The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 10, 1956 · Page 12
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 10, 1956
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PAGE TWELVE BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 1956 The View from Here ou C*a ^rrauGA u SOMEONE SAtD there Were more citizens of Blytheville on Madison Avenue in Memphis over the weekend than there were on Main in Blytheville. Madison ... or, more precisely, 914 ... is ordinarily the scene of Southern Association baseball action: Russwood Park, home of Memphis' Chicks. But Saturday and Sunday the big leaguers took over and their fans (the local mob included) responded. Matter of stastistical fact, 14,671 responded on Sunday. It was a beautiful day. The fingers of the sun in a clear sky were long and warm, but let's face it: the two .baseball teams did the attracting. On OIK side of the field there , w»§ « team with such outstanding name* as Stan Musial, Red Schondienst, Hank Sutler. Facing: them was a team sprinkled freely with ex-Mem- phlt Chicks, backed up by veterans of the headlines like Larry Doby, Walt (tht Big Moose) Dropo and Nellie Fox. Danny Menendez. f 1 u s - tered new gene r a 1 manager of the Chicks, said: "I had no idea these two clubs were so popular down here Next year I think we'll reserve all seats *o nobody is disappointed." While he was talking the fans Musial continued to spin the turnstiles. Suddenly the park was loaded -. . . so the patrons spilled out on the playing field. There was nowhere else for them to go. But those who had to stand throughout the contest didn't have it so bad either . . . at toast those who rimmed the outfield enjoyed themselves. The re wa s Just as much action out there as there was around the plate and pitcher's mound. And the admiring group of youngsters clustered about Mus- sial in right field will probably never get any closer to baseball greatness than they were Sunday afternoon. After the Man made his all-out running catch of a looping sink- Ing ball in foul territory, they were close enough to pat him admiringly on the back. But none dared. This was Memphis. Not Brooklyn. At usual, in any game, Mii- slal drew the most Each time he stepped to the plate an excitement raced swiftly through the crowd, Fans til the first-base grandstand, especially the distaff members, enjoyed Stan's little bula twist of the hips as he wound up waiting for a pitch. When Hank Saucr appeared at the platter also people forgot their manners and pointed . . . and said: "Look who it is." Big Henry hits that little horsehide just as hard as anybody around these days. Those bright young Cardinal rookies are going to have a difficult time keeping him happy on the bench, * * * Luis Aparicio satisfied his former Memphis fans. too. Stole a base . . . then made a brilliant stop of a wicked grounder behind third base. But little Luis didn't have enough arm to do anything with it. To keep the record straight: St. Louis Cardinals won two games from the Chicago White Sox, 13-7 — 5-1, 8-6. Redbird hurler Larry Jackson, off to a punk beginning Sunday (he allowed a 11 six Sox runs), prompted a sportswriter to ask: "Where's Jackson going to pitch this year, Rochester?" Joe Garagiola, Card broadcaster who overheard, said: "What's wrong with you guys, anyway? Kid pitches one bad game and you're ready to ship him off to Oshffosh or someplace." In a meeker tone he added: "Anybody got a spare Hershey candy bar?" Guess Joe can't wait until he gets back on the Hill in St. Louis for some of those famous spaghetti dinners. As the Sox rolled up those early runs, a Chicago Hemingway suggested to his St. Louis counterparts: "One of you guys better run down there and get a quote from Frank Lane." "Is that what you boys did when he was with Chicago?" "We never had to. He was always up here in the press box standing right behind us," Cardinal general, manager Prank Lane spent Sunday's entire game in the sun on the St. Louis bull pen bench. Rookie Don Blasingame, 24- year-old Bird infielder from Cor- JnJh, Miss., lived up to his advance bally-hiph!p-hoo-ray on the last play of the game. Replacing (he incomparable Schoendienst at second, lie went directly behind the sack to stop Aparicio's hard grounder, then somehow managed to flip the ball to Schofield, who completed the game-ending doubleplay. There was some difference of opinion In the press box as to how BtaslngRame got rid of the ball. Some thought he flipped the ball with his bare fist. If you werr there and saw Ihc play you probably have your own version. But Boh Brocg of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke loudest and with the most