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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (AKK.) COURIKR NEWS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 195S Top Teams Still Hope for Flag By BEN' PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer The first division teams in both leagues could look a 1 the calendar today and tell themselves, "We can still do it." This is the second anniversary of the start of the dramatic stretch drive that carried. the New York Giants to the 1951 National League pennant. On Aug. 12 the Giants were 23 pop fly and Wally Wesllake on a pop foul. Minnie Mlnoso sparked a five-run Chicago uprising in the seventh with a three-run homer. Boston's Mel Parnell became the first American League pitcher to Kames behind Brooklyn, yet they I win 16 games this season as he caught the Dodders on the final | took the first game of the Eed day of the season and went on to : Sox twin bill at Philadelphia win ft playoff. The second, third place teams in both leagues go Into today's contests less than 13 games out of the lead. In the National, Brooklyn is T,i in front of Milwaukee with Philadelphia and St. Louis tied for third, ll'i games back. In the American, New York leads Chicago by 6 games with Cleveland 11 behind and Boston 12>4. Some Drop—Some Rise The size of the leads changed in both leagues last night. The Yankees lost a full length as they bowed to Washington 2-1 and Chicago defeated Cleveland 6-2. The situation was reversed in the National, where Brooklyn whipped New York 4-0 and St. Louis edged Milwaukee 4-3. The Boston Red Sox won twice »t Philadelphia 7-6 and 7-5. De troit and St. Louis split a pair. The Browns took the first 5-2, the Tigers the second 9-3. The Chicago Cubs squeezed past Cincinnati 1-0 .Philadelphia defeated Pittsburgh 3-0 but lost 7-4 in a game that was finally finished alter being left hanging since July 5 by the Pennsylvania Sunday curfew law. The Pirates had been ahead 7-0 when time was called after 6 1-3 Innings. Homers In the Brooklyn victory Carl Erskine gave up just two hits, both singles by Hank Thompson, as he beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Carl Furillo and Gil Hodges homered. Back-to-back doubles by Solly Hemus and Bed Schoendicnst in the ninth gave the Cardinals their Victory over, Milwaukee. Stan Mu sial and Rip Repulski homered the eighth, putting the Cards temporarily In the lead, but Del Crandall tied the score with a homer for the Braves in the last of the eighth. Curt Simmons set down Pittsburgh on six scattered singles. The Philadelphia left-hander struck out four and walked nobody. The Cubs' victory over Cincinnati was their first shutout since May 9. In winning it Paul Minner gave up only three hits and one walk. Fine clutch pitching by Walt Masterson saved Washington's triumph over the Yankees. After holding New York hitless through 5 1-3 innings, Masterson yielded a run in the seventh on a walk and B triple by Irv Noren. Washington Home runs made the difference and fourth 1 In St. Louis. Don Lenhardt's three- run blow in the eighth Inning gave the Browns the first game while a three-run blast by Don Lund in the opening frame of the nightcap sent the Tigers off to a permanent lead. has won six of Its last seven games. Billy Pierce came to the rescue In relief for Chicago last night. With the bases loaded and none out in the ninth at Cleveland he retired the next three menldlLarry Doby on strikes, Al Rosen on a Bob Blodgett Wins Tennis Tourney Bob Blodgett beat Dick Reid In the play-off of the Men's Y City Tennis Tournament Monday 6-4, 6-3, to retain his title as Champion that he won last year. Medals were awarded to Bob as Champ and to Dick as second place runner up. Cardinals Clip Braves' Win Streak Browns Split Twin Bill With Detroit Tigers By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS There's nothing wrong with the St. Louis Cardinals that a little clutch pitching and hitting won't help. And there was ample example of that remedy at Milwaukee Tues day night as the Cards cllppec tlie Braves' winning streak at six ;ames, 4-3. Stan Musla! and Rip Repulski who slugged eighth Inning home runs, and Red Schnendienst. who drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning double, provided the clutch hitting. The pitching was the contribution of Stu Miller, who fanned Andy Pafko on a3-2 pitch with two men on base to end the LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS — Shown abov« are the Blylheville