The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 9, 1954 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 9, 1954
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PAG1 EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 1954 Braves to Find If Jinx Hits Club Like Player By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer The Milwaukee Braves come home today to find out whether the sophomore jinx hit: baH clubs as well as ballplayers. The Milwaukee atmosphere is bound to be slightly changed this season even though the good people of Wisconsin beat down the box office doors during the winter to buy a record number of advance tickets. Last year the mere idea of seeing real live major league ball players, even members of a team that "wallowed in seventh place the previous season, drove Milwaukee residents into ecstasy. Real Scrap The enthusiasm was contagious. •Ehe Braves put up a real pennant scrap and finished second. But this tame around the fans probably will be expecting a little bit more. The Braves return to Milwaukee for a three-game series with their former city rivals, the Boston Red Sox. The Sox had whipped them four times this spring but some of the Milwaukee excitement seeped south to Louisville, Ky., yesterday and Charley Grimm's men whipped the Bostonians 5-3. Two encouraging factors in the victory were Eddie Mathews' eighth spring home run (he will have to hit a lot this summer) and Bob Buhl's nine-inning mound stint. Buhl, a real find in his first big league season, also will be fighting the elusive jinx that is supposed to dog players in then- second year in the majors. Another city series also opens Wide-Open Affair By MERCER BAILEY AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — With 23 golfers clustered within four strokes of each other, the 18th Masters Golf Tournament stffl was a wide-open scramble going into today's second round. Billy Joe Patton, an amateur who usually is too busy selling lumber to play to tournaments, and Dutch Harrison, who nits the money trail whenever his aching back will let nim, were tied for the lead with 2- under-par 70s. Hogan Hai 72 Only one stroke back were Lloyd Mangrum and Jack Burke Jr. Defending Champion Ben Hogan and top money winner Dave Douglas were another shot to the rear with par 73s. \ Ten other players were only three Strokes off the pace of the surprise first-round leaders, and seven more had 74e. It was one of the most closely grouped fields in Masters history. Putts Drop Patton, a Morganton, (N. C.,) father of three whose greatest claim to fame previously was his 1950 Carolinas Open victory, used superb putting to put together the finest nine-hole score of the day, a 32 on the front side. Par on the Augusta National course is 36-36—72. Worsham Stumbles The rain bothered Vic Ghezzi and Lew Worsham, both of whom were within easy striking distance of Patton's 70 at the turn. After going out in 33. Ghezzi soared to a 40 on the back nine. Worsham was out in 34 but had to settle for 40 coming in after a disastrous 8 on the 13th. Among those in the 73 bracket were Byron Nelson, Cary Middlecoff and Tommy Bolt. Those with 74s included Sam Snead, Walter Burkemo and Al Besselink. today when the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees resume their World Series rivalry at Ebbets Field. The Dodgers wound up a two- night stay in Washington last night with a 6-2 triumph over the Senators. The Yankees whipped Richmond's new International League team 7-2 before a rain-drenched crowd of more than 16,000. Cards Bow In other exhibition games yesterday Cincinnati defeated Detroit 4-1, the St. Louis Cardinals bowed to the Chicago White Sox 6-2 and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated Schenectady of the Eastern League 7-5. The Cardinal-White Sox game was the first time Negro players had teamed with and against white players in Memphis. Minnie Minoso started for Chicago and Bob Boyd, a Negro player who lives in Memphis, got into the game for the White Sox in the late innings. There was no demonstration of any kind from the crowd of 11,000. All-Star Grid Coaches Named CHICAGO ($")— A six-man coaching staff for the college all-star football squad was completed today with the naming of Northwestern's Bob Voigts and Purdue's Stu Holcomb as assistants to Head Coach Jim Tatum of Maryland. Other previously named for the staff were Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma, Chuck Taylor of Stanford and Forest Evashevski of Iowa. The squad will open practice July 23 at Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind., in preparation for the big game in Soldier Field Aug. 13 with the Detroit Lions, National Football League champions. Six of the eight National League shutout leaders since 1946 have been lefthanders. Sportf ftounc/up— Rookies Are Key to Flag Races By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — It seems here that there has been more talk this spring about phenomenal rookies who are about to break into big league lineups and stay there than in any season we can recall. A ready explanation stems from the deadening domination of the two leagues by the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Outside the two leaders, every team in the majors is paining seriously in one department or another, and there is a dreadfui k ..