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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 6, 1953
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SIX BUTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS MONDAT, APRIL 8, 1953 Historic ML Opening; Injury Lists Growing By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Just one week from today a man in blue will bellow "Play ball" in Cincinnati and Washington and the 1953 major league season will be open. The first man to bat in the first inning of the first game will make a little bigger mark in baseball history than usual. Because, if present time schedules are carried out, that man will be Bill Bruton of the Milwaukee Braves. Bruton, a r o o k i e outfielder, will be t h e first player to bat for Milwaukee in a major leagus game since 1901. catch in an exhibition against Gin- The Brooklyn Dodgers are short einnati at Charlotte, N. C. Coan had been banging the hall at a .375 clip this spring. Team officials said the outfielder probably would The Braves, moved from Boston to Milwaukee during the training season, will be the.guests of the Cincinnati Reds for the single opening game on the National League schedule. In the American League the defending World Champion New Yorfc Yankees visit Washington, where Vice President Nixon will toss out the first ball. The National League should get away first since game time in Cincinnati is 30 minutes earlier than In Washington. All In Action All 18 clubs are due for action a week from tomorrow. In the American League it will be Philadelphia at New York, Washington at Boston, Chicago at Cleveland and Detroit at St. Louis for a night game. In the National League St. Louis will be at Milwaukee, Cincinnati at Chicago, Pittsburgh at Brooklyn and New York at Philadelphia. Washington suffered a serious setback yesterday when fleet-footed Gil Coan fractured his right ankle when he tried for a circus be sidelined two months. The St. Louis Browns, who need all the players ihey can net, lost one of their best ones yesterday when catcher Clint Courtney went after a foul ball and broke the middle finger of his tin-owing hand. He will be out 10 days to two weeks. The hospital lists of several of the other clubs also contain the names of men whom the managers would much prefer to have in the .neups. Others Out Hank Sauer of the Chicago Cubs, the most valuable player In the National League last year. Is out with a broken little finger. Roy Smalley. the Cubs' regular shortstop, will enter a Chicago hospital today for examination of a swollen ankle which hns troubled him for two weeks. CSL Brass Meet On Negro Issue GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A touchy racial issue loomed today as the Cotton States League's top brass huddled on the plan of a member team ^o use two Negro players. Negroes have never played In the league. But the Hot Springs, Ark., club — under new ownership — has signed a pair of Negro pitche's, brothers Jim and Leander fugerson of Florence Villa, Fla. The move kindled a heated controversy in the 52-year-old class "C" loop, one of Dixie's more more ancient leagues. Actually, today's meeting was to mull over approval of Hot Springs new ownership. But League President Al Karaway said loop directors would discuss "any other matters which arc brought up," apprently referring to the Negro question. In a called meeting last week. Hot Springs club directors voted to play the Tugersons, but only with the home club's okay. Mississippi Atty. Gen. J. P. Coleman had said that "public policy" prohibits Negroes playing with whites in that state. Pour of the loop's clubs are in Mississippi —Jackson, Groenvllle, Natchez and Meridian. Others are Monroe, La., and Pine Bluff, El Dorado and Hot Springs, Ark. The righthandecl Tugersons said they only wanted to prove their ability as ballplayers. "We came to play ball and we intend to stick it out," they added. Both pitched for the Indinnnpolls Clowns of the Negro Amcriccin League inst year. Jim won 14, lost 2. Lennder had a 7-3 record. The Bahthers' delegation to today's meeting included Leslie O'Connor, Chicago lawyer and former general manager of the Chicago White Sox. O'Connor, who has business interests at Hot Springs and Is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, said he will "assist the club in anyway he can." two first basemen. Regular Gil