f AGE EIGHT BLTTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 1955 All Top Contenders in Major Leagues Have Some Big Ifs' By JOE KEICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — Bobby Thomson, Monte Irvin, Roy Campanella, Ralph Kiner and Bob Turley head a list of about a dozen "if men" who can shape the major league pennant races by the nature of their work this season. Most experts consider that the defending champion New York Giants, Milwaukee and Brooklyn have enough to win in the National with St. Louts and Cincinnati giving the big three a run for their money. In the American League they are almost unanimous in predicting a fierce struggle between Cleveland and New York with Ch - caco's White Sox a definite threat. Now we come to the big "its. The Giants if — Irvin rebounds from last year s poor season with a performance matching that of 1953. The 38- vear-old outfielder batted .320 and drove in 07 runs In '53. Last year his average skidded to .262 and bis RBI output fell to 04. Sal Maglie at 38, staves off father time and takes his regular turn on the mound. Willie Mays doesn't tire from too much baseball. ^Thomson's right ankle can stand up for a lull year. Pitchers Chet .Nichols and Bob Buhl big disappointments in 54 win 10 victories apiece. Last year they won only 11 games between them. Hie Dodgers if — Campanella's hand Is sound »g«in and, he regains the batting Don Newcomtm regains the pitching form that enabled him to win 30 gamea in 1051. Jackie Robinson returns to the clutch-type, game-winning hilling that exemplified him through the years up to last season. The C»rdi If — Frank Smith, the relief ace acquired from Cincinnati, can hold the lat« Inning leads the club lost ast year. such young pitchers like Gordon Jones, Tom Poholsky, Brooks jawrence, Larry Jackson and Luis Arroyo can help southpaw rlarvoy Haddix. flic RedlcKR U — Pitchers Joe Nuxhall, Corfcy Valentine and Art Fowler improve on their 12-garne winning records of [ast year and Manager Birdie Teb- Yarbro Softballers Down Lange 6-3 Tarbro's Softball team scored 6-3 victory over Lange at Little Park yesterday afternoon as plaj In the "Y" 5th grade league gol under way. The winners collected 10 hits, while Lange was able to let only two. Yarbro's tallies came In the second, when they got one. 3 in the third and one each in the 4th and 5th innings. Lunge scored one each in the third, fourth and flflh. belts can come up with two three other pitchers who can win a dozen gamea apiece. The Indians If — Kiner regains his home run punch. The old Kiner could make a Doby-Rosen-Wertz-Kiner combination a real murderers' row. . . Herb Score lives up to his advance billing. The Yankees If — Turley and Don Larson, the two main principals obtained from flal- timore in the 18-player deal, get olf to a good start and thus gain confidence. Phil Rlzzuto can play at least 125 games at shgrtslop with some of his former skill. Thi! Wliltc Sox If — Walt Dropo, the new first baseman, drives in 100 or more runs and hits 25 or more home runs and George Kell plays at least 125 games at third base. Hurlers Having Trouble Only 3 Slated to Open Season Have Gone Route Baseball Standings SOU'I'IIKKN ASSOCIATION Hy T1IK ASSOCIATKB I'RESS Won Lost Pet. Behind C'haltanooBH I ° IMI> — ' Atlanta 1 0 1-000 Memphis 0 1.000 New Orleans 1 0 1.000 — Nashville ... 0 I • .000 1 Blnliinfillam 0 ! .000 1 Little Rock ..0 1 .000 1 Mobile 0 1 .000 1 yesterday's Results Memphis 10 Little rock 4 New Orleans 7. Mobile 2 Chattanooga 5 Nashville 4 (10 in- innings. Atlanta 5 Birmingham 3 Canies Today No games scheduled (11 in- TEXAS LEAGUE Dallas 11. Shreveport 9 linyst Houston 6, Tulsa 5 (10 Innings) Fort Worth 12, Beaumont 2 Oklahoma City 2, San Antonio 0 MASTERS CONTENDERS — This fivesome. By Kit U'll.KS The Associated 1'resn Only three of the 16 pitchers who probably will bo on Ihe mound in next week's major league openers have gone a full nine innings In this spring's exhibition games — and only one of the three came off with a victory. ' Brooklyn's Carl Erskine and Philadelphia's Robin Roberts are the only National League openers to go all the way. In the American League, Cleveland's Bob. Lemon is all by himself, although New York's Whitey Ford entered the ninth but left with nobody out in a losing decision. Erskine alone won, shutting out Washington 6-0 with difficulty Wednesday. Roberts went nine Sunday, but lost to Boston 4-2. Lemon missed against, the New York Giants 6-1 Tuesday. Here's what the probable opening clay pitchers who saw action yesterday did: Boston — Frank Sullivan went elyht InnliiRs, allowing one hit in the first four frames, but missed the decision