The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 8, 1952 · Page 10
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, October 8, 1952
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new Mantle Is a Future Great; Bums' Dressing Room Grim He Can't Miss Being One of All-Time Best By GATLE TALBOT NEW YORK W—T\vo main conclusions may be drawn from the World Series which ended yesterday with Brooklyn again in mourning, for the sixth lime. The first is lhat Mickey Mantle, a 20-year-old from Oklahoma, Is destined to become rocognzied with In a few more seasons as Ihe greal est baseball player in lha hislorj of the game .The kid can't miss There's no defense against him. The second, equally Inescapable la that Casey Stengel, the bemusec manager of the New York Yankees gets advance information from th< elves befora he makes each move • It would be difficult to prove tha he Isn't the smarlest pilot tho KuiVie has seen. His coaches are convlncec that he is. Manila's contributions to his club's 4-2 Series clincher yester day at Ebbels Field were more spectacular than Stengel's. Every one in the arena saw the "Phee nom" clout the home run and the single in successive Innings—the first lefthanded, the second right- handed—to put victory beyond reach of Iho'Dodgers. Nobody saw the wheels whirring In Casey's head when he wavec in Bob Kuzava, to pilch lo D'!k» Snider, the hottest of the Dodgers, with the bases ftlied anrt only one out in the seventh Inning. But they were whirring, all right, and it Is almost certain that Stengel knew the blond southpaw from Wyan- dolte, Mich., would stop the National Leaguers lead from there on. Provided he does not go Into (be service. Mantle will be still bettor next year. In only his second season the kid has done everything for the Yanks lhat Joe DIMagglo did, In an Inspirational way. There was some debate last night whether Mantle or Johnny Mize, the old codger, was the outstanding Yankee in the Series. In this spectator's opinion, it was no contest. Mize, It Is true, came in when things were not looking too good midway of the series and made a number of tremendous contributions to the Yankee cause. In fact, he put them back In the contention •when they appeared to be licked. But Mantle was in there all the way, scaring Brooklyn pitchers to death and fielding like an angel. He led the assault which enables 1 vlo Raschl on Thursdcy, He provided the Insurance second run in by tripling In the ninth and scorln on Peewee Heese's error. His homa run on Monday prove the winning run In the 3-2 Yanke victory which sent the playoff t the seventh game, and he kille Ihe Dodgers completely dead wit his two big ones yesterday. In all, the Mick propelled 10 hits In 29 appearances for an averag ot .345. By an amazing coincidence this was exactly what Reese an Duke Snider did for the Brookly cause. Bnldcr, for a time, looked Ilk being the hero of the Series. I fact, the. big swinger from Cattor nla battled the Yanks right dow lo the wire white others on hi company failed to last. But In thi end he had lo yield honors t Mantle. The most unfortunate figure wa: Joe Black, the big Negro rookl( who rocketed the Dodgers In fron with a beautifully pitched triumph over Reynolds in the opening gam but was turned back by Allle' shutout In the fourth. Manager Charlie Drcssen obstinately held Black out of Monday's Yankee equalizer In order to have him well rested for yesterday's big one —and then Joe didn't, have Itl Black sat th« Yanks down very smartly for the first three innings yesterday, and we like to feel, as an expert second-guesser, that he would have done the same thing Ihe previous day If Dressen had only put him in to protect a 1-0 lead In the last three innings. After yesterday's Ihird Inning, It may be conceded, Black was :lred and wavering. So was Ed Lopnt, and Vic Raschl, who tired to toko Reynolds off ths hook. Preacher Roe, who came In after Black had given up, didn't have •> thing except a long time between i itches. And that was the point at which Stengel wheeled out his secret veopon, Kuzava, the only pitcher n the park who wasn't about ta collapse of the blind staggers. Casey used the same tactics igRlnst the New York Giants a 'ear ago. It was Kuzava, perhaps he most obscure southpaw In mod- rn history, who snuffed out the loal three Oiants in the 'SI World aeries. He did It again. The Dodgers topped up or struck out or sent armless flics into the stiff breeze lowing into the plate. When Reese Allle Reynolds' Saturday shutout lied to Gene Woodllng for the final ut in short left field, the Yanks limbed all over Kuzava and gave Im a wonderful drubbing. And Stengel went around thank- Ing eacli ot the lilllo men whom abody else could see, he told each of them, personally, that he had done « whale of n Job all year and that lie would see him next spring at the Same old stand. ' Post-Seriei Comments, Curses Go Into Record BROOKLYN On _ Moon-faced Johnny,Mize grinned: "It's on Ice." Tha good-natured 30-year-old slugger of the perennial World Champion New York Yp.nicees wns massaging his aging feet in the dressing room when Gene Woodling hauled In Peewee Reese's fly for lhe final out of the thrilling 1952 World Series. While 1 the Yanks boisterously celebrated the winning of their • fourth straight championship, the vanquished Brooklyn Dodgers were bemoaning the loss of their club's sixth fall classic in as many altempts. A damp-eyed . Jackie Robinson expressed the general opinion of the crestfallen National League standard bearers, "It was that Mantle, that Mickey Mantle killed us. "If it hadn't been for him I think this would have been a very different series. "We came so close, we had so many opportunities.