Hodges has been In a New York hospital with swollen feet and is due to go back for further observation and examination tomorrow. Rookie Wnyne Belardl will be sidelined another four to five weeks following an operation for bone chips on his arm. One of the most mysterious of the spring ailments has been Mickey Mantle's rash. The young Yankee outfielder, currently at his home in Oklahoma, hasn't played a full game in more than two weeks. Whenever he exercised the rash would appear. Bolls formed under his arms. Finally, Manager Casey Stengel tried some psychology and sent Mantle home to be with his wife, who is expecting her first baby. Then the club became disturbed when Mantle failed to FLY BOY—Malaya's Eddy Choong takes off as he makes a spectacular return during the All-England Badminton Championships In'London. Unbeaten in singles", Choong has 13 Open titles to his credit. (NBA) Sports Roundup — Annual Tours Murder For Older Basebaiiers By GAVLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball people are the funniest people of all. They devote a month of hard work to getting . their players in shape down South and out West and t h fc n return to the club In Atlanta yes- ,., u h( . jn , see jf thfiv ,,. kg cripp , e out of them terdav as expected. i ~. . ... . , . , . et Mantle, at his home, said he n a final Silly fortnight. said he would be back tomorrow when the Yankees play In Nashville. He said his wife was getting along fine but he declined to talk about the rash. Fondy Shines Without Mantle the Yankees were beaten yesterday by Atlanta of the Southern Association. 4-3. Whitey Ford worked seven innings for the Yankees, struck out eight, but walked four, gave up seven hits including a home run, and wild pitched three times. Two home runs by Dee Fondy helped the Cubs edge the Browns. fl-8, at San Antonio, Tex. Cincinnati beat the Senators. 6-2. at Charlotte with Clarence Podbielan go- Ing the route for the Reds. Second baseman Davey Williams singled five times in a row for the New York Giants, who whipped Cleveland for the third day in a row, this time 7-2 at Austin, Tex. Dick Williams, subbing at first for the Dodgers, doubled off the wall In Nashville with two on base, to give Brooklyn a 3-1 decision over Milwaukee,. The Chicago White Sox whipped Dallas of the Texas League, 4-1; FhllaciclpniR's Athletics defeated Montgomery of the South Atlantic League, 13-5: the Philadelphia Phillies whipped Birmingham of the Southern A ssociation, 14-3; Pittsburgh turned back New Or- lenns of the Southern Association, 5-1. and the St. Louis Carinals edged Houston of the Texas League. 3-2. Detroit, [he only major league team left in Florida, defeated the Cincinnati "B" teiim, 13-8. The Tigers head north tomorrow. "We speak as a fugitive from the New York Ginnts-Clevelnnd Indians barnstorming special, having escaped through the. clever ruse that we, meant to attend a mythical heavyweight boxing match at Chicago. We felt at the time as though we had been beat over the head with a set of harness. The Indians and the Giants, being bound by contract, still are knocking themselves out In one- night stands through the Deep South. Those still physically able will be playing at Alexandria, La., today and wondering why they didn't take up dentistry for a living. By the time they finally arrive back here this week end they will look and feel like escapees from a labor camp. Nobody now living seems to know who first thought up these torture tours, or exactly why. There Is, of course, some money In It, but you would be surprised to know the percentage of same that is eaten up in hotel bills and Training Briefs Bauer Rested and Ready By The Associated Tress BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (AP) — Hank Bauer, who has been resting an aching back, says he is ready to return to the New York Yankee lineup. The outfielder told Manager Casey Stengel he was available to play yesterday in Atir.nta but Stengel decided another 24 hours rest wouldn't be harmful. . The Yankees lost 4-3 to Atlanta washed out. MEMPHIS. 