authority: little Don passed the ball glove- hnndcd. And .in Umt's the way tht reports went nut to the rest of the baseball world. David Bloom, Memphis sportswriter, was official scorekeeper of the game. Assisted by Jack Cassinl and at least three kibitzing Windy City writers. After the contest a well-meaning fella, laughing and laughing and laughing, informed us that a staff member of this newspaper picked the Cards to finish In first place lust year. That's not so funny. This department is prepared to in a he that same mistake right here and now. And so . . . let's get back to Harry Cnray. Hove are some of the remurks received concerning a recent story on the chief St. Louis broadcaster: "You're all wet," "Your View was a little out of focus on that one, wasn't it?" "Well, I don't know . . . I'll agree he's a good announcer hut he doesn't know baseball." "Me knows baseball all right but he's not a good aniiounrcr." And you can Just imagine what a transplanted Brooklyntte .... even though here for 16 years . . . had to say on the matter . . . You'll be happy to learn that the curtain now falls on this chapter. Barlick Enters Hospital SPRINGFIELD, 111., '.ft—Al Bnr- lick, a National League umpire the last 16 years, may miss opening day April 17. Barlick, 41, reportedly has been bothered by a heart condition and entered St. John's Hospital lust week. Barlick had been umpiring exhibition games in Florida bui returned last week after becoming j]J. Mrs. Barlick said tests on herj husband should be completed today but she had no Idea when he would leave the, hospital. A National League spokesman U. Cincinnati said Barlick's condition is "regrettable" and that leapuc President Warren Giles would not issue a slntcment on Barlick until receiving a fufl report from doctors. Bnrltck, who was born in Springfield, joined the National League umpiring stalf in 1940. Red Pullurd. who rode Scablscuit. is exorcising horses this winter for Short Brook Farm at Hinlenh. Score, Roberts Untouchable FRIENDLY GET-TOGETHER — No sense trying to identify the participants because you couldn't even tell the players with a program. It's wrestling at American Legion Memorial last night. The results: Joe Welch pinned Joe McCarthy, Prince Omar took Billy Sharber and Butch Boyett defeated Bob Boyer. In the tag match (above), the team of Boyett, McCarthy and Omar won in two-out-of-three. (Courier News Photo) Baseball Is National Pastime — But Not Here in Arkansas By AUREN COOPER The Assctctjited Press Are you all set for another season of The Great American Sport; the main dish on the sports menu; The National Pastime? Okay, simply flip the television set to the right channel. That is, if you're lucky and it happens to be Saturday. That's the only way about 95 per cent of the people in Arkansas will see a professional baseball game this year. We wash and polish and porcelainize, Give expert lubrication, Who wonders why, So many buy. Should try us for explanation. Drive in today for a complete automotive checkup! PHILLIPS MOTOR CO. Your Ford Dealer Blythtvilk, Ark. Phont 3-4453 The bull parks at Pine Blutf, Hot Springs and El Dorado—all members of the now defunct Cotton States League until this year — now, we presume, will be given over to piiHH-thc-hat semi-pros, amateurs and Little Leaguers. Baseball is supposed to be as American as hot dog and beer. However, from the way it hns been treated in this part of Ihe country the past few years, people apparently consider baseball one of the baser sports—instead of the basic sport. Peak iu 1!)50 I The sport reached a peak when Pine Bluff won a pcnannt, in 1950 1 and Little Roi-k followed with nn other smash hit—in both the stnrul- ings and attendance—in 1951. Since then, \vi!h 11 few exceptions, the loyal funs only turned out whcr the promoters offered a chance al something extra: a free automobile, a television set, or all the silver you can carry. At the horse race (rack—[mother place where you have a slin chance to hit a Jackpot—business is booming. There's no moral here—it's jusL an interesting pattern. A winner undoubtedly would h'elp u Honda nee. but El Dorado apparently lost money on two hot contenders in succeeding years. The Little Rock club of the Southern Association is the only remaining organized baseball team In Arkansas, and it is regarded as the .slinkiest spot in Ihe league. Sports imprest has shifted to football, held fairly steady on basketball. In 1950 or 51. would anyone have predicted that there would be only one chnnce 'an exhibition at Fort Smith) for Arkunsnns to sec major leaguers in action? Or, would anyone have suggested that Pine Bluff or Lit MR Rock needed to trade their ball