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SATURDAY, APRIL I, 1951? BLYTHEV.IU.E (ARK.) COUniKR MCW8 PAGE FIVE Nats Show Surprising Power &t the Plate By BI:N PIILEGAR Associated Presi Sports Writer Unless the fences are mighty short and the scorers mi<rlity generous Bucky Harris must be feeding his Washington ball club poiver pills this .spring. At any rate something has put a potent wallop into the once punchless Senators. Last year the Senators won* • __^_ more games thjm they lost andw Bucceroni Stops Davey with TKO hung in first division much of the season. But It was clutch pitching and sparkling- fielding tlnjt kept them there. They \vere the worst hitting club in the American League. Things are different now. Washington has been winning again, but by scores such as 13-10, 11-4, 10-7, and yesterday's 9-8 edge over the Cincinnati Reds. Senator hitters have slammed 28 home runs in 22 spring games. They hit only 50 all last year. Almost all of the Washington regulars have shared in the improvement. For example there's Eddie Yost, who made a name for himself earlier this year by becoming the first .233 hitter to hold out for more money. Yost Earning Rais* Eddie got more, finally signing for about $20,000 to make him the highest salaried member of the club. So far he has been earning It. He's hitting right at the .300 mark, has collected five home runs and yesterday against the Reds at Greenwood, S. C., he got four straight hits. Gil Coan, who hit a Jk miserable .205, Is up over .350. So is Micky Vernon who finished at .251 in 1952. Jackie Jensen, starting his first full year with Washington, is pressing .400. The figures are certain to sag a bit when the Senators reach the spacious acres Of. Washington's Griffith Stadium, one of the largest in the country. But if Harris has an adequate supply of those pills his ball club could be a real contender. Indians Streak Broken The Cleveland Indians, one of the main teams Washington will have to contend with, fell apart yesterday after an eight-game winning streak and lost to the New York Giants, 13-8, in 10 innings at Lubbock, Tex. The Giants broke a nine game losing streak by scoring lour runs in the ninth inning and five in the top of the 10th. The roof fell in on Cleveland in the 10th when shortstop Ray Boone and outfielder Jim Lemon watched a pop fly drop between them with the bases loaded and one out. Manager Al Lopiz* biggest headache with the Inti'.-ns has been finding a fielding ! shortstop. Earlier in the contest both Boone and Lemon had hom- ered, Boone twice, but the runs cUcr't make up for the fielding NEW YORK (AP) — A heavier and better Danny Bucceroni today declared he was ready to "take 'em all on"-following his eighth round technical knockout victory over Seattle's Dave Davey. + The 6 -2 Philadelphian weighed 19314 pounds—the heaviest of his career—last night when he battered the husky, 24-year-old West Coaster all over the St. Nicholas Arena ring to win the TKO and his second straight victory over Davey. "I feel strong—real strong—and for once I was able to do all the things I wanted to," said Bucceroni. "That Davey is a real strong kid. I don't know how he stood up. I hit him harder and oftener than anybody I ever fought." Dr. Vincent Nardlello ordered the bout stopped after the eighth round. Davey Dased "He was too exhausted," said Dr. Nardiello. "He was dazed and couldn't answer my questions. He'a okay now but he was on the way out after that eighth round." There was no knockdowns but the strapping Davey was bruised around both eyes. It was the first time he CHAMP'S NOSE BADLY CUT — This is the way Champion Rocky Mavciano looked when he told reporters that his nose was not broken, but badly cut. at meeting In Holland. Mich. The heavyweight championship bout between Marciano and challenger Jersey Joe Walcott was postponed till May 15 because of the injury. The bout was to have come off In the Chicago Stadi- ium, April 10. (AP Wircphnto) THE CHAIWENGER PACKS FOK HOME — Jersey Joe Walcott (above), challenger In the Championship bout with Rocky Marciano, packs his suitcase in Chicago after a nose injury to champ Marciano resulted in a five-week postponement