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PAOI SIX 1K1 DAILY REPUBLICAN - TH1 HSIAlD-AMStlCAN MONDAY, AUGUST 31, If. WHY THIRD LEAGUE? Disadvantages Of Continental Unknowns At Helm, Fact That New York Didn't Hold Bums, Giants Doesn't Help Any Don JLfjDn) (Editor's Note Todey concludes the eight part strlts on the New Continental Ltague. t A continuation of the league's drawbacks plus a few wrap-up comments art included.) LAST OF A SERIES By CHARLES E. ROSS Staff Writer Another draw-back for the Continentals is that its owners are mostly unknown to baseball, including its guiding light to this point, the New York attorney, Wil- the west coast, and the new team liam A. Shea. Shea will likely now wjn not have had any New York take aback seat to the incompar-j tradition behind it So one won-able Branch Rickey, named asters if the Continental's New president of the league. But the York franchise might prove to be Continentals have no other big:a decidedly weak sister. If a town that the American League, on the other hand, did not quickly move to place a competing franchise in New York against the Giants. The Yankees (then called: "Highlanders) did not get a franchise until 1903. Now. the Continental's fran chise in New York is faced with competing against the best drawing card in baseball, the Yankees, with a team which, through dilution of player talent generally, will not be nearly so strong as the Giants were when they left for Sports Vignettes By VINCE LEONARD league" name in their organiza tion at this writing. But in the case of the American League the last to compete successfully with an established league such figures as Ban Johnson, John McGraw (before switching from the Orioles to the Giants) Connie Mack, Clark Griffith, Charley Comiskey and others gave the American a prestige and brought with them a know-how without which it is doubtful if the American League could have lasted. The Continental owners, how ever, apparently may get designations such as "Rickey's Re cruits" or "Branch's Babes." The American League had another item in its favor which the Continental does '' not. In 1899, The National League fielded 12 teams dropping four franchises in 1900. . Thus the American League, in 1901, had only to add four V teams to complete their eight- club alignment. And they had j competition from only one other league, the National. doesn't try to keep the best it has already had in the way of a product, why would it welcome a newcomer bringing an inferior one? Before official recognition was given the Continental League a short while ago by organized baseball, some comments in the press were to the effect that the Continental would not likely start and if it did, would not likely succeed, with the present major leagues finally taking over four of its franchises in the most promising cities and lifting the American and the National to ten-club circuits. No doubt, shouldjhe Continen tal ultimately fail, such realign ment of AL and NL teams would be most likely. With Pleased Eye The majors, looking with a pleased eye on the gate receipts from recent new franchise at Milwaukee, Baltimore, Los Ange les and San Francisco, may quite willingly take in the best cities of the Continental. This was done a number of times before upon the The Continental will have to Held eieht new teams and com- death of lea8ue pete against two leagues for ama- If sucn comes abut, teur stars and In World Series ;mav ta taken at what four areas competition. The real bugaboo to other am bltlous and ultimately unsuccessful would-be majors was the top- heavy imbalance of their teams. Lack of fan interest in lastplace or chronic second-division teams is always a handicap. Such con tributed to the recent transfers of the Philadelphia Athletics and the St. Louis Browns. Bums, Giants Left In this connection one is led to wonder at the Continental's desire to get a team into New York. Counting Brooklyn, the city of New York has enjoyed three fine ball clubs throughout their histo ry. Yet the Giants and Dodgers' moved out, and this due mostly to get more money on the coast; not because of declining attendance. It is also to be remembered might someday blossom into big league towns. Apparently New York will be one. There have been those, in fact, who insisted that Shea's ultimate motive is to assure New York ofaNational League franchise. