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SATURDAY, MAY 23, 1953 Bt.YTHEVIU.E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE T1T1! Bob Porterfield Finds Month of May Merry BASEBALL STANDINGS * NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. G.B Philadelphia Milwaukee St. Loui» Brooklyn New York Pittsburgh Chicago Cincinnati 17 10 .630 — 16 10 .615 "i 11 11 .601 <A 17 14 .548 2 11 15 .531 2Vj 11 19 .367 TV, S 16 .360 1 8 17 .320 8 BT BEN PHLEGAR AP SporU Writer After five lean years Bob Porterfield of the Washington Senators is suddenly discovering why they call it the "merry" month of May. The righthander is ready to agree that this year ».t least it's a wonderful month — filled with runs by his teammates and victories for himself. New York Boston Chicago Cleveland Washington Philadelphia St. Louis Detroit AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB 21 10 .667 — 19 13 .594 21' 2 19 15 .559 3'/ 2 15 13 .556 4 17 16 .515 6 15 20 .429 8 12 18 .400 8'/i 10 24 .294 12'/ 2 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Birmingham ... 23 14 .622 — Memphis 20 16 .556 2>/ 2 Nashville 19 19 .500 4J4 Mobile 19 20 Atlanta 18 19 t w Orleans ... 18 21 tie Rock 16 19 Chattanooga ... 14 19 .500 .481 5 .486 5 .462 6 .457 6 .424 7 Yesterday's Results NATIONAL LEAGUE New York 5 Brooklyn 1 8t. Louis * Cincinnati 2 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, postponed rain Milwaukee at Chicago, postponed, rain AMERICAN LEAGUE Washington 12 New York 4 Boston 3-3 Philadelphia 2-2 (second game 12 innings) Detroit 7 Chicago 0 St. Louis at Cleveland, postponed, rain SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Atlanta 3 Little Rock 0 Birmingham 3 Memphis 2 Nashville 6 New Orleans 5 Mobile 11 Chattanooga 2 Today's Games NATIONAL LEAGUE New York at Pittsburgh, — Go- msz (0 : 0) vs. Lapalme (1-3) Brooklyn at Philadelphia, —Roe (1-2) vs. Roberts (6-2) Milwaukee at Chicago, —Spahn (2-1) vs. Minner (2-2) v Cincinnati at St. Louis, —Pod- ,*,!elan (1-4) vs. Faszholz (0-0) or Chambers (0-1) AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston at New York, —Hudson (1-2) vs. Raschi (2-3) Philadelphia at Washington, — Byrcl (3-4) vs. Stobbs (2-4) Chicago at Detroit, —Dobson (3-4) vs. Garver (3-4) St. Louis at Cleveland, —Hollo man (1-1) vs. Wynn (4-1) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Atlanta at Little Rock Birmingham at Memphis Mobile at Chattanooga New Orleans at Nashville Porterfield's name has been a synonym for bad luck ever since he broke into the majors with the New York Yankees In 1948. For four seasons he was plagued by all kinds of Injuries, Last year he specialized in being on the wrong end of shut-outs — seven times he pitched full games without the Senators scoring a single run for him. This season started just Ilka the others—bad. He lost his first three starts. Suddenly, the week that May began, he won a game. He's pitched Jour times since then and he's won four more games. Sweet Win Yesterday's 12-4 victory was Giovanelli Upsets Martinez Youngster Gets Win on Split Decision particularly sweet one for Porterfield since it came against the Yankees who had Riven up on him to such nn extent that in 19*1 they traded two other, pitchers with im and tossed in $50,000 cash to gel Bob Kuzava. For a change Porterfleld'a teammates got him a whole hatful ot runs, the most scored against the Yanks this season. The 18-hit attack was high for the Senators this year. Until they ran Into Porterfield the Yanks had won four In a row. The loss cost them a full game of their American League lead, which now stands at 2 ',£ games, since the Boston Red Sox won a double-header from Philadelphia and took over second place. The Red Sox won the first game, 3-2, with a pair of runs In the eighth and picked up the second game by the lame score although they had to go 12 innings to get it. Hautteman Hot Art Houtteman allowed only two hits as the Detroit Tigers handed the Chicago White Sox their fourth straight loss, 7-0, St. Louis at Cleveland was rained out. In the National League rain cut the schedule In half. New York won its sixth In a row and its second straight over Brooklyn, 5 1. The St. Louis Cardinals moved within half a game of the league leading Phillies by trimming Cincinnati, 4-2. Philadelphi was rained out at Pittsburgh. So was second place Milwaukee at Chicago. Vols' Southpaws Are Red Hot Barons Stretch j$ Lead Over Memphis Chicks By MERCER BAILEY Associated Tress Sports Writer Way things are going, Nashville Manager Hugh Poland might do wel to consider adding some more left- handers to his pitcchlng staff. The Vols, in third place. 