The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 31, 1956 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 31, 1956
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BATUROAT, MARCH M, MM BLYTHEV1LLS (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVBH Redbirds Get Sauer Lane-'He'll Help Against Softball Lefties' ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The addition of veteran slugger Hank Sauer to the St. Louis lineup should make other National League managers think twice before laying their soft-throwing southpaws for mound duty against the Cardinals. Sauer, 37-year-old right- handed outfielder of the Chicago Cubs, came to the Cardinals last night in a trade for outfielder Pete Whisenant and an undisclosed amount of cash. "Sauer is just what we've been looking for," said General Manager Frank Lane in announcing the deal. "He'll help us a lot against the 'Softball' lefthanders those other teams were throwing against us last year." And Lane figures to back up his thoughts about southpaw hurlers, too. St. Louis lost 46 times to the port-sided hurlers in the 1955 season while winning from them only 28 times. Against right banders it was an even 40-40 split. Worst Offenders Four Cub pitchers — .'Paul Minner, Howie pollet, 'Jim Davis and Harry Perkowski — were among the worst offenders with an 11-4 record. Warren Spahn of Milwaukee was 6-1 and Minner undefeated In five decisions. Pollet is now trying out with the Chicago White Sox. Sauer, who has belted about six homers at the Cub spring training camp in Arizona, said he planned to' arrive here by Sunday. "The Cubs have been good to me," he said, "and in a way I hate to leave. But I think I'll have a good chance to play pretty often for the Cardinals and I know I can do them some good." Lane said Sauer would be used in the outfield primarily when left handed pitchers we're ' on the * ' # * Cherif Hamia Is New Feather Contender By MURRAY ROSE NEW YORK (AP) — Th.9 featherweight division has a fine new contender today in baby-faced Cherif Hamia, 25, France who declared he was ready for any of the high-ranking 126-pounders following his victory over Carmela Costa, 21, Brooklyn. The Parisian with the choir-boy * * * looks and a zest for fighting made a hit in his pro debut in the U. S. last night when he won a split 10- round decision in Madison Square Garden. It was a "narrow win, the way the officials saw it, but the fast, Rank Sauer mound for the opposition as well as in a pinch hitting role. St.. Louis got Whisenant, 27, last June from Toledo in a deal that sent catcher Del Kice to the Milwaukee Braves. He hit only .191 In 58 games with the Redbirds. Sauer, the league's most valuable player in 1852, has a lifetime batting average 01 .268 and 244 home runs. The trade was only the second made by Lane since he joined the Cards with a reputation as baseball's "trader horn." He awapped pitcher Brooks Lawrence to Cincinnati earlier for hurler Jackie Collum. * * * Rigney in Dark About Shortstop Alvin Dark By BEN OLAN The Associated Press Maybe Bill Rigne'y didn't know when he was well off. Four weeks and 20 exhibition ball games have come and gone and Rigney, who moved up from Minneapolis to take over as manager of the New York Giants, is as confused as when spring training started. i * * " * Boudreau Not Fooling Anyone "I realize time, is getting short but circumstances are against us right now," he admitted today. Rigney is In the dark about Al Dark, the Team's shortstop. Also problems at first base, second base, third and left field still haven't been solved, "Dark is my shortstop," he said. "But if an emergency arises at third base and it could happeg, we want to be prepared and that's why Eddie Bressoud is being kept on the squad." Bressoud is a 23-year-old rookie, •who hit .251 for Minneapolis last season. Rigney went on to explain that he was deeply concerned about Henry Thompson, the club's .third baseman a year ago. No Hit, No Field "He isn't hitting and he isn't fielding like he can. I'm not sure what his trouble is but I'm going to talk to him sometime this weekend. I know he didn't have a good year : '55, but I thought he would come back. Now I'm not sure." % Concerning second base, Rigney Is particularly perplexed. "We have (Wayne) Terwilliger (a 257 batter in '55). He's the best of our operators in the field at that position. Only I've got to get some sock around 'he rest of the infield if he's to play." Rigney said that if the season opened today, Gail Harris