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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 8, 1954
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY APRIL 8, 1954 The Park. Not Baseball Was Major League By BEN PHLEGAR " AP Sports Writer The Brooklyn Dodgers walloped the Washington Senators 10-4 last night at Griffith Stadium in the season's first major league game in a major league park. It was far from major-league-caliber baseball. Both, clubs trotted out their best pitchers—Don Newcombe for the Dodgers and Bob Porterfield for the Senators. Newcombe walked three is a row, forcing in a run; gave up seven hits; and hit one batter in the six innings he worked. Porterfield also lasted six. The Dodgers got nine of their runs and •even of their hits off him and he walked seven and balked twice. Four Errors The Senators made Tour errors, two of them on a single play in the third inning when 'Sandy Amoros went all the way around on a little infield grounder.-Mickey Vernon threw the ball away first and then Ed Fitzgerald threw it away again. The two clubs meet again tonight in Washington. Good Pitching The pitching was considerably better in several of the other exhibitions yesterday. The St.Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago White Sox 2-1; the Chicago Cubs edged Baltimore 2-0; and the New York Giants nipped Cleveland 2-1. In other games Detroit beat the Philadelphia Phils 7-5 ;the New York Yankees defeated Norfolk. Va., 4-1; Pittsburgh shaded the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5; and the Boston Red Sox made it two straight over Milwaukee 7-2. Two pitchers worked complete games. Whitey Ford became the first Yankee to go nine innings as he set down Norfolk on five hits. Duane Pillette of the Orioles allowed the Cubs only six hits but was beaten. Th« Shift Hal Jeffcoat shifted from the Cubs' outfield to the pitching: mound and blanked Baltimore on two hits through the last five innings. Jeffcoat's only other pitching experience was in class B, ball with Shelby, N.C., in 1946. Harvey Haddix hurled seven •hutout- innings for the Cardinals \against the White Sox as Stan "Musial and Bill Sarni drove in the two St.Louis runs. Bob Keegan was the loser. The game in Little Bock drew 10,474, largest ever to watch a game in the Arkansas capital. Job for Newhouser Johnny Antonelli tried to go the distance for the Giants but needed help from reliable Hoyt Wilhelm in the ninth when the first two batters singled. Cleveland's only run came when Jim Hegan singled with two out in the ninth. Hal Newhouser went the first five innings lor the Indians and probably cllnched the job. The former Detroit star has been working without a contract while trying a comeback. Philadelphia's Curt Simmons was pounded for 12 hits in seven innings by the Tigers but Steve Bidzik drew the loss when Detroit pushed across the winning runs in the eighth. Del Ennis hit two homers for the Phillies. The Red Sox attack against Milwaukee included a pair of home runs by George Kell and another by Charley Maxwell. The two Milwaukee runs were homers by catcher Del Crandall. The Pirates scored the deciding run against the Athletics in the seventh inning on an error by shortstop Jack Littrell. Cardinals Looking Better Than in '53 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals wind up their spring road tour here today with Manager Eddie Stanky, in contrast to his headlong playing days, making conservative predictions about his big three pitching staff. "Trying: to be realistic and con- j just returned from the Army. servative," said Stanky. "I believe I can count on ( Harvey) Haddix, (Gerry) Staley and (Vic) Raschi for at least 50 victories. "I'd like to say the big three will be good for 55 or more—but I've got to be conservative because Raschi has to show me how regularly he can work." Knee OK? Raschi, the "big guy" the Cards hope will answer their needs for a more solid pitching department, came to the club this spring from the world champion New York Yankees for $75,000 and Raschi's assurances that an old knee problem is a thing of. the past. The American League veteran, who had three straight seasons of 21 victories before 1953, noted Stanky's observation and said: "I'll be disappointed, especially expecting to work more often, if I don't win more than last year with the Yankees." Raschi, now 35, is hopeful of working every four or five days, instead of nursing his knee for six days between assignments. Would Make Difference If he can better last year's record (13-6) he'll undoubtedly cause Stanky—and the rest of the National League—to reappraise the Cards' pennant chances. Last year's Cardinal big three —Haddix, Staley and Vinegar Bend Mizell—won 51. Haddix was 20-9, Staley 18-9 and Mizell, now in the Army, 13-11. The rest of the staff chipped in 32 victories for a third- place tie with Philadelphia, Most of the staff help came from Stu Miller (7-8), Joe Presko (613) and relief .ace Al Brazle (6-7). Haddix Shines All three are back with the addition of right hander Tom Poholsky, Stanky figures Poholsky and Miller "can break into double figures— win 10 or more games apiece." Haddix looks like he can match or better last