The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 15, 1955 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 15, 1955
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WIDAT, APRIL IB, 1996 1LTTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEW! PAOBNINt Cubs Fired Up Again at Start Of Season but Can It Continue? By ED WILKS The Aaaociated Press K Stan Hack, the smiling man who manages the Chicago Cubs, could figure a way to make his guys full-fledged campaigners instead of first- week wonders he might be cracking that April grin come September. The Cubs haven't challenged since IMS, but they're leading the league today, unbeaten in three games and banging out base hits by the. dozen. It's a springtime madness Hack seems to Instill In his lads. Hack toot over Just before the 1954 opener, replacing Phil Cavarretta who was accused of defeat- Ism. Stanley at least got the Cubs enthused for the first three games. They were 2-1 then, having scored 41 runs on 47 hits, including seven homers and 13 doubles. Some of the excitement stayed with the hitters awhile and the Cubs smacked 83 hits during their first six games. Yet their record was just 3-3 and they never got above .500 again, winding up In seventh place. The Cubs are just about even with that fast break pace this spring.They've slugged the opposition (St. Louis and Cincinnati) for 42 hits, with six home rims and 12 doubles. It's the same old crew Hack has worked up this spring to do the swinging—Randy Jackson. Hank Sauer and Dee Fondy, with the help of some later day Cubs, Ernie Banks and Gene Baker. Question Is, how long can it last. It lasted through yesterday, anyway, with Hal Jeffcoat, Jackson and Banks giving the Cubs three home runs in the ninth and 10th Innings to beat winless Cincinnati 6-4. Smith's Mental Lapse Recalls Famous Merkle Boner of 1908 By ROGER L JOHNSON ST. LOUIS (AP) Relief Hurler Frank Smith isn't a race horse, but he was left at the post yesterday — he didn't run when he was supposed to. It was similar to the famous boner by Fred Merkle of the 1908 New York Giants. Smith's 10th Inning lapse of memory forced the St. Louis Cardinals to produce a second "winning" run against the Milwaukee Braves. Bill Virdon did the trick with an llth inning homer, giving Smith and the Redbirds an 8-7 victory. Here's what happened: ' Bob Stephenson forced Bill Sarni at second for the second St. Louis out. Smith sent an easy grounder to Dave Jolly, Milwaukee pitcher, but Jolly threw wide, Stephenson going around to third. Turned Back Wally Moon singled sharply down the right field line and Ste phenson scored the first "winning" run. But Smith stopped after going a few feet, then turned back to first. An alert Hank Aaron In right Held fired the ball to Danny O'Connell, forcing Smith and nullifying the run. Great Catch Re-Opens Snider, Mays Debate By NEW YORK (AP) fielder as Willie Mays? The Snider forces got in their licks yesterday alter the Brooklyn center fielder made a sensational tumbling 'catch of Monte Irvln's long drive in the ninth inning of the Dodger - New York Giant game. Mays' great catch on Vic Wertz in toe opening game of the 1954 World Series will be remembered longer, but many show saw both plays will rate Solder's backhanded grab as tops. "I never thought I'd get It until the ball hit my glove," said Snider in the clubhouse. "I don't think it would have gone in the bleachers but it would have hit the top of the bleacher wall." There is no distance marker at the point where Snider caught Irvin's drive in front of the bleachers in left center but it certainly travelled all of 450 feet. As Irvin was leading off .the last of the ninth with Brooklyn on top 10-8, the catch may have saved the game. It would have been a sure triple. Snider raced lo the edge of the grass, backhanded the ball and then tumbled on the running path in front of the wall. He came up JACK HAND - Js Duke Snider as good an out- with his hand In the air, clutching the ball while the umpire signalled the out. Manager Leo Durocher of the Giants refused to compare Snider's catch with Mays'. All he would say was It was a "helluva catch." "I've played baseball 10 years and have never pulled a stunt like that—I hope it never happns again," said Smith. "I knew it was a hit, It went right by me. I started down to second, .then thought the game was