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PAGE EIGHT Trade Bait' Noren Sparkles For Nats as Tigers Fall 6-3 BLYTHEVrLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS By GAVI.E TALBOT LOS ANGELES WV-The ba.ll player carrying the heaviest load of them all at the moment Is little ,Davey Williams the 24-year-old Held gem from Dallas who just has been told officially that lie will be the Giants' regular second-baseman for the coming season—the new Eddie Stanky. It would be a tough spot for n kid to step into even if he were not succeeding such a gilt-edged genius. To know that Polo Grounds fans are going to compare him to Etanky on every play for some time Is Just an added burden for Davey. Originally, Manager Leo Durocher had not Intended to give Davey the word until a few days before the National League season opened. What Leo sold was thnl the battle for second base would remain open until that time between Williams, Bob Hofman and a rookie named Ron Samford, but everybody in camp knew Leo was just talking. for some reason he changed his mind, or hnd it changed for him. Could have been he decided It would be better for the youngster to take the bit now, at the outset of the Giants' long road trip against Cleveland, and work any nervousness out of his system before they start playing for keeps. Or it is more likely that Ihe club brass wanted to know in a hurry what extra talent It had around to offer Branch Rickey of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who is shopping rather desperately. Move A Good One In any case, Ihe premature move appears to have been H good one. Davey seems to be swinging with new-found confidence and to be bucked-up generally since Leo told him he had been named Mr. America. His reaction makes one almost believe that Davey meant what he satd a few weeks back—that he might, quit baseball if he didn't become a big league regular this Beason. For those who cnme In late, the Giants paid Atlanta $65,000 for 'Williams at the end of Ihe 1048 season. He plnyed a full season nt Minneapolis In 1950, hitting .280. Last year he got into 30 games as an understudy for stanky and did not commit an * error in 85 chances. He Is a spectacular fielder, but his hitting fell off to .268 against the big fellows and that has, of course, been the main worry in the Giants' cnmp all spring. Duro- Cher and his coaches have spent much effort trying to leach the kid to punch his shots to right Held instead of swinging awny. Davey has confidence that, playing regularly, he will hit big league pitching. i ' Never Hit Bcluw .2SO "I've played In four minor leagues and the record shows [ never hit.under .280," he says. "I think I can hit that high In the majors. Mr. Durocher must think so, loo." What Leo says, and repeats at every opportunity, is thnt Ihe kid is going to make him a great second-baseman. "Al Dark already Is crazy about playing alongside him," he confided. "They've been averaging belter than a double play a game In our exhibitions and I wouldn't want to see anything smoother. Something else you might not reali7e Is that with Williams In (here I have the fastest Infield In baseball. Rickey says he doesn't believe there ever was H faster one than Williams, Dark, Bobby Thomson and Whitey Lockrrmn. Brooklyn? Put them in a relay race and my boys would finish 30 or 40 yards in front. Maybe more than that." Eddie Waitkus Has Job Cinched CLEARWATER. Fla. Iff, —Eddie Waitkus of the Philadelphia Phillies has evidently retained hts first base job for the season. Hustlin' Eddie didn't bc.ir out. his nickname when spring training started. President Bob Carpenter had him on the carpet once and since then Eddie's been traveling at top speed. Dodgers Whip Cards 7-2; Yankees Top Braves 8-6 By ED CORRIGAS AP Sports Writer Irv Noren must feel like a goldfish in a bowl—in full view, but don't touch, please. Ever since the start of Ihe train-*• — ing season, Ihe 27-year-old Washington outfielder has been a prize in the trading mart. But IK'S still hawking files for