The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 7, 1955 · Page 10
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PACK TEN BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURrglt KEWE * George 'Stormy' Kromer 12 f* 9->u Ljeorqe a C/ </ A New Episode in the Fable Of George 'Stormy' Kromer Most of the older sports fans around Blythevllle will remember the unforgettable saga of Stormy Kromor and the Arkansas Night Riders who set a world record for losing baseball games in the 1920'a. Much has been written over the years about this ti>-.im which dropped J5 straight (tames In the old Trl-Stale League. And much more hai been written about George Kromer, oilo of the fabulous figures In minor league baseball during the past half-century. Most recent lo come to our attention Is a trade magazine article about a testimonial banquet for Kromer not long ago at his birthplace of Kaukauna. Wis. The article was printed In the North Western Newsllncr, a railroad publication. Kromer's career In baseball supposedly was a sideline from his railroading — though It's questionable which was the sideline. HI3 STARTED as a fireman on . the North Western In 1897 and retired 54 years 'ater as an Ashland division manager. But hla career in baseball, as a player, manager and club owner, spans thut by some six years. He began playing ball In 1805 as a catcher and was a member of numerous semi-pro teams In the Wisconsin. Michigan,- Illinois area. Since those tlays he has owned and managed a v »i g « ~. v .... 7 ,,.w,..-. string of clubs, his latest venture being in 1951 when he bought the Vincenncs, Ind., Class D franchise In the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League. And this wasn't the extent of his activities. Stormy also delved 1 nthe field of Invention. While working for the railroad he invented, patented ami manufactured the now-famous Kromer railroad man's cap. And he's still active In tills field, serving as president of the Kromer .Cap Company, Milwaukee, W'ls., which lie founded. The company still uses the slogan "originators and manufacturers (if the Kromer Klean Kloth Kabln Kap — the all cloth cap with the Inde- •tructlble visor." * • • THOUGH KRONER'S record losing streak while at Blytlievllle may have been one of the most publicized of his baseball ventures. his life In the baseball world was spread over far-flung areas. And / though he may not have been the most successful, nc was among Ihe most energetic and volatile. He got the nickname "Stormy" early In his career and always nai been known as one.who wouldn't take a bad decision from an umpire sitting down. And yet 'ie was honored in his home town as "the best sport in the world." At the banquet, the magazine article says .he told of still getting a thrill out of .working with youngsters Just starting in the game he loves so well. "Baseball keeps you young, ' he said. During his days as ,n railroad engineer, lie would disappear with the first warm days of spring, showing up on the Juli again In Ihc fall after a summer of baseball somewhere in the hinterlands. * * • THAT FABLED Blytlievllle team Kromer hud In the mid-twenties started out as a pretty good ball club but by Ihc time Stormy got through selling the squad's top players little remained. "We finished last that season," rKnmer said, "lint 1 still showed > profit after It was all over. I sold $5,700 wurlh of players off that club." It was always his belief that the purpose of minor league clubs was to produce ball players, he said. His policy was lo sell his best players when they were in demand. The Blythevllle team went Into a lallspln uflcr milts (if the four lop players. And when Hie losing streak began In stretch mil over the weeks, the rest of the team luoli lo the Idea of krrplng II alive. ON ONE OCCASION, we understand, one of the boys hit n home run In trie ninth Inning with men on base that would have won Ihc game, but he deliberately missed lunching first base to nullify the runs and lose the game. Another Lime, the Jackson, I'cnn., tram, on to their tricks, was determined lo break the losing siroak. so they sent a second siring catcher lo the mound ... He promptly came up with a no-hit, no-run game against the wily Kromer crew. "After Ihc 35-gatnc losing slreak no one came to our games," said Kromer. "Finally, I made Blythevllle a road club. 1 made more money that way with a $1011 a game nuiir;tnlce.' It was then that the club got the name of "Stormy Kromer's Arkansas Night Riders" The lentil's real name wns Ihc Tigers. With all (his, Kromer tutored five buys who i-vnilually ended up In the majors, lie also likes lo point out thai his losing slrr-ak (if 35 games has since been lopped by it Springfield. »Io,. I'lub which dropped -12 straight. Age and Youth Clash For 19th Masters Golf Championship ecoff or Ma Stormy Krom«r'« Arknn.ai Night RW«r§ nljrthevlllt. Arknn>a> THE NIOHT KIDHltS — Shown above Is a when Kromer made It a road team after losing reproduction of Stormy Kromer and