The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 24, 1948 · Page 3
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•IX (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 194)1 Blytheville Legion Juniors Win 14 to 6 Over Team from Piggott; Jo Battle Fort Smith Tonight ' Tfc« Blytheville Junior Legion Cotton Pickers, sparked V their 14 to 6 rout of the Ptegott Junior Legionnaires yes- t«rd*y went after their 12th victory of the season this after- ;noou when they tangled with the strong Fort Smith Junior nine at Walker Park. • tarons, Chicks Crowding Bears Mobil* Lotti Extra inning Contest to M«mphii 11 to 10 Kenny Merritt, the Pickers' ace i hurler, vai slated for the hill duties •thta afternoon- Merritt was scheduled to hurl against Piggott yesterday but Manaijer James Fisher 'started lefty Dan Bunch Instead in : order to save Merritt for this aller- instead pitched brilliantly for five, and one-third Innings be- ' fore he was forced from the mound due to a sore knee. Bunch gave up only three hits, two of them coming In the first inning, and three of the »ix runs, all of which were unearned. Big Montroe Holland, the six-foot 14-year-old right hander, relieved Bunch on the mound and hurled masterfully for three and two- thirds innings, holding Piggott hitless and allowing only one earned run. Bunch was credited with the Holland, a slde-armcr with n lot of speed, kept the PlRgott hitlers mystified as he whiffed his fast ball Baseball Standings SOUTHERN LEAGUE W. L. Nashville Mobile Memphis Birmingham . ., ;hsttanooea New .Orleans 43 , 39 , 36 , 36 . 32 . 38 . 38 . 36 Pet .652 .674 .64-5 .53' .45' .438 .41 J9 NATIONAL LEAGUE W. L. Pet Boston 34 24 .58 Pittsburgh 32 24 .57 St. Louis New York . Philadelphia Brooklyn . . Cincinnati , Chicago . . 32 29 28 24 26 23 25 2« 32 20 35 33 By Kdwln Pop* (llnlled Prut SporU Writer) ATLANTA, Ga., June 24. (UP> — Birmingham and Memphis id. up the Southern Association race for second place today as each gained a lull game on Mobile's sliding Bears In an loop card last night. .42(5 •411 AMERICAN LEAGUE W. L Cleveland New York Washington St. Louis . Chicago . . pa'st them. This ishis first year in ' American Legion baseball. - ' - The Pickers collected 14 hits off Bojto . .. {two Piggott hurlers. Landrum open- | ' ed on the hill but was pulled in the '• sixth in favor of Brandon, who '•• stopped the Pickers in the two teams' first meeting. Brandon set Blylheville down In order the first two innings that he worked but the Pickers solved his ; curve ball in the eighth and show' ered him for six runs. Brandon took •• the blame for the loss. Manager Fisher staled that he ' would start practically the same line-up Ihis afternoon that he used ' yesterday. Mel Hay. who caught his first game yesterday, will be behind i. the plate with Sonny Stires at first, Joe Poe at second, Jack Duclos at ' short, Clifton Wlxson at third. Ali vin Duclos In left. Charles "Ruff" Lutes In center _and Ted Vance in right, Merritt will be shooting for eighth win of the season and first over the Fort Smith nine. 35 34 35 28 28 27 22 17 Pet. .AX .586 .574 .510 Afii .488 .333 .333 The Chicks look it out directly on Ihe Hears wilh an 11-10 win in 10 innings, despite a desperate- Mobile rally that produced Elx runs in the- ninth—enough lo tie up the tilt and send 11 Into an extra frame. The- win left Memphis Just a game and a half behind .wcond- plncc Mobile and dropped the Bears another half-name lower Ihan Nashville. The V^ils were not sche- jduled but uppcd their league lead to five lull games anyway. Birmingham, meanwhile, won a tight 3-1 decision from Chattanooga to pull up just one game hc- lilnrt Memphis. Thai left just two and one-half names separating the __>...., ........ „„,! fourth-place At long Iiit Blythevllle's mat fans are going to get to enjoy that i new athletic arena that lias been ' promised them for so long, abbreviated I Mike Meroney, the congenial I gentleman who handles the pro his his Jonesboro Wins 11-lnning Game From Armcrel The Jonesboro Red Sox pushec across two run* in the-top half o the llth Inning at Walker Par last night to defeat the Armore ' Tigers f to 4. The game was tied at 3-all :; the «nd of Ihe regular nine Inning '= of play, forcing the game into tm frame*. JTank'iaiis started on th« moui ' Jor the Tigers but retired after tl lint Inning due to arm trouble. H ' was relieved by McWhirter who w with the loss. ' Yesterday's Results MISSCO I.KAGtJK Osceola 17, Blytheville t. SOUTHERN LEAGUE Memphis 11, Mobile 10 (10 In- ngs) Birmingham 3, Cliatlanoogn 1 New Orleans at Little Rock, rain (Only Games) NATIONAL LfcAGUE Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati 2 St. Louis nt Boston, rain Chicago at New York, rain Pittsburgh at Brooklyn, rain AMERICAN LKAGU* Washington 2. Detroit 1 New York 5. Cleveland 1 Philadelphia 12, St. Louij Boston at Chicago, mln i oday s Games SOUTHERN LEAGUE (All night games). Chattanooga at Birmingham. Is'ew Orleans at Little Rock. Mobile at Memphis. Only games scheduled. NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh at Brooklyn 12). Chicago at New York (21. Si. Louis nt Boston, vAglit. Cincinnati at Philadelphia, second, third Southern clubs. Memphis took an early 7-0 lead over Mobile as Chuck Eiseumami liail a shutout lill the sixth Irame. Then tlie Beats knocked him out of the box with two In Ihe sixth nnd added two more in the seventh. Rears Go on Itjimpage Three Chick runs In the sixth made it 10-4 going Inlo the last inning. lint the Bears staged a terrific Inst-dllcli spree and shoved six runs across the plate to tie It up. Roy Boles took over the Mobile : mound In the ninth nnd Memphis ] got to him In the first extra Inning for the winning run. Boles was charged with the loss and Brunswick, who came in to pitch for the Chicks In the ninth and halt the Mobile rally, got credit lor tlie win. At Birmingham, Don Carter lui-ncd in a neat live-hit pitching job .to beat Chattanooga. 3-1. He had a shutout for eight innings and the Lookouts got their lone run In the ninth on Babe Ellis' home run—his second in two nights. Curtis, on the mound for ctialta- nooBn, gave the Barons six hits. New Oilcans play a double motion of (he American Legion's weekly wrestling bouU, announced following Monday night'e tights that next week's show would be held In Ihe Legion's new »40,000 auditorium which was recently completed and which will he dedicated as a memorial to MIsslKslppi County's war dead July 4, The combination arena and auditorium Is one of the largest of its kind In this vicinity, it will have seating capacity of between 2,500 and 3,000, including approximately 600 ring side seats and will be equipped with rest rooms, dressing rooms and showers. One of Its features Is an nlr cooling system. The building lUelf Is o[ concrete and steel construction, Meroney ex plained, and fire-proof throughout. "We will be able to seat twlo as many people as hi our ol< arena," he said, "and the spectator will have considerable more breath ing room." Draws I-arre Crowds "Our Mid-South territory lake in a lot of towns in Arkansas Tennessee and Mississippi," th veteran promoter related, "but Blj theville Is probably the best draw Ing town In the entire circuit. W have a lot of loyal fans here an for a long time I have wanted furnish them better facilities, an SporU In SpurU Jackie Bales, the kid catcher of le Hot Springs Junior Legion iam last year, has been signed y Ihe Detroit Tigers and report- i last week to the Little Rock ravelers. Will C. Hurth, president the Southern Association, an Blytheville Tennis Player Enters Southwest Open Ch«rle« Crlgger of Blytheville, runner-up in the state