the NaUs, although t h c re's no telling when Clark Griffith, an old fox in barlerini;. will decide he's had the right offer and away goes Irv. The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees ha ve made no bone.s '" about wanting Irv Noren Noren. They have had their scout.s following the Senators around. Everyone seems to want a left- handed swinging outfielder these days, especially one who can knock In 80 runs, which Is what Noren. a native of Jamestown, N.Y., did last year for a seventh-place club. He also batted .219, not spectacular, but fiderjuate. Walks, Ualk Help The Nats polished off the Detroit Tigers yesterday, 6-3, ami In the process Noren got two hits, both doubles. Washington only made six safeties, but eight walks, two wild pitches, a bnlk ami nn error more Ihan made up for the paucity of hits, nml marie thing's easy for Sid Hudson and Harlcy Grossman. Yogi Berra, the most valuable player in the American League last year, who has been out of action witli a sprained ankle for the past two weeks, returned to nedon and" blasted a home run In his first trip to the plate. He drove In n total of four runs to lend Ihe Nciv York Yankees to an 8-6 conquest of the Boston Braves. Vic Raschi went seven Innings for the Yanks. The Cincinnati Reds, who have been burning up the Grapefruit League" for the past week, won their sixth In a row by nipping the Phtladelphl aPhlls, 2-1. Home runs spelled a 6-4 victory for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Browns. Clyde McCullough, Frank Thomas and Ted Beard hit the round-lrlppers nl! with the bases empty. The Cleveland Indians heat the New York Gianls by the snmo formula for the second day in a row, a rally in the ninth Inning. This lime the hero was Roberto A viln, who homered with one on off All corwln to pull the tribe to a G-5 victory. Clem Lnbine ami John Rutherford combined to hold the St.Louis Cardinals to five hits, while the Brooklyn Ddodgers were running up a 7-2 victory, nnd the Chicago cubs trounced their neighbors, the White Sox, 7-3 with a 12-hil barrage. Gee Wins Berth OnU.A.Golfleam Squad Opens Season Against Missouri U. Linkmen Wednesday FAYETTEVILLE — Kvorette r) Ore Jr., of Ulythcvllle. tin- 1QW slate class A hish school champion, will he on tiaurl when the University of Arkansas golf teurn opr;?* its season fiiTiiinst thr University of Missouri in Columbia. Mo,, next Wednesday. Young Oen has ranted a berth on Ihe Porker scniarl. which I his yr-ar U due tn be improved over last year's snunri. He Is Iho ton f>f Mr. and Mrs, E. B. Gee Sr.. of Blvthc- vllle. ' • The university squad, which Includes only one lettr'rman — Mike Clifford of Camden — will resume play In the Snuthw.sl Conference nitor a one-year layoff it was announced. Under the tutoracrc- of local Country Club pro Bob Zander, the five- man trn») hns Inkon shape that mp.v represent the Porkers for the entire season. In ndrtlllon tn Ciee and Clifford the sn.iinttineu Include- Tom Raney, Little Rock, a former llnfesman nt Hendrix Collr-ec; .Jimmy Dllllugsley. Helena; and Charles H. Dffllhler of Springfield, Mo., nm- ner-up In the Intnunural tournament last year. The team, while represented by Just one letternian, Is considered a bit stronger than last year's crop. Aflor the Missouri match, the Razorbacks play their first conference opponent since I950 - Baylor University— here on Prlday, " April 4 The University of Tiilsa'ls the onlv other non-conference foe carded for the year. The HOBS do not meet twice conference champion Texas until April 21. The last time Ihe Porkers cnm- jKtr-rt In the conference In golf they placed third Ijpliiud tlic Longliarus and linylor. Season play determines the train champion, but the Southwest Conference tournament in Dallas, May n-10, determines the Individual cliRinpion. Defending Champ middy Weaver of Rice va- catcs the crown after two because of graduation. MONDAY, MARCH 81, riu -nin , ?, d " Sam Cha P' nan "6hl, ualches Spring drills with Oakland Manager Mel Oil after reportedly signine a two-year pact with the Pacific Coast League cluS. Cleveland, hlw ever, refuses, to rccogmzc the deal, argues the veteran Indians- slugger still is under contract to them. Anyway, both Chapman and Oil appear happy with the world here. (NEA) Youth Is BucsH<eynote But Kiner, Dixon Help By BOH MEVEHS PHOENIX, Ariz. ',1>,-Home run slugger Ralph Kiner. 