucceroni of Philadelphia is an 11 to 5 favorite to repeat his triumph over husky Dave Davey of Seattle in the feature ten rounder at 3t. Nicholas Arena tonight. The 9 p.m. (CST) bout will be broadcast (ABC) and telecast (NBC). Yankees Solid AL Favorites By JACK HAND ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (AP) — Caser Stengel's New York Yankees should make baseball history in 1953 by winning their iif:h straight pennant in the American League. With. Whitey Ford back from the army t) bolster his aging pitching staff, Stengel figures to have more than enough to beat off tli2 challenge of Cleveland and Chicago, Washington's surprise team of '52 and the Philadelphia A's. with new found power in Eddie Robinson, are expected to battle for the other first division post wilh St. Loyis, Boston and Detroit trailing. Age is the only threat to the Yankee club. The "Big Three" of the pitching staff has reached a dangerous age. Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat are 34 and Allie Reynolds, the Super Chief, is 35. Reynolds, however, has shown no sign of slowing down. A 20-game winner last year and a World Series star. Reynolds enjoyed the best season of his career. Ford is ready to make the "Big Three" a "Bg Four." Phil Rizzuto's stomach ulcers I Garcia' been interrupted by a skin rash i Pitching Is the main problem at worried the Yankee brass all winter. There is no capable replacement for the scooter with Gerry Coleman in the Marines. However, Rizzuto has been playing the spring exhibitions and slowly rounding Into regular season form. Mickey Mantle's training has and boils under his arms. Forced to sit out severnl exhibitions, he is behind the rest of the club. He was behind last year, too, when he favored his bad knee, .but wound up at .311 with 23 homers and 87 runs batted in. The 21-year- old Oklahoma kid has taken over as Joe DiMaggio's successor. Everybody expecls him to have a spectacular season. In the general enthusiasm over the Yanks' four straight pennants, il is easy to overlook the fact that Cleveland was only two games back last season, despite its porous defense. Wilh Ihree 20-gnme winning pitchers In Early Wynn (2312), Bob Lemon (22-11) and Mike (22-11) and a guy named Bobby Feller 9-13). they must be rated the main contention. Sm No Pitch Frank Lane generated pennant talk in Chicago with his off-season swaps that brought first baseman Ferris Fain and third baseman Chicago where Joe Dobson, Saul Rogovin and Billy Pierce must carry a tremendous load. The Sox might catch Cleveland but do not appear to have enough pitching to win — barring a complete Yankee collapse. It is the opinion here that the Senators be able to take fourth place from Philadelphia despite Bobby Shantz and Harry Byrd. If owner Bill Veeck is to soothe the St. Louis fans, his Brownies must improve on their seventh- place finish. Manager Marty Marion has a much better club to start with than Rogers Hornsby had a year ago. Addition of Virgil Trucks, .Johnny Oroth and .Vie Wertz and the return from service of Dick Kokos give Marlon a solid corps of proveri big leaguers. The pitching Is weak behind Trucks. Vern Stephens to the While Sox. ' single day. An sere of gross gives off as much as six tons of water In * The odds seem out of line in view^of the narrow escape Bucceroni had in the first fight here last Oct. 17. The 25-year-old Philadelphlan piled up a big lead and barely won as Davey put on a closing rally. The two judges had the fight even in rounds, 4-4-2, but gave the verdict to Bucceroni on points. Referee Al Berl also scored for him. 5-4-1. In New York, scoring is by rounds but an auxiliary point system is used to help avoid draws. Bucceroni has won two decisions, over Dnnny Nardico and Rocky Jones, since his first meeting with the promising giant from the west and has moved into the No 8 ranking among the heavyweights. His record is 40-3 with 27 knockouts. He je big comeback expected of him t shortstop, George Strlcland, a harp glove man, is ready nnd anxious to lake over. Having won 18 of their final 21 games with George in there last autumn, the Injuns regard him rather highly. A year ago they didn't have a rookie second - baseman mimed