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April 13, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Like a Champion But There's Still Some Question About His Hitting By H/RRY GRAYSOX NEA Sports Editor -' NEW YORK — (NBA) — Wild tales came out of the Giants' camp and exhibition games and all of them concerned Willie Mays. The say-hey kid of Fairfield, Ala., was a combination of Ty Cobb, Iris Speaker and Joe DiMaggio, if you cared to listen-to the glowing reports. You reached the conclusion that the writers with the Polo Grounders should take something with their meals. Mays was making phenomenal* catches. He was throwing out runners with rifle-like pegs from deepest center field. He was batting more than .400. With the season opened, all of young Mays' feats quickly will be forgotten if he and the New York Nationals don't get off to a fast start. And the Dodgers were booked for four of the first five games. Mays is not a newcomer. He batted .274 in 121 games helping the New York Nationals to the little Miracle of 1951 and himself to the rookie-of-the-year award. He participated in 34 games before the Army called in '52, batting only .234. Mays enthusiasts have only to point to the record, when anyone questions the lad's value, however, for the Giants won with him in '51. In--'52 they were in first place by two-and-a-half games and had just swept a three-game set with the Brooks at Ebbets Field when he departed. Ten days later they were four games out and they never got back again. ; * * * ^HERE'S A BOY—he won't be 23 until May 6—for whom they're trying to find a place in the Hall of F#me after playing no more than 155 major league games. The first person to insist on a "let's wait" theory is Mays. • "I still have to prove that I can hit'in the big leagues," he stresses. IBs early foot in the conditioning grind would indicate that the two- year hitch as a GI didn't take anything out of the uninhibited Mays. It added something to him, if anything. For one thing, he thinks differently. "I have to learn to play all over again," he says, in that shrill voice that is sweet music to the Giants' ears. "I'm letting balls drop that I should put in my back pocket." • * • MAYS HAS MORE sense than his rooters preparing a Coopers-town or bust campaign before the youg- ster has hardly started. Theres no doubt that the amazing Mays is a tremendous addition to the Giants. He's a corking defensive outfielder, great for club morale. Hitting will determine his stature in the game. When he was clubbing the Indians' pitchers at a better than ,400 clip. Manager Al Lopez of the Cleveland club said: "Sure, he's a real good ballplayer, but don't count on him to hit more than .260." The Giants have given every indication that they are ready to resume the role of a contender. It's up to Willie Howard Mays to carry the load. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BROOKLYN — E d u ardo Lausse, 160y 2 , Argentina deci- sioned Jesse Turner, 159, St. Louis (10). Detroit—Toxie Hall, 193, Chicago stopped Embrel Davidson, 210%, Detroit (7). New Orleans—Willie Pastrano, 158, New Orleans, decisioned Jacques Royer, 161, France (10) Charles Gets Rating Boost For First Time, He's Called Contender For Marciano Crown WASHINGTON UK— The National Boxing Assn. figures that if anyone is going to take Rocky Marciano's heavyweight championship away from him in the foreseeable future, it'll be Ezzard Charles. Charles, who once held the title himself, gets the next shot at Marciano's crown in a 15-round bout at Yankee Stadium June 17. If Charles wins, he'll become the first heavyweight eii-cbumpion to regain his title. Highest The NBA boosted Charles to "logical contender" in its spring ratings announced yesterday. This is the highest rating any challenger has been given since Marciano won the title. Three fighters were named out- standings boxers: Nino Valdez of Cuba, Don Cockrell of England and Roland LaStarza of New York. There were no major surprises in the NBA ratings. Harold Johnson, who calls himself the uncrowned light-heavyweight champ, was rated the only logical contender to Archie Moore's title, and the NBA once again urged Moore to defend his crown against Johnson. Three Top Middles The NBA selected three logical contenders for Bobo Olson's middleweight title: Rocky Castellani, Joey Giardello and ex-champ Randy Turpin. And four logical contenders were listed as challengers for Kid Gavilan's welterweight championship. These are Carmen Basilio, Billy Graham, Del Flanagan and Johnny Saxton. Two No-Hitters, Both 1-0 Losses ST, LOUIS (ft— Jim Johnston has pitched two straight no-hitters for the Normandy High School Vikings but he's lost both games by the same 1-0 score. The southpaw, a senior, hurled a no-hitter yesterday against suburban Clayton, but he walked four men in the first inning to force in the only run. Jim held Ferguson High School hitless last Thursday but a walk, two errors by his teammates and a walk with the bases