as Philadelphia won In the 10th 4-3. Sax. Win In 9th Chicago — Virgil Trucks (10-12) went seven Innings against St. Louis, left wllh a 0-5 lead alter a four-run fourth in which the Card's Bill Vlrdon hit a three-run homer. Sox won in ninth 7-G. Kansas City—Alex Kellncr (0-17) went seven innings, gave up nine hlta In 5-2 defeat by Norfolk of Class B Piedmont League. NATIONAL LEAGUE Cincinnati — Art Fowler U2-10! worked last five Innings but missed decision in 9-1 victory over Lynchhurg, Class B Piedmont League. Philadelphia — Robin Huberts (23-15) pitched .seven Innings, gave up six hits and .eft trailing 2-1 on Norm Zauchin's two-run homer as Phils heat Boston in 10th r-e. St. Louis — Brooks Lawrence gave up three runs in filth before leaving with 4-3 lead over White Sox in game won by Chicago 7-6. In other games yesterday, Baltimore beat Pittsburgh 2-1 and the Giants beat Cleveland 6-5 to end their exhibition series with nine victories apiece. Cubs See Greatness For Thorpe Someday • * Exhibition Baseball Thursday's Exhibition Baseball By TUB ASSOCIATED PRESS Baltimore (A) 2, Pittsburgh (N) Philadelphia <NJ 4, Boston (A) Chicago (Al 7. St. Louis (N) 6 New York (A) n, Richmond (ID 4 Norfolk (PL) 5, Kansas City (Al 2 New York (N) (I, Cleveland (A) Cincinnati (N) 9, Lynchburg (PL) 1 »«.«.,» W n lMMMB - .u- ...-»..-. in the lead. They are (left to right) Gene Liter shown before yesterday's opening round of the Mike Souchak. Cary Middlecoff, Shelley May eld Masters Tournament at Augusta National Qolf and Bo Wininger. All five won major touini- , Course, remained strong contenders as the event ments on the winter tour, entered the second round today with Jackie Burke Burke Forgives Putter Thief After Taking Masters Lead By IMERCER BAILEY AUGUSTA Ga (AP) — Jackie Burke is about ready to forgive the trophy collector who stole his putter last year. The handsome Texan tried a new one in the first round ot the Masters Golf Tournament yesterday and it worked beautifully. one of around me c CHICAGO (AR) — The Chicago Cubs believe they have Tonight th f baseball's best bargain beauties in Bobby Thorpe, win- ^'^ 'Trotters Whip Collegiates For 7 Oth Time KANSAS CITY (/I'l — The Harlem Globetrotters, as in previous tours with College All-Stars, are running up a lopsided victory margin against the collegians In their present swing around the country. two teams meet in ningest pitcher in organized ball last year. Tile 20-year-old righthander, who compiled a 28-4 record for Stockton of the class C California - glgned witl) the Cubs for a League, modest $15,000 In 1(152 alii-r completing high school In San Diego. Thorpe, a G-t, 170-pounrler witli complete confidence in himself. Is the first plnyer the Cubs ever have moved up troin class C competition. Manager Stan Hack will display him Sunday when the Cubs face the Chicago White Sox at Wriglcy Field. This test may provide n clue on whether Thorpe has the skill to Sports Roundup hii Uallt to Pitching Should Win for Tribe NEW YORK (AP) Barring a scries of misfortunes so terrible that they probably couldn't happen outside a soap opera, Ihe Cleveland Indians and their horde of lop-flight pitchers should wrap up their second straight American League pennant at least a week before the season ends. isn't a regular wiio is nearlng Ihe We are not going lo predict that they will match their record tolal of 111 victories set last year, simply because their manager Al Lopez is much too bright to get suckered into such a stunt again. This time, once the Injuns have cinched it, they will relax and go into their second World Series against the Giants loaded for sweet revenge. If anything, the Tribe figures to be a little stronger than It was last season, especially if Dale Mitchell, the former outfielder, has won his fight to play first base and adds his .300-plus bat to the club's attack day after .day. He's a better hitter than Vic Wrrtz, for all the hater's hot licks In last fall's World Series. Youthful Club Youthful Al Smith could blossom into an outstanding star in his second full year in left field. There aoc when he might be expected to take a sudden dive. There remains such sound bncll strength. If one of the pitching big three-Bob Lemon, Early Wynn or Mike Garcla-should run into trouble, there is so much fine talent awaiting Lopr/.'s call that It hardly could prove fatal. It is not our contention that Ihe Indians rank with the great clubs of American League history. Outside their pitching, they do not. They nilpht do no better than break even with the Chicago White Sox and the Yankees in the impending race. But. that cruel pitching will assure their beating the bcjabbcrs out of the five