of bout from April 10 until May 16 at Chicago Stadium. Walcott, the former heavyweight champion, will leave for Atlantic City, N. J. and resume training nt Pleasantville, N. J. (AP Photo) ,< Cards Win in 13th Two other exhibitions went into extra innings. The Philadelphia Phillies edged the Boston Red Sox, 6-4, in 1 at Montgomery, Ala., despite a irst inning triple play by the Sox. The St. Louis Cardinals had to go 13 before downing New Orleans of the Southern Asso- claion, 4-3. With Connie Ryan on second and Richie Ashburn on first via singles Johnny Wyrostek popped a bunt to first baseman Dick Gernert of the Red Sox. Gernert stepped on first to retire Ashburn. then threw to shortstop Milt Boiling who caught Ryan off second. Five runs in the eighth inning gave Brooklyn a 9-8 edge over Milwaukee at Atlanta although the Braves rallied for two in the ninth when George Shuba muffed a fly ball with two out. Billy Pierce scattered six Ft. Worth hits as the Chicago White ' Sox beat the Texas League club, 2-0. Pierce, a lefi.iancier who has won four straight this spring, becomes the first Chicago pitcher to \,work nine innings. Browns Top Cubs Hal Newhouser, tentatively listed as Detroit's opening day pitcher, was blasted by Buffalo of the International League in a night game at Lakeland. The farm club combed the offerings of Newhouser and Dave Madison for 22 hits and won, 15-2. The St. Louis Browns won their third straight over the Chicago Cubs, 5-3. in a night game at San Antonio, Tex. Vic Wertz and Jim j Montreal. Dyck homered for the Browns who j Junior Gilliam. now have an 18-9 record for the spring. The Philadelphia Athletics out- htsiecl Birmingham of the Southern Association, 7-G, in a third'night gnme. despite a four-run ninth inning by the Barons. Larry Benton, Pitching Star Of 1920's Dies CINCINNATI (/p)—Larry Benton. the leading pitcher in the National League back in 1925, is dead at the age of 55. He collapsed and died ytsterday while playing golf with friends. Lawrence J. Benton be^an his bnseball career with Portsmouth of the Virginia League in 1920. He Joined the Boston Braves of the National League in 1923 and played foil]- seasons with them before going on to the New York Giants In 1927 to record his greatest accomplishments. It was with the Giants that he. won 25 games while losine nine in ; 1928* to lead the rest or me league pitchers. ; had been stopped in a pro career of 26 fights. It was his third loss. Bucceront's next fight will be with Wes Bascom in Milwaukee May 4. His record now is 41-3 and he ranks eighth among the heavies. "After that I would like to take on Roland Lastarza," said Danny. "He and I are even at 1-1." Big Boys Booked for Mat Program Nearly 500 pounds of wrestlers will form the opponents for Joe and Edward Welch Monday night in the feature match of the American Legion's weekly wrestling show. Frank Hewitt, at 260, and Carlos Freeman, at 225, will oppose the battling Welch brothers. Last week, Hewitt, who teamed with Elmer Davis, gave the Welches some painful moments. Edward, who'll be the smallest man in the ring Monday night, meets Hewitt In the first of the one-fall preliminaries. Freeman and Joe tangle In the other single-fall bout. New starting time oi the matches is 8:15. Sports Roundup — Heavy Title Bout Isn't Going to Pali Big Gate By GAYLE TAUJOT CHICAGO (AP) — It is a bad .joke, of course, the one going around here that Rocky Marciano cut his nose on an unsold $50 ticket, but you might be surprised, as was this late arrival, at the size of the peeve Chicago fans were nursing over the promotion of the big fight. Gilliam Responds To Batting Help By The Associated Press CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Junior Gilliam is respond- itiff to special hitting instruction from Brooklyn manager Dressen. ball continues to prove effective. The righthander, who came to the Browns from Detroit late last .season, was blasted for five runs in two innings in mid-March. But since then he has been keeping his pitches down and in 11 and one- third Innings yielded only one run, a home run, and seven hits. He attributes the improvement to the screwball and steady Work, which lie