The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 10, 1953 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 10, 1953
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uz BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JULY 10, 195S Leading National Clubs Collide This Weekend By BEN PHLEGAR AF Sportswrller First division standings in the hot National League pennant chase hinge on vital series itarting tonight in Brooklyn and St. Louis. , , ... . „.. . Chief American League interest over the weekend will center on Chicago where the White Sox open a five game stand against Cleveland with the runnerup slot in the American League race at stake. uled. The hustling White Sox shave the Yankees' first place mtirg to five games in the America League by whipping Detroit, 4- Leo Durocher's suddenly Impressive New York Giants, riding a six game winning streak and talk- Ing confidently of better things, invade the wilds of Brooklyn for three games with the first place Dodgers. Milwaukee's second place Braves visit St. Louis for a four game set with the Cardinals, whom they lead by half a length. Th» Giants haven't cooled off since they buried Brooklyn 20-6 last Sunday. Yesterday they got a brilliant two-hit shutout from rookie Kuben Gomez to down the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0. Brookly bowed to Philadelphia 6-5 and th Cards and Braves weren't schec BASEBALL STANDINGS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Brooklyn 49 Milwaukee 46 St. Louis 45 Philadelphia 41 New York. 41 Cincinnati 34 Chicago 28 Pittsburgh 27 .628 • .590 3 .584 3 .547 6'/ 2 .532 7 .436 15 .373 19' .321 25 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB New York 53 26 .671 — Chicago 48 31 .608 5 Cleveland 47 31 .603 5',' a Boston 44 38 .538 10'/» Washington 42 39 .519 12 Philadelphia .... 33 48 .40 21 St. Louis 28 54 .341 26'/ 2 Detroit 26 54 .325 27'/ 2 SO01HEBN ASSOCIATION W Nashville 61 Memphis 48 Atlanta Birmingham Chattanooga . New Orleans Little Rock .. Mobile Pet. GB .580 — .539 3'/2 .535 4 .517 Si/, .418 9 .472 9 .458 10 .420 14 while the New Yorkers were wl ing before the southpaw slants Boston's Mel Parnell 4-0. Clevelan stayed S',4 games off the pace wit a 9-1 verdict over the St. Lou Browns. Washington beat Philade phia 8-4. Giants Edge Up In handing Pittsburgh its slxt straight loss, the Giants climbei within one game of the first di vision. They've been that close be fore this season but they've alway fizzled out under pressure. The two Pirate hits off Gomez the young Puerto Rican who bough his way out of the Yankee farrr system during the winter becausi he didn't think the world champ appreciated him, were singles b; Danny O'Connell and Eddie O Brien. Gomez has a 6-4 recorc with the Giants. The Dodgers, who beat Robin Roberts the last time they faced lim, kayoed him in the eighth inning last night but then their own spotty pitching blew up and the Phils won the game with two runs n their half of the eighth. It was he first time in 29 starts th Roberts has failed to finish. Smoky Burgess, pinch hitting for Bob Miler who took over from Roberts, drove in the tying and winning uns with a double, Parnell Nips Yanks Parnell made Casey Stengel's Mi-Star pitching selections look ad as he threw his second straight hutout at Stengel's Yankees. The ictory was the 12th of the year or the 31-year-old lefthander. He's first In the league to win a ozen. Yejferdoy's Results NATIONAL LEAGUE New York 4 Pittsburgh 0 Philadelphia 6 Brooklyn 5 (Only games scheduled) AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 4 New York 0 Washington 8 Philadelphia 4 Chicago 4 Detroit 2 Cleveland 9 St. Louis 1 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Chattanooga 11 Little Rock 5 (Only Game Scheduled) Today's Games NATIONAL LEAGUE New York at Brooklyn—Maglie (6-4) vs Milliken (3-2) or Meyer (7-3) Pittsburgh at Philadelphia—Dickson (-9) vs 'Simmons (-5) Chicago at Cincinnati <2>—Minner (5-9) and Church (6-4) vs Pod- bielan (5-8) and Raffaisberger (4-7) Milwaukee at