1,-n—Manager Jimmy Dykes of the Philadelphia Athletics is puffing a lot easier on his cigars these days. And why not! His two star pitchers are In shape. Harry Byrd. 1952 rookie of the was behind both times when relieved. Spnhn had given the Dodgers all their runs by the time he was replaced by Virgil Jester in the seventh frame of yesterday's tilt here. The Dodgers triumphed 3-1. SAN ANTONIO. lex., W—Marty , , Marion hns indicated he may rie- up with a neat (jjiutout the other j Saturday and finished runnerup in vote his lull attention to,managing j day and struck out 11. Yesterday, (ne hj B ji- 0 ver-all for the two-day St. Louis Group Shows Interest In Buying Browns ST. LOUIS I/Pi— A croup of St. Louis business men are interested in buying the St. Louis Browns but they haven't talked it over with owner BUI Veeck yet. J. Hcrndon Kirkland, head of a travel ngency. was appointed chairman of the croup at nn organizational meeting Saturday. Kirkland said neither Vecck, traveling with the club in Texas, nor any other officials of the club has been contacted about the sale. If n deal can be worked out, Kirkland said, slock will be sold to small investors. rail fares. If one key player is lost to a club, such as Monte Irvin'8 ankle break at Denver a year ago, then that team easily can lose more at the gate during the season than it realized from its journey through the bushes. In Denver the other night a veteran pitcher told me, "I'm tired already. This doesn't make you feel like doing your best." Perhaps that is a tipoff on why the scores between the Giants and Indians have been running into double figures almost daily since they broke camp in Arizona. The kids probably don't mind it. But, the oldsters become bone-weary. They are routed off the train early as a rule. Their eyes lack sparkle, for some time during the night they had lain awake while workmen repaired a wheel on their car. There is the scramble to the local hotel to change Into play clothes, the trip to the park and the long game on a diamond usually so rough after having lain fallow for the winter that the athletes and their managers" are nervous every minute. Then the rush back to the hotel, another change, and off for dinner and the next stop. A few of the younger and hardier souls might play cards for a time in the club car, but most of them hit the sock in a hurry to rest their arnica- soaked limbs and dream of nights in a quiet bed. Reds Really Most Improved? Not So, Say Some Experts By HARRY GRAYSON NBA Sports Editor ORLANDO, Fla. — (NBA) — At the National League's annual spring dinner in Tampa early in the training season, the Reds were voted the most improved club in the circuit. tution on the Rhine. takes you through Perkowsk! Weh- Luke Sewell last spring had Sec- meier, Church, Podbielan, Judson, ond Baseman Bobby Adams and Third Baseman Hatton change places Adams blossomed into a star, but Hatton was tied up and miser- But i lot of people had their doubts then ,and by the time the Redlegs joined the Senators at Orlando for the trip north, nothing had happened to make them change their opinion. The Cincinnati Club may nave been bolstered a bit in the field, but what good is that when they have only one dependable pitcher, Ken Raffensberger? Making the pitching problem even more acute, Southpaw Raffensberger, crowding 36. beats only the second division clubs. Roy McMillan has won considerable recognition as the best shortstop in baseball. After going two for 52 last season—the hits being a bunt and a bloop double—the young Texan wound up with .244, so batted mighty well the rest of the way. First Baseman Ted Kluszewski can't go to his right. Second Baseman Orady Hatton couldn't get to balls hit to his left, so they .kept bouncing Into right field for base hits. , This headache may have been cured by the acquisiton of Rocky Bridges, but the stocky chap obtained from the Dodgers could be swifter going to first base, and what will he hit? Hopes for Bell Much depends on Outfielder Gus Bell, landed in the surprising swap with the Pirates. Unless Branch Rickey is suffering from senility, Bell must have a shortcoming two to surmount. The mahatma has never been known to give up on player with youth and power, and the Louteville Larruper is richly endowed with both. Bell could well give the. side the Issd of a one-two punch, with Kluszewski cleaning up. So much the better if Jim Greengrass could keep going. This big right-hand 25-year-old hit five home runs in 18 games after coming from Beaumont in the Yankees' deal for Ewell Blackwell. but has yet to demonstrate that he is major league outfielder. Right-hand Power Lost Bob Marquis patrols center field like a college sprinter, but abtted no more than .246 for Kansas City. Wally Post, who hit only .242 for Milwaukee. Is his principal competitor. Other flychasers are Willard Marshall, who is slow, and Bob Borkowski, who lacks authority at the plate. The Reds sacrificed right-hand power swapping Joe Adcock, who wound up with the Braves. Adcock, sentenced to the outfield with the Rhinelanders, can do more things at first base than Kluszwski, but the piano-legged Hoosier is an Insti- Blyrheville Man Cops Gun Honors yenr in the American League came | (ne ^[ om phis Skcet Blythpvillp's O. C. Bartholomew. 