would be at first base and Dusty Rhodes in left field. These two have been hitting well In the cactus league, Whitey Lockman and Bill White, however, still are in the running for th« first base job. And Lockman along with Bob Lennon are bidding to snare the outfield spot from Rhodes. The Giants had the day off yesterday as ditl every other big league club except the New York • Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. With Robin Roberts hurling seven shutout Innings and 3»ul Rogovin two, the Phils blanked the Yankees ^2-0. Philadelphia got Its two runs off Ralph Terry in the sixth inning. HMd Courier New* Olswified Ads. By JOE REICHLER WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lou Boudreau, still young and keen and enthusiastic although he will be starting his 14th season as an American League manager, knows he has a second rate club in Kansas City. He doesn't try to fool anyone into believing it will perform the miracle of a first division finish. No No one has to tell the 38- year-old former boy pilot that were it not for an infield that compares favorably with any In the league, the Athletics would be a logical candidate for last place. "We think we're making^a little ground," said Boudreau, "We still have a Ion;; way to go. But we'll get there eventually — maybe in three or four years." "We're improved to the extent where we can hold sixth," Boudreau said, "and if one of those top five falters, we could move into fifth place. We have better pitching, stronger hitting and. a deeper bench." No Hurler Impressive Despite Boudreau's outward optimism over his pitching, not one of the pitchers has been impressive this spring. That goes for the proposed big four of Bobby Shantz Art Ditmar, Alex Kellner and Lou Kretlow as we'll as the youngsters. Arnie Portocarrero, a starter the past two years, has found tough sledding. Shante remains i question mark "despite an occasional flash of hi: former brilliance. Glenn Cox, Tom Lasorda, e , , hard-hitting Hamia captivated the ilillU-.IUI/Mll£ Alallllt* v/iij,*. . .-..,— slim crowd of 1,500 and television fans with his brisk, aggressive style against the flitting Costa. Thrice Staggered Hamia staggered Costa three times, in the second, third and eighth rounds, and made his early lead stand up for the win. Ranked eighth until last night, Hamia stretched his unbeaten streak to 10 fights while snapping Costa's undefeated string at seven. Costa is ranked third. "This kid is okay," said matchmaker Billy Brown. "He showed us plenty and he's a real crowd- pleaser. We'll try to match him with the winner of the April 16 Miguel Berrios-Bobby Bell fight." "That's fine with us," said Manager Philippe Pilippi ."Cherif is ready for any of them including champion Sandy Saddler." Referee Al Berl and Judge Joe Eppy each scored for Hamia 5-4-1. Judge Jack Gordon had it 5-4-1 for Costa. The Associated Press had Hamia in front 7-3. Six of nine boxing writers had Hamia the winner. A natural featherweight. Hamia weighed 126!i> to Costa's 130. Tommv Phi!'»ns Chops Down Nine From St. Louis Pitcher Tommy Phillips, local boy attending Arkansas State College, chopped down Washington University of St. Louis on five hits yesterday afternoon at the Jonesboro field as the Indians bounced back from Thursday's loss. State took the win, 5-2. They were shelled yesterday by the same team, 28-1. Tommy kept the sluggers from St. Louis off balance with a tantalizing mixture of speedballs and soft curves. His control couldn't have been better. Tommy is 21 but only a freshman, having just returned from four years of army service, part of which was spent in Korea and Japan. He's a brother of Charles Phillips and Blytheville High athletic standout Ed Moore and the grandson of Mrs. L. T. Moore. Jack Crimlan and Bill Bradford, who represent large cash outlay;*, have been no balls of fire. The least heralded of all—a couple of unknowns named Bill Herriage and Allen Eomberger—have been the' most impressive. Tom Gorman, Art Ceccarelli and Ed Hurt- schy are the best relief bets. The brightest spring development has been the hitting of outfielder Harry Simpson. Boudreau's face lit up when asked about his infield. "Vic Power easily is the best first baseman in the league," he declared, "he didn't impress me at all when I saw him in the outfield, but at first he's terrific. Hector Lopez was the best third baseman in the league at the end of the season. Joe DeMaestri is a steady shortstop and one of the most underrated players in the