said was denied him in Detroit last season. Dressen spent two hours with the Negro rookie before yesterday's game in Atlanta and offered to bet that Gilliam would get a hit against Milwaukee, Gilliam made Dressen look fjood. He singled his first time up. singled his -second time up and doubled the third time around. In 20 previous trips to the plate Gilliam had collected one scratch single. Bolt, Barber, Bulla Lead Azalea Field WILMINGTON, N. C. f/P) — The three "B's" — Bolt, Barber and Bulla—were In position to pull away from the field going into today's third round of the $10,000 Azalea Open Golf Tournament. Tommy Bolt, Maplewood, N. J., was on top at the halfway mark of the 72-hole event which winds up tomorrow afternoon. He tacked a second round 69—three under par —onto his first day 66 for a 135 and a one-stroke lead over Jerry Barber, the bespectacled little Californian who registers out of La Canada, and Johnny Bulla, onetime North Carolina resident who now plays out of Verona. Pa.. Barber, who last week at, Greensboro shot himself out of contention early with an opening day 80, whizzed around the 6,720 yards of the Cape Fear Country Club in 33-32—65, Lhe best round of the tournament, to deadlock Bulla at 136, one shot from the lead. Bu did it in 67. In Order: Bums, N.Y. Phils By JACK / HAND ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (AP) — On spring training form and 1952 records, t h e Brooklyn Dodgers rate the nod here as the club to win the National League pennant. The ages of key men — Jackie Robinson, 34, Pee Wee Reese, 33, and Roy Campanella, 31 — sound a note of caution to an over-enthusiastic report. It is conceivable that New York, Philadelphia or even St. Louis could sneik home if the Dodger front line should col- apse. But there is no imminent hint of this. They expect new first baseman Earl Torgeson to produce the long ball to help Del Ennis and Jones. Cards Fair Eddie Stanky's Cards did not look too Rood this spring. Gerry Staley. Seeks Triple Win In National AAU Swimming Meet NEW HAVEN, Conn. W—Back in Ihe fonn that brought him world fame five years ago, Jimmy iMcLand hopes today to end his college career with a triple In the National AAU Indoor Swimming Championships. The slender 22-year-oM Yule Senior from Akron, O., punctuated his great comehack. last night ^t>y scoring his second triumph in "the three day meet which ends tonight in the Yale pool. Rumors of dissension flared during spring: training in the Dodger camp. They were promptly denied, but if there really is a fire smoul- dering under that smoke screen, it could be disastrous. Stronger On paper—and on the field—the Dodgers seem stronger with added pitching strength in Russ Meyer, the ex-Phil, and Johnny Podres, a promising young southpaw from rookie of such bri'liance that he nudged Robinson off second base, has been fitted into the Dodger infield. Unless the switch-hitter flops at the plate, he Is sure to add to the defense. The arrival of Gilliam left Manager Chuck Dressen with an infield problem that most other managers would like to inherit—where to play Robinson and Billy Cox? Before Cox reported to camp, reporters were told the star third hascman would become a utility man. Robinson was moved to third base midway In the training season. Some think Jackie eventually Kill wind up on first, with Cox back on third and Gil Hodtres moving to left field. Joe Black, ace reliefer of '52. Is back in the Dodgers' bull pen after his World Series starting efforts. Jim Hughes, a late season arrival from Montreal, is expected to lighten his burden. Giants Next If the Dodgers leave an opening, j z le in the bullpen. Miller was held the Giants look like the next best | b ^ k »y shoulder trouble and re- bet, despite a poor exhibition season. The Giants' future hinges on comebacks by Sal Maglie, Larry Jansen and Monte Irvin and the final decision by Manager Leo Durocher to "Who's on second, short and third?" Philadelphia also could grab it all if Brooklyn misses. There is hope for a revival of the old "Whiz Kid" spirit in the Phi! camp under Manager Steve O'Neill. Roberts and Simmons are the top right-left pitching team In baseball. O'Neill thinks Karl Drews Is a potential 20- game winner. The Phils count on Richie Ashburn and Willie Jones to bounce back from sub-par seasons. MINNOWS from Ozark Fish Hatchery Also Roaches & Worms 24 Hour Service LUTES' S. Highway 01 Ph. .