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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27,1958 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE Ready 'fiu&tiA Who This Time? Last Year It Was Score and Virdon _ . „.. „„,] ,,, rt ,i«^ iin at Minnpflnnlte. the Series. By JIMMY BRESLIN NEW YORK - (NBA) r- As anybody soaking the sun at Florida or Arizona can readily tell you, winter is over because baseball is here again. To point out that an overcoat doesn't seem enough in large areas of the country means you're not a baseball fan. And as another spring training season breaks open, the. usual changes in the faces you'll set on your team take place, "" can come .bout this year. «*»«* wound u^at Minneapolis. EARLY BIRDS A rookie bears down early, so these three St. " Louis Cardinal right-handed pitching prospects get their arms in shape early at St. Petersburg, Fla., camp. Left to right are . Roger Fister, Gary Geiger and Will Lackey. '•»••».# * * * Yankees Are Plagued With Holdout Hurlers By. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Manager Al Lopez of the Cleveland Indians apparently hM decided to give his team the "shake well" treatment in an effort to head off_the New York Yankees m the American ing their troubles with, holdouts On their first day of spring train; pg tticv were fsccd with ttie proD' [em of bringing h&lf ft dozen lop pitchers into line. This is an unprecedented situation ana it has the Bomber brass worried. . rookie comes up, the veteran slides tack. A throw-in for a, trade becomes the big man. So let's take a look at what happened last year-and try and dig up spot* where the same thing Ariz camp and announced ™ M? ••And he doesn't have a set po altion " added Lopej. Smith, named the Player of the Year by the Cleveland baseball writers last M&son, played six positions in 1966. "The young fellows have just as much chance aa anyone else of winning a place on the team. said Lopez. "One hustling young player sometimes can give the whole club a lift." Meanwhile, the-Tanks wer« hav Cullison Bicycle Shop We repair all makes Bicyctci & Tricycles. We carry a complete line of parrs for all make bikes. Phone 2-6122. Across from Kroger still are "$5,000 apart. He wants $30000 and has b«n ottered »25,000 Other holdout* are Tom Morgan Bob Grim, Jim Konstanty, Don Larsen and Mickey McDermott. Billy Martin and Irv Noren still are unsigned, but they are not due to report until tomorrow, so they won't be classified holdout* until then. In the National League, new Manager Bill Rigney of the New York'Giants looked over his club on the first day at training and announced: 1. He'would pattern his methods after those employed by Leo Durocher, His predecessor. 2. The Giants have 'as good a, chance as anyone of winning the pennant, but . . . The Brooklyn Dodger* "rate ROOKIES—Herb Score came to Cleveland hot oS a 330-strikeout year with Indianapolis at the start of 1955. The left-hander .was a cinch to make it. He did—big, too. Score whuted 245, a new record for rookies, and won 16. In the National League, Bill Virdon came to the Cards after a big year with Rochester in the International League. He, too, made it big, hitting .281, fielding with the best. Both Score and Virdon were named the top rookies in their respective leagues. This year, the big names are Charley Rabe, a Cincinnati left- hander who has 21-7 with a 2.01 earned run average at Columbia in the Class A Sally League last season; and Heywood Sullivan, the Red Sox catcher .who hit .258 for Louisville of the American Association but is rated a top receiver. On the other side of the fence Bob Lennon came up to the Giants with 64 home runs at Nashville of the Southern Association as a background. He flopped at the Phoeniy Bonus Baby Baumann Trying to Repay Sox Tivk^vpar? That's something you an't predict. But you'll have a flop. You always do. BIG SURPRISES — The guy- who's-been-around usually pops up lere. And last season it was Tommy Byrne, who came from Seattle to pitch the Yankees to a pennant. The left-hander had a 16-5 mark and was overpowering right to the seventh game of the World Series. Then you had Dick Donovan, the big right-hander who came to the White Sox from Atlanta. He'd been in the majors a couple of times oefore and was just another guy. Last year he reeled off a 15-9 that was a sure 20-game season until an appendix attack put him down. You also had Saul Rogovin. He had to beg for a Job after having flopped with the White Sox and Redlegs. The Phillies gave him a late chance and he won five games and is looked on as a starter.this 1C ocllca. This season, the nominee m this .... department is Lou Kretlow, who, league ... ~... _ ;l --d other, clubs ' ""-"-Q By JOE REICHLER SABASOTA, Pla., Wl — You're 18 years old, the star pitcher of your high school team. A major year. And don't forget Frank Kel lert. A Baltimore castoff, he filled In as a .300 hitter for the Dodgers and even doubled as umpire durl: before going to Seattle last season where he had 14-3. He comes to he Kansas City Athletics billed as a guy who has learned to pitch— ust as Byrne did last season. ..ON THE WAY OUT?—This is ,he hard part of baseball—where justness replaces sentiment. Eddie Lopat, the Yankee lelt-hander, was the big man who didn't make it last year. He's a minor league manager ow. This season the danger signs are up for a raft of big names. In this you'd have to include Pitchers Sal Maglie and Bob Feller of the Indians, Ellis Kinder of the Cardinals, Virgil Trucks of the Tigers, Max Surkont of the Pirates, Mel Parnell of the Red Sox; catcher Clyde McCullough of the Cubs and Inflelders Jackie Hobinson of the Dodgers and Phil Rizzuto of the Yankees. For the latter two, however, this wtih all that money? That was the situation, young Frcnk Baumnnn found himself In, in 1952. A pitching sensation in St. Louis high, toe 18-year-old left- hander had scouts from all 16 big league clubs knocking on his door, offering fabulous sums for his signature. The overwhelmed youngster, after carefully considering all bids, finally chose the Boston Red" Sox. The bonus figure never was announced but was estimated at around $125,000. The contract reportedly called for $85,500 to be paid over a five-year period and another $36,500 when he made the Red Sox roster. Had to Learn The suddenly wealthy teen-agei spent the next year and a half learning how to pitch in Louisville a Bed Sox farm" club. Then he Robinson was stealing home in the World Series and Rizzuto making double plays all over the place. was called into service, .putting In two years with the Army. Back in a baseball uniform, Prank is on» of many eager rookies in the Bed Sox camp, bent on paying back the first dividends on the club'" investment. "I've got to make good " Baumann said earnestly. "Not only for myseft but for Mr. Yawkey (owner Tom Yawkey). He had enough confidence in me to give me all that money. The organization has been wonderful to me. They promised. Now I've got to prove they made no mistake." Baumann said he did not feel he should reveal the exact amount of money he received but he admitted it was a ''sizeable amount." "I selected the Red Sox for three reasons," he said. "1. I knew they had a fine oi» ganization. "2. rhey didn't have many left- handed pitchers and. I felt rd get a better chance to make th« team. "3. They had no' far-flung minor league system. I knew if I did well in Louisville, I'd be brought up quick." Concerning the bom»:, • "The first thing I did WM ' buy a home for my mom and dad in St. Louis. Then I bought a car. Ace Whitey Ford and the clut Attention Farmers! Cotton diseases destroyed 7% of 1955 crop For better yield and less replanting, dtlint ind treat your seed now. CALL US NOW FOR APPOINTMENT Blytheville Delinting Corp. S. 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