MONDAY, APRIL 9, 1956 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THIRTEEN This Year's American League Flag Fight: Yanks Over Bosox By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees, who defeated Cleveland by three games last year, should capture the American League pennant again in 1956 but not without another terrific struggle — this time with the greatly improved Boston Red Sox. The 1956 race shapes up as. a four-team battle with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox showing plenty of fight. Even the Detroit Tigers could cause trouble. The pre-season outlook calls for a free-i'or-all in the early running with the race gradually narrowing down to New York and Boston. The Yankees' depth in pitching, superior bench , strength, maneuverability of players and the presence of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra—baseball's mightiest one- two punch—should be able to off- mighty bat of Ted Williams. The Indians and White Sox, the first spearheaded by their superb pitching and the second stregth- ened by the arrival of Larry Doby, probably will slug it out for third and fourth. The Tigers have enough to throw a scare into -the others but not quite enough to overtake any of them. Eating dust all the way will be Kansas City, Baltimore and Washington. The writer selects the order of finish this way: 1. New York 2. Boston 3. Cleveland 4. Chicago 5. Detroit 8. Kansas City 7. Baltimore 8. Washington Last minute trades could upsel all the dope, but New York and Boston appear to have gained the most from off-season deals. The Yankees' acquisition of Mickey McDermott t'rom Washington erased most of the advantage set" the Red Sox' youth and speed' gained by the Red Sox when they their strong pitching and the plucked Mickey Vernon and Bob Porterfield from the Senators. Boston finished 12 games behind New York in 1955 and that's a lot of ground to make. up. Cleveland and Chicago both claim they were strengthened by the winter deal that sent Doby to the White Sox and Chico Carras- quel and Jim Busby to the Indians. On the face, of it, it looks like Cleveland gave up much-needed lefthanded power and Chicago lelt itself with a shortstop problem. Detroit has improved its pitch- Ing and boasts top flight stars Al Kaline, Harvey Kuenn and Ray Boone but needs a second baseman badly and can use a good lefthanded hitting left fielder. The addition qf McDermott, who split 20 decisions with the last place Senators last year, could give the Yankees the best pitching in the league. Whitey Ford (18-7) appears set for his first 20-game season. It Tommy Byrne (16-5) holds up and Bob Turley (17-13) continues to improve, it could be quite a foursome. Casey Ste'fel also can count on Don Larsen (9-2) Bob Grim (7-5) and Johnny Kucks (8-7) as occasional starters. Tom Morgan, Jim Konstanty and Gerry Staley provide ample relief. Stengel's lone question is at shortstop. Right now it looks like Gil McDougald. once he recovers from his leg injury, is the man. Stengel can play two or three guys at every infield position and still not be hurt. Young- Talent The Red Sox will field their strongest team in a decade but manager Mike Higgins knows that Vernon and Willaims, each nearing 38, can't be expected to play more than 100 games. He realizes that Porterfield seldom goes through a season without injury. He is conscious of Boston's shortage of righthanded power. Even so, Higgins has • more young talent than he knows what to do with. The Infield is rich in replacements. Williams is available for the start of a season for the first time In years. The outfield, of Jackie Jensen, Jimmy Piersall and the Thumper is one of the finest In Red Sox history. BOB LENNON of the New York Giants slams into the wall in a long, unsuccessful chai*e after an elusive horsehide. Giants defeated the Indians yesterday In Dallas, 10-i. Da r re 11 Floyd Has Cage Point Title NEW YORK (* — All-America DarreH Floyd of Fur man shaded All-America Robin Freeman of Ohio State by leas than one point in retaining- bis major college basketball scoring title. Final statistics released today by the NCAA service bureau »how that Floyd averaged 33.8 point* while tallying 946 times in 3fi games. Freeman scored 723 points in 22 games for a 32.9 average. Floyd's total le exceeded only by the 1,209 scored by Furman's Frank Selvy in 1064. FIGHT OF FLIGHT? — Michael McMurray of the Philippines Air Force came up from a crouch during an amateur bout in Manila and found his shoulders had taken Ei-Kyung Huang of the Korean armed forces for a ride. Trays Win Preliminary Finale LITTLE ROCK'(AP) — The Little Rock Travelers defeated the Shreveport Sports the slow, sure way yesterday find finished above the .500 mark