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Blytheville, Arkansas
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BLYTHEVTLLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS MONDAY, APRIL W, v 19(51 So Far, Baseball Just Full of the Unexpected By JOE REICHLER AP. Sports Writer The 1953 hiajor league baseball season is go i n g to be chock-full of surprises, if the first week is any criterion. Just look what happened yesterday, the first Sunday of the campaign, and only the seventh playing day. 1. Alex Kellner, who dropped six | Yankees last year, shut out the world champions for the second time within six days. The tall Phil- tdelphia Athletics' left-hander became the first pitcher in 29 years to blank the Yanks twice in a row, An ll-lnnlng 6-3 win over the Tigers yesterday gave the Browns a sweep of the three-game series ii Detroit and extended their winning streak to four In a row, Masterson Comes Rack i. Walter Masterson, discardei by the Red Sox last summer as fil two-hitting them, 3-0, In the sec- | washed up, turned on his fonnei ond game of yesterday's double-1 mates with a flve-hitter. fanning header. He turned them back, 5-0, on five hits opening day. 2. Bobby Shanz, who didn't lose two In a row last year until early in September, dropped his second straight start when the Yanks defeated him, 5-2, in the first game. The Yankees also took him to camp, 4-1, last Wednesday. 3. The St. Louis Browns, gen- •rally picked to finish deep In the second division, are leading the American League today with five triumphs In six games. nine, as he pitched the Washingtoi Senators to a 4-0 triumph over Boston. 5. Although they accumulatec only nine hits off five Pittsburgh pitchers, the Brooklyn Dodgers were recipients of 14 bases on balls am stole four bases to overwhelm the Pirates, 12-4, The result boosted the Dodgers' first-place lend in the National League to one full game over St. Louis and dropped the Pirates into the cellar with four defeats In five starts. Looks' Lane Sets Southern on Fire By VERNON BUTLER Associated Prwa Sporti "Writer Broad-shouldered Gerry Lanfe of Chattanooga took a look at his earned run average today after three route-going performances. He is doing all right. The E. R. A. is to a pitcher what the batting averages are to other players, and Lane's perfect 0.00 after 25 Innings should make baseball circles buzz all the' way up to Washington, where Chatanooga's Senator parents hang out. Lane, who previously threw nlne- !nning shutouts at Memphis and Alanta. had worked 23 scoreless Innings yesterday when an error by Leroy Dietzel on , a harmless roller presented Birmingham Its only score in the Lookouts' 8-1 victory. Lanes' pitching gave Chattanooga a split of the doubleheader and kept the defending champs In first place. Two Tonight Birmingham coped the opener, 4-3. despite a 2-run homer by Lookout Roy Hawes. Hawes hit for the circuit in each game. Little Rock hustled into second place with s twin victory over edged Alanta, 3-2. to trrow the Crackers, Vols and Barrens into a 3-way deadlock for fourth place behind the Memphis Chicks, who divided a doubleheader with New Orleans, The Pels won, 17-6.. In the first game and Memphis took the second 5-2. It was too cold in j Nashville for Alanta ana the Vols 1 to play their second game. Only two games are on tap for tonight. Birmingham is at Chattanooga and New Orleans at Mobile. The Little Rock sweep came from good hitting In the first game and good pitching in the second. The Travelers—shut out for five innings —erupted for six rum In the sixth and they were enough to win. Ralph Atkins homered with two on and Manager Paul Campbell flailed a 2-run pinch triple. Verne Williamson, tiny righthander, scattered seven hits in a smooth nightcap pitching Job. New Orleans batted around twice In scoring 12 runs in the first inning of the first-game rout of Mem-1 phis. Three errors, three walks and I nine hits had the birds flying all over the base paths. Rookie Gerald | Speck set down New Orleans on eixj hits In the second game. Jack Harshman, Nashville's former home run king, posted his third straight mound victory as the Vols declsioned The lefthander blanked the Crackers except in the eighth. Both Harshman and loser Bill Denny gave their clubs,the first route-going performances of the season. 