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April 14, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

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(ARK.) Champs Look Like Chumps in Openers BIG LEAGUE ROOKIES AH of Top Teams Get Br JOB RIICMLE* AP Sport* Writer l?i a long, long way to the of tfce major league base- season but for opening day at least, the champs looked like chumps. The proud champion New Yoffc Yankees bit the dust in Waftogton 5-3. The National League champion Brooklyn Bodgers tasted defeat at the handi of the Giants 4-3. toe 1toe the ten r a t e a Milwaukee ateo were dumped in Cin- 9-8. The well-regarded Bos- Red SOK were knocked off by Ipwty Philadelphia Athletics "She high-flying St. Louis Car- were soundly thrashed by Chicago Cubs 13-4. The hust- Chicago White Sox were ttd by Cleveland 8-2. And the Pfuiadelphta PMH-ies were by the upstart Pittsburgh •f wo tor Mathcws everything went ac- to script . . .weH, nearly . Eddie Mathews, whose run* made him k-ing of in 195S, whacked two qf the park for the Braves. Gampeaelia, the majors' runs- champion, last year, two homers for the Dodg- Miefcey Vernon, AL batting homered for Washingto beat the Yankees in a 10-. tussle. Sal Maglie, who has a living out of whipping tihe , beat 'em again. And the Browm, who are now new Btttttatofe Orioles, lost a 3-0 shutout in Crowds Good Crowds totaling 236.414 turned out ki g-enerall-y cool, sanity" wea- Hier to watch the 1« teanw get under way. It was the first time in 16 years tbat every oiub be- ga» the season Jfofiae runs—clusters of provided the boisterous ieynote to tfee fun-scale opening. The noisiest and most dramatic forar-basgers w«re slam«*«d by the Giants' Wil- tt* Mav« and the Senators' Vernon. May*, the wonder boy, lived up to hii buildup, smashing a tre- nendous 425-foot shot into the up- <p«r seats in left center in the sixth inning to snap a 3-3 deadlock and give fee Giants their triumph. Grisson Helps Marv Grissom relieved Maglie with the bases loaded and only one out ia foe seventh. He retired the «de and permitted only one bit the rest of the way .Carl Er- skki* was the loser. Vernon's game - winning homer came with one out and a runner on base in the last of the 10th to break a 3-3 tie. Allie Reynolds, ftftfa Yankee pitcher and 18th player used by Manager Casey Stengel, was the victim of the blow. President Eisenhower, who threw out the first ball, stayed right to the end. Jim Greengrass cracked four doubles, tying a major league record, in Cincinnati's first opening- day victory since 1949. The Red- legs clouted 13 hits .against four Braves' hurlers. Mathews' two home runs were solo shots. Philadelphia's triumph over the Red Sox was dimmed by a recurrence of the arm injury to Bobby Shantz that had sidelined the little Athletics' southpaw most of the 1953 season. Shantz was ahead 5-2 when he suddenly stopped the game in the top of the sixth and complained of an aching arm. He was sent to a hospital for examination. Gus Zernial's two-run homer and ex-Yankee Bill Renna's fi*>st-inning double with th* bases loaded paced Shant-z to victory. Held runless by Robin Roberts through seven innings, the Pirates pounced on the Philly ace and Jim Konstanty, his reliever, for four runs in the eighth to pull the game out of the fire. After rookie Bob Skinner"s pinch-hit single had tied the score, Hal Rice doubled feo drive in the winning run. Successive fourth-inning home runs by Wally Westlake and George Strickland opened the gateB for the Indians, who staged a 15-Wt assault on Billy Pierce and three i«Hev»rs to gain their one- sided victory in Chicago. Stan Mack's managerial debut wa« a marked success as his Cubs sheiled starter Harvey Haddix and four other St. Louis hurlers for 16 hits white southpaw Paul Minner was handcuff-ing the rookie-sprinkled Cardinals to six safeties. The days's largest crowd—46,994 —watched Baltimore make an ignominious return to the American League after 52 years. Detroit's Steve Gromek shut them out with seven hits and fanned nine. Baseball Standing; By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet behind 1.000 — 1.000 — 1.000 — 1.000 — Cleveland . Detroit ... Philadelphia Washington New York .. Baltimore . Chicago ..1 . 1 . 1 . I ,. 0 ..0 . 