|869 L WANTED TO BUY 80 ACRE FARM H'e have a party, livins In another slate, wants lo buy > lood 80 acre farm In Southeast Mo. or Northeast Ark. Prefers n e » r Stcele, Mo. If you really want In sell, contact us at once, Rlvr information as lo location and type of improvement*. W. M. Burns, Realtor-Insurer Phone 3361-2623 Harvey Haddlx, Vinegar Bend Ml- zell, Stu Miller and Joe Presko form a strong pitching staff with Al Bra liefer Eddie Yuhas has a sore arm. The young pitching needs another s to ask. However, with Stan Musial in the lineup, the club must be given pennant consideration. Third base and first base are Stanky's trouble spots. Red Schoen- dlenst, Del Rice, Solly Hemus, Slaughter and Muslal must carry the load once more. Milwaukee, Chicago and Cincinnati, should give the contenders •f There is among them n sort of quiet glee that the International Boxing Club has been forced to put it off for five weeks, and it will take considerable persuasion to convince them that the champion's sore nose was entirely responsible. They are saying it, by the way, not this straggler. One thing is certain: The $50 numbers were not moving and there was a severe shortage of green money In the till- with the bout only a week nway. This might have been partially attributed to the recent argument with the income tax, or even to the Easter buying spree, but there was more to it than that. "Upper Ringside' The chief grouse we hove heard concerns the total absence of a public seating plan of Chicago Stadium, where the fight Is to be held. There just isn't any. The man who plunks down his halt-century note lias no way of knowing, they swear, whether he will be in fairly close communion with the ringside, or will Tincl himself with his back against, the wall In tlm "upper ringside," This lust Is a fancy way of saying mezzanine. Asked why the prospective buyer was not permitted to know beforehand where he would wind up, a stadium spokesman was quoted as snying it would cau.se a great slackup in the ticket lines if every purchaser came prepared to haggle over his location. He was quoted as saying the lines would be blocks long. "The ticket salesman," he was quoted as saying, "will courteously explain to all purchasers exactly where their seats are." The point seems to be that the purchasers want to know before they part with their money. There Is speculation that the IBC will use part of the coming five weeks to whip up a seating chart for the customers. Champ Not In Chi Some feel that another reason for the droopy sale of seats to what shapes up as one of the great naturals of heavyweight history could have been the remoteness of Marciano's training camp at Holland, Mich. That is about 150 miles from the Chicago city line, or an hour by small plane. This means that the average fight fan has had no chance to see the champ at nil, no chance to study his style and drum up the arguments which stimulate ticket sales and result in black eyes. Rocky never has fought in Chicago as a pro, incidentally. The challenger, Joe Walcott, shifted his training activities here the first of the week at the earnest behest of the promoters, but this brought no noticeable spurt in sales. The IBC plainly has a job to do coming weeks in reawakening more trouble. Only Pittsburgh, a j the interest of local fans and Booth- dismal last In '52—54'A games of! j ing some ruffled feelings if it is the pace—seems completely out of I to come near that million dollar It. I gate it was talking about. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (/PJ — After watching his Boston Red Sox lose eight of their last 10 games against major league opposition, Manager Lou Boudreau today had high hopes they would get going at the expense of the Birmingham Southern Association club. Boudreau planned to pitch Sid Hudson and Bill Werle against the Barons and has tipped Mel Parnell and Will Nixon to be ready to fling against the Memphis Chicks on Sunday. ATLANTA (;?)