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SATURDAY, APKIL 11, 19.":? BLYT1IEVILI.K (AUK.) miJUIKK NEWS'- PAGE FIVE Rookies Ge'ore Will Greet I953's Opening Day Throngs Unanswered Queries Haunt Managers By JOE KEICHI.ER . NEW YORK (AP) — Will the New York Yankees make it five in a row? Can Brooklyn lick the seven-year National League jinx and successfully defend its championship? Will Stan Musial cop his seventh batting title? Is Joe Black merely a one-year wonder? How about Jackie Robinson? where will he play now that he has lost his second base job to rookie Junior Gilliam? Is Mickey Mantle really the "new" Joe Dl- Maggio? Will home run sluggei Ralph Kiner bounce back he be traded? Will'lhe Braves put Milwaukee on the map and vice versa? These and other questions awail answers as the 16 major* league teams await the opening of the season next Monday and Tuesday. Approximately 300.000 spectators are expected to attend the 10 openers, two of which will take place Monday afternoon. Specials In special inaugurals, Washington will host the Yankees In the American League and the franchise-shifted Braves will be guests ta of Cincinnati in the National. Right- -handers Bob Porterfleld (13-14) for the Nats and Allie Reynolds (20-8) for the Yankees will be the starting pftcners in Washington. Bud Podbielan (4-5) for the Reds and Warren Spahn (14-19) for the Braves will oppose each other in Cincinnati. Each game is expected to have a sellout crowd of 30,000. All teams will swing into action the following day. The largest crowd—&nme 55.000—is expected at Cleveland where the improved C'-icago White Sox clash with the Indian 1 !. The White Sox will feature t'.vo newcomers, first baseman Fsrrls Fain and third baseman Vci-n Stephens, obtained in trades v':h the Athletics and Red Sox. Ti-e Indians will field the same tfam behind Bob Lemon that fin- i -bed second to the Yankees last year. New Park Baseball-hungry Milwaukee, with it - brand new five-million dollar siadium packed to its 36,000 seat capacity, will celebrate its return to the major leagues, taking on Eddie Slanky's St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee will field a greatly improved club featuring newcomers Andy Pafko, Joe Adcock and rookie B'H Bruton in centerfield, plus holdovers Sid Gordon and Eddie Mnthews. The C;.rds, behind right- hsnder Gerry Staley. will have " rrokies Ray Jablonski and Steve K '.ko along with the one and only E cm Musial, Enos Slaughter and R->d Schoendienst. Some 40.000 are expected to see th,? Philadelphia Athletics-Yankee game at New York where Alex knllner. the strapping A's southpaw will match slants with right- lit-nder Vic Raschi. who» long has been a nemesis to Philadelphia batters. Browns vs. Tigers Crowds of 15,000 are counted on fH St. Louis to see the Browns and T:-;ers, and at Boston to watch the vill pitch for the Tigers against h's former mates. He wll be ouposeci by Duafle Pllette. Walter ITiisterson will hurl for Washington against southpaw Mel Parnell and hi- ex-Red Sox mates. The Tiger, Browns and Red Sox lineups will be dotted with new- cnmcrs. Detroit will have four new ftces—Harvey Kuenn at shortstop, John Baumgartner at third, Russ Sullivan in left field and Johnny r Bucha behind the plate. Bill Hunt' er, the $90,000 purchase, will be at short for the Browns, Outfielders Tern Umpliielt, Gone Stephens and shortstop Milt Boiling will see action for Boston. A total of 111,000 is expected to U'ke in the four National League o'ienors with 25,00 at Chicago, Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Other Hookies Cincinnati will have veteran Kenny Raffensberger on the mound ajainst the Cubs, but behind him may be rookies Jim Greengrass in left field and Johnny Temple at second base. Righthander Bob Rush is slated to hurl for the Cubs, who will have newcomer Paul Schramka in left, subbing for the injured Hank Sauer, and Preston Ward, a transplanted* first baseman, in center. Pittsburgh may field four rookies—firs!, baseman Paul Smith, shortstop Dick. Cole and outfielders Felipe Montemayor and Frank Thomas against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Murry Dickson, the veteran righthander, will be on the mound. Carl Erskine will hurl for the Brooks, who will present their rookie find Junior Gilliam, at second base, with Jackie Robinson at BASEBALL STANDINGS TONIGHT'S BASEBALL •. Southern Association Mobile at Atlanta New Orleans at Birmingham Chattanooga at Memphis Nashville at Little Bock ATLANTA I.?)