his Blythe- 35 straight for a new world's record. This photo vllle Tliicrs made at Jackson. Tenn In 1925. The Is a reproduction from the North Western News- team was dubbed the "Arkansas Night Riders" liner, a railroad trade publication. A's Chances for Good Season Rest on Sore Arm Pitchers NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — If llioso ailing arms liokl up, Uio Kansas City Athletics' pitching will he a lot more solid this season than it was during that last dismal yoar at Philadelphia. Half a cloicn of the A's hurlers, Including the, two top lefthanders, hove a history of sore arms. But so far this spring, some of the arms have looked promising. The two sbuthpnws arc Bobby Shunt/, and Alex Kellncr. Others with a sore arm background included Cloyd Boyer, Tom Gorman mid Ewell Blackwcll. Arnold Por- tocarrcro, the A's leading pitcher lust season with a !)-18 record, is indcr trc'ittmenl, for an ailing shoulder. Shanty. Okity Shunte, named the most valuable American League, player In 1063 when be won 2J frames and lost 7. la llll outstanding example of what u bad arm cim do. In 1953. handicapped pnrt of the season by arm trouble, ho wound up with a 5-!> mark. Last Kensnn he Injured Ills arm on opening dny. Fin;' 1 record for the entire season: one victory, no losses. Shantx says he has felt okay so far this spring, even in trying out his fast ball. In his last exhibition game stint he hurled five Innings against Savannah of the Sally League, allowed five hits and one run and struck out four. The little southpaw's control showed considerable improvement over previous performances. In the same game Cloyd Boyer allowed. only one hit in the remaining four Innings. Boyer, formerly with the St. Louis Cards, also is trying a comeback. Manager Lou Boudreau. also hopes Kellncr will pan out and may start him opening day against Detroit next Tuesday. Kellner developed n bud arm last season although he pitched. In 27 games. Ho had a 0-17 record. He's been throwing at his old time, speed and skill for the last week. Ex-Yankees Have Ailments Blackwell and Gorman .recently purchased from the New Yorl Yankees along with first baseman Dick Kryhoski, both had arm ailments hist year. Blackwell maintains there Is no pain in his arm this spring and Gorman has been throwing quite well thus far. Portocnrrero, although still under treatment for a pain in his shoulder, says he's feeling better He may start in an cxhibitior game against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday. Manager Boudreau has adoptee a Wait nud see attitude. "As of right now the pitching uncertain." he said. 'All we cai do is wait. Naturally it would be a tremendous help if all of our pitchers remain sound." Wh ° AUGUSTA Ga (AP) - Snead or Souchak? Hogan or Hebert? Middlecoff or Mangrum? will. Thomson's Injury Hex May Be Back Again MILWAUUKEE (AP) - The injury hoodoo that has run with Bobby Thomson, the flying Scot, since he hooked up with the Milwaukee Braves threatened again today to keep him golferfta^L°"ielfor7Twho U could l ca^ture e this tournament and earn one of golf's most cherished titles. Fifty-nine professionals and 19 amateurs were assigned tee times for today's first round of the 1955 Masters, which In 21 years has grown in prestige until It ranks second only to the National Open. The Masters was born a full- blown success in 1934. Grand slam king Bobby Jones, who helped design the Augusta National golf course where the Masters Is played came out of retirement to compete *....... were two schools of thought in pretournament speculation about the possible winner of this year's classic. One leaned toward the younger golfers, pointing to the way they had stolen much of the limelight during the winter tour. The other stuck, with the veterans, pointin to the tremendous pressure generated in this prestige-loaded event. Snead, Hogan Sam Snead, three-time Masters winner and the defending champion, and Ben Hogan, a two-time winner who lost to Snead in a playoff last year, head the corps of veterans. Others in the field with several years of tournament success behind them include Gary Micldle- coff, Lloyd Mangrum, E. J. (Dutch) Harrison, Tommy Bolt, Ed Purgol. Julius Boros, Lew Worsham, Byron Nelson. Jackie Burke and Al Besselink. Mike Souchak, the former Duke football player and leading money winner on the winter circuit, is the king bee of the younger generation, which includes Gene Littler, Jay Hebert, Rex Baxter, Jr., Billy Maxwell, Joe Conrad, Arnold Palmer and Bob Rosburg. Nevada Okays Moore's Fight LAS VEGAS, Nev., 10 — Nevada's Athletic Commission has given official sanction to the May champion Archie Moore and Nino Valex. It is a promotional venture by Jack Kearns. The commission was given a copy yesterday of the contract between the lighters and Kearns. Moore's appearance was okayed despite the California Athletic Commission's warning that Moore will not be granted a license to fight again in that state because ihysician that he has