The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 7, 1953 · Page 7
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TUESDAY, JULY 7, 3953 BLYTHEVTI.i.E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TAGE SEVEN Lea Excited Over New Pitcher Worthington Shows Great- Form in Debut NEW YORK (AP) — Once in a while it pays not to heed expert advice. Take the case of the New York Giants and their new pitching sensation, young Alan Worthington, who yesterday pitched a two-hit, 6-0 shutout over Philadelphia in a brilliant major league debut. Until last Friday, Worthington as a Giant farmhand toiling for Minneapolis. Although he was burning up the association with a 9-4 record, his manager, Freddie Pilz- simmons, advised against bringing him up to the big time. "The kid is a great prospect," Pitzsimmons, a former Giant pitching great, said in effect. "But I wouldn't advise bringing him up just yet. He's not quite ready. He's got to brush up on his control." The Giants, desperately in need of pitching help, decided to gamble on the 23-year-old right-hander. Three days after his arrival, ^Worthington, wtfh less than 2H seasons of professional baseball, made his . major league debut against the Phillies. Greatest Game All the former TJniversity of Alabama athlete did was hold the Phils to two hits—doubles by Johnny Wyrostek and Smoky Burgess—strike out six and pitch a shutout in his first big-time appearance. "It was the best game I have pitched in my life," said the Strapping 6-foot-2 Alabaman in the clubhouse after the game. "T used mostly a fast ball and a slider. I threw only four curve balls, and not until late in the game." Worthington. who brought up a reputation of wildness, walked four batters, but orie was intentional. He had a full 3-2 count on all the others before he lost them. "The kid looked good," praised Steve O'Neill, Phillies' manager. "He showed me a fast ball that's alive. He also has a pretty good slider. eBter yet, he showed the poise of a veteran on the mound." "Great, great, great." enthused Leo Durocher, Giant manager "That give us a much needed added starter. Now if Marv Grisom purchased from Boston's Red Sox last week can win. our pitching will be in fine shape." England's smallest church parish is at Ifield, near Gravesend. The parish includes only two buildings, the church and the rectory. Rocky Marciano RoIandLaStarza '50 Situation Reversed ForUpcomingMarciano La Starza Title Scrap By HARUY GRAYSON NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Rocky Marciano has impressed Rex Layne, Joe Louis, Harry Matthews, Jersey Joe Walcolt and many others with the power of his poke. But Roland La Starza professes to be left as flat as Marciano was flat-footed the night of Mar. 25, 1950, when the Brockton Block Buster was awarded a split 10- round decision over the handsome Italian of the Bronx. La Starza felt that Al Well! finally would keep his word and Bive him the shot at the heavy weight championship at a New York ball park in September hecause: "I know that deep "down in Rocky's heart, he feels that I should be given another chance because of the closeness of the last light." Much will be made of that divided verdict in connection with the upcoming match. The consensus was that La Starza was entitled to the nod, even adding to Marciano's score the round he lost because of a low blow. Such a competent judge as Nat Fleischer, editor of The Ring, thought La Starza won. It was an excellent fight, the split vote favoring Marciano by no more than a single point. Marciano's rapid climb stresses the importance of a warrior being managed by a man who was matchmaker of Madison Square Garden and a big wheel in the International Boxing Club. LA STARZA, a college man who flies his own plane, points out that he had more to lose than Marciano when they collided more than three years ago. That situation has now been reversed. "Rocky was just getting out of the preliminary ranks while I had fought star bouts at the Garden," he recalls. "My manager, Jimmy De Angelo, and Weill had been very friendly for more than 20 years. It was agreed that if the fight was a good one regardless of the winner, there would be a return. They shook hands on it. "That fight changed the course of two careers. "After the commotion had subsided, it was generally agreed that the return match would prove just as exciting, if not more so, and it was suggested that it be for 12 rounds. I was all for it, and no one other than Weill dreamt there would be any withdrawing of the original agreement." La Starza found out that Weill had other plans. Louis was his goal and then the other old pappy guy, Walcott, and the crown. Over the cagey La Starza, Marciano was on top, and no obstacle would be put in his way. So The Rock was fed nobodies in New -England until Layne offered an inviting target at the Garden. DURING THE INTERIM, La Starza recollects refusing bouts with Louis, Layne, Walcott, Ezzard 1 Charles and Irish Bob Murphy. He would have been better off financially and in the standings had he accepted them, so Fats De Angelo might haveoutmanaged hlmsell In refusing to be run around. La Starza twice was nearly knocked out of contention, but redeemed himself in return bouts with Dan Bucceroni and Rocky ones. He took on added stature coming on In the lat* rounds to bsat Layne plus a few dollars more To assure you a dependable waler supply through the years which He ahead, large sums must be spent within the next decade. Engineers who have been appraising our national needs figure that the bil! will