The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 1, 1954 · Page 11
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 1, 1954
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APRIL 1, 1954 BLYTHEVTLLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAOI 1L1T1H Fracture Gave Console a Job By HARRY GBATSON NEA Sport* Editor SARASOTA, Fla. — (NEA) — If Ted Williams had not fractured his collarbone, Billy Console making like Billy Martin at second base would have posed one of those pleasant problems for the Red Sox. But what to do with Billy Goodman was plain when Slugger Williams cracked up after just 10 minutes. Lou Boudreau hopes it will work out like it did the last time Handy Man Goodman supplanted the great Williams in left field. That was after the willowy fisherman broke bones in his elbow crashing into the Comiskey Park wall in the Ail- Star Game of 1950. Billy the Kid went on to win the batting championship with .354. With indications that Williams may be out until late May, he's even nicer to have around now. When the Boston Americans obtained Jackie Jensen, -Manager Boudreau expressed the opinion that he had the best all-around outfield in baseball, the phenomenal Jim Piersall being the other man, of course. Goodman won't hurt it, but Jensen left more than 400 men on base for the Senators. Karl Olson, rated highly in the chain before going into the service, taut appears to have left considerable there. Hoot Evers is in fine shape. * * * THE GOLD SOX' youth movement is a couple of years ahead of schedule, making them one of the more interesting clubs. They present an entire new right side of the infield, Harry Aggainis having taken over first base, where big Dick Gernert remained static. In his first year out, Agganis, left-handed all the way, fought off a slump to bat .281 for Louisville, with 23 home runs and 108 runs-batted-in. He promises to stick -out in baseball as he did in football for Bos- ton University. When Milt Boiling was hurt last season, the Back Bay Millionaires dropped nine straight, 13 out of 14, proof enough of the shortstop's value. George Kell is the third baseman and Ted Lepcio plays second, third or short. The pitching starts with the extraordinary southpaw, Mel Parnell, and finishes with the utterly amazing fireman, 39-year-old Ellis Kinder. In between are the right-hand* ed Skinny Brown, Willard Nixon, Ivan Delock and Bennett Flowers and the left-handed Bills—Henry and Werle. » * • KEKI KIELY, A slim left-hander, was something of a whiz kid when the Army called. Joe Dobspn is trying to get in a final bit of mileage. But Boudreau is looking to fresh faces for pitching, too, and will be disappointed if he doesn't get two out of five bright right-hand hopefuls — Tommy Brewer, Truman Clevenger, Al Curtis, Jimmy Ehrler and Russ Kemmerer, to list them alphabetically. All have had from one to three campaigns in the minors. Brewer, out of the Army, has a curve, change up and poise. Clevenger is remindful of Tex Hughson. Curtis possesses a live fast ball. Ehrler throws hard. Kemmerer has only to acquire control. Sammy White will do practically all of the catching. Mickey Owen, 38, was signed to help with the youngsters. With all those kids, Lou Boudreau can use another instructor. THREE FOR THE MONEY—Sammy White, Billy Goodman and Jackie Jensen, left to right, have lively discussion at Red Sox Sarasota,Fla.,trainin£ camp on their favorite subject—bats. (NEA) Sandy Saddler Says He Plans Two Tuneup Fights Per Month BOSTON (£) — World featherweight boxing champion Sandy Saddler — with his managerial staff looking over his shoulder — says he plans two tuneup fights a month until he feels he is ready tp face his No. 1 challenger, Percy Bassett. Cpl. Saddler, who is due to be discharged from the Army April 20, checked into a Boston hotel last night on a 72-hour pass some 24 hours before he is scheduled to face Augie Salarzar of Oakland, Calif., in a 10-round non-title bout at Boston Arena. The featherweight king — who told reporters that Salarzar "does not worry me" — seemed to be thinking only of the large sums of money that passed him oy during his two years of Army service, much of it in Germany. Saddler estimated that his military career cost him $500,000 in purses. His last bout of record be- Joe Collins To Outfield ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. W) — With Mickey Mantle still on the sidelines, Manager Casey Stengel isn't taking any chances with his New York Yankee outfield. Stengel used first baseman Joe Collins in right field yesterday and the veteran looked