Little League All-Stars, who bowed'6-4 to Joncsboro LL All-Stars in a thrilling extra-inning duel at Ninth Street Park yesterday. The lads will have a chance to even the score when they journey to Jonesboro Saturday for a return engagement. (First row. left to right) Danny Morris, Lions; Billy Ross, Rotary; Barry Ball, Jaycees; Steve McOuire, Jaycees; (second row) Billy # * * * * Haney, Shrine; Larry Whittle, Shrine; Joe Bratcher, Lions; Jimmy Bruce, Kiwanls; Jerry Rounsavall, Legion; Don Stallings, KiWanis; (third row) Jimmy Killett, Lions; Glyn Dale Howard, Legion; Jesse Taylor, Shrine; Lapry Fitzgerald, Lions; and Don Tinker, kiwanls. Standing behind the boys are coaches Jack Droke of the Rotary and Ott Mullins, American Legion. (Courier News Photo.) game. Miller allowed seven hits for his fifth victory. The victory moved the Cards once more within a half-game of the third place Philadelphia Phillies. Reliefer Don Liddle, who replaced starter Bob Buhl, was the victim of Schoendlenst's line double. It was Schoendlenst who also drove in the Cards' first run In the fifth off Milwaukee starter Bob Buhl. The St. Louis Browns could do no better than gain an even split with Detroit's Tigers in a twi-nlght doubleheader at Busch Stadium Tuesday night. The Browns took .he first game In the battle for the cellar on ther merits of Don Len- lardt's three-run homer In the eighth inning, 5-2. Detroit bounced right back, however, scoring four runs in the first nning of the nightcap—three of them coming on Don Lund's homer —for a 9-3 victory. Vcrn Stephens and Roy Sievers also thumped St. Louis home runs In the twin bill, while Ike Boone, Tiger third baseman, continued his home run spree against the Browns. He slugged his 18th of the season in the first game—his sixth of the year against the Browns. Sports Roundup — La Starza in Good Shape By GAYLE TALBOT GREENWOOD LAKE, N. Y. I.T) —Roland LaStarza, a pleasant, mannerly young fellow from New York City who expects to be the next heavyweight champion of the world, is in solid training here for his big chance against Rocky Marciano Sept. 24 at the Polo Grounds. The 24-year-old challenger, by his own admission, has not an awful lot of conditioning to do. He was rated for more than three years for another shot at Marciano, who beat him on a hotly disputed decision, and he has kept himself ready all that time. He's within three or four pournis right now of the 190 he expects to scale for the Rock. Chance Needed The LaSatarza camp, cooled by breezes ol! a large and scenic lake, is as confident a one as we can recall. No matter what the majority of critics may think, both the handsome young challenger and his manager, Jimmy de Angelo, believe it is only a question of getting Marciano in the ring again. "What we've made the last three years hasn't amounted to any- Ihing." De Angelo said frankly. "There hasn't been a good payday in that time. But, that will all be over after we've won the championship." Goorl Workout At the start of his sparring, La- Starza is working with a couple of big men, Keenc Simmons, 210, and Tony Canrion, 197. So far as we could detect in a single session, he Isn't practicing anything devious or sharpening any particular weapon. He's just laying into the hired hands with the big gloves until he sweats. Does he intend later on to import a few smaller and faster partners to improve his speed? "I can't sny," he replied. "It's all up to Jimmy and my trainer, Dan Florio. Whatever they say, that's what I do. I feel great up here and I'm eating a lot. This is a wonderful camp." There is a complete absence of bombast in the boy who left college to pursue his goal. All he knows is that, in his own mind, he whipped Marciano once, and it hasn't occurred to him he can't do it again. He can't see that Rocky has improved to any important degree. There will be no fear in Bis stocky body when he climbs through the ropes with him the next time. Blytheville All-Stars Bow To Jonesboro 5-4 Blytheville Little League All-Star's creaking defense fell apart at the seams in the nth inning as the Jonesboro Little League All-Stars scored two unearned runs to eke out a ding-dong, tense, spine tingling 5-4 victory here yesterday afternoon. Five errors came during the wild- throwing fatal third extra frame that brought an end to a brilliant pitching duel between Joe Bratcher Lions Club ace, and Waldo Patterson, Jonesboro star. Two were of the fumble type,. while the other three were chargeable to faulty tossing. Defense