20-game winner Murray Dlckson and budding youth, yet to bloom or wither mark the 1052 roster ot the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh [ans doubtless will again have a second division team Indeed, barring something unusual years Fresh Pipes Atghnn tribesmen, who are fond of tons-stemmed pipes, seldom carry them in their wnnderings. They mold a now pipe for each smoke from the mild at their feet, shnplnp the bowl.'with their thumbs and reaming tlie stem with a stiff slraw in about the time it requires nil American lo roll a clgarct. Alvin (Bo) McMHHn, Former Indiana Coach, Dies of Cancer BLOOMINGTON. I'nd, (;P) _ Alvin N. (Bo) McMillin, 57. who coached Indiana University to a Big Ten championship and undefeated season In 1945, died early this morning at his home. The residue from mcnhanen, a BDecies of fish, is ground Into meal for farm animal and poultry feed. The silver-haired "Mr. Football." whose career as plnycr and conch -spanned almost lour decades, had been critically ill with a stomach cancer since last fall. But his physician snid his death was due to a heart attack. Kaily 1" his coaching career, the prematurely gray Do had brought to tbc gnnie a philosophy best summed up by a locker room sign, "You can be as tough as nails and still be a gentleman." McMlllin became a nationally known football licure as a plnyc'j when be led little Centre College to fame in 1917-21, He retired ns coach of Hie Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football Lleamie last fan. Failing health forced him out. Last winter the American Football Coaches Association awarded him Uie Stngg Trophy for his contributions to the game. Durins his live years on Centre's team, the "Praying Colonels" had three undefeated seasons, except for a post-season defeat in 1921 by Texas A. and M. Bo. who called signals from his left halfback spot, was named on Walter Camp's 1919 all-America team. Welchs Paired For Grudge Bout Grudge wrestling returns lo the | American Legion pvngram at Me- imorial Auditorium tonight with two 'of Ihe Welch brothers In a Texas j rules. figrH-to-thc-linlph-tag match wilh toughies Red Roberts and bis Jack Mondy. j TJie Wclchs have been nursinv* a snirlce with Moody and Roberts for n number of years and the fuss llnrcd anew in tile tag match feature. In the preliminary bouts. Roy Welch will take on Moody nnd Joe will meet Roberts. Anonymous Donation MATTOON. III. (m — For the ihircl straight year Ihe Rev Harold Gravi-at of !ho Church of the Na- zarone has received three S100 bills in an unslenrd letter. As before, the 1!K2 note sdid only: "Enclosed Is $300 | O use as yoii soe fit." Mr. Gravvat said it. was added lo the church fund. , the Pirates and the ChiciiRo Cubs «em destined for annllKT spirited rivalry for the cr-lar of the National League. But — If some of tho youngsters develop Into successes nn an ovor- nlght basis, nnd Kiner, Gus Dell, Dickson nnd the other established men hold up their , end. Pittsburgh may begin to see Murry Dlckson the dim light of the first division by 1953. Patient. Imrd-worklns? Billy Meyer, noiv in his fifth season managing Pittsburgh, guided by General Manager Branch Rickey, Sr., will continue to gamble with their youlh moveiuent. And barring a switch in' policy as the club today journeys home'- ward. they'll start the season wilh outright rookies nt first and third and ccnlerfleld, and a semi-rookie at second base. At first Is Dick Hall, exceptionally fast despite his li-fool-6 frame, nnd unusually promising despile the fact that Rickey took him straight off the campus of Swnrth- more College and put him on the Pirate varsity. Lee Walls, who is 6-feet-2. Is at third, up from Modesto in