—Southern Association standings: W 1 Team Atlanta Nashville Chattanooga Birmingham Mobile Little Rock Memphis New Orleans L Pet 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 1.000 .000 .000 .000 .000 Babe Will ^n '' Know Fate Today Definitely Not Out of Sports, She Soys BEAUMONT. Tex. «V-Babe Didrickson Zaharias will know today whether she has reached the end of a great athletic career. The mightiest woman athlete of all is due to hear the fateful words this afternoon— of the malady that nit her in a hospital three days igo is of such serious nature as to ,ake her from the money-strewn golf tour. messages of good wishes )oured in from over the nation — hey had reached the 2,000 mark— the Babe e was still her usual cheer- 'ul, wise-cracking self. "I am definitely not out of sports," said the voman who attained fame in the Olympic games, In basketball, In ?olf and every sport she tried, and vho is known as one of the fiercest competitors ever to step on an ath- etic field. She has gone through every med- cal test for the malady described \s of malignant nature. And about :30 p.m. Dr. W. E. Tatum, the aniily physician, can give his dlag- losis. ^ Her husband, ex-wrestler George ^ : na*tors'and"Red"sox."Ned Garver j Zaharias with whom she owns a Minor League Chief Halts Spa Ouster HOT SPRINGS, Ark., (AP) — A decision by the chief of minor league bastball on the Cotton States league's attempt to oust Hot Springs because it plans to use Negro players is being withheld pending further presentation of the league's side of the dispute. Meanwhile, George Trautman, president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues said yesterday that Hoi Springs will remain a member of the Class C circuit. CSL President Al Haraway was preparing the league's full argument todaj' and said it would be in the mail to Trautman's Columbus, Ohio, office by tonight. The Cotton States League, embracing Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, is to open its season April 21. Trantham's Authority Challenged One Mississippi club owner. George S. May of Greenville, commented last night, however, that the league would .dissolve if Hot Springs is allowed to remain in the league and keep Negro pitchers Jim and Leander Tugerson on its roster, May also challenged Trautman's authority in the matter. He said thought the decision should be left up to the league. Hot Springs co - owner Lewis Goltz said directors of his club ivere elated over Trautman's temporary order in the case and added: "We feel the ultimate decision will be In our favor." Other CSL officials, including Haraway, declined comment. The dispute started two weeks ago when Hot Springs announced t had signed the Tugersons, the Irst Negroes ever put under con•act in the CSL. The Florence Villa, Fla., brothers had compiled mpressive pitching records with Indianapolis of the Negro American League. ^ Last Monday, the CSL directors r-'oted 5-1, with El- Dorado and J ine Bluff, Ark., abstaining, to revoke Hot Springs' franchise and o transfer it to another city or 'pen the season with only seven clubs. Haraway said several teams had said they would quit the league if the Negroes played and that 'survival of the league" was at stake. Hot Springs officials offered to play the Tugersons only at home or in any other park where the home team would permit them to play. Majors Final Fillups; Monday T/iey Count BOSTON (AP) — After being: rained out twice in Mil waukoe the trans-planted Braves and Boston Red Sox re turn to Fenway Park today for the wimiup of what prob ably will be their last cross-country ''city" series. Single Raines wil' be played todas and tomorrow, weather permitting. Despite their 76 years as Boston' representatives in the Natlona League, the Tribesmen, youngei players especially, appeared worriet about the welcome to be expected from their now disappointed Ne\\ England nrimirers. Indications were that attitude o: today's crowd — probably 15,000 i; the weather is favorable — would be non-partisan and equally cordia to both teams. The fans' consensus is that the Braves players are no responsible for the switch to Milwaukee. It Is likely, however, tha Braves' owner Lou Perini will be the target of any unfriendly gestures by his former patrons. 