100 W. Sycamore, took the Mid- South 16-yard championship at Trap Club I Little TV for Week's Top Turner-Giardello Bout NEW YORK (AP) — The fight of the week, welterweight contender Gil Turner against middleweight contender Joey Giardello, won't be seen or heard by TV-radio fans. Conway, Little Rock to Host State Track Meet LAKELAND, Fla.. W—The Detroit Tigers broke camp and headed j Hunter. north on a happy note today, having unloosed an 18 hit attack Sunday to turn back the Cincinnati "B' team, 13-8. But the hit-happy victory wasn't the only thing the Tigers were happy about. For one thing. Ned Garver became the first Tiger to go the distance in spring exhibitions; lor another, Harvey Kuenn returned to his shortstop post, and Owen Friend, Walt Dropo and Steve Souchock hit home runs. DALLAS, 1.51—Jim Rivera had a big Easter Sunday as the Chicago White Sox beat the Dallas Eagles of the Texas League 4-1. The Sox outfielder collected four straight hits—a triple, double and two straight singles—to lift his spring exhibition average to .361. He scored one run and drove In (mother. He also stole on base. NASHVILLE, Tenn., lift— The inability of his top pitcher to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers is among the things on the mind of Manager Charlie Grimm of the Milwaukee Braves today. Southpaw Warren Spahn, Natio- al League strikeout leader the past three seasons, tried five times against Brooklyn last year with no success. In two exhibition starts against the Dodgers this spring he the St. Louis Drowns this season and leave shortstop to youth— namely Bill Hunter. "There's Doming like youth." Marlon said yesterday, speaking of "Certainly, I (eel I can if I do a better job of managini don't play." Asked whether he'll be on the active list when opening day arrives, he replied:: "If we can cut down enough men to carry me on the list, fine. If We can't, I'll take myself off until the time is ripe and put myself on again.' little Bobby Shantz, the junior circuit's most valuable player of last season, pitched five hit ball dur- inc his seven inning stint and nlFowed one run. The A's beat Montgomery of the Class A Sally League 13 10 5. Former Osceola Star at Wash. U. affair. Bartholomew broke 196 of 200 birds in Saturday's event from the 16-yord line. Tied with an identical score was Charles Hulen of Hushes. Bartholi omew. however, brokt.' -•! of 25 in j the shootoff while Hulen managed to get only 21. Jim Qoodrich of Osreoln tied for second honors in the Mid-South Open Handicap, but Was defeated by Lnnnie Reed of Little Rock in the shootoff. FORT WORTH. Tex., HI—Southpaw Cliff Chambers was scheduled to take the mound today as the St. Louis Cardinal? seek sixth triumph over minor league opposition since breaking their Florida training camp. The Redbirds squeezed past their Houston farm club and rain (or n seven-inning 3-2 victory yesterday. They had only three hits, but one was Ray Jabionski's home run with a man on against former Cardinal Al Papai. The scheduled second game was Wnrron Woinberg, former Osce- ' oln High School athletic star, who . is now'enrolled in .school at Washington University in St. -Louis, is battling it out with two other aspirants for the first bnse position ! their j on wU's baseball team. The com-' petition for the first sack was nar- ; rowed down this week to three after nine toys began the runoff two ; weeks ago. ! The three time all-Stater in football informed this paper he would j be out for the football team this j spring. Just recently, Washington I University hired as their head foot- j ball coach Carl Suavely, formerly | of North Carolina University. Hewitt, Welches To Do Battle Carlos Freeman and Frank Hewitt, a couple of big. toush and mean mntmen. will try to make Edward and Joe Welch their victims tonight in the weekly tag match