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BIythevllle (Ark.) Courier News - Friday, March 10, 1957 - Pag» N!n» BASHFUL SAM SAYS IT HIMSELF McDowell Not in Sandy's Class Sam McDowell... Cleveland's strong right arm Mick Switches And Looks Great By HAL BOCK Associated Presi Sports Writer The Great Experiment-Part I ranks as an unqualified success as far as the New York Yankees and Mickey Mantle are concerned. .Today the Cincinnati Reds and Pete Rose find out about the Big Switch. Mantle made his debut as a] first baseman Thursday as the Yankees outlasted Washington .League also-rans. The longtime center fielder handled nine chances flawlessly and made •' Kie best play of the game on the first ball hit his way. That came on. a hard smash between first and second by Bernie Allen in the first inning. Mantle dashed to his right, backhanded the ball almost non- Cubs Bank On Rookie COTTDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Chicago Cubs bank heavily this spring on left-haader Ken Holtzman, a 21-year-old pitcher 'with less than two years experience in professional baseball. In 1966, despite playing only part time the first two months i while attending the University I :0f. Illinois, he led the team in i victories. ; The highlight came en Sept. 25, me final game of the season : in' Wrigley Field when he held I the National League champion : Los Angeles Dodgers hitless through eight innings and beat : Sandy Koufax, 2-1 on a. two-hit '• ter. I This spring Hottzman concen- •' trates on baseball and figures to ! make up the 17 hours left for his i degree during the off-season, i "I. have a good chance to i move up and want to make the 1 most of it," he said. "I missed ! five or six starts last year be< cause of school." i With the last place Cubs 1 Holtzman posted an 11-18 record • with a 3.79 earned run average I Three of his triumphs were a ' the Dodgers'expense. ; Possessing a fine fast ball i Ken has developed what Rot !. Santo describes as "an out > standing curve." '• "I learned an awful lot las ! year," fte pitcher said. "Le ! Durocher knows this game In 1 tide out and he taught m 1 things I had never dreamed o before." !chalantly, and flipped to pitcher i Fritz Peterson for the putout. "It wasn't as hard as I thought," Mantle said after playing four innings in the Grapefruit League's opening game. "I was more nervous at bat than in field..I didn't think about the plays, 1 just made them naturally." The game was a home run battle settled by diet Trail's two-run shot in the ninth, inning. Steve Whitaker and Charley Smith also homored for New York while Cap Peterson tagged a pair of two-run shots for'the Senators. * * * In: the only other exhibition game, Chuck Hinton, homored, tripled twice, singled and drove n seven runs as the Cleveland ndians trounced Kie Mexico ity tigers 10-3. One of Hinton's riples came with the bases oaded. Leon Wagner belted a inch hit homer for the Indians ;ho got 15 hits. The Reds, who-were to meet Philadelphia in their opener to ay, will have Kose, one of the fctional League's top seconc asemen, playing left field. , Rose, who was involved in'an bortive Switch -to third base ast year, is.on the move again his spring. He was unhappy with last spring's • move and his ilay suffered before:he moved back-across the diamond. But the-;peppery infielder i ready to switch rather than ight. "If the name-of this game s follow the leader," he said motioning towards Dave Bristol the Reds' manager,.' "then I'm going wherever that man want, me to go." Bristol, who had' the Red, doing football .exercises durini the first week of. camp, held ; dosed, door practice Thursda; devoted to blackboard work an 'undamentals. He's liable t show up with the Notre Dam football team against the Phi: lies today. One player Bristol won't hav is pitcher Ted Davidson, wh was shot twice Thursday nigh in Tampa, Fla. Davidson, a let handed reliever, was hosp tailed with gunshot wounds o the stomach and shoulder an listed in fair condition at Tamp General Hospital. The pitohe was shot'by a woman identifie by police as his estranged