4'/2 games behind Birmingham, have won 19 games this season. Sixteen of these were credited to southpaws, although the mound corps is evenly divided. Southpaws Jim Constable and Jim Singleton teamed up last night to give the Vols a 6-5 victory over New Orleans. The Pels out-hll Nashville, 16-10, but Constable and Singleton tightened In the clutches, leaving 11 Pels stranded. Birmingham extended its lead over Memphis to 214 games by beat- Ing the Chicks, 3-2; Atlanta shutout fast-fading Little Rock, 3-0, and Mobile walloped Chattanooga 11.2. . . . . Traves Limited Dick Donovan, making his second show for Atlanta this' season, pitched a masterful game after relieving Taylor Phillips in the first. Phillips became 111 — apparently from the heat — while retiring the first batter. Donovan, knocked out in the third inning by Memphis in his only other appearance this season, limited the Travs to four hits. He retired the last 16 batters in order, using a lot of low curves. .^Junior Woolen's double and Dick feinovic's single In the first gave Donovan n working edge all the way. Birmingham's batting wizard. Qus Triandos, generally conceded to be the handiest man with a bat the Southern Association has evcv icon, led the Barons to their triumph ivlth four for flva including a hom- :r In the eighth. Mobile's Bob Hamrlc connected tor a 3-run homer In the seventh .0 clinch th? game for tin Bears. It v-s ' ittanooga's »evcnth itriight loss. i NEW YORK (AP)—Danny Giovanelli, 20-year-old Brooklyn busybody, is off and running for the 1953 Rookie of the Year title at the expense of last year's winner, handsome Vince Martinez Shooting at the moon in his first Madison Square Garden main event, Danny Boy upset the 13 to favorite In a stirring battle, last night before 4,683 paying 515,715. Martinez weighed 146, Giovanelli 144%. Fifteen seconds of furious action i Martinez' corner won "the big one" for Giovanelli whose only previous Garden appearance was a six-round prelim bout. On the deck for an eight-count i th^e. ninth round and shaken early in the 10th. he stormed back n the closing seconds to convince the two judges. If Martinez had won the last •ound on the cards of Judges iarold Barnes and Artie Susskind le would have grabbed the decision. Barnes had it 4-4-1 going into the 10th and Susskind had it 5-4 for Giovanelli but Martinez leading j second"inning' which" featured' two Denton Hurls No-Hitter As Dirty Sox Win Blily Joe Denton spun the first no-hitter of the year in Commercial League softball yesterday as he hurled the unbeaten Courier News D'Hv Sox'to a 3-1 decision over F.P.A. In the Bay Window League, American Life Insurance Company pounded out a 15-1 win over hapless Mead's Clothiers. Striking out seven batsmen in the five-inning game at Maloney Park, Denton had a shutout until the fourth when the Future Farmers scored their only run on errors. The Dirty Sox scored one in the second on a triple by Birmingham and an error, and added two more in the fourth on squeeze bunts after Berryhlll tripled. American Life gained their win over Mead's by virtue of nn 11-run on points. The final cards showed Barnes 5-4-1 and Susskind 6-4, both for Danny. Referee Ruby Goldstein saw Martinez a 6-3-1 winner. The AP card split right down the middle with 4-4-2. home runs, a double and seven singles. The homers were hit by Bear and Lfpford. J. P. Garrott, hurling Jor the insurance company, stopped Mead's with six hits. Long was the losing pitcher. ALL. THm V/ANKEE6 Aeicep K>a A COUPLE OF SS4»CW* BACK THEY TOOK A AND MAOg HIM A MAO'* WBAKNE6* WA-SP Mickey's Only First One; Two at Home Just Like Him By HARRY GRATSON NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK—(NBA)—It seems too good to be true, but there are two more at home just