St. Louis—Spahn (10-3) vs Fresko (5-8) AMERICAN LEAGUE Washington at New York—Porterfield (10-7) vs. Lopat i8-l) Cleveland at Chicago(2>—Feller (4-4) and Garcia <10-5) vs. Pierce (10-4) and Bearden (2-3) St. Louis al Detroit—Pillette (35) vs. Gray (4-9) Philadelphia at Boston—Fvieano (4-4) vs. McDermott (8-61 or Nixon (4-3) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Chattanooga at Little Rock (2) Nashville at Memphis Atlanta at Mobile Birmingham at New Orleans Walnut Ridge Hips Blytheville .egion 6-2 Walnut Ridge revenged an earlier defeat at the hands of Blythevllle's Y Junior American Legion team yesterday by turning back the legion by a score of 6-2. Eight costly errors by Coach Jimmy Fisher's team spelled the difference in the game as Bob Childress locked up in a pitcher's duel with Holder of Walnut Ridge. Childress held the victors to only three hits, while Holder gave up five safeties. Walnut Ridge played errorless ball. Clarence Hall led Blytheville with two hits, and Cooper got two of the three off Childress for the winners. Blytheville meets Batesvtlle at 8 o'clock tonight at the Manila park. | A two-run homer by Sam Mele provided the winning margin for the White Sox wlio have lost only five times in iheir last 26 starts. The game was ft replay of a May 27 contest which went 15 Inn- Ins and ended in a 2-2 tie because of the night curfew. Fireman Harry Dorlsh worked 10 1-3 innings. Bob Lemon won his nth game of the season as he gave the Browns only five hits nnd drove in three runs. St. Louis got one safety off Bob Hooper who replaced Lemon in the ninth. Williams Hopes To Rejoin Sox Wants to Play Winter Ball To Get in Shape NEW YORK (AP) — Marine Captain Ted Williams said he efinitely will play with the 3pston Red Sox next year and xpressed that hope that he puld get permission to par- icipate in some winter ball to 'ork himself into condition. "It alt depends, of course, upon -hether the Red Sox still want le," Williams told Fred Corcoran, ,s business manager, in a cross- ountry telephone conversation last ght. "After all, I am an old man ' e said. Reminded that he would be 35 ext October whereas Johnny Mize still going strong: at 40 with .e Yankees, Williams laughed and ild: "I'm no Mize. For that matter ho is?' Ted. who arrived in the United atcs from Korea yesterday for series of enr tests at Oak Knolt ivnl Hospital in Oakland. Calif., Id Corcoran he has no immedi- e plans since his discharge from Marines is not due until INVSTESATE PUPPBTEEG6 STENGEL AND CHUCK 0RES5EH 6HQULO HAYS THEMSELVES A BALL AT THS ALL-STAR GAME IM CINCINNATI f MANIPULATE eosSN At MANTLE AMERICAN j LEAGUE ' Arkansas Sportettes Generally It's a Good Year For Arkansans in Baseball Kiwanis Hands JC s Sixth Loss Jimmy Bruce, Kiwanis Clubs newest pitching discovery, came within one strikeout of tying the Little League whiff record as he turned back the Jaycees, 6-2, yesterday afternoon. U. S. Golfers Lead In Canadian Open TORONTO, Out. OT—Four tj S. golfers were out front today as the $11,000. 72-holc Canadian Open Golf ournament entered its third 18-hole round. They were Gardner Dickinson, ictober. No Superhuman "Sure, I'll play ball next year, if they (Red Sox) still want me." he said. -"But I hope they don't think I'm E superman. Baseball is a game where you have got to be in Up top shape. I'm a little too heavy right now by 10 or 15 pounds. I weigh about 210 but I don't think I will have any trouble getting into shape. Three weeks of conditioning Is all I need." Williams piled Corcoran with numerous questions concerning baseball and the all-star game, scheduled for Cincinnati next Tuesday, nnd was most anxious to hear how ills Red Sox look. He expressed pleasure over Boston's surprisingly fine showing this _ „. . season but somewhat sadly pre- Panama City, Fla.; Wally Urlcn St.; dieted that the Yankees will win Paul, Minn.; Leo Biagotti. Bait!