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area would be a most acceptable addition to the big leagues, as would Dallas and Houston considering the effects of a fine rivalry of two big league teams in Texas. An added entry might be Toronto to give Canada its first big league team in history. However, the Continental League is not dead and may never be. Its hope to be a contin uing major league is at this point at least as probable as t !i a t of the American League 60 y e a r s ago. Major League Standings Nation' League San Francisc Los Ango'-is Milwaukee Pittsburgh Chicago Cincinnati St. Louis PirlaMnhia GB W. L. Pet. 73 57 .562 71 59 .546 2 . 70 60 .538 3 70 62 .530 4 62 67 .481 10' 4 63 68 .481 10',4 f 1 J ft . n . i 01 H .IDS 10 ,2 54 79 . 406 20'4 Hy's Results 2 Philadelphia 1 1st '"'phla 6 2nd C-vi .a ice 2 !' d Si. Louis 4 Lcs .Ane!o.-; 7 Snn Francisco 6 M-rmby's Probable Pitchers San Francisco vs Los Angeles (nht) - Sanford (12-10) vs Kou-fax) (7-4). Only game scheduled. Tuesday Night's Garnet Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Phihdehhia at Milwaukee St. Lonis at Los Angeles (Ctaiv came scheduled) American League W.L. Pet. GB Chicago 80 49 .620 Cleveland 75 55 .577 5','2 Detroit 65 65 .500 15 New York 64 66 .492 16 Baltimore 61 66 .480 18 Boston 61 69 .469 19 Kansas City 59 70 .457 Washington 52 77 . , , Sunday's Results Chicago 6 Cleveland 3 1st Chicago 9 Cleveland 4 2nd Washington 3 New York 1 Boston 3 Baltimore 0 Detroit 4 Kansas City 0 Monday's Probable Pitchers New York at Baltimore (night) Ford (13-7 vs Walker (9-7). Washington at Boston (night) Fischer (8-9) vs Monbouquette Tuesday's Oames Detroit at Chicago (night) Kansas City at Cleveland (night) Washington at Boston (Only games scheduled) Buc Thrillers ... A couple of summer spook shows in downtown Pittsburgh theaters this summer afforded owners the opportunity to bill their showplaces the "House of Thrills." Take it from us, Forbes Field owns that franchise outright. Pitt sburgh's fantabulous Pirates of late have worked their way right into the pennant picture using the confines of FF as their private magic box. They lost just three games over the last homestand which embraced nearly a score of games and yesterday's double dip win was indicative of the way they've been mewing down opponents good and bad. , It has been the jack-in-the-box-type clutch hitting which has made two Pirates go. Take that second game yesterday. Ray Semproch had been sailing along on a 5-0 shutout when the pecking away began. Bob Skinner, who drove in the winning run in the first game for a 2-1 decision for Harvey Haddix, batted home the shutout breaker in the seventh. That was followed by a long line shot into the second tier by Danny Kravits to make it 5-3 in the eighth. Stuart Stars ... Then Dick Stuart, who by now has to be the leading pinch hitter in the majors, hit one almost through the clock above the scoreboard while batting for Dick Schofield. And Rocky Nelson,' whose making his early scoffers eat crow, tied it up minutes later with a single over second. Li'l Elroy, the lucky leprechaun, who nailed his 17th, gave up a big blow to Ed Bouchee, before Dick Stuart pounded a line drive way over Richie Ashburn's head to score the winning markers. Fans almost tore up the seats in glee and then filed out with an eye on the latest Dodger-Giant result. It was 4- 3 Los Angeles when they left and the fans later learned the Dodgers held on for a 7-4 victory, putting the Bucs just 4 games out. But before this cup runneth over, lefs acknowledge that a similar road trip to their last one will find the Pirates going nowhere fast. The pitching is solid right now, though, and the hitting is coming around first by one Pirate and then another, so let's sit back (actually on the edge of our seats) and watch. , . College Bound Big Six and other nearby schools have tent a good number of freshmen on to college. Monongahela has three going, which places second to Clairton's whopping nine. Brownsville and Donora each have two while Charleroi has one. From MHS, there's Jimmy Robertson off to Maryland State, Jim Penrod to Michigan and Mike McCurdy to La fayette. ' Clairton hat Gary Ka I ten-bach Pitt-bound, together, incidentally, with Redstone's John DeSimone and Elizabeth Forward's Rich Pagliari. Other Clairtonians off to school include Carl Bendik at $ J II PAN-AMERICAN ACTION- Arms swing for rebound during the Cuba-Puerto Rico basketball game of the Pan-American Games at Soldier Field, Chicago. Puerto Rico won by a score of 103-58. Pan Am