feature of the American Legion's arena on North Second Street. First team to take two foils will be Hie winner in the 90-minute time limit event. In preliminaries. Freeman takes on Joe Welch and Edward meets LITTLE ROCK (/P)—Conway and Rock have been chosen to host the three big divisions of the Arkansas high school state track and field meet. Conway will get the Class A senior and junior meet May 1. The Big Seven senior and junior track event will be staged May 2 and the Class B senior and junior meet May'l, both in Little Rock. The Arkansas Athletic Association also announced the dates for sites for these other meets: Class A and B golf tournament at Conway Country Club. May 9: Tennis tournament for Class A and B at Arkadelphia, May 9, and swimming and diving championships at Little Rock. Aug. 5. Executive Secretary Johnle Burnett said the AAA drew up the schedule at its meeting here last Friday and Saturday. The annual AAA coaching school will not be sponsored this year, Burnett said. The biggest edge ever achieved over a Michigan State basketball team coached by Pete Newell was the 22 points by which Illinois won, 84-62, last season. the 260-pound Hewitt. First bout is to get started at 8:15. ably unhappy and is now in Robers Hornsby's doghouse. Johnny Temple, a quick candidate for second base, bated .306 for Tulsa. Hobie Landrith is a left-hand tap hitting catcher behind Andy Sem- inick. He batted an even .300 for Tulsa. Three other candidates can't hit another is too inexperienced. Erautt's Last Chance After Raffensberger, ths pitching i to work. Nuxhall and the firmen, Smith and King. Of those up from the minors, it's this trip or never for Eddie Erautt, who won 21 while losing 5 for , Kansas City. Barney Martin wants to go back to the Class A South Atlantic League if he doesn't make it. There Martin; who looks older than the 27 it says here, is employed as a railroad switchman .on his days .off. It might be a good Idea for lev- era! other Cincinnati pitchers to go Osceola Track Men To Open Season The Osceola Higli School cindermen will commence their third week of workouts this week and will enter their first track meet Friday in Wilson. The following Friday the OHS cinder team will compete in the annual State College Invitational Track Meet, and one week from that date the thinclads will enter the District Track Meet which will also be held at Arkansas State College. Last year's graduation ripped Osceola of their number one track star when Harvey Lee Hill com- Pacific Coast Player Dies of Heart Attack SAN DIEGO, Calif. W)—Number 25 was gone from the San Diego baseball roster today, erased by the deatb of Herb Gorman. The 27-year-old Pacific Coast League player was stricken at his left field position in the sixth Inning of the opening contest of a scheduled doubleheader yesterday He died before the game, which was won by Hollywood, 4-2, was over. Second Game Caller The second game was called off on the wishes of Gorman's teammates. Gorman, who had hit two doubles in two times up. was helped from the field after he complained of a chest pain. Club officials said' post-mortem examination indicated a massive blood clot, possibly forming over a period of time, had caused death when it reached the heart. San Diego Manager Lefty O'Doul who had cried out "No, no, don't tell me that," when Informed of Gorman's death, ordered the player's number stricken from the roster. He was with Pueblo of the Western League in 1948 and with Hollywood from 1949 through 1951>\ He came to San Diego last year and returned this year after a brief spell with the St. Louis Cardinals. The two Philadelphians collide in the Quaker City tomorrow with the lighter Gil rated a 3 to 1 choice to beat the No. 8 middleweight. Turner will weigh about 149 to Giardello's 153. Turner has a four-fight win streak going. Giardello was whipped by Billy Graham In a 12-rounder in New York March 7. Baessett-Gallardo Wednesday Percy Bassett. the "Interim" featherweight king from Philadelphia, faces Davey Gailardo of Los Angeles in a ten rounder at Washington Wednesday night. This will be Percy's first American showing since he returned from a conquering tour of France. The hard-punching "champ 1 is a 3 to 1 choice in the betting. The bout will start at 9 p.m. (CST) and will be telecast oy CBS. It's Randy Sandy vs Willie Troy in the Friday night radio-TV fight from New York's