- But Mantle was the difference." Joe Black, Brooklyn's brilliant »ookic righthander who started first and losing two Including yes- lerday's 4-S clincher, gloomily observed: "It, gnaws at you. It lears you insltie. We got so many men on base. We kept saying to ourselves 'this is it, 1 and then there was that let down. "It would have been better If we'd had our brains knocked out, we would have felt better about it." Mantle, surrounded by well wishers, was uncertain over the type of pitches he belted that decided the issue. "I hit a curve or slider for my home run <In the sixth) B nd a similar pitch for my single (In the in jin Dodgers Sad, ThoughtThey Had it Won By JOE RE1CHLER BROOKLYN M»-How does a ball tub.feel after apparently having the world championship In the bag only to have it slip out of its grasp? Let's go Inlo lhe clubhouse of he Brooklyn Dodgers right after they had lost the World Scries to the New York Yankees in a thrill- Ing, drama-packed seventh game. The dressing room Is crowded with players, reporters and num erous well-wishers. It i- very quiet except for tho steady drone of ,the reporters asking the usual questions. The athletes, tired from the icclie series, sit wearily on stools. ft few are on their feet, pacing JP and down, muttering to themselves. Preacher Roe, Roy Cnmpanella and Oil Hodges are under the •mowers but the usual singing and rustic remarks are absent. Except for captain Peewee Reese and Jackie Robinson, the ilayers nre not too dejected. Cresl- all=ii, perhaps, but they do not iave that stunned look that they md after they had been beaten by lhe Gianls In lhe 1951 National League playoffs. Jackie Silent All except Robinson and Reese. Robinson, the fiery second base- nan, who dfd not particularly dis- Ingulsh himself during the- scries, s blaming himself for the tough -2 defeat. Usually n willing and agcr conversationalist; the Negro tar lias little to say. "I don't know," he mutters. We , . Kould have won It. I don't under- land how we didn't, win It." » Charlie Bresson, the little Dodger lanager, returns from tho Yankee ressing room where he hnd Just ongralulnleU Casey Stengel on vinnlng his fourth consecutive vorlri championship. "Cheer up. fellows," he yells You did a great Job. You got othlng to be ashamed of. Know hat Casey Just told me? He said ng and then launched into crlption of the game " a de- "Our first pitcher (Ed Lopat) e did real good but they crossed s up on a couple of bunts (Jackie oblnsqn and Hoy Campanella xmted In succession In the fourth «or a single by Duke Snider). Then our next pitcher (Allle eynolds) pitched real good but he ot a little tired and so did our xt one (Vic Raschl) and that ella (Kuzava) came in there and eally took me out of a Jam " Kuzava entered In the seventh uning with the bases loaded and out. oblnson retired Snider and pop flys 'and held seventh)." The homer broke tie and the single drove insurance run. "Winning the series was greater thrill than my homers, yes even greater than ;ny grand- slammer against tha While Sox during the regular season," Montle snld. Jubilant Casey Elengel, at the Yankee helm the past four seasons, held court all over the room. Old Case praised Mantle and relief pitcher Bob Ku?,ovn. assured one nnd all that he was not rellr- „„ i-uj' *'j<i> tuni Held he .Dodgers hltless the reit of-the ay.. - r ;., The tlre-balllnsr' lefthander said e was lucky In getting Snider, ho tied a record by hitting four homa runs during the series to pop out. "I fed him a fast one straight down the middle on the 3 and •» pitch. I was lucky thnt he got Just a piece of the ball." Dodger skipper Chuck Dressen paid tribute to Kuzava. "That Kuzava was burning his fast ball in there," Dressen satd 'He was very quick." Dressen also WHS high In his praise for Reynolds, who won two games and saved another. '. "Mantle and Mize hurt us but In the long run It was Reynolds who gave us the most trouble. He's big and strong, a great pitcher," Dressen\ said. Brooklyn's inability to hit with men on base were the turning points of the deciding game, according lo Dressen. "We had men on first and thlfd once with one out, then we hsd the bases full with one out and again we had the bases full with iior.0 out," Chuck lamented. "We were in a position that four fly balls at i various times would have scored four runs. But our big men didn't have tho punch when we needed it." on... askfor ombouMuvc I Ask for the full name ond get tns full value! Aj a Kentucky