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Blytheville, Arkansas
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PARE SHC BLYTHEVILXE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, AUOUST 4, 1951 Trade Put Bums In Top Position By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sporls \Vrllcr This might be an appropriate lime to wonder what Steve O'Neil thinks now of (hat roundabout winter trade that sent Russ Meyer from Philadelphia to Brooklyn by \vay of the Braves. ' pooh-* The Phillies' manager poohed the idea at the time that Brooklyn had traded itself into the pennant. But with the season two ihirds gone, the iempermcntal right-hamlet's !l-4 record would look mighty Rood on the Phils' pitoiling roster, which seems lo consisi'almost solely of Robin Roberts. And you can bet your bottom dollar the Braves wince every time Uiey remember that they engineered the rieal. Me.vcr Throws Shutout Meyer threw his second straight qhutout at the Braves last night in Milwaukee, winning 1-0 in eight rain-soaked innings. He's beaten them four times this season against one setback. The victory moved the Dodgers 8< 2 ahead of second-place Milwaukee in the National League pennant race. During the winter the Dodgers had designs on Meyer but they weren't able to pry him loose from Philadelphia until Lou Perini and the Braves, then still in Boston, stepped into the trading picture. In a fast and involved deal the Braves got Meyer in exchange for first baseman Earl Torgeson and cash and then shipped the pitcher tn Brooklyn for infielders Jim Pendleton and Rocky Bridges. Bridges was swapped immediately to Cincinnati as part payment for first baseman Joe Adcock. Meyer not only pitched a shutou last night, he batted in the winning run with a single in the seventl inning. Milwaukee Brooklyn has beaten Milwaukee II out of 15 games so far. includ ing all six played in Milwaukee Meyer didn't own exclusive rights to good pitching in the ma .lot's last night. At Washington Billy Pierce of the Chicago White Sox gave up just two hits in a 1-0 triumph over Johnny Schmitz am the Senators. And at Cinclnnal Joe Nux-hall of the Redlegs limited Pittsburgh to five hits in winning 5-0. In other major league action, the St. Louis Cardinals whipped Philadelphia 8-3 and climbec U'ithul half a game of the third- place Phils. The New Yankees smothered S t. Louis' hapless Brownies 11-3. Washington-Chicago Pierce's shutout was the fourth straight scoreless game in the Washington-Chicago series, which the two clubs split, Dick Smith got two of the five hits off NuXhall, who was given a two-run lead in the first inning and a comfortable margin in the fourth when Andy Seminlck hom- ered with one board. The Cardinals routed Jim Kon- stantq with four runs in the first and added three more in the second inning. Wilmer Mizell coasted with a scoreless three hitter until the ninth when the Phils rallied with a two-run pinch hit homer by Connie Ryan. The Yankees maintained their five-game margin in the American League by battering St. Louis pitching for 18 hits .Whitey Ford won his 12th game against tout- defeats. 61 Implement Wins Over Hardy's 17-2 The 61 Implement team of the Y Bay Window League put on their running shoes yesterday and tromped over the Hardy's 17-2. Hardy's started off with a home run in the first by Olli.<-on. 'Hie 61s must not have liked this because when they came to bat it took nine runs to get them out. Oih-on score again in the fourth for Hardy's, but it was, not, enough lo make up for the eight more runs trotted in by the 61s. Cardinals Storm The Phillies 8-3 Connie Ryan Prevents Shut Out By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Connie Ryan spoiled Vinegar Bone! Mizell's shutout' with a pinch-hit two-run homer at Busch Stadium last night, but an early-inning attack] helped the Cardinals weather j the storm and defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3. Mizell, although walking .seven, had only three hits against him going into the ninth. A single by Ted Kazanski came nhead of Ryan's four-bagger and two more singles followed. AI Brazle was called in and three outs resulted although thr third Philadelphia run came in on a ground ball out. The Cards knocked Jim Konstanty out of the game in the first with a four-run attack, eluding a