—Losing generally doesn't add to n ball club's confidence but it isn't hurting the renovated Milwaukee Bravei in the case of Brooklyn. Since the Braves have moved to Milwaukee, they've dropped three of five exhibitions to the National League kings, but all were one run setbacks. The Braves call that a good omen for 1953 when you consider how the Brooks pushec them around hist year. The Dodg era engineered a 9-0 triumph over Milwaukee yesterday with a five run spurt in the eighth. The Braves send veteran Jim Wilson against Brooklyn at Chattanooga, Tenn., today. HOUSTON, Tex. (Jr—Pitcher Slu Miller, in his first real test since he pulled a muscle in his shoulder March 20, demonstrated in convincing manner yesterday that he has fully recovered. He gave up only one hit and struck out seven in a seven-inning stint as the St. Louis Cardinals edged New Orleans of the Southern Association 4-3 in 13 innings. Vern Benson singled across lh» winning run. A's Have Pitching and Punch But Need Half an Infield By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor WEST PALM BKACII, Fla. — (NEA) — The Athletics possess pitching and a potent one-two punch. The bench is stronger than it has boon in more recent years. But James J. Dykes wonders \vhat**~ he is gong to use for the right side of an infield. At 37, It is high time Eddie Joost was' spelled, and the bespectacled shortstop reported 10 pounds under weight as the result of an appendectomy. The stylish San Franciscan tires, and little wonder. Joe DeMaestri surrounds balls that would be out of Joost's range, but while the youngster professes to be in a more comfortable stance, he has yet to prove he'fi not an All- America out. DeMaestri could solve the Philadelphia Americans' most pressing problem by tacking a few points on his butting average, in that event, Joost could be transferred to third base, the Old Men's Honit; oi numerous remarkable shorts tops. Hal Bevan, obtained from the Red Sox, probably will open ut third, but broke his leg horribly last summer and dislocated his shoulder. The break left the big 22- year-old's right calf a quarter of an inch smaller than the left, and it doesn't look good. Other third base candidates could be Don Kolloway and the outfielders, Dave Philley and Allie Clark. General Manager AiMiur Ehler speaks of employing Tom Hamllun at third base. They had to carry th figure out four decimal points, bu Hamilton, gigantic Texas All-Amelia basketball player, won the Soutl Atlantic League batting champion ship with .3426 as Savannah's firs sacker, Hamilton plays first bas better than it was suspected, bu when they stuck him in the outfield years ago he fell and busted life shoulder, Gus Zernial manufactured 2£ home runs driving in 100 runs las trip, and was on the slumping side Eddie Robinson hit 22 home run and batted in 104 in a decline. There will be wallop in the middle of th batting order. Joost, the Icad-of man, had 20 homers, chased hour 75 runs. This Philadelphia story is lha Big Eddie Robinson won't wave in many more runs at first ba.se than did Fancy Dan Ferris Fain, Ca: Michaels Is expected to have a tint year at second, and Pete Sucler li around as a spare. Ed McGhee, up from Memphis via the White Sox in the Fain transaction, won't knock down any fences but plays center field well as does Philley, %, distance swatter when he swats ot all. Valiant Valo, .now streaky player, is in right field. The pitching rather easily could be better than most, starting with the incredible Shantz, Byrd, Kellner. Scheib and Morrie Martin. The Hitter Left-hander suffered a broken finger parly last May. It calcified, failed to knit properly, so Martin went on the Ineligible ll.it, where he slays until the first 13 games are played. In 1951 he was the club leader in winning percentage with 11 and 4. Manager Dykes plans to carry 10 or 11 pitchers, and has a selection. Joe Coleman, a star of several sea- sous back, shook arm tendon trouble in the minors, is throwing hard ngain. Big Charley. Bishop came in from Ottowa last trip to shut out the Red Sox and otherwise Impress, but is Inclined to be wild. Marion Fricano, herky - jerky junkman on the small side, has