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PAOT TEN (ARK.)' COTOTER NEWS TtfOTSDAT, 'APRTL 25, 1988 Hofman Surprises Leo With Sparkling Play By DEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Leo Durocher is fast becoming A firm believer in the theory that every clout! has a silver lininp-. And Bobby Hofman is o n e of the reasons. The New York 'Giants' manager was forced to dig deep into his mfield reserves when Davey Williams, his preferred choice for second base, reinjurecl his lame back Tuesday night, First-string catcher' Wes Westrum also was hurt and the club was in last place. Leo switched Daryl Spencer, a fhortstop by trade, from third base, where he had been performing, to second, and settled for Hofman, a utility man used so infrequently that lite name doesn't appear in many baseball books, at third. Sal Yvars did the catching. Hofman, batting leatioff against the Pirates at Pittsburgh last night, made Durocher look good in the first inning. He opened with o double and scored. In the third inning he hit a home run for the Giants' second tally. He singled in the fifth and then completed a perfect night with his second home run, this time with pitcher Jim Hearn on base, for the last two New York runs in the eighth as New York whipped the Pirates, 4-2. Giant Vet Hofman has been in the Giants' organization for 10 years since he played American Legion baseball In St. Louis on the same team as Yogi Berra. He saw action last year in only 32 games and hia total home run production was exactly equal to his total of last night — two. The victory jumped the .Giants from last to fifth place, enough to make Durocher happy even thsugh he was tossed out of the game for arguing in the ninth inning. Bill Stewart, working at second base, drew the honor of being the first umpire this year to kick Leo out of i game. First place in the National League also changed hands as the Philadelphia Phillies maed It two In a row over Brooklyn, this time by a 6-4 margin, and St. Louis defeated Cincinnati. 8-3. in two other night games. The Phils and Cardinals now share the lead with Brooklyn hair s game behind. Milwaukee swamped Chicago, 15-6, In the only National League day game. The New York Yankees took over sole possession of first place in the American League by.whipping Boston, 6-2, while the St. Louis Browns were idle. A five-run ninth-inning rally fell short for Detroit us the Tigers bowed to Chicago, 9-7. and Philadelphia bent Washington, 7-4, In a night affair. Cleveland, along with the Browns, wasn't scheduled. Loes Blasted Billy Loes, who pitched 39 innings —38 of them scoreless—for Brooklyn against Philadelphia last year, couldn't fool the Phillies last night. They got to him for all of their five runs before he departed. In the fourth, Karl Drews struck out seven in winning his first game. The Cardinals battered Cincin- nati pitching for 12 hits, half ol them for extra bases, to put down the Rrdlegs at St. Louis. Vinegar Bend MizeM walked six and committed two errors, but he struck out seven and lasted until two were out in the ninth before needing help from Al Brazle. The Braves bashed everything In sight for 17 safe blows and 3-1 bases at Chicago. Third baseman Ed MU(hews led the raid with two homers and a double, good for six runs. Boston's kiddie crop, youngest j rookie starting team in the majors, bowed to oltl I league game, ankee Stadium. Johnny their with the bases loaded and the score tied In the eighth inning to put the Yankees on the winning trail. Vic Rnschl picked up his first victory of the season. Harry Byrd shut out Washington until there were two down In the ninth, then had to holler for help as the Senators rallied for four runs off Philadelphia. Vern Stephens, Sherman Lollar and Sam Mele homered for the While Sox oft Milt Jordan. Detroit age at Ya Mize, 40. punched a pinch hit s his first major the Ti«ers lost fifth in a row and their seventh In eight games. Sturdivant Gives Barons Big Boost By MERCER BAILEY Associated Press Sports Writer Birmingham, bidding for the powerful position it once held in the Southern Association, should be well pleased with the performance to date of Tom Sturdivant. Sturdivant, n. tall, husky righv hander, Is one of the double handful of newcomers Imported by the Barons after last year'r, eighth-place finish. The youngster has pitched only 6 and two-thirds innings, but already has won himself two ball games. He went 6 and two-thirds nnings Tuesday night, allowing only two hits and one run. and worked one inning last night, giving up one hit, as Birmingham edged Atlanta, 5-4. The Baron victory came in the loth inning when Atlanta's Infield fell to pieces, and pulled Birmingham to within half a game of league-leading Chattanooga and Little Rock. Atlanta's Dick