Straight Boutbon or o Kentucky Blended Bourbon Whiskey-Bourbon de luxe has more lhar> earned its reputation, Ktntacky Sttiii.t ••ir.oi Whisku 4 ( „,, ° arner <left> and Bi "y Ml"« hold down Suard positions lor Coach Russell Mosley's Chbkasaws. Garner a converted blocking back, ha, become more and more a factor in the'Chicks' Improved play. Miller, listed as a ISO-pounder, sometimes shifts to tacWe. (Courier News Photo) lhe Yankees had never beaten a tougher club. He said they beat us because they got the breaks He said he never saw a club that could bunt, hit-and-run, field and do everything like we did." Waller O'Malley, the genial president of the club comes In to congratulate lhe players along with commissioner Ford Prick. "This wns the greatest World Series I have ever seen," enthuses Frlck, a former sports writer and radio announcer. O'Malley shakes the hands of as many players as he can. He congratulates each one Individually and whispers something into the tars of a couple. "Boys," he says, "I'm proud of you. You did better than most anybody expected. You gave them a hell of a fight. Remember, you didn't lose the series. They (the Yankees) won It." Reese, silting dejectedly in front of his locker, looks up sadly. The veteran shortstop, only member of the team who played in the 1947 scries against the Yankees, had played his heart out. doing a superlative Job In the field and leading his mates In batting. 'I don't go for that stuff," he whispers to a reporter who hnd been doing his best to console him. "I Just don't believe In moral victories." Now Dressen Is talking but out of earshot of the players. "We came close, but close doesn't count," he says ruefully. "The way we lost today was typical of the games we've been losing during the regular season. We just couldn't hit a fly ball with a man on third. That must have happened to us 40 times during the season." Hodges Grins Gil Hodges, who went through miserable series, going hltless through the seven set - 6 ames serll!s 'That just goes to prove that I go from one entreme to another," he remarks. The good-natured first baseman was referring to his par of record- breaking feats—his 21 for 0 in the series and his four iwi,,ers in a regular season game on Aug. 31, The players are In their street clothes now and one by one struggle out of the clubhouse. Soon nil are gone except one. He Is Reese. Peewee is still sitting in front of his locker, In his baseball uniform. He Is looking into space Finally he mutters: " I . lh<m & h t sure we ;-,ad them. We had all the belter of It. Wa Charles Starts On Comeback Trail Tonight CINCINNATI (IP, __ Ezzar Charles of Cincinnati, still hopefu of being the first man ever to re gain a once-lost heavyweight box in? championship, tries again to night to get started back on th trail to a title bout Charles will meet Bernie Rey nolds. of Fairfleld, Conn , In a 12 round nationally televised bout a the Cincinnati Garden. The 25-year-old Reynolds has 31 knockouts among his 52 victorte out he has been an In-and-oute and the betting boys had m»d Charles a solid favorite at 2 to 1. The bout win start at 9 p.m <CST) and under boxing rules In flrnf.,,i.i« u (!._ _,-_,_- .. Cincinnati necessary, the decision, if one i will be given by two , en y wo judges and the referee. It is on a point basis and the points are given punche for aggressiveness, hard and defensive ability. Both Charles and Reynolds were expected to come Into the ring a around 186 pounds. Charles will be .seeking to end « two-fight losing streak. He has been beaten by Joe Walcott and RexfLnyne in his last two bouts. Charles lost his heavyweight crown to Wnlcott nnrt then, after winning a few warm-up bouts, was beaten by the veteran New Jersey- lie In a return match. His loss to la-yne came in the fight In which referee Jack Dempscy was the sole Dempscy's decision brought storm of protest from Charles" Handlers and supporters Never In his career has Charles lost three fights in a row Reynolds has hnd 64 fights He has beaten same of what passes for the good boys In a fair to middlin, heavyweight crop but he has also been knocked out by Cesar Brion and by Marciano. Although most footballs are mad of steer hlrte, rubber substitulej have been used recentl)-, especially when wet weather tends to soak th leather balls. and we let them get B iiad them asay. "Gosh-darn, even (Phil) Rizzuto satd to me he never thought they'd win It. But they did, didn't they? c£X^.- *fc<iM«»rf*«< <Mqr...*M«*bMkiM i ! Af LOW CATALOG PRlCtS 217 W. Main Phone 8131 Blytheville, Ark. Razorback Fans to Whoop It Up for Baylor Contest Bjr CASL BETX A show of support, arranged for* Friday night by the Little Rock Razorback club, will include a motor caravan to escort the grld- ders 1 bus into town and the first '•wlball pep rally ever to be slag ed on the »tep» of the state capl- ' tal building Plaru we for cart In the caravan be draped in red and while SSUB and "Beat Baylor" signs. S milar decorations are to bt dis- ? ( m ed » ln lhe show wj ndows of Little Rock and North Little Rock stores. Secretary of stale C G Hall :ald today that the ' capitol will >e decorated appropriately for the P«P rally. Gov. McMath and Gov- nomlnale Francis Cherry plan to be out of town Friday night, but both have said they will send greetings to be read at the rally. This kind of "show of support" >y Razorback fans got its start ast fall. Gov. McMath proclaim•d a "Beat Texas Week" and ordered" the Porkers to deieat lhe Longhorns. Fans throughout he state joined In observing the special week, which received na- lonwide publicity and culminated •''"• Arkansas' first conquest of : dn/vn IOTH> ' with Texas since 1838. On the eve of th 1951 — ...