The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 22, 1937 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 22, 1937
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PAGE ' BLYrttBVILLE '(ARK.); COUUIEIl NEWS Especially With Two Strikes; Calls Vaughan One o{ Great Hitters KV. 1IAIIKY CKAYSON Sports Editor, NBA Service' .PITTSBURGH, April 22,-PlLls- turgh has been Die home of the National League batting clmmplon for the past three campaigns, and Paul Wanor, who has twice \vo;i the tille In .that period, woulrn't be surprised if the crown remained nt Forbes Field for 10 more. •Wancr, who became 31 years of He's Hitters' Hitter APRIL; 22, 1937 o§e on^Apiil 16, doesn't hope lo be around for nnotlier decode, but believes that In Ihe next several years his illustrious' teammate, Arky Vauglian, will lake his place with the great hitlers of all lime. Vaughnu, one of the fastest men , in baseball, rather late last sea-i ran learned to punch the pellet) Into left field. Once having mas-' tered the knack, Arky traveled at n .450:' clip throughout the last month to wind up with .335. The Puller to n Fusilccr lopped senior circuit • sluggers with .385 in 1935, which was before the opposition awakened lo the fact that he was a dead, right field hitter. It got so bud that the defensive first and second baseman shook hands and- the center 'fielder made two relricvcrs In light Held when Ihe shortstop was taking his'cuts, Vaughan practically had to swat a home run lo gel a base hit to right held. "Don't Be 'J'oo Choosy"—Wancr Wancr, the hitters' hitter, makes hitting sound very simple. "It Is simply doing tlie right thing in a perfectly natural and unconscious way," explains the little gentleman from Oklahoma. 'To hit 350 you must hit the ball squarely- about eight out of 10 limes. When you arc .fouling balls off, you arc not hitting thefn right. You'ie slicing, as hi golf. "It is easier foV. me, a left- handed batter, lo hit an Inside ball to light field and an outside ball to left, but to a certain ex- lent I myself detcimine . whether the delivery will be inside or outside. I govern this, by slopping into, or away from the plate, \vhcn I swing. "My first tip to the young batter with the very essential stroke Is not to be too choosy. If a ball .is close enough to the be "called a strike it is close enough to be hit. Ty Cobb said that no pitcher ever could throw llirce ( consecutive balls oier tlie corner of the ptale. That may be true, but you never know when an um- pire'is. going to draw a fine line.' 'The good batter never guesses. > Batters who do run the risk of being killed. .The good batter waits for his kind of a ball, but never with two strikes on him. Those jwho wail with two strikes on them too frequently take that long walk back to the drinking fountain. Gtls Along wilh Umpires "Every batter has a weakness. Shucks Prnelt struck; out Babe Ruth repeatedly. He threw a screwball ^like Carl Hubbell's. Art Nehf bothered me So did little . Roy Henshaw and Bill Walker, but I caught up with them all. For a long while I couldn't wait lor Walker's pitch to get to the plate. ^ "Left-handers wL\ me up nnd throw me off inj stride, but I be- v lieve I colild hit them as well as . right-handers if I met as many." This Is .Wancr's 12th season in Baseball Headline Makers The finish of Paul VVaner's perfect'stroke, his stance; and a closeup of the magnifying eyes that guided the Pittsburgh outfielder to three National League batting championships. ' the majors and he has yet to be put oul of n game. "There is no scnso in getting on an umpire," asserts Big Poison. "You llntsh even hi decisions and. breaks In the long run. I rarely am called out on strikes, but the last time I was, I couldn't help but remark: 'Looks like I took one loo many. 1 ' : "Players kicking about called third strikes always remind me of Bill Klem's favorite story. "It seems that back In the old 3ub days of Frank Clrance, WiUi- Ire samite was ordered lo lato \vo strikes. Called out on a third, Schullc, a quiet, orderly chap, turned' for the bench in that's that fashion. Chance met him half .way and demanded thai l.e register a protest. "Always the soldier, Schulte ankled back lo Klein, and, according to the umpire, this is what he said: 'I just wanted to explain, Bill, that-1 took the first Iwo for Chance and the last one for myself." Southern League Memphis Chattanooga 3 Atlanta 3 Ulllc Rock 3 Sc\y Orleans 2 Kuoxville Nashville Birmingham .-'National League City Officials Open Steele Softball Season STEELE, Mo.—Steele officialdom opened the soltball season here last night with Mayor Alvin Stephens in. the pitcher's box, the chief of police at bat, Police Judge Buford Speiico catching, Aldermen Shirt- Icy Smith, c. P. Howard and J. P. Patterson on the bases and the Rev. M. A. Massey as umpire for the first pitch. With, the formalities out of the way, the four league teams played (heir first games, the' Eskimos de- 1 .'cl .800 .750 .750 .GOO .400 .250 ,'J50 ..200 ' W. L. I'd. | Philadelphia •'.;' 2 01.000 New -York 1 01.000 Pittsburgh -. 