Slnovlc was loss- ed out of the game in the ninth after he was tagged out trying to steal, lie protested too vehemently. Chattanooga and Little Rock lost. The Lookouts fell to Nashville, 3-1, and the Travs to Memphis, 5-3. Mobile won its third straight from New Orleans, 6-2. Memphis Floyd Fogg got his third home run in two nights, and Snmmy Mecks his second, off Little Rock Starter Ert March. Ed pitch for n homer. Tommy Hurd went all the way for the victory, after surviving a rough, 3-run first Inning. John Walsh, a Nashville southpaw, started the fifth Inning rally which won his game. His single walk and a high fly. They added was followed by three more, a up to three runs. Walsh gave up only four hits and fanned six before he had to step down at the start of the start of the eighth because of a blister on his pitching hand. Mobile's victory gave the Bsars (heir first sweep of a series this season, and enabled them to split a 10-game home-stand. 5-5. Mel Himcs picked up his second victory by tossing a 5-hitter at the Pels. He also doubled in two runs in the second. SWITCH HITTER—Equally powerful from either side, American League pitchers would like to turn Mickey Mantle off. The phenomenal Yankee center _fielder smashed 23 homeruns last Sports Roundup — Collins-Carter Match: Boxing's New Deal By GAYLF, TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Metropolitan boxing writers, )less their unbiased hearts, are giving tomorrow night's ightweight title fight at Boston between Jimmy Carter and Tom Collins much the same treatment they gave the recent Kid Gavilan-Chuck Davey massacre in Chicago. BASEBALL STANDINGS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. Philadelphia St., Louis Brooklyn Milwaukee New York Cincinnati Pittsburgh Chlcngo ... .607 .667 .511 .500 .429 .400 .333 .333 Freed POW's First Question: Who's Champ FREEDOM VILLAGE. Korea Iff. — "Is Marclano still champ?" j Thnt. wns the first thing P(c. I Vincent d'Andreo wanted to know when lie was freed by the Communists today. The 2nd Dlvlson soldier, from Swnmpscott, Mass AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. White also leaned Into a March was captured last March 5. Lovely Laraine and the Fiatbush Foghorn Vie in Giant-Dodger Feud By MURRAY OLDEIUIAN NBA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — The hottest natural attraction in baseball today is a Giant- Dodger interborotigh g« m e , when ''Grec-npernl" accents clang with "Toily-toid" Street brogue, when Lippy Durocher and Charley D r e s s e n test their tonsils for strength, when Sal Maglie and Jackie Robinson stage their battle of nerves. It won't, outdraw the Yankees and Indians in the American League.* Neither the Polo Grounds nor Ebbets Field has the capacity of the Yankee or Cleveland Municipal Stadiums. Maybe the baseball won't be as good, although that'fi debatable because alter all the Jints and Bums have run one-two in the National League the past couple of seasons. But like Giant VIce-President Chub Peeney said when he saw im- perturmable Maglie dissipate a five- run lead in the ninth, "It's never easy when we play those guys." Who can forget the 15-innlng duel the two clubs waged until 2 a.m. last summer? Or the 1951 Little Miracle of Coogan's Bluff, when Bobby Thomson slashed a two out, two run deficit homer to win the pennant? It's worth deserting your television set to see the provocative Robinson step up to face MagLie, then as the Barber raises his arms to throw, jump out of the box to fleck an imaginary speck from his eye. Giant fans boo. So when Jackie steps in again, Maglie decides to resin his hands. So everybody boos. All the time Dressen Is bleating with cupped hands from his third base coaching box. Box we eay advisedly, because Durocher already has rubbed out the chalk lilies between Innings. In Ebbets Field they've fixed him by lining it with wood. Dnrocher has a verbal sparring mate at his elbow in newly converted Third Backer Robinson. No love lost there. But for popularity contests, there are no two nicer guys in the game than the opposing shortstops and captains, Pee Wee Reese and Atvin Dark, who trot out the starting lineups before games, The Giants and Dodgers do things by doubles. The finest, reliei pitchers In the game today are Joe Black and Hoyt Wllhelm, improbable looking rookies a year ago. Black, with his fast ball and nothing else, won the pennant for the Dodgers. Wilhelm, a kmickleballcr eight out of 10 pitches, almost overhauled them. The (wn most new In- New York 6 St. Louis 5 Chicago 4 Cleveland 3 Philadelphia 4 Boston 3 Washington Detroit .750 .714 .667 .600 .500 -J29 .286 .125 GB SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. .667, .6151 .6CO| .545 .500 .429 .400 .308 ihattanooga 6 3 Little Rock 8 3 Birmingham 6 4 