The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 31, 1955 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 31, 1955
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THURSDAY, MARCH 31,1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINB, Rhodes One of Giants' Main Drawing Cards »'#»# ##** Cose of 'Bama Couhtry Boy Rising to Fame By HAKRY' GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor PHOENIX, Ariz. — (NEA) — There is nothing like winning, as you may have noted pre- A year ago, James Lamar Rhodes and the Giants would have had trouble crashing a dinner if they had purchased tickets. Golf's Shooting Stars "During the past off-season, we operated g shuttle service, routing the boys to fit them Into their banquet schedule," recalls Garry Schumacher of the Polo Grounders' front office. "Willie Mays flew all the way from Puerto Rico to Los Angeles to attend one. Along the way, the boys picked up enough trophies and silverware to stock a jewelry store." * • • THE WORLD CHAMPIONS got the same attention In Phoenix and will have a record exhibition game run east with their World Series sparring partners, the Indians. In two afternoons early last October. Jim Rhodes became vastly more than Just another Dusty in the long line fo Rhodeses. Pinch hits in dramatic settings made the little ol' Alabama country boy a national figure, and next to the phenomenal Mays. Rhodes is the most magnetic individual attraction at Phoenix' Municipal Stadium. The railblrds would watch him swing for the right field fence all day. and if he could hog the batting cage for that length of time. Dusty would ,be happy to Field and Stream Relaxation Is Major Part of Proper Fly Casting Technique By AL McCLANE Fishing Editor Before, you even take your fly rod in hand, make up your mind once and for all that you must relax at all times. Proper relaxation is 50 per cent of fly casting technique. It makes •casting smooth and easy. Most ot the pupils I have coached did not know how to relax. In this connection it is best to have an instructor, but if one is not available, choose an angling friend, one who appears to have the smoothest casts, and ask him to hold the rod just above your hand and cast slowly back and forth, laying the line on the water with each forward cast. At the name time keep your hand arm, and wrist "dead" on the rod, without making any attempt to transmit motion to the rod. In this way you will get the feel of a proper casting motion. I have never ceased to be amazed at the amount of stiff jerky movement every beginner—and even many old hands—have when casting. Their arms feel like blocks of wood. In my instruction I first ask them to let their arms relax completly. Then I start setting the rod in motion to force it to bent and point out that only the rod's natural bend Is utilized to move the line. We bring the rod up slowly— and when we get to the 11 o'clock position, there's a short snap, and then a stop at vertical. At the same time I ask my student to look behind to see what the line is doing, and then forward, when he delivers his arm power. Invariably his arm stiffens and starts shaking the rod. We start over again; finally after many attempts the student catches on and he learns how little strength is required. He finds that it is the proper use of the casting pivots with progressive motion which generates the power. Every angler must start by moving the rod back and forth very gently—with a total absence of jerks. This point cannot be overemphasized; avoid "muscling" the cast and use only the rod bend to throw the line. Medium and short casts should be executed with a loose hand grip if possible. Relaxation means easy casting, no fatigue and a great deal more fun. oblige. In the banquet league the past winter, Schumacher and other Oi- ants officials found new reasons to believe that the indestructible Rhodes will carry on. 'When we first booked him, we thought he'd stand, say hello, shyly accept the award intended for him and sit down," says Schumacher. "Instead he turned out to' be the oratorical star of the season, as much a stickout on the dais as he was at the plate." Rhodes carries himself with the assurance of a ship's captain. Not only is he a genuine hitter, but he has the right temperament for pinch-hitting. . In his own mind there Isn't a pitcher who can get him out. "Leave It to old Dust," he'll say as he leaves the bench, "and everything will be all right." It was 19 of 49 times last season and in the World Series, with four of the hits home runs, and almost without exception figuring in winning games. • • • DUROCHER ADMITS THAT until last year, he was anything but completely sold on Rhodes, something of a butcher m the outfield, and Dusty was not wholly unaware of the fact. "I was having a good year at Nashville in 1952 and they brought me up to the Giants," recollects Dusty. "I joined the club on the road, and when we got to New York a lot of newspaper boys were around to ask about me. " 'He can't hit, field, run throw,' Leo told them, 'but I gotta keep him because there is nobody else around who can help me.' "He must have figured I'd look good standing in the lobby." Rhodes doesn't have much book learning, and turns that into good stories. All of the deans and professors were present When he spoke at Auburn. One asked what college he attended. * • • "THIS IS MY FIRST time Inside the grounds of any college," re> plied Dusty. "In fact I had an awful time getting through grade school, I remember when I finally got through the second grade. ] was so nervous and excited 1 I couldn't take a chance on shaving thai day." When Rhodes joined the