The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 21, 1953 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 21, 1953
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PAGE EIGHT" BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 1958 Bosox Sole Asset Is One Long Ball Knocker By ED CORIUGAN AP Sports Writer How often during the spring do you hear the plaint of major league managers: "Just give me one long ball hitter. Then we'd show them." Manager Lou Boudrenu of the Boston Red Sox doesn't have to worry on that count— he's got the long ball, hitter, but not much else. Young Dick Gernert, his first Jnnsen by setting Leo Durocher's •• • ' - operatives down with three hits, 2-1. The Phillies could do little with Jansen's offerings until Jolin- baseman. Is Just what the doctor ordered as cleanup man. He may not get many hits, but that inviting left field fence in Fenway Prk is a fair target for his big blows. The "Bobby Sox," as they're beginning to call Boudreau's kid outfit around the circuit, won a Patriots' Day doubleheader from the Washington Senators yesterday, 4-2 and 11-4, with Gernert clouting two home runs in the first game and one more in the second. He almost had a fourth in the after- piece, but it went for a double, barely missing the center field bleachers. Weak Last iear Oernert is an Interesting case. He batted only .243 after he was brought up from Louisville last season, but he had 19 home runs. good enough to lead the club. He collected 89 hits and 41 of them— almost half—were for extra bases Now he has picked up right where he left off In '52. In 21 times at the plate, he has made six hits— ihree home runs, two doubles and one single. If his long ball is to mean anything, though, Boudreau will have to get someone on base ahead of him. He batted in only 67 runs last year. In yesterday's first game, both his home runs accounted for a total of two runs baited in. His first round-tripper in the second inning was the first Boston run after 19 scoreless innings. Mel Parnell, Ellis Kinder nnd Bill Kennedy combined to hurl a good game, though, ao not so much In the way of run production was needed. The second game was closer for seven Innings. But in the bottom of the seventh, the Sox exploded for seven runs against the Senators, and got rid of Bob Porterfield In short order. Gcrncrt's double was the big blow, accounting for three runs. Cards Crush Braves The St. Louis Cardinals crushed the Milwaukee Braves under a 13- hit barrage, 9-4. Steve Bllko, the Card first baseman, -who is up for his fourth try, knocked in four runs with a home run and a single to spearhead the attack. In the only other action In the majors, Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies evened the .score with the New York Giants' Larry ny WyrostcVc hit a home run In the sixth. Then Granny Hnmnei broke it up with another homer in the ninth. Mobile Tops Pels With Late Rally By The Associated Presi Tom Lakos, stubby righthamled reliefer for Mobile, certainly can't complain of inactivity these days In three days, the 5-foot-O fire- on in four „ — a* decision— but he hasn't lost one either. Lakos, who had a 5-0 record last year with St. Paul and Mobile, , man has been called games. He hasn't won Hunters Get Bear For Coronation DUNSMU1R, Calif.—L. D. (Babe) Taylor, Dunsmuir sportsman, trekked on a most unusual hunting trip. He was a member of a party in British Columbia hunting bear caps for Queen Elizabeth's coronation. Taylor Is a member of the Hungry Hunters Club of Dunsmuir, but this was one time he Wasn't hungry, at least not for bear. "There were Just too many bear up there to make It sporting," he declared when he returned. "They have a tremendous wealth of game In the LIllooL district where we hunted, but after having to work for game like we do down here, you jufit can't enthuse about sitting down and letting your bear walk Into you. The six men in Taylors' group shot 17 bear in two days, He hunted with Bert Lehman, expert Ulloet guide and member of Associated Guides of Vancouver, B.C. The Guides had been commissioned to obtain 700 black bear to provide bearskin Rhakos for the could have climbed Into the winner's circle last night if he had held on for one more inning. The Bears rallied behind Vincente Lopez for three runs in the ninth to edge New Orleans, 6-5. The Birmingham game at Chattanooga was postponed because of cold weather, and no other teams were scheduled. Until last night, Lakos hadn't allowed an earned run In his iron- man relief role. But he was touched for four hits and three runs, all earned, in his two Innings against the Pels. Bill Sharman, Mobile centerfleld- cr, connected for his third home run of the season In the second with one man on and tied the score at 2-all. The victory pulled Mobile to within a half a game of seventh- place New Orleans. Chattanooga still leads the league, but Little Rock Is close on the Lookouts' heels. Chattanooga opens a series with Nashville In the Lookouts' home park tonight, and Little Rock