The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 14, 1955 · Page 9
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MONDAY, MARCH 14, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE MINE US Leads Argentina In 1st Day of Pan-Am Games; Mexico 3rd By BOB MYERS MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States and Argentina led the way into the second day of competition today in the Pan-American Games. Most observers looked for the United States to move further in front by nightfall in this pre-Olympic struggle. - Argentina, on the basis of two gold medal victories in track and field, held a 25-16 lead over the United States in this department. But in the over-all picture of an 18-sport program, the United States late last night took the lead in unofficial point scoring with firsts and runner-up points in weight lifting and women's fencing. Starting out today, the United BIG LEAGUE ROOKIES ... No. 3 THE CHICAGO iVHlTf $OX CAN'T OVERLOOK THE BOOMIHCr a AT POTENTIAL OP O.OOKIE If IT AT NATURAL tiRST . HE JUf>T MIGHT CKACK THE Reliefer Frank Smith On Spot with Cards By JACK HAND 6 ST. .PETERSBURG, Fla (AP) — When a club trades a regular third baseman who drove in 104 runs and a starting pitcher for a relief man with a 5-8 record, the bullpen artist had better be good. That's why Frank Smith knows he's on the spot, with the St. Louis Cardinals. "I know it's a challenge vo me," he said in the Cards' clubhouse after a long workout. 'When a club trades two for one, It means it has a spot to fill. I Just hope both clubs can say a the end of the season, that the deal helped them." Smith, a 8-3 righthander who throws sfdearm and comes up with a "submarine pitch" against the lefthanded batters, represents a gamble by Manager Eddie Stanky. He gave up third baseman Ray Jablonski and pitcher Gerry Staley to Cincinnati last December to get the relief help he needed most. "They tell me the Cards lost more games in the ninth inning than any club in the league," said Smith. 'They surprised me. I thought they would be a first division club. They were something like us at Cincinnati. Plenty of punch but not enough pitching. I think the Cards have the potentials of a much better pitching States had 46 points, based on a system of 10-5-4-3-2-1 for six places, while the Argentine had 34'/ 2 . Trailing were Mexico, 20; Panama, 15; Cuba, 10; Chile, 7; Brazil, 4 ;Dutch West Indies, 3; and Puerto Rico and Canada, 2, among the 22 nations in the games. The mam show involved track and field, of course, and booked in the National University Stadium today were finals in the 100-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles ,b r o a d jump and hammer '" row for men and the 60-meter dash for women. A matter of major interest was this c i ty's 7,500-foot altitude. Tanked oxygen flowed like soda pop as the athletes competed not only against each other but also against the rarified air. The track and field highlights came from the Argentine and the United States. Argentina's star distance runner Oswald Suarez ran away with the 10,000-meter run, in the comparatively slow time of J2:42.6. The altitude here knocked out the lone hope for the United States, Gordon McKenzie, of New York. The leader in the early running, and given a good chance to upset the favored Argentine, McKenzie had to leave the track with 12 of the 25 laps to go. Argentina's other first-place winner was Ingebord, Pfuller, a miss with a mighty throw of the discus—43.19 meters, or 141 feet 8'/ 2 inches for the new Pan-Am record. The stars of the afternoon, however, were two U. S. high jumpers, Ernie Shelton and Herman Wyatt. They tied at 2:01 meters, 6 feet 7 inches, for a new meet record. Shelton, from the University of Southern California, won the gold medal because he had fewer misses in the competion. Herman is an Army private, formerly of San Jose (Calif.) State. Impressive too were the meet- record-breaking runs in the 100 meters by Rod Richard of the U. S. Army, formerly of UCLA, and Mike Agostini, of Trinidad. They were clocked in 10.5, one fifth of a second faster than Cuba's Rafael For tun Chacon, in 1951. A trio of U. S: 800-meter stars, Mai Whitfield, Lon Spurrier and Arnold So well, placed second in their respective heats, merely running fast enough to qualify for the finals. The best time posted in the 800 was by Ramon Sandoval of Chile, :54.5. WhitfieW. running the 800 for the first time this season, was timed at 1:56.7 behind Juan D. Miranda, Argentina, at 1:56. Baseball by Richards—2 Man to Outguess Is the Catcher (Accepting the Baltimore challenge after putting the Chicago Whit* Sox on tnelr feet, Paul Illcharils, one of the game's great practitioners, is richly qualified to discuss modern baseball strategy. This Is the xecond of six articles.) By HARRY GRAVSON NBA Sports Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — (NEA) — While he preferred Elston Howard's power bat — 21 doubles, 16 triples, 22 home runs, 109 runs-batted-in and .330 for Toronto — Paul Richards new manager of the Orioles, had his sharp eye on Harold Wayne Smith while George Weiss of the Yankees bartered for Bob Turley and Bill Hunter. Professor Richards accounts for every card in the deck. "There's a bigger area between the plate and the Baltimore Memorial Stadium stands and dugouts than any other park in the country," he points out, "even more so than at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Compared to other parks, It's practically another center field. Hal Smith should catch many a foul ball there." So. it was Smith's agility as well as his receiving, throwing, and batting: average that interested Richards, the planner. Not a few noted appraisers consider the 24-year-old, Eix-foot, 195-pound Smith the finest catcher in baseball and the .350 batting average that topped the American Association doesn't hurt a bit. • * * "Recalling the Giants' World Series, my impression of Leo Durocher was that the key mai: in his defensive strategy was the catcher," recollects Richards, gazing