two-run single by Steve Bilko. Doubles by Enos Slaughter, Bllko and Del Rice figured in a three-run drive one inning later. Ninth Victory It was Mizell's ninth victory of the year and pulled the Redbirds to just half a game behind the third-place Phils. The league-leading New York Yankees and (he last-place Browns presented no surprises in a day game at Yankee Stadium with the Yanks pushing their way to an tl-3 victory. The Yanks had smacked out 17 nits before the Brown;; broke loose with three runs In the eighth. A walk and Vic Wert' double spoiled Whitey Ford's .shutout. Successive singles by Don Len- lardt. Les Moss and Vern Stephens added the rest. Welch, Fields Take Main Tag Match Lester Welch and Lee Fields turned to their \vrcstline know-how last, night to outlast Walter Sirois ant! newcomer Boh Hodges in the ing [ match main event of the American legion's wrestling bouts at Memorial Auditorium. Welch and Fields grabbed the vie.' ;ory in straight falls, and they did t on sheer cunning, outwitting their opponents. Hodges, a lanky Memphis younps- .er. u'as a substitute for Eddie Maone who had to cancel his srhcd-. lied performance here to nurse hisj poisoned wrestling boar. j Fields and Welrh grabbed the | 'irst fall after nine m i n u tes of ough and tumble grappling \vith' drop The Los Angeles Anpel.s of the PCL paid its all-time record price for a player's contract when they Rave 535,000 to Shreveport. L:i., at the end ot the 1949 season for pitcher Fred Baczeu^ki. He's now with the Redlegs. lekls dropping Hodges with icks and a pin. Sirois and Hndgrs came back' strong in the second round and : had fhhiRfi soina; iheir way after; 11 mimues. Sirois had Welrh sot up) for an Austrian back breaker when Fields rushed in from the ring and tripped Sirois while Referee Virgil Hat field was scuffling with Hodges. The quick thinking Welch took advantage of the break and quickly pinned the dumbfounded Siroifi. In the l\vo one-fall preliminary bouts Sirois bent. Welch in nine minutes with a hn!f crab and Fields stopped Hodges m eight, with <i boriv pin. Five Top Hitters Among Players Outgrowing LL This Year Twenty two players, including the lop five ranking hitters and two leading pitchers, will sing their Little League swan songs this week when the first season conies to a glorious close. By the lime another campaign gets under way they will have passed the age limit of 12. The American Legion will lose the most from its ranks, five, but only four regulars. The Shrine Club and Kiwanis Club will shed four each, although just two of the Kiwanis were considered regulars, and one of the Shrine departees was not In the lineup every g-ame. Three each will be missing from the champion Lions Club, Rotary Club and, Jaycees. Bralcher Heads List Heading the list of those ineligible for 1954 is the brilliant Joe Bratcher, ace and one of the leading cogs m the Lions Club ma- (j.uiie iiiut swept through the first nine games without defeat. Joe won eight of those contests, including a no-hitter over the'Kiwums. to clinch Uie first half, and shutouts over the American Legion and Shrine Club. Counting all games, the little poker faced right- hander rucked up 15 consecutive games, the 15-0 shutout of the All- Stars amony them. Joe's power-laucn bat has come it) quite handy, UM. |-ie is currently sporting a healthy .501) pace mark, No. 5 in tne ratJuys, He alreauy lias a raft of league records Two other keys to the Lion Clubs successes, Larry Fitzgei.iid and William Edward (Burrhead) Simons, also move on, wv.u-h combined wiiu Bratcher to knock R tremendous hole m the cham;; s, Larry n.-.'ed Into the batting lead last WCCK with an outstanding .571, leading in hits, runs and total bases. He is ne-d in home runs, ranks second in runs batted in. He is considered Lne class ol shortstops. .Simmons is one of the most improved players in the lc;-it,.i;c-. A third baseman he has fielded adequately and wok iwo rniches on the mound, winning his only start. He is h:umg a very respectable .MB. Howard Also Goes Glynn Dale Howard, the classy souuspaw, tops the Amf-ncan Legion graduates and Coach Ott Mulims wjil look long and hare lor n capable replacement. A terrific hitter, though not \v;i.h much power. Howard was the Legion stopper. He aHemated on Uie iv.t'uv.d and at first with Doug Doris with