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BLYTHBTILLH (ARK.) OOUftH« KEWg , W4 uestions Hover F Chases 16 Big League Clubs Have Percent Change By JOE REICHLER ••NEW. YORK (AP) — Were tbe major league races decided last March when Boston's Ted Williams fractured his collarbone and Milwaukee's Bobby Thomson broke his ankle? About Slaughter Can the Red Sox overcome the early absence of Williams, their star slugger and put an end to the New York Yankees' long reign in • the American League? Can Cleveland finally do. it after finishing second to the Yankees three straight - se a sons? How about Chicago? Can the Braves continue their momentum and ov e r t a k e the Dodgers despite the loss of Thomson, ;their hard-hitting outfielder, for at least another month? Maybe the St. Louis Cardinals or the New York Giants can do it? How much -nail Enos Slaughter help the Yankees? Only seven weeks after astounding the baseball world by selling 35-year-old Vic Raschi to the Cardinals, the world champions pulled off another shocker late yesterday by acquiring the 38-year-old outfield star from the same club. Orioles Like Braves? And what about Baltimore, which returned to the majors after 51 years to inherit the franchise of the St. Louis Browns? Will the Orioles give the same shot in the arm to the American League that the Braves gave to the National last year after they moved from Boston to Milwaukee? All these answers will begin to take shape tomorrow when the major league baseball season gets under way in eight cities. Approximately 200,000 fans are expected to attend the openers. For the first time in years all openers will take place the same day and all games •will be played in daylight. Schedule The opening schedule, starting times and estimated attendance: NATIONAL LEAGUE Chicago at St. Louis, 2:30 p.m., 18,000. Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 2:30 p. m., 30,000. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1:30 p.m., 20,000. Brooklyn at New York. 1:90 p.m., 35,000. AMERICAN LEAGUE Baltimore at Detroit, 2:00 p.m., 30,000, Cleveland at Chicago, 2:30 p.m., SO.OOO. Boston at Philadelphia, 2:06 p.m., 20,000. New York at Washington, 3:00 p.m., 30,000. Despite industrious efforts on the part of the 14 other clubs to strengthen themselves, the defending champion Yankees and Dodgers are prohibitive favorites to add to their laurels—the Yankees are even money to capture their sixth straight flag and the Dodgers are 7 to 10 to make it three in a row. New Look Practically every club has altered its "face" either through trades, purchases or advancement of their minor league players. The opening day lineups of the 16 teams will show a, player turnover of 40 per cent. Five clubs have hired new managers ,one fired its manager during spring training, another fired its pilot even though he won two straight pennants. Even the Yankees and Dodgers have either added or changed something. President Eisenhower will throw out the first abll in Washington at 3 p.m. tomorrow before a capacity Bosox, Bums Are Grapefruit Champs By ED CORBIGAN Associated Press Sports Writer Boston's kiddie korps and Brooklyn's nine old mea won the American and National League pennants. The New York Yankees finished in the cellar of the American League and the Pittsburgh Pirates were a strong second to the Brooks in the National. But it was all for fun. That's how they looked at the end of the annual Grapefruit League campaign today. Now, no one takes the loop too seriously because when the regular season gets under way tomorrow, all the clubs will find their own level. Some Indication But the spring season does give some indication of the potential strength and weaknesses of each team. Take the Bed Sox, for example. Even without their ailing star, Ted Williams, they have been playing good, if not sensational, ball. Wlyjp. Williams injured his shoulder more than a month ago, the experts said Lou Boudreau's young team would be lucky to finish in the first division. Now they're revising their opinions. If the Cleveland Indians don't show more than they have, the Sox could beat them out. Boston concluded operations