goes to Memphis. Atlanta travels to Binnlngham and New Orleans has another date in Mobile. Too Many Spring Games PHILADELPHIA lfl>) — Steve O'Neill, manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, thinks that teams play too many games in spring training. "Playing every clay Is a mistake," . will require ,1,000 new bonnets for the coronation. orOVlfle ueaiSKin KnaKOS lui t,iic i-ta^ing evuiy utiy 1.1 u unamin-, Queen's Royal Guards. The Guards claims O'Neill. "Five games a week ... plenty. It, tires the players to play too many games." BASEBALL STANDINGS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. Brooklyn 4 l .800 St. Louis 3 1 .150 Philadelphia 2 2 .500 Chicago 1 1 .500 Milwaukee 2 3 .400 New York 2 3 .400 Cincinnati 1 2 .333 Pittsburgh ...... 1 3 .250 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. St. Louis 5 New York 4 Boston .. .. Philadelphia Chicago Cleveland Washington Detroit .833 .607 .600 .500 .500 .500 .200 .167 GB SOUTHERN ASSOCIATIOiN Chattanooga Little Rock Memphis Atlanta Birmingham \ashvllle New Orleans Mobile W L 1'ct. W L Pet 5 2 .714 4 .630 4 .556 4 .500 4 .500 4 .500 7 .364 8 .333 Yesterday's Results NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia 2 New York 1 St. Louis 9 Milwaukee 4 Brooklyn at Pittsburgh postponed cold weather. AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 4-11 Washington 2-4 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Mobile 8 New Orleans 5 r oday's Games NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn at Philadelphia—Meyer 1-0) vs Simmons (1-0) New York at Pittsburgh—Maglie 1-0) vs Friend (0-1) Cincinnati at St. Louis—Perkow- ki (0-0) vs Haddix (1-0) AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston at New York—Grlssom 0-0) vs Reynolds (1-0) Chicago at Detroit—Pierce (1-0) 3 Herbert (0-1) St. Louis at Cleveland—Brecheen Byrd (0-1) vs Stobbs (0-0) Philadelphia at Washington — Byrd (-1) vs Stobbs (0-0) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Ulanta at Birmingham Mashvllle at Chattanooga .ittle Rock at Memphis !ew Orleans at Mobile Who Has Sore Feet? ENID. Okla. I/Ft— Dorothy Welty. n entrant in the U.S. Highway 60 ssociatlon's coast to const mara- hon race for women, should be able o take care of any sore feet. She is nurse's aid. Honest Rainmaker Got 8 G's fo Keep Park Dry NEW YOKK By HARRY GRAYSON NBA Sports Editor — (NEA) — "The Honest Rainmaker" (Double-day, ?3.50. By A. J. Liobling) is off and running with the baseball clubs and the northern racing: season. It's the funniest opus about a sports character since Ring Lardner pinned "You Know Me, Al." But unlike Lardner's bush-league ball player, who was fictional, Col. John R. Stingo, central figure of "The Honest Rainmaker," is real and very much alive. The Colonel, real name James Aloyisius Macdonald, at the turn of the century was one of this country's great racing writers. He was so glib with a typewriter thut R famous editor wanted him to write editorials for his chain of newspapers. He has one of the finest natural styles of his generation, although, like a pitcher with too much stuff, he sometimes rms a little trouble finding the plate. His mind is stored with sufficient curious lore to stock an encyclopedia of genteel larceny, He has been just everywhere any chance acquaintance in a room \vith mahogany fixtures can mention. Early in his career, the Colonel took to heart the legend of the old shiek, who, on his deathbed, left to his son the precious tip from the feed box: "Never work a day. Never play cnrds witli guys who don't work. And never, never take an honest dollar." IT WAS ALL the old shiek had to leave because he had bet on his own horses. The Colonel never bets on anybody's horses. He just touts others, when he isn't promoting a gold mine west of the Missouri, a kalsomined robin or the Great American Hog Syndicate, all ep- isodia recounted In this probably immortal book. Episodia Is one of the Colonel's own words, like tease, which to him means money. The most hrillant of all the ep'isodia is the one that gives "The Honest Rainmaker" its title. It's an account of how Colonel Stingo and a couple of scientific associates parlayed United States Weather Bureaus Tables into a small fortune. They began by "guaranteeing" a certain number of Inches of rain to wheat fanners in a part of California where they said It usually rained that much anyway. They had nothing to lose but their shirts, which were frayed at the cuff and collar. the infield that looked like caull- flowered armor from an ancient battlefield. Mr.. Wlclener hadn't looked up the weather bureau tables. It rained only one day of the meeting and the scientific combine collected 58,000, no sneezeable amount of tease in those, depression and prohibition days. This happened In 1030, when blokes less Ingenious were selling apples. Today the Colonel, at 79, Is as light of foot and wit as ever. He inhabits a New York hotel called the Dixie, which he refers to ns his club, and keeps his favorite taverns, about 35 or 