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nun six BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)" COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 1953 Senators Win Over Bosox 2-0 By BEN FHLEGAR AP Sportl Wrlier Bob Porterfield's "bad dream" team is growing. He's •dded another outfielder and may soon have a full lineup. Porterfield, a stylish Washington right-hander who is ipecializing this season in pitching shutouts, has blanked the Opposition 8 times in 17 complete games. That's more than any other pitcher has accomplished In either circuit since Bob Lemon's 10 in 1948. * He hurled No. 8 last night, BASEBALL STANDINGS AMERICAN LEAGUE Won Lost Pet. Benin 73 35 .676 67 43 .609 1 62 46 .574 11 61 51 -.545 14 64 57 .486 20'/ 2 46 62 .426 27 Detroit"!""" . 38 70 .352 35 St. Louis .... 37 74 .333 3T/ 2 New York . Chicago ... Cleveland .. Boston Washington Philadelphia NATIONAL LEAGUE Won Lost Pet. Behind Brooklyn .... 71 37 .657 Milwaukee .66 45 .595 6',4 Philadelphia . 59 47 .557 II . 59 , 53 . 4D 41 St. Louis New York . J Cincinnati Chicago ... Pittsburgh .551 ll'/ 2 .505 16'/a .445 23 .387 29 .313 38i/ 2 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Won Lost Pet. Behind Nashville Atlanta Memphis ... ' New Orleans Birmingham Little Rock .. Chattanooga Mobile 68 50 .576 . 68 52 .567 . 64 51 .529 62 61 .504 . 60 60 .500 . 56 64 .467 56 67 .455 49 72 .405 1 5Vi 8'A 9 13 141/2 20'/ 2 Yesterday's Results NATIONAL LEAGUE Milwaukee 8 St. Louis 2 (Only game scheduled) AMERICAN LEAGUE Washington 2 Boston 0 (Only game scheduled) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Nashville 13, Mobile 6 Atlanta 4-6, Little Rock 3-4 (2nd game 12 innings) Birmingham 2, Memphis 1 sparkling one-hitter against the Boston Red Sox which he won 2-0. In the only other action, the Milwaukee Braves whittled hall a game off the Brooklyn Dodgers' National League lead by whipping St. Louis 8-2. The Dodgers still lead by 6'A games. The lone Boston safety was a third-inning single by right fielder Jim Piersall. That blow put Piersall In Porterfield's "bad dream" lineup, which also includes shortstop Eddie Joost of Philadelphia and second baseman Bobby Avila and left fielder Dale Mitchell of Cleveland. These are the four men who have spoiled no-hitters for the shutout ace since he hit the majors In 1948. Ruined Game Mitchell ruined a hltless game during Porterfield's freshman year. Avila broke up one in 1951. Joost cracked the spell at Philadelphia exactly three months ago. Piersall put the blight on Porterfield's 29th birthday celebration. "It was the only ball I threw that didn't go where I wanted it to go," the pitcher said after the game. The victory was the 14th of the year for Porterfield, more than ie's ever won before in the big time. He's lost nine. Piersall got his hit to start the hird inning. He walked in the ninth. He was the only Boston baserunner. Two More One-Hitters Two other pitchers with one-hit- ers to their credit this season— Warren Spahn and Harvey Haddix —were involved in the St. Louis- Milwaukee contest. Spahn was in form but Haddix wasn't. He gave up 10 hits before bowing out In the fifth inning. Milwaukee scored once In the first Inning, then added five in the second on five hits and two costly errors. The Cards made three miscues in all and every one of them ed directly to a run. The victory was No. 15 for Spahn who's lost five. Today's Games NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn at New York —Erskine (12-5) vs Maglie (8-7) Philadelphia Pittsburgh — Simmons (9-9) vs Dickson (8-15) (to be preceded by completion of SKS- pended game of July 5 In which Pittsburgh leads 7-0 after 6 1-3 innings) St. Louis at Milwaukee—Miller (4-6) or Mizell (10-6) vs Buhl 18-51 .Cincinnati at Chicago —Collum (5-6) vs Winner (7-12) AMERICAN LEAGUE New York at Washington—Miller (2-0) vs Masterson (7-9) Chicago at Cleveland—Johnson (1-2) vs. Lemon (15-10) Boston at Philadelphia (2) — .Srown (10-3) and Parnr-.ll (15-1) vs Kellner (10-9) and Coleman (01) Detroit at St. Louis <2>—Gray YOUNG KINER GETS ATTENTION - Twelve-day-old Michael Ralph Kiner is the center of attention as he is held by his dad, Ralph Klner, the Chicago Cubs home run hitting outfielder In their Chicago apartment. Mrs, Kiner, the former Nancy Chaffee of tennis fame, shows the youngster a toy baseball and bat. Victoria to Start Fast Schedule The Victoria Little League haee- ball team has scheduled a game with the Memphis Central Avenue Baptist Church to be played there omorrow. Thursday they will take m Jonesboro here. After resting a day they will journey to Blytheville or a game with the American Le;ion. In a game played Saturday they ieat the Blytheville Jaycees 15-5. Cothan was the winning pitcher. 