'Tin ready to take what the Boston fans aim at me," Perini saic last night when he arrived aboarc his private plane. "I realize n greal many people are disappointed about losing the Braves." BROOKLYN (/P) — The Brooklyn Chicks Show Promise In First Track Meet Competing on an informal basis, Blytheville's track team surprised everyone by finishing fifth nl an eight-team invitational meet at Popular Bluff, Slo., yesterday. Sudbury Wins Two in T' Softball Play Sudbury's softball teams captured a double-header in "Y" league play yesterday afternoon at Little Park, the Sixth Grade winning 21-3 over Central's Sixth and the Fifth graders taking a 17-8 decision, also over Central, Jerry Rounsavall, hurling for the winning Sixth graders, had a four- hit shutout going into the fifth inning, but Central pushed across three runs tn that frame. Central's fifth graders almost made a game of it in the top of the fourth as they tallied six runs to trail by 10-7, but Sudbury's heavy guns went to •+ For Coach Russell Mosley's boys it was a practice meet and they didn't compete in the 100-yard dash because the Poplar Bluff track has only seven lanes. Billy Phillips, Mosley's star half-miler, turned in a burning 2:09.6 for the 880 to set a new record for the Poplar Bluff oval. He garnered Blytheville's only first place. Red Childress was second in the 440 and finished high in both the shot putt and broad jump. The mile relay team came in third. It Is made up of Childress, Phillips, Billy Oilbow and Billy Michael. Next meet for the maroon and white runners will be Friday at Arkansas State College, Jonesboro. seven markers and ice the ffame. Freddie White went all the way work in the j for the winners, while Central used Bottom of the inning to hammer out' four pitchers. Sports Roundup — golf course near Tampa. Fla., would publicly express no opinion as to what is wrong with the Babe but he has muttered: ble thing "This is a terrl- Hornsby Poses Lobby Problem AP Newsfeatures TAMPA, Fla. — The Baseball Register says his hobby is—"lobby sitting." Manager Rogers Hornsby of the Cincinnati Reds does it every nl&ht. "Pull up a chair," is his favorite expression when he sees any baseball man within 20 feet of his chair. Sometimes it gets to be such a problem in the Floridan Hotel lobby that the chief bellhdp stands by waiting ' to return chairs to their proper positions. Hornsby, who broke Into baseball in 1914 with Hugo-Denison in the Texas-Oklahoma League, holds a lobby session every night from about 8:30 until 10:30. his normal bedtime. third. Robin Roberts winner of 28 games, will face Larry Jansen of the Giants .In Philadelphia. The Giants will be without rookie third baseman Daryl Spencer, who suffered a fractured cheekbone when hit by a pitched ball. The Phils will show off first baseman Earl Torgeson, obtained from Boston In the swap for Russ Meyer. COTTON SEED FOR SALE Why not plant one-half your cotton in EARLY MATURING D & PL-FOX Slate certified Blue Taz Seed 90% Germination 1 to 5 ton $135.00 Over 5 ton, inquire , NOBLE GILL FARMS Phone 2456 Dell, Ark. What Happened to the Tribe? By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Slight uneasy thoughts of a man who jumped the gun a week ago and picked ihe Cleveland Indians to win the American League flag: Dodgers come home to Ebbets Fiel today for the time since last Oct. rind they'll face the same stnrtin pitcher, Ed Lopat, as on that event ful day. Lopat, the New York Yankees ace lefty, drew the starting assign inent in the seventh and decidin game of the 1952 World Series. H was relieved In the fourth inning b Allie Reynolds with the bases load ed and no one out. New York wen on to win, 4-2. Car! Erskine, who went the 11 Inning route against the Yankee in Brooklyn's 6-5 sixth game Worl< Series win. will start for Brooklyn Yesterday's game at the stadiun was rained out, PHILADELPHIA (/P)—The Phlla delphia Athletics play host today to their inter-city rivals, the Na tional League Phillies, at