Junior tennis tournament In Pine Bluff lust weekend, will be paired with O. J. Hfx- son of Fort Smith In the Junior doubles of the Southwest Open Tennis Tournament which got underway In Uttle Rock today. Crlgger was defeated hy Hixson In the finals of. the junior division of the state tournament. Hixson is also state high school champion. At least 100 players were expected to enter the Southwest competition Including George Dunklin of Sine Blulf, defending champion. Other leading entrants include Lou Faquln of Memphis. Morey Rain Again Threatens Delay Of Louis-Walcott Title Brawl By Jack Cuddy United Pres* SporU Writer NEW YORK, June 23. (UP) — A forecast of showers today threat- j entd another postponement of Ilie heavyweight title light between Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott at Yankee Stadium tonight. Moreover, the weather bureau predicted more showers lor Friday. Sol Strauvs ol the 20th Century Club declared the bout would bo .staged tonight "if at all possible." If differment became necessary it would not be announced "until the last minute." Yesterday's postponement wns decided shortly after noon C.S.T. oimced rec'ently. "Bates, "only Ta,' Lewis" of Tulsa" 6kfa".'."and jimmy i Strauss said the 24-hour delay 5 the son of Ly Bales foxier, Be,, and Jay rreeman of Lltile bnoPe^xloed'^ He'^d- I milted, however, that, additional now at last 1 can." And In the general opinion of . the local wrestling public it didn't Joe DiMaggio once come a bit too soon^For the past vear and a half this department has observed In amazement the | for the longest swat streak m hundreds of fans pile Into the an-, "c Coast League history clent two-by-four cracker box arena, mix their .persplra 11 on resident of the Jonesboro White ax of the old Northeast Arkan- is league. J. T. Harris, Ilie Manila High School fireballer, tried out with tlie oplln, Mo., club of the Class O Veslcrn Association last week but | was turned down and told to report. 0 the club next Spring. Reliable | cporls stated that the reason Har- | •Is was turned dowtl was because | .he Joplln team had a full roster and officials were afraid to taV:e chance with him. That's logical. Nfcl Parnell. the lefthander who hurled for the Blytheville Army Airfield nine In 1 11-45, is going great with the Boston Red Sox Ibis season. His most recent success was last Sunday when he topped Hal Newhouscr, the Detroit Tiger ace. 8-3. Sport* Oddotles Did you know that: Members of the New York Giants now wear "221" gold rings representing the number of homers the club hit In 1947 to set a new major league record Babe Ruth held 76 major leagues records including most home runs hit in one scasoii... 60. and of that 60 only two came nurieis. 1 with the bases loaded , .That hit in 61 consecutive games, while playing with the San Francisco Seals in 1933, Rock digger U the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Crlgger Jr., of 801 West Walnut. knocked him out and Tommy Fair pave him uncomfortably close competition. <2) The champ, whose 213-11 pounds yesterday was the heaviest of his career .may become "loggy" a.s he adds more weight in comparative idleness. But Walcott. who may have tiained too "fine." could benefit by the rest. Jersey Joe registered 191-34 yesterday. That w»» only a quarter-pound more than for his memorable brawl of Dec. 5, when he nearly won the title from Louis. i3) Dr. Vincent Nardiello of In* New York Boxing CommWon staff recalled that Louis had been unablft 10 relax or sleep properly when his disastrous fight with Schmeling in 1936 was postponed one day. Also' That the champ appeared to hav* Indians Rap Chicks for 17 to 7 Win deminish" lhe"recoipts i m<:(cd ullfaVOTi ' bl 5' '° "« four- aemmisn me receipt ^ M ^ preceding his title bout with Farr of Wales in 1937. 