- the American League pennant for more. Mci.. and Ted Kroll. Utica, N. the fifth straight year. He picked Y. All had 13G's. six strokes under; Brooklyn to repeat in the National par for the 6,607-j'ard, par—721 League icarboro course. j In New York, Manager Lou Beginning the third round with Boudrcnu of the Red Sox expressed hem were the low 102 of the start- happiness over Williams' decision mg 178 golfers. At the end of to- j to return to baseball and said he day's round the field will be cut to I feels certain he can find a upot in the lineup for the slugging outfielder. "Show me one club that couldn't use a guy like Williams," he said. Williams has been out of baseball since the Marines called him up 60, who will battle it out Saturday or the championship of the medal play tournament. Largest group of Indians living ,ogether east ol the Mississippi are he 3500 Cherokecs on Qualla Indian reservation at Cherokee. N.C. May 2. 1952. for his second hitch in the armed services. Sports Roundup — Ralph Branca on Waiver List By JACK HAND For Gayle Talbot The name of Hal ph Branca, the man who made Bobby Thom,,„„,.!, ,._ . ... a $10,000 pitcher "T"U TT \^*- > -- --•-• (jji uiuiii.u, \,il\* mail W, son 1 he Hero, is going the rounds of the major league waiver lists with a 0-0 record. For years the Dodgers . stuck with Branca, just as the club went along with Rex Barney, the Omaha wild man, hoping he would live up to his early promise. Now they're ready to give up ,lf they can make the right kind of a deal. Branca remains a mystery. Back In 1947, when he was 21 and fresh out of New York University, he won 21 ball games In the National League. He won 14 the next year, then 13, down to seven and back to 13 In 1951. Then it happened. Brooklyn and New York finished In a tie for .first place. Each had won a playoff game. Don Newcombe, struggling with every pitch, coddled a 4-1 lead into the ninth Inning of the third and final game at the Polo Grounds. Newcombe had lost one run of his lead and there were men on second and third with one out when Manager Chuck Dresden, calling hi» bullpen by telephone, got the word, "Branca is ready." Pitch Left Mark Branca threw one pitch to Bobby Thomson, n called strike. The next rode Into the left field stands for a home run that left its mark on Branca as : failure to touch second base in another game in the same park left its stamp on him. There was an unforgettable picture in the papers the next day of Branca, slumped in utter despair, with his head between his knees in the Dodger clubhouse at the Polo Grounds. During the 1851-52 winter, Branca nnd Thomson sang a duet at the baseball writers' show, to (he tune of "Because of You." Thomson opened up with something like this: "Because of you, there's a song in my heart "Because of you, my technique is an art "Became a dinky, Chinker fly "My fame is sure, thanks to your Sunday pitch." Sr .ry Ch nge May Help Branca, who once aspired lo a career as a night club singer and rarely as Pied Merkle'c did a winter tour on a vaudeville circuit, replied in kind: "Because of^ou, 1 should never have been born "Because of you Dodger fans are forlorn "Because of you they yell 'drop dead' "And seven million want my head "To sever forever and corn." Big Ralph never deserved to RO down in history as the feliow .who made Thomson "The Hero." Maybe a change of scenery will l)clp. But ns long as he lives, when the Rotary or Kiwanis asks him to make a little talk, somebody is going lo nsk: :"What kind of n "Because ol you a fast br,ll high i pitch did you throw to Thomson? By CAUL BELL LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Generally speaking this is a pretty good baseball year for Arkansas folk. Johnny Sain of Belleville and the Yankees and George Kell of Swifton and the Red Sox are members of the American League All-Star tenm. . . Kcll is making progress toward another batting championship. . . . Pine Bluff and El Dorado are in the torrid 4-team battle for the Cotton States League pennant. . . . Hot*Springs' Hal Martin looks like a cinch to set a new CSL home run record. . . . Hot Springs is hosting the League Ail- Star game. . , Texarkana is pressing for the top