The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 15, 1953 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 15, 1953
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FA'fl* RX iBOT 1JHJSI f ILLS (ARK.) 1 COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, APRIL IB, 199» Majors' Opening Day Is Full of Surprises By BEN PHLEGAlt AP Sportswrlter The major leagues' scriptwriters gave .it the old college try for opening day. . In seven games thty came up with an extra i n n i n g thriller won by a M i Iw a u k e e kie's homer- a one-hit sensation by Cleveland's Bob Lemon; come-from-bchind victoric Brooklyn and the Chicago Culis; the New York Yankees' first opening day shutout loss in rook by Brooklyn and the Chicago _ - ~ 17 years' a decisive setback for Robin Roberts, last year's l)cst pitcher, and an expert white- washing'of his former Detroit teammates by Virgil Trucks. Even the one postponement had a*— special twist The Boston Red Sox j • were forced to cancel both days of ^ a two-day series with Washington because of snow — the first snowcd- ' out game In Boston since 1933. Polar bear weather prevented generally, holding the total crowds to 176,269, almost 50,000 below expectations. The hardy souls who ventured out saw Milwaukee nip St. Louis. 3-2; Chicago edge Cincinnati, 3-2; Brooklyn whip Pittsburgh. 8-5. and New York defeat Philadelphia, 4-1. ST. LOUIS, (AP) — The St. Louis Browns? They love in National League encounters and, i em jn g t Looife — in the bleachers, in the grandstand, in the ^^Tov^cwS c-o':°Pinta- "PPer deck and in tire boxes. Particularly when the Browns come up with a thump- ling first-gams victory as they did last night, blasting the Tig- The Browns? They Love em in St. Louis lij '•" delphia over the Yankees 5-0; and st. Louis over Detroit, io-o. Minoso Gets Only Hit The day's largest crowd. 53.608 i watched Lemon give up a clean sin- I gle to Minnie Minoso in the first j Inning for the first and last Chicago hit. Only three other times did the White Sox get the ball out of the infield although four walks and two j errors gave them six other base runners. At Yankee Stadium, Casey Stengel ran up his fourth straight American League pennant. That was about the last thing the crowd of 23.534 had to cheer about because the A's Alex Kellner made the world champions j NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Milwaukee 2 0 Chicago 1 New York 1 look like minor leaguers the rest o! Brooklyn 1 the afternoon. st - Louls " Bruton's Homer Wins Philadelphia 0 The Yanks managed only five sin- Pittsburgh 0 gles. Vie Easchi, pounded early and Cincinnati 0 2 often, was the loser. AMERICAN LEAGUE Bill Bruton, a grinning, hollow- W L cheeked Negro rookie who probably Cleveland 1 0 li the fastest man in the majors. Philadelphia continued to write the Milwaukee St. Louis way back to Detroit, 10-0. —+ Most of the fans In the stands— j there were 11.804 on a windy, chilly night that had rain in the air—were | talkative.. They liked the idea of the Browns staying In St. Louis, but a unanimous vote of confidence for Bill Veock. the Browns' illustrious owner, was missing. Herb Martin, a 25-year-old St. Louisan. turned In his upper deck seat and keynotcd the fans' tone: "I think it's great that the club is Chicks Enter State Track Meet Friday The BIythevivIle Chicks enter their first full-scale track meet Friday when they journey to Jonesboro for the Arkansas State College track and field event. Coach Russell Mosley, with 14 boys on the squad, has come up with what may be a record-breaking half-miler and a top-notch mile relay team. Lack of a quarter mile cinder Chlldress. track together with rainy weather Pole vault — Norbett Blankenshlp. during, recent weeks has hampered BASEBALL STANDINGS Pet. 1.000 success story with a bold hand ns he homered in the 10th inning to i give the Braves a home town triumph over the Cardinals. • Ken Raffensberger. who has lost more games in the National League than any other active pitcher, dropped his 139th yesterday when Chicago scored two unearned runs In the eighth Inning to defeat Cincinnati, 3-2. before 21,222 Chicago fans. Joe Black Steps In The Dodgers bragged nil spring about their pitchers but they couldn't find one to go the route on ' opening day. Carl Ersklne was the choice and the Pittsburgh Pirates got rid of him with n fciui>run outburst in the fourth inning. Joe Black saved the day for the 12.433 Ebbets Field faithful as the Dodgers found the range for four runs in the fourth and fifth against Marry Dickson. Bobby Thomson sent the Giants away on top against Roberts tit Philadelphia as ho belted the Phils' ace for a home run with Davey Williams on base In the first inning. Roberts never had a chance. Washington Boston . New York Detroit ... Chicago W . 1 . 1 . 1 . 0 .. 0 . 0 . 