14* The lute Jack Blackburn, who tralneri the champ during mast of his career, taught him to make a "target" of fight-day—to condition himscll gradiwRy so he would be at his peak physically and mentally on target day. Hence, a break in hi» lime schedule might cause him to lose las "edge." , considerably. Thus far, few refunds on tickets have been requested, he said. Both fighters were reported in good spirits. Louis was at, his camp in Pompton Lakes, N.J.; Walcott, at a hotel near Madison Square Garden, where yesterday's weigh-in wa.s staged. The champion motored back to his camp yesterday afternoon. Postponement Favors IVakotl Most boxing men believed th? postponement would benefit Wai- coll for four reasons: ill Louis has unpleasant mem- Osceola's rampaging Indians hit the warpath again last night «nd scalped the Blythevilte Chicks 17 to, 7 in a Mississippi County Baseball I League tilt played under the lights lories of two fights that were tlelay- of Hale Field in Osceola. ' ed by weather. Max Schmelh:-: It was the Indians' first victory over the Chicks in league competition and It revenged the 14 lo 8 [ drubbing handed them by the • Chicks in the two teams, first meet. Inu. Lefty Alexander, making his first appearance in a league contest, was On Their Way Out The ivory-billed woodpecker in fast becoming extinct in the United States, while the pileated wood- peuUer is close on its heels. flc Coast League history ... Man ] O' War, famed race horse, was lie-1 [cated in only one race, in 1919, andj the crcdlted »'" n lne win ll! s P lto of 'he n i fact that Osceola employed three' '' hurlers. Alexander started and pitched until the fourth when he was pulled in favor of Carrol Rodgers. Rodgers was relieved In the seventh by J. T. Conners, who finished the game. Arnold Stewart started on the hill for the Chicks but wns relieved in the sixth by Harold Ward. The In- while sweating out the bone twisl- ing maneuvers of some mat villlan and wondered Just what kept someone from being trampled. According to the figure* the old arena wns erected back in the early 30's to seat 1,500 people, in- scheduled to (eluding 237 ringside chairs, but its header at Little i been verv few nights that the crowd by some odd coincidence the vie-j tors, name was "Upset." Rock hut rain washed It out after three Innings of the first game. The Pels v:erc leading, 3-0, when the downpour came. Nashville and Atlanta .were not .scheduled. . Tonight's games: Nashville at Atlanta. Chattanooga at, Birmingham. New Orleans at Uttle Rock and Mobile at Memphis. nighl ' AMERICA^ LEAGUE Boston at Chicago. New York at Cleveland. Washington at Detroit. Philadelphia at St. Louis, night. Nats Shade Tigers 2-1 on Wooten's Single; Phils Edge Cincinnati 3-2 By Carl I«ndqui»t United PTM. SporU Writer YORK, June 24. —tUPJ—j The breath-talcing pennant races In both leagues could be ascribed today to one Jactor above all others— •trong second divisiop teams. No would-be contender can break loose for a prolonged stretch ol victories 'without bumping Into a •o-called "weakling" outfit which refuses to play the role of doormat to the rest of the league. For a time it looked »s if Ins Chicago White Sox would be Ihe one sure soft touch, but with two dependable pitchers in aged Joe Baynes and rookie lefty. Bill Wight, they are joins along winning their share, too. Currently, they have taken Jive out of their last eight games. Manager Steve O'Neill of Detroit, . who. predicted "the tightest pennant race you ever saw" at the start of the season, based his forecast I on the fact that "there are no really . weak teams." And today Tigers, who were In ; fourth place last week, now were i down in filth and in danger of < tumbling to sixth. And all on ac' count of the Washington Senators. ; Washington, one of the supposed• • ly weaker teams, dropped seven of its first eight games to Detroit. And