Connli Mack Stadium in the first of thei: three games for the city championship. The second game will be played tomorrow and the third Inter Ir the season Cuet Simmons, for the Phillies and Harry Byrd, for the A's, wil be the starting hurlers. DETROIT (/P) — A Detroit area team dominated the early sessions of the Women's International Bowling Congress tournament here Friday. As the record-breaking affair en tered its third day the Harry A** erman gang from suburban Pontia Isd the regular division, firing 263 on the Detroit Recreation lanes More than 4,800 teams still are t bowl in the pin carnival. Those Jaspers haven't been going so good since we left them in Denver. Last time we looked the New York Giants had walloped them six out of seven. That isn't good. Even Ruben Gomez, the Giants' raw rookie from Puerto Rico, set them down in rapid order for three innings at Kingsport, Tenn., on Thursday. What's become of all those base hits? The Giants pitchers snid it would be a different story once they got out of the high, tliin air in the Rockies and their curves began to break better. Apparently they weren't just establishing an alibi. They blanked the Tribe once this week. Feller Knocked Around It begins to look as though our favorite pitcher, Bobby Feller, is headed for that last roundup. At least, the Giants have been knocking Bobby about. We must keep in mind that he said he wasn't going to worry about the exhibition games but concentrate on getting himself in shape for the ones that count. Still, our plans called for him to win about 15 this time, nnd it, would be reassuring if he would show some sign. \ What's become of Bobby Avila? The last time we knew the Mexican second bar.eman had finally settled up his account with our immigration eagles and was trying, to track the Indians down. He must have caught up with them by this time, but rookie Doug Hansen still seems to be playing second and making errors. It's disquieting. Garcia Troubled Another thing that doesn't look .so good from a distance Is the way Mike Garcia keeps hitting people. So far the big guy has sidelined two Giants, Bobby Thomson and Daryl Spencer. He was so shaken after one of his swooping fast balls clipped Spencer in the mouth that he was totally ineffective end had to be removed. The official bulletin said "Garcia is having trouble with his control." He'll need it against the Yanks. Oh, they'll win it all right. With that pitching and that slugging, how are they going to miss? They finished only two games out last fall, and the only reason they didn't get into the World Series was that the schedule ran out on them. If Luke Easter had hit the first half of the season the way he hit the second half, after they sent him to Indianapolis to think things over, the Indians would have won by from here to there. Still, for the sake of our prediction, it would be helpful if Manager Al Lopez would make up his mind obout his outfield. He can't keep on juggling eight fly-chasers Indefinitely, no matter how good all of them are. He's got to light somewhere—and stay there. Starting next week, the American League gets tough and does not allow for much experimentation. After all, it isn't as though this were the first time we've picked the Indians to win the thing. We've stayed with them longer than some of the Cleveland writers, even. We, not the Indians, have had to endure the snide remarks of the Yankee supporters. It is time they got in there and justified such faith. Lakers Repeat As National Cage Champs NEW YORK (/P)—The Minneapo- ts Lakers again are the National Basketball Assoclations : champions nit you never would have guessed it from a visit to their dressing room after they beat the New York Knickerbockers last night. No wild shouting. No excessive lorse play, like college kids who've |ust won the national title. For ,hese were champions who saw lothlng unusual In winning pro jasketball's top prize for Lhe a ond straight year nnd fourth Mine n five years. They won this time >y taking four out of Ive games, •hree straight on the Knlcks 1 court. In the losers' dressing quarters, Coach Joe LnpchicJc neatly summed up the Lakers' 91-84 vlct-ory: "The pros won It. They made he baskets when they had to, and we blew it." The