0 0 1.000 1.000 .000 .000 .000 .000 Pet. 1.000 staying here. It's all right with me. It's perfect. Vfieck? I don't know about him. I didn't like that deal about moving them to Baltimore." "They BclonK" The American League didn't like j it either. Club owners vetoed Veeck's motion to move at a special spring meeting. That's the way it was at Busch CHICK TRACK MEN — Coach Russell Mosley's Chickasaw irack team goes to Arkansas State College, Jonesboro, Friday for an invitational meet. Middle-distance and relaw men pictured above are Billy Gilbow, Bob Childress, Billy Phillips, Billy Michael (back row, Irom the left) Kenneth Fisher, Charles Ray Hall, Bobby Hill and Fay Davis. The front row probably will comprise the mile relay team, with Hill a possibility of breaking into the quartet. (Courier News Photo) the work of the thlnclads. In informal participation in the Poplar Bluff Invitational meet last Friday the Chicks showed promising strength tn the events they entered. An impressive performance was turned in by Billy Phillips In taking first place in the 880 yard run Phillips set a new record in the event for the Poplar Bluff track with .the excellent time of 2:09.6. ' Two other meets are scheduled for the Chicks next week. Tuesday they return to Poplar Bluff and on the following Friday participate in the District Meet at Jonesboro. Following is one squad roster by events: 100 yard dash — Tommy Mosley, Ralph Snider. 220 yard dash — Tommy Mosley, Eugene Rhoades. 440 — Bob Childress, Kenneth Fisher. 880 — Billy Phillips, Ray Westbrook. 180 low hurdles — Billy Gilbow, Kenneth Fisher. Broad jump — Ralph Snider, Bob 0 1.000 i Stadium on opening night. 1.000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W I. Pet. Chattanooga Atlanta Little Rock New Orleans Birmingham Nashville Memphis Mobile 1.000 .600 .600 .503 .500 A0'.1 .333 ;200 Burdette Wins In County FFA Softball BtTRDETTE — The county-wide Future Farmers of America softball tournament got underway at Luxora yesterday with the Burdette chapter whipping Luxora by a 17-9 count. The Burdette team made 17 hits good for their runs while holding the losers to six safeties. Ten FFA chapters are entered in the tournament which hns no scheduled time for the playing of games. The tournament will be divided into a north and south division with the winners of the two dirlMons playing for the county championship. Other chapters entered in the tournament are: Blytheville. Dell, Wilson. Manila, Leachvllle. Shawnee, Reiser and Dyess. TODAY'S SCHEDULE SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Little Rock at New Orleans Atlanta at Chattanooga Memphis at Mobile Birmingham at Nashville AMEKICAN LEAGUE Philadelphia at Now York — Shantz (24-71 vs. Reynolds (20-0) Detroit at St. Louis—Wight (7- 0) vs. Pllletlc (10-13) Washington at Boston, postponed, -snow and wet i;rounds NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh at Brooklyn—Lindcll (-0) vs. Meyer (13-14) St. Louis at Milwaukee—Prcsko (7-101 vs Antonclll (0-0) New York at Philadelphia—Cor- \vin (6-1) or Henrn (14-7) vs Simmons (14-8) or Drews (14-15) Cincinnnti at Chicago — Judson (0-1) vs. winner U4-Q) Out In the bleachers. Mrs John Lord. 31-yenr-old housewife,' said she was with the Browns "all the way. This Is where they belong." Mrs. Lord and her husband, great fans, had cut short a visit to Georgia to come home for the season opener. "I can't blame Veeck for trying to make money." said Mrs. Lord. "But it's a dirty deal to move them." New Oivncr? The housewife had a tip In economics for the hard-pressed Veeck: "He ought to cut out all that foolishness — fireworks and things like that — and use the money to buy ballplayers." Tn the upper deck a minority stockholder in the Browns, Charles Johnston, wants "to see the Browns stay here. But I'd like to see them get a new owner. I don't think Veeck has any more Interest In the Browns than what he can make out of them." It. seems they still love 'em In St. Louis. TUESDAY'S ItESULTS NATIONAL LEAGUE Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 2 10 innings) New York 4 Philadelphia 1 Brooklyn 8 Pittsburgh S Chicago 3 Cincinnati 2 AMERICAN' LEAGUE St. Louis ]0 Detroit 0 Philadelphia 5 New York 0 Cleveland 6 Chicago 0 Washington at Boston, postponed snow and wet grounds SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Chattanooga 9 Atlanta 8 Birmingham 12 Nashville 8 Little Rock 2 New Orleans 1 Memphis 4 Mobile 3 Manila Gets 9-2 Win Over Dell MANILA — Behind the one-hit I pitching of Joe Dean Pierce. Manila rolled to its fourth straight Mississippi County prep league victory yesterday taking a 0-2 decision form Dell. Pierce fanned 14, walked one in setting the Dell club down In the seven-inning contest, which Is regulation for the league. Stnmey and Shelton pitched for Doll, giving up eight hits and five walks. Jerry Edwards who was Injured in a game last week, returned to the lineup and lashed out a double in the first Innmg for Manila. Ralph Wagner tripled for the winners in the fourth. Manila plays at Childress Friday afternoon. The Lions have not lost game in league play. McPhail Could Moke Page Win AP Newsfeaturcs • BALTIMORE Md. — Larry MacPhail. whose current athletic love 15 the Bowier ace course, still finds time to talk about baseball. And when he talks bnseball the former big league executive always t?ets around to talking about Joe Page. The Yankee club president and Page wrangled around awhile, then MncPhail informed Page: "That's the only contract you'll get. But I'll tell you what I'll do. On the first and fifteenth of every month, If Bucky Harris (then manager of the Yankees) •' says. 