like Mickey Mantle. The identical twins, Roy and Ray, are the only subject that takes the phenomenal Yankee out of his shell of bashful modesty. "You think I'm somethin?" he beams. "You oughta see Roy and Ray. They're great athletes." Roy and Ray are Commerce. Okla., High jurors, playing right and left halfback, respectively. Like their "big" brother, they go in for whatever sport is in season. The twins (at n are an inch and a half taller than the World Champions' clean-up hitter and weigh 15 more pounds than he did in his junior year in high school. They figure to round out as considerably " gger men. Baseball and football scouts already have them under close watch. After the World Series last fall, Mantle drove, from New York to lommerce with only five hours sleep, making 70 and 80 miles an hour in stretches, and finishing with a 640-mile spurt In one day's driv- ng which took him directly to the Md and the last half of a loot- ball game. He was rewarded by see- ng Ray tear off 89 yards for a ;ouchdown, Insurance as Commerce beat Picher, Okla., High, 13-0. "I got a bigger kick out of seeing Ray make that run than I did out of any one of my World Series home runs," he says. • » • JOHN UNCO, NOW of Miami, Okla., who coached Mantle at Com- merce High, says he was the one boy he has seen who could have made any college football or basketball team. Clyde Carley, who was an associate editor of a slick-paper magazine, got little out of the extremely reticent Mantle on a trip to crossroads Commerce before the training season. So Carley turned to the youngster's neighbors to find out that the Mick was cut out to be precisely what he is. Mantle made 10 touchdowns in the six football games he played as a high school senior. The Commerce team was beaten only once until the bad ankle forced him out for the season, "Mickey was a triple threat, tops In ball-carrying, passing and could kick a football far enough to lose it," said Coach Lingo. "But anyone who watched him on the baseball field knew then his future was in that game." Commerce High used Mantle as a pitcher, catcher and shortstop. In Mantle's final year, the baseball team lost only once—to Miami, a considerably larger town, Mickey pitched that game, and Lingo recalled that every time he came to Sports Roundup — Experts Say Dodgers Show Signs of Decay By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — We encountered a widespread feeling in the Midwest that time finally has caught up with the Brooklyn Dodgers and that the National League race has become a wide-open affair, with the Phillies not necessarily favored over three other clubs — Milwaukee, St. Louis and New York. That is a lot of baseball teama to crowd into one pennant race and it could be the experts in the Western portion of the circuit are counting the Dodgers out much too soon. They obviously saw the defending champions at their worst out* that way. But they claim to have detected unmistakable signs of decay in Charlie Dressen's crew. "Roy CampaneUa and Jackie Robinson have been holding them up all by themselves, taut it can't go m forever," one analyst declared. One or both of them is bound to slow down when the real hot weather comes, and then watch out Pee Wee Reese is no youngster any more, either. Believe me, their president, Walter O'Malley, wasn't faking the other day when he said he was alarmed. They've got to do some trading, and they had better come up with a good starting pitcher." Desperation Move? The sams observers regarded Dressen's benching of non-hitting GU Hodges and the temporary transfer of Robinson to tlrst base as a desperation move. They claimed to know that Jackie detests playing first. They said, too, thai from what they saw pitcher Joe Black Is suffering from one of the worst cases of sophomore jinx on record. All of which, they contend, adds up to a new National League cJub in the next World Series. We were warned quite solemnly not to take that wild-eyed Milwaukee team too lightly. For a fact, Chicago fans are almost as hopped- up about their new neighbors as the Milwaukee customers are. It Is a quick, fast train ride, and many a Chicago dollar is finding its way to the Braves' treasury. The Bravce, we