was the difference between the two top notch teams. Both racked up eight hits apiece but the homelings contributed an amazing total of 10 bobbles to only three for the visitors. The usually reliable Larry Fitzgerald. Lions Club shortstop, was the biggest offender with four, more than he made during the regular 10 games of league piny. Only one Jonesboro run was earned. Blytheville merited three of Its four. There was little to choose between the star pitchers. Bratcher held the edge in strikeouts, 12-7. He Issued a single base on balls, Patterson two, one Intentionally to Joe. rBatcher had one hit bastman. The rivals conclude the two-game series at Jonesboro Saturday alter- oon. The play-by-play; -. First Innlnff JONESBORO — Billy Lamb singled to right. Bob Winters sacrificed ilm to second. Russ Cook fanned, jarry Christian was hit by a. pitched ball. Patterson beat out a bounder iver Bratcher's head that the pltch- ir managed to stop without a play at first. Roy Selman lifted to Don Stallings at third. Two hits. BLYTHEVILLE — Danny Morris lopped to second. Stallings singled 3ver short and went to second on a vild pitch, olynn Dale Howard and Fitzgerald were strikeout victims. One hit, Second Inning JONESBORO — Sonny Nors- vorthy drew a pass. "Butch" Smith lit to Howard, whose fine throw o Fitzgerald was fumbled, Nors- vorthy pulling at third. Larry Ruth- rford whiffed, but Billy Uunb mote his second straight single. coring Norsu - orthy and sending jmith around to the hot corner. Vinters was called out on strikes. Jratcher threw out Cook. One hit, np run, one error. BLYTHEVILLE — Bratcher hlast- d a triple between left and center nd romped on home as Selman icaved the relay far over Smith's ead at third. Billy Haney lifted to econd. Billy Ross's sharp grounder was blocked by Norsworthy but it went for a hit. Jerry Rounsavnll hit to third and Ross bent the throw to second. Jesse Taylor lined to the pitcher. Morris went down swinging. Two hits, one run. Third Inning JONESBORO — Christian fanned. Patterson singled to right and went to second on a passed ball Sr-lman hit to Stallings who faked Patterson back to second then threw too late to first. Both moved up on a passed ball. Billy Ross came in fast to gather In Norsworthy's short fly. Smith lifted to Howard, who made a running catch over his shoulder out in right field. Two hits. BLYTHEVILLE — Stallings went out third to first. Howard was out on a skinner to second. Fitzgerald looked over n third strike. Fourth Innlnp JONESBORO - Rutherford sin- sled down the right field line. Lamb hit to Howard and both nmners were safe when his throw was tardy at second. Winters whiffed. Fitzgerald left the end pate up on Cook's grounder, Rutherford count- ing and Lamb moving over to third on the error while Cook took second American Legion, Kiwanis Play Off Tie Tomorrow The Kiwanls Club and American Legion Little League teams will play tomorrow at the Ninth Street Park to determine the second place winner for the season which officially closed last week. The two teams were tied for second behind the winning Lions Club by virtue of Kiwanls upset victory over the champions in the final game of the season last Friday. An added treat for the Kiwanis team will be a. trip to Memphis Friday night,-sponsored by the club, to sec the Memphis Chicks in action. on the throw. Christian fanned. Bratcher speared Patterson's drive without moving. One hit, one run, one error. BLYTHEVILLE — Bratcher walked and raved to third when Shortstop Roy Clark missed Norsworthy toss of Haney's grounder. Haney advanced to second. Ross doubled to center, scoring two but was cut down at third on Christian's fine throw, Rounsaval] rolled out to third. Taylor hoisted to short. Two runs, one hit, one error. Fifth Jnnlnir JONESBORO — Stallmgs gobbled up Selman's smash and threw him out. John Love, new first baseman, fanned. Fitzgerald retired John Johnson, new third baseman. BLYTHEVILLE - Larry Whittle, jatting for Morris, lined hard to short. Stallings cracked a scorcher ust inside the foul line. Howard hit to third but Farrell Cothran, new Jonesboro second baseman, 'umbled the peg. Fitzgerald was a strikeout victim for a third time. Bratcher was intentionally walked. Hane ybunted out to the pitcher. One hit, one error. Sixth Inning JONESBORO — Lamb, who switched over to short, came hrough with his third hit jind sprinted al line way to third when Ross let the ball trinkle through ils legs in center. He scored when Fitzgerald came