'Joe Page is my boy.' I'll come down to the clubhouse and slip you $2^500 in S100 bills." MacPhail said he paid Page "more than $20,000 that season In case once the prize reliefer of the New i notes. The next year, after I'd gone. York Yankees. When MacPhal handed Page n contract for tre 1947 season, the Yankee osuthpnw turned it down Hat, MacPhail. In turn, refused to add a single dollar to the pact. they gave him a $35,000 contract, and he wasn't worth 55,000." Pitcher Warren Hacker of the Chicago Cubs tmd a 2.58 earned run average in 1952. it was the best post- Four Time Yale Captain NEW HAVEN, Conn. fTP)—When Wally Kilrea, Jr., was named captain of the Yale 1953-54 varsity team recently it marked the fourth time he was elected a Yale team leader. Kilrea, son of the former Detroit Red Wing hockey star and now coach of the Johnstown team in the Eastern League, is also captain of the 1953 Yale golf team. As a freshman Wally was captain of both the yearling hockey and golf squads. Chick Team Gets Football Letters Sixteen boys were honored with Chickasaw B team football letters at a Blytheville High School assembly program yesterday. Most of the boys from Coach Jimmy Fisher's B squad are slated to compete for A team berths next year, Coach Russell Mosley pointed out. Receiving letters yesterday were: ' Freddie Beecham, Ray Westbrook, , Earl Hyde, Dean Pankey, Joe Whisenhunt, Dexter West, Terry Vail, Bob Black, Pay Davis, Harry Brown, Allen Shanks, Frank Fowler, Jackie Halstead, cd by a Cub pitcher since Hank ] Robert Birmingham, George Stan- Borowy's 2.14 in 1945. field and Billy Colston. High jump — Earl Hyde, Norbett Blankenship. Shot put — Billy Michael, Bob Chlldress. Discus — Bob CHlldress, Billy Michael. 440 relay — Mosley, Snider. Phillips, Childress. 880 relay — Rhoaaes. Fisher, Sam turn, Bobby HUH. Mile relay — Childress,' Gilbow. Phillips, and Hill or Michael. - '48 English Ford, perfect ..?250 '46 Buick Super, sound, new paint '48 Chrysler 4-door The Fabulous Babe — Colorful and Unpredictable By WILL GKIMSLEY NEW YORK (AP) _ After winning thb British Women's Golf Championship at Gnl- Jane, Scotland, June 12, 10-17 — the first American to achieve t h e feat — Babe Diclrikson iahanas immediately began dancing a victory jig. The staid British golf gallery looked on goggle-eyed at first, then broke into a chorus of laughter. They loved it. As the Babe danced, one timid bystander edged up close and asked her in low tones how come she could hit a golf ball so far. "I Just loosen my girdle and let the ball have It," the wise-cracking Texan replied. The Babe, seriously ill at Beaumont, Tex., may have competed In her last athletic event. If so, the sports world has lost the active services of one of Us most colorful and unpredictable as well as its greatest athletes. Greatest Woman The muscular Texas girl, the sixth of seven children of an immigrant Norwegian ship's carpenter, will go down In history as the greatest woman athlete of modern times. She also will be remembered as the most uninhibited — a tun-loving, wisecracking girl who was constantly shocking her friends and fans. In a Western Women's open Golf Tournament at Philadelphia in 1951 the Babe halted proceedings of her tnateh with Patty Berg and called three companions around her.. There, with 3.000 spectators looking bug-eyed, she removed a white nylon slip and nonchalantly tossed It to her caddy. "Too hot." .she commented, striding to the next toe. Once a sports writer noticed the Babe looking at him very intently and he became uncomfortable, finally asking her what was the matter. "Did you know," said the Babe seriously, eyeing (her reporter's crew cut. "your hair cut, would make a perfect Brn.ssle lie." Another time site greeted a sports writer with the remark: "Are you the guy who took pictures of my feet In Jersey?" Once when n man offered her the honor of teeing off fjrM,, me Babe politely refused. "You better hit first," she said, "cause it's the last time you'll get the honor, nnd you better bust a good one if you don't want to be outdrove 20 yards by a gal." Billy Be a 11 Named Head Coach of Osceola Seminoles Billy BeMl, actlnpr head conch at Osceola since February, has been officially named head coach of the Seminoles, C- Franklin Sanders, superintendent, announced yesterday. Born at Osceola and a graduate of Osceola High School. Coach Bcall attended the University of Missouri and Memphis State Cil- Icgo, whore he graduated with a B, S. degree, Ho received a Masters from the University of Mississippi. 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