a heart murmur that indicates strenuous exertion might be hazardous. Moore has refused to permit his physician to make available to the commission a photostatic copy o: his findings, contending that as patient lie is entitled to protection against invasion of privacy The National Boxing Assn., which could bar Moore throughout its domain, has asked for the photo static copy. Sports Roundup bit (.jaijle Uatbol 2-1 Against Giants Repeating Nl''W YORK (AP) — Having decided to take a fearless stand and choose the New York Giants id win their league again,"because we believe they have the solid strength to do it, we gol lo reflecting that there probably arc six Little Leaguers in our block who could do as skillful a job of expcrling. CarutherSYilla Track Meet Today Cancelled i ersvilli- playing host lo Sikcslon was ' rulli'd off yesterday by Coach Ilur- ' i'\- DIIIT biTituM' nf ii muddy lr;irk. CARUTHERSVILLE - A tr.uV The TI B ,'r.s will parlldpato In the mert with which had bmi sch,-dul- i Arknn.-as Slulr H.'luyi. at Joncsbo- ed for this afternoon with Caruth- ! ro next Thursday. Coach Durr said. It u'a:; n ili'iuv.s.stllK (hour.lil. In oilier word;!. If all n nmn am do nlUT a innnlh of diligent slumping through the IralnlllK rumps is pick Ihc dflrnrlliiK world cluim- liions. llit'ii shouldn't he maybe inuid in his union curd anil try Mimi'lhlni: else? Any fool knows Hint n ball club, havlnit won Insl year, should lie nblc to win again. [{'.-• only common lo|;ic. Or Is il? Out of curiosity, and pi>s.-:ibh' feeling some sense of HUill, at not hiivili;; UK* nerve to pick Cincinnati am! tnkc a shot i ut imnuirlnllly. we have been ' Inokmi'. back tlmmgli tin- naurs of Ihe National League since Ihe vein- .ill its inception. 1H"0. And now UT led n nm'd deal better. Mold Choice ActlKilly in iionig out on a limb for I,co nurochcr's bc;illtic.s. \vc urc brin^ bolder than we hud intended. The odds in: nillst H Nntlon;il I.ciic.uc club repeating arc only ! slightly less !han 1!-1. Thai Is. in ! Ihc loin: hu.torv ot [lie senior imip, only .lust over half the teams which cnmc from somewhere below to win. as the Giants did last sen.son. have been able to repeat Ihe following year. Fellows, this is going to be roiltih. The precise figures arc us fol- lows: 33 times a National League outltl has charged up to be proud champion one year and fallen buck the next. Only 18 times has the newcomer hud the stamina to stay tliorc for a second helping, or more. sidelined on opening day, Thomson, pushing aside chances' that 1955 will turn out like last year, said he'll •be ready to jo" when the Braves open their home season against Cincinnati Tuesday at County Stadium. His immediate problem was an i 1 i n g right shoulder. Bobby came to the Braves in the * , winter deal a Bobby Thomso: year ago that sent Johnny Antonelli to the Giants. He fractured his right ankle In Florida in the 1954 spring drills end was out of the lineup until late in the season. Even when he returned he saw only limited action. Dr. Albert Schmidt, team physician, subjected Bobby's shoulder to X-ray examination Tuesday and said the results were negative. He said a sore elbow that bothered Thomson earlier in the exhibition season may have caused a reaction in the shoulder. Additional X-ray treatment is slated for Saturday. Shortstop Johnny Logan of the Braves was the only member of the Milwaukee team to play in every game during 1954. Outfielder Bob Borkowski of the Redlegs was nicknamed "Bush'' as a youngster because he wore his hair long. Central Whips Sudbury in 'Y SoftballOpener Central Cra-Y posted the first win of the Gra-Y Softball season at Little Park Tuesday with a 1-6 win over Sudbury. The winners took a three-run lead in the first inning on Johnnie Plunkett's opening triple, followed by singles by Terry Mulllns, Bob Jacques, Danny Potts and Carlton St'iles. They added another in the second and one in the fourth, before Sudbury broke looes in the bottom of the 4th for 3 markers to get back in the ball game. One more in the fifth put the Sudbury team in a contending position but Central came back with two in the 6th to make useless Sudbury's 2 run rally, in the same frame. Jacques and Plunkett shared tha hurling chores for the winners, while Tex Turner started for Sudbury .and gave way to Robert Oakley in the second. Central collected sixteen hits, including triples by Plunkett and Robert Hallman, while Sudbury got 10 safeties, Marshall Larkln's double being the only extra base blow. Read Courier News classified Mt. Southern Opens 55th Season By The Associated Press Five youngsters, including one; who is making his debut in or- j giinized baseball, were listed as probable pitchers today as the Class AA Southern Association opened its \ 55th pennant' scramble. | Nashville and Chattanooga pulled i up the curtain early with an after- j noon game at Chattanooga where a j boisterous crowd of more than 10,- '000 was expected. 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