league. We have two second basemen—Jim Finigan and Spook Ja- oobs^either one of whom is capable of. being' 'a regular on any team in the majors. "And in the case of injury, we have Ranee Pless, most valuable player in the American Assn. last year, who can hit big league pitch- Ing and do a workmanlike job «t either third or first base." BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, AprH 2 1:15 p.m. Midget Wrestlers 1 Hour Time Limit — Best 2 out of 3 Falk COWBOY BRADLEY IRISH JACKIE Adults 50c — Children 1S« 4-MAN TAG MATCH 90 Minute Time Limit Best 2 out of 3 Falls / An«tl« Martini & Rube Wrifiit YU. ' Jo« Welch & Don Fieldi Hearings Resume InAboutlWeeks By BOB MTERS LOS ANGELES (AP) — The boxing furor died down today in the wake of a searching investigation of the game in Southern California that concluded with matchmaker Babe McCoy of Los Angeles again taken over the coals in rough fashion. What comes next from the governor's special probing committee? The hearings will be resumed in about two weeks" in San Francisco, with northern California under scrutiny. By the middle of May the committee's report should be ready to make public, and so will is recommendations. Ton .of Evidence So said James J. Cox, the young Alameda attorney whose work as chief investigator unearthed a ton of evidence and testimony. And so agreed Jack Hanna, who i director of the State Department of Professional and Vocational Standards is the key man to watch. Hanna will put into execution whatever the committee recommends. If he finds the state professional code has been violated by any of the licensees, the license will be revoked. The only source of appeal is to the man who started the probe in the first place, Gov. Goodwin J. Knight. The final hearings yesterday were enlivened by sharp exchanges between Cox, McCoy and McCoy's attorney, Jake Ehrlich of in Francisco. Also presented in testimony were: McCoy's acknowledgement that over a five-year span he earned around $100,000 as a partner in a wrestling booking agency with Toots Mondt in handling Prlmo Camera, former heavyweight boxing champion. Visit In His Room McCoy's admission that Frankie Carbo, a New Yorker who has figured in many boxing investigations, and Mickey Cohen, ex-convict and former Los Angeles gambler, had visited him in his hotel room. McCoy's Insistence that he never had any dealings with either of them in boxing matters. McCoy's arrest and conviction in two cases of auto theft in New Official Little League Entry Blank Name Address Date of Birth Tel. No To" be eligible for this year players must bring or mail this blank to Albert Taylor at Ark-Mo Power Co. April 6 is last day. Age limit is 9-12. Boys 13 on January 1 or after this year are eligible. All players must live in Blytheville school area. CLEANING FLUID ollege Cagers Ready By OELO ROBERTSON NEW YORK (AP) — Bucky D'Connor of Iowa, coach of :he hand-picked college squad, is confident the collegians will give a good account of themselves against the best the Amateur Athletic Union and armed services have to offer in next week's Olympic. basketball trials at Kansas City. •They have jelled rapidly in the last three or four y s , ' ' said O'Connor today after the collegians wound up practice for tonight's East West game sponsored by the New York Herald Tribune's Fresh Air Fund, t Madison Square Garden. O'Connor, who piloted the Hawk- eyes to the Big Ten title and runnerup to San Francisco in the NCAA national championships, has been working with All-America Bill Russell and K. C. Jones of San Francisco, UCLA's Willie Naulls, Iowa's Carl Cain and Illinois' Paul Judson as his first string unit. Second Team "They have looked very well in workouts, surprisingly so considering the short time they have been together as a unit," said O'Connor. "It's likely to be my starting five at Kansas City." O'Connor leans towards 7-fool Bill Uhl and Jim Paxson of Dayton, Hal Lear of Temple, Vic Molodet of North Carolina State and either Gary Bergen of Utah or Bob Burrow of Kentucky as his second team. Bergen plays with the West tonight. All the others are on the East team. Bill Beigel of McNeese State Jack McCarthy of Canisius and Chuck Holies of Cornell complete the Olympic squad. Four players, including two All Americas, were declared inellgi ble for the East-West game yes terday because they have an nounced their intentions of turn ing pro. The- AATJ said announce ment of their intention constitutes a violation of the AAU code. The f our are Si Green