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r MONDAY, APRIL is, MBS BLYTHICVTLL* (Alt*.)' COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN 291000 Will Watch Big League Openers By JOE RFICHI.ER NEW YORK (AP) — Washington and Cincinnati, noted for their early starts and lagging finishes, beat the gun again today as they inaugurate another major league season that promise* to provide special interest for the nation's baseball fans. The World Champion New York Yankees-and defending National League Champion (Brooklyn Dodgers, the choice of the experts and betting commissioners alike, ruled heavy favorites to repeat. Cleveland and Chicago in the American, and New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis in the National, were given outside chances to pull upsets. Although the Yankees and Dodgers will have little or no change in their lineups, teams in general have undergone tremendous revamping with only 44 per cent of last year's starling lineups back. The batting orders present 22 pitchers. In today's only American League game, Washington was scheduled to engage the Yankees at the nation's capital, where Vice President Nixon subs for President Eisenhower in throwing out the first ball. A crowd of 30,000 was expected to'be on hand to see whether the Yankees can get off on the right was scheduled for Cincinnati's Crosley Field to welcome the Milwaukee Braves bacfi into the big leagues,. Milwaukee, in an astonishing franchise shift from Boston, returns after an absence of 50 years. It Was a member of the American League in L9QL only to relinquish its franchise to the St Louis Browns the following year. Manager Charley Grimm of the Braves planned to pitch right- hander Max Surkont (12-13* against Cincinnati while Rogers Hornsby, of the Redlegs decided on Clarence (Bud> Podbielan (6-5). Each pilot saved Ills star southpaw for tomorrow's games. Hornsby wants Ken- foot in their bid for an unprece- j uy Rnffensberger (17-13) to oppose dented fifth straight pennant. Allie j his Chicago Cub cousins and Reynolds (20-8). the Yankees' bril- 1 Grimm held out Warren Spahn Hint right-hander, was to oppose Bob Porter-field (13-14), who Qnce Wiled for the New Yorkers. (14-19) for the predominantly left handed hitting St. Louis Cardinals in Milwaukee's first home game A capacity crowd of some 30.0001 tomorrow. pilots Fairy Tales: I Everybody Wins I NEW YORK (AP) — At least four major league managers think they will win the pennant, a dozen believe they will finish in the first division and all 16 are convinced their teams are better than last year as the 1953 baseball season gets underway today. "I think we will win." said Charlie Dressen, peppery pilot of the defending National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers. "I know we have a stronger team. I told Buzzy Bavasi (Dodger vice presidents last winter we could win if he got me another starting pitcher. He got Russ Meyer who fits per- fe"tly into our pitching plans:' 1 Casey Stengel was no less Optimistic than the manager of the club his New York Yankees defeated in the World Series last October. Giants Team to Beat "Sure. I think we will win it and make it five in a row." said Casey. us. Manager Al Lope of the Cleveland Indians sadi: "We have a better ball club than we had last year and I think we have a real good chance to win the pennant." No Predictions by Leo Other 'managerial comments: Eddie .Stanky. St. Louis Cardinals: "Our ball club Is a strong pennant contender. This (opinion) is based on our fine pitching staff and on the nice showing of three rookies from Rochester — Ray Ja- blonskl. Steve Bilko and Rip Re- nu'ski. Stan Musial has looked great this spring and I look for him to hit anywhere from .375 to .385." Paul Richards. Chicago White "If I didn't think I was going to j Sox — "We can win it. We'll have to have a couple of fellows catch fire." Leo Durocher, New York Giants win my players wouldn't have confidence In me as a manager." *. Dressen named the New York Gi' ants as the team to beat for the National League flag but that didn't prevent Steve O'Neill from picking his own Philadelphia Phillies to win. "I think we can win