impressive. He fielded his only chance perfectly and banged out two hits. fore his induction was a come-off- the-floor knockout of Tommy Collins in Boston Garden on St. Patrick's Day, 1952. Regaldo Foe Is Shipped Out BEAUMONT, Tex. UB — Cleveland's Indians, possibly making room for Rudy Regalado and Hal Newhouser, optioned four players yesterday and sold two others. Infielder Owen Friend was sold to the Tribe's farm team at Indianapolis and pitcher Don Fracchia to Tulsa in the Texas League. Optioned to Indianapolis as the Indian roster was cut to 34, were pitchers Marian Murszewski and Howard Rodemoyer "and infielder Bob Prentice. Outfielder Jim Lemon was optioned to Richmond in the International League. Tables Turned for Scout CINCINNATI (ff) —Ralph (Buzz) Boyle, scout for the Cincinnati Red- legs, has been getting a bit of the other side of the deal these days. The former Brooklyn Dodger outfielder has found scouts camping oa his doorstep. Buzz has a son who is a fine football player at Elder high school here. Dan Boyle, a senior, plays end. Top Pool Shark Raps Tourney Which Was Held Without Him NEW YORK (.?!—Willie Mosconi the world's best pool player, thre% out a $10,000 put-up-or-shut-up challenge today to the men who would strip him of his picket billiards crown. The broadside was aimed primarily at Irving Crane of Binghamton, N. Y., whom Mosconi accuses of promoting a "maverick' tournament in Philadelphia lasi week to decide the world championship. "Recognized" "I am the recognized world champion and there can be no new champion without first reckoning with me," the dapper, 40-year-old Philadelphian said. "If Mr. Crane doubts it let him put up $5,000 and I'll match it Then we'll play 2,500 points on a winner-take-all basis for the title Any time or anywhere. He can name it." The tournament, which ripped Splinter Return To be Delayed? SARASOTA, Fla. (M— Slugger Ted Williams—whose broken left collar bone has blighted the Boston Red Sox spring training scene—may be out of the Sox lineup longer than expected. Dr. Herbert Virgin, a Miami or thopedic specialist, informed th Red Sox yesterday that Ted wil not be able to go through basebal workouts until after the results o April 7 X-ijrays are known. The ball batting star's shoulder is progressing favorably, Dr. Vir gin reported in a telephone talk with General Manager Joe Cronin but he added he doesn't want Tec "running or doing anything tha might jar" the injury. Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS St. Louis (N) 6, Chicago (A) 3 New York (N) 4, Cleveland (A Detroit (A) 7, Philadelphia (N) : Pittsburgh (N) 9, New York (A Washington (A) 9, Cincinnati (N Brooklyn (N) 10, Milwaukee (N Baltimore (A) vs Chicago (N cancelled, rain. Read Courier News Classified Ads Tigers Waiting for Kids to Grow By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor LAKELAND, Fla. — (NEA) — The Browns were men without a city last season and didn't care. The Athletics quit like old Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago. So the Tigers finished sixth by a gnat's eyelash, practically making a genius out of Freddie Hutchinson. Detroit prospects may be a little bnghter, but not much. The Tigers must wait until some of their bonus babies grow up. There are five of them in the present party—Harvey Kusnn, Frank House, Bob Miller, Al Kaline and Reno Peter Bertoia. The last named three should be out learning the trade, but must be lugged along under the utterly ridiculous bonus rule. Miller, an 18- year-old left-hand pitcher, got $65,000- Kaline, a fleet, 19-year-old outfielder, collected $25,000. Bertoia, 19-year-old shortstop, was paid $25,000. Shortstop Kuenn, the American League's top recruit of 1953, encourages the distribution of bonuses i nDetroit. The big Wisconsin alumnus represents a well spent $55,000 worth as he tackles the second-year jinx. Catcher House, on the other hand pocketed $70,000 in 1948, was undistinguished in the minors before entering the armed forces and hasn't hit a ball good all spring. * » * WHAT LITTLE CHEER there is in Tigertown comes from the left side of the infield, well cemented- last June 15, when Hay Boone was obtained from the Indians and found third base tailor-made for him. Large Walt Dropo, who drives in runs when they don't count, is a fixture at first base and Prank Boiling, brother of the Red Sox' Milt, is giving it the old college try at second. While he has b^n in the organized game three years, the lanky, 22-year-old Boiling is going to get in a complete season for the first time, having completed his schooling. After 41 games with