wife Juan Marichal and CamiJ Pascual continued their hoi outs as .San Francisco an Washington reported little pro ress in contract negotiation with; the two pitchers. Marichal, who has been holding but for .5125,000, talked with Chub. Feeney, the Giants' vice president, via a long distance telephone, call Thursday. "I'll call him again in a couple of days," said Feeney. Meanwhile Pascual, Acquired from Minnesota during the off ason, got an ultimatum from eorge Selkirk, general manag of the Senators. II Pascual doesn't show up in le Senators' Pompano Beach la., camp by Monday, Selkir' aid he'd cut the veteran righl ander's $46,500 salary by 2 ercent the maximum permil ed under baseball law. Pascua! was.8-6 last year an as been.resisting a cut in hi alary which Selkirk said wa es than the 25 per cent slas e'll get if he doesn't sign b vlonday. . Long Ni^ht for Red at Hayti HAVTT — Rowdy Red Roberts was involved in two matches w th. pro wrestling card her. last night but didn't '"'subbing f« J»i"«« Edwsrds in *• main w « nt '• Red hittled to a three-fall, no decision bout with Jerry Dean. Woddy Burnett called it off when both boys got out of line. In the opener, Rowdy Red and Sonny Stott,engaged in a Wmhiute draw. In the middle beut,. Billy .Wicks took Dtwayne Peal in *w« straight falls, winning, with an'arm bar, By MURRAY OLDERMAN TUCSON, Ariz. - (NEA) -The ambling hulk of Samuel Edward McDowell glistening sweat from the 'coverage drill between the mound and first base on Hi Corbett Field, a green oasis in the Arizona desert. The hot sun burned the tip of Sam's pushed-up n6se.. .Overhead, Air Force fighter jets swooped down to their training base southeast of town, silver streaks against azure. It was an idyllic tableau f6r spring exercises—a rare talent in a sparkling setting. Sam McDowell, 24, a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, is what . baseball needs. The lustrous names- Mantle, Mays—are fading. Sandy Koufax has retired. Southpaw Sam should fill his void. * * * Although McDowell owns a Pittsburgh pool room and plans .to open another, he also needs baseball. He wants to branch out into a night club, which takes money, the kind you get for standing batters on their ears. , "He could pick up where Koufax walked out," coolly said Joe Adcock, the new young manager of the Indians. "Sam's got a lot of abilities and. possibilities." Everything, it stems, but solid achievement. Sam already qualifies for the baseball pension as a major league pitcher for five, years. He lead the American League in earned run average : in 1965 while winning 17 games.' That's his best, and hardly puts him on a Hall of Fame ballot. * * * Sam himself doesn't think he'll ever get there. He plopped his 6 feet 5 inches into the cdol of the dugout to review the situation—and get a respite from his training exertions. The -questioning began: Do you think you might succeed Koufax. as the top lefthander .in baseball? "No. He was a great pitch- cher, -I'll never be .great I'm a good pitcher* That's all." What - holds you. back, Sam? "Lack of concentration. Mental concentration. Koufax has it, and I don't." But it must have taken Sandy a few years to develop it. Remember, he had A HIM Atoll — Area Teams Advance Three Blytheville area teams re taking aim on the four fin- list positions in the Gosnell ndependent. Invitational tour- Probe NFL Charge NEW YORK (AP) - Officials f the National Football League and the Nassau County district attorney are investigating reports of point .fixing In the eague last fall, the New York >ost said Thursday. The newspaper reported Wiliam G. Hundley, a special assistant to NFL Commissioner 3 ete Rozelle, and' Dist. Atty. William Cahn met Wednesday and ' discussed "reports that points in at least 19 NFL games ast fall were rigged." A spokesman for Cahn's office confirmed that Cahn and Hundley met, but called it only a 'general exchange of information." ' Rozelle was unavailable for comment, but an NFL spokesman said it is routine for Hundley to converse with investigative officers in various levels of government. Last