the pennant." eaid the veteran manager bluntly, "but it's going to be a touah fight i first division We have good hitting never make any predictions about my own team and this year is no exception But I know we have a good team and should be in contention all the way." Marlon Marion. St Louis Browns think we will finish in the All learns swing into action tomorrow when eight games are expected to attract some 231,000 spectators, and bring the total attendance up to 291,00 for the 10 openers. The record opening day attendance was set in the.lush 1948 days when 331,183 watched 10 Inaugurals. Last year, eight openers drew 172,322 ffans. Tomorrow's largest crowd Is expected in Cleveland, where 55,000 hope to watch a right-handed due between Saul Rogovin (14-9) of the Chicago White Sox and Bob Lemon (22-11) of the Indians. The National League's biggesl turnout probably will be at Milwaukee, where 36.000 are expectec to see the improved Braves take on Eddie Stanky's Cards. A change in the schedule result ing from the franchise shift will pit Pittsburgh against the Dodgers at Brooklyn, some 25.000 are expected to watch the Dodgers open defense of the National League lUle with right-hander Carl Brskine (14-6) on the mound. Veteran Murvy Dickson (14-21) will be on the hill for the Pirates. Robin Roberts, the majors' biggest 1952 winner with 28, -makes his fourth opening day start In Philadelphia against the New York iants. Some 2,000 figure to see Larry Jansen (11-11) oppose their favorite. The Cubs, winners of their last .hree openers, will face an old jinx n Raffensberger, who has whipped .hem 27 times while losing only 14. Some 25,00 will see right- hander Bob Rush (11-13) try to snap the Redleg southpaw's hex. The St. Louis Browns will have their first night opener in history, meeting the Detroit Tigers. Some 15,000 will have to get accustomed to the new lineups. No fewer than seven players were on the opposing team in 1952, including right- hander Ned Carver (8-1) of Detroit, who last year pitched the opener for the .Browns and shut out the Tigers, 3-0. Virgil Trucks (5-19), traded by Detroit to St. Louis last winter, will hurl against his former mates. The stand-pat Yankees and Philadelphia Athletics will clash at Yankee Stadium Before some 40.000. Vic Raschi (16-6!, who holds a 24-4 edge over the A's, will be I on the mound for the Yankees. He 'will be opposed by lefft-hander Alex Kellner (12-14). Mel Parnell (12-12), who has whipped Washington 18 times in 31 ''decisions, will try to maintain his mastery over the Nats In Boston. A turnout of 15, is expected to watch Lou Boudreau's young- Sports Roundup — Anti-Yank Forces Find Solace with Indians By GAVLE TAI.BOT NEW YORK (AP) — The time has come, by popular demand, to knock down the Yankees and assured' their horde of ill-wishers that Casey Stengel's athletes will not win their fifth straight flag in the American League race starting today. The job gels harder with tach passing spring. You might be surprised ao know j how many persons there are within our borders who hate the Yankees.} ' Brooklyn. Yanks Agin? In every case our reply has been It Is a phenomenon 'we have not. 1 that succor is at hand that the seen satisfactorily explained, other I Cleveland Indians are going to wrap than that a lot of fans are blamed : up Stengel's fat cats this time and tired seeing one club get all the ; deliver them. We have explained gravy. j that the Yankees are getting very Perhaps 30 times recently, and old, most of them being in their over a wide stretch of country, we were asked. "What's the chances of getting those bums out ofj there?" And they don't mean; Arkansas Golfers Win;NefmenLose Barber Scores 66; E. B. Gee Wins FAYETTEVTLLE im — The University of Missouri's tennis team touched the University of Arkansas but its golf team was overwhelmed by an Arkansas four-some here Saturday. Miller Barber scored a four under par 66 over the Country Club course against Bill Hawks of Missouri to lead Arkansas to a 5-1 golf victory. His score against Hawks was 6 and 5. Barber then teamed with Jim Billingsley—who was defeated by Rene Bochenkamp, 3 and 2—and the pair downed Hawks and Bockenkamp. E. B. Gee Jr. of Arkansas defeated John Baumgardner. 