Daily News from New York, New York on April 8, 1949 · 24
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Daily News from New York, New York · 24

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Friday, April 8, 1949
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-: c E c rir? n "w3 L) u ooe u ops vjfesucjimu u u-(2. Beirrv By Jim McCuIley t Vrt WVrth Tex.. April 7. Leo Puncher's forces had Rapid Robert Feller whipped hrrr thi f;.mn rrn though his early-game opjor.ent. Sheldon (Available) Jones gave un 1 1 hit nr.! rn run tvrr the first seven fraue. but the Indians erupted for four runs agaln-t !M! t in the eighth and made them last for an 11-8 victory, ending a Giant VS r1 If XT o Twig Out on a I J nib -It'm all mp im dad no'." remarked ?Mr Braarh Kirke (k-ft) after pitting a lew ptrres f toat it aaacer Durorher of the l.unl. rlrrld al breakfast ia I art Wrlh. The l.ip" only camment re a .! lndsrr trade a "tatas H. Later. Branch Sr- lled I HimWr W; phone and drbaed it as it a social calL" Casey Enters Johnson In Yank ht-Base Derby By Joe Trimble St. IV: r.-''ur?. April T. The Yankees are sinh a mess of Ci.nfu-; !! t! at t day 12 days lfore the AL reason N-pirv thit (";- Stt-nsr'l has no idoa who is the team's t:r.t b.!-?r.:it. tti.rr ,r c ren tl r..i"u r i t? a: V.-V ri.i ltn e-!.-' l i 'T t t at t ra!f !'-n g jitu" situation v J -hist. ii. v h ' tkird by R. I.by fivi'n an exten- ; N. 1 bag in the ' tfr.e U.b uiil I.iy en ro-.::e r 'ii-e. T- r"-i ts tK' I'ltriuipg pos- l'i..ty tra; a ? -.' . -r h has had but ro irnlr'; i ( t t r.vrce at the p-ilun t- date that coming in an irvra-s.y.ru! game t"d.y will b the rr-uuLir tirt ba-emaa on a T-! n.-r;t c-r'""! r if voti ca:e to i b iit.fy the lai ks a s ii.'u SOMI.WII T IZ1 ! Ti.e i ir .Ivl.ur is somewhat C.tTi-d by his mi !.U-n assignment,! I tit r: -t vi.'.i.r-s: to try anything; wl.uii il j: t him i' to t e regular I r- o. "I 1 to play hall," he ..! I.".:- fv,!i::.;-, jat prior 'O the cll" ii- !:ir".urr from here f or lt-at.!i.ir.t. "! r.ar.t to be a rcir- ,v I"ri g;ng to try f;r-t I -.,-. I r'Vr playe.1 the I a- t-.f,.re t; atterniHn and I d n't k",o aTixth ng al-ut it. I jjt hi'e I can u;n mrlf a j.h." I!. II a t :.iura.ei! fn.m the hot tnrr.fr b-caue tirce Viss. the rreral n-.anager. wart Brown to t Sav reu'aslv. !! will cjuit ba-fba'.l if forced to ride the b.-r..-ru Strigel f.u;;ges!ed the raiita! n..)o to IMly mainly because he. the r.anaji'r. i con-rerrei oi. r tVe cK:b"s weak hitting. "Both Bro r an i Johnson are g.vxl h.'tv.-.-." Casey reasoned. An i K:h war.t to play regularly. I'm trir-g to make thm the best tiram ii Ie. and getting both of them m the hrt up at once is part f the i.!ra. TOM MV STWS IN GARDEN" Casier int.nd to keep Tommy Ilenrith, the logical choice for first bae. in the outfield as long as IKible. That's why he wants to -s what Johron can do. The tf-ar.ager ha le-ome convinced that neither Dick kryhoski (lefty) 72 tuft-Daws i took another weird turn this Streak. 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Mt la H; 7..;.;i 1 wi i. l-.r T.- I Ji. or Jack Phillip: (righty are good enough. They've shared the work in mo.-t f the C4 exhibitions which were played in Florida. "Kryhoski looks too green." Stengel indicates. -And the ether fellow Phillips) doesn't provide the power 1 think well need." Should Johnson prove incapable of handling the job. Henrich will have to take over. "But that will be my last resort." Casey said today. "Once I take him out of the outfield and put him on first base, he'll stay there. I have no intention of shuffling him around, four days at first ba?te. five in right field and then a week back in the infield." rt'Sl (o) . ILop A crowd of 8,30s saw Leo The i lip at his loudest, lie irot into a i jawing contest with base umpire Charley Berry d tin ng an Indian up- rwrr in the sixth anl was l.n- ihed from the rme for the first time this year. The ks.. a typical 1 t;;ant defeat from the 47-'4s pat tern, saw the new sluggers pound out 13 hit and the Giants pitchers rive up 16. The result evened the t'leveland-Xew York Sprin series at 4-4. FELLER .SHELLED Feller was poked for nine hits and sit runs in five innings. Mike Garcia and Sam Zoldak for the rest. The Giants led, -3. at the end of five, 8-7. at the end of seven, and then blooie! Lost in the shuffle three straight singles by Dolby and Hofman. who worked -at second lor the third straieht dar. a nair of safe Mows i hv John Mize and two blows by Walker Cooper, one out of the park. Ijou Boudreau homered against Jones in the fifth. FELLER LOSES CONTROL The Giants couldn't do anything with Feller for the first three innings despite the fact the AL fire-bailer was lobbing 'em up. But, in the fourth, Hofman led off with his second straight single and then Rapid Hobcrt lost his aim, with the result that the base became loaded on walks to Lock man and Gordon. Mize produced the first of four runs with a single. Thomson two more with a duuble and Cooper another with an infield chop single. Kerr fanned for the second time and Jones ended the merry-go-round with a lift to right. During Feller's last turn, the fifth, liurocher's sluggers picked up two additional markers, though one was set up by Kennedy's loot of Lockman's single to right. Hof man opened this frame with his third single. ith men on second and third. Gordon hit to left for 'Flock Worries Over' By Dick Young Macon, Ga.. April 7. Yes, Kevin Connors would be only too frlad to receive the gentlemen of the press for his arrival interview. Would the gentlemen of the press care to join him in the coffee