November, : Rozelle confined reports that Hundley was conducting a general investigation of continuing rumors in the American Football League, but declined to give details. nament. Tonight the Ark-Mo Killowat- ters meet the Ark-Mo Handy Flames in one-half of the semifinal action. Game time is 8:30. Tomorrow night at 7, Blytheville. Air Force Base meets Jonesboro. Last night, Jonesboro stormed over Langley Auto of Blytheville, 100-81, in a strong second half showing. It was only 41-40 at halftone. Bill Landon, 27, and Gale Downing, 22, led Langley. Junior Higgins, 21, and H. C. Wallace, 20, were tops for Jones- ioro. BAFB' took on 88-81 judgment over the Portis Rebels of Pe- panto. Cliff Willimas with 30 and Jerry Stevens with 24 were top men for the airmen. Bill Tyer, 21, and Homer Irag, 30, led the losers. Finals will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.' gome rough seas6nj early to his career, too. "Yes, but 1 need it right now." * * * .. . It sounds, Sam, as thbugh your problem might be lack of dedication. "No, I'm dedicated. I iry as hard as I know how. It's a matter of application. Sandy could put the pitch where he wanted it 90 per cent of the time. I can only do it 60 per cent. I've talked With him a lot about pitching. We'vfe compared n6tes, and our theories and ideas are about the same. But he can do it and I can't. Of course, he's 30 years old and I'm 24." Maybe that'll give you time to catch up with him. "I might get better. But I'll never be in his class. His kind you only see come along once in a lifetime." * * * This self-deprecation is a contradiction to the swaggering personality of handsome Sam, who prides himself on being voted one of the 10 best-groomed men in sports and used to wear ultra-long sideburns until he found every kid imitating him and their mothers writing angry letters of protest. He's the biggest thing In the Cleveland camp, figuratively and literally. The Indian brass, starting with 1 president Gabs Paul, talks about a "typical McDowell : year" being just the tonie the club needs to squeeze into American League pennant contention. "I really can't tell 'you what a typical McDowell year might me," said Sun archly, "mainly because t haven't Had one. I think I can win 20 games. As to whether or not it's typical, I wouldn't know." * * * Last year, Sam wan his first four games; including a couple of consecutive shutouts, and became a nationally displayed cover boy while the Indians rode high in Sirst place. Then, he suffered a pinched nerve .in his deltoid muscle—some critt ics said it was in his head— and fell on his ... er-r, left arm. His record was 9-8, and the Indians fell all the way. to fifth place. "It's a sore point with me," argued Sam. "The sports writers wrote it was in the head instead of my arm while every doctor a- rbund the league was-telling me how bad it was. If I ever get another sore arm, I'll handle it differently, next time. Only' my trainer and club doctor will know about it." That's what Sam thinks. When Sandy Koufax hid his lame arm in an ice bucket, the indefatigable -baseball researchers were right at his elbow. In Sam's case, he'd probably think they were rubbing it in. KNAPP SHOES ... FOR CUSHIONED COMFORT iiiiiiiiiiiillllliiiiiiiiiiiiuuiiiiliiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiinnillilllllllii! Baseball WHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiwwiiiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiilllHlliiii Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thursday's Results New York, A, 8, Washington Cleveland W, Mexico City Tigers 3 . Phen* EDiion 3-1876 Malcolm R. Johnston HOI Luinnt Ave. CaruthenvUto, M». RIDES TONIGHT ON CHANNEL 13 5:30 P.M. HUNTING and FISHING but* A Blythevllle fisherman who arrived early Saturday rtiorning at Harry's Boat Dock near Marion told the attend- afit to be on the alert fer in abo.ut an hour a swarm of Blytheville area fishermen would invade his place and if he wasn't careful the horde might swe:ef> him into the lake. 6f c6urse, this was intended to be a bit 6f exaggerated hurnbr arid the