season's success. He's lost only once this spring and blanked the Chicago White Sox in seven innings yesterday. Staley, always near but al'.vays short of 20 victories, also has looked in form in exhibition games. With most of the veterans looking good and some of the youngsters showing promise, the Card staff has a 17-12 record for the spring, with only one meeting against a year ago STARTERS—The Orioles hope they have a Big Four in, left to rifht, Don Larsen, Joe Coleman Duane Pillette and Bob Turlev. (NEA) Arkansas Sporfoftos State Tournament Makes Dough; Keller Is Selecting All-Star Team By Associated CARL BELL Press Sports Writer Arkansas Athletic Association Secretary Johnie Burnett feels that the day is not too far away when receipts from state basketball tournaments will pay the full cost of regulating our schoolboy sports. minor league club. A the Cards opened the Babe Tagged Gal to Beat NEW ORLEANS (£»> — Babe Zaharias was tagged a top threat today in the opening round of the $5,000 Colonial Women's Open Golf Tournament on the strength of a brilliant practice round. The 38-year-old veteran shot a five-under-par 34-36—70 yesterday in her last warmup. Her top rivals are expected to be Louise Suggs, the leading money winner this year; Patty Berg, who won the New Orleans Open in 1952 and 1953; and Marilyn Smith, the pretty young blonde who is always the local favorite. Miss Smith of Wichita, Kas., had a two-under- par 73 yesterday in practice. season on a 17-16 exhibition record that included nine victories against minor league entries. Davey Feels Encouraged Win Over Dreyer Raises Hopes Again OAKLAND, Calif. — Classy Chuck Davey, a college-educated ring cutie from Lansing. Mich., considered himself back in the welterweight title contest today following his thumping 10-round decision over Gerald Dreyer of Pretoria. South Africa here last night. The Michigan State graduate gave the former British Empire welterweight champion a thorough beating. He had Dreyer groggy several times in a fast action, nationally televised fight. Davey, a southpaw, won the unanimous decision of two judges who scored it 59-51 each and the referee, 60-50 under the California system of 11 points to the round. 'There were no knockdowns. The record take from this year's dribble derbies will cover about three-fifths of the AAA's operating expenses. The association netted $15,292 from the tourneys. Burnett estimates the annual budget of his office at $25,000. Assessment Currently the difference of about $10,000 is made up by a per capita assessment on member schools. The assessment is 10 cents per student for football high schools; seven and a half cents per student for schools which don't play football schedules. "I don't believe It'will be much longer until we will be able to pay all our operating costs—and the expenses of tournament teams, as well, from the tournament receipts." said Burnett. "Interest in the state tourna- year and gymnasiums are getting larger." Only Two Gyms Of course, for the crowds to grow the gyms must grow some more. The Arkansas State College gym at Jonesboro was jammed above capacity for some sessions of the Class A meet this year and folks who wanted to pay their way in were turned away. The seating problem can be settled, however, by scheduling the tournaments for the huge Barton Coliseum in Little Rock or the new University of Arkansas fieldhouse— when it is built. And Arkansas State can increase its capacity by installing a different type bleacher. There are few other gyms in the state which could even ohpe to house a Class A tourney. Oriole Pitching Looking Good NEW ORLEANS UP) — Manager Jimmy Dykes says the Baltimore Orioles' pitching has '"been all right so far, but those exhibition games don't count." Dykes said he has about eight pitchers who could be starters, emphasizing the word "could-" To find out what he has. Dykes j haven't met any wiU give all eight a chr.nce at start- i teams yet. ing and then work out a regular It's beginning to look as though th University of Arkansas athletic publicity office was more than a little too optimistic when it foresaw .a possible Southwest Conference golf championship for the Razorbacks this year. The Porker shot-makers have been thrashed soundlv in both their conference engagements to date...And they of the favored rotation for the best hurlers. The annual 12-day fishing derby Joe Coleman. Duane Pillette and 1 at Lakes Catherine, Hamilton and Don Larsen have pitched complete Ouachita in the Hot Springs area games so far. Sports Roundup- Trabert Not Liked by Aussies will open April 20. A total of S5.000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded as prizes. The sponsoring Chamber of Commerce will get back at least part of the prize dough from the $1.50 entry fees. Officials of Ducks Unlimited, who held their annual session in Little Rock last week, wouldn't be pinned down on the approximate number of ducks their work has added to the hunters' pleasure each year... By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — It looks now as though this country's tennis fans will be denied the privilege of reading Tony Trabert's promised report on the trials and tribulations he suf-: gr