6. The Cardinals scored two runs on two Milwaukee double plays enough to give thorn a 4-3 victory over the Braves In a game that was halted in the first inning cause of a snow-Hurry. A blinding snow, Incidentally, halted the Pirate-Dodger game In Pittsburgh for 37 minutes. Weather Poor Snow, rain and cold weather forced postponements of scheduled doubleheaders between Cleveland and the White Sox In Chicago, and Chicago and the Redlegs In Cincinnati. Unplayable weather conditions also wiped out a scheduled game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Kellner's feat highlighted Sunday's diamond activities. The 28- year-oid native of Tucson, Ariz,, did,not walk a batter. He faced only 28 Yankees. A double and triple by Gene WooclIIng spoiled his bid for no-hitter. The A's collected 10 hits oft loser Jim McDonald and Whitey Ford but Gus Zernlal's dome run was all Kellner needed. Two-run singles by veteran Johnny \t\ze and rookie Bill Renna helped Ewell Blftckwcll to his first game win. The last time a pitcher shut out the Yankees in two successive starts was in 1034 when Schoolboy Rowe of the Tigers blanked them, 2-0, in New York Aug. 17, and again in De,rot fay the same score Sept, 18, Brownies in Uphill Fight A three-run outburst In the Hth lighllghted by Bobby Young's clutch single and daring base-run- ling, gave the Browns their uphill vin over Detroit. Relief pitcher vtarlin Stuart, former Tiger, gained Us second win over his former nates in two days. Satchel Paige, he ageless wonder, saved Stuart's win with a neat relief job, his third n the iast four games. Ned Garer, traded by St. Louis to Detroit ust August, lost his second straight o his ex-teammates. Jackie Jensen's double and triple laced the Senators to their first ictory of the year. Roy Cnmpanelln and Duke Snider rove in four runs apiece, Jackie lobinson reached base for the ighth straight time and rookie unior Gllliam stole three bases as he Dodgers made It three In a row vcr the hapless Pirates. Stan MusLal's first home run, In the fifth Inning, snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Cardinals their second win in three games to boost then) into second place. Bill Bruton. the flashy Braves rookie center fielder, continued his spectacular hitting, collecting two of Milwaukee's eight safeties, to give him 10 hits In 18 times at bat. Sports Roundup— Armour Sounds Off On Follow-Through By GAYLE TALBOT New York (AP) — There must be a couple of million thwarted golfers in this country, besides me, who have been wondering all these years why it is so tromeendously important to follow through. Every book of instruction we ever waded through warned on every fourth page that the pupil who didn't follow through was a gone goslin. We have »at many times and pondered this strange aspect of an otherwise lairly uncomplicated game. Spencer Is Real Old Oriole By HARRY GRAYSON NEA SiwrU Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Daryl Spencer strikingly demonstrated thai the ball players of today are not as soft as they generally are pictured. Left in a Nashville hospital by a frightful whack on the cheek by a Mike Garcia f a,s t ball on Wednesday, young Spencer, patched up, was back at third base for the Giants four days later. The fearsome injury required 11 stitches in his lips. Several teeth were loosened, others chipped. "I didn't think he'd be back till Labor Day,' 'said Al Lopez of the Indians. "He's a real old Oriole." The pennant-winning Baltimore Orioles of 1894-95-96 revolutionized baseball, but no doubt will bt remembered longest because they are referred to every time a modern player brushes off an injury. The damage to Spencer precluded his eating solids. He had to subsist on a soft diet, principally soup. So the New York Nationals literally opened the season with a hungry ball player. "I like hungry ball players," said Leo Durocher. "Daryl probably will be so weak that he'll hit a couple into the seats." Opinion s have been expressed both ways regarding the 23-year- old Spencer's hitting. Alvin Dark Joins those who contend the six-foot-two-and-a-half- Inch, 185-pound Kansan is a lock if he hits. Ringer for Kerr Spencer convinced Al Dark he had plenty of core before bouncing right back after the massage from Garcia. "He showed it to me going down after ground balls, putting the ball on runners and in other ways," says the top kick of the Polo Grounders. "Buddy Kerr had the best pair of i hands I ever saw ,and Spencer Is a! ringer for him In the field. | "There is no reason why he | shouldn't hit. There's nothing wrong , with his swing, but you can't tell about a major league hitter until he hits major league pitching." Specner. four years In the chain, • batted .265 against big league pitch-' ing In 34 exhibition games, tied for the leadership of the Jints In doubles, home runs and runs scored. Pull Hitler so I would be accustomed to It In case he wanted to make a change. His experimenting with Whitey