DuqueEtie and Tom Heinsohn Holy Cross, Ron Sobieszcyk, De Paul and Julius McCoy .Michigan State. K. C. Jones. Wertz Will Be Ready In Time for Opener Gra-Y Has Lopsided 23-8 Game Lange scored a one-sided 23-8 victory over the Central club in Gra-Y league play at Little Park yesterday afternoon. The winners sent twenty men to the plate in a big second inning in which they tallied 15 runs on 11 hits and a walk while the Centra! defense was contributing foui errors. The inning was featured by homer and a triple by Vernon Enmon and Cecil Shaneyfelt, respectively. The Central batters came to me York and the fact that the cour suspended punishment both times McCoy's reminder that his hap pened 36 years ago when he was 20, and his lack of recollection that after the second case he skipped $5,000 bail and came to Los Angeles. McCoy's statement that while b was arrested and tried, he wa acquitted here in 1942 on a charge of receiving stolen property. GOLF DRIVING RANGE Open Saturday at Walker Park Outside East Gate on Ruddle Road Serving You Best U our Foremost Concent BURIAL INSURANCE LOGAN Funeral Home Ph. 1-3911 WE'VE GOT IT! Ov«r 33,000 different it«m» in stock! HUBBARD HARDWARE briefly in the 4th and used six hits for six runs, the big blows being triples by Terry Wright and Bill Dunnavant and a circuit clout by Freddie Ratlilf. Central led early in the game, scoring two in the open frame. However, after Lange's 15 run 2nd, they never seriously threatened again. Lange got one in the first, two in the third and five more in the 4th. J. w. Hall was the winning hurler, allowing eight hits, while Bill Dunnavant started for Central, was relieved in the second by Ratliff TDCSON, Ariz, (m— Vic Wertz, a polio patient when the last basetal season ended, is in good enough condition to handle the first baseman's job on the Cleveland Indians satisfactorily this season, says Manager Al Lopez. Lopez conceded Wertz may need a little spelling by Sam Mele, a 10- year veteran who had a utility- pinchhitter role with the Cincinnati Redlegs last year. But, Lopez is counting on Wertz. "He still has a few pounds take off and he tires easily," Lopez said yesterday of Wertz, "but he will be in good condition by the time we're ready to go. Frankly, think he will have a good year." Willie Out of Hospital CLEARWATER, Fla. (ff) —Willie Jones, beaned by a pitched ball in an exhibition game against the Brooklyn Dodgers Tuesday, is ou of the hospital but doctors are stil and in the fourth by Tex Turner, Lange banged out n safeties. Midgets Tangle Monday Night On Mat Card Wrestling midgets return to- Vlemorial Auditorium ring Monday night to take part in the American Legion's double main event mat program. Two pint-sized mat masters, Cowboy Bradley and Irish, Jacklo will ,swap grips and antics In th» first of two matches booked by Promoter Mike Meroney for his weekly show. in the other half of the double main event program two teams of heavyweights square off In a tag match. In this bout Angelo Martini and Rube Wright are-scoeduled-to team- up against Joe Welch and Don Fields . Mat Midgets Scare* Midget wrestling has proved to be quite an attraction here in the past. Cowboy Bradley and Irish Jackie are two of the dozen or so dwarfs now performing professionally in wrestling rings throughout the nation. Both have appeared here before in single and tag matches. The tiny fellows wrestle under regular professional rules and can do just about any trick normal - sized wrestlers can. The tag match promises to be a rough and tumble affair. The appearance of Wright and Martini assures that. Both are students of catch-as-catch-can grappling and both have long professional records. All four of the participants in this match are veterans of many years standing. All are well known among Blytheville fans, having appeared here on numerous occasions. Saddle Club Has Meeting The local Saddle Club will hold its second meeting Tuesday night at T.30, in conference Boom 11 of the wing headquarters building «t Blythsvllle Air Force Base. If an adequate number of persons is present, permanent officers for the year will be elected. Civilians interested in the club Will be issued guest passes an. instructions at the front gate of tha base. Read Courier News Classified Ade. keeping an eye on him. The hiladelphia Phillies' veteran third sacker left Morton Plant Hospital yesterday. He was hit by a ball thrown by Don Newcombe, who said it slipped from his hand. 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