Elizabethton Star from Elizabethton, Tennessee on April 25, 1954 · 10
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Elizabethton Star from Elizabethton, Tennessee · 10

Elizabethton, Tennessee
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Sunday, April 25, 1954
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1954 APPALACHIAN LEAGUE BASEBALL-SCHEDULE 1954 A- -4aoitf Sunday gamaa - All-Star Gama July 21 C’inCL mi CITY VELCH BLUEFIELD VJYTHEVILtE PULASKI c:uTct jc:::iso:i city A - WELCH ELUEFIELD VYTKEVILLE FUIA5XI FOLLOW April 28 May 17-1 June 2-3-4 July 4 5 (pm) 17-1 An 17-1 - April 23 May 13-14 June 9 22-23 July 9 (n)-8 — Aug l-2 13-14 r May 11-12 27-28 June 20 -21 July 13-14 30-31 Aug 15-16 May-7- 31 RGSUllS Mi’ 1-2 23 -24 June 10-11 24-25 July 2-3 Aug 9-10 May 7-8 23-28 June 16-17 July 11 -12 28-27 Aug 11-12 - May -10 --June 14-15 18-19 July 9-10 28-29 Aug 21-22 May 3-4 21-22 June 12-13 30 July 1 22-23 Aug 7- Aug 21-22 May 5-6 27-28 June 14-15 July 13-14 24-25 Aug 13-16 h April 25 29-30 May 19-20 June July 4 -5 (pin) 19-20 Aug 5-6 May 11-12 29-30 June 20-21 July 7-8 30-31 Aug 19-20 ' April 29-30 May 15-16 June 8-9 26-27 July 19-20 Aug 3-4 April 27-28 May 19-20 June 6-7 28-29 July 15-16 Aug 5-6 April 27-28 May 15-16 " June 6-7 26-27 Aug 3-4 May 5-6 25-26 June' 14-15 July 7-8 24-25 Aug 11-12 April 27-28 May 29-30 June 6-7 ' July 7-8 15-18 Aug 19-20 May 9-l(L 15-16 June 18-10 26-27 July 28-29 Aug 3-4 April 26 May 17-18 ' June 4-5 9 28-29 July 5 (n)-6 Aug 13-14 THE May 3-4 23 -24 June 12-13 " July 2-3 22-23 Aug 9-10 May 11-12 31 Jflne 1 20 -21 July 9-10 Aug l-2 17-18 May 5-6 19-29 31 June 1 28-29 July 24-25 Aug 5-6 April 29-30 Mar 25-26 June 8-9 July 11 -12 19-20 Aug 11-12 May 13-14 June 2-3 22-23 July 17-18 Aug l-2 17-18 May 3-4 21-22 June 12-13 30 July 1 22-23 ' Aug 7-8 May 1-2 23-24 June 10-11 24-23 July 2-3 Aug 9-10 - May 1-2 21-22 June 10-11 24-25 30 July 1 Aug 7-8 Stsr April 25 May 7-8 27-28 July 4 -5 (pm f 13-14 27 Aug- 15-16 May 9-10 29 30 June 18-19 July 11 -12 28-29 Aug 19-20 May 13-14 June 2-3 22-23 July 17-18 30-31 Aug 21-22 April 26 May 17-18 June 4-5 16-17 July 5 (n)-6 26 Aug 13-14 Daily alachian League Baseball Season Opens 3ne0f Best reasons Loom By HENRY JENKINS The Appalachian League which sas one of two D circuits to opei-te through world war two opens ts- 18th season today Since the oop was re-organized in 1937 nly one duo Johnson City has ieen around for the entire 17 sea- ons - - -- The Appalachian League made two attempts to operate before it i e-organized in 1937 It operated for two seasons" from 1911 to 1913 then from 1921 until 1924 hcfore disbanding until 1937 and has been operating continously since 1 Present clubs of the Appalachian Circuit are Johnson City Bris-tbl Welch Bluefield Wytheville and Pulaski ELIZABETHTON 'LEADS : IN PENNANTS 1 Elizabethan which starts its third season without professional baseball holds the record for ipost pennants won in the mod-ora Appalachian League Under Kobe Brummitt the Elizabethton Bed Sox won the circuit’s flag from 1937 until 1941 Bfummitt also holds the record as a manager tor most pennants in the league fn total he has won six five with Elizabethton and one with Kingsport ' Next to Elizabethton In pen cants won is Kingsport with three Bristol Pulaski and Bluefield with two each and Johnson City New River and Welch with one apiece 1 r BRISTOL WINS IN 1942 t The Bristol Twins broke Elizabethan's pennant-winning streak m 1942 by walking off with the flag winning by eleven games over the Red Sox who finished second Hall Gruber a shortstop tutored the Twins to the flag and made it two straight by winning tbel pennant again in 1943 Kingsport under pitcher Lefty Akard walked off with the League's laurels in 1944 and Hobe Brummitt peered the picture again in 1945 winning the pennant with the Tribe