Knlcks, needing only one point to tie with 35 seconds left, never got it as Vern Mikkelsen put in a foul, George Mrkan made a three-point play, and Pep Saul added the final basket of the season. LITTLE LEAGUE Player Registration T, the undersigned, do hereby apply for registration as a player In the LITTLE LEAGUE. I certify that I will not have reached my 13th birthday on May 1, 1953 and agree to abide by all the rules of the leafiup. as set forth by f/he Coaching Committee and the Board of Commissioners. Name Age Address Phone School - - Date of Birth - Mail or Take to Blytheville Y _ J BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, April 13 8:00 p.m. 4-MAN TAG MATCH Carlos Rodriquez & Eddie Malone \ vs. Lester Welch & Kit Fox 90 Min. Time Limit — Best 2 on I ol 3 Kails Adults 60c—Children ISc ALSO 2 1-FALL MATCHES Rodriquez vs. Welch Kit Fox vi. Malone 30 Minute Time Limit Braves Still Have Three BRADENTON, Fix. "P) — Only three players who participated In the 19J8 World Scries for the Boston Braves are on the 1953 roster. The holdovers are pitchers Warren Spahn and Vern BIckford plus in- flelder Slbby Stall. Johnny Antonelll came to the club in '48 but saw no action In the fall classic, Paul Burris, a young catcher, Joined the Braves late in the season but was Ineligible lor Series play. 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Harvey Haddix will open on the mound for Manager Eddie Stanky while Brownie pilot Marty Marlon lias named Virgil Trucks to start the pitching. Trucks Joined owner Bill Veeck's team in a winter deal with Detroit. Since Trucks Is slated for duty on opening day, he win go just, three innings, Marion said, with Dick Lit- tlefleld making the relief. Other new faces picked by Marlon for the exhibition Include Johnny Groth, centerflelcler. who came here along with Trucks; left fielder Dick Kokos, not new but recently absent on military duty; and shortstop Bil- ly Hunter, up from Port Worth In the Texas League lor a fancy price. Starteri Other Brownies named for th» starting lineup were Hoy Slevers. Ib; Vic Wertz, rf; Jim Dyck, 3b; Lei Moss, c; and Bob Young. 2b. New Redbirds are Ray Jablonskl at third base and Rip Repulskl In centerfield, both up from Rochester. Another man from Rochester Is first sacker Steve Bllko, making the latest of several yearly trys to stick with the major league Cardinals. Stanky also named as starterg Solly Hemus, es; Red Schoedenienst, 2b; Stan Musial, If; Enos Slaughter, rf, and Del Rice, c. Kit Fox Makes Mat Debut Here Monday A full-blooded Indian, Kit Fox by name, makes his wrestling debut before Blytheville fans Monday night as one of the four participants on the American Legion's mat show. Kit Fox, a 212-pounder, is scheduled to team with Lester Welcl against Carlos Rodriquez, the tough Mexican, and Eddie Malone, in the tag match feature of the Amerlcai Legion's wrestling bouts ab Memoria Auditorium. Although thifi will be the first appearance here for Kit Pox he is no exactly a newcomer to Blytheville FIN AND DANDY—Phil Turgeon, 11, qualified for the One- That-Didn't-Get-Away Club at Sebago Lake, boating a pair of lat landlocks. The salmon fishing season opened in 10 Maine counties. (NEA) fans. He has been viewed by television wrestling enthusiasts a number of times in bouta originating in Chicago and Memphis. Monday night's appearance will be the first here for Rodriquez in nearly three years. The big Mexican at due time made regular stops here while performing in the mid- south circuit but only recently returned to this area. The other two performers on Monday night's card. Welch »nd Malone, both have appeared here recently. All four of the grapplers on the card are senior heavyweights with Kit Fox being the smallest, at 212. In addition to the tag match main event two one-fall preliminary bouts are also on the card, in th» first Welch will square off against Rodriquez with Malone meeting Kit Fox In the second. The first bout it scheduled for 8:16. Dragons Take Measure of Dell Harrison High School took a 16-8 decision from' Dell yesterday at the Harrison diamond. Leonard Williams, who was ths winning- pitcher, socked a coupla of home runs to lead the Dragons. 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