spot in the Big State League. But look at the poor guys who are taking it on the chin aUd have a little sympathy for them. We're speaking of the Ft. Smith-Van Bit- ren Twins of the Western Association. The Twins are in the cellar and, 'tis said, are in dire danger of losing their franchise. The paying customers just don't turn out for a loser—especially one that stays around 25 games off the pace. Little Rock's Travelers aren't having it so good, either. They're too close to the. Southern Association's bottom spot for much comfort-, but it may be some consolation that they did lead the loop briefly early in the season. We mentioned Martin, the Hot Springs home run king, and therein lies a story. Hal now is 33, which menus he doesn't have many prime bn.seball years ahead of him. But he might have gone farther in the game. Martin spent one long stretch in the Army when he was at the best age to climb the baseball ladder. Then he tried his hand at the game but became discouraged and went Into the Army again. And there probably went his best years. The Bather slugger is everything you could ask for right now, though. Already about three-fourths of the way to a new Cotton States homer record of 40, rus batting average has stayed around the .400 mark to head the league and he is recognized as one of the best defensive outfielders in the Class C circuit. XOT ALL prices ore going up. The tag on tickets to home games of the Pine Bluff Judges recently was reduced 10 cents. Hannibal, Mo., operated as a farm club nf the Tcxarkana Bears until it was taken over by the Mississippi- Ohio Valley League. In turn, Hannibal became another link in the St. Louis Cardinal chain. And one of the Cards' first moves to lift the team out of the basement was to give it a new first baseman—Charley Keller, the former Jonesboro High basketball great. Pitcher Herb Pleischner had an explanation for his failures when he was released by Hot Springs. "Skip," he told Manager Moose Shetler, ''I pitch best when the moon Is full." Wilson, Grider Battle for Lead The South Missco League teams will get back into action tonight after being idle Monday night due to rain. League-leading Wilson and second place Grider will tie up in a single game at Wilson which will decide the front-runnel for the next couple of days. Wit :on has a 7-1 record as compared to Grlder's 7-2. In the first game of a doubleheader at Osceola third place Luxora will play cellar-dwelling Keiser and in the finale Home Oil of Osceola and Osceola foods will ttle it out for the fourth place standing. The stocky righthander, who looks like a smaller edition of Johnny Mize of the New York Yankees and former St. Louis Cardinal-New York Giant star first baseman, fanned 14 of the cellar dwellers, who were dropping their sixth straight loss. Using a good fast ball with an effective change of pace, the converted first sacker fanned the entire side in the second—all in order—third, fourth and sixth frames, and recorded a pair the first time around for his near-record exhibition. Joe Bratcher, Lions Club ace, set down 15 of these Jaycees on striker back on June 17 for the loop high. With 11 of the Jaycees retired by the three-strike route in the first •our innings, the chances seemed good for him to establish a new mark, only to have it spoiled when James Kelley, Joe Wicker and Charles Cobb were all disposed of with three pitches in the fifth. Joe Smith tossed out Kelley from third, while the husky hurler got the other wo on easy taps to the mound. Bruce hung up the final three whiffs n the sixth. McGuire Homers Scattering four hits in as many nnings. Bruce had a shutout workr until the last inning, but it also urned sour, thanks to a home run iy Steve McGuire, Jaycee catcher. Smith was alive when Don Tinker umbled a long throw from Jimmy Marshall a third to start what iroved to be the last Jaycee time it bat. McGuire then pumped a lowerhouse drive between left field nd center that rolled to the cot- on field as both scored the only two runs for the losers. Four other