Lockinan at first base two springs Spencer Is a right-hand pull hit-1 HBO paid rich dividends." ter to such an extent that they used the Ted Williams shift in reverse against him In the American Association. There he manufactured 27 home runs the hnrd way. for the right field fence Is the inviting target in Minneapolis. The friendly left field wall and stand beckon him at the Polo Grounds. Dark wishes to make It clear he has no objection to switching to second base to make room for Speu- cer at shortstop, where the new hand is considered the veteran s superior. Dark doesn't make the long throw too ivell. His having to hurry it sometimes forces him into errors. "It makes no difference to me j where I play," explains the Louisiana State alumnus. "I'd be paid | the same, and won't play at all if I j don't hit. Baseball has reachec the stage when.even the greatest shortstop can't play regularly if he doesn't hit. i "Leo asked me to play second base ! Manager Durocher line.!!" decided that Davey Williams would pack his wcisSt at bat. Besides, with Willie Mays retained by the Army, Bobby Thomson was required in center field, not available for third base. Durocher felt that Spencer's extraordinary arm would be more useful at third than at second. He wanted to see more of Spencer before breaking up an establsihed double play combination. As Al Dark stresses, hitting will determine the Giants' infield. Osceo/a Lists Grid Slate For '53 Season Coach Bill Beall of Osceola High School's football team released his senior and junior football schedules for the 1953 season today. The senor schedule shows two new mem- >ers in the Blytheville Chlcltasaws and the Pocahontas eleven. Both these teams once were regular opponents of the Seminoles, jut neither team has appeared on ,he Seminole schedule In several •ears. The last time the Osceola and Blytheville teams got together was n 1935. The Pocahontas team will >e making their first start against a Semlnole team since the middle orties. SENIORS: Sept. 11 Blytheville Sept. 18 Paragould Sept. 25 West Memphis Oct. 2 Burdette 9 Pocahontas 16 Parkin 23 Portagevllle, Mo. 30 Bnrtlett, Tenn. 6 Wilson 13 Open 20 Piggott 26 Marked Trea JUNIORS: Sept. 24 Keiser Oct. 1 Marked Tree 8 Paragould 15 Open 22 Kelser 29 Blythevlll* 5 Piggott Oct. Oct. Oct. Oct. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov. Oct. Oct. Oct. Oct. Nov. There Here Tnere Here Here There Here Here There Here There Here There There There There Here Why. we would ask ourselves, Is il necessary for a player to strike a picture pose, his club poised grace fully over his off-shoulder, after he already has slugged the ball and il Is long since on Us way toward the woods? We had about despaired of ever finding the answer, and when the mailman dropped Tommy Armour's "How to Learn Your Best Golf" on our desk it was with some resignation that we prepared to absorb one more lesson how to follow through. We p were not equipped for the emotional experience which followed. Not Important "You may find to your horror," says the Grey Scot without warning, "that I never mention or picture the complete follow-through except in discussing bunker shots. That means I've left out some very graceful and eye-catching pictures I could have used in this book. "But I'm convinced that any emphasis on the follow-through golf instruction is just one more thing for the pupil to remember, and one which won't help him. There are two reasons for this. "First, if the ball Is hit correctly, it's on its way anyhow, and It doesn't matter how you follow through, and if it has been hit correctly you are hound to follow through—naturally. Secondly, it's a peculiar thing, but the people who concentrate specifically on following through are often the very ones who quit on a shot in the actual hitting area." J. C. Guard Wins Optometrists' Golf Tourney Blytheville not only walked off with nn election win at the Arkansas Optometric Association meeting In Little Rock last week, but also took honors In the 18-hole golf tournament held for members at Little Rock Country Club. Jnmes C. Guard, 826 Indiana, took the first place trophy in the handicap medal play event from a field of 17 entries. Indian Booked For Mot Card Indian Kit Fox and Lester Welch team up tonight in the American Legion's weekly wrestling match to take on tough Carlos Rodriquez and Sailor Moran. In the preliminaries, Rodriquez meets Welch and Kit Fox takes on Moran. First bout is elated to get underway at 8:15 in the Legion's auditorium on North Second Street. Girls Show Sportsmanship PHOENIX, Ariz. UP)—Edcan Anderson of Montana won like a champion and Mrs. Lyle Bowman