equal success. Kis recora shows only four wins and a single defeat—to the Lions C]us—anc he has saved several other games. The only bauer the h:;unc lesd this season, Glynn Dale is swatting .517, :n a three-way lie for second place. Other Legions who pack their gear ih:s week include: 3:iiy Hatch (.238); Burly Whit (.133;; Mike Boyc <.05Q>, and Harvey Flowers (substitue). The Kiwanis Club appears to be the least, hurt through graduation. Don Tinker, who played several positions with better than fair success while batting .290, and Gerald (Dusty Rhodes -.154 outfielder-catcher, are the only regulars ;o depart. George who served mostly as pinchhiteer, and Larry Burgeson, who didn't get into a league game, are the others not eJgibie next year. All For Biff Steve The -Jaycees were not as fortunate, Big Steve McGuire. brilliant catcher and power hitter, will not be back with his guiding hand behind the plate and talents at bat. The Varbro youth has been the shining light in the dismal Jaycee plight. He has been one of the leading hitters all season, and once reached the top. He is tied for second place with .517, has three home runs, the same as Fitzgerald, is third in total bases and runs baited in. This is Steve's first try with the mask and protector but he handles himself so well that critics were amazed to learn he had not caught before. Sonny Elledge, me game youngster who took over the mound duties soon after the season started, and Gene Swaner, first baseman, are the other Shriners who will not return for another whirl. An outfielder by trade. Sonny was given the mound job but lacked the experience and the mechanics of some rivals. He was charged with five defeats and no wins. No one had more intestinal fortitude. Swaner is one of the better fielding first baseman but is shy at the plate. Most of his hits have been bunts or infield taps, but he makes up for some ability with plenty of zeal and hustle. Leagues' Pepper Martin BITTy./Pepper) Ross, shortstop, will be the Rotary Club's No. 1 replacement problem. The entergetic youth who likes to tear around those bases and wants to knock the ball into Crittendcn County every time he goes to the plate, ts a former weekly batting leader and right now is in a three-way deadlock with McGuire and Howard for the second slot- "Pepper" is a nephew of a former Chickasaw star footballer, LeRoy Ross, and has shown a great deal of baseball savy for a youngster. He may go places in the game should he decide to cast his lot there. Alvie Jarratt and Lewis Garner are the other Rotes to bid adieu. Jarratt is one of Jack Droke's dependables who did a pretty good job where placed. Alvie started as pitcher but soon exhibited a lack of hurling talents. He Was shifted to the outfield and thence to a catcher, where he did the best job, though handicapped with a bruised thumb on his throwing hand in the last three games. Garner hasn't played but a few games. He is one of the few left- handed batters and throwers in the league. Shrinen Lose Battery The Shrine Club's biggest loss is in the present battery, Billy H.-nu'y and Clyde Griffin, caliber which just, can't be picked up every day. Hancy. who was one of the most talanted piano players for his age in this neck of the woods, has won three and docked with six defeats on the mound. Lack of control, brought about by fretting and pressing when behind, has handicapped his play. But he improved tremendously, particularly in the second half. Another year or two in the next league should rid him of that fault. Batting .360, he has been one of the better stickers; leads tn triples, four. The smallest catcher in the league, Griffin is considered one of the best. He works hard, says little, and does a grand job. He hits very well, too, sports a current .414 mark for seventh. He too will be missed. Jack Renfro (.154) who was lost to the Shrine Club because of injuries incurred in an automobile accident, and J. A. Tharpe, are the other members whose age caught them. BASEBALL STANDINGS AMERICAN LEAGUE Won Lost I'd. Behind New York ... 67 34 .603 — Chicago Cleveland .. Boston Washington . Philadelphia Detroit St. Louis .. . 40 .612 5 42 .580 71i W .543 12 55 .471 19'i 59 .422 24 '. 2 G4 .372 29', 70 .333 34 NATIONAL LEAGUE Won Lost Pel. Behind Rrooklyn ... 67 ! Milwaukee .. 59 j Philadelphia - 55 [ St. Lotus .... 