othcrclubs again, and that's all it. takes. In our mind the only scriou.s oue- sllon Is whether the While Sox might .lust possibly take over the WANTED 3 BUICK SALESMEN Previous experience desirable bul nol necessary. Ideal working conditions. This is n wonderful opportunity for young men who are ambitious and want to get into a profitable and enjoyable profession. All replies confidential. apply in Person to Frank Kills or C. L. AlcWnlcrs Langston-McWaters Buick Co. Broadway & Walnut iilythevillc FUEL OIL G. 0. POETZ OIL CO. rt l Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 Vfeit Conny's Conoco $«rviet, Aih 4 Division runner-up i-poi. from HIP Yanks. Bocau.se we do nut feel Mint the men of Casey Stengel will offer quite the front, that they did last season we arc making the Sox our shak> .second choice. ...np four flings on the minor eague ladder and land in the ma- ors to stay. Orcal 1'dise So fur thi.s .spring, he has hurled only six Innings, yielding three, - •mis and six hits, serving two' with 20 points, vaiks and striking out two. Four days ago lie ^aye up only one hit n two innings against Beaumont, l"e.x.. as the Cubs won 2-1. Veteran Dutch Leonard, who has .•,(*» working with the Cub pitch- said Thorpe "will be a very with the Globetrotters holding a 10-5 edge in games played. Walter Dukes, former Scnton Ha center, dumped in 25 points to lead the Globetrotters to an 84-73 victory before 10,320 spectators at Denver la.sl night. The All StaiV offensive was led by La Sallo's AH America Tom Gola Bood pitcher some day. U not this year." "You can ruin a kid's confidence y movini; him loo fast," added Leonard. "But tilts liny has so much poise on (lie mound that I doubt, he would be too upset by anything." More Treatment ToParnell'sKnee BOSTON f.-l't — Boston Red Sox pitcher Mel Pnrncll is .scheduled for more IrL'iitmcMit.s for his injured right knee today at Fenway Park after leaving the team in Portsmouth. Va. Manager Mike Higgins sent Par- noil ahead by plane after the knee failed to respond following an in- Pitching Still Big Problem to Cards ST. LOUIS i.-Ti — The St. Lou Cardinals arrive home today am the club's pitching remains the big cinc'stion mark. Brooks Lawrence, tabbed as th sliirtine pitcher lor tile Cardinals season oponiiiR game in Chicag next week, walked ten batters am yielded six runs In 5 2/3 inning yesterday as the Cards dropped ai exhibition lu the Chicago Whit Sox 7-6 at Memphis, Tenn. The Cardinals .scheduled a prac lice session and a round of pic tlire taking at Buscli Stadium till attcrnoon. He finished in a tie for sixth lere last year and a little later during an exhibition in Detroit someone walked off with his putter. Since then he has tested four or five in a search for 'one that sulls him. He Ihinks "the straight piece of steel with a shaft" he is using here for the first time in a tournament is the answer. At 32 a veteran of 11 years as a professional. Burke used his new jlade to build up a four-stroke lead going into today's second round Porker Golfers Easily Wallop NebraskaTeam PAYETTEVILLE. Ark. i/P) — The University of Arkansas won every match and lost only 2'i points in defeating the University of Nc- raska golf team nere yesterday. The score was ISIj-^z- Points weie scored under the Nassau system of comparing strokes at the. end of each nine holes and again by comparing 18- hole scores. The results: Gray Llnzel (Ark.) 12 defeated Chuck Jenson (Neb.) 84. Tinker Gordon (Ark.) 75 defeated Dick Lauer (Neb.) 18. Phil Rogers (Ark.) 70 defeated Jack Moore (Neb.) 74. Bass Trumbo (Ark.) 77 defeated Nelson (Neb.) 78. Dick Newcombe (Ark.) defeated John Btltterfield (Neb. i 79. Linzel and Gordon defeated Lauer and C. Jensen. Rogers and Tvumbo defeated Moore and N. Jensen. over the Augusta National's sprawling, challenging course. Combining fine iron play and strong putting, he opened the 19th Masters with a 34 : 33—67. His closest competitors were Mike Sou- chak, of Durham, N.C., the former Duke football player and fairhaired boy of the winter tour, and Julius Boros, of Mid-Pines, N.C. Souchak, playing with Burke, carded a 35-35—11, and Boros sctred a 37-34—71. Snead Matches 34 Not another man in the field of 77, which includes most of the nation's top amateurs and professionals, managed to better the Augusta National's par of 36-36— 72. Defending champion Sam Snead. who matched Burke's 34 on the front nine, seemed a cinch to do it until he ran afoul a trap on No. 13 and took an 8 on the par-5 hole. He had to settle for par 72. Ben Hogan, the tourney favorite despite his playoff loss to Snead here last year, took a 73. 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