to make it two straight for the Kingsport club ' v New River a new club in 1946 and with a new pilot Jack Cross-white won the league’s flag m 1948 and Pulaski followed with two consecutive flags in 1947 and t I i " ? w I 0 BLUEFIELD TAKES TWO Bluefields Blue Grays won the xt two pennants in 1949 and 0 the latter under Ernie White irmer St Louis Cardinal pitching ir Jack Crosswhite who is second Hobe Brummitt in Appalachian aue pennants won took his cond flag in 1951 winning ngsport’s third league pennant Johnson City the league’s old-t membef won their only mod-11 loop pennant in 1951 under s able hand of outfielder Jim rcingcr Last season Welch grabbed tt s ly pennant under the veteran eper Jack Cross bite making i third flag in the Appalachian WALTER LANCE Betsy��s Pride at Bristol ETSY OWNS FIVE TT1XG CHAMPS : za both ton as in league pen's a!-o holds the upper hand 1 a'1 -g champs having five ficir thirteen years in the t Appalachian league t U d ' mps and average for i players were Hobe fl'77) 377 Erastas ) Lewis Flick " I Ilck (1312) ) ’ : g nC!D) -223 o n ri v a mem-iC 1 -'ain States league has had four batting champs in the' Appalachian League They were Ray Stokes (1944)7351 Russell Mincy (1946) 396 Leo Shoals ‘(1947) 387 and Leo Shoals (1951) 382 Johnson City follows with three batting champs Leo Shoals who holds more bat crowns than anyone in the league won the title for Johnson City in 1939 with a 365 average Catcher Dick Bourknight followed in 1940 with a 376 average and Jack Lee won the batting crown for the Red Birds in 1952 with a 373 average Pulaski also has had three batting champions In the circuit Russell Mincy won the title between Pulaski and Kingsport in 1946 with a 396 average and Norman Postolese hit 380 for the Counts in 1948 to cop the crown and Rill Kerr w as the third top circuit batter for' Pulaski winning the title in 1949 Bristol has had two bat winners in manager Hal Gruber in 1943 with a 369 average and Cotton” McCaskey in 1945 with a 375 average-Ernie Boushy ojhthe pennantwinning Welch Miners won the League’s batting j championship last season with a 349 average making the only Welch representative to cop the title TWO OTHER RECORDS BY BETSY Two other records claimed by Elizabethton is the 418 batting average of Lewis (Lefty) Flick in 1941 highest in the history of the modern league and Doug Clark's 27 wins in 1950 still stands as a pitching record in the league Clark's mark cracked the old record o( 24 wins held by Shannon Hardwick made with New River in 1W New managers will be at Bristol Johnson City Wytheville Blue-fieldfield and Pulaski with Jack Crosswhite at Welch being the only returnee from last season At Bristol the Twins in the New York Yankee chain will be skippered by Elizabethton’ Walter “Lefty” Lance who has played several years of minor league baseball Lee Peterson will manage Johnson City while Len Okrie will skipper the Bluefield Blue Grays Gus Triandous will handle the Pulaski Phillies and Joe Murray will tutor the Wytheville Statesmen ' All Appalachian league teams have major league hookups Bristol Is back by the Yankees Wythe-ville by Ealtimore Welch by the Philadelphia A‘s Pulaski by the Philadelphia Phillies and Blue-fielsL-by-Eeston-Red Sox The Elizabethton Cyclones spotted Tennessee High three runs In' the opening frame here Friday! afternoon then - came storming j back with initial markers in the first three frames going on to win a 6-4 verdict from the Vikings in a Big Five match The victory gave Harry Fine’s charges four victories in conference play having one win over each of their Big Five rivals Ray Dugger after a shaky start settled down to go -the route and rack up his third victory of the season as against no defeats The tall southpaw gave up seven hits three of which came in the first frame struckout six and gave