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 Boston 0 1 TODAY'S GAMES Cleveland at Chicago Baltimore at Detroit New York at Washington (Only games scheduled) * TUESDAY'S RESULTS Washington 5, New York 3 (10 innings) Cleveland 8, Chicago 2 Philadelphia 6. Boston 4 Detroit 3, Baltimore 0 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. Behind New York 1 0 1.000 — Pittsburgh 1 0 1.000 — Chicago 1 0 1.000 — Cincinnati 1 0 1.000 — St. Louis 0 1 .000 1 Brooklyn 0 1 .000 1 Milwaukee 0 1 .000 1 Philadelphia 01 .000 1 TODAY'S GAMES Brooklyn at New York Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (Only games scheduled) TUESDAY'S RESULTS Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 2 New York 4, Brooklyn 3 Cincinnati'9, Milwaukee 8 Chicago 13, St. Louis 4 WWV TWEV CALL. DUE BLOCKING. &ACK SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION .. .. Won Lost Pet. Behind Little Rock 4 0 1.000 — New Orleans 4 1 .800 & Atlanta 3 1 .750 1 Chattanooga 2 2 .500 1 Memphis 2 2 .500 2 Mobile 1 3 .250 3 Birmingham 1 4 .200 3% Nashville 0 4 .000 4 TUESDAY'S RESULTS Atlanta 6 Chattanooga 1 Birmingham 3 Nashville 1 Little Rock 12 Mobile 5 Memphis 5 New Orleans 3 TODAY'S SCHEDULE Chattanooga at Atlanta Mobile at Little Rock Nashville at Birmingham New Orleans at Memphis Vegas Tourney Trouble Spot By GATLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — The next super event on golf's golden trail, the Las Vegas Tournament of Champions, is scheduled to be played for the second time at the Desert Inn Country Club, April 22-25, with $35,000 prize money at stake, and it appears that the money stars are'preparing to split again over the propriety of appearing in the so-called "Slot Machine Open." — ----••• PGA should not lend their talents to uch a project. Honon Smith, pres- dent of the PGA, is lasied among CSe opposition. It will be recalled that there was considerable hullabaloo before, during and after the event a year ago. Numerous name attractions, including Ben Hogan, did not accept invitations. Hogau was accused of having demanded $5,000 appearance money, and this angered Lloyd Mangrum, who did play and who fully intends to play again. Cancer 1 Benefits Those professionals who are "for" the fabulous event point out tfaat gambling is as lawful in Las Vegas as playing hopscotch in oth- «r states, and say there is no reason they should be affected by the gambling atmosphere. They also emphasize that the promoters donate another $35,000 to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund. Those opposed say the tournament was conceived for the sole purpose of gaining nationwide publicity for the Las Vegas gaming tables, and that members of the T«««.-Wed.-Tiitifg.-Fri. WASH LUBRICATE OIL CHANGE (to. of N-rtaralube, Quaker 8t*te or Pennxoll OIL FILTER CHECK BATTERY FLUSH RADIATOR $1.00 WORTH OF GASOLINE. IT.TO V»lnt $g*$o Wilton"! Auto Strrict harm in the tournament. For example: "Despite late rumblings from a very few PGA officials, the field The latest issue of Golf Graphic j for the 1954 tournament of cham- eatures an article which attempts, | pions will be exclusive and import)y giving both sides of the coniro- ant. Only one eligible pro, Jackie versy, to bring the issue into some -Burke, has expressed anything but kind of focus. The conclusion to be delight with the prospect of a guar- drawij by the reader is that the edi- anteed $1,000 and a chance for ,ors of the publication see no great! much more." Take Advantage Of New Rule NEW YORK (Sfi — Eight players already have taken advantage of the major league's restored sacri- MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Texas League Dallas 4. Houston 3 San Antonio 3, Ft. Worth 2 Beaumont 5, Oklahoma City 0 Shreveport. 