the Senators, who ended an eight- was restricted to this small number. Meroney still likes to relate alxnit the night when more than 1900 people p»ld to see one of his mulches. "1 had 'em swinging from the rafters." he would say. and this was no exaggeration. They there. Two City League Softball Tilts on Sports Calendar T\vo more make-up tills are on tonight's schedule of play In the Blytheville Y's clt.v Softball League at Walker Park. Highlighting tonight's games will were be a re-play of Ihe Ra?.orback-Hays Grocers tied gatue of May 13 The battled 1 pitcher Robin Roberts served up jhome run balls to Hank Sauer and Danny Litwhiler but still pitched i the Phillies to a 3 lo 2 win ovc i Cincinnati at Philadelphia. For I Sauer. major-le a g n e leader in I i homers. It was the 22nd circuit clout of the year. Rain washed out tile rest nt the major league program: Boston at Chicago In the American League and Pittsburgh at Brooklyn, Chicago at New York (a cioxiblehcader) and St. Louis at Boston in the National. Met Enthusiasts In Blytheville Plan Tennis Club Plans lor the formation of a tennis club will be discussed tonight at a meeting o( Blytheville tennis enthusiasts at the Blytheville Y tonight at 7:30. J. P. Gnrrotl, Y director, stated that i.he club is being formed to help operate the Walker Pane courts. Present plans also call inv the formation of H tennis team to j represent Blytheville in meets, he I said. - And the beauty of It all. the new I Hogs and the Grocers auditorium-arena will not bfi rr,- through six innings to a fi-6 rtcad- strlctcrt to wrcstlinp matches, its facilities will be available for use ,,.,.,. , .. for most any sport and to any In tonights second game the church or civic group, Legion of- Coca Cola Bottlers will meet the fldals have announced. And the Blytheville Motor Company Motor- auditorium can be converted from men lo make up their rained out • ' convcn- contest of last week. lock In the first meeting. Tonight » contest will settle this issue. dians collected total of Ifi blows off Stewart and Ward with Stewart tagged with the loss. The Chicks were limited to seven base blows by the three Indian hurlers, but they made each good for a run. The win moved the Indians into a tie with the Lutes Bulldogs tor first place in the league standings. Lutes i will not see action until Sunday. i The loss was the third straight I for the Chicks and their seventh [ for the .season leaving them buried ' In the loop's cellar. Other league teams will not see action until Sunday when the Bull dogs tangle with Dogwood at Dogwood and Number Nine journeys to Victoria. Vn athelctlc arena Into a convcn- contest of last week. .up ernes tor lion hall in only a matter of hours. ' This will Jcave_only two post- ! yet been scl. polled contests remaining to be. made up. the Hays-Phillips Motor game of last week and.the Jaypees- Coca Cola affair of May 20. Make- p dates for these games has not ire Masterpiece SEAGRAM'S 7 CROWN. BUNDED WHISKEY. 86.8 Proof. 65% Gum Neutta! Soiiils. Sea era m-Distillers Corpora lion. N. Y Church League Baseball Teams Se« Action Today The First Methodists of Blythe- villc will meet the Methodists of Luxora in a Sunday School Baseball League t-.lt on the Walker Park diamond tomorow morning. The Luxora Methodists arc new- comers to the league and played the Yarbro Methodisls in their first tilt this morning. RITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark. BLVTHEVILUES ONLV ALL WHITt THEATRE. game losing streak with a victory . over the White Sox Sunday, didn't Show Starts Weekdays 7:00 p.m. figure to be troublesome when they Saturday 1:00'p.m.: Sunday 2 p.m. came to Detroit. But thanks to' rookie E»rl Woolen, they picked up two inore victories and now have a string ol three straight. Wooten's Single Wins Wooten's single drove in the . second unearned Washington run in a 2 to 1 triumph yesterday, Just as his first major league homer provided the margin of victory. 