down Daytona Beach's miles of white sand. "Given the ability to catch and throw, a Durocher catcher must be able to interpret Leo's every gestuie to the last detail. "This facility means more to Durocher than Wes Westrum's batting. •*As I stress in my book. Modern Baseball Strategy (Prentice - Hall, Inc.), too many catchers fall into a pattern signaling for pitchers. A certain catcher might be depended upon to call for a curve with the count two and two and runners in •scoring position. In the same situation, except for the bases being clear, he'll signal for the fast ball. "Magnify this 100 times and throughout a period of years and you'll understand why many players admit that they guess against the catcher rather than the pitcher. "It may even go so far that some ball. The first and third basemen might well be trained to do the same sprt of bird-dogging in the interest of keeping the more controllable ball in play. It adds up to better pitching. "For superior control the catcher should take every opportunity to rub the ball to prepare It for the pitcher. "The pitcher will often be called upon to throw a brand new baseball In a tough spot. Most any sandlot pitcher and surely any major league player knows it is more difficult to throw a, really good curve or breaking ball with a shiny new ball than it is with one that has been hit a time or two or properly rubbed up. "This knowleoge snould dictate the catcher's strategy. .With a brand new ball, it's easy to see that a good fast ball is certain to be more effective than a curve. "Thrown with a new ball, the curve may have a tendency to hang inside." NEXT: Pitchers tip hand when It's time for a change. Paul Richards Hal «- •batters believe that they can hit certain pitchers with one catcher, but can't hit the same pitchers with a different catcher. "It will surprise the great majority of fans to know the name of one great catcher whom enemy batters quickly agreed was the easiest catcher in the league against whom to guess." Elaborating on his choice of Hal Smith, the mobile Detroit sandlot product, in the 13 player deal with the Yankees, the very thorough Richards touches on a catching requisite rarely discussed. "The catcher will find that !t pays to chase foul tips and balls around the plate to try to keep the same ball in play," he says. "This may eliminate the necessity of the umpire having to throw in a new Night Softball TofieD/scussec/ At 'Y' Meeting A meeting of sponsors, managers and players interested in develop. the usual "Y" softball league to play during the Spring and Summer, has been called for Wednesday evening, March 16 at 7:30 in the Municipal Courtroom in City Hall, according to G. C. Bartholomew, league commissioner. For the past several seasons, leagues have been organized on a twilight basis, but there is the possibility that night softball may return. Permission has been granted by the city council ror the use of the city-owned plot north of the staff in the young fellows around here this spring. With their hitting, there's no telling how high the club might go. St. Louis never was a club, to hang around the second division for long. "I know a lot of people thought they gave up too much for me. I just hope I can come through for them." As an afterthought, he added, "at least I won't have to pitch against that man Musial." Take Command.. 1 get the thrill first__han_d! DRIVE THE NEW DODGE TODMI 61 MOTOR CO. Your Dodge-Plymouth Dealer Hiway 61 N. Ph. 2-2142 THE 100-MlLLION-DOLLAR LOOK! CHRYSLER WINDSOR DELUXE NASSAU WITH SPITFIRE V-8 ENGINE "It's got everybody excited and we'd like to show you why' Forgive us if we burst with pride . . . OH( we've. got a terrific, car here, and we want the whole world to know ill It's the new Chrysler and the people who've been comir/g to sec it nnd drive it are just as •mitton until it as we are. It's the smartest, sleekest machine that ever appeared in an automobile showroom— and you should sec ill Most people prize good looks in a car. The 1955 Chrysler has it! Fashion people call it "tailored steel"—smart and dilTerent. It almost looks like it's going when it's standing still I This, they tell us, is the new fashion in styling. We say hurrah 1 As for performance . . . well, double your enjoyment back if you don't think it's the best car you ever drone. Do it soonl BE SURE YOU SEE AND DRIVE THE ALL-NEW CHRYSLER AMERICA'S MOST SMARTLY DIFFERENT CAR GCtQB DRIVERS DRIVE SAFELY! T.I. SEAY MOTOR CO. 131 E. Main St. • FOR THE IEST IN TV, SEE "IT'S A GREAT LIFE," "CUMAXI" AND "SHOWER OF STARS." SEE TV PAGE FOR TIMES AND STATIONS- CaruthersYille Cagers Plan Father-Son Banquet CARUTHERSVILLE — The first annual Father-Son Basketball Banquet will be held at Dusty's Steak House Monday evening, beginning at 7:00 o'clock. Bernie Lay, president of the Boosters Club, said the banquet will be sponsored by about a dozen "enthusiastic supporters of high school athletics." Pro Basketball Results By THE ASSOCIATED FKES8 Boston 112, New York 101 Milwaukee 77, Syracuse 76 Only games scheduled. Michigan State's Jot Savoldl, ,d«* cathlon prospect for the 1946 Olympic team, Is the son of Joe Savoldl who was a star Notre Dame fullback 25 years ago as well as a pro. fesslona! wrestler. 400 block on Missouri Street, but the problem of financing the lighting of this area remains. The meeting Wednesday will consider the possibilities for the 1955 season. Teams must decide soon whether they will continue their practice of recent years of playing twilight ball or of taking steps to develop a lighted field for night play. KENTUCKY 5JM1CHT DISTILLED AND BOTTLED BY YELLOWSTONE, INC. LOUISVILLE, KY. here's the greatest value in men's summer suits buy 2 PALM BEACH* suits for have 4 smart... cool... summer outfits Many "go-together" color combinations Two suits, two sport outfits—that's what you have when you select two Palm Beach suits from our wide assortment of "go-together" colors. Just mix or match coats and trousers. 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