over. All at once it came to me like a bolt. I had to get down to second, but it was too late." Merkle was on first, as Smith was yesterday. Moose McCormick was on third and there were two out in the last of the ninth against the Chicago Cubs. The score was 2-2. Headed for Dugout Al Bridewell singled, scoring McCormick. Merkle, unlike Smith, ran, but he ran all the way to the Giants' dugout at the Polo grounds. Umpire Hank O'Day upheld the Cubs. However, ;he game went into the record books as a Giant victory. At the end of the season the game was ordered replayed. Mordecal Brown pitched the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over Christy Mathewson, giving the Cubs the National League Pennant. PONY LEAGUE REGISTRATION Return to Mr. Garrott at BIylheville Y. M. C. Obtain addition^' blanks at Y. M, C. A. BLANK A. The luckiest opening day for the Cincinnati Redlegs was in 1945 when they beat the Pirates 7-6 in 11 innings. A homer by Jim Russell of the Pirates was disallowed because a runner had called time before the pitch was delivered. Authorized Dodge-Plymouth Service Factory Trained Mechanics • Factory Approved Equipment • Factory Engineered Parts For Service Bring Your Dodge or Plymouth Home lo 61 MOTOR CO. N. Hwy. 61 (Same location as 61 Imp. Co.) Ph. 2-2142 enjoy the bourbon that'* '. KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY $455 I jiff sjos | 44/6 Qt. J Pt. «!iPl. |S=a » Hla "know-how" bring* you many good thing* In lift: ha'a a famoua manufacturer. In hla glaia li Old Sunn/ Brook, Hla mmll« talla you thatl oflO OVOifobff ' KIHTUCKV ILtHGCO WHISKIT I. H HOOF KfNTUCKr ItJNOIO WMISKtir CONTAINS <!%' StAIN NfUTIAl IflKITI INI 919 SUNNY HOOK COMPANY. LOIMSVUU, IEHTUCKY The victory kept the Cubs a jump ahead of Brooklyn and Philadelphia, also still unbeaten but having played but twice. The Brooks pasted the world champion New York Giants 10-8. and Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh 4-3. St. Louis and five home runs beat Milwaukee 8-1 in 11 innings In the other NL game. Cleveland Marrs Tlier Opener In the American league, Cleveland marred Detroti's home opener 5-3 to keep pace with unbeaten Boston, which beat the New York Yankees 8-4. The Chicago While Sox defeated Kansas City 7-1 on Sandy Consuegra's three-hitter. Rain washed out Baltimore's night game at Washington. Roy Cnmpanella, unhappy with his next-to-last, spot in the Brooklyn batting order smashed a three- run homer in the fourth and Don Newcombe followed with the first of his two long clouts to put the Giants behind for keeps In the fourth. Herm Wehnieier took charge for the Phils after Willie Jones' homer had set off a three-run second and beat the Pirates on six hits. Cards Win Homer Match There were seven home runs ill all as St. Louis opened at home to the Braves, but Rookie Bill Vlr- don's was the big one—hit off Dave Koslo to win it In the llth. Cleveland got six-hit pitching from Mike Garcia and four hits from Al Smith, one a two-run homer, to coast part the Tigers. The Yanks found they still couldn't do much against Wlllard Nixon, who got his fifth straight victory over the New Yorkers. Elston Howard became the first Negro to appear In a regular season game for the Yankees when he went Into left field to replace Irv Noren, thumbed out of the game with Hank Bauer in a disputed play. Howard singled and drove in one of the eighth Inning, runs. IT BETTER WORK—Dodger fans swooned when Karl (Sooner) Spooner's left shoulder went out of kilter during spring training. But club's Dr. Harold Wcndlcr went to work in an .attempt to straighten out the strikeout tossing southpaw. Robinson TKO's Qlla In Top Comeback Win MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sugar Ray Robinson, once one of the most feared fighters in the ring, won his fourth comeback fight last night by hammering Ted Olla into A third round TKO defeat. It was the third—and most Impressive—victory against one loss for the former welter and middleweight champion since he came out of retirement in October. Not Ready for Bobo "But I'm not ready lor (Bobo) Olson yet," Robinson said. "I'm happy at my progress but I'm Just beginning to find myself. "I'm not at a point yet where I'd want to or could fight Olson." "I want two flghts a month until September," said Robinson while happy followers addressed him as "champ." "If I'm