shop, inasmuch as he had flown up from Vero Beach, and hadn't arrived at o Macon till 4 o'clock this morning, and had slept till now, which was 1 PM. There, while he was having his breakfast, Brooklyn's new white hope for the first base job would gladl tell you anything you might care to ask him. Ir. fact, you might not have to ask. Chuck squeezed his long legs under the dining table. He was now the tallest Dodger; that is. he actually belongs to Montreal, but will be the tallest Dodger if he gets the job, wouldn't he? GETS ARMY 'OFFER "Yes. I'm six-five and five-eights. That's my Army measurement. Fort Knox, October, 1942. I went in on a basketball scholarship." He was kidding, of course. "No, that's a fact. Dutch Gar-f itkle. Bob Tough and I volunteered. We went down to Fort Knox to interview this Colonel and see what he had to offer us. We stayed at his house, as guests for three days, and decided the deal was okay." Then what? "Well, after about four months there. I was at West Point for three years, as tank instructor for the Cadets." The waiter set a glass of tomato juice, with lemon slice in front of Connors. Chuck looked at the dehydrated slice of lemon, and said to the waiter: "Either somebody used this yesterday, or I'm losing Eagle Eye MO. ILL MMO UP BPLIEVE I THQOV IT. SEE ? AM' l thump Tf mitt AS THOUGH tVE CAUGHT IT. TK KIOXU GO srs urn comcs. " BAU-T ALL. MUM? two bases, scoring both. Babby, pretty angry at this stage, started firing for the first time and easily disposed of Mize, Thomson and Marshall. Jones was constantly in hot water from the time he delivered his first pitch, which Thurman Tucker drove for three bases. The Indians got one this time, threatened' in the second and again in the third when Sheldon was saved by double plays. The Tribe could get only one in the fourth out of a walk and two singles when Feller ended a rally by whacking into another twin-killing. Boudreau hit over the left field wall for a third Cleveland run in the fifth. With one gone, the Indians started after Available aain. Rosen, Kennedy and Hogan singled in succession. Those, together with a questionable decision at second my power. I can't get any juice out of it." While the waiter retreated, with assurances that he would return with an unused slice of lemon, Connors continued the flashback of his career, if the gentlemen of the press would pardon the expression: "Born in Bay Ridge, that's Brooklyn, you know. I'll be 25 this Sunday. Went to Adelphi Academy, then Seton Hall: that time on a baseball scholarship. Played on that great baseball team, you know, with Davies, Holm Ruthenberg, Fisher and Connors. After I got out of the Army, went with the Celtics. That was the best deal I ever made. Got $5,000 for the season, even though I missed the last 20 games to go to Spring training." WINTERED' IX CUBA Once he got warmed up, Connors was asking the luestions. Do you think 111 make it Is the old man down on me?" Nobody believed that Shotton was prejudiced, even before giving him his triaL If that's what Chuck meant. Of course, Shotton doesn't give him too strong a chance of sticking, but he's willing to have his mind changed. "Oh, well, I thought he might be down on me because I took, off the uniform for 10 days at Vero Beach. I couldn't stand that eight-hours a day grind. I had mJCj&ywf&A 'lltrL C- - 1 STRIKE strike! l- jr three?! two!! U . mm J tJ .WN J LAST f O'- CALLED AO. 7F?fcrn e " jIDE y Lem and Edwards' pinch-groundout for Feller gave the world champs two tallies. The blow-up which caused Durocher to get bounced came on Hegan's hit to left. Lockman picked up the ball, threw into third trying to head off Kennedy, didn't, and Gordon relayed to Hofman who put the ball on Hegan. Berry had a tough job watching the plays at both bases and called everybody safe. Leo blew his top, stomped around with his nose in the AIj ump's face, and was finally ordered off the premises. After Cooper fired one of Gar-cia's serves beyond the left-center barrier to give Jones a 7-5 lead in the sixth, the Indians came back with two in the seventh to knot it. Doubles by Boudreau and Doby, and Rosen's single produced the (Continued on vext page, col. i) Connors been playing baseball for a solid year, you know, down in Cuba after finishing the season at Montreal. I needed a rest. Say, when you write about my playing in Cuba last Winter, put down that I led the league in runs-batted-in. I'll probably never lead another league again. Got 58 in 64 games. Figure that out for a regular season. Don't bother, 111 tell you. It's 139." CHANGED GLOVE STYLE The waiter brought the fresh piece of lemon, and Connors said: "I hope this doesn't upset the month's inventory." Everybody was pretty well sold on his ability to hit. The records show that he hit .307 at Montreal last season, and hit 18 homers, but : what about this rap against his fielding? "I always could field pretty well," Chuck insisted. "I was a one-handed guy. Then Hopper made me change to two hands up at Montreal last year, and I had trouble. I'll tell you one thing; if I last long enough to open the season at Brooklyn, I'm going to take that bag home with me after the first game. Nobody's going to take it away from me." Does he have predictions to make about his big chance,? "Just tell the folks that the first time I'm up tonight, Kevin Joseph Aloysious Connors is going to hit a double, make that a screaming double to right-center." Kevin Joseph Aloysious Connors?. How come the nickname "Chuck"? "I gave it to myself. I like it." ! 1 - 3

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