100 of them, lively. He writes a column for a rain from falling during the fall I weekly newspaper, which appears meeting at the capital of American | only on Sunday afternoon and Is dated Monday. That leaves the • Colonel a lot of time for the spin- THEY SET Ul' a contraption In I ning of episodia. Twenty years later, they pulled a switch on the same technique at Belmont Park. Where they promised Joseph E. Widener. one of the coldest and wisest o[ all multimillionaires, that they would stop racing. IN JOE LIEBLINO, who did the listening and writing, the Colonel found a perfect battery mate. Liebllng is a, although.not abstenlous ex-newspaperman who has written for the New York Woi Id-Telegram in 1935. He wears the red ribbon of the French Legion of Honor. He once made a' speech at the annual convention of the American Society of Newspaper editors, wtiere he proposed a pulitzer prize for the biggest He of the year, a proposition on which he got no action. At heart, Llebling is a son of the old shiek, like the Colonel. "The Colonel is a born writer who became a kind of con man," says Chevalier Liebling. "I am a born con man who became a kind of a writer." They make a delicious combination. nnouncemen It is with pleasure we announce MR. DON HALEY has been secured to manage the Allen Petroleum Co. and will assume this position today. Mr. Haley is no stranger in this territory, having lived here much of his life, He lives at 301 E. Kentucky with his wife and son. Mr. Haley will be available to our many friends and customers when needed. We will appreciate you stopping by our office to see him at your convenience. ALLEN PETROLEUM Co Hot Springs Alters Plans For Negroes Pitchers Sent To Knoxville At Last Minute HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) In an hour bow to Cotton States League harmony, the Hot Springs baseball club has backed down from its plan to use two Negro pitchers. The club announceo last nit?ht- J\ist 24 hours before the class C circuit's opening games — that It had optioned Jim and Lcander Tugerson, brothers of Florence Villa, Fla., to Knoxville, Tenn., of tiie class D Mountain States League. At the same time, however, the Bather management let it be known it Is not giving up its fight to break down the racial barriers in the league embracing Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The announcement said the Tug- ersons. stars for Indianapolis of | the Negro American League last year, were being sent down on 24- hour recall and expressed hope that "other members of the league will reconsider the matter so we can recall these players." The Cotton States League voted April 6 to revoke Hot Springs' franchise, with league president Al WOMAN'S WORLD—Masakc Xiatsura became the first woman ever to compete in the World's Three-Cushion Tournament when the Japanese phenomenon engaged the masters at Chicago's Town Hall. (NEA) Haraway declaring "survival" of the loop was at stake. Jim Turgeson. who has served as spokesman since the rhubarb began, said he and his brother were leaving wun "no in feeling." Madhouse at Mat Show Costs Meanies Money Things got wild and wooly at the American Legion's wrestling bouts last night and as a result pay checks of the four principals of the tax match main event have been ordered held up for the time being. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Promoter Mike Meroney said this morning that he is holding up pay | for Chief Kit Fox, Lester Welch, Carlos Rodriquez and Sailor Moran until such time as the AAU committee, which governs all professional wrestling and boxing bouts in the state, lias had time to rule on who actually won the event. Actually, Rodriquez nnd Moran were declared winners of the rough and tumble tag bout, but the circumstances surrounding the victory prompted Meroney's action. It happened this way: In the third and deciding fall an irate Moran tossed referee Jack Moody bodily from the ring. Then, with Moody struggling to untangle himself from the ringside chairs, Welch and Rortriques went at it tooth and nail. Welch had Rodriquez in an apparent pin but Moran rushed in from the ringside and pulled his partner. Rodriquez, free and the big Mexican promptly pinned Welch. Moody returned to the ring and declared Rodriquez and Moran the winners over the protest of Welch, Kit Fox and the crowd, But his decision stuck. The third fall melee was only a part of the wild show. All three falls were frequented with free-for- alls and Kit Fox, a Commanche Indian, further thrilled the crowd with a neat war dance; apparently someone got his dandruff up. Fox and Welch won the first fall in 12 minutes but Moran and Rodriquez grabbed the last two. Rend Courier News Classified Ads. ONE OUT—Yogi Berra has a peculiar habit of catching, with his index finger outside the mitt. In the third game of last fall's Worldj Series, the exposed digit was split when Tom Gorman threw a pitch other than the one called for by the Yankees' catcher. 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