The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 30, 1955 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 30, 1955
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 80, 1955 BLYTHEVILI.E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE HINB Lack of Speed, Weak Arms, Remain 2 Top Obstacles to Redlegs By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor TAMPA, Fla. — (AP) — The best thing the Reds did last season was score runs.. The Cincinnati Nationals clubbed their way into fifth place in a desperate attempt to get out of the second division for the first time in a decade. The difficulty with the Redlegs was that they couldn't get anybody out. They were worse off in that respect than even the Cardinals. • * • So what did Gabe Paul do? General Manager Paul traded Frank Smith, a superior relief pitcher, for more power in Ray Jablonski, with the Red Birds tossing in pitcher Gerry Staley. Jablonski,. a heavy-footed third baseman who requires a handle on a ball hit in his direction, batted in 104 runs for the St. Louis club. Jabby's acquisition gives the Red- legs five power smackers who last season batted in no fewer than 524 runs. Ted Kluszewskl accounted for 141, Gus Bell 101, Jim Greengrass 05 and Wally Post 83. Offhand, you would say that a club so well loaded would move, but the Rhtnelanders are slower than that last losing horse you bet on, and Birdie Tebbetts has to start from scratch in the pitching department. Of the Reds now listed as regulars only Post and Second Baseman Johnny Temple get anywhere in a hurry, although Bell isn't precisely slow. "The Cardinals at least start with Harvey Haddix and Brooks Lawrence in pitching," said Manager Tebbetts, knee deep in cigar makers at Tampa's brand new Al Lopez Field. "My big four for the moment have to be Joe Nuxhall, Art Fowler, Corky Valentine and Staley." • • • Staley, an excellent spring pitcher for three campaigns, lost his sinking fast ball in 1954, went to the knuckler, which is the beginning of the end. The other three Gerry Staley won 12 each, which easily could be par for the course. Tebbetts recalled that Herbie Score, the phenomenal Cleveland southpaw, broke his collarbone two years ago, and last season proceeded to set a competitive strikeout record in the American Association. "As a last resort," laughed Tebbetts, "I may put Klusezwski's brother to work on my pitchers. He could break a few clavicles." Klu's kid brother, John, a machinist weighing 300 pounds, makes the home run king look more like a ribbon clerk than a blacksmith. When the Reds flew to Jacksonville the other day, the pilot had to dig up an emergency seat belt for John. Tebbetts thinks of rookies as he makes a bold stab to get away from his Bud Podbielans and Howie Jiidsons. Fred Baczewski and Jackie Collum, left-handers, are other holdovers. Then there's Johnny Klippstein, obtained from the Cubs. Bill Werle and" his new pitches, Including a fork ball, came from Louisville. But Tebbetts Js taking a good look at Rudy Mlnarcin, up from Toronto; towering Jim Pearce and Jerry Lane, recalled from Chattanooga; and Cliff Ross, a tall left-hander dropped down from Tuisa to Scheneclady fast trip and still suffering from that ancient ailment, lack of control. Tebbetts calls Tom Acker, a big right-hander who spen.t last summer in Tulsa, an extraordinary prospect, but by now anybody who can as much as get the ball up to the plate with just a little on it looks like a potential Bob Feller or Lefty Grove to the harassed ex- catcher. Once off the mound, the Reds possess a remarkable double play combination in Roy McMillan and Temple. There is nothing wrong with the bench insofar as replacements and pinch-hitters are concerned. The only trouble is that pitchers are not being crowded off either end. Pitching is where you find it, but Birdie Tebbetts doesn't know where to look. Mojor League Previews Yanks Need Help with Indians By JACK HAND ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (APP) — "If we're going to win it, we've got to get a little more help beating Cleveland from the second division clubs." Casey Stengel was talking about the chances of his New York Yankees bouncing back into the World Series. "We beat 'em (Cleveland) 11 times and Chicago beat 'em 11 and they lose only 43 games," he said. "You Just look it up and you'll see Boston beat 'em only two games all season. And Baltimore only three. "I'm positive Baltimore is going to be better. They've got a t good catcher I f ' • gave them (Hal CueyStencel Smith) and more players. Boston can't lose every game to Cleveland right in Boston two years in a row." "I know Cleveland is going to be better." How about the Yanks? Will they be better, too? "I don't know yet, we ought to finish second or fir..)