loaded forced in the lone run. His team got two hits in each game. Read Courier News Classified Ads MB^ -™P»You eon gtt thousand* of «xtrq mil** from your car without overhaul *xp«n*«! Install a Motor ftyfhm Lubricator on yovr »noln» for mcr* power ond pick-up cr.d Itsi *ngin« w«ar. Motor Rythm "fop «ngin«" lubrication work* from *• top down- gats oil on the hard to reach upper engine parts, including valves, piston* ond rings. Top engine lubrication poy* for itself many times over. Whether it's new or old, the cor you're driving r»w can b« the best bargain you ever drove—if you make if last with a Motor Rythm lubricator. ONLY '8.75 including qt. Motor ftythm (regular $10.10 v«Hw) •Not including installation cKarg* or Mt WfMWt rdN^^^flTwii Available at your car dealer's, favorite Garage or Service Station. DISTRIBUTED BY JOHN MILES MILLER Co. BlythevilUt SLAUGHTER WEEPS — Enos (Country) Slaughter, veteran St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, weeps as he talks to reporters in St. Louis, Mo., after he learned that he had been traded to the New York Yankees. Slaughter, supposed to be through last year, came up with one of his best years. His lifetime batting average: .305. (AP WIrephoto) Garibaldi, Welchs Win Tag Decision The tag team of Jack Welch, Chic Garibaldi and Lester Welch walked away victorious last night in the six man tag match main event of the American Legion's wrestling bouts at Memorial Auditorium. These three won a decision over Eddie Malone, Joe McCarthy and Carlos Rodriquez in one of the wildest bouts ever staged here. In all, three substitutes were necessary to complete last night's bout. Karl (Killer) Kowalski, Wild Man Zimm and young Tom Drake were scheduled to perform in the big bout but failed to show so~Promoter Mike Meroney had to call in Lester Welch to substitute for Drake, Rodriquez to substitute for Kowalski and McCarthy to pinch hit for Zimm. But in spite of the fact the bout was not as scheduled, it was a wild affair that kept the 700 odd fans howling throughout. The bout was full of free for alls and at one point came close to getting out of the hands of Referee Jack Moody. Eddie Malone got his side off to a good start when he made Garibaldi give in with a crab hold after 14 minutes. But that was about all Malone and Company had to howl about. Lester Welch came back to win the second fall for his team in 10 minutes when he pinned Malone. And the third fall went just about like the second. McCarthy started California Has New Cisco Kid W/io Can Redly Hit By HARRY GRAYSON * NEW YORK — (NEA) — A few weeks back, in the course of an afternoon stroll along what once was Jacobs Beach, we bumped into Sol Gold, a good cigar-smoking member of the Saturday Night Fights organization. "Any good new fighters coming up?" we asked Scout Gold. "Yeah, theres' a corking young lightweight out in Los Angeles," Gold said. "His name is Andrade, just like that oil millionaire who pitches those big parties before the Kentucky Derby. His first name is Cisco." The conversation was forgotten until the television listings told us that Cisco Andrade was to fight Percy Bassett, the interim featherweight champion, in Washington and smack dab in our living room. With the turn of a switch at the appointed hour, these eyes were rewarded with what appears to be one of the finest lightweights to come along in some time. * » » How often do you see a shutout in boxing these nights? They're as scarce as a Grade A three-year- old without a bowed tendon. But Anderade blanked Bassett, a top test, in 10 rounds piling up the maximum 300 points. He made it crystal clear that California has another Cisco Kid who hits as hard as Duncan Renaldo. Bassett, who is ilxin' to fight Sandy Saddler for the world feather frock, was made a 2-1 favorite over the "unknown from the coast," but Andrade handled htm much easier than did Jimmy Carter, the recently deposed lightweight leader, and Arthur Persley. Bassett took a decision from Carter, was fresh from knocking over assorted foreigners in Paris and Marseilles. In 64 consecutive Saturday Night Fights, Promoter Ray Arcel never got as many wires. Andrade reminded Sam Pian of Earl Mastro, model Chicago feather of 25 years ago. Pian managed Mastro, Barney Ross and Tony Zale. Andrade showed other near- oldtimers the left hand and footwork of Sammy Mandell and Sid Terris. He has an effective left jab, out to stage a private duel with Lester Welch but had to run for cover when the irate Cherokee hit the warpath. Rodriquez came in to his rescue but Lester tagged brother Jack and Jack pinned big Carlos in 10 minutes to take the third and deciding fall. ... In the preliminary bouts Malone beat Lester Welch, Garibaldi won over McCarthy and Rodriquez beat Jack Welch. Thanks for the fine reception given us during our Open House Saturday. We will continue to give the same courteous service that we did dur- I ing our Open House. Winners of Open House Prizes: Watch (Donated by