^- ency on all sides to close the yawning gaps around the top and produce a couple of old-time pennent races before attendance falls off even further than it already has. New Talent There's only one chance of closing in on the Yanks and Dodgers, and that lies in finding fresh young talent to fit in with the veterans who have failed and .possibly inspire them to greater deeds. In numerous cases managers are You can get thouionds of extra miles from your cor without overhaul expense! Install a Motor Rythm Lubricator on your engine for more power and pick-up and let; engine wear. Motor Rythm "top engine" lubrication work* from the top down— gets oil on the hard to reach upper engine parts, including valve*, pistons and rings. 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The former USC star, who appeared suddenly like a blinding light to batter the ball this spring, probably represents the one chance the Indians have of improving a team that has proved it can finish, only second. Or, in the National League, take the runner-up Milwaukee Braves. A pair of rookies, one of them virtually unknown, probably hold the key to the team's hopes of cutting seriously into Brooklyn's 13-game superiority of last year. Henry Aaron, a stock little Negro slugger up all the way from Jacksonville in class D, could help keep the Braves in the race until Bobby Thompson's broken ankle mends if he continues to hit the ball and play the outfield adequately. Gene Conley. a towering 6-8 right-hander who won 23 for Toledo last year, could "make" Charlie Grimm's pitching staff if he gets the ball over to suit National League umpires. WEIGHT MEN — These three husky footballers will throw their weights around for Blytheville High School's track team this year. They are (from the left) Billy Michael, Allen Shanks and Jodie Hall. The Chicks opened their track season at Caruthersville this afternoon. (Courier News Photo) Tough Italian On TV Fight Paoli Rosi Has Won 22 of 25 Engagements NEW YORK (iP> —Paoli Rosi, a new face from Italy with five straight American victories, tops tonight's St. Nicholas Arena boxing show against Eddie Compo, seasoned New Haven, Conn., lightweight with 84 pro-fights. The 10-round bout, a rematch of a Madison Square Garden semifinal of last Dec. 18 will be given the usual Friday network radio and television treatment at 9 p.m. (CST). His Shines, Too Following the success of baldish Bobo Olson last week, the International Boxing Club Presents another main event boxer with a shiny dome hair-do in Rosi. The 26-year-old import has a rep as a ombination puncher with a solid right. He has stomped 21 men while winning 22 of 25 with one draw. Rosi, handled by Charlie Johnston, beat Compo in the Garden semi-final on a split decision after a rousing battle. Compo was the only American to go the route with :iim. Knockout victims were Jimmy Wilde, Jose Morell, Sonny Luciano and Danny Josephs. Everybody knows Compo as a busy workman. He has been around since 1944 with a 72-8-4 record for 84 fights. Back in 1949 he fought Willie Pep for the featherweight championship "at Waterbury, Mass-, and was knocked out. The onry other time he was stopped by Armand Savoie at Brooklyn last June. He hasn't fought since his last meeting with Rosi. Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Milwaukee (N) 5, Boston CA) 3. New York (A) 7. Richmond (IL> 2. Cincinnati (N) 4, Detroit (A) 1. PhiLadephlia (N) 7, Schenectady EL< 5. Chicago (A) 6, St. Louis (Ni 2 Brooklyn (N) 6, Washington iA) Clock Turns Back As Bums Meet Yankees BROOKLYN (AP) —- The clock will turn back more than six months at Ebbets Field today when the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers clash in the first of their pre-season exhibition games. BOUMBOIV that asks no premium price! Bourbon Ever Bottled AVAIUUE AT 100 PROOF IOTTLID IN IOND • CONTINENTAL DISTILLING CORPORATION • PHILADELPHIA, PA, Last October, the two teams met in the world series and the Yanks won it four games to two. Plenty of experts thought the Brooks could lick Casey Stengel's men then. This time, they're more convinced than ever. The Dodgers, under Walt Alston, a new manager, have looked like the National League champions all spring. Yanks Sputter The Yanks, on the other hand, have been sputtering and backfiring since the start of the exhibition schedule. They've played