g a ter than they were before DU fered while playing for the Davis Cup in Australia. I "When Bromwich leveled at two j sets each the crowd was wild with i excitement. He had slowed the ' p'ay to such an extent that Tony. \ for the firsr time, had lost control cf the match and was in danger of being beaten. At this stage Tra- Tronbles Trabert's chief troubles, we are } This is a shame, for we learn through correspondence with an Australian official that they have been dying to read Tony's beef down there too. They would have liked the privilege, in turn, of pointing out feat the young American ace did not exactly endear ! bcrt appeared to throw the match himself to them either. By this ; by not trying for a shot, an at- time we might have had a jolly i titude which so shocked the crowd fine row going on. j that the fifth set was played almost in silence. "It was when Bromwich led 4-0 . ., , , . . that the first yells "Why don't you told, came when he .played in the ; trv xrabert?'"' started. Then Tony Austraiian Nationals after the chal- | _I lenge round. That was the one in j which he lost to the veteran John i Bromwich in five strange sets and . virtually wrecked the concluding j rounds. Our informant claims Tony ! asked for what he eventually got. j "When our fans saw their old } favorite, 35-year-old leg-weary Bromwich, who had been up since 3:30 every morning delivering papers from his store, start to pull out a match which had gone against him 6-1, 6-1 in the first two sets by using clever drop shots and soft, angled returns which Trabert hates, they would have been strange people had they not cheered the old war horse our correspondent reasons. started glaring at the crowd and answering them back, and you know that is fatal in any country. He was openly hooted for what the crowd thought was bad sportsmanship for turning a well-earned victory for Bromwich into a spectacle of "a match being thrown rather then face up to defeat." began its conservation program more than 15 years ago...DU leaders say their organization may be best described as "a safeguard against a duck depression." Moore Is Out With Bad Foot WASHINGTON !»V-Light-heavyweight Champion Archie Moore of St. Louis turned up with an ankle sprain yesterday and his fight with Jimmy Slade, scheduled to be nationally televised next week, was ordered postponed. ..Instead the regular Wednesday night boxing show will feature Jake La Motta, former middleweight titleholder, and Billy Kilgore of Miami in a 10-rounder at Miami. Wisconsin Liked In Miff Event STATE COLLEGE, Pa- yp>—Wis- consin's Ray Zale and Roy Kuboyama and Washington State's Gordon Gl.idson were the fighters to . watch arid Wisconsin was rated the j team to beat today as the 17th' NCAA Boxing Championships got under way at Perm State University. Two sessions were scheduled to- j dav. Semifinals will be held to-' A Jonesboro man, Stanley Keller, wants Arkansas fans to choose the 10 greatest high school basketball stars of all time...sort of a basketball hall of fame...Keller ?.sks that fans mail their ballots to him and says the names of the all-time 10 will be announced at the 1955 state tournament...Fifty-four stars of the p«st received votes in the first week. Leading major league rookies this spring include some cuys you know ... the Cardinals' outfielder Wally Moon from Turnian. Ark.; i Ti~er infielder Frank Boiling, an ex-Little Rock Traveler: and Giant infielder Foster Castleman. who played at Fort Smith in 1949... Moon's full name, by the way, i is Wallace Wade Moon. He was Masters Play Begins Today Pressure Is Terrific Among Golfdom's Best AUGUSTA, Ga. (J*—The big boys of the 20th anniversary Masters practice rounds into the background today and settled down to the deadly serious business of playing under pressure. With a field of brilliant golfers such as the Masters draws, the pressure is terrific. Sensationally low practice rounds don't mean a thing when they start playing for keeps. Take it from Ed (Porky) Oliver, the Lemont, EL, veteran who was runner-up to Ben Hogan in the 1953 Masters. Porky fired a 34-30-64 .in practice yesterday, matching the competitive record lor the Augusta National course. It in, but Porky wasn't exactly overjoyed about it. "I don't like these kind," he said. "They don't count." He may have remembered last year, w r hen Lloyd Mangrum fired a practice 63 and took a 74 in the opening round. Low scoring in the warmups may have prompted Hogan's prediction that his record 274 of last year will be broken. With a record 79 players entered, 78 of the field were pondering pretty much the same question: "Is it possible to beat that little guy Hogan?" Exhibition Baseball B y THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Cincinnati CN) vs Chattanooga (SA) cancelled, wet grounds Brooklyn (N) 10, Washington (A) 4 St. Louis (Ni 2, Chicago (A) 1 Pittsburgh (N) 6, Philadelphia CA) 5 New York CA) 4, Norfolk (PL) 1 New York (N) 2, Cleveland (A) 1 Chicago (N) 2, Baltimore (A) 0 Boston (A) 7, Milwaukee (N) 2 Detroit (A) 7, Philadelphia (N) morrow nigh,.and the nine finals —— the fo^er" Alabama Saturday night. Zale. a nephew of former middleweight champion Tony Zale, was the only defending