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March 28, 1955

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 1985 BLTTHBVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWg PAGE NINB Cards Should Be Better !-Except (or Pitching Stanky Concerned Only with Hurlers By HARRY GRAYSON NBA Sports Ediorl ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — (NBA) — The Cardinals are I better, but there is no indication that their pitching will be. Kenny Boyer, up from Houston, looks like the best I third baseman the St. Louis Nationals have had since Lester Bell led the World Champions of 1926 in batting. If bespectacled Bill Virdon, who I batted .333 for Rochester, crashes I the outfield, the great Stanley Mu- Ual can be switched to first base, | where The Man was when the Red Birds last bounced down on front in 1946. 'I like baseball too much to have problems in it," said Eddie SUinky, autographing a ball lor one of the 299,999 old pappy guys who decorate St. Petersburg's famous green benches at this time of year. "I have concerns. My only concern now is pitching, period." Muggsy Stanky hoped to have Vinegar Bend Mizell out Ed Stanky Frank Sm»h Army by July, but now It's October. Vic Raschi suffers from a slipped spinal disk. So Stanky is attempting to build a staff around Harvey Haddix, Brooks Lawrence, Tom Poholsky and Gordon Jones. Poiiolsky hasn't shown enough to write home about in two campaigns, but was handicapped last term as the result of being sidelined for more than a month with a broken finger. Pitchers shuttled in and out of Busch Stadium in 1054, but Jones claimed and got away with squatters rights. The blokes in the red blazers led the league in batting, in nearly ev- iiv offensive department, Including stolen bases. But they were a panting last in pitching and runs scored against Tlie relief pitching was atrocious. When the starting pitcher departed to keep an 1 early date down town, It was a pretty sure one that the Cards would take another one on the chin. They lost more high score games than strategist Stanky cares to , remember. They dropped 30 or so after being on top in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning. * * • So it was small wonder the brass gave the Reds Gerry Staley and Hay Jablonski for Fireman Frank Smith. The harassed Stanky obviously fears the worst, for in addition to big Smith, six others, five right-handed, already have been assigned to the bull pen. They are, perhaps in the order of their im-* earne d-run murks of 2,63 and 2.91 Stan Musial portance, Bobby Tiefenauer, Tony Jacobs, Stu Miller, George Schultz, Paul LaPalme and Herb Moford. LaPalme is the lone southpaw, so if the former.Pirate has any luck, it might be well for him to purchase a motor scooter. Stanky suggests that you remember the name of Tiefenauer, a Moford baased 17 for Columbus. From Rochester with excellent earned run averages come Jack Faszholtz, Larry Jackson and Gary Houston to the Texas League playoff championship with a phenomenal strikeout record and an out- Golf's Shooting Stars Calm, S/ow-Sw/nger Littler Is a Comer (The old names In golf ire beginning to fade. The headline! gt>i fewer for the Hogans, the Sneails, the Demarets. This Is the beginning of a series on 10 of the great new names among the tournament pros.) By NBA Service Gene Littler is in the same position in golf today that Mickey Mantle was in baseball a few years ago. Everybody predicts that. Littler may well rank with the greatest — and yet he is approximately one year out of the amateui ranks Nobody in golf today has a bettor swing than Littler," observes Ray O'Brien, tournament supervisor of the P. O. .A "His slow, deliberate tempo is more like that of Byron Nelson than anybody I have seen." The five-feet,, 10-inch Littler's fluent action always appears unruffled. "It's his disposition," says Peter Thomson, British Open titleholder now on the pro tour in the United States. "It makes Gene stand out. Nothing seems to bother him." "You slump in golf like you do in baseball," says Gene, "and then you work out on your weaknesses. I believe in practice." * * * Littler, a fine-looking 24-year old from San Diego, California, sports powerful wrists and shoulders on his 160-pound frame. After winning the national amateur championship in 1953 the stylish Californian placed second in the United States Open at Baltusrol. He triumphed in the Los Angeles and Phoenix Opens and led the money-earning parade. *„.,„ , - - Littler represents the Thunder- Blaylock. Luis Arroyo pitched bird Golf Club in Palm Springs, is ant and he travels the long tourney 25-year-old who developed a knuck-j stan[ (iiig ERA. This Puerto Rican ler at Houston and demands the sou thpaw will get a good look, quite likely '- --' - - work he is quite likely to get. Schultz, recalled from Columbus, and