Memphis 6 5 Nashville 5 5 Mobile 6 8 Atlanta 4 6 New Orleans 4 9 Yesterday's Results NATIONAL LEAGUE Milwaukee 15 Chicago 6 New York 4 Pittsburgh 2 Philadelphia 5 Brooklyn 4 St. Louis 8 Cincinnati 3 American League AMERICAN LEAGUE WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS New York 6 Boston 2 Chicago 9 Detroit 7 Philadelphia 7 Washington 4 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Birmingham 5 Atlanta 4, 10 innings Nashville 3 Chattanooga 1 Memphis 5 Little Rock 3 Mobile 5 New Orleans 7, They regard It, In other words, as a triumph for television over pure reasoning. They don't claim that Boston's dariing.' Collins, is another Davey but they do contend that he Is not a logical challenger for Carter's 135-pound crown and their meeting' If staged her without benefit of TV, wouldn't draw files. The new Deal At the same time, they are awestruck at the knowledge the duel is expected to draw a fat S170.000 at the gate, plus another $50.000 In television gravy. The local experts are about ready to give up and face the fact that this is a new, wonderful era in boxing which is due to wear off slowly, if ever They realize that New York City probably never again will be the nation's fistic capital In the sense it was up to a year ago. It has soaked through on them that millions more persons are watching fights than ever did before, and the bouts below heavyweight championship caliber will hereafter be staged in the region where one of the principals has built up a great TV following. Boston Hot On Collins The International Boxing Club owns exclusive rights to Carter's services where his title is at stake. It coulld have denied him permission to fight for another promoter in Boston, yet it surrendered its rights for 40 per cent of the television fec-the fighters splitting the other 60. If Collins should win, it is understood that he will be obligated by contract to fight someone other than Carter in his first defense. , Boston is obviously crazy about Collins, just as Chicago and its environs was enamored of Davey before Gavilan disjointed him. Beyond that, though, it cannot honest- j ly be claimed that the case are parallel. Where Davey was a tyro, Collins is a veteran who has fought some of the best and who packs a punch that has won him a hysterical home town following. WHEN YOU THINK OF Gold Coast plantations of west Africa annually grow about 250,- OOQ tons of cocoa, more than half the output for the entire world. fielders in the majors this year nre Daryl Spencer of the Giants and Junior Gilllani of the Dodgers. When Roy Campanella squats behind the plate for the Bums, It almost looks like there nre two of him, too. Chirps Roy, with a pal on his mid-section, "That ain't fat mnn, that's muscle." With the Giants and Dodgers, there have to be characters. The Dodgers offer talkative Billy Loes, who talks, but to no one but Loes. On the glamour side, the Polo Grounds present dally Laraine Day Durocher, five seats to the right of the Giant dugout, A tinge blonder this year, it looks HKe. Not exactly her counterpart at Ebbels Field, but always there, Is (he Flatbusl) Foghorn, Hilda Ches-j tcr. now a gay itiihesel, vytr.B fu. | noise with the Silly Symphony ensemble. All this, and baseball, too. 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"Hey, Rocca/' Casey yelled in mock seriousness. "Get away from Yogi. You cost the club enough money already. Wanna break Del Webb and Dan Topping?" The big guy Just grinned good-1 naturedly at Stengei and went i right on talking to Berra. The i bulky catcher listened attentively! as he buckled on his shin guards anl chest protector for the game with the Boston Red Sox. "That's Antonio Rocca, the Ar- gentinian." explained S't e n g e 1. "He's a good egg, even If he is a wrassler. The guy is a nut on proper eating and dieting. He's even read a book on it. He knows a great deal about it and he makes a lot of sense, too. Guvs 1 like Phil Rizzoto. Vic Raschi and Berra swear by him. He's even got me watching what I eat, too Breakfast: S8 Berra, especially, is sold on j Rocca's diet because it calls for steak for breakfast. The other day, I on the road, Cogi startled the! waitress by ordering a pound and | a half steak for breakfast. That made it $4.75 before he even had his orange juice. It startled Bill McCorry, our road secretary, too. Berra's breakfast bill was eight bucks. McCorry said if this thipg | keeps up, the players will be given ' meal money instead of Just signing checks." Berra grinned when asked to confirm the steak-for-breakfast tale. "That's right," he said. "I eat steak for breakfast every morning now. And I've never felt so strong That Rocca is quite a fellow. He knows what he's talking about. He's pretty smart, too. And he never went to college, either. Just