up fotir bases on balls With the exception of the first frame Dugger was in trouble only once the sixth when the Vikings loaded the bases and scored- one run Bristol’s three runs in the first frame resulted from three hits and two bases on balls Elizabethton struck for a single marker in the first as Wetzel led off with a single to- center Bill-heimer followed suit moving Wetzel to third then Ray Vaughn flew deep to right center scoring Wetzel Kelly Viking centerfield-er made a good catch of Smith-deal’s drive to double Billheimer off second to end the frame Boring led off Betsy’s second frame with a single moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Jimmy Edwards’ line single to center Their third and tying tally resulted from a base on balls a wild pitch and an infield error in the third The Cyclones moved into the lead in the fourth with two markers Wayne Riley lived when Jones muffed his grounder at third Edwards walked and both runners advanced on a passed ball and scored on Dugger’s double just inside first base Their final tally came in the fifth when Bud -Nidiffer led off with a walk stole secondhand scored on an infield error Ray Vaughn led the Cyclones at bat with one hit in one official trip Honeycutt Barr and Kistner had two licks apiece for the Vikings” - The Cyclones play Unaka at Cherokee park in their next game Friday afternoon LEN OKRfE Welch To Field Strong Solid Club Again This Season line Players Back From '53 Championship Team WELCH W Va April 24 (P) — Manager Jack Crosswhite brought his Welch ball club home from spring training at Savaijnah Ga Friday night and indications are that the Miners again will be at the forefront of the Appalachian League scramble Crosswhite dean of circuit managers who has won pennants at three different towns in the league is lheonly holdover skipper in the Appalachian this season — and incidentaily the only nonplaying pilot VClch again will field a solid ball club with nine players returning from last season’s powerful team The returning players are catchers Paul Petrosky and Bill Watts pitchers Leroy Schmidt Jimmy Fields and Claude Vance hnfield-ers Herman Creasy Fran Trail and Sam Germano and outfielder Carl Chianese New pitchers are George Frontz William Kirk Arthur Dizeisure and Bob Smedley Creasy will be at first base again with Trail slated for shortstop Levern Braddock is the new-second sacker and Bob Oberg a rookie from the University of Maryland has nailed dow-n third base This leaves Germano as utility in fielder Operating in the outfield with Chianese are Robert Davidson and Steve Molaki ' Several of Welch’s 1953 stars made the grade with higher classification clubs in the Philadelphia Athletics’ farm system Outfielder Ray Carr stayed with Savannah of the Class A Sally League while righthander Paul Johnston and third sacker Ernie Boushy went with Lancaster Pa of the Class B Piedmont League Welch opens its Appalachian League season here Sunday by entertaining the Bluefield Blue-Grays who are affiliated this season with thj Boston Red Sox (Len Okrie) former major league catcher with the Red Sox and Washington Senators will manage Bluefield Big Five Standings Games this week Tuesday Johnson City at Bristol Friday Erwin at Johnson City Bristol at Kingsport Local-Nine Comes Back— t ' For Victory 1 10-A THE ELIZABETHTON STAR— SUNDAY APRIL 25 1954 White Sox Hammer Out - — — 14-4 Win Over Orioles hi Sc RAY DUGGER Kept Betsy In Running THt BOX CLIZABITHTON Wetzel Billheimer If Vauh 2b Nidiffer c Smlthdeel c f Boring 3b I Riley rf b 4 At The Betsy Course The warm days have caused local golfers to move out to the local golf course for their favorite game reports Pro R L Starnes head of the Elizabethton golf course - The ladies get started Tuesday having their first ladie day meet at the localsclub A good turnout is