lucky enough to keep on winning, then I want a chance to get back the middleweight title." Sugar Ray, 163, did little dancing the first two rounds against the rough young Olla, 10 yeurs Robinson's junior at 24. Olla put In few roundhouse smacks and twice in Golf's Shooting Stars Finsterwald Had Early Interest in Golfing (Fourteenth of a lerlcs) By NBA Service Quiet-spoken, 27-year-old Dow Finsterwald is one of the more highly - regarded younger playing professionals. Finsterwald, six-feet even and 160 pounds, first became Interested In golf in 1044 as a 18-year- old, when he had nn unusual Job at the Athens, O., Country Club. There wns no pro there, so the youngster ran the shop, handled caddies, etc.. without pay. Athens Is his old home town, of course. Better than average through high school, Finsterwald cnp- tnln.ed the teiun at Ohio University. In his first, big tournament'*• an amateur, the Si. Louis Open in September. 1851, Plnsterwnld shot a 61 ove. the Algonquin course, a Professional Golfers' Association record that stood for six months, or until Al Brosch , shot that 60 In the Texas Open at San Antonio. FlnsterwaM turned pro in November, 1951, but didn't do much before entering the Air Force as an administrative lieutenant In October, '62. While In the service, where he remained until last year, he set a couple of course records. Dow married Linda PeUgo of Lancaster, 0., his college sweet- the second round they stood and pounded away, Down One* Robinson stepped out for the third round and rammed « right to Olla's head which was the beginning of the end for the 164-pound Milwau- keean. A left finally floored Oil*. He was up at four, took the mandatory eight count and the beating commenced again. The fight *«» stopped at 2:15 of the round. Dow Ftnittrwild heart, Nov. 30, 1193. Finsterwald Is well liked by the other proa because of his quiet demeanor. He Is not forward like many of the new boys. Dow Finsterwald la a neat dresser who Isn't loud In the selection of clothes. The pros are getting away from the ralnbow-hued stuff they've worn before. Pony Leaguers Register Today Registration (or the Pony for new players begins today and ends the day of tryouta which will be hold the first week In May. Any boys not registering by this tlmt wilt be Ineligible to participate. To be eligible for the Pony League boys must have a date of birth on or after January 1st, 1940. a few facts you should know CONCERNING BLYTHEVILLE'S NEW CAR DEALERS DID YOU KNOW..: THAT J84 persons are directly employed by Blytheville's new car dealen ... or approximately 7 out of every 100 Blytheville citizens. In turn these employees have a total of 58 J dl- pendents. Thus 1 out of every 32 is directly dependent upon the automobile business! THAT Blytheville's automobile dealers have an annual payroll of over $600,000/ Collectivity this is your community's largest payroll! Quite a contribution to the economic welfare of Blytheville for these wages purchase groceries . . . clothing . . . homes . . . gaiolini . ... pay taxes . . . furniture ... and materially add to the welfare of Blytherill*. THAT Blytheville's automobile dealers fiove played a large role in procuring more Industry for Blytheville. Their efforts were largely responsible tor the location of Central Metals, Int. in Blytheville. You will find them leaders in every phase of civic life, striving to make our community better. TUAT 87% of all car owning families use their cars for essential transportation. They are used to drive to and from work, for business purposes, shopping, school, going to church, and visits to the doctor. Just stop and think a minute about the essentiality of the automo- bile to modern day life. Our nation, our state, our community are truly geared to motor- ized transportation! BUD WILSON MOTORS, Inc. Lincoln-Mercury 101 W. Walnut CHAMBLIN SALES COMPANY Studebaker-Packard Railroad and Ash HORNER-WILSON MOTOR CO., Inc. Oldsmohile—G.M.C. Trucks 109 E. Main LANGSTON-McWATERS BUICK CO. W»lnut and Broadway MOTOR SALES COMPANY DeSoto-Plymouth 110 W. Walnut NOBLE GILL PONTIAC, Inc. Fifth and Walnut PHILLIPS MOTOR COMPANY Ford Ml Bnadwaf 61 MOTOR COMPANY Dodge-Plymouth N. Hlchwar II SULLIVAN-NELSON CHEVROLET COMPANY Chevrolet-Cadillac Ml W. Walnut T. I. SEAY MOTOR CO. Chrysler-Plymouth 111 E. Mala

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