The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 20, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 20, 1954
Page 9
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NIN1 Slaughter Sale Points to Abuse Waiver Rule Is Little More Than Trade Bait By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor ^ , NEW YORK — (NEA) — There is little or no sentiment in baseball. . __- It's a hard game. But that picture of Enos Slaughter crying when advised that he had been traded to the Yankees isn't going to do the business any good. Country Slaughter was kicked upstairs, but that didn't make the most typical of the Cardinals feel any better about it. After 19 years in the St. Louis Nationals' organization, it never entered Slaughter's head that he would ever play for anybody else. Vic Raschi felt the same way when told he was making the switch £he opposite way. —The Slaughter arid Raschi transactions not only shocked the prin- something—Slaughter not capable enough for the Phillies, Braves, Giants and White Sox, but plenty good enough for the world champions. _ The other clubs have been slow in getting hep to the Yankees' winning formula, in which National League castoffs have figured for five consecutive all - conquering years. Johnny Mize was purchased in 1349, Johnny Hopp in '50 and Johny Sain in '51. Two more pitchers—Ewell Blackwell and Johnny Schmitz—failed to be of help, but General Manager George Weiss wasn't sitting still. Slaughter is 38, but batted .201 and drove in 89 runs in 143 game* last season. And the last time we looked the foremost faultier in the game was scooting over ground at rapidly as ever, • * * His acquisition fives the Yankees further outfield and pinch- hitting protection and opens the gate to further trades. "Slaughter will be a great help to the Yankees," said Branch Rickey of the Pirates. "I'm glad to see him out of the league," asserted Vice - President Buzzy Bavasi of the Dodgers. "He hurt us plenty last season." Its difficult to understand the thinking of baseball owners and officials, who waive a star and a name out of the league just so he won't be around to. hurt them. You'd think they'd want the league strong and well balanced arid the more attractions the better. Attendance ha* fallen off for other reasons than television and the magnates aren't checking the decline by repeatedly .demonstrating that baseball if a game without a conscience. Nashville Finally Finds a Punch Volt in Happy Confines Of Sulphur Dtll And Git tht Rangt By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS In their small park before a tiny crowd, the Nashville Vols shook off their puny hitting ways and treated themselves to the biggest inning of the Southern Association season. The long dormant Vol attack boomed lustily for 11 runs in the happy fourth at Sulphur Dell last night and the cellarites clubbed Chattanooga 17-3 for their second straight victory after eight consecutive defeats. The remainder of the league program was cast in a less spectacular mold. Birmingham shut out Atlanta 8*0, Little Rock bowed to Memphis 3-2, and New Orleans alapped the Mobile Bears 8-3. Urban Stan John Urban, whose two previous starts for Birmingham were unimpressive, did a sharp turnabout in chilling hit-happy Atlanta on seven safeties — all singles. Atlanta kept its share of the league lead, however, when Little Rock's ninth-inning rally fell short at Memphis. Vito Valentinetti had a shutout and a 400-foot homer when the Travs got very menacing in the last round. They combed the big righthander for two runs on a double, two singles and a walk be- Girls Playing Basketball Yet All-Star Team Is to Be Selected HUTCHINSON, Kan. (*) — The basball season is under way but the girls still are pitying basketball —with a trip to France at stake. Pour top women basketball teams will participate in a two-day tournament starting tonight. The play, under men's rules, will determine the makeup of an all star squad to represent this country in the French invitational tournament at Marseilles in June. About 15 girls wil be on the squad. Tonight's opening play pit the Wayland College Plying Queen of Platnview. Tex., against the Kansas City Dons and Htnes Hosiery of Winston-Salem, N. C., against the Dowell's Dolls of Amarillo, Tex. The tournament championship will be decided tomorrow night. Wayland College won the women's national AAU basketball title at St. Joseph, Mo., last month. The fore he could get the third man out. The victory was Val's second without a loss, and the setback was the first for Little Rock's John Weiss after two winning efforts. The New Orleans Freese brothers got a total of four hits to continue their hot hitting pace. They extracted lefty Bob Schultz from the effects of a bad beginning and moved