A. G. Shibley) Mrs. J. F. McCalla BIytheville Battery- Mrs. R. P. McCaslin Luxora Polish & Wax Job- Miss Carol Davis BIytheville STOVALL GULF STATION FIRST & ASH PHONE 6727 W. H. (Bill) StOYall Jr., Optrator For the Life of Your Cor — Go Gulf! Cisco Andrade which started to pass out with Bonny Tunney. The ordinary jabber can't punch a lick inside, but this kid can. In two nationally-televised scraps —the first with Hoacine Khalfi in Toledo—Andrade had yet to clinch. His staying power matches his cleverness and he has yet to be badly hurt by a punch. Andrade, 23 and performing professionally for no more than a year and a half, is something seldom seen these days—a ring craftsman who had learned his trade. Andrade, real first name Robert and a Mexican out of Compton, Calif., developed while serving four years in the Army. He lost five of 148 outings as an amateur, bagged a basketful of titles in southern California, the Los Angeles Golden Gloves among them. As a money fighter, he knocked out 11 of 23. He is unbeaten and was held even only once. He is a natural lightweight. Andrade, father of two daughters, sells a spot of insurance on the side. The Cisco Kid rides out of the Wild West again and this one is headed for the wilds of Brooklyn and Paddy DeMarco's lightweight championship. Confidence Is Trautman Theme Says Minor Loops Are Making Comeback With Renewed Vigor COLUMBUS, Ohio (A>V—The bass of minor lenpue btusebnll blossomed out with confidence today nnd criticized what he called over-emphasis on the. "plight" of t*ie minor leagues. George M. Tnuitma.n. in a dispatch to league and club presidents, said there is more evidence than in recent years of interest in baseball in the lower classifications. Hit* Critics Trautman said "many self-appointed experts, some qualified and some not, offer, publicly and privately, panaceas that will, as they express it, 'save minor league baseball.' " The minor league president said "too much emphasis is being placed upon the 'plight' of the minor leagues, with the resulting assumption that the very existence of the minors is in jeopardy." Tra'.Umnn said that is not the case and urged baseball men to "substitute hard, intelligent work for oratorical recitals and press releases about our difficulties." Trautman said only two leagues folded last year, with 268 minor league teams in action this season. He said many minor league clubs have- had successful pre-season ticket campaigns. And the reduction in federal admissions tax and lowering of taxes on telegrams and long distance phone calls and transportation will help too, said Trautman. More Deer For Big Lake GF Commission Puts Eight More in Woods Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has turned loose eight more deer in the Commission's public shooting area in the Big Lake bottom land. Six doe and two bucks were released there yesterday and more are on the way. It is the Commission's plan to bring the deer population up to about 40 or 50. Of the group released yesterday, five doe are due to drop fawns within the next few weeks. The bucks are 10-pointers, larger than anything put In the woodland here previously by the Commission. Indications are that at least one fawn is now in the woods as very small tracks have been identified as belonging to small dear. HOBBY OR RACE HORSE?— The tiniest thoroughbred ever to survive foaling is the pet of little Knthryn and Peter Fcakes « Woodland Farm, hard by Monmouth Park, N.J. Sired by Double Brand, the filly stands 24 inches, weighs 15 pounds. (NEA) _ Argentine Pug Is 'Exciting 1 Gets .Victory Oxer Turner in St. Louis BROOKLYN, N. Y. Wl—Eduardo Lausse is no new Luis Firpo but he looks like an exciting fighter. The latest import from Buenos Aires won n booed split decision last night over Jesse Turner of St. Louis in a good 10 round middleweight scrap at Eastern Parkway Arena. Lausse weighed 160& to Turner's 159 pounds. Many of the fans thouhgt he deserved no better than a draw. "He was too anxious, not Just right yet," said Charlie Johnston, Lausse's manager. "He'll be much better with this under his belt." Johnston said he had nothing definite for Lausse although he had a Boston offer to fight Joe Rindone Paint Closeout M»ny Types and Colon i Price Hubbard Hardware or some other middleweight. Turner thought he won it and asked for a return fight. His manager, Arthur Liebert, and trainer, George Wilsman, claimed he was hit many low blows. Lausse showed an odd style, fighting in spirited flurries and then covering. It was his 15th straight, bringing his career record to 47-5-2 for 54 pro fights. Tri-Staie Aberdeen Angu0 SALE Wednesday, April 24 Shelby County Penal Farm Memphis, Ttim. 44 Females—9 Bulls Good foundation «tock will be offered In thin Mile. Animal* consigned by breeder* of Ark&MM, Mississippi, and West Tetuuwee. Plan now to attend this tale. For further infonnatkm or catalog, write— Roy W. Turner, Covtaffton, TMML QUART OF GASOLINE! 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