yesterday with a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Braves for their 20th triumph against 13 defeats. Dodgers Are 22-11 As for the Dodgers, they rolled through their opposition with business like dispatch compiling a 2211 record and topping it off with three victories in a row over the Yanks. Then- final triumph over Casey Stengel's crew yesterday was by 5 to 2. Thus the World champions concluded their wretched spring showing in which they dropped 19 of 2? games against major league opposition. Arkansas Gets Win In Triangular Golf Event FAYETTEVILLE ffl — The University of Arkansas defeated Missouri and Tulsa, 11-1, and the Tigers downed Tulsa 7-5 in a triangular golf meet here Saturday. crowd of 30,000. Either right-han- der Bob Porterfield or southpaw Chuck Stobbs will hurl for Washington against lefty Ed (Whitey) Ford of the Yankees. Parnell to Open Mel Parnell, who has beaten the Athletics 21 out of 26 times, will open for the Red Sox against little Bobby Shantz. Southpaw Billy Pierce will oppose veteran right-hander Early Wynn in the Chicago-Cleveland inaugural. In the Detroit-Baltimore opener neither manager, is decided about his pitcher. Bob Buhl, a hot pitcher all spring, will get the opening day shot for Milwaukee against Cincinnati's Bud Podbielan. New Bucs Pittsburgh, opening-the season at home for the first time since 1893, will field a brand new team. Not one was in last season's opening day lineup. The Pirates pitch Bob Friend against Robin Roberts, the ace Philadelphia righthander. Carl Erskine will hurl for the Dodgers who oppose their bitter rivals, the New York Giants, at the Polo Grounds. Sal Maglie, a Brooklyn nemesis for years, will be on the hill for the New Yorkers. Harvey Haddix, the Cardinals' 20-game winner last year, will oppose Chicago's Paul Minner in a battle of lefthanders at St. Louis. Mel Parnell ComesThrough He'll Get Baseballs For Trophies Her* Blytheville's youthful baseball players once again will receive baseballs autographed by big leaguers for outstanding efforts in the three local leagues. And as usual the man responsible will be Mel Parnell, the Boston Red Sox pitching Ace who was stationed at Blytheville's air base from 1941 to 1944. J. P. Friend talked with Parnell when the Red Sox were in Memphis last week and Parnell said he would get balls autographed by the complete teams of Boston and New York in the American League. Friend himself has made arrangements for the balls from Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the National League. The balls will go to the leading batter, pitcher and sportsman in each of the three leagues. 'Parnell said he was glad to get the balls for us," Friend reported. "He said he liked Blytheville and the people here and is still interested in the town. He added that he considered it a privilege to do something for our youngsters." Six Man Bout Heads Mat Card Two three-man teams of top notch heavyweights square off tonight as six-man tag wrestling returns to the Memorial Auditorium ring. Karl "Killer" Kowalski, Wild Man Zimm and Eddie Malone are scheduled to team against Chick Garibaldi, Tom Drake and Jack Welch in the feature bout of the American Legion's wrestling show. Kowalski and Garibaldi will be making their return to Blytheville after long absences. Both are veteran heavyweights who have performed in numerous televised bouts that have been seen here. In addition to the main event, three one-fall premilinary bouts are also on the card with Drake meeting Malone, Zimm taking on Garibaldi and Kowalski meeting Welch. FAYETTEVILLE UP) — Arkansas' tennis team scored a 5-1 victory over Missouri here Saturday for the Razorbacks' second triumph against two losses. Bob Simpson dropped Bill Geren of Arkansas 6-4, 6-3 for Missouri's only victory. Idaho Fishing Prices BOISE. Idaho (JP) —Tourists with a taste for Idaho fishing can take more than one turn at fishing this year and still get excursion prices. The state's $3 license, good for five days of fishing by nonresidents, may be taken out as many times as a guest wishes. It used to be limited to once a season. «xm" th* F, M. agreed. "How player* have you