*, depending on how my pitching comes out." Good Young Men "We've got good young men in Skowron and Carey (first baseman Bill Skowron and third baseman Andy Carey.) And we've got three pretty good men in the outfield < Irv Norcn, Mickey Mamie and Hank Bauer), especially with Mantie in -shape and ready to go. "For pitching I've got Ford ' Whitey Ford > and .Grim < Bob Grimi and for my No. 5 man, Lopat (Eddie Lopat). Turley (Bob Turley, central figure of the big deal with Baltimore) is going to be there although he hasn't been sensa tional down here." One of the sensations of the Yankee camp has been Elston Howard, the Negro catcher-outfielder who hit .330 at Toronto last year. He is a cinch to be the first Ne^ro to make the Yanks, as a reserve /or Yogi Berra and an extra outfielder. Shortstop Main problem Shortstop is Stengel's main problem once he gets his pitching straightened out. The veteran Phil Rizzuto (.195), now R bespectacled 36, may start and go as far as he can with Billy Hunter (.243 at Baltimore) ready to take over. Gerry Colcman (.217) also has Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Chicago (A) 5. Boston (Al 3 Pittsburgh (Nl 8, Kansas City (Al 8 Chicago (N) 0, Cleveland (A) 7 St. Louis (N) 'B" 6, New. York (A) "B" 2 New York (A) 6, Detroit (A) 1 Baltimore (A) 6, Philadelphia (N) 3 Cincinnati (N) 5, Washington (Ai 1 Brooklyn (N) 5, Milwaukee (N) 4 Fights Last Nighf By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Cincinnati —Sugar Ray Robinson, 1C2, New York, outpointed •Johnny Lombardo, 153, Mt. Car- mcl, Pa. 10. Miami Beach, Fla — Bobby Dykes, 182, Miami, outpointed Oils FMhlc-lnl, leo'/a, Toronto, 10. Phoenix — Hans Friedrlch, 108 Dortmund, Germany, outpointed Oorio Thompson, 185, Los Angeles, 10 Grand Rapids, Mich — Kenny Lane, 1J», Qr»nd Rapidi, out- pointed Armand Savole, 139, Montreal, 10. strong backing for the Job. Skowron (.340), playing against all kinds of pitching and not restricted to lefthanders, is the first baseman with Gil McDougald (.259) at second and Carey (.302) at third. Joe Collins (.211) will double at first and outfield. Back of Noren (319), Mantle (.300) and Bauer (.294) in the o field, Stengel has Enos Slaughter (.248), the 38-year-old vet, Bob Cerv (.260) and Collins and Howard. Berra (.307), the league's most valuable player, will do most of the catching with help from Charley Sllvera (.270) and Howard. Johnny Sain (6-6) and Jim Konstanty (1-1) who add up to years of relief value, probably will man the bullpen. "they say the most flattering things about you" 1Q95 Caquftt T!'e moment you ease your feet into a pair of these wonderful-feeling CITY CLUBS you'll know you've found something rare. Smartly styled . . . priced sensibly. City Club SHOES FOR MEN LONGING Sam Jethroe, former Braves outfielder now out of the majors stands with Del Crandall and watches Milwaukee batting practice at Bradenton, Fla. Jethroe slid quickly after being named Rookie of. the Year in 1950. Won'f Stop K'ow Robinson Wins 3rd Comeback Match CINCINNATI (AP) — Sugar Ray Robinson, the man who gave up dancing in an attempt to regain the world's middleweight boxing championship, says he is going to keep right on the comeback trail. That was Robinson's word last night after he had won a split decision over Johnny Lombardo, of Mount Carmel, Pa., in a 10-round bout at the Cincinnati Garden before 5,124 paying customers. The fight was neither broadcast nor televised. It was the third bout for Robinson since he came out of retirement. He won one and lost one but there had been some doubt as to how serious his comeback attempt was in view of his failure to meet a commitment to battle George Small Boston three weeks ago. He claimed illness prevented that fight. Meet OUa Next "If I have ft, I will continue," Robinson said after last night's fight. "If I don't, I'll give up. This was the kind of a fight you have to find out what you can do." He next meets Ted Olla in Milwaukee April 14. Through the eariy rounds last night. Robinson did not look good. But he came along late just when most of the ringsiders thought he would fade. Lombardo, weighing 153 pounds, took a slight lead in the first four rounds because of his aggressiveness. He scored heavily 62 Boxers Vie For National Collegiate Titles POCATELLO, Idaho Wl — Bixty- two students who divide their time between hooks and jabs and books and labs start a marathon scramble tomorrow for honors in the National Collegiate Boxing Tournament. The students represent 17 colleges from the United States and Hawaii. Included are a half dozen fast learners who tucked away national championships at the 1954 tourney. 