titleholder in the field of 60 from 15 colleges. A fine boxer, he was trying to repeat in the 178-pound class. Kuboyama won the 112-pound and Duke football coach. crown for the University of Hawaii in 1952. He is top-seeded in the 119-pound division. Gladson ficured to cop the middleweight title- KLCN-FM with HARRY CARAY ftROUGHT TO YOU BY ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC IT. LOUIS • NfWARK • LOS ANGiUS Budweisee iA a i * ROBERTSON DISTRIBUTING CO. Conway Gets Gloss A Prep Track Meet LITTLE ROCK UP^—Spring state high school sports events* will be held at Little Rock, Conway and Pine Bluff. The Arkansas Athletic Association announced the following sched- lue yesterday: Big Seven junior and senior track and field meets, Little Rock May 1. Class A junior and senior track, Arkansas State Teachers College, Conway, May 7. Class B junior and senior track, Little Rock, May 8. Big Seven golf and tennis, Pine Bluff, May 8. Class A golf, Conway, May 15. Class A tennis, Little Hock, May 15. Swimming and diving meet, Little Rock, Aug. 11. The AAA Executive Committee also voted refunds to ticket holders who were turned away at the Class A basketball tournament in Jonesboro. Griffith Raps Yanks' Mantle Says Mickey Mantle Is Overrated Player WASHINGTON (AP) — "Mickey Mantle is probably the most over-rated player in baseball," Calvin Griffith said today. Griffith is executive vice president of the Washington Senators, who own a bit of baseball property named Jim Busby. Babe Yoselevitz, smallest player on the Brandeis University basketball team, succeeds Ernie Belmrich, the second smallest player, as next year's captain. Helmrich is 5 feet •9 ! 2. Yoselevitz is 5 feet 9. "Sure, Mantle's a good outfielder," Griffth said in an interview. "But he isn't as good as Busby." Griffith said if Mantle were playing for anybody but the New York Yankees, "you'd hardly ever hear of him." His idea was that the Yankee publicists and New York sports writers have built Mantle up into something he is not. Uniform Helps "If Busby were playing for the Yankees," Griffith said, "they'd be calling him another Tris Speaker or something." Mantle, the youngster from Commerce, Okla., is out of action as the result of a knee injury and won't be in the lineup when the Yankees play the Senators on opening day here next Tuesday. The Yankees' successor to Joe DiMaggio, he has been billed in many parts as one of the hottest prospects to hit the major leagues in some time. Griffith well remembers his power, since it was in the ball park here that Mantle socked a 565-foot home run last year. "Busby Underrated" Busby, a native of Kenedy, Tex., is at 27 nearly five years older than Mantle. Griffith regards him as one of the most underrated players in the league. Mantle, considered an expert in grabbing flies, "can't compare with Busby as fielder," Griffith said. Clark Griffith, 84-year-old owner of the Senators, chimed in: "Busby is one of the best flycatchers I've ever seen." The Statistics Then there's the matter of hitting. Last year Mantle batted .292. Busby's average was .312. Mantle batted in 92 runs and Busby 82, But Calvin Griffith noted that a lot more Yankees were on base last season for Mantle to drive home than there were Senators ahead of Busby. The Yankee centerfielder, considered more of a power bitter than Busby, hit for 229 total bases Mantle stole 8 bases, Busby 1J. "That enough?" Griffith asked with a wink. Papoose Track Crew Gets Sharp McFarland Looking For Competition For Next Two Weekt Coach Bill McFarland continued sharpening his junior high track team today as he attempted to arrange another meet for tomorrow and one week from tomorrow for his Papoose thinclads. Early performances have Indicated that the Paps will field ft better-than-average track crew. Tuesday, they placed second in a, four-way meet" at Walnut Ridge when Jimmy Tremain hogged a good portion of the honors. The Paps finished second to Walnut Ridge, being outscored 45 to 30 points. Jonesboro, with 39, and Newport, with 24, finished in that order. Blytheville did not have ft complete team competing in the meet. Ed Moore and Tremain provided the Paps with their only first places. Moore turned in a 57.5 quarter and Tremain came through with a 44-8 shot putt. Five second places helped th« Paps in scoring. The relay team finished second In both 440 and 880 events. James Privett, James Pulley, David Holt and Tremain make up the relay outfit. Moore got a second in the 220 and Tremain was second in the discuss event. Privett was next to best in the low hurdles. Remainder of the points were picked up when Privett took a third in the 50, Tremain got fourth in the broad jump and 100 and Pulley took a fourth in the lo* last season. Busby's total: 243. hurdles. 9 ' Everybody's calling for it! —LT AMERICA'S TOP SELLING STRAIGHT WHISKY ' Every day, more and more people are calling for Early Times, the whisky that outsells all other straight whiskies... regardless of price. Every drop of this wonderful whisky is bottled at the peak of perfection... and enjoyed at the peak of flavor. Next time, call for Early Times yourself—you can't buy a better whisky. 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