to come up with Tyler McClnin's high hopper. Cook ined to Stallings and McClain chcr, who in turn was nipped at second by Haney, both on raps to the pitcher. Haney swiped second but Ross was a strikeout victim. One hit. Ninth Inning JONESBORO — McClaln fanned. Bratcher fumbled Jerry Jenkin's bunt. Christian sacrificed him to second, Bratcher to Howard. Jenkins moved over to third on a wild pitch and scored when Fitzgerald fumbled Patterson's grounder. Patterson broke fo rsecond on a steal. Mc- Gulre's heave sailed Into centerfield and the pitcher kept on to third. Ross recovered the peg and attempted to cut him off at third but his throw bounced over Jimmy Bruve, at third, and a second run scored. Cothran singled sharply to right. Haney came in fast and attempting to catch the runner at first threw poorly past Howard, as the runner went to third. Bratcher ended the wild orgy by fanning Love. Two runs, one hit, five errors. BLYTHEVILLE — McGuire legged out a slow grounder to third and went to second on a wild pitch. Killett went out on a tap to the mound, as McGuire moved to third. He scored on the squeeze, with the pitcher ignoring the runner to retire Whittle. Bruce singled to center, but Barry Ball, hitting for Howard, skied to second to end the game. Two hits, one run. Box score: JONESBORO AB H Lamb, 2b-ss Winters cf McClaln, cf Oook, If Christian, c Waldo Patterson, p 5 Selman, ss Clark ss 'othran, 2b Norsworthy Ib Love, Ib imlth, 3b Johnson, 3b Rutherford, rf W. Patterson, rf Totals Morris fLi. If Whittle 181 llf Stallings lK>v 3b Bruce iK> 3b Howard (L), ss BLYTHEVILLE H 0 xxBall (J) Bratcher (1, i. p per to second who went In front of second for the difficult bounder. Howard hit to the mound and was easy. Eighth Inning JONESBORO - Bratchor threw out Johnson. Winston Patterson \vns duck soup, Killett to Howard. Lamb missed a sharp curve. BLYTHEVILLE - Fitzgerald Mn- to left but was forced by Brat- •1 1 Fitzgerald iL). ss 4 2 4 4 AL), c 2 xxxMcGuire cj), c 1 Taylor (S), 2b Killett (L). 2b Haney (L), rf rapped off first. One hit, one rim. I " 05S ta> ' cf me error. , Rounsavnll BLYTHEVTLLE — Ross filed out to center. Steve McGuire, batitng for Rounsavall, fanned. Jim Killett, hitting for Taylor, fouled out to the pitcher. Seventh Inning JONESBORO — Killett made a nice play on Christian's smash behind first but Howard dropped the throw. Patterson forced him at second, Fitzgerald unassisted. Cothran forced Patterson, Bratcher to Kii- lett. Love fanned. One error. BLYTHEVILLE — Whittle lifted to short. Bvuce was out on a hop- PO 5 0 1 0 1 S 0 2 1 2 5 1 0 0 0 27 TO o 0 2 0 9 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 27 2 2 Totals 26 x Bruce rolled out for Stallings in the 7th. xxBall popped out for Howard in 9th. xxxMcGuire fanned for Rounsavall In 6th. JONESBORO .. 010 101 002-5 BLYTHEVILLE 010 200 001-4 ins, Patterson, Norsworthy, Rutheford, Bratcher, 2, Haney, McGuire. Runs batted in—Lamb, Ross 2, Selman, Howard, Fitzgerald 4, Bratcher, Haney, Ross 2, McGuire. Two base hits—Ross. Three base hit—Bratcher. Stolen base—Waldo Patterson. Double play—Stallings to Howard. Base on balis—off Bra- Bratcher 12, Patterson 7. Hit by cher 1, Patterson 2. Strikeouts- pitcher— Christian (Bratclwri. Um- pires—O'Noil, Hood, Starnes and Taylor. Time: 1:45. BASEBALL STANDINGS AMERICAN LEAGUE New York ... 73 Chicago 68 Cleveland ... 62 Boston 63 Washington . 55 Philadelphia . 46 Detroit 39 Won Lost I't-t. Behind 36 .670 43 .613 47 .569 51 .553 57 .491 64 .418 - 71 .355 11 I2',i 19'A 27 '/ 2 34!-, St. Louis .... 38 75 .336 37 NATIONAL LEAGUE Wan Lost tvt. Behind Brooklyn .... 72 37 .660 ' Milwaukee Philadelphia St. Louis .... New York .., Cincinnati .. Chicago Pittsburgh .. .589 .550 .556 .500 .441 .333 .316 7'' a H',2 11 la 17',2 24 20 39 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Won Lost Pet, Behind Nashville .... tlanta Memphis Orleans 68 51 .571 68 52 .567 64 57 .529 63 61 .508 Birmingham . 61 60 .504 Little Rock ... 56 64 .463 Chattanooga . 