won every place he has been, led the International League last season with enrned-run mark of 2.26. Bob Miller, back with the Phillies after lompiling a 2.35 ERA in the IL, says Fricano will fool a lot of peo- plt Johnny Mackinson probably will be retained, for a spell at Least because he was purchased from Birmingham. Ed Monahan fared welJ n the South Atlantic League. Frank Fanovich, swift southpaw, doesn't ook ns wild as he was with the Reds three or four years ago and with Atlanta and Ottawa as recently as last season- Dick Rov.ek. another left-hander, whose three-year record with the Indians was 1-0, is ticketed for re- ief, as is the perennial Bobo New- iom, who insists he's only 43, though the book shows him to be a year older. Dykes intends to start Pappy Newsom in spots, says he is faster than 80 per cent of the American jcague pitchers of today. Joe Astroth is an accomplished receiver, but can't hit. Ray Murray ilta a golf ball much better than ie does a baseball with a funny litch which ends with the handle of the bnt at his belt buckle Dis- ;usted with his progress as an out- 'ielder, Kite Thomas is attempting .o cnteh, and his long ball would be welcome addition. Some -seem to believe that things WICHITA FALLS, Tex. W) — If Ray Boone can change his throwing style, Leo Durocher thinks Cleveland will have a fine nhort- stop. 'I like him." the Giants manager told reporters, who remembered ho said the same thing last year and Boone followed up with a wnHcheti KCHROII. "I think he has improved very much. He's lower on ground balls and he doesn't make that funny basket with his hands any more. A dangerous hitter, too. "One Uiing I don't like is his throwing. I don't like a shortstop who gets set to throw. I like one who catches the ball and throws I in one motion, "But. nil it) nil. I think hc'B very jood. 1 can't understand how he md such n bad season." COLUMBIA, S. C. (.'PI—They can icratch one Redleg 1 .started ,if Eddie Eraut doesn't perform any better hfin he did for Cincinnati yesterday. The slender right-hander, who ms been up previously with the Reds, won 23 games for Kansas City last season and the Cincln- mti nianngement was hoping he'd ,hape up us a real major league jitcher this year. But the dead-pan chucker failed o survive .the fourth inning ycs- crday as the Washington Nation- ils beat the Reds 9 to 8 in an exhibition nt Greenwood, 8. C. He gave up six runs on five hits and our walks. Erautt's trouble was :ontrol, the same difficulty that iss plugued him in his last five lutings. Eddie has surrendered 28 ills and 19 runs in the 19 Innings e has worked thus far this spring. SAN ANTONIO, Tex. Wl—Marlln Stuart, a 34-year-old veteran. likely to do a lot of relief pitching j for the St. Louis Browns this season if his newly-developed screw- Sudbury-Yarbro Split Twin-Bill In'Y'Softball In "Y" Grade School Softball Friday afternoon, Sudbury and "Barbro split a double-healer at Tom Little Park, Sudbury winning tha 5th Grade game 12-10 and Yarbro'i 6th Grade taking a 12-5 decision. In the latter game, Yarbro tallied in every frame with three In the first. 2 in the second, 4 in th» third and 3 In the fourth. Sudbury made one run In the opening frama and added two each in the third and fourth. Tile 5th Grade game was much closer. Sudbury took an early lead with four runs In tho first inning but saw Yarbro take the .lead In the third when they added 5. Trailing 6-9 in the top of the 4th. Sudbury added 3 each In the 4th and 5th to sew it up. Ronald Cobb homered for Sudbury In the third and Raymond Snenz got a round-tripper for Yarbro in the first. Oil Capitol is the only horse to win both the Flamingo and Widener Stakes at Hlaleah. finally are looking up for the A's, although Jimmy Dykes could use half an infield. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, April 6 8:00 p.m. 4-MAN TAG MATCH Ccrlos Freeman & Frank Hewitt vs. Joe & Edward Welch 90 Min. Time Limit — Best 2 out oi 8 1'nlls AdulM 60c—Children 15e ALS021-FALL MATCHES C. Freeman vs. J. Welch Hewitt vs. Ed. Welch 30 Minute Time Limit Ford Truck vSeat Covers & Tliick Air Foam Both for only Reg. 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