the Class "D" California League, where he hit .342 last season. Bobby del Greco, a native of Pittsburgh and a good kid for Hiil- c-hinson. Kan., last ycnr, is installed in center, between Ihe lamed Mr. Kiner nnd Bel(. At second is Jack Mc'rson. another 6-fooler. who got into the [ Pirate lineup from Indianapolis in the tag end of the campaign and astonished Ihe club with a .360 bit- ling fijrure in 13 games. Holdover George Strickland ap- BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, Mar. 31 8 p.m. SPECIAL TAG MATCH GRUDGE FIGHT TO A FINISH Texas Rules — No Time Limit Roy Welch & Joe Welch vs. Jack Moody & Red Roberts Adults 50c—Children 15c Also 2 1-Fall Marches Roy Welch vs. Moody Joe Welch vs. Roberts for Reserved Seals. Call 3389 Iicars lo be the only seasoned hand in the infield, performing at short. Meyer has several catchers aboard, Including Eddie Fitzgerald, Joe Garijiola and rookie Jim Man- Sfnn. But Clyde McCullough, now Retting to be an old timer, Btili Is the No. 1 backstop. The pitching department starts nnd ends with righthander Dickson as far as star talent goes. But the club should get more mileage out of Mel Queen. Bill Werle Bob Friend and Howie Pollet. with Ted Wilks for relief. And they have H small cluster of rookies still in camp whose names aren't even listed on the roster but who might stay on lo help. -Rickey had about 39 youngsters around this spring. Some have already been fanned out to affiliated minor league clubs. The others, or so (he brass seems determined. will be kept for future brilliance. if all goes well. Jimmy Carter # To Defend Title Against Solas LOS ANGELES M>) — It's lots easier being champion than just one of the contenders, says Jimmy Carter, king of the lightweight boxers, "Before I won the title I had trouble getting work. Now everyone wants to fight me and I'm busy most ol the time," the 135-pound New Yorker explains. Tomorrow night, he makes his second title defense since he look the crown from Ike Williams Inst May. He climbs into the Olympic Auditorium ring with Laura Salas, a product of Monterrey. Mex'. Laura's previous battling has been largely confined to the featherweight ranks. Carter rates a solid choice to whip Snlas In the IS-rounder. LaSalle- Kansas Game Tops Olympic Semi-Finals Tonight 1 task r!f M? thPir hit their Bj" JOE FALLS (AP >7 Lai ¥ les youthful Explorers are confronted with the herculean f a "ff tow f rflnK , Clydc ^"rtte toriijrJit as the Olympic basketball spot—the semi-finals— at Madison Square Garden This tourney Is perhaps the only one In basketball history where the semi-finals are more Important than the finals. For from the winner of the Ln- Sa He-Kansas "dream game" — as) well as from the opener, which pits AAU powers Peorla Caterpillars and Phillips Oilers — will come the players who trill represent uncle Sam Sawyer Says Enos Slaughter One of Baseball's Greatest By JOE RICIILKR MIAMI, Fla. wv-When talking about the greatest active player In baseball today, Manager Eddie Sawyer ot the Phillies contends you can't stop with Ted Williams and Stan Musial. The Philadelphia professor says, is beside Ihe point But he is the he d have to rate Bnose Slaughlcr! greatest competitor Tver to nu? on a big league uniform. "And as I have said before. . . That goes for Cobb, too." Osceola Legion 9foBeginDni!s Practice Will Begin April 13; Billy Beall, Mann Will Pilot Squad \ OSCEOLA—Billy Beall. manager of Osceola's Junior Legion ba«cb,ill j team, which last year won the Ar-I Kansas Legion championhip, announced today that tryouls for his 1952 team will begin April 13 in bis prime over either of These famous sluggers. Slaughter, an outfield teammate of AruMcal. will be 30 next month and Is In his 15th year with the St. Louis Cardinals "Slaughter ... bis prime was a better ball p'-ijer than Musial Is today." said Saw yer. "And I agree with those think Stan Is best In the g right now. Bu t _ I've never seen a Enos Slau shter greater competitor, a fellow with more spirit, hustle and the desire to win than