the third-place Pels a length closer to the leaders. THROW HIM OUT Eddie Williams starts to fall out of the ring after being walloped by Doug Kirby, who stopped the Tucsou lightweight in the seventh round in San Francisco. <NEA) qther three clubs also have been top competitors in AAU basketball. In addition to the trip to France the all star squad will' represent the United tSates in the Pan-Amer- ican Games in Mexico early next year. Read Courier News Classified Ads Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. OB Philadelphia 4 2 .667 Cincinnati 4 2 .667 Brooklyn 3 2 .600 Chicago 2 2 .500 St. Louis 3 3 .400 New York 2 3 .400 Milwaukee 2 3 .400 Pittsburgh 2 4 .333 TODAY'S GAMES Pittsburgh at New York. Milwaukee at Chicago. Brooklyn at Philadelphia. Cincinnati at St. Louis. Monday's RcHiilU Pittsburgh 7, New York 5 Brooklyn 9. Philadelphia 7 St. Louis 6. Cincinnati 3 Only games scheduled. AMERICAN LEAGUE Detroit ........... 4 2 ATashlngton ........ 3 8 Boston ........... 3 3 New York ........ 3 3 Chicago .......... 3 3 Philadelphia ...... 2 3 Baltimore ...... .'. 2 3 Cleveland 2 3 .667 600 .500 1 .500 1 .500 1 .400 I .400 1 .400 1 TODAY'S GAMES Chicago at Detroit. Philadelphia at Washington. Only games scheduled Monday's Bwnltf Boston 2-0, New York 14 Chicago 5, Detroit 1 Washington 4, Philadelphia I Only games scheduled. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. QB Little Rock .... 7 3 .700 — Atlanta 7 3 .700 — New Orleans ..84 .667 — Memphis 6 S .540 1% Birmingham ..6 9 .495 2ft Chattanooga ... 4 9 .400 1 Mobile 3 7 .300 i Nashville 2 8 .200 I YESTERDAY'S RESULTS birmingham 8, Atlanta 0 Memphis 3, Little Rock 3 New Orleans 8, Mobile 3 Nashville 17, Chattanooga I TODAY'S GAMES Birmingham at Atlanta Chattanooga at Nashville New Orleans at Mobile Little Rock at Memphis AMERICAN ASSOCIATION Charleston 4, Minneapolis S (H> innings) Kansas City 8, Toledo 1 Indianapolis 7. Louisville 4 Only games scheduled TEXAS LEAGUE Fort Worth 3, Shreveport 1 Beaumont 4. Dallas 1 San Antonio 13, Tulsa 3 Oklahoma City 15, Houston IS WESTERN LEAGUE Colorado Springs 10, Denver S Pueblo 1, Wichita 0 Lincoln 13, Sioux City 0 Omaha 6, Des Moines 5 Em* Slftirhter cipals. They stunned the baseball public, who expected these faithful performers to close out their careers in the livery in which they fcrpke in. * * » The Slaughter and Raschi deals stress the abuse of the waiver rule, which is used as little more than trade bait. The excuse of Na- ,tional League clubs for letting '.'•. Slaughter slip out of the circuit is -that waivers can twice be with" drawn after being obtained. "The Cardinals wouldn't let us have him," says the brass. "Certainly we could not have closed , such a deal as the Yankees made --• (Slaughter for four minor leagu- ; ers.)" Bob Carpenter of the Phillies "who require an outfielder like ;, Abbott needs Costello, pointed out '-that Slaughter's best years were ; behind him. •• "Slaughter didn't fit Into our plans," asserted John Quinn of the Braves. • While the Slaughter barter was being announced, baseball pundits L were pointing out that a Giant weakness was the lack of an accredited left-hand pinch-hitter. ; "We wouldn't have taken him if'we had the chance," declared the White Sox' Frank Lane, while attempting to sell Chicago fans the idea that WiUard Marshall is " a "big" outfielder. « * * There's one for the book or tune in! BASEBALL PLAY BY PLAY KLCN-FM ROBERTSON with HARRY CARAY MOUOHT TO YOU IY ANHEUSER-IUSCH, INC ft. MM . MWAMt . 101 " Bndweisee I A •! « III » Solons Getting In Shape (??) DAYTONA BEACH, Ha. (ff)—It isn't always baseball when visiting congressmen take the base- hall field in spring "training" for their annual game of Republicans against Democrats. In yesterday's session. Rep Jack Westland (R-Wash) struck out. But he quickly changed sports, placing a golf ball on home plate, producing a No. 9 iron and golfing a Texas Leaguer over second base. The managers, Runt Bishop 1 (111) of the Republicans and Syd Herlong (Fla) of the Democrats, hope to have their teams in condition for an exhibition game tomorrow night. Tom Alston, rookie first baseman, is the first Negro ever to appear in a St. Louis Cardinal baseball uniform. He was purchased from San Diego in the Pacific Coast League. No one can blame infielder Alex Grammas of the Cardinals for having a sweet tooth. His father is a candy manufacturer in Birmingham, Ala. KfcWELLER BJECATJSE: ITS XTRST IN 'i» Morepeopk are buying Ford cars than any other make because they have found that Ford gives them more of the things they want— and at the price they want to pay. National new car registration figures* for the latest six-month period availabk show Ford out front by thousands. 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