times the Jaycees advanced runners as far as thir donly to have Bruce . haul out his strikeout ball and go to work. Sonny Elledge hurled excellently, even during the first two Innings when the Kiwanis nicked him for six of their seven hits' and tallied their six runs. Infleld miscues paved but Sonny couldn't get the ball over on N. Austin and walked him. Smith started throwing Jacques' grounder before he got a hold of it and fumbled. Tinker forced Austin at third. Stallings singled sharply to center and "Frenchy" hotfooted it home as Tinker raced to third. Bruce's one-bagger recorded Tinker. Both moved up on a passed ball and scored when McGulre's heave sailed far into the outfield as he attempted to halt the runners. Jimmy Marshall singled but Rhodes ended the rally by forcing Marshall, Joe Wicker making the play unassisted. Elledge and Bruce then settled down to an old fashioned pitcher's battle with neither side breaking through the defense until McGuire broke loose with his third home run of the season that burst- ed Bruce's shutout bubble. The box score: JAYCEES AB H PO Wicker, ss 3 0 Cobb, 2b 2 0 Smith, 3b 2 0 McGuire, c 3 2 Elledge, p 3 0 Swaner, Ib 2 1 Sweet, cf 3 0 Courtney, If-rf 2 6 Storey, rf 0 0 .... 3 1 xKelley, If 23 4 15 Kelley doubled for Storey in 3rd. KIWANIS CLUB AB H PO A Jacques, 2b 3 Tinker, Ib 3 Stallings, ss 3 Bruce, p 3 Marshall, 3b 3 Rhodes, c 3 J. L. Austin, cf 3 Burton, cf 0 McDowell, rf 3 the way for all but two of the counters, and they came on Tinker's home run to deep centerfield, the Kiwanis first baseman scoring behind Bobby (Frenchy) Jacques, i Jaycees who opened the lower half of the Kiwanis first inning with a single. Elledge Young, rf N. Austin, If ... Dedman, If .... .. 0 .. 1 .. 0 25 7 18 4 Score by innings: Little League Standings Fights Last Night By The Associated Press Detroit—Al Andrews. 155 1 /, Superior, Wis.. outpointed- Lou Barry, 160, Detroit. 8. Newark. N. J.—Andy De Paul, 154, Cliffsicle Park. N. J., outpoint- ed .Willie Kid Johnson, 150' = , Orange, N. J.. 8. Klwanfs Club . .. Lions Club Shrine Club . American Legion Jaycees Rotary Club . .,. W 1 . 1 . 1 . 0 . 0 . 0 L PCT. 0 l.COO 0 1.000 0 l.OCO 1 .000 1 .000 1 .000 Despite the loss of more than 700 ships and 6000 seamen, privately-owned merchant ships carried nearly 10,000,000 American troops overseas during World War II. always have on hand both kinds of Old Sunny Brook— SIS 4' S| 84 KENTUCKY T.V501. BLENDED fc * WHISKEY KENTUCKY STRAIGHT WHISKEY Sunny Brook £j&£tX<<£ &4~£Gt -A&H&. BRAND »> :?VS.^ ^ BOTH 86 PROOF. KENTUCKY. ' BLENDED WHISKEY CONTAINS 65* DRAIN NEUTRAL SPIRITS • THE OLP SUNNY BROOK COMPANY. LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY walked only two, and fanned five. Four in Second After a neat one-handed catch by Gene Swaner, Jaycee first baseman, had halted the Kiwanis with two on and a pair of runs already on the Scoreboard, they broke out afresh in the second with four more, aided generously by faulty 000 002—2 240 OOx— 6 Summary: Errors— Cobb 2, Smith, McGuire, Tinker. Runs — Jacques 2, Tinker 2, Stallings, Bruce, Smith, McGuire. Buns batted In— McGuire 2, Tinker 2, Stallings, Bruce. Two base hits— Kelley. Home runs— McGuire, Tinker. Base on balls— off Bruce 2, Elledge 2. Strikeouts- Bruce 14, Elledge 5. Hit by pitcher —Courtney and Smith (by Bruce), fielding by the Jaycees. John Me- Umpires—Kittany, Hood and Drake. Dowell was called out on strikes I Time: 1:14. FORD OWNERS Put Your Car in "Trip-Top" shape! You folks who plan a vacation or weekend trip in your Ford will want to make sure it's in good operating condition before leaving. The smart thing to do is have it "travelized" by our own mechanics who will check it for necessary adjustments and for any worn parts that may need replacing. Don't take a chance on operating troubles that may spoil your holiday. Drive in for Your Travel-Check Today! SURE SIGNS OF SAVINGS You're in good hands at your Ford D«of*r'< •ro<i4w«y ontpany PhoiM 4451

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