Enos. "Slaughter's batting msrks in the late thirties and early forties may not have been as high as those that Musial compiled in the last half do?.en years, but the competition was much rougher then. So were the pitchers." "I've always been a Slaughter fan." admitted Sawyer. "I've been in this game a long time but I've never seen Slaughter's equal in playing the game for everything that's in it. He's beaten me out of many a ball game but he's the kind that makes you take your hat ' off to 'him Manager Bcall said todny that "-- ~~".. -i.lm LUUHJ Ula he is asking all boys interested in competing for the team to report to Osceola High School at 1:30 p rn April 13 to begin training. , 0A11 bo."'who will not reach their lath birthday anytime during 1952 who live in the Osceola vicinity and' who were enrolled in their particular high school prior to March 10. arc eligible for the team Manager Beall said the race for berths on the team will be m'de open this year as only six members In the Olympics this summer Jn Hel* sink!. The Olympic squad will be composed of seven players from each of tonight's winners. The Olympic finale is scheduled for tomorrow night, but the only thing at stake will be prestige and to determine who will be head coach of the U. S. team. The LaSalle-kansas tilt is a nat- .' Ural, as it pits the National Invita-*; lion winner LaSalle against the NCAA kingpin Kansas. This hasn't happened since IMS when Oklahoma A & M NCAA whipped DePaut NIT In a Red Cross charity game. For a short while, though. It seemed that LaSalle would nob get a chance to chop down the Kansans. Allen Protests Officials Prog Allen, the Jsyhawker coach, said early .Sunday morning that his team would not come east unless there was at least one Mid-western official on hand for the game against LaSalle. This brought much confusion among the Eastern basketball fathers and, after a series of conferences, the Olympic Committee withdrew one Eastern official and replaced him with Ronald Gibbs, umpire from Springfield. 111. Oibbs will work with referee John Nucatola from Bayside. N. Y. In last Saturday's quarter-finals here. LaSalle eliminated St. John's, 71-/S2, and Pcoria beat the U. S. Air Force All-Stars, 71-67. At Kan-j ' sas City, Kansas ousted Southwest*'! 92-65, and Phillips defeated the'^ Missouri State, NAIB champion, Hollywood McOees, 50-48, In a double overtime. oil to him even though he's on "'"•" uus - vcnr as only six members Ihe other side. That is why ll cf !nst .venr's state champion team picked him on the National League i „ ' be back ' Tllev Hr e Bobby and Ail-Star tenin last year although ay Tate of Luxora. Danny Dennis he had a brok.cn finger at the °. Car ««'ay and Ralph Wagner, time." Blllv Davidson and Carl Tipton of 'Sawyer's-praise of Slaughter re- Harris only a short lime ago. astute Washington manager said, but he is the best exponent of the desire to win the game has known. . .and I don't except Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig or any other star. "How CobJ> could have omitted his name when he selected the players who compared with (he old time stars, I don't k n o w. Slaughter, like Cobb, never quit. He never will. He won't even let up. He plays just as hard today as he did the first day he reported. Slaughter Fan I recall an incident the other day," snid Harris. "We were play- Ing the Cards. One of their fellows slapped a routine bouncer to second. He looked like an easy out. But the guy never gave up. He ran down the line as if his life depended on it. The second baseman had lo hurry his th'row and just did make the out. " 'Hey, that kid is really hustling out there.' I thought, 'He reminds me of Slaughter.' As he raced back to the bench, Ii got a good look at his face. Yep, you guessed it. It was Slaughter! "What that guy can, or can't do, SEE JHEHEW U.S.ROYAL GRIP-MASTER Coinc in today—Sec ths only tractor tire with Spearhead penetration. Full-width bite. Extra- deep lugs buttressed against lay-bock. 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