of California lost like one. That was the story today of the 23rd annual Trans-Mississippi golf tournament, which the 23-year-old long hitter from Helena won, 2 up, on the 36th hole yesterday, Six down at the end of 10 holes, Edean managed to stroke back Into contention, square the match on the 31st hole and take the lead on the 32nd. From there she held on against the determined efforts ol the losing titltst from Richmond, Cnlif. Osceola Squad In District 38 Meet Thursday Although their showing was blotted out in the Arkansas State College Invitational Track Meet last week, by schools of all classifications, the Osceola High School Seminole track team expects to prove their talents in the track and field events in the District 3B Track Meet Thursday at Arkansas State College, according to Coach Bill Beall. Donnie Dunn will carry the purple and gold colors in the discus and broad jump in field events and will, enter the 100 and 220 yard dashes In the cinders. Russell Thompson, Osceola's number two dash man, will be entered h. the 220 and the relays. Distance runners for the Seminole track squad are Jerry Burns, Kenny 'Cole, Donnie Shoemake, George Jones and Russ Duclos. Burns in his first time on the cinders ran a respectable 2:23 half mile In the Invitational Meet. Cole will also throw the shot for the Semlnole thinclads. The relay teams will be selected from the above listed runners. In the junior division, Coach Charley Ada IT will have such speedsters as Ben Wells. Tom Pat Harley, Jimmle Robbins, Larry Hulsey and J. W. Reese to choose from to run the dashes and relaj's. Wells, an eighth grader, might possibly bring home some ribbons in the dashes. The youthful athlete has shown great promise in workouts and Coach Adair feels it will take a fast lad to beat him in the dashes. And within breathing distance of Wells Is Jimmie Robbins, a ninth grade speedster. BASEBALL STANDINGS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. OB Brooklyn t 1 .800 St. Louis 2 1 .807 1 Milwaukee 2 2 .500 l</ 3 New York 2 2 .600 1 Chicago 1 1 .500 1 Cincinnati 1 2 .333 2 Philadelphia I 2 .333 2 Pittsburgh 1 3 .250 2!/2 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. OB St. Louis 5 I New York 4 2 Philadelphia 3 3 Chicago 2 2 Cleveland 2 Boston 1 .833 .667 .500 .500 .500 2 .333 2V, Washington 1 2 .333 2 J4 Detroit 1 5 .107 4 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. Chattanooga 5 2 Little Rock 7 Memphis 5 Atlanta t 4 Birmingham 4 Nashville 4 New Orleans 4 Mobile 3 I'KSTERDAY'S RESULTS NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn 12 Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 4 Milwaukee 3 Philadelphia at New York ponecl, cold Chicago at Cincinnati (2) poned, wet grounds .714 .036 .556 .500 .500 .500 .400 .273 post- post- AMERICAN LEAGUE New York 5-0 Philadelphia 2-3 Washington 4 Boston 0 St. Louis 6 Detroit 3 (11 innings) Cleveland at Chicago (2) postponed, cold. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Nashville 3 Atlanta 2, second game postponed Birmingham 4-1 Chattanooga 3-5 New Orleans 17-2 Membphis 6-5 Little Rock 7-6 Mobile 5-1 TODAY'S GAMES NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia at New York — Roberts (0-1) vs Jansen (1-0) Brooklyn at Pittsburgh —- Meyer (1-0) vs Friend (0-0) Milwaukee at St. Louis, (night)— Spahn (1-0) vs Presko (0-0) or Miler (0-0) Only games scheduled AMERICAN LEAGUE Washington at Boston (2)—Marrero (0-0) and Porterfield (0-1) vs Parnell (0-0) and McDermott (0-0) Only games scheduled SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Birmingham at Chattanooga New Orleans at Mobile Only games scheduled Chickasaws Enter Relays Tomorrow The Chickasaw track team of Coach Russell Mosley enters its final competition preparatory to the District Thre» meet at Jonesboro Thursday when they take part in the Popular Bluff Relays tomorrow. Collins-Carter Head Week's Fight Fare Champion Has Slight- Edge NEW YORK M>) — .Tommy Collins, the hottest attraction in the lightweight division, takes aim at the title Friday night when he f-ces champion Jimmy Carter in j 15-rounder at the Boston Ota-den. Carter a journeyman fighter with a strong chin, is a 13 to 10 favorite to whip the 23-year-old Boston Irishman with choir boy face and the power-packed fists. Although he hasn't won in his last three outings, the 29-year-old New York negro has been made the choice because of Collins' china chin. The Boston Golden Boy generally knocks out his opponents or gets kayoed himself. The 9 p. m. CST, bout will be bro'*^cast ABC and telecast NBC coast to coast. Lightweights Orlando Zulueta of Cuba and Joey Brown of New Orleans are rated even money for their Wednesday ten rounder at the Baltimore Coliseum. Starting at 9 p. m. CST, the bout will be telecast coast to coast CBS Light heavyweights Chuck Speiser of Detroit and Frank E'avaro- of Minneapolis tangle in the eight round feature at Detroit's Motor City arena Thursday night. The 9 p. m.