got now?" -Mot a one," MM the owner M he pared to continue hfe quest. "tat MMt t Ml Of ft not*," com- guess you've just heard one of the main things that's wrong with baseball. I can remember when a man who owned • that franchise had a gold mine." The sale of Dave Koslo to the Baltimore Orioles calls for a slight revision in our estimate of where the American League infant will finish in the coming race. Move 'em up to sixth, two full hops above their 1963 station as the St. Louis Browns. Could Be Effective Pitching in a new league, and happy again after two seasons of thinking he was getting the worst of it, the grim little southpaw who pitched the Giants to victory over Baseball Suits 1 Price Hubbard Hardware Sports What's Happened in Minors? By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Amid all the hoopla attending the brave new big league season, we still find it difficult to forget a little scene that took place in a Florida hotel lobby about a month ago. It has somehow stuck in the mind. The principals were (1) the owner mented the P. M. a little later. "I of a once prosperous minor league franchise in a small Southern city mod (3) the general manager of a major league club. The owner-wore a harried look as he approached the Uf shot, whom we'll call Joe for convenience. "Joe," he said diffidently, "have you got a player or two you could let me have? t sure would appreciate a little help." •Tin sorry," replied Joe, "but there isn't a thing: X could give you that you'd want. Our town farm clabc already are on my neck yell- Ins; for help. Why don't you try our frttnd over at another Florida town?" "I already did/' the owner ad- sadly. "He couldn't help me Looks like I'm in a spot, '51 World Series could prove a valuable addition to Jimmy Dykes' pitching staff. BKi LEAGUI ROOKIES Card Fans Angry over Swap Of Their Famous 'War Horse' ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals gambled*Enos Slaughter against the future but fans took a dim view of the odds. The old war horse was traded to the New York Yankees yesterday in a move that caught Slaughter* his teammates and St. Louis fans by surprise. Slaughter broke into tears when he was told of the trade. Fans .ailed it everything from "crazy" to a "dirty deal." In return for their team captain the Cardinals got pitcher Mel Wright, who the Yanks recently farmed to Kansas City, and three other players who will be assigned to Cardinal farms later. Busch Comments Club President August A. Busch, in announcing the trade, said: "The Cardinals are trying to 3Uild a young ball club. We are .ooking for an organization that will give us strong teams and pennant winners for years -to come and we must look to the future, promising young outfielders with ;he Cardinals and in our system. They are knocking at the door of the Cardinals right now and we lave to make a place .for them." Slaughter. 37, had been pegged as a probable starter in right field 'or the Cards' opening game. But the Birds outfield now probably shapes, up with Stan Musial in left, rookie WaUy Moon in center and Rip Repulski in right. *• "Biggest Shock" Slaughter called the trade the 'biggest shock of my life. Some- hing I never expected to happen. I've given my life to this organiza- ion," he said, "and they let you o when they think you're getting old." Was the trade part of the deal hat sent pitcher Vic Raschi from he Yanks to the Cardinals earlier n the spring? .Cardinal General Manager Dick-Meyer says "def- nitely not." The Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates. Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Braves said Slaughter's age w.as the prime reason he was waived out of the National League. None Favored It Tnere was no mixed reaction among the fans. None of those con;acted at random favored the trade. "I'm surprised of course and I definitely think it will hurt the 'ardinals," said a bartender. "I ;hink it is a very good move for the Yankees." A salesman said the club was 'crazy." One taxi driver called the Cardinals "stupid." and another said "that's a dirty deal." If history repeats itself, Slaugher will be just the insurance Casey Stengel needs to wrap up his sixth straight American League pennant. Five Times Five times before, ihe Yanks have reached into the National League for players other clubs hought were washed up, and almost every time the cionl turned out to the advantage of the world champions. They obtained Johnny Mize from he New York Giants, Johnny Hopp rom the Pittsburgh Pirates! Johnny Sain from the Boston Braves, Ewell Blackwell from the Cincinnati Reds and Johnny Schmitz rom the Brooklyn Dodgers. Could Help Mize retired this year alter helping ihe Yanks for five seasons and Sain came back in answer to an emergency call from Stengel. He won 14 games last year, his fourth with the Yanks, then decided to call it a career before he returned to action. So with Mickey Mantle's bad leg still a question mark, and the Yanks floundering along under their worst spring training record since Stengel took over, Slaughter could be just the shot in the arm they need. He 'always has been a hustle guy. Kellogg Said Delirious Most Time Now LITTLE ROCK Iff) — Junius Kellogg, whose-volunteered disclosures in 1951 broke the gambling scandal in college basketball, has slipped into virtual constant deliriousness at a Veterans Administration hospital here. Kellogg, a member of the Harlem Globetrotters "B" team and former basketball star at Manhattan Col- | lege, was injured critically whenj the car in which he was riding overturned April 2 near Pine Bluff, Ark. Four other Negro professional basketball players were injured less seriously. Kellogg's doctor said last night the 6 foot 8 player from Portsmouth, Va., has reached a more critical stage and is delirious most of the time. He is paralyzed from a severed spinal cord and specialists at the hospital said surgery in his case would be of no benefit, the doctor said. The doctor added that even if Kellogg should recover, he would be a paraplegic (paralyzed on both sides of his body from the waist down). Syracuse Tops Minneapolis Final Game of Cage World Series Tonight MINNEAPOLIS Iffl — Nervy Syracuse matches its comeback spirit against the -fading genius of the Minneapolis Lakers tonight- for the National Basketball Association championship. The Nationals forced the NBA final playoffs into the decisive seventh game yesterday when Jim Neal, an obscure 6-11 reserve center, sank a 27-foot push shot in the last four seconds for a 65-63 victory. It squared the series at three games apiece. The Lakers, heretofore supreme as money players, now find themselves with confidence shaken and fighting an inability to do things right in the tight spots. Until cms year, Minneapolis w,as unbeaten on the auditorium floor here in playoff games. It now has lost two in a row, both on long shots in the final seconds. The Lakers still are slight favorites, largely on the theory that George Mikan, Jim Pollard and the other vets have the big game left. State Plays Notre Dame JONESBORO (/Pt—Arkansas State College and Notre Dame will play an exhibition baseball game at Little Rock's Travelers Field the night of April 22. The Little Rock Catholic High School Athletic Club will sponsor the game and proceeds will go for the school athletic program, it was announced here Saturday. NOTICE Hyde Park BEER 2 ^ ae " $3.25 All Brands Cigarettes'^ 25c Phillip Applebaum Liquor Store 110 So. Fifth Phone 9641 BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, April 12 8:15 p.m. Adults 50c 6 MAN TAG MATCH KARL "KILLER" WILD MAN EDDIK KOWALSKI, ZIMM, MALONE Children 15c VI. CHICK TOM JACK GARIBALDI, DRAKE, WELCH Also 3 1-Fall Boutt Drake vs. Malont Zimm vs. Garibaldi Kowalski vs. Welch AIC Revises Subsidy Rule LITTLE BOCK (£) — The S3,600 ceiling has been lifted on payment^ by schools in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference to athletes for student labor. ' The ceiling—total for each school —was imposed to prevent "excessive" payments to athletes in a <" subsidization program. The College of the Ozarks protested that the maximum was unfair since there was no limitation placed on payment to other students. The AIC has charged the league commissioner with responsibility of verifying actual employment of