55 New York .. 52 Cincinnati .. -1!) Chicago 36 Pittsburgh .. 33 15 .306 37 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Won Lost Pet. Behind 35 .657 — 44 .573 8'j 44 .556 10' 2 45 .550 11 46 .531 13 55 .471 19 •Arkansas Sportettes Public Golf Links Increasing LITTTLE ROCK (AP) ing room. El Dorado opened a new 9-hole links—i.ions B.T CARL Eiat, Arkansas' public course golfers arc gelling a little more play- Club Park—last weekend. The course also has a fine, large driving range. Little Rock has the land and $20,000 cash toward construclion of a new course due to nryioiimo ofini- T~« ^ start sometime after Jan. 1. Little Rock has the land and tournament in Chicago once was '"""" ""'• ' J ------- -- known amonR the toiinni; pros as 120,000 cash toward construction of a new course, due to start sometime after Jan. 1. Tha projected layout not only will break the capital city's go'.fins traffic jam but will give the city it-i only public championship course. While Little Rock now has five golf courses, three of them are owned by private clubs. Of the two open lo the public, one is a 9- holer and the other, though having "the Byron Nelson benefit" he cause the former Tcxarknna ace won it so often — four of five times. "That," Nelson says, "is where I got the money to buy my Tox;is ranch.' ' Ironically, the Little Rook Travelers — who as a team have been X comparatively weak hiding lot this season — rould very wrl! wind , 18 holes, rails far short of specifica- lions !or n championship course j l 'P witn lwo Sl ™H»'i'n J individual bntiiiiK lead thotiRli idled for a few days with n knee injury, is pacing the league in home runs with 25. Third sacker Dave Jaska, who slays around .340, ranks third In batting average and stands a lair chance of climbing lo the lop. As it is. he has more hits than any other player in the Southern. When Ivan Grove retires from Hendrix College — and there's no indication it will he anytime noon — (he sloricd "old guard" of Ar:'""•""- '•">- "-.'.i,-ix Kansas football coaches will be The rich Tam O'Shanter golf I First baseman Ralph Atkins, completely out ot business Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED I'KESS Brooklyn — Wallace Bud Smith, 139!i Cincinnati, stopped Carl Coates, 140- 1 ;, Baltimore. 6. Boston — Tony Demarco, HO 1 ^, Boston, stopped Terry Young, 139*',. New Yorfc, 5. Dizzy Dean Still Plays Good Ball BEA0MONT, Tex. (,p> _ Dizzy Dean gave up only two hits in his four innings stint to lead a uroup of former Houston and Texas League stars to a 6-0 victory over Lynwood Schoolboy Howe's crew of ex-Beaumonters here night. The oldtimers game was seen by a crowd of 6,812. Rowe was nicked for seven hits. The lop attendance for 1he major league Al-Star game was 60.8.11 at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium '• In 1935. i j .Nashville i Atlanta I Memphis j Birmingham .. New Orleans .. Chattanooga .. Little Rock ! Mobile .577 .559 .530 .509 .487 .47-1 .469 I Yesterday's Results NATIONAL LliAGl'E ! Cincinnati 5 Piitsbursli 0 i S;. Loins S Philadelphia 3 i Brooklyn 1 Milwaukee 0 '7 because of rain) **"**£4MB RID GI AMERICAN LEtGUE NY--.V York 11 SL Louis 3 Ch:o3.<ro 1 Washington 0 (Only camesi WAHOO! — Stanley Nager of Ne-.v York smiles broadly next to the 71'!:-pound wahoo boated after n 20-minutc battle on Challenger Rank, off the southwest coast of Bermuda. The 63: nch b^u'v is the largest of thr Mangrum Top Favorite Still By JERRY I/lSKA CHICAGO (AP) — Pro golf's top money-winner, newly -crowned All American champion Lloyd Mangrum, today appeared properly "cased" for a potential loot of $25,000 in the "World" pro meet starting Thursday at Tarn O'Shanter. ?75,000 "World" under-par total pro of with 275, ! SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION ' Memphis 3, Little Rock 2 110 in• nines' | .Nashville 7, Chatianoosa 1 I • Only games scheduled) Today's Games I .NATIONAL LEAGUE ! Brooklyn at Milwaukee—Loos •1-6' vs Surkom (11-5) ! New York at Chicago—Ma die ; '8-6> vs Rush (5-91 ! Pittsburgh nt- Cincinnati—Face . '4-3' vs Collum 15-5) Philadelphia at St. Louis—Rob; ens (18-71 vs Staley (13-5> AMERICAN' LEAGUE Detroit at New York — Gray '6-11 i vs Raschi (3-41 St. Louis at Boston—Pillette '.4-71 vs McDermott (10-7) Chicago at Philadelphia—Por- meies i7-4l vs Byrd UO-llt Cleveland at Washington—Garcia (12-6) vs Porterfield (12-9) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Birmingham at Atlanta <2i Major League Near 1 5 2 Mark NEW YORK I.