expected and those who haven’t made their plans to attend are urged tp do so The men are looking forward to their annual Invitational amateur meet which will be held at the local club May 14 15 and 16 Actual qualifying for Championship and medalist will take place the 14th Pro Starnes reports The local club aims to make this year’s invitational the best in the history of the club The road leading from the main highway to the golf club has been hard-surfaced making it - more convenient for mcmebers and other golfers to get into playing range CHICAGO April 24 (JP —The Chicago White Sox hammered out a 14-4 victory over Baltimore before 9038 fans today to-- spoil Vera Bickford’s first start in the American League ' Big Bob Keegan was tapped for seven of the Orioles’ nine hits but won his second victory in two starts — I - - It was the' Sox first victory In three games with Baltimore this casbn— or in 52 years for that matter - v Edwards lb 2 11 Dugger p 3 0 ’ 1 Totals 24 B Bristol ab Honeycutt e 7 3 Jones 3b 4 Kedrode Jb-lb 3 Kelly cl 3 Barr If 3 3 Reed 2b 3 X Daniels 1 Kistner rf — 3 K Reed is 2 Z-Lunsford 0 O Reseeka p O O Smith lb O O Humpower p 2 Total! 28 7 Score by Innings Bristol 7 300 001 O -4 Cyclones 4 Ill 210 X — 0 E— Billheimer Dugger Redrode J Reed K Reed 2 Jones RBI— Vaughn Edwards DuggeT Honeycutt Barr J Reed 2B Dugger BB — Dugger 4 Reseeka 1 Mumpower 3 SO— Dugger C Mumpower 4 HITS OFK — Rizeeka four in 113 innings Humpower 2 in 4 23 inning) Stolen base WetieL W Dugger (3-0) L — Mumpower U — Vanhuaa and Williams The Pale Hose picked up an unearned run on Billy Hunter’s error Johnny Groth’s single and Keegan’s sacrifice fly in the third inning Then they exploded for four more tallies in the next inning They continued their 14-hit cannonading against Mike Blyzka for three more in the fifth and a pair in the sixth Dick Kokos’ pinch homer spoiled Keegan’s bid for a shutout in the eighth inhing and singles by Bobby Young and Eddie Waitkus and ai error allowed another tally BALTIMORE ab r h a Hogue (0-1) U — Goetz Dascoli f Lenhardt Totals 1 in 2-3 R-ER — (2-0) L— Bickford Carrasquel ss Fox 2b Minoso rf Fain lb Boyd If W Wilson If Hatton 3b b Michaels 3b Lollar c d- Sawatskl -- Groth qf Keegan p Siama p Totals 1- 0 0 00 '35 4 8 24 9 Bickford 5-4 (0-1 U Grieve 4 0 43 4“ 4 4 3 4 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 2 3 4 3 7 1 il 1 0 I t 2 0 0 0' 1 3 1 0 J2 1 1 0' 0l) 0 4 0”25 0 2 0012 0 O 0 1 0 35 14 14 27 11 a-Flied out for Bickford in 5th b Grounded out for Hatton in 6th ' c-Hit home run for Heard in 8th d-Popped out for Lollar in 8th ' e-Doubled for Courtney in 9tlj f-Grounded out for Stuart in 9th g-Flied out for Young in 9th Baltimore 000 000 022— 4 Chicago - 001 432 04x — II E — Hunter Stephens Fain RBI —Keegan 2 Boyd Lollar Groth Fain 5 Mele Hatton Minoso Kokos W Wilson 2 Hunter 2B — - Courtney Carrasquel Fain 2 Min-czo Mele 3B — Minoso Hunter HR —Kokos W Wilson S — Carras-quel SF — Keegan 2 Lollar Hat- ton DP— Keegan Carrasquel and Fain Left — Baltimore 7 Chicago” 5 BB — Bickford 1 Keegan 3 Blyzka 2 SO— Keegan 2' Blyzka 1 4 HO — Bickford 5 in 4 Blyzka 5 in 1 2-3 Heard 0 in 1 1-3 Stuart 4 in 1 Keegan 7 in 8 1-3 Sima 1 in 2-3 R-ER — Bickford 5-9 Biyzka 5-5 Heard 0-0 Stuart1 44 Keegan 4-3 Sima 0-0 W— Keegan (2-0) L — Bickford (-1) U Grieve -Berry Hurley Umont T — 2:28 A— 9038 Locally Owng Nalienelly Known STORE NO 1: 511 W Market SW Johnson City STORE NO 2: Corner Broad & Elk Elizabethton For Sale--- We have a good stock of those Only - - - scarce 600x16 tires for Bale AH carry OK Rubber Welder nation-wida guarantee O K Rubber Wldrs on lflr nationally swarantod utd and raoppabla liras — and "back tham up" ta your camplata satisfaction Wo Boll Now ond Usod Tlroa and Tubas CIHlOVimOY it “J DIAL 2-1741 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