Too Easy, Poor Olympic Tune-up CHICAGO (UPD - The third Pan American Games, which the United Sfates considered a warm-up for the 1960 Olympics in Rome, was turning out to be such a romp today that even the U.S. coaches admitted they were not proving much of a testing ground. The sister Western Hemisphere nations were not furnishing much opposition. None of the coaches would be quoted. But they all pointed to the results of the first three days of competition. It showed that of the first 21 championships decided, the U.S. won 18 and was expected to add a minimum of six of the nine on today's schedule. The other three were wide open. But the U.S. en tries were no worse than co-fa vorites. MIIS Gridders Mix Football, Boohs Today Squad Has One Addition As School Doors Open Monongahela school-boy gridders began mixing their chalk talk "X's and O's" with legitimate blackboard symbols as classes began at the high school. Included among new students is a football candidate from Fallowfield Township, sophomore Lou Riley, transfer student from Charleroi. With a half day of classroom sessions slated, the gridders will report at 3:15 in game uniforms for picture taking purposes. Following that, Head Coach Al Cree will hold a bump session. Littler Wins MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Gene Littler of Singing Hills, Calif., won the $35,000 Miller Open golf tournament with a 72-hole total of 265. Mackay In Decisive Davis Singles Match FOREST HILLS, N.Y. (UPD- Barry MacKay, celebrating his 24th birthday, can make a present of the Davis Cup to the United States if he defeats Australia's Neale Fraser today 'when the two tennis stars resume their decisive singles match in the 1959 chal lenge round. Each won one set on the center court at the West Side Tennis Club Sunday before darkness forced them to halt. Their match, now reduced to a best - of - three struggle, resumes this afternoon. MacKay, on leave from the U.S. Air Force, admitted a vie tory over Fraser would be "the biggest birthday present I could ask for." However, the Dayton, Ohio, giant was pitted against an equally powerful swinger who is the No. 1 player in tennis mad Australia. PENNANT STU-lt has been the pinch bat of Dick Stuart, with Rocky Nelson in at first, that has placed the Pirates in the thick of the NL pen nant chase once again. RIDES FOUR WINNERS CHICAGO (UPI ) Willie Shoemaker, seeking to repeat his 1958 title as champion jockey, rode four winners at Arlington Thursday. The Shoe, who has already won the honor three times and shares another with Joe Culmone, scored with Klingsor, Leap Year Maid, Official Seal and First Fair. Sepe Grid, Cage Aide At MVCHS Monongahela's Lou Sepe, and a Pittsburgher whose name was un available at press time, have been named grid assistants to head coach Val Jansante at Mononga hela Valley Catholic High School. Giuffrida Ties For Top Player; Green, Arlij, Chacko Sparkle Ron Necciai's Squad Turns In 4-2 Victory As 27 Major League Scouts Take In Conti Four Monongahela Valley baseballers stole the sh Saturday as Ron Necciai's West squad defeated the E( 4-2, in the State Junior Legion All-Star game at Lancas Pa. Homer Green of Monongahela, Chuck Giuffrida of Donora and Jim Chacko and Art Artis of Charleroi were highly instrumental in bring home tlie toga for the western half. Betus Snaps MVCC Mark the Reverend Father Phil-lip Campbell has made Hie appointments, marking the first time aides have been used at MVCHS. Sepe, who will assist in both football and basketball, is a 1951 graduate of Monongahela High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. Assigned to teaching history, economic geography and English in the classroom beginning ThurS' day, Sepe attended Florida State University before being graduated from California State Teachers College in 1958 with an English major in education. Prior to going to college, Sepe played service football from 1954-54 both at Fort Knox, Ky. and Ft. Huachu-ka, Arixona. He had also been signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in '54 but an injury ended his chances in organized baseball. Sepe lives with his mother, Mrs. Helen Sepe at 173 Main Street, Monongahela. Dry Wall Wins PONY Title Dry Wall took two games from Liggetts over the weekend, one a forfeit, to nail down the Monon gahela City PONY championship. Errors by Liggetts led to a lot of soaking up of runs by Dry Wall as they turned in a 14-3 decision, scoring in every inning. McKinley