Doug Hansen to make Bobby Avlla scrap for his job, nor a first-baseman named Bill Glynn capable o Kn ocKouts. tie giving Luke Easter an occasions ^ ^ ^^ m]y by ^ ^ rest or replacing him in case m Murphy in ml He st d 6 _ : injury to the huge man. They have all thnl now. In addition, they have added strength in their outfield, can even two-platoon when Lopez feels like It. Back of Larry Doby, Dale Mitchell and Harry Simpson there is sound depth In Jim Lemon, the heralded rookie; Bob Kennedy. Wnlly Westlnke; and the veteran Barney McCosky. pitchers Ready Lopez, the old catcher, has his pitching staff so far along already and expects to weigh around 191. Davey. who had a 18-fight winning streak snapped by Bucceroni, got back in the winning column Feb 16, when he outpointed Gordon Pouliot in Pensacola, Fla. that his big four oi Bob Lemon Mike Garcia and Earlv Wynn, Bobbv Feller are tnkine their turn starting every fourth day against the Giants. Led by Simpson, the team has been mauling Giants' pitching in a manner frightful to behold. It hit 19 homers in its first 10 games against the Polo Grounders and practically broke up the grand tour at its inception. You never saw anything like it. Such inhumane stickwork against an old friend doubtless will not continue into the season, but it at least shows what the Tribe has in mind. We hear that certain Cleveland interests nve waiting only for definite word before starting erection of a large new hotel to accommodate World Series visitors. The city was caught a little short in '48. You let 'er rip. boys. Lange Victorious In 'Y 1 Softball Opening Games Lange's Softball teams captured a double-header from Central yesterday afternoon at Tom Little Park, as the "Y" Grade School leagues opened their 1953 season; the fifth graders won 21-11 and the sixth 10-2. In the fifth grade came. Central was off to a fast start with 5 runs in the first frame, while holding Lange scoreless, but the latter came back strong in the second to even the count and went ahead to stay in the third. Central's defense collapsed entirely in the fourth as Lance scored 8 markers on only five hits. For Central Mike Godsey homered in the first and Tommy Smith in the 5th Inning. Tlie sixth grade game was a scoreless battle until the fourth in- ninR, when .Lange broke out with 4 runs on six hits. Central responded with 2 runs in the bottom of that Inning but saw Lunge run away with it in the final frame with d six-run splurge. Wright for Lange accounted for seven runs for his team with homers In both the 4th and 5th innings. Fights Last Night ; By The .Associated Press SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Bobby Dykes, 156. San Antonio, outpointed Hog Material Not Good Enough for SWC Says Wyatt EL DORADO OP)—Coach Bowden Wyatt says his University of Arkansas football team does not have the caliber of men needed to play in the Southwest Conference, Wyatt, who recently completet spring training with the Porkers made the statement without elaboration at a Union County Razorback Club luncheon here yesterday. But he added, it's too early to make predictions on the 1953 Ra- zorfaacks. IBC Not Sorry Over Delay By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN CHICAGO (AP) — Seldon lias a nose bleed caused so nuch confusion as Rocky Marciano's. It lias forced a five-week postponement of the Cham- lion's heavyweight title fight with Jersey Joe Walcott. The icrap, all geared up for April 10, has been delayed until Jay 15. Jimmy Martinez, 157, Alendale Avtz., 10. DETROIT — Wes Bascom, 173',i St. Louis, and Gordon Wallace 16T4, Brantford, Ont. drew, 10. NEW YORK (Sunnywide Garden) — Lulu Perez 128, rBooklyn, out- pointed Tony Say. 128?i, Paris, Prance, 8. Be Smart • Keep Cool Jarman's Miracle Mesh It's smart to wear this handsome Nylon mesh style that lakes the stearn out of summer and scores on good looks too. Treat your feet to cool comfort and look your best in Jarman's "Miracle Mesh." Stop by soon for your pair. YOUR FRIINDLY SHOl SJORS It. will be at the same place, Chicago Stadium; have the same television sponsor, a razor blade company; be on the same night of the week, Friday; and undoubtedly have more $50 customers in