6 and 5, and Tom Raney defeated Missouri's Jim Henley, 3 and 2. ,. The tennis matches were a different story as Bill Wickersham downed Arkansas' Ewell Lee, 2-6, 1-6; Pierce Liberman dropped Jim Porter of Arkansas. 3-6. 4-6; Guy Davis defeated John Rex of Arkansas. 1-6, 3-6. and Jack Lippencott. Missouri, defeated Bob Gay, 5-1. 3-6. 30s. and that they are likely to begin falling apart at any time now. To particularize, we have asked them to take little Phil Rizzuto. the glue-man in the champions' infield. Phil has been eating baby food all winter and spring to combat his ulcers, and he's going into the race underweight. That's extremely encouraging to the anti-Yanks. Raschin Has Faltered The other infielders haven't been Hogan Made Tough Masters Course Look Easy in Winning AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — When Ben Hogan, the little perfectionist from Texas, stepped up to accept the $4,000 check for his record-shattering victory in the 17th Masters Golf Tournament, he said he hoped to return next year and shoot the same caliber of golf. ' Byron Nelson, a fellow Texan who has acted as host player since Bob Jones retired replied: "If Ben Hogan comes back and shoots the same caliber of golf he shot this year, he'll be out there playing all by himself" After the way the "retired" Hogan tamed the tough, 6,800-yard Augusta National Club course, his of prize money, tournament mates probably wish he's waited until today and played with President Eisenhower during his golfing vacation instead of beat- Ing them out of the biggest hunk Pryor Leads Porkers In AU Relay Victory the FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas' Dean Pryor led they had said he simply didni know where to turn after his boys were combed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-5. the other day. Thai's another good sign. Added to that, Vic Raschi, the veteran starting pitcher, hasn't looked good at all He has pitched only Arkansas victory was Snider's 6-2, 6-1 win over, The 3uddy Prank Luecke. 29 innings in the exhibitions and has been bombarded for 39 hits and 20 runs. As for Yogi Berra, we saw one bet made at even money that he leads the league in batting this time. This plainly shows that the Yanks, or their followers, at least, are becoming overconfident. Ils been the downfall of many a club. with the Dodgers Giants and Car-i and a Rood defensive club. How we jsters hit against their former team" upon mate, right-hander Walter Master- 1 son (10-9). dinals battling with us all the way." Joining the "we can win it" chor- finish certainly will depend the pitching." The Fabulous Babe- She Starred in Every Sport By WILL GKIMSLEY ' ' NEW YORK (AP) — It's hard for the sports world to conceive that Babe Didrikson Zaharias may never wham another golf ball or may never compete in another athletic event. The supple, sintwey daughter of a Norwegian immigrant, n-o w seriously ill in B e a u- mont, Tex., has become the national symbol of female athletic excellence — acclaimed the greatest woman athlete who ever lived. BASEBALL STANDINGS NEW YORK UPi— Probable pitchers for the opening major league games with starting times, last year's records, probable weather and estimated attendance. AMERICAN LEAGUE New York at Washington. 2:00 p.m.—Reynolds (20-8) vs. Porterfield (13-14) clear, mild, (30,000). Only game scheduled. NATIONAL LEAGUE Milwaukee at Cincinnati. 1:30 p. m. — Surkont (12-13) vs. Pod- bielan (4-5l cloudy, cool. (30,0001. Only game scheduled. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION New Orleans 9 Birmingham 5 2nd game postponed rain Mobile 9-4 Atlanta 2-10 Nashville 5-1 Little Rock 1-3 Chattanooga at Memphis postponed. cold TEXAS LEAGUE Tulsa 6 Fort Worth 3 Shreveport 2 Beaumont 1 innings- San Antonio 3 Houston 0 Oklahoma City 2 Dallas 0 (13 Blytheville's E. B. Gee Donates Golf Trophy A Blythevllle businessman. E. B. Gee. Sr., has contributed a permanent trophy for the Arkansas State amateur golf champion. Mr. Gee's son. E. B. Jr., is a member of the University of Arkansas golf team. Championship qualifying rounds for the 1953 Arkansas Amateur Golf Tournament will begin at the Texarkana Country Club June 18. Gene Keeney of Texarkana. Arkansas Golf Association President, said 32 men will shoot 18 holes to qualify for the championship flight. He said the finals will go 36 holes. Kit Fox Paired With Lester Welch In Mat Debut Kit Fox and Lester Welch, both of Indian extraction, take on Mexican Carlos Rodriguez and Eddie Malone, the only foreigner in the lot, on tonight's American Legion wrestling program. The card srmpes up as one of Promoter Mike Meroney's best in recent months. Fox is a TV performer Gavilan-Minelli Bout Tops Week Fight Card Olympic Champ ' Floyd Patterson Gets Test tonight NEW YORK ID—Olympic middleweight champion Floyd Patterson gels his big test tonight. The IB-year-old Brooklyn Negro takes on rugged, experienced, 26- year-old Dick Wagner of Toppenish. Wash., in the feature eight rounder at Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway Arena. Winner of all five 01 his pro bouts by knockouts, Patterson has been made 2 to 1 favorite despite Wagner's three straight wins. The fight is limited to eight rounds. Welterweight champion Kid Oavi- lan, seeking to run his unbeaten streak to 28 fights, resumes action against Italy's Livlo Minelll In Cleveland Tuesday night. The Cuban Is a prohibitive 6 to 1 favorite. The bout will not be telecast. Pierre Langlols, fourth ranking middleweight from Prance, is a 1 to 5 choice to square accounts with Joe Mlcell, fourth ranking welterweight contender, at the Miami Beach Auditorium Wednesday night. The New Yorker whipped Langlois last July. Stavting at 9 p. m., (CST), the bout will be telecast coast to coast (CBS). South Africa's Gerry Dreyer, who acquired the British Empire welterweight crown since he last fought in the U. 8., takes on Tony (Tex) Gonzales of Orange, N. J., at the St. Nicholas Arena Friday night. Dryer is favored at 8 to 5. The 9 p. m., ten rounder will be The Made It Look Easy 40-year-old 1951 Masters iKeii : Arkansas to domination of a 3-way relay hitting in exhibition games". Stengel } mcet ' ' lfcre Saturday as a wanmip for defense of his Kansas was quoted the other day as saying [ Relays Decathlon championship this Week. hint plenty worried. He ~» Arkansas relays. Russellviile and i Fayetteville swept the Class A an B divisions while Ft. Smith topped the Big Seven division. Pryor, competing against thin clads from the University of Tulsa and St Thomas. Minn., won the pole vault and broad jump, placec second In the javelin and discus throw, tied for third in high jump and placed third in the high hurdles. The 1952 Decathlon champ also was a member of the Arkansas team which won the 880-yard relay event. The host team won all five relay events, taking the mile relay in 3:27.3, the distance In 10:57, 440- yard in :43.8 and the 2-mile 8:12.3. Pt. Smith won two of three Big Seven relays with Little Rock taking the 440-yard relay. The Grizzlies won or placed in all track everits, taking top places in the 100-yard dash, the 880-yard dash, and the shot put. John Gilbert of Russellviile starred In the, Class A and B high school divisions, winning the high vurdle event In :17.1 and placing third In the shotput. Heavy rains during the morning delayed preliminary events and the entire schedule was completed dur- ng the afternoon over wet. heavy tracks. Belardi Proud of Bonus MIAMI UP\ _ Wayne Belnrdl, rookie first baseman with the Brooklyn Dodgers, says. "I caught Branch Hickey In a weak moment when he signed me for a $15,000 bonus," Belartil figures to stick with the Dolgers as an understudy to Gil Hodges, since he cannot be optioned • to the minors. Last year the 32' year-old left-handed batter hit .302 at Port Worth, made 20 homers In a pitchers' league and drove home 00 runs. champion made the beautiful, spa- clous course look easy "witVi his almost faultless performance. His iron shots and putting were particularly effective. Not only did he slice 14 strokes off par, but he also bettered the previous tournament record by five strokes. And his 70-69-66-69-274 was the third time In Masters' history that has managed four sub- par rounds, Par is 36-36-72. Ed (Porky) Oliver of. Palm