parks for frolf courses? Bis StniRRle Since then. Pine Bluff htis given up baseball, Little Rock's club struggling to stay alive and botl have built new public golf courses Most Arkansans won't get to watch big lettgue ballplayers at work, bu there will be some of the nation's best pro golfers at Hot Spring, next week—and in real compcti lion, too. There are some obvious bless ings in the trend. Track may take on new life in this Olympic yea and the basoball-for-kids programs certainly will rate a higher posi tion on the sports pages. There is Incrensc-'l interest in golf and Qthei do-it-yourself sports live swimming, fishing and horseshoe pitch Favor Extension Of Rose Pact CHICAGO IJ) — Michigan State, Wisconsin and Illinois yesterdaj voted in favor of extending indefinitely the Big Ten - Pacific Coast Conference Rose Bowl footbal pact. Purdue last week also cast a vote of approval. The Illinois faculty senate, however, urged a return to the ruling by which a team was limited to one appearance every three years The present contract has one-in- two years clause. Wisconsin in previous years has voted against continuation. Bill Reed, assistant Big Ten commissioner, said the conference Ls not recording votes of approval. Reed said no negative votes have been received as yet. Three teams In the Chicago White Sox chain won pennants in 1955. They were Memphis in the Southern Assn., Colorado Springs in the Western League and Dubuque, Iowa in the Mississippi-Ohio Valey League. Homers Spark Foster to Win Over Swift Central's Posters took advantage of their opportunities to, defeat their brother team Central Swifts, 6-3 in "Y" fifth grade softball play at Compress Park yesterday afternoon. The victory was sparked by back- to-back home runs of Carroll McDennott and Jerry Modford In the opening inning, in which the "Fosters" tallied three markers. The Swifts got one in the bottom half on two walks and an infield out and added two in the second, after the Fosters had chased three more across on ttt'o singles, an error, a walk and an infield out. As far as the scoring went, that was the ball game, although the remaining inninRS produced several sparkling Fielding plays. Garrison started on the mound for the winners, but was replaced In the second by Meclford and In the fourth by Sudbury. For the Swifts. Dickie Wyatt went all thi way. The winners had six hits and the losers three. fiern/ce Bowls 289 OMAHA, Neb. ffl—Bcrnice Price started with a spare, rolled ten strikes in nine for row and ended with 289 game. It was the ifghest game for a woman in Oma ha in almost 20 years. She also scored 223 and 176 for a 688 series. ilghest this year for a Nebraska woman bowler. She previously rolled three other 600 series htis season. LEE SOYBEANS Registered, Certified and Non-Certified Lee Seed Soybeans. Also Certified Ogden, Non-Certified Ogden, Dorman and Other Varieties. Lespedeza, Clovers, Grasses and Other Field Seeds. Your Patronage Appreciated BLYTHEVILLE SOYBEAN CORP. Ph. 3-6856 1800 W. Main Blytheville, Ark. Ph. 3-6857 Roberts Tosses Complete Game, Gives Up No Walks By ED WILKS Poor Herb Score. He won 16 games and struck out 245 as the American League rookie of the year with the Cleveland Indians last season, and all the time his "cousins" were in tht other league. The guys he calls "cousins" are* : — — • • • the New York Giants, and he's been treating them like po' relations this spring. In 22 innings against them the 22-year-old fire- ballin' lefthander has permitted only 3 runs, 12 hits and 10 walks while fanning. 21, He's looked so good^the Giants' Don Mueller, a pretty fair hitter, ranks him No. 1 on the Cleveland staff—ahead of Bob Lemon, Early Wynn and Mike Garcia, in fact, should they meet in the World Series, Mueller figures it'll take the Giants five games to win. They swept the tribe in four straight in 1954, but Mueller concedes one vic-j tory (o Score. Herb Taken Giants Herb was at his usual best yesterday as : Cleveland beat the Giants 6-4. Mueller got an infield single and Gail Harris followed' with a home run to the opposite field off a low outside fast ball in the first inning, but then Score became almost' untouchable. He walked just two and fanned five while giving only one more hit in liis five innings—a smash to the mound that went for a single by Whitey Lockman, Bob Feller mopped up for the Tribe with four hits—one a two- run homer by Hank Thompson, who was purposely held back until Score departed. Giant manager Bill Rigney figured Hank might further injure his stiff shoulder swinging at Score's fast one. Cleveland got its licks in early, belting Al Worthington for six hits and five runs in the first three