7-11) and Hoeft 7-9) vs Larson SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Little Rock at Birmingham Chattanooga at Mobile Nashville at New Orleans Only gomes scheduled) Arkansas Sportettes Martin Breaks Southern 23 Year Batting Record By CARL BELL LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Cotton Stales League statistician J. P. Friend has dubbed Hal Martin "The Bather Buster." And no wonder. The Hot Springs centerfieldcr is sure to break the league's 23-year old home run record of 40 in one season and the total base record of 330. He also leads the circuit In batting, number of hits and runs batted in. The sports writer who covers the University of Arkansas football beat closest wonders why the Razorback publicity office is making such a fuss over the loss of lelthanded passer Bob St. Pierre to professional baseball. Writes Allan Gilbert in .the Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times: "St. Pierre wanted to stay and play football with the Porkers and if the university coaches had wanted him, they could have had him. He signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals only after deciding he was not wanted at the U. of A." Pat Scantlebury, Texarkana's Negro lefthander, is the first 20- game winner in the Big State League this year. He posted No. 20 with a 6-hit Job on the Paris, Tex., club. Two Henderson College athletes turned in notable military achievements in summer ROTC training at Ft. Benning. Charles Neal, co-captain of the Reddies' 1953 football team, set a camp range record for pistol shooting with 295 of a possible 300 points .Ben (Bucky) Wells, a catcher for the Henderson baseball club, won a hand grenade throwing contest by tossing lo wiihln 12',-i inches of the target center. Razorback Coach Bowden Wyatt has canceled a planned trip to Chicago for the annual All-Star football tiit. He ieels he has too much work to do at home getting ready to start his own team's practice Sept. 1. A Good Season This Year, But Improvements Are Needed The- first official Little League season has been put away in the archives for permanency and future reference. Only the mopping up; picking up the loose ends, a few exhibition games remain before King Football takes over the iports throne. up before the second game could be The league did not want for the lack of enthusiasm on the part of the youths. Survey shows that more than 90% of the players performed In every scheduled game of their respective teams, and many absences were due to circumstances beyond, their control; vacations, summer camps, sickness, etc. Instead of letting down as the season entered its final leg, the spirit and enthusiasm appeared to heighten as competition became keener and hopes for berths higher in the standings loomed as definite possibilities. Exhibit A: the Jaycees. Losers of eight straight contests, those kids did not lag or lose Interest. They kept battling, hoping for a break that came on the ninth start when they whipped the Rotary Club for their only win of the year. One not familiar with the situation could easily have judged by the demonstrations that they had clinched the championship, rather than just copped their first victory of the year. It was like that all up and down the line. Believe It or not, there were many tears that swelled up into the shining eyes of several Lions Club players after dropping the heart breaking game to the Kiwanis on the last day of the cu all .,„„„„,. „. „ _..,. „. season. They already had wrapped 1 Tne re g u in r assigned arbiters, Ter- up the title the week before and , ry O'Neill Moore, Jimmy Kittany, this game didn't matter in the I Oeoree ciark, Matt Monaghan, and standings. But they wanted to win j o D jjood, not only were compe- it just the same. On the other hand, tcnl bul prornp t. Terry and C. D. the Kiwanis, third place finishers. ^^ the brunt of tne officiating, can nnint. with pardonable pride to „, i—n—i tu^ „!„*,* a «^ w^ri finished. Light would permit an after-supper (dinner) contest for the older group; the Little League time remaining at 5:10, as now. Know of a kind Santa Clause with lots of that green stuff — and I don't mean grass? It has been a tremendous season, not withstanding all the mistakes of the rules committee, the commission, and those connected with its operation. The schedule clicked off without a bobble. The weather man cooperated beautifully, far above the average. There were few complaints, at least a'.'