LaPalme are other relief workers with knuckle balls and Long Tom Alston and Joe Cunningham fight it out for first base until Stanky gives up on one or ---.both. If neither hits, and Virdon Joe Presko. who hopes to start but 1 tllrns out to |, e another Wally has never lived up to his early Moon as predicted, Musial — he- reputation, hfls developed one. I j ng Musial — will give the infield It looks like a fellow can't pitcb half of what it has lacked since he any more unless he has ler," observes Del Rice. Jacobs, who stands no more than 5-9 and weighs only 155, won 25 games while losing 4 in two years as a Triple A fire fighter with knuck-1 returned to the outfield. Boyer bi?. good-looking kid, is fairly certain to supply the other half. Meanwhile, Eddie Stanky's lone concern is finding guys who can get somebody out. Ken Boyer Reliable Service -, Bring Your L home to your FORD DEALER • Expert Mechanics • Genuine Ford Parrs Phillips Motor Co. 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While he awaits the call. Manager Mike (Pinky) Higgins keeps parading youngsters into Williams' old left field spot—just in case. Faye Throneberry, a lefthanded hitting lad of 23, just back from militaiV service, and big Karl Olson (.260) are the top candidates. Prank Sullivan (15-12), a 6-6 righthander, took over as ace of the pitching staff in his first full season in '54 when Mel Parnell (3-7) was sidelined lor months with a broken forearm. Although Sullivan didn't get a starting chance until May 21, he wound up the top winner on the ball club. Tom year old wife, Shirley, and their year-old son, Curt. "Gene's weakness, if any, is his wedge shot," remarks one of his fellow pros, "but that ice-cool attitude of his mistakes." makes up for any XEXT: Mike Souchak Brewer, another young righthand- er, finished with a fine 10-9 rookie year. Willard Nixon (11-12), a four-time winner over the New York Yankees, is the other definite starter in Higgins' plans. Service Veterans Return Dick Krodowski, jusj, back from service, may take over a starting job. He impressed by pitching some brilliant ball In '52 before he left for military service. Ike Delock (17-10) at Louisville) and Russ Kernmerer (5-3) probably will make It. Bob Smith (13-5 at Shreveport) might grab the lefthanded job behind Parnell .because Leo Kiely Jim Piersall (.285), hia acrobatic fly catcher, as the full time center fielder. The Sox have infield problems, no question about It. Until further notice Billy Goodman (.303) is a second baseman. Milt Bc'Jing (.249) the shortstop and Ted Lepcio (.25fi) a third baseman. Grady Hatton (-271) may alternate with Lepcio. Boiling suffered a bone chip In hi.s left elbow yesterday and will be out six or eight weeks. Harry Aganis (.251) a lefthand- ed batter, ha.s been sharing first with big Norm Zauchin, who hit ,t Louisville. Aganis' failure (5-3j is underweight and Bill Hen-1 to hit consistently last year gives ry (3-7; has had arm trouble. I Ztiuchm a great chance at the job Old reliable Ellis Kinder (8-8) I if he . ? an learn to P ul1 the bal1 to is still around at 40 to handle the bullpen with help from Tom Kurd (2-Oj, Hershell Freeman (7-5 at Louisville) and Sid Hudson (3-4> Jackie Jensen (.276) was the | only consistent long ball hitter last I year, except for Williams, of j course. Jackie finished fourth the left. The first many years the league with 25 homers and third with 11? runs batted in. He also topped the league with 22 stolen bases. Hatton Will Fill In For Batting If Williams, 3G, returns, he'll be in left. The Splinter hit .345 last year but lacked 14 at oais of being eligible for the batting crov.-n. He was second with 29 homers although he broke his collar bone in, spring training and missed about a month due to pneumonia in June. Higgins has decided to stick with string catcher for to come is Sammy White (.232) who hit 14 homers and drove in 75 runs last season. Pete Daley (.275 at Louisville) seems to have the No. 2 job. Coach Mickey Owen, who caught winter ball, also will be available. Basketball Results NBA PLAYOFFS By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Syracuse 110, Boston 94 (Syracuse wins best-of-5 series, 3-1) Fort Wayne 105, Minneapolis 96 (Fort Wayne wins best -of-5 series 3-1) Read Courier News Classified Adi. Why Ancient Age can say: you can find a better bourbon ...buyit: For many, many years we've believed so devoutly in straight Kentucky bourbon that we've distilled nothing bull We comb sun-dappled fields for the choicest ripened grains. We use bright, clear Kentucky spring water. We wait patiently through the years while Ancient Age reaches rich maturity. We seal and bottle the incomparable result only at the distillery where it is born (essential for quality' and uniformity). 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