in their exhibition schedule. The Travelers punched away at five Shreveport pitchers for 15 singles and a 9-6 triumph, while the Texas League team was getting extra mileage out of half of its 12 hits. The Little Bock team opens its Southern Association campaign at Memphis Tuesday night. Jim Ransom, new centerflelder, and veteran second baseman R. C. Otey led the Little Rock attack with three singles apiece. Les Peden socked a 2-run homer for Shreveport, and pinch-hitters Billy Parsons and Rac Slider got triples. Bill Lynn and Jack Hollis hit doubles. The winning streak by Mgr. Steve Souchock's men included a triumph over Oklahoma City and three straight over Shreveport, a club piloted by Arkansas native Mel Mc- Gaha. Ernest Nichols and Ernest Lawrence each pitched four innings for the Travelers and each allowed six hits. Pete Taylor set Shreveport down in order in the ninth. Fighters Eye Olympics BOSTON I/Pi—Some 135 Olympic- minded amateurs begin swinging- away for 10 titles today in the opening bouts of the three-day 68th national AAU boxing championships at the Boston Garden. Ten new cnrs are under construction for the 500-mile automobile race at Indianapolis Speedway on Memorial Day. Hurricane Puffs On. TV Friday; Foe: Williams By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Herman (Rory) Calhoim, undefeated, 21-year-old middleweight prospect, is favored to run his winning streak to an even 20 tonight at the expense of more experienced Jackie Labua at New York's St. Nicholas Arena (Dumont-TV, 10 p.m., EST). Red Wings Don't Look To Repeat DETROIT (AP) — A gifted, long-armed giant was in the right place at the right time on two occasions and whisked away all but the faintest glimmer of hope that the Detroit Red Wings would repeat again as Stanley Cup hockey champions. The Wings geared their defense to halt rangy Jean Beliveau, but the 24-year-old wizard from Three Rivers, Que., came through with two goals last night to all but wrap up the Montreal Canadlens' first Stanley Cup since 1953. BeliveaU scored in .the first and second periods and the Red Wings never recovered, as the Canadiens went on to wrap it up 3-0 with a final period goal. Montreal leads 3-1 In the be'st-of-seven series. A standing room crowd of IB, HO which Jammed into Detroit's Olympia expecting another free-for-all was not disappointed. The two teams were still swinging minutes Amid all the furor and confusion, It was big Beliveau who might shoulder his way irto the after the final buzzer. made the Canadiens the top-heavy choice to end It all In Tuesday's fracas in Montreal. The big guy Just wouldn't be stopped. After 15 minutes of play, the clubs were nil even. Then while each was one man short, ttiere was a wild scramble for a loose puck In front of the Detroit goal. Beliveau round it and cracked it past goalie Glenn Hall. Montreal kept Ihe pressure on the Wings through the second period. Finally Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion got a long shot that bounced off hall. Beliveau was Johnny-on-the-spot, grabbing it on the rebound and driving a close-range backhand past the Detroit goalie. The Issue was already decided when Ployd Curry dumped in the third goal at 11:34 of the ftnrT period. Detroit tried desperately to erase the 2-0 deficit, but nothln' went right for the Wings. Featherweight champion Sandy Saddler Is a product of Police Athletic League boxing. For a Better Deal . . . SWITCH TO MERCURY! See or Phone A. H. Wallace c/o Bud Wilson Mtrs. 3-6876 or 3-8284 Sun Verrika! Panel Drapes Linen-Nylon-Plastic Phone 3-4863 For Free Estimates Hope Young Blytheville, Ark. PIONEER SEED CORN Guaranteed Stand Jcck Robinson Implement Co. 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Calhoun has 10 knockouts to his credit. Labua has stopped only three opponent! in compiling his 26-8 record. Chuck Spieser, 26. fourth-ranking; light heavyweight contender from Detroit, and aggressive Joey Rowan, 21, Fhoenixvllle, Pn., should furnish some fireworks Wednesday night (ABC-TV-Radlo. 10 p. m., est) in their 10-rounder at the Detroit Olympla. The records : Spieser, 17-3-1 Including 12 kayos; Rowan, 27-8-1, including 13 kayos. Spieser, a Mic Graduate, is favored. Strante To See Johnny Williams, former British empire heavyweight champion. is guaranteed to .see something strange (to him) in boxing Friday night when he bumps into Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, the tireless, u n o r thodox, second - ranking heavy weight contender, In a 10- rounder. at Washington's Ullne Arena NBC-TV Radio, 10 p. m. est). The records: Jackson, 24, 26-4-1, with 12 kayos; Williams, 29, 57-8-3, with 36 kos. Jackson Is the big choice. 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