5 to 4 on Tuesday night. The Nats used four pitchers with Earl Harris, the second jent, getting credit for the victory, his third. Detroit's run also was unearned. Dizzy Trout gave up ; only lour hits In losing his seventh lime. The New York Yankees helped ', tighten the American League race, t movinff" to within two-and-a-half ; game* of the league-leading Cleve- I '. land.Indians by beating the tribe, 1 B to I, under the lights at Cleveland. ( ' It was an H-inning game decided by a grand-slam homer by Tommy ' Henricb/ A crowd of 66,797, saw Ed ' Lopat of the Yanks and Don Black \ of the Indians match slants all the way in a brilliant pitchers' duel, , The third-place Philadelphia A's . moved up three games behind the : Indian* as they routed the St, Louis j Browpx, It to 1. Dick Fowler held toe Browns to six hits to get his : fourth victory as Herman Franks ' belted" three hiU, including a homer , to tmt 'the A's in a 14-hit assault : ea tbn* pitcher*. :•>. Bmr BH* ttitd • III • national league game, rcoici* Thursday & Friday (DOUBLE FEATURE) "IT'S GREAT TO BE YOUNG" Last Time Today "RAFFLES" with Olivia dc Havlland NEWS and Short Takes the out of Bumps Friday and Saturday "TIMBER STAMPEDE" with GeorKC O'Brien Cartoon and 12tb Chapter "Adventures of Rex and Rinty" New Theatre Manila'i finest Showi EVERT NIGHT Boi Opens Wrek 1>a;s 7:M p.I» Mitinee Saturday ft Sunday Sat.-Sun. \ p.m. Cent. Sb-owin Also Short Saturday "TEXAS JAMIOREE" • with Bl(r Boy William and Ken Curtis 8«ri*lt "Mjslfry of the River Boat' AIM Cartoon Tonight "The Sign of thi Ram" with Susan Trim nnrl Ale\ Knot Friday "TIMBER TRAILS" Selected Short Subject* B Y and large, our engineers are n pretty hard-working lot — but they like to take it easy when they travel. So it was no surprise that when it came to putting comfort in this 1948 Buick, they laid it on in double measure. Oevcral things, of coilrse, gave them something of a head start. Musky frames, ample loadvveight, the ride-steadying torque-tub* drive — things like that. Also, they had the particular mafiic of Quadruflex springing to work with. Pulling « <entle coil spring on each wheel, this Buick-developed springing system irons out the dif- ferences you so often led between front- nnd hack-seat riding qualities and gives a ride that's level as an honest look. Just the same, that wasn't enough for our engineers. They wanted to take the "unipt" out of bumps completely! As a result, every Buick in our 194S line rides on lower-than- usual tire pressures. In some models it gets as low as 22 pounds, which means a good fat cushion of air spreading a blanket of comfort over every; mile. In all models, rims are wider than usual — sidewslls are straighter and more vertical- This gives them a bracing action against sidesway and swerve — with the result that you have better control on curves and sharp turns. Lhe net is that next to Dynaflow Drive,* Buick's ride is probably the hottest topic of conversation in the industry. And every Tiuick model has it —• which means that if you, too, would like to take the »»»/> out of bumps, better see your Buick dealer. He'll lake your order whether or not you have a car to trade. BUICK atone has all these features * DINAH OW MIVI * M«»-TH«U STTLINa * QUAMUHIX COIL if "INOIN9 * HlVoiJIO f IMMU POWI* * OUOMATIC JMRK AOVANCt * FllX-Pir Oil KINOJ * KOAD-ftlTF lAlANCf * KIGID TORQUf-TUlf * VII«A-SHIIID«D 1IDI * SAFITr-«IDl RIMS HiHIK w. In HfNUY 1. T/mO*, Mutual NilworH, Monrfoyi rnirf frrjor* * TIN TOF UNINO * IODT W/r&t better automobiles are built BUICK will build them 'Bold Frontisnmcm" with Allan I.an» LANGSTON-WROTEN CO. Walnut and Broadway Telephone 555

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