* CST, bout will be telecast to some areas by ABC, Tommy Harrison of Los Angeles, and Wes Bascom of East St Louis, III., a pair of ranking 175-pounders, meet in the top ten rounder at the St. Louis Winter Garden Saturday night. This bout starts at 8 p. m., CST, and will be telecast coast to coast by ABC. It's another even money fight. Marathon On Today BOSTON W) — A fleet foreign ield hedaed by Finland's Veikko Karvonen, Sweden's Karl GOfita Leandersson and 1952 winner Ma- :eo Flores of Guatemala is expected to produce the , victor in today.'s 57th Boston A .A. marathon. Luxora Wins Over Monette LUXORA—Luxora's Tigers opened their 1953 baseball season here yesterday with a 7-5 Win over Monette. Gene White and Tuna Quails combined to hold Monette to six hits while the tigers were pounding the offerings of Ernie Crone for ten solid blows. The fireworks came In the first inning when Monette scored three and Luxora, five. Terry O'Neal, Luxora second 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 asree to abide by all the rules of the league as set forth by the Coaching Committee and the Board of Commissioners. Name Age Read Courier News Classified Ads Address School — Phone • Date of Birth Mail or Take ro^Blyrheville Y _ J MINNOWS from Oznrk Fish Hatchery Also Roaches & Worms 24 Hour Service LUTES' S. Highway (il Ph. 48(59 BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, April 20 8:15 p.m. 4-MAN TAG MATCH Carlos Rodriquez & Sailor Moran vs. Lester Welch & Kit Fox 90 Min. Time Limit — Best 2 out of 3 Falls Adults 60e—Children 15c ALSO 2 1-FALL MATCHES Rodriquez vs. Welch Kit Fox vs. Moron 30 Minute Time Limit If you enjoy fine Bourbon -Ask for DISTIUED AND BOTTtED BY YEHCWSTONE, ATTENTION FARMERS Be sure to have your COTTONSEED and SOYBEANS TESTED for GERMINATION. Woodson • Tenent Laboratories Licensed Grain Inspectors 612 West Ash St. Blytheville, Ark. 1 It will be the second showing of the Chicks on the Poplar Bluff cinder paths this year, though the first was merely an Informal appearance in a few events. ^ Entered among a field of 16 teams • in tomorrow's relays, the Chicks will take part In all events except the 110-yard high hurdles. Senior Billy Phillips, fresh from a new half-mile mark in the Northeast Arkansas meet at Arkansas State College last Friday, will be seeking to better his own record of 2:09.6 for the Poplar Bluff oval which he set in the Chicks' appearance there a week ago last Friday. Another point-maker for the Chicks at Jonesboro Friday, Tommy Mosley, will be running for the Chicks in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. Speedster Mosley tallied points in both these events and also held down a spot on the 440-yard relay at the NEA meet. : Another multiple-event entry for the Chicks is Bob Childress, who runs in the 440-yard relay and the . mile relay teams. Both of these relay teams placed in the meet Friday and are expected to count points for the Chicks tomorrow. ; In addition to Mosley and Childress, the quarter-mile relay team / consists of Ralph Snider and Phil- •; ' lips. Holding down posts on the mile relay together with Childress and Phillips are Billy Gilbow and Bobby , Lee Hill. ; Other members of the Chick traveling squad are Eugene Rhoades, '• Kenneth Fisher, Ray Westbiook, i Norbett Blankenship, Earl Hyde. ; Billy Michael, Sam Lum. i baseman, homered in the with none on. Quails got ten strikeouts in the six innings he worked. Next Sunday, the Tigers entertain Dyersburg here. Monettc — 300 010 001 — 5 Luxora — 501 100 OOx — 7 ARE YOU PAVING THE STREETS WITH * • "I M.I III I" GOLD? You are if your wheels are out of linel WE WILL ALIGN YOUR WHEELS TO FORD FAC- TORY SPECIFICATIONS hronlf 6.50 -*••& 300 Broadway Phone 4453 TV Service -Center, NEIL ROSS Trained Technician for radio and television repair, industrial electronics, and basic radio engineering. For Service Dial 3816 Attention, Farmers! Planning to fertilize before planting:? Have your ammonia applied with modern John BIu equipment. CALL 3837 G. Wheeler Cusom Fertilizing Co. ; formerly Smith .t Brofdon . •i Frigidaire • Refrigerators • Electric Ranges • Deep Freezers • Washers, Dryers & Ironers • Air Conditioners • De-Humidifiers • Frigidaire Halsell & White Furniture Co. MAIN & DIVISION IN BLYTHEVILLE PHONE 6096

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