-F-—Major league clubowners, many of whom spent the early part of the season counting their losses at the gate are breathing a lot easier these days. An Associated Press survey disclosed today that attendance at major league ball parks in 1953 has pulled almost even with last year's figures, with two clubs already over a million. To date, major league team* have played before 9,850,232 customers. Last year, they drew 9,859,971 at a comparable period. Memphis at Little Rock Chattanooga t Nashville Mobile at New Orleans Read Courier News classified Ads which forced a playoff at 276 between Julius Boros and Gary Middlecoff. Boros won the showdown , with a 68 against Middlecofi'e 70. As a matter of fact, excepting Hogan's winning 273 in 1951, 275 has been the best score since May introduced the "world" as a 72- hole medal play chase in 1949. Kroll, who like Mangrum finished with 67, and Snead, stroking a final 68, collected $2,180 apiece. Fourth spot and $1,700 went to the 1953 PGA champion, Walter Brukemo with 279. Ryder Cup Team In the wake of the All American, the Professional Golfers' Association today was expected to announce the makeup of the 1953 U. S. Ryder Cup team which meets Britain's best at Wentworth, England, Oct. 2-3. Unofficially, the Ryder Cup 10- man array is expected to include Mangrum. Jim Turnesa and Burkemo, automatic team members because of their victories in the past two national PGA tourneys; Snead, Kroll, Jack Burke, Cary Middlecoff, Dutch Harrison, Proky Oliver and Dave Douglas. Hogan is eligible, but. presumably will decline a berth. The "World" meet offers four- are responsible for the sain of ply competition, also including 804.530 shown by the National i women's pro and amateur and League. The Braves had only 195.- men's amateur. H7 paid admissions this time last year. Yanks Show Increase Mangrum, Tarn's host pro, yesterday pocked S3.420 as he won the All American prelude to the a 13- three strokes ahead of Sammy Snead and Ted Kroll. That moved Uie debonair purple heart veteran of World War II ahead of Ben Hogan, a notable Tam absentee, as the year's leading cash collector with $18.786. Mangrum will be favored to take the top $25,000 prize in the big "World" purse offered by his boss, George S. May. That would far more than double his earnings to date. Mangrum grabbed 813,500 by sweeping the All American and "World" events in 1913, back when the "world" prize was a paltry $10,000. Under-Far Mangrum yesterday treated Tam just as a home pro should, langing a five-under-par 67 after rounds of 69, 68 and 71. His 275 would have been good enough to win last year's "world" ! That's a drop of only • 9.739. The transplanted Milwaukee Braves, who have attracted 1.096.949 fans in 48 home games. Boston at Patty Berg: By virtue of her play in winning the All America women's open, The world champion New York j persistent Patty Berg will be fa--v Yankees, with 1,034,505 paid, are vored in the "World" women's! pro. Miss Berg won the All American in the final round with a 76 for a 308 total, a stroke ahead of the only American League team running ahead of last year's figures. They show an increase of 116.059. Overjll, the A. L. is behind 814.269. The only other elubs with improving attendance totals at home are the Brooklyn Dodgers. • who are 129,511 ahead, the Philadelphia Phillies (84,733) and the St. Louis Cardinals (73.759). The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians are showing the most alarming decreases at the gate, the Bengals are down 264,489 and the Tribe 225,373. The St. Louis Browns and the Philadelphia Athletics, both ru- more to be looking for new homes, are behind 165,627 and 63,058, respectively. another capable pro, Louise Suggs. Top gal amateur was Joyce Ziske 'of Waterford, Wis., who wound up 18th in the All American with 336. Frank Stranahan, the handsome Toledo, Ohio, golf trail regular, who won his sixth straight All American amateur crown, will be seeking his fourth successive "World" title. Stranahan beat out John Levinson, Chicago lawyer, 288 to 291, for All American honors. 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