Springs, Calif., shot, a 70 yesterday to match the old record of 279 and finish second Oliver pocketed $2,500 and Mangrum 51,700 when prize money In the $10,000 tournament was doubled all the way down the line. The total was approximately $26,000 when you count the S200 grant to every pro who finished out of the top 24 "money" places. , Ward. Stranahan Tie Bob Hamilton of Evansvllle. Ind,, was fourth with 283, good for $1,400. Chick Harbert of Detroit and Tommy Bolt of Maplewood. N. J., tied for fifth with 285s. $900 each, and Ted Kroll of Hartford. N. y., had 286 for seventh and $100. Hirvio Ward, Jr., of Atlanta and Frank Stranahan of Tojedo tied .for low amateur honors with 291s. Defending Champion Sam Snead of White Sulphur Springs. W, Va., had a 292 total and a tie lor 16th. AUO 100 HOOF BOITLID IN BONO YEUOWSTONE, INC., LOUISVIUC, ICY. broadcast (ABC) and t % 1 e c a s t (NBC). and Rodriguez has bren on the Little Rock-Tulsn. etc., circuit during the past three years. In preliminaries, Welch meets SPORTS FILLERS Rodriquez and Fox takes on Ma- ! Rookie lone. F.irst match gets underway at 8:15 o'clock. Tony cuccinello, coach for the Cleveland Indians, played 16 years in the major leagues as an infield- ..kf! O Inflelder Walt Freese of the St. Louis Browns, was an all- around athlete at the University.of Virginia. Waterfowl wintering In California this season totaled 5,687,000. This is an increase of 27 per cent over last year. When In February, 1950. the na- »f.on's sports writers were polled by xhe Associated Press on the outstanding athletes of the century, the women's division was a run-away fabulous Texan. "Like port wine the older I get the beter I get," jokingly remarked Mrs. Zaharias at-the time, warning she also planned to be the best Olympics at Los Angeles. She also won the high jump with a record leap but was disqualified for diving head-first over the bar. A three- event limit kept her out of the sprints and broad jump. She was twice All-America as a basketball forward, star of the national champion Dallas team, and was a home run slugger on a worn- athlete of the second half-century, j en's amateur baseball nine. In a tournament at Jersey City in 1830 She Is now 39. f Not even from men's ranks has anyone risen to challenge the Babe for the diversity of her achievements. Olympic Star As a tall, raw-boned girl of 18. she set world's records In the Javelin and 80-meter hurdles in the 1932 she rifled a baseball 296 feet while funs gaped. She once scored 106 points In a basketball game. She took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in an ;•. exhibition game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. She donned a football suit and worked out with Southern Metho- dist University at Dallas, Impressing on-lookers with her left-footed kicking. Possessed of remarkable muscular coordination, the Texas Phenomenon also shone in swimming, diving, bowling, fencing, lacrosse, billiards and even boxing before turning full-time to golf. The five-foot-six, powerfully-built Babe shot a 95 the first round of golf she ever played. In her first tournament she won medalist honors with a 77. That was 1934. She won the Women's National Amateur and the All-America Open while «weeping through J7 straight tournaments in 1946. In 1947 she became the first American to Win the British Amateur Women'! title. 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. Tim* Limit — Best 2 out of 3 Falls Adults 60c—Children 15c ALSO 2 1-FALL MATCHES Rodriquez vs. Welch Kit Fox vs. Malone SQ Minute Tim* Limit ATTENTION, COTTON GROWERS As a cotton grower, you are undoubtedly concerned over rising cosfi of production. The situation is alarming. Labor to hoe cotton is scarce and hard to find, especially after two or three rains, when everybody's crop gets grassy, somebody will not be able to get hoe- hands. Will that somebody be you? Would it nofbe wise now while you have time, to make plans to prevent weeds and grass from taking your crop? Niagara Chloro IPC will give your cotton a weed and grass free start and will control the weeds and grass for four to eight weeks. 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