St. Nicholas Arena. This middleweight clash subs on the air waves for the postponed Rocky Marciano-Jersey Joe Wnlcott heavyweight title fight. Willie 14-5 Choice Troy, of Washington. D. C.. p stopped Sandy, of New York, in the I Of the 27 unassisted double plays ninth round m tneir first meeting j made by American League players last September. Willie is a 14 to 5 choice to repeat. Starting at 9 p.m., (CST). the bout will be broadcast by ABC and telecast by NBC. Carmen Basilio of Syracuse is a 9 to 5 favorite to down Carmine Fiore of Brooklyn in their welterweight ten rounder at Syracuse, N. Y., Saturday night. This coast-to-coast TV bout will be handled by ABC, starting at 8 p.m. CST. Katie Watson Gets Scholarship Offer Katie Mae Watson, shooting star of the Osceola High School's girl basketball team for the past three seasons, was offered a junior college .scholarship in basketball at Northwest Junior College in Scna- tobia. Mississippi after that school's annual basketball tryout this past we.ek. Recognized ae one of the greatest pivot forwards ever to don a basketball suit in this area and at the top of the henp in any area, the scoring nee of the Seminolettes has also been approached by Hazel Walker's Arkansas Travelers, a professional group of girl's basketball players. Watson indicated she will probably accept the junior college offer and after a couple of years experience in faster company may j take a shot at pro ball. during the '52 season, all but three were credited to first basemen. MINNOWS from Ozark Fish Hatchery Also Roaches & Worms 24 Hour Service LUTES' S. Highway 81 Ph. 'infill WANTED TO BUY 80 ACRE FARM We have a party, living In another state, wants to tiuy a good 80 acre farm in Southeast Mo. or Northeast Ark. Prefers near Stcele, Ho. If you rcfilly want to sell, contact us at once, Rive information as to location and type of Improvements, W. M. Burns, Realtor-Insurer Phone 3361-2623 BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA ESTLING 1 Monday, April 6 8:00 p.m. 4-MAN TAG MATCH Carlos Freeman & Frank Hewitt vs. Joe & Edward Welch 90 Mln. Time Limit — Rest 2 out of 3 Kails Adults 60c—Children 15c ALSO 2 1-FALL MATCHES C. Freeman vs. J. Welch Hewitt vs. Ed. Welch 30 Minute Time Limit Ask fo' 0 ml|[lCr IOTTLID IN IONT YEUOWSTONE, INC., tOUISVlUE, KY. pleted his high school athleilc career. The six foot one inch speedster is attending college at Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia. Hill was the 100 and 220 dash star for the Seminoles, ran the hurdles, threw the shot, anchored the relays and broad jumped. His departure left quite a hole in the . Seminoles, but Coach Bill Beall has around twenty boys out for the senior track team this year, and there are no seniors on the squad. Next season could be a banner year for the Redskins. Dash men for the OHS spring crew are Donnie Dunn and Russell Thompson, and these same two boys also are one-half of the relay team. Bobby •Stillwell and Wade Rogers fill out the other half of the relay aggregation. Dunn also throws the discus for the Indians and before he graduates In 1954 it might be he will toss the platter for record lengths. Throwing the shot are 230 pounder Ted Nunley and 175 pounder Kenny Cole. In the broad jumping department Donnie Dunn, and Charles Young will be in the sailing event, and Jerry Burns, Donnie Shoemake, George Jones and W. L. Gillespie will carry the purple and gold colors In the distance runs. Bobby Lindsey, a sophomore, has shown ha could easily fit into, the dash. Coach Charley Adair, junior high track mentor, has his boys working out daily and with Jimmie Robbins and Ben Wells as his dash men ara expected to give out with some competition in the Junior circles. J. W. Reece. Tom Pat Hartley. Bernla Weiss and Jimmie Lindsey form the backbone of an eighteen man squad. The Junior tracksters will compete at Wilson and in the track mets to be helo at Arkansas Stata College. LOOK See us about this FORD HERE'S WHAT WE DOS f Adjust foot and parking brakes •£* Cheek steering wheel "play" and linkage ^ Inspect windshield wiper motors and blades ^ Inspect horns and horn button ^ Ch«ck rear view mirror ^ Inspect springs and shock absorbars ^ IntfHct tU«s for wear and cuts; chtck pressures j^ Check exhaust system ^ Align headlights Check all glass JOO Broadway Phone 445'.}

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