the bag for the original scale of 12,000 seats at that price. With a week of ticket sales remaining before the Scheduled April 10 date, the sponsoring International Boxing ,Club said $191,205 was in the till with 3123,250 in mail and season reservations still to be picked up. Ticket Sales Slow This left 5435,545 worth of tickets yet to be sold before an anticipated $750,000 gross could be realized. Another $250,000 or $300,000 from television and film rights would give the IBC its ballyhooed "million dollar gate" for t\is second meeting of the two fighters. The IBC, admitting the sale of its S50 seats was slow, requested the Illinois Athletic Commission to postpone the bout yesterday because of Marciano's bloody nose. Rocky, apparently, had been having nose trouble at his Holland, Mich., training camp ever since he was clouted on it Sunday by sparmate Tommy Harrison. It bled then and again during workouts Tuesday. He wore protective gear in his workouts on Wednesday. That same day, a delegation of the Illinois commission examined Marciano and reported he was in fine shape. Blood Vessels Ruptured Later that day a nose specialist from Holland was consulted and examined Rocky. It turned out the champion had two ruptured small blood vessels. "If the fighter had gone into the ring in that condition," said commission member Lou Radsienda, "he wouldn't be worth two cents and a blow might even have ended his career." It all brought a shudder to Al Weill, Rocky's manager, who recalled what happened once to one of his other fighters, Marty Servo. Servo was never able to defend the welterweight title he won from Freddie Cochrane because of a nose injury in a bout with Rocky Graziano. 'I've got another champion now and I can't afford to take a chance," said Weill. "He'll lay off training for two weeks." Here's the way others felt about it: Delay Won't Hurt Boxer* Marciano—"Of course, I'm disappointed. It's too bad this happened. But the delay won't make any difference to me." Charley Goldman, Marciano's trainer—"The delay won't bother Rocky as much as It will Walcott who probably is worrying about whether this is a put-up job." Walcott—"We'll all pack up and resume training at Pleasantville (N. J.>." (Walcott was hustled to Chicago last Monday to help perk up ticket sales.) Dan Florio, Walcolt's trainer — "The delay won't hurt Joe. We'll taper off for a week then go back into strict training. The guy's in terrific' shape rjght now, 198 pounds, just the way I want him." "One thing for sure," said a ringbird, "the postponement will let both guys spend Easter with their families.". Thorpe Will Be Buried in Native Sooner State SHAWNEE. Okla. ffi — Jim Thorpe, the greatest athlets of them all, will be laid to rest in his native Oklahoma and a shrine is planned in his honor to rival the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore. Shawnee civic leaders announced the Indian athlete's widow. Patricia, had consented to his burial here near the place of his birth. His body will be returned for additional rites Thursday following a funeral in Lol Angeles Monday. Thorpe, voted the athlete of the half century in an Associated Press poll, died Saturday in his Lomita. Calif., home at the age of 64. Sinca then admirers in California; Carlisle, Pa., scene of his famous college athletic exploits; and at Anadarko. often called the Indian capital of the nation had sought his remains. A brother, Prank Thorpo. expressed approval of the decision to return the body here. "This is Jim's home," he said. "He belongs here. We'd all rather have him in Shawnee." Elmer Kenison, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, said civic leader! plan to raise $100,000 to erect a monument in Thorpe's memory "second only to the Will Rogers Memorial at Claremore." Junior Baseball Starts Tomorrow The "Y H Junior high baseball league gets under way tomorrow morning with two games at Little Park, Jimmy Bratcher's team play- ng Fred Rounsavall in the opener and Jimmy Holbrook meeting Freddie Akers In the second. The first game begins at 9:00 A. M. and the second at 10:15. The regular schedule will call for two games each week. 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