athletes receiving salaries. A proposal by Southern State College that members hold spring football practice and a motion by Ozarks that AIC follow the lead taken by North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools on subsidization of athletes were rejected by AIC members. Conference members held their spring meeting at Little Rock Saturday. tune in! BASEBAIL PLAY BY PLAY KLCN-FM MOUOHT TO YOU IT ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC it. IOUIS • NtWARK • LOf ANOMtt Budfreiseg Golfs Greatest After Masters Hogan Can Be First To Win Two in Row AUGUSTA, <3a. (AP) — Ben Hogati aad flam caMed the ''two greatest gotfers in ffce wo«W" fer 3«f<* hang Bob Jones, met today m an 18-l*0*e ptefoif for fee WS4 Masters champiotis*Hp. The little man from Texas apd the long ball hitter from West Virginia had 286 totals. That is 1 over par for the exacting 6,800-yard Augusta National course, and the highest score ever to earn first place in this prestige-packed to»r- ney's 20-year history. Two in How? The winner will join Jiwuny Dein- aret as a three-time Ifesters' champion. A victory for Hogan would make him the only man ever to win two Masters in succession. Although neither of the keen rivals could break par in yesterday's final round — Snead had a 72 and Hogan a 75 — • the windup was perhaps the most exciting in Masters' history. Adding an extra touch of drama was the spectacular comeback after a poor third round by Billy Joe Patton, the happy-go- lucky amateur from Morganton, N. C. Bold Game Plays Patton, who tied for the lead the first day and moved out by himself the second, finished with a 71 for a 290 total. Dutch Harrison, With a 68, and Lloyd Mangrum, with a 69, tied for fourth. Next came Jack Burke, Jerry Barber and Bob Rosburg at 292. It looked for a while as if Patton would power his way to victory with his bold, shoot-for-the-pin brand of golf. A hole-in-one had helped him to a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine while Hogan was taking a 37. Ben had started out with a 3- stroke lead over Snead and a 5- stroke margin over Billy Joe. With Snead sticking to par, Hogan thought Patton was the man he had to beat as he went off the llth tee. He didn't know that Billy Joe had taken a disastrous 7 and lost two strokes at No. 13 when Ms second shot landed in a creek. Mistake "I made my mistake on the llth," Ben said afterwards. "I thought Patton was the one to play for. So I tried to hook a three iron shot onto the green, but it landed in the water and I took a double- bogey. "If I'd known -he'd shot that 7 I'd have played it safe." George O'Donnell, rookie pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirats, was the "rookie of the year" in the Pacific Coast League in 1953. Baseball Standings By Ml* ASSOCl&XED PKfiSS 1.000 Yz .667 1% .667 \% -333 21/z .333 2& .000 3% .090 4 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. BH New Orleans 4 0 1.000 Little Bock 3 Chattanooga 2 Atlanta 2 Mobile 1 Memphis 1 Nashville 0 Birmingham 0 SUNDAY'S RESUI/FS Atlanta 5, Mobile n Chattanooga 8, Memphis 3 (flnd game suspended end 6"i?h, will be completed later). New Orleans 11-9, 4-2 Little Bock 5-10,'Nashvpe 3-1 TODAY'S GAMES No g*a*nes scheduled. YESTERDAY'S KES8UX.VS PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE Seat-tie 3-2, San Francisco 1-8 (second ga*ne, H innings) San Diego 5-3, Los Angeles 4-1 Oakland 6-0. Sacramento 2-6 Hollywood 10-2, Portt-aad 3-14 TEXAS LEAGtffE Dallas 6-3, Houston 4-3 game, 11 kmiags) Beau-mont 1&2, 2-1 Shreveport 9-8. Tulsa M Fort Worth 9-9, San AQ*OD*O 4-8 Hog Baseball Team Loses COLUMBIA, Mo. (#)—The University of Arkansas baseball team t was defeated 12-6 by the Missouri Tigers heer Saturday. Jerry Schodlmaker and Sam Sayers slammed homers off Arkansas' Edsel Nix. Frank Long homered for the Razorbacks. Arkansas .. 020 100 120- 6 12 4 Missouri .. 2-2-1 010 42x-12 IB 0 Nix and Carpenter; Cook. Beckmann (3), Stewart (6) and Gleason. Hew home w conditioners easily wtelM m The Carrier Weathermaker air conditioner in this closet is about five feet high, about three feet square. 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