run over three billion dollars for the country as a whole. And dial's just for physical equipment and installations — that's just for the things which make up a water supply system. What about the men who make fbese things function? How much should we pay for their knowledge, their experience and, above all, their unceasing vigilance? Everything about a water works involves big money except the remuneration of the men responsible for its dependable operation. Perhaps no other enterprise in .America puts more solemn responsibilities upon men and pays them less for accepting them. Our people have been fortunate that so many able and conscientious men have been willing to accept these responsibilities in the face of the low financial rewards their services command. But their numbers grow fewer as the cost of living mounts. Already, waler systems are finding it difficult to enroll and hold on to younger men qualified fo radvancement to key executive jobs. The will to serve is there but it withers in the face of a dollar that has lost almost half its purchasing power in the course of a decade. Satisfaction in discharging a great public responsibility with honor unfortunately doesn't heat the house or clothe the children or buy food for the table. If billions of dollars must be spent on plant facilities, it becomes nil the more important (hat the men who direct these purchases and operate these facilities shall be of the highest character and ability. Can we afford not to invest thousands in human intelligence and integrity? We need to spend a few dollars more. Blytheville Water Co. "Water It Your Cheapest Commodity" HOT CORNER ACTION—There was a hot time at the old corner in Brooklyn when Jackie Robinson's bullet-like double down the third base line knocked the Phillies' Willie Jones oft balance and caused Umpire Frank Dascolj to do a quick about face getting out of the way of the tail. (N'EA> 1 a spectacular shindy. Al Weill now knows Rocky Marciano is ready for the cuties us well as the clouters and those with a sign of v.-elcome on their chin. So Roland La Starza will find that the Brockton Block Buster has come a long way since that night more than three years, agu at the Garden. Around the County By Bill Beall Little League Tap Roots Seem To Be Well Set in NE Arkansas It looks as (hough I,idle League baseball is finally set- ling its tap mots in Osceola. Heretofore the crowds consisted primarily of the players' mom and clad. However, maybe the grandstand plus a cotton sack arrangement over the fence around the park could be the reason for the increase in attendance. \Ve like to think the number one reason for increase in attendance is bpunu.se the. Osceola team lias displayed a fine brand of baseball in their 8-4 piny. * * » McuuHte, always a town which sponsored semi-pro ba.sebnll teams lins nnnlly organized a Little Leti Ljue te.am and opened their season Tuesday night against a Jonesboro nine. Monctte and Osceola have two games on tap in the near future. Wouldn't It be nice for all the Little Leaguers in Blytheville and O.sc.eola to have the opportunity to witness a big league game? The cos! would be very low if one business or individual would pay the expenses of only one player. We'd step out on fl limb and estimate the cost per player to St. Louis for a couple of games, ioori find lodging at five bucks or less. They can get special knot hole tickets. Thai sort of Inspiration is what is needed to get a kid to really pay the price to make it to the big time, oh well, maybe the trouble would not be worth it — sorry we mentioned it. Nathaniel "Big Nate" Howard. Negro sandlot playei 1 from Os: ceola, Is working out with the St. ! Louis Browns on their present l home stnnd. Howard just- com! pleted two years of military scr- ] vice, serving' eighteen months in Korea, and since his discharge I two weeks ago has been playing with M. C. Reeder's T-99 Club. i The six-food 185-pound colored I lad performs both on the mound • and in the outfield. He is a switch I hitter and is 21 years of age. May: be the colored race is coming up '. with another Mickey Mantle. We asked you readers, and we i hope there are a few, sometime i aeo to take time out and waleh i your Little League teams in action. ; X'nw fur another plea — and we assure you of another evening- of i outstanding entertainment. They'll put you on a show worth wa Lolling and their blinding; speed on th» hasepntli* will make you think you are watching a .Mantle or Ashl>urn or lirutim tearing off those ninety foot cllstam-ps. * • • . Joe whitley, former Blytheville resident, informed this writer over jthp past week end hrj expects this district to furnish the best opposition against Little Rock Doughboys in their bid for a State Championship in American Legion Baseball play. Whitley is the A- mpricnn Lesion BasebM Czar of I Arkansas with offices In Little Rock. Teams other than Blytheyile ! who are having ALB this year are Now p o r t, Paragould, Walnut Rkice, Jonesboro and possibly Pip- ijoU. The site for the District Tournament has not been anonunced as yet, but Joe has felt out Osceola for | a possible playing site. • * • .Austin Hannah, Reiser's head football mentor, is supervising the summer recreational program I i,n Kennett, Missouri starting 7 June ; 8(h anil running though the middla of August. Read Courier News Classified Ads, • Puppies • • parakeets • -, • Kittens • \\ • Canaries • /)% • Tropical f J ^ Fish * — All Pet Supplies— The PET SHOP Mrs. X. G. Jerome !33 S. 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