.dlbie ones, just a couple of official protests, and without question, the best team _ The Lions Club — won the championship. Several factors contributed immeasurably to the success of the league during its first season. To mention the most important ones, off hand: (1) good officiating; (2) genuine interest of the youngsters themselves; (3) high caiiber oi men who served as coaches; (4) physical playing facilities and equipment. No Blind Toms Personally. I have been Impressed all season with the umpiring. :an point- with pardonable pride to ;he factHhat they did something no other team was able to do — beat the champion. It is a wholesome spirit and atmosphere that is ccr- Moore behind the plate and Hood on the bases. They also worked when not scheduled, to keep the games going; missed few games. They are to be especially commend- • , ... , . int'y are uj ue ehyt:i.i<iii> i-uimncnu- ™Jn to pay off m good citizenship O'Neill's calling of balls down through the years. BlythevU e strlky as wel] a , the benmd _ _ any Amencan city - "n well | ^ ^ Km and afford to mvest time, money and e-, P professional caliber fort In supervised play for their and h V ought fcw 'protests from players and fans, except those In jest from the stands. Monaghan and J. P. Garrott, "Y" director, took up the protector and indicator in emergency and carried on in fine style. Others, Including several of the coaches, Harman Taylor, Jack Droke, J. L. Plunkett, Maurice San- .„ jpervised play youth. We can stand more of it ere. This community doubtless will never fully appreciate the contribution which the coaches made In this worthy project. It would be Interesting to know just, how many hours ;hey spent towards the management, leadership, preparation, plan- ment. leadership, preparation, pian- • -• —_- ".";;;' ,„„"_" 7 ning and play of their re . ders. Wcs. Stallings. Johnny Log- spectlve teams. It would probably | Sins and Monaghan took turns on run high into four figures. Some the bases with credit, put in more time than others. Likely it was possible for them to do so. [ know that some of the mentors ;ook time away from their business, spent much of their personal funds, to the welfare of the kids. Those men, Taylor, Roland Bishop, Droke, Billy Hyde, George Anderson, Bill lear, Plunkett, Stallings. John McDowell, Rev. James Rainwater, Maurice Sanders. .J. L,. Westbrook, Aubrey Bruce, Ott Mullins. Von Startles and E. J. Cure, took the Little Rock High School missed only by a hair of making a clean sweep of Big Seven Conference championships in ihe 1952-53 year. The Tigers came out on top in iootball, basketbrili. track, tennis and — Just last week — swimming. They missed only In golf, where they were runnors-up. Jobs knowing full well what was expected of them. They fulfilled their obligations over and above that expected of them. Visiting Little Leaguers and offl- :ials have been high in praise of ;he playing field and equipment, and rightfully so. It is a credit to the :ommunity, but could — and should — have additions. For one thing, mother field for practice purposes would help 'tremendously. As .It Is now, those who need to hold workouts must arrange on ciays other than games dates, drill in the mornings, or wait until the games are over, which have objectionable features. ,A nearby diamond would enable practices simultaneously with games, if so desired. Then, if the Little-Bigger league is to be organized, and there certainly is an urgent need for It to take cave of that group of graduates from Ihe Little, League who are un- ahlp to make the Junior American LcRion grade, It would be mighty nice lo have lights Installed. It would not be practicable for double headers, us darkness would catch Substitute Bouts Liven up Legion Mot Presentation The scheduled tag match didn't come off last night but wrcstlltiB fans got there money's worth in two rough single matches ,-u the American Legion's wrestling bouts at Memorial Auditorium. Carlos Rodriquez, who was slated to team with Walter Sirois. in a tag affair, had to cancel his engagement here due to car trouble enroute so Promoter Mike Meroney lined up Edward Welch against Rex Mobley and Lester Welch against Sirois in two one fall bouts. And, as it turned out, Edward Welch played a double role In the twin main event. He lost his bout to Mobley but he got In on brother Edward's tussle with Sirnis. In the third fall ol the Sirois- Welch bout, Sirois threw Welch astraddle the top rope and alter throwing Eeferee Virgil Hatlield out of the ring, proceeded to kick Welch in the mid-section. Edward, who was watching the bout from ringside, rushed to his brother's aid and ueat Sirois off. Seconds Inter Hatftekl returned to the ring and declared Welch the winner. The Welch-Moblpy hoiil started as a good scientific tiff but turned Into fl knock-down-drag-out in the second round. Clyde Griffin Chosen 'Best Sportsman' Clyde Griffin, 12-year old Shrine Club catcher, has been selected for the "Best Sportsmanship" award in the Little League for 1053. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Griffin of Yarbro, Clyde was' picked from six club nominees by the Little League Commissioners and announced by Fred S. Sallba Commit- sion chairman. Other team representatives for the coveted award as submitted by the respective coaches included: Glynn Dale Howard, American Legion; Sonny Elledge, Jaycees; Don Stallings, Kiwanis Club; Danny Morris, Lions Club, and Jerry Coleman, Rotary Club- As a result of his selection Clyde not only became eligible for an autographed baseball by members of the St. Louis Cardinals, but will be sent with all expenses paid with the champion Lions Club team to St. Louis for the August 22 game between the Cardinals and the Cincinnati Eeds. He was awarded the autographed trophy .this afternoon by Jesse Taylor, a member of the board of Commissioners, before the all-star game featuring the outstanding players of the Blytheville and Jonesboro Little Leagues. One of the smallest players in the league, especially among the catchers, the Yarbro native was a standout batter and receiver, despite the fact that he was small and the position was new to him. He wound, p nth in the batting parade with Mickey Vernon Is Favorite Come-Back NEW YORK (AP) — When the ballots are counted for baseball's come-back-of-the-year award this fall, Mickey Vernon of the Washington Senators is certain to be well up in the V ° Ung 'vernon batted only .251 in 1952 and, at 35, it was believed he had seen his best years, one of them 1946 when he led the American League in batting witn .Jod. But the veteran first sacker has been one of the real surprises this season. He currently holds a 15- polnt edge in the Junior circuit hitting race with a .335 mark. Runner-up Al Rosen of the Cleveland Indians has .320. Last year, Vernon finished with 143 hits, 33 doubles, 10 homers and runs batted in. So far in 1953, he has compiled 146. hits, 34 doubles, 10 home runs and 17 RBIs. In the National League, Monte Irvin of the New York Giants leads highly respectable .375, after hitting in the .400 circle.most of the season. He played third for the Yar bro Coops in the Blytheville "Y" Midget League in 1852. Born in Yarbro where sports, particularly baseball, are as much a part of one's daily program as eating and sleeping, Clyde became addicted early and hasn't gotten over it. He has encouraged it, in fact, playing baseball and Softball since he was big enough to pick up a bat or put on a glove. Upon entering Blytheville Junior High school last Fall young Griffin became a candidate for the Papoose football team, but because of his with a .339 average. The 34-year- old outfielder, who sprained an ankle last Sunday, picked up four points last week while Rqd Schoendienst, his closest competitor, dropped 12 point? to .333. Minnie Mineso of the Chicago White Sox and George Kell of the Boston Red Sox both went into a tailspin last week and are tied for third with 316 apiece. Minoso dropped nine points and Kell six. Brooklyn's Carl Furillo moved into third place in the National small site didn't see much action. He was a guard- An older brother, Eugene, was a Papoose, too. Clyde will have reached 13 by the time the 1954 Little League season rolls around and will not be eligible. He hopes for the Little Bigger League organization as to further his baseball "education." Indians Charge Fee PHOENIX, Ariz. W) — All persons hunting for elk on the Fort Apache Indian reservation are required to purchase a $5 permit from the Tribal Council. This is in addition to the regular hunting license. with a .329 slate. He gained two points on nine hits in 25 at bats. Gus Zernial of the Philadelphia Athletics blasted out four home runs to wrest the American League homer lead from Cleveland's Al Rosen. He has 29 to Al's 27. Rosen continues to set the pace in RBIs with 92. Milwaukee's Eddie Mathews tops the National League in home runs with 3,6 and Roy Campaneila of Brooklyn has driven in the most runs, 104. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS • Brooklyn — Lulu Perez, 125%. Brooklyn, stopped Frankie Sodano, 124%, Philadelphia, 5. Boston—Willie James, 203'1. Boston, outpointed Jimmy Walker, WOVi, Orange. N. J., 10. The first American fighter to win the middleweight championship was Tom Chandler. He defeated Dooney Harris in San Francisco, April 13. 1867. Read Courier News Classified Ads. When 2 brands of gasoline cost you about the same . how much difference can there be? Both come from fine petroleum families, bearing well-respected names. You could find them across the street from one another, and a tankf ul of either will make about the same size dent in your pocketbook. BUT . . .'if one of them is Esso Extra, the overall difference between it and the other is apt to be surprisingly great. The difference between what you and your engine get for what you pay in the course of a year can be a very big difference, indeed. 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