were informed, were the first team in the league to find a starting line-up and stick with it. The fact was regarded as significant. Of the Eastern clubs which just West, the Giants, of all people, made the strongest impression one* they ! broke out of their long batting slump in Cincinnati. We were advised not to count Durocher's team out, despite the erratic Knowing of its hill staff, which rang up only five complete games in its first 30 starts. "Any team that has Monte Irvin hitting out here has to be given a real chance," we were advised. "If Bobby Thomson catches fire, too, they'll be hard to head off. Durocher made a smart move when he put Whitey Lockrnan back to the outfield. Gilbert looks like he's finally ready." Only Two Our informants said they simply had not been able to form an accurate opinion of the Phillies because of the weather, it's been even colder and more miserable in the Western half lately than it has in the East, if that's ppssible. As a result, about all they saw of the Phik out there was Robin Koberts. Curl Simmons, rain, rain, and then start over again. They don't know, any more than does the rest of the league, what will happen to Steve O'Neill's stafl when the doubleheaders start piling up. We run into Steve, himself, expression and can testify that he still is serene and untroubled. On what they have shown to this point, the St. Louis Cardinal*, are regarded as the aarfc horse ot the race. They say that once the weather permits Eddie SUnky to straighten out his deep pitching staff and Stan Muslal begins hitting about .360 to make up for lost time, the tame will seriously assert Itself. bat they walked him. "It was well, known on our little cticult that if they threw a ball where Mickey could reach it with a bat. he'd, bast it out of the park," Lingo recollected. MRS. LOVELL MANTLE, Mickey's mother, suggested that Carley talk with Mrs. Pearl Miller, who taught the twins in junior high and was an old friend. "Mickey," Mrs, Miller said, "was a boy who hated defeat. Cards, dominoes, football, baseball, basketball or Nosey Poker, that boy played with all he had—to win. , "The Mantle cnlldren were taught to speak only when spoken to and never to be forward with their elders." Ott Chanuier or me drug store in which Mantle hangs out when home remembered when a salesman for razor blnde.s came to Commerce and kept after him to be introduced to the Mick. Chandler knew Mantle was next door in the pool hall, so called him in and introduced them, mentioning offhand that the razor blade company sponsored baseball broadcasts, thus Indirectly helped pay the Micks' salary. "Yeah, I know," was all Mantle said, starting to play a pinball machine. He hardly looked at the salesman, kept watching Chandler as if waiting for a sign that he could go. Pretty soon he was back playing pool with the boys. "Mickey Mantle would rather be in Commerce, playing pool or dominoes, or out fishing or hunting with old friends, than to be in the biggest night club or anything else they got in New York," said Ott Chandler, truthfully. Bill Bruton, the rookie speed demon for the Milwaukee Braves, did not participate in athletics while in high school. concluded their first invasion of the at the blg£flght you'll pardon tht BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, May 25 8:00 p.m. 4-MAN TAG MATCH Doran O'Hara & Lee Fields vs. Eddie Malone & Sailor Moran 90 Min. Time Limit — Best 2 out of 3 Palls Adult* 60c—Children 15e ALSO 21-FALL MATCHES O'Hara vs. Malohe Fields vi. Moran 30 Minute Time Limit CALL 2239 for FREE ESTIMATE! Tile your kitchen or bathroom wall with wonderful Hcveled-Conlour Plastic Wall Tilt NOW! Beautiful and endtirinff! NO DOWN PAYMENT and up to 36 monlhs to pay. WRIGHT SUPPLY Mutton at N. Fifth St. Phon* 2239 Musial and Cards Top Redlegs 4-2 By The Associated Press The only thing lacking in the St. Louis Cardinals' rt- cfcnt batting sprees has been Stan Musial, but he made up for that last night by driving in the two runs needed to give the Redbirds a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Redlegs. + A double by Solly Hemus and l Golfers Compete With U.S. Open Champ Today Boros Predicts He'll Come Close to Par in