13, Tulsa 5 fice fly rule. Under the regulation, a player hitting a fair outfield fly which scores a run is credited with a sacrifice and is not charged with a time at bat. In yesterday's opening games, George Strickland and Jim Hegan of Cleveland. Jackie Jensen of the Boston Red Sox. Wally Moon of the St. Louis Cardinals, Paul Minner of the Chicago Cubs, Gil Hodges of Brooklyn, Frank Thomas of Pittsburgh and Sam Calderone of Milwaukee all produced sacrifice flies Read Courier News Classified Ad* Cardinals Usually Can Count On Haddix Handling the Cubs ST. LOUIS (AP) — When it comes to beating the Chicago Cubs the St. Louis Cardinals generally can count on thek southpaw ace, Harvey Haddix, to do the job. Since coming to the majors late in 1S5X the 28-year-old Haddix has butt up a 5-1 record against the Cubs. Last season, while winning 20, losing 9 and leading the National League with sk shutcurtf, Haddix was 5-0 agak&t tfee Bruine. But yo* never would bav« believed it yesterday when the Cards and Cubs opened the season at Busch Stadium. By the third inning Haddix was out of the game and the Cubs were off and running to a 13-4 triumph. Five HiU in Three Frame* Haddix was tagged for five hits and four runs in 2 J / 3 fcmings. When he left the Cubs swung for 11 more safeties against Hal White, Cot Deal, Royce Lint and Tom Poholsky. Against southpaw Paul Minner, who hit a two-run homer off Poholsky in the ninth, tjie Cards managed only six scattered hits. Two were homers by Stan Musial and Wally Moon, the rookie replacement lor Enos Slaughter. Moon's blow came in his first trip to the plate in a major league game. Peanuts Lowery, as usual, came through with a pinch-hit triple and Rip Repulski hit a double, but that was the extent of the Cards' extra base knocks. The Redbirds are idle today, moving to Milwaukee tomorrow with Vic Raschi making his first Cardinal start. He'll probably face the Braves' ace, Warren Spahn. Bickle KO's Oakland Lad SALT LAKE CITY UP) — Bobby Bickle, 132, Kansas City, knocked out Al Moore, 133, Oakland, Calif., in the ninth round of their scheduled 10-round main event last night. Globetrotters Get Victory DENVER Ml—The Harlem Globetrotters took command early in the fourth quarter and stayed in front for a 79-77 basketball victory over the College All-Stars last night. It was the Trotters' 12th victory in the 18 games of the current tour. 'Sure I Was Nervous/ Wally Moon States By ED WILKS ST. LOUIS (AP) — The young lefty stood relaxed at the plate. The count was two balls, no strikes. Then a fast bail came in. He swung easily, met it squarely and the bafl bounced atop the right field pavilion roof for a home run. That's how Wallace Wade Moon, who had never seen a major league game before made his debut as a St. Louis Cardinal in Busch Stadium yesterday against the Chicago Cubs. 350-Foot Poke . The homer, a good 350-foot clout, came in the first inning, adding Moon to the list of rookies who have slugged home runs on their first trip to the plate in the majors. It didn't have much to do with the game's outcome, however, as Chicago won, 13-4. "It was quite a thrill," said Moon, named by his sports fan father for Wallace Wade, coach of Alabama's Rose Bowl football team in 1930, the year Wally was born. "Sure I was nervous," he admitted. "But I felt good at the plate. I was more nervous in the field than at bat." Replaced Enos The Cards' new center fielder had cause to be nervous. Not only was it his first major league game, but he was in the lineup replacing Enos Slaughter, the veteran fan favorite who was traded to the New York Yankees Sunday to make room for youngsters like J4oon. Some fans, resenting the trade, shouted, "Where's Slaughter?" when the Cards took the field. But they gave Moon a good hand when he stepped up to bat. Seconds later the cheers becajne a roar .as the ball cleared the right field screen. Outfielder Gus Bell of the Red- legs works with the team's ticket department during the winter. Biggest Thrill For Vernon Eisenhower Handshake, Homer Meant a Lot WASHINGTON (#) — Mickey Vernon took it like the old pro he is, the dramatic 10th inning home run and the handshake from the President of the United States. But, Vernon conceded today, "it was just about the biggest thrill I ever had." That takes in a lot of territory, for Vernon, the 35-year-old first baseman for the Washington Senators, has won the American League batting championship twice and broken up more than his share of ball games with game-winning hits. His 10th inning blast yesterday gave the Senators a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees. And after Mickey had trotted around the bases to the cheers of 27,160 spectators, President Eisenhower called him over to shake his hand. Wnat did Eisenhower say? 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