53 Bouts During tne next three days, 53 bouts will be fought, barring injuries or disqualifications. A team champion, nine individual titlists and the tourney's outstanding boxer will be determined by the end of the three-day event. Back to defend the crowns they won last year are Seiji Naya, University of Hawaii, 125 pounds; Vlnce Palumbo, Maryland, 132; John Granger, Syracuse, 139: Herb Odorn. Michigan State, 147; and ?.I i k e McMurtry, Idaho State, heavyweight. G o r d y Gladson, Washington State, won the 165- pound title last year. But he will try for the 178-pound crown here. Returning to defend its team championship is the University of Wisconsin. The major league All-Star game will take place at Milwaukee County Stadium on July 12. from the inside with his left hook his best punch. Finished Strong Robinson, nine pounds heavier, seemed to be pacing himself. The 34-year-old ex-champ started to open up in the fifth round. He kept pounding Lombardo with short upper cuts and with an occasional right and his work then reflected something of what Robinson was once noted for: speed and accurate punching. He began to use his left upper cut to the Pennsylvanian's body and sharp jabs to the chin. Robinson landed so many blows in the ninth that Lombardo got sick at the end of the round. Golf's Shooting Stars Steady Shelley Needs Only to Be Inspired (Third In a series on the great new names of gotf -» the iuo cessors to the Ben Hogans, Sammy Sneads and Jimmy Demareta.) By N'KA Service Shelley Mayfield is probably America's best-looking golfer — and he's also one of golf's best-looking prospects. The acme of steadiness, the blonde Texan is starting his third year on the circuit. Mayfield is in the same category as Ed Furgold—a club pro who decided to try the perils of the professional tour. "I was lucky," says Mayfield. "I had two years under Claude Harmon at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, and at Seminole in West Palm Beach, Florida. Harmon nas turned out such players as Mike Souchack, Al Mengert and Jack Burke." All that Mayfield seems to need, golf-wise, Is that extra flash of inspiration. This 30-year old golf strategist is consistency itself. In 92 holes at Palm Springs he shot only three bogies in winnin: :r . He had three bogies in 72 holes at Houston and three in 72 at San Antonio. Mayfield, who is one of Spalding's leading playing consultants, is especially able with his long irons and his driving. His putting is steady. Shelley was born in Liberty Hall, Texas, a town of 300. He was an all-around star in football, track and basketball at Seguin, Texas. High School. At 13, he was attracted to local golf Shelley Mayfield courses and at 23 he turned pro. "Mayfield is a keen golf strategist," says Harmon, "and he has rhe kind of game which could defeat anybody." NEXT: Dick Mayer. Ex-Champ Pep Fights Cadilli Tonight SAN FRANCISCO W) — Veteran featherweight Willie Pep goes against youngster Gil Cadilli tonight in a nationally televised bout at nearby Parks Air Force Base. Pep looked sharp in workouts but will have to be wary of Cadilli. From. San Francisco, Cadilli has won 21 out of 26 bouts. He was defeated three times and fought two draws. CBS will telecast the 10-rounder at 7 p.m. (9 p.m., SCT). Pep, the eJt-feather king who will be 33 in September, has only six j losses and one draw with 180 victories. Perfect Practice MACOMB, HI. (&— Robert Erickson, a shoe store clerk, entered the bowling "Hall of Fame" by rolling a perfect 300 game. He wai practicing in competition with his wife. His best previous mark wai 289 which he has chalked up four times. New from the drawing board out! NEW CHEVROLET America's leading truck builder went all-out to bring you the most modern trucks on any job—with all these trend-starting advances! These are the trucks that started out fresh on the drawing board months ago-the great new Chevrolet Task-Force trucks! Now they're here-ready to roll on your hauling or delivery job ... ready to make or save you money . . . ready to shorten your schedules... to make the driver's job lighter, his efficiency greater than ever before! 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