man smiled at him rather oddly. It could be he had visions of all those boat rentals. The dock has about 50 boats and the attendant said things had been a little slow up to now due to the adverse weather and he appreciated the pusjncss. I'll say one thing about the Blytheville fishermen. If they hear of. a good lake within driving distance, they will be well represented on the lake. Twelve of the first 20 boats on the water at Marion con• tained Blytheville area people. Unfortunately it wasn't too good a day as far as catching was concerned and a po'r ole columnist, who believes what he writes, was taking a verbal beating from some of his "friends." The most verbose one of the gang really hung himself. He kept blam- the columnist for leading him down to the lake but with a little detective work it was learned he was fishing the bin the previous Thursday when two ladies were sacking up (fat flih.and he could only ttange • few. * * * Warden 814 Rtt«y of Marion ran a license check on the fishermen Saturday afternoon. To the credit of all not a single citation was issued. It took s6me fast footwork by » bank fisherman to make this so. Observers said he bent several small trees getting into the nearby woods when he heard the warden asking for licenses. They added it took the man several minutes to locate his fishing pole after the departure of the warden. There were several comments concerning the way the warden approached the boats. These individuals seemed to think the speed of his boat was excessive as he neared ench boat and during his exit from the area. Courtesy and safety should be practiced by all. To his.credit, he was considerate enough to ask the boat occupants to hold up llieir licenses and he checked by color rather than holding on to every boat arid reading every one. If you plan to fish the lake, both Arkansas and Tennessee licenses are valid but y6u must observe the Arkarisas limit. * * * Among the "friends" who fished at Harry's this past weekend were: Jim McMillan, John Caldwell, Kenneth Mullins, Marvin Sanderlin, Henry Woods, Donald Estes; James ''Cat Food" Williams, Maurice "Wiper" Sanders, Willis Cathey and his chauffeur Bud Groner, Finis Hardy, Mervin Gillis and Mr. Higgins. Tim Williams, who fishes almost exclusively at Big Lake, exhibited a good string of crappie caught there. * * * •Things look a little bleak this weekend with the Mississippi River on a high rise. It's scheduled to rise about 10 feet by. Sunday which will bring, it up to near 20 feet. This could be a good rise if it will deposit some fish in the river ctiutes and ease out without taking the fish with it. There are several lakes not affected by the river at this level and they will probably be the scene of action this week; ' Billy Gleser had a dllly 181503 (his first 500 series) in Household Executives League yesterday at Shamrock. Ruth Gregg swatted 184-498; Alita Nowlin 477; Janet Hubbs 192 and Louise Grissom 180. Fifth-place Queen Plris came in with 6441843. HOUnEHOLD EXECS Kan A&lco "., Liberty Casn Bllthevllle Trsct6r Queen Pins Turkey TrlO Hurst Tru Tones . All Stars 3 Misses NO. 12 ., pin Buatftrs Ught Hitters L 33',4 VA 23 10 22 10 30 V, W4 20 16 IS 15 13 ' IB 17 17 21 31 32 26 In Tuwday'e Sportsman • League at Shamrock: Neal McCormaclc showed 254-810; Joe Beokman 582:. Alan Thornbrough 246-587: Billy Chapman and Russell H Fair 22SB* and Porter Wilbanks 226. A totil of 15 games at 200 or better were rolled. Quality TV bad a id* game and'a-SMSon high Mrtes In parly Bird League at Shamrocfc Wednesday: ._ ,„ nose Baker registered 202-575; Mndalinn McSpadden 565; Bonnie Long 210: and Joan Mlklas 533. IncOnslstants had 1639. Team standings nol; available. SPORTSMAN L 44 •48 Phillips Oilers. 64 Business Machines •...-..: -60 Phillips Ford =9 ,. Ark-tfo Power Co. .... 56W 51% Quality TV 43% M% Barney's Drug 41 07 Dan Bains rolled 222-381 In Teachers' League at Shamrock Wednesday nlcht; Roy Daniels 191-533: Bob Llpscomb 513; . Billy Shadwlci: 187: Jartes Raby 164; -Sue Richardson. 198-523; Deck? 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