56 68 .452 vfobile 50 72 .410 8 13 Yesterday's Results NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh 7-0, Philadelphia 4-3 1st game completion of suspended ;ame of July 5) Brooklyn 4 New York 0 St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 3 Chicago 1 Cincinnati 0 AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 7-7, Philadelphia 6-5 St. Louis 5-3, Detroit 2-9 Washington 2. New York 1 Chicago 6, Cleveland 2. Dressen Says Bums Best Bet NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Dressen thinks Brooklyn is belter equipped to handle the New York Yankees in the World Scries. Mew Orleans Readies For TopPlaceVols . n.v VERXON BUTLER Associated Press Sports \Vrlter efthanders today in an effort to mock Nashville off the top perch. Skipper Danny Murtaugh, whose 'els are riding a 5-game winning streak, figured to use either Pete Nicolis or Lenny Yochim tonight as the Pels seek to make it two In i row over the embattled Vols. Righthander Bob Purkey pitched ind bailed the Birds to a 7-2 decision last night, cutting Nashville's )Ulge over the Atlanta Crackers to a scant half game. Purkey stopped SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Birmingham 8, Little Rock 5 Mobile 6, Chattanooga 5 New Orleans 7, Nashville 3 Only games scheduled) — 'oday's Games NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn at New York—Gomez 9-6) vs Podres (8-3) St. Louis at Milwaukee (2)—Sta:y (14-6) and Schmidt (0-1) 5 Antonelli (9-7) and Burdette 9-2) Cincinnati at Chicago (21—Raf- ensberger (6-9) and Perkowski 10-8) vs Bush (6-10 and Lown i-5) Philadelphia at Pittsburgh—Robrts (19-8) vs. Lindell (5-12) he key stopped Vols on six hits and clouted the Vols on six nits ana ciouiea a homer in the eighth to cap the victory. Birmingham remained on New Orleans' neck with an 8-5 verdict over Little Rock: Mobile rallied to edge Chattanooga, 6-5. Atlanta and Memphis were not scheduled. Birmingham erupted for five runs in the third inning to whip Little Rock. Much of the credit went to relief pitcher Tommy Sturdivant, who quelled a Little Rock surge after the Travs routed George Maier with four runs in the sixth. R. C. Otey homereS for Little Rock. AMERICAN LEAGUE New York at Washington—Ford (14-4) vs Shea (9-3) Chicago at Cleveland—Fornieles (7-4) vs Wynn (12-9) Detroit at St. Louis—Branca (22) vs Brecheen (4-10) Boston at Philadelphia—McDermott (11-8) vs Fricano (6-6) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Little Rock at Birmingham Atlanta at Memphis (2) Chattanooga at Mobile Nashville at New Orleans • The dandy little Dodger manager refused to call this the best team ho has ever been associated with • but he said today it was superior to the Dodger team that won the 1952 pennant but lost to the Yankees In the World Series, four games to three. "I'd say this club is at least 20 said Dressen, "The biggest difference is the pitching. Last year I had one pitcher I could depend upon—Joe Black. Now, for the first time, I've got a real solid five-man starting staff—Carl Erskine. Russ Meyer, Billy Loes, Johnny Podres and Preacher Roe. I could start any one of them and be reasonably sure of getting a well pitched game out of him." Dressen said his biggest and Furillo Is Surprise most pleasant surprise has been the fine comeback of Carl Furillo. "Furillo was the big 'if man of the club at the start of the season," Chuck said. "We took a big gamble when we sold Andy Pafko. We knew we were giving away a lot of power but we sort of hoped Furillo would make up for it. "Carl had a terrible year in 1952. His eyes were bothering him. We knew he couldn't possibly be that bad but neither did wo think he was going to be this good. He's been a tremendous help all "Billy Co.v is playing the best third base o: his life. Gil Hodges has been terrific after I gave him . rest. A rest also did a lot of :ood for Junior Gilliam, I was able to do that this year because I've got a player like Jackie Robinson who can do a good job for you anywhere you put him." How does this club compare to others he managed, coached or played with? "Well, 1 he began. "This Is good club but the Cincinnati club of 1926—1 played third base on — It was the best I was ever with. It lost the pennant to St. Louis but t should have won." Carl Furillo of the Dodgers li laving his best season in the ma- ors. Only time he went above .300 was In 1950 when he hit .305. Read Courier News Classified Adi. ijowselfacjain... refresh with a Coke At play or at work the traditional refreshment of America is a frosty bottle of Coca-Cola. It had to be good to get where it is. • OTIIEO UNDES AUTHOBITV Of IH[ COCA-COtA COMPANY «» COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY OF BLYTHEVILLE "Cokp" li o registered tfadc-morlc. 3. THE COCA-COLA COMPAMT '30770 COLEMAN HEATING ROUND-UP SALE On Your Old Heating Equipment Halsell & White Furniture MAIN L DIVISION IN BLYTHEVILLE PHONE 6096 On Your Old Heating Equipment

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