Little Rock last trip, he batted .318 in 57 f. Barnes with Buffalo. Other infielders are Fred Hatfield, Johnny Pesky, Harry Bright, Buddy Hicks and Charley Kress. Bright, last year with Memphis and drafted from Charleston of the American Association ( looks like a better hitter than a second baseman. Shortstop Hicks batted .295 for Buffalo. First Baseman Kress, up from Rochester, will be carried as first base insurance until Steve Souchock's hand, broken in Cuban winter ball, heals. * * • BECAUSE HE CAN run, field and $hrow, Manager Hutchinson is talc- ing a long look at Billy Tuttle in center field, although he hit no more than .276 for Buffalo. The other flychasers are Jim Delsing, Bob Nieman, Don Lund, the venerable Pat MuUin and, of course, Souchock, when his hand mends. The other catchers are Matt Battfi and Johnny Bucha. The annoying cartilage out of his right knee, Ned Garver is expected to be the pitching ace. Other right- handers are Steve Gromek Ralph Branca, Dick Marlowe, Dick WeiJc, Ray Herbrt, Frank Lary, Paul »>y- tack, Milton Jordan and Dick Donovan. Left-handers are Ted Gray, Billy Hoeft and Al Aber. Lary, who bagged 17 for Buffalo, and Foytack, who copped 13 for the Bisons, are excellent prospects. Jordan, a relief worker who doesn't throw hard,.won 12 while losing only on for the same outfit. Donovan, up from Atlanta, hand four trials with the Braves. The only thing right about the Tigers is the left tide of tha infield. tune in! BASEBALL PLAY BY PLAY KLCN-FM BROUGHT TO YOU BY ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC ST. LOUIS • NiWAttC • LOS ANOfllS Budweisec I A • I ft tit* ROBERTSON DISTRIBUTING CO. the velvet cloth in billiards ranks, ended last Saturday with Luther Lassiter. of Elizabeth City, N. C., the winner and Crane finishing in third place. "No Consequence" '•Lassiter is of no consequence," Mosconi said. "I have beaten him repeatedly, once seven straight times in his home town. Crane was the man behind the tournament. He got it up to further his own ambition and then couldn't win it." Mosconi didn't play in the tournament because, he said, it lacked the sanction of the Billiard Congress of America, governing body of the sport. Besides. Mosconi added, he wasn't formally invited. "I won the title in 1953 at San Francisco," Mosconi said. "I keep it until I am challenged by the runnerup, Joe Procita, or until the next tournament." Bevo Awarded New Records He Averaged 46 Points Per Game In 27 Contests NEW YORK (M — The NCAA Service Bureau today gave Bevo Francis a flock of new basketball scoring records to replace the ones the nation's coaches wouldn't let him keep last year. Francis, the 6-9 one man gang from Rio Grande College in Ohio, won the individual scoring championship among small college players and topped the list in 10 other single game, season and career records compiled by the NCAA statisticians. Records Erased Francis did just as well last year. But the National Basketball Coaches Association voted to recognize only the points scored aga- ( inst four year colleges. This knock- 'ed out almost two-thrids of Bevo's 1952-'53 games. This season Francis scored 1,255 points in 27 games against four year schools, an average of 46.5 per. game. The best previous performance were 970 points by Johnny O'Brien of Seattle in 1952 and an average of 38.9 by Roger Kuss of River Fails (Wis.)'state last year. More Marks 1. Scored the most goals (444). 2. Scored the most free throws (367). 3. Scored the most points in one game (113 against Hillsdale). 4. Shot, the most times in one gare di against Alliance). 5. Scored the most field goals in one game (38 against Alliance and Hillsdale). 6. Attempted the most free throws in one game (45 against Hillsdale). 7. Made the most free throws in one game (37 against Hillsdale). His two year average of 47.1 and total of 651 field goals against four year schools are records for two seasons. Francis also became the first player to score more than half of his team's points in a season. Dodgers Aging, ButThere Are YERO BEACH, Fla. — (NEA) — Key Dodgers are getting old. Preacher Roe is the granddaddy at 36. Jackie Robinson is 35 and Pee Wee Reese te crowding the same. Billy Cox is 34. Roy Campanella confesses to 32, which happens to b« the age of Carl Furillo. You never can tell about an anci-1 wrist*." ent ball club. As Robinson says, "I} Bnigan saw altogether too much feel fit and eager, but at 35 a ballplayer can't tell how he will feel tomorrow." However, the fact that a half- dozen of the Brooks are getting along is little solace for the other National League