Giants he hud trouble with the change of pace. He was so eager to get at the pitch that he'd swing way ahead of it. When the Giatns were to,Japan in the fall of 1953, Dusty was the opening lineup and a little Jap Mayer Is Top Putter, Recovery Shot Artist (Fourth of a «erie« on the great new names In professional go K (he successors to the afinr Hogans, Snead« and Demareta.) By NEA Service Blond Dick Mayer could be picked out for a matinee dol, but there's nothing particularly flashy about JJayer's •;ame, nor his clothes, although his scores have been red-hot >f late. Dick never shows signs ot temper or disgust, never throws a club,'Is a most pleasant partner. Mayer — SO. 5-11, 165 — started piaylng at five under his father, A. B., at his Greenwich, Conn., home. A crack amateur in his teens, he won the New York State Amateur in 1947. Mayer is a superlative putter, exceptional on recovery shots from the rough and sand, where he Is at his slickest. Mayer came mighty close to the top last June, finishing third in the United States Open at Baltusrol, when he shanked his tee shot on the 18th and final hole with a chance to take it all if he purred the hole. That he did . . .' with his second ball. PAINT & WALL PAPER FREE ESTIMATES LOW PRICES E. C. Robinson Lbr. Co. Phone 3-4551 Every drink tastes better with wonderful EARLY TIMES In 1952, Mayer married Doris Connell, a St. Petersburg, Fla., girl. They have a two-year-old son, Rickie. In addition to coming so close in the U. S. Open last year, Mayer won the Miami International Pour-Ball with Tommy Bolt, was second in the LaBatts Open and third in the Celebrities. A pro in Uie locker room with the lead never rests as long as Dick Mayer is still out on the course and within striking distance. NEXT: Bud Holscher. Dick Mayer anese struck him out with a slow 11. Disconsolately, Dusty re- urned to the bench. 'If I played at the North Pole, ' moaned, "some Eskimo would across the Ice to tell the manager, "This guy Rhodes can't ill a change.' " But Dusty Rhodes now belts the ihange like all the rest and his raise and carefree, utterly unin- libited attitude and mental quick- icss reveal the swashbuckler's emperament that a good pinch- hitter has to have. Injury Sidelines A's Shortstop WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. <j A sprained ankle will sideline Joe De Maestri, the Kansas City Athletics' shortstop, for about a week. He injured the ankle when he stepped on a ball during infield practice yesterday. The A's take on Pittsburgh today. The A's have cut two more players — pitchers Hal Raether and Bill Oster — off their roster. Both were optioned to Columbus of the International League. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Major League Previews Dressen Predicts 1st Division Finish for Untried Senators One in Series By JACK HAND ORLANDO, Fla, (AP) — Knee-deep in a new wave of Cuban imports, Manager Chuck Dressen glibly predicts a first division finish for his Washington Senators. "I don't know whose place we'll take but we're going to push somebody out," he salci. "The old man (Owner Olark Griffith) told when I took overj we needed ier, short-! stop and an out- 1 fielder. "We picked up Bruce Edwar ds, the fellow that used to play with Brooklyn to help our catching. "For shortstop we drofted Bobbj Kline from theCharley Dressen organization. So far, he's been doing pretty well but I haven't made up my Exhibition Baseball By The Associated Press Brooklyn (N) 3. Milwaukee (N) 2. Washington (Aj 8, Cincinnati (Nj 5. Baltimore (A) 3-d, Pittsburgh (Ni 1-2. Detroit (A) 9. Boston (A) 3. New York (Nj 12, Cleveland (A) 11. New York (A) 10, Philadelphia (N) to, 12 inning tie, called darkness. Fights Last Night By The Associated Press Parks Air Force Base, Calif.— Gil Cadilli, 127, San Francisco, out- pointed Willie Pep, 128, Hartford, Conn., 10. mind on shortstop yet. For the outfield, I think Tom Umphlett, a fellow that had a bad season last year, is going to be all right." From time to time. Dressen interrupted the interview to summon Camilo Pascual, a young Cuban pitcher who also acts as interpreter. Seven Cubans Seven assorted Cubans from the rosters of various clubs in the Washington organization, have been working out with the club. Paseual must stay, not only because he is the interpreter, but also because he is a promising 21- year-old righthander with a 4-7 record in '54 who figures to be a starting pitcher. Pedro Ramos, another righthander who won 15 games last year at Morristown, Ky., and Hagerstown, also has impressed Dressen. The other Cubans are floubtful factors. Outfielders Jim Busoy and Roy Sievers, first baseman Mickey Vernon, third baseman Eddie Yost and pitcher Bob Porterfield M* the real strength of the club. Dressen must do his best with limited material to bolster the infield, add punch to the attack and find depth for his pitcnmg staff. Dressen is high on Pascual to 'take a starting pitching job along with Porterfield (13-15), Maury McDermott (7-15), Dean Stone (1210) and Johnny Scmitz (11-8). Ted Abernathy, a 22-year-old returning serviceman, has been outstanding in the exhibitions and probably will start. WJth Chuck Stobbs (11-11) and Spec Shea (2-9) alao available, the pitching appears to b« better. EXPERT WATER PUMP REPAIR Hubbqrd Hardware Phone 2-2015 "^Visiting Around frfci BYJOE Arkansas MARSH INDUSTRIAL SEBASTIAN Once Gateway to Indian Territory In 1817 Col. Thomas Smith organized an Army outpost known as Fort Smith — five years after the first white man, Capt. John Rogers, came to the area. He founded a town there in 1.838. 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