rames. Hoot Evers and Jim Hegan homered off the righthander Cold and rain checked the exhibition schedule to five games—and: pitching dominated each on. j Vteran Ned Carver, trying to Dyess Coach Park Leaves Job in July DYESS — Tom F. Park, Jr., basketball coach at Dyess High School for the past nine years, leaves the school July 1 to accept a position as superintendent of schools in Homers- ville, Mo.,, it was announced today. The coach has held a similar post " at the Dyess school for the past two years in addition to his athletic activities.' At the Missouri school, however, Park will not do any coaching. "That's the tough part about leaving my present job," the popular 33-year-old coach said this morning. "But the new job was too fine an opportunity for me to let it pass by." Born in Okolona, Ark.. Park earned his B.A. degree at Render- escape the bullpen, allowed onlyfcson in Arkadelphia and his M.A one hit and faced the 18-man mm-l at George Peabpdy in Nashville. mum for his six inning as Detroit | He's been employed at Dyess since they were never able to steal the crown. They came closest in 1953 when they dropped a semi-final decision to the state champion Bergman quintet, 65-63. The juniors, however, showed their big brothers how it wa« done in 1955 when they went aU the \\.\y In the stale. They were runnerup this year. Coach Park "is married • to tht former Pieda Fincher of Manila. walloped New Orleans of the Southern Assn. 10-0. Robin Roberts was in complete charge as the Philadelphia Phils )eat Boston's Red Sox 2-1. Robin, going nine innings, tossed a six- litter and didn't walk a man. The Boston run was unearned. Richie Ashburn, with three of Ihe four ilts allowed by Tom Brewer and Leo Kiely, won it with a two-run homer. JscnSon Homers Milwaukee got eight scattered hits and two runs from Brooklyn rookie Don Drysdale for six frames, then jumped on Dave Cole for four runs in the eighth and won 8-4. Bob Buhl \V?.H solved for only three hits before being chased in the eighth. Bob Trowbridge cut off the Brook rally at, one run. but was' evicted himself Iu the ninth when Randy Jackson homered. Johnny Logan homered off Drysdale, a 19-year-old right- hander. Cincinnati whipped Washington i 7-1 behind the four-hit pitching of I rookie Pat Scantlebury and Joe' Black. Wally Post had two triples and Prank Robinson homered for the Redlegs. Cincinnati also got first baseman George Crowe from Milwaukee in return for outfielder Bob Haxle. Who goes to Wichita, and an as yet unnamed player. 1947, serving as principal during the 1953-54 terms. He has enjoyed amazing success with his boys senior and junior basketball squads through the years. In all, his teams have won 202 games while dropping only 46. Although his senior teams were entered in state meets four times, Men's Softball Reorganizes First steps in the re-organization of men's Softball league for play during the spring and summer will take place Wednesday night, when representatives of the various teams meet at the "Y" al 7:00 o'clock. Last year, the league boasted six teams and the Bay Window Bombers repeated as league champions. Other teams represented were the Independents. Ark-Mo Power Co., Central Metals Products, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and Courier News. The meeting Wedesnday night is expected to be brief, as only the matter of starting dates for play and , the initial moves in forming the organization will be involved. Contracts, schedules and other! items of business will come later. I Memphis Chicks Open with Travs By The Associated Press Despite a forecast of cooler weather. Southern Association front office folks predicted big turnouts for tonight's 56th opening of the Class AA circuit's pennant race. Righthanders are scheduled to duel in the curtain-raiser at Memphis. Jack Cassini has chosen Bill Du- Pcur 11-9. who rejoined .the Chicks a few days ago after a spring trial with the Chicago White Sox. Manager Steve Souchoc knamed Joe Tully 2-2 to open for Little Rock. The Travs employed Tully mostly as a relief pitcher last season. Babe Falls Back Again GALVESTQN, Tex T (/P) — Bab* Didrikson Zaharias has suffered another set-back in her battle against cancer. Her physician, Dr. Robert M. Moore of John Scaly Hospital, said last night her condition "is not so good" and said there was a "slight extension" of the cancer from which she has suffered since 1953. While serious, it was emphasized her condition was not critical. Read Courier News Classified Ada. It s even better than isweet'inash' bourbon"'. I \ "Even smoother than 'sour-mash' bourbon ^and only "mellow-mash" bourbon... 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