National Golf Event PITTSBURGH (AP)—Julius Boros, the National Optn golf champion who oozes con- findence in a quiet sort of way, predicted lie would come close to par today in a National Golf Day test against possibly 100,000 of the country's golfers. Officials of Oakmont Country Club prepared for a big crowd as Boros arrived for his if-hole round over the tricky course. Boros picked Lew Wovsham, home club pro and former Open champ, ns his playing partner. Pros and duffers alike kept a close watch to see how Boros fares over the Oakmont fairways where he will defend his crown next month. Playing on their home course, the golfers who go up against Boros. paid a dollar apiece for the chance to win medals saying they beat the tltleholder. Last year 14,607 golfers at 2,114 :lubs beat the score of former Open Champ Ben Hogan. Proceeds of the event go to the USD and the National Golf Fund Inc. Those who participate in the event are allowed to subtract their club handicaps from their gross score. If they beat Boros' gross score they get, a medal . Thousands of women golfers were expected to compete in the unique event. Women golfers not only can subtract their handicaps from their single by Stan produced » run In the first Inning. In the third, Musial sent the ball out of the park for his second homer of the season. Doubles by Steve Btlko and Del Rice in the second were good for a rim, as was Red Schoendlenst's two-bagger and a single by Ray Jablonski in the eighth. Jim Grcengrass was the major weapon in the Redlegs' seven-hit attack as he pounded out a single, a double and triple to move Into the batting lead for the National league. Mizell Relieved Wilmer (Vinegar Bend) Mizell, one of the few Redbird pitchers to go the distance In recent days, didn't make it all the way this time, but he gained the victory. Mizell struck out six and held Cincinnati hitiess for three Innings. A single run in the fourth and another in the sixth brought Mlks Clark out for relief work. Southpaw Al Brazle took over for Clark in the eighth with two out and Greengrass on third. Rain postponed . the scheduled night- game between the Browns and the Xidians at Cleveland. Junior Y Baseball Team to Be Formed Monday A meeting to organize a Junior T baseball team will be held at the Blythevllle High School gymnasium at 7 o'clock Monday night, Coach. Jimmy Fisher announced yesterday. All boys in BlythevilU and IUT- roundlng territory who were not 17 before Jan. 1, 1953. nre eligible and should Attend the meeting If interested in playing, Coach .Fisher sold. The learn will meet all requirements of the American Legioa rules, he said. gross scores but an extra seven strokes as well. Boros shot a 35-37—72, an «vta par, over the house yesterday while playing with friends. Youth Against Experience In Monday's Wrestling Show It will be youth versus experience In the feature bout of the American Legion's wrestling matches at Memorial Auditorium. Monday night's tag bout hendlln- er will pair two wrestlers who have been around n long time, Eddie Malone and Sailor Moran, against a couple of up and coming youngsters, Lee Fields and Doran O'Hara. who have been wrestling only a few years. None of the principals on Monday night's card need an Introduction to Blythevllle mat, fans. Malnne and Mornn are a pair of toughles who have learned every trick of the trade through years of experience. Both have long since proven themselves capable oppo- nents In spite of their reputation* as bad boys. Despite their youth both O'Har* and Fields are capable youngsten. Fields, a Junior heavyweight who will be giving .away some -20 pound* to both Malone and Moran hat made quite a name for himself in the mid-south circuit. And O'Hara, who made his debut here only two weeks ago, has lived up to advance billings as one of the more promli- Ing heavyweights in the business today. In addition to the befit two of three falls main event, two one-fall preliminary matches are also on th« card In the first O'Hara will tak« on Malone with Fields meetinf Moran in the second. SUNDAY and every Sunday! BLYTHEVILLE SPEED BOWL WALKER PARK Time Trials - - - 1 p.m. Races Start • • 2:30 p.m. Adm. Adults $1 Children SOc THRILLS GALORE!