like anything but a club that has won five straight world championships. Allie Reynolds and Johnny Sain, a couple of ancient front-liners will share the hurling chores for the Yankees, while Carl Erskine will get the mound assignment for the Dodgers. Both managers have indicated they will start all their first stringers. "Much Harder" Said Stengel: "We are the champions and we should win the pennant again. But it will be much harder than last year. We've lost some men, so it's up to us to fill the spots. I mean replacing such men as Vic Rashi (traded), Johnny Mize (retired) and Billy Martin (drafted). "I think I'll get the required results out of the new men such as Bob Cerv, Bill Skowron, Eddie Robinson, Harry Byrd and Tom Morgan. Alston issued this pre-battle Statement: "Take out a couple of bad days and the rest has been quite satisfactory. In a big squad such as we had, someone must be slighted. I would like to have used Bob Milliken and Ben Wade more. But when we became settled on these two, it was time to get our starters working regularly,,, and we wanted to see others about which we weren't certain." Up and at 'em. men! You may have to repeat this in the fall. Southern League Opens Year Tonight Most of Loop's Managers Feel Their Clubs Not Ready By VERNON BUTLER Associated Press Sports Writer Time catches up with eight uneasy Southern Association managers tonight because ready or not they must open the old circuit's 66th baseball campaign with games at Mobile, New Orleans, Nashville and Chattanooga. Cal Hubbard, supervisor of umpires in the American League, has been with the league since 1936. Most of the clubs are not ready. Many of the opening lineups will be altered radically when the major league teams trim down to size and help trickles down from the big brothers in AAA ball. Unless bad weather intervenes, the four host teams expect about 34,000 paying folks to show up for the lid-lifters. Negro At Atlanta About 10,000 are expected at Mobile, where Atlanta opens with the first Negro in history on a southern roster. He is Nat Peeples, a big 27-year-old Memphis native, who batted .331 at Evansville last year and hit, .340 for the Crackers in exhibition games. Billy Harris, who had an 11-10 record last year, is slated to pitch for Mobile and Bob Giggie, a 20- year-old righthander who was 12-7 with Atlanta in 1953, is slated for the Crackers. Biggest turnout is expected at Chattanooga where the 1953 pennant-winning Memphis Chicks help Joe Engel launch his 25th year as chief of the lookouts. Speck Starts Gerry Lane, a husky righthander who won 11 and lost 10 for Chattanooga last year, will open for the Lookouts. Jerry Speck, a right- hander, got the nod from Memphis Manager Don Gutteridge. Jack Urban, a slightly built right- hander who spent last season in the armed forces, will open for Birmingham at New Orleans. The Pelicans were expected to counter with Ed Wolfe, a righthander, whose sore ajm held him to a 2-2 mark with the Pels in 1953- Lefthanders were nominated to open at Nashville where Vol officials forecast a first-night crowd of about 4.500. Bob Cruze, who was 12-6 for Little Rock's 1951 pennant winners before going into the 'service, will start for the Travs. Dick Libby, whose 9-8 mark in 1953 included five victories and two defeats with Nashville, was the choice of Vol skipper Hugh Poland. New Pilots Four of the managers — Gutteridge, Whitlow Wyatt, Bill Norman at Little Rock and Stan Wasiak at Mobile — are making their debuts as brain boys in this league. Holdovers are Mayo Smith at Birmingham, Chattanooga's Cal Ermer, Danny Murtaugh "at New Orleans and Poland. The opening series run through Sunday. A second set next Tuesday night finds Chattanooga at Atlanta. Nashville at Birmingham, New Orleans at Memphis and Mobile at Little Rock. Venturesome writers who have peered into the uncertain future generally rate Chattanooga, Memphis, New Orleans and Little Rock I as best bets for the first division, although not necessarily in that order, with Atlanta conceded an outside chance. The first four are the teams most nearly "set" and are not counting too strongly on more aid from the major league pools. Read Courier News Classified Ada tune in! BASEBALL PLAY BY PLAY KLCN-FM with HARRY CARAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC IT. LOUtl • NIWARK • LOS ANOflft Budweisee LAGtft IIER ROBERTSON DISTRIBUTING CO. HERE'S HOW TAX CUTS WILL REDUCE YOUR TELEPHONE BILL... Tax cut on long distance saves you 12% on most calls. There is no change in basic rates but the tax cut gives you a real saving. Tax cut on local service saves you approximately 5%. Now your bill for local service will be less, too. The full benefit of these tax cuts, voted by Congress, comes to you. Not a penny goes to the telephone company. 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