*, t»cr ui me jaui season- mdlng game with heavily favored Tulsa, Centra! Arkansas fans organized a motorcade and cheered he Razorbacks Into town when hey came down from Fayetteville. The following afternoon the Raeor- ibck swalloped the Tulsans. 24-7 Once again Arkansas probably will be the underdog when It goes against Baylor in War Memorial Stadium. The Bears, a young team featuring lightning speed and good pass- ng, have beaten Wake Forest and Washington State in their only ests to date and stand as the inly undefeated team in the "Southwest Conference. The Bruins — who have aver- iged nearly 400 yards * game, he best In the conference — lave the league's leading scorer "uu «°' Dupre and ba " carrier With the best average — 8.9 yards per carry — ln Allen Jones. Both ire sophomore halfbacks. On lop of that, Baylor has the Southwest's top defense — one which has yielded an average of mty 193 yards rushing and pass- ng Per game. To offset the opposition's - — — — TI II ./%•!•*•• ~ Tales About Oil-Rich Case Are Legion; For Instance-- BROOKLYN W _ when Casey Stengel, the millionaire manager of the New York Yankees, decides to call it a career he will be best remembered for: 1. Zany antics during his career. ^. That he became ,the second manager in big league hislory lo win tour straight World Series. 3. That he became the third pilot in big league annals to win four consecutive pennants. Stengel assured one and all yesterday that he would be back in 1953 following the Yanks' 4-2 victory over Brooklyn In lhe seventh and deciding game of the thrilling 1952 _ World Series. "I'm not thinking of retiring." the squire of Olendale, Calif., bellowed in the uproarious Yankee dressing room. The only other manager to win four straight blue ribbon classics Is Joe McCarthy, pilot of the great Yankee teams of 1936-39. McCarthy and the fiery John McGraw are the only other leaders to capture four consecutive pennants. Mc- strength, Arkansas Coach Otis Douglas has devised Split T formation with Lamar a deeper mar iitcHan. his do-everylh!ng quarterback of Inst year, operating from fullback and left-banded sophomore Bob St. Pierre at quarterback. Lewis Carpenter, the Porkers' eading ball carrier, pass receiver and blocker, goes from the fullback slot to right end in a move which bouglas feels will help remedy weak offensive line play. Arkansas' senior safety team of Dean Pryor and Johnny Cole have not covered ns well oil passes ns they did 'in their first two seasons and Douglas indicated that they may be replaced this week junior Charlie Hallum and minutive sophomore. Johnson Gunn of Van Buren. The 160-pound Gunn a 3-time all-state high school eager entered the University on a basket ball scholarship but insisted on go- Ing out for football on his own! Craw's New York Giants won th. Stories about. Stengel »r« legion. They say he once doffed his can ' and a sparrow flew out from underneath it. Another. ta!e has it that Case once stepped into a manhol* cover In the outfield and pulled the lid over his head. A fly ball came his way and he stepped out " Just In time to catch it. Then there was the time to IMS when he was appoinled manager and president of the Worcester of the Eastern League, Boston Brave farm. Stengel wanted to quit at the end of the season but for some reason he couldn't so' as president, he fired himself as " manager and then resigned as "' president. Signalman During his career- as manager of ' the Braves from 1938-1943 Stengel attempted to have the umpires call a game because of rain. The Braves, who never finished higher than fifth during Case's tenure, were leading the Giants at' (he time. Rain was falling and lh« ' skies were becoming rapidly dark ' **r» But the umps paid Casey no heed. Pinall Stengel decided to call for a relief pitcher, Frank/" t rnnkhouse. To show how he felt ' about the situation, Stengel pulled out a pocket flashlight and blinked 'It towards the bull pen. H« was promptly ejected. Somewhere along the line that' began with Kanakakee of th» Northern Association in 1910, Sten-el Invested In oil and struck it ch. The fact that he was well off,- . financially made it difficult to lure him back to the big leagues as " manager. He had managed his some town Oakland club of th« Pacific Coast League from 1948 to 1948. Casey decided to come bacS ind prove that he could manage'"! in the big leagues. and win pro- i i'ldeti he was given something '- ; ' work with. 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