goes to show you. You don't learn everything in books." "I laughed when Rocca advised me to eat steak or lamb chops for breakfast," said Rizzuto. "But I've got to hand it to him. I have two lamb chops for breakfast every morning now and I feel real good. I always used to get hungry and weak around game time but no more. I feel strong. Rocca was openl ypleased at the comlttnents. "You cannot underestimate the Importance of eating the right kind of foods." he said. "It's very strange. Here in the Uninted States you get the best and cleanest food in. .the world. Yet the people know less how to eat in this country than enywhere else. No Hot Dogs "Imagine an atheCe.te stuffing himself with hot dogs, french fries and soda pop why, that could kill you. An athelete should eat lots of meat and vegetables. The meat contains protein and tre vegta- bles minerals. That's what keeps an athelete going." Rocca might have had some thing there, judging by yesterday's results. Here is what Berra, Rizzuto and Raschl. his prize pupils did in yesterday's 6-2 Yankee triumh over the Red Sox. Berra -smashed a double and two singles in three times at bat. Rizzuio-hit a long double to drive in the first Yankee run and backed outfielder Gene Stephens against the left field barrier for his long smash. Raschi-Pitched a strong five- hitter through eight innings before retiring for a pinch hitter and registered his first victory of the season. Hogs Halt Win Drouth With Nod Over Pros FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — There's no place like home to the University of Arkansas baseball team. Back from a road trip to Oklahoma, where they lost five straight games last week, the Razorbacks trimmed a professional team, Hutchinson, Kan., of thfa Western Association, 4-2, yesterday. Tough Slate Ahead Since bad weather forced cancellation of four of the first five contests, the Porkers - have actually played less than one-third of their 21-game slate. Now Ferrell and his nine will be forced to work- in 13 games in the remaining two weeks of the season. The "rained- out" double-header with Northeast Oklahoma State has been rescheduled for May 9 at Tahlequah, Okla., but the cancelled series with the { University of Missouri will not be played. Pluager! by pitching that couldn't go the route, Infield errors, bad breaks, and disputed umpiring, the Arkansas crew ran smack into a five-game victor drouth on their Porker Golfers On Two-Day Texas Invasion FAYETTEVILLE. Ark. — A rampaging Bazorback golf team will be seeking victories number six and seven when the Porker linksmen invade Texas for matches with Baylor and Texas on Thursday and Friday respectively. Miller Barber, Jim Bllllngsley, Tom Rancy and E. B. Gee will be battling for their third and fourth Southern Conference wins only Southern Methodist, who presently holds the lead in loop golfing, has defeated the Forks'r foursome in conference competition. Fort Worth, Texas, Is known as 'Cowtown." last road trip. The disastrous jaunt into Oklahoma left the Razorbaeks with a 1-5 season record. "My biggest disappointment came from our pitchers." commented Ferrell, They showed that they need • a great deal more work yet, but even at that it's hard to lose three games by one-run margins. "Our hitting (an average of eight runs per game) has been potent enough in most cases, but we've marie too many simple defensive bobbles. We're due to improve a great deal from now on." Righthander Edsel Nfx held the pros to five hits and drove in the last two runs of Arkansas' 4-run, fifth inning with a single. He also got another hit. Hutchingson 000 000 110-2 5 3 Arkansas OQO 040 OOQ-4 7 Q King. Moeller (7) and Yaskow- vitz; Nix and Wilkerson. Today's Games NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn at Philadelphia — Podres (0-1) vs Roberts (1-1) Milwaukee at Chicago—BIcfcford (0-0) vs Hacker (0-1) New York at Pittsburgh — Connolly lO-O) or Koslo (0-0) vs Poliet (0-0) AMERICAN LEAGUE Philadelphia at Washington — Shantz (0-2) vs Masterson (1-0) Boston at New York — Hudson (0-0) vs Sain (1-0) Chicago at Detroit — Rogovin (0-1) vs Hoeft (0-0) SOUTHERN" ASSOCIATION Atlanta »t Birmingham Little Rock at Memphis Nashville at Chattanooga Only games scheduled as Every.Season is a Gift Season.. Yes, there's a reason in every season to give 7 Crown. Give it for birthday and anniversary gifts. Give it as a goirtg-away present.-Ajid what better way to say "Thank you" for a favor — or to make yourself more'welcome when you go visiting —than a gift of Seagram's finest American whiskey. Seagram's 7 Crown. Blended Whiskey. 86.8 Proof. 65% Grain Neutral Spirits. Seagram-Distillers Corp., N.Y. Retread Today, the McCaul Way! McCaul Tire Store John Burnett, Mgr. 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