1 0 1.000 St. Louis 1 0 1.000 Cincinnati 0 1 .000 Chicago < 0 1 .000 Brooklyn o [ .000 Boston 0 2 ,000 American League W. L. i'ci. Detroit 1. 0 1.000 Boston i' 0 1.000 St. ^ouis i o 1.000 Washington 1 1 .500 Philadelphia 1 1 .5DO Chicago 0 1 .000 New York 0 1 .000 Cleveland 0 1 .000 Will Meet Local Independent Club; Other Exhibitions Are Scheduled IIY J, P. FRIEND Fans will get their first glimpse of tli2 lilythevlllc Glanls in acln- al conflict Sunday when they meet Willlum V (Lefty) Alexander's In- lepentlmts at Walker park. Announcement of the game '/as made last night by Manager fcrshcll Bobo following a con- erence with Alexander, who once vorc the spangles of the New York Yankees and later was sold a the Cincinnati Reds. The ormcr Osccola ace pitcher Is on lie voluntary retired list and has a business at the state line. He the property of Mobile of the Southeastern League, The Olant .skinner also disclosed that Ills hirelings will play the Jonesboio Giants, also of the loop, next Thursday night at he Cralshcad county metropolis, ul Jackson. Tonn., a member of .he Kitty League, here Sunday, May 2. The Northeast Arkansas League campaign will get under way at the Fairground park, May Oiceola Indians, a link in the SI. Louis Browns' chain, will be heir first test. An exhibition game vlth Maiden, Mo. semi-pros is iil- likely. Alexander has collected an array of former college, semi-pro, and high school stars which is tcd to offer keen compcti- ,lon. Included are: Harmon Taylor, formerly of Vanderbiit; James ~ insas; Coburn 'Toss'! Thornton ami James Ac'e • Puckctl, State College, Jonesboro; Richard Bennett (Dick) Potter, Memphis Tech; Coach Carney Laslle, University of Alabama; Harold "Trigger" Wull, Roscland; Lee "Rooster". Warrington, Wilson; Marshall Btackard, Basil Locke, Chiivlcs Brogdon, Elmer Lindsey und probably others who were prominent in local high school circles. Due to the heavy vaiiis that left the field at Walker Park in soggy condition. Bobo excused nil but his pilchei's from practice yesterday. He gave Frank Mancuso, only catcher, a rest too, and handled the hurlers himself. - Tho younger brother of New York's Gus has been in training for seven weeks. George Arquitt, right hand pitcher (ram Memphis, who worked in the City League there last year, reported and took'part in the limbering up.; James Rushing, another hurler Irani Tusca- ioosa, Ala., wired .that he i would nrlve last night. Bobo also said Today's Games Southern I.caj?uc New Orleans at Memphis. Atlanta at Knoxvlllc. Birmingham at Little Kock. Chattanooga at Nashville. American League Chicago at St. Louis. Washington at New York. ' Boston at Philadelphia. Cleveland at Detroit. National League St. Louis at Cincinnati. Pittsburgh at Chicago. New York at Brooklyn. Philadelphia at Boston. Terry, University of Ark- Marvin "Soak" Sanderson, I S- ' In the fuss and 'furore over plight of young Joe DiMaggio, spectacular New York Yankee -ball player whose sore throwing arm has cscn traced to infected teeth and tonsils, the fact that his older brother, Vincent UiMaggio, lias made Ihe Us league grade, may have escaped you. Here you see both of the diamond stars, Vincent (left) in (he Boston Bees' uniform; (Joe above) revealing his menacing tonsils (o Nurse Frances Dujat during an examination preliminary to the tiircatened operation! Indicated that others may be sent here for. trial before the week is i over. i Four local aspirants reported to Manager Bobo yesterday. They were: Hcrshel "Slats" Thompson, "Spot" Heed, pitchers, Pete Burnham, shortstop, all of Yaihro, and Clyde Ledbetler. shortstop, of Gosnell community, "need finished the season with Cfiruthersville in 193(j, taking pavt in the all-star game, but 'was not on Ih'j reserve list for this season. It is understood (hat Marcus Galnes, also a hurler, who is well known in this neck of the woods, will make a bid. Lee Roach, Manila, third baseman, has been here since Tuesday. The workout is set for 2 p. m, Herman "Hank" DcBcrry, minor league manager and chief scout for the National League champ- Ions, is due today from Greenwood. He will remain here until the curtain rises. The Greenwood Giants. Class C cousins, got off to a flying start with a C-4 victory over Greenville, yesterday in tile Cotton States League opener. Read Courier News Want Ads, Yesterdays Results Sc-ulhcrn League Memphis •!. New Orleans 1. Little Rock 5. Birmingham 3. . Chattanooga at Nashville, rain. Atlanta at Knoxville. rain. National League Philadelphia al Boston, cold wci- tlicr. Pittsburgh 'at Chicago, rain. New, York at Brooklyn, rain. Si. Louis at Cincinnati, rain. American League . ».. Liuis 15. Chicago 10. Washington al Nsw York. rain. 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