clubs. Plenty of high-grade replacements are on hand .and they're extremely eager. The baseball writers are complaining that there are no stories in the Brooklyn camp because the club is as set as an arm in a cast. The Brooks have three potential 20-game winners—Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine and a bigger and more mature edition of Billy Loes, Campanella claims they head the most formidable staff in the circuit. "Loos is no longer an "if,"' testifies Campy. Campanella will do aU the catching, period. Running around the infield anil outfield you l .;>.ive Gil Hodges. Junior Gilliam. Reese and Cox and Furillo, Bang-Bang Duke Snider and Robinson. * * * ALTHOUGH REESE ENJOYED ONE of his finest years in 1953, Don Zimmer wants to remain as the parent club's shortstop. The Cincinnati kid carne into the organisation at 18, is now 23. Bobby Bragan, back from managing Almendares of the Cuban Winter League, says the Yankees would have to make a place iii their outfield for the 22-year-old, left-hand hitting Sandy Amoros. This native of Matanzas, Cuba, stands no more than five feet sevam-and-a-half, but weighs 170 pounds and generates such surprising: power that St. Paul and Montreal writers dubbed of Amoros us ho stirred up trouble for Havana's opponents in the Cuban Winter League, attests that the S{\wed-off Cuban can run. field, throw and bunt in the approved big fnxhion and swat the ball out of any park. Amoros. who has been in the organized game only two seasons, led the International League in five departments—batting -353; runs, 128: hits. 190: doubles, 40; and total bases. 321. He had 23 home runs, drove in 100 runs and ran up a 2(5- gsune hitting streak. Breaking into professional ball in Triple A, he bnttd .33? for St. Paul in 1952. He was brought up ro the Brooks in time to see World Series action that year, but couldn't pot by spring training last year. He looks ready this time. * * * ZIMMER AND AMOHOS ARE THE brighter prospects, but also decorating' the mahogany are i'irst baseman Wayne Belardi; Don Honk, an aggressive third baseman up from .Montreal for a second look: and outfielders George Shuba, Don Thompson and Dick Williams. Back of the pitching big three— Newcombe. Erskine and Loos—-there are Roc, Russ Meyer, Johnny Podres. Bob MiUikcn, Erv Fallen. Joe Black. Clem Labine, Jim Hughes and Ben Wade. Walter Alston brought fiv pitchers with him from Montreal and professes not to be to split them out. They are the right- handed Ed Roebuck, Hamp Coloman and Glenn Mickens and southpaws Ken Lehman and Tom La Sorda- The brass thinks highly of Don Bessent, a right-hander who spent last summer in St. Paul after hav- him "the hitter with the miracle ing been drafted from the Yankee group. There are, of couwe, numerous other major leaguers, or potentials, in the Flatbush chain, notably Chi* co Fernandez, Montreal's M-yta** old shortstopping whiz touted at a better baserunner than Minnl* 141- noso of the White Sox. Ther« havo to be. With 630 athletes, the bulk of them hand-picked, in the MR* pire, somebody has to be good enough through the law of av«t- ages alone. Roschi to Start Again Today BIRMINIGHAM. Ala. tfl—The St. Louis Cardinals, victorious in four out of five spring exhibition gam«« with the White Sox. take on Chicago again here today. Manager Eddie Stanky has tabbed former New York Yankee star Vic Rnschl to start his second game in four days. Raschi, now 35, said it was fien with him — he feels like he's still 21. The Redbirds scored a 8-3 triumph over the White Sox yesterday at Columbus, Ga., with Gerald Staley allowing just two hits In his seven Innings. JACKSONVILLE. Fla. Q — M th« season opened today rook-ie Henry Aaron would start in the outfield for the Milwaukee Braves. "He's one of the best looking young hitters I've ever had," said Grimm. Aaron is batting .321 and leading the Braves with six homers and 11 runs batted in up to yesterday'* exhibition with Brooklyn. TRUCKS Save qas with new, high-powered engines! Only FORD gives you LOW-FRICTION, high-compression, overhead-valve, deep-block engines in ALL tnfck models! These low displacement Ford Truck engines normally use less gas! Ford's Power Pilot boosts gas economy, too! New short-stroke design cuts power-wasting friction as much as 33%, delivers up to 23% more usable power! Now five great engines—115 to 170 h.p.I V-8 and Six-! Save work with new cabs and controls! Ford's comfortable new 3-man Driverized Cabs cut fatigue, conserve energy, with the easiest working facilities in trucking! 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