turned in the win- Penn State, Earl Morse, West Virginia Wesleyan, Nelson Young and Gordon Nicholas, Geneva, Alex Rudolph and Jim Sieffert, Dayton, Bob Yaksick, Rutgers, and Cliff Livingston, Wittenberg. Brownsville's George Baker will stick close to home at California State Teachers College, while Tom Burke will be a teammate of Montour's Bill Kriger at Detroit. Kriger starred in the County-W est Penn game at McKeesport a while back. Donora't Tom Urbanik will head for Staunton, a prep school, while Billy Law will play basketball at Pitt. Charleroi sends Dave Mel-enyier to West Virginia. Ed Scheenbach of Elizabeth Forward it going to Cal Teachers. The list used is by no meant official and there may be other nearby athletes off to the brain V brawn factories. ning pitching performance, yielding six hits. The second game went to Dry Wall as Liggetts failed by one of fielding a full team. Liggetts, ironically, outscored the Dry Walls, 8-7 in the forfeit game. Lazzari, Lovett and Kikla had doubles in the forfeit game. DRY WALL-14 Farquhar, lb. . Bartolotta, 2b. Kikla, c. McKinley, p. Deffobis, 3b. King, ss. Agostoni, If. Bergling, rf. Johnston, rf. Nelson, rf. Spence, rf. Totals ab 3 2 2 4 3 0 1 . 0 . 0 LIGGETTS J Kahl, 2b. Geho, cf.-3b. Appolonia, p. Pergola, 3b.-cf. Lazzari, ss. Francis, If. Lovett, c. Harman, rf. . Frye, lb. Buell, lb. Jones, lb.-p. Merusi, rf. ab 3 4 2 0 3 3 2 0 2 0 0 Giuffrida, who started the game on the hill and went the first three innings, allowing just one hit, tied in the voting for the games' most outstanding player award with pitcher Shollenberger of Reading. Green drove in Chacko " with the run that put the West ahead, 3-2 in the sixth innLig. Artis fol lowed with a sinol hut flip threat ! ,. . '. " I cues tourney cuucu as mcAaiiuei xiicu uui. Other feats by the locals defensive catch each by Art- is and Chacko, a sparkling defensive catch each by Art-is and Green, Chacko's appearance on base three times with a hit and two walks, and a scoring on one of the runs by Giuffrida. Assisting Necciai of Monongahela Post 302 was Bucky Fusco. Players from 30 cities all over the state took part in the game which was observed by 27 major league scouts. The scouts also made up the balloting for the outstanding player. A torrid 65 turned in by Betus Saturday shattered t course record at Mononga Valley Country Club". Betus also reached the final the club championship event, feating George Fegela, 3 Knute Erickson became the o finalist, winning by default. Miss Susie Williams, with and 4 win over Mrs. Rudy aski, and Miss Judy Salay, a 3 and 1 win over Janie liams, became finalists in thi WEST-4 Chacko, If Green, cf . Artis, rf Getz, lb ab r h rbi Alexander, 2b Carter, 3b Fass, 3b Kosmamy, is Minih, ss Sellari, 9 Spinelli, e Guiffrida, p Fenton, p Bartko, p Donaldson, p Totals EAST-1 Remley, If McClain cf Grycza, lb Twardowski, 3b. Dellasandro, rf . Zink, rf jPetrellis, cf uj Murray, ss . Distasu, 3b . Moyer, cf Oravitz, lb . Werkon, c 19 3 S 6 Totals Score by innings: Dry Wall 222 35-14 0 Liggetts 000 30 3 0 2B - King, Kahl. SH - Deffo-0j bis, Bergling, Appolonia. DP 0 Bartolotta. Hit with pitched ball Kahl, McKinley. BB - McKinley 8, Appolonia 10, Jones 0. SO 21 14 7 4 McKinley 4, Appolonia 2, Jones 0. Pochwell, c .. Shollenberger, p Farrell, p Stauiter, p Spront, p . ab r h rbi . 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Best Two-Ball Best of two-ball scores vj. George Fegela, Tom Johi John Moorman and Mickey 1 gan, 133; Ed Betus, John Be Bob Symons and Ernest Com Sr., 136; James Salay, Jr., Ch; Williams Jr., Al Garde and F Novosielski, 138; Dr. J. J. Gt Ray Siren, Howard Board and Jim Hamilton, 139; . Sivie, James Salay, Sr., 1 Montgomery and John Robir 140. Kicker's Saturday's kicker: Mickey ' gan, 84; Marion Venturi George Roule, 80; Dale If gomery and Harry Jenkins, Walter Kuta, Bill Smith Charles Williams Jr., 76; Symons, Steve Timko, Ted i chalski and Dr. James Hu' son, 78. Sunday's kicker: Steve Ti and Bill Prah, 70; Richard I son, John McCann, 72; Au Bottanari, William Hancock, I ard Boardman, 75; Mickey I gan, Ted Strychalski, Dr Underwood, Tom Johnson, . Blazak, Al Garde, 77; Sam mer, 73. New Eagle Laughs At Clowns-19-41 30 4 3 "ew kagies sottoauers wi thesmiles off the faces af Clowns, 19-4 Saturday. While Jack Peart threw 0!eight hitter, his teammates r; 0!up 10 runs in the third inninj n!seal an early verdict. 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