The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 27, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 27, 1954
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TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE mil Between You'n Me TedHasTummy; Braves Stocked By MURRAY v Florida source tells us retiring (is that the right word?) Ted Williams might be a defict to the Boston Gold Sox, even after he comes back, because he ballooned 20 pounds while neglecting road for rod (and reel) .... Williams made up his mind he'd quit after '54 back in December and only a break prevented a premature leak of the Satevepost revelation— the break in his collarbone which put (s) pouting Theodore out of circulation from prying (he'd say preyirig) reporter!. . . . Our Milwaukee confidante would have us believe the Braves' system j is'so stocked in pitching talent, the bird dogs have been told not even to look at kid hurlers, let alone sign them. . . . Even with Roy Campanella, generally judged base-j ball's best, the Dodgers are parting i twigs for catching talent. . . . * * * Second baseman Jerry Coleman's a question mark for the Yanks because the intelligent Marine vet is too introspective—i.e., has lost confidence in himself. . . . Who carries the highest major league lifetime batting average on the world champion Yanks? Berra? Bauer? Woodling? Mantle? . . . Nope it's second string catcher Charlie Silvera, with a .303 mean . . Silver's strongest job competition in the Yankee organization comes from huge Gus Triandos ,a fellow San Franciscan on option to Kansas City. ... So when the late Joe Devine went to sign Gus for the Yankees who do you think gave him a lift to the Triandos household? Silvera! . . . * » * Phil Cavarretta failed to catch on with the Giants, even though Leo Durocher was hot for him, because he demanded two-year job security. . . . And Horace Stoneham no could see. . . . Once waivers have been sought on a player, a club shouldn't be able to withdraw them. . . . Then you wouldn't have National League clubs not claiming an Enos Slaughter because they said they couldn't get him anyway. . . . For a guy named Country, Slaughter will really fit into the Broadway picture. . . . * » * Milt Kutsher, who'll play host to Ezzard Charles in training at his Catskills resort, once flung the discuss for Pennsylvania and is probably the nation's top basketball fan. . . . which leaves Ett still punching the bag. . . . Ray Arcel, the Saturday night fight promoter, used to train former light-heavy champ Bob Olin, a notorious hypochondriac. The two were in St. Louis for a fight when Arcel got fed up with Olin's groaning and took him to the late Dr. Bob Hyland, baseball's repair man— but didn't tell Hyland who his patient was. Dr. Hyland gave Olin the once-over, laid down the stethoscope and said, "There's nothing wrong with you, young man. Why, you're healthy enough to be the light-heavyweight champion of the world." . . . * * * Any pitching problems the Dodgers would go a long way toward being solved if one of the key chuck- ers stay in shape. . . Don't let anybody tell you Don Zimmer was shipped down to St. Paul without a murmur. . . . The Pirates' Jerry Lynch bats left, throws right, eats left. . . . Look-alikes: Mickey Mantel and Lloyd Merriman of the Reds. . . . Bonus rookie first baseman Frank Leja has impressed Casey Stengel as a good fielder and "a good Wd." . . . But can he hit? ... Mel MaUette, once Branch Rickey's draft sleeper, now gone straight as a writer, is the new sports editor of the Asheville, N. C., Citizen . Nat Fleischer's 1954 Ring Encyclopedia carries this newsworthy item: "First fight ever recorded: Cain vs. Abel". . . Who was the referee? . . . Between ybu'n'me, baseball players are the most thin-skinned of athletes when it conies to reading their clippings. . . . By ED (PORKY) OLIVER I had my usual run of bad luck in the 1940 United States Open at Canterbury in Cleveland. Because I teed off ahead of schedule, I was disqualified from a play-off with Lawson Little, and Gene Sarazen. That's why the ensuing. St. Paul Open, with practically the same field was one of my sweetest victories. The last-chance shot I made on the 18th hole has been the shot I point to and say, ''MY greatest." The last hole of the St. Paul event started with five tied for the lead and when I got down to my last shot. I found a birdie 4 on the hole would give me the tournament. The only trouble was that my ball was in a trap off the green. The only way to play this one is to use a wedge and blast—take a lot of sand with your Shot and keep thinking, first, of getting out of the trap and, second, of winding up with some sort of position on the green. I set my feet in the sand, allowing them to sink in, then swung. I managed to put the proper backspin on an almost impossible 60- foot shot, and the ball rolled within inches of the hole. I won and got special pleasure out of the situation. But I would have preferred the TJ. S. Open. (Ed (Porky) Oliver will be among golfers trying to beat Ben Hogan on National Golf Day, June 5, sponsored by the PGA and Life Magazine, Amateurs will use local handicaps on their own courses.) Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BROOKLYN — Jimmy Slade, 181 y 2 » New York, outpointed Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, 194^, New York, 10 , Holyoke, Mass.—Bobby Courchesne, 128, Chicopee, Mass., stopped OL.DSMOBII.Ei THE CAR OF TOMORROW A ; ..HERE TODAY N FOR • '.'88" 2-Door Sedan delivered locally; state and local taxes extra. Loaded with looksl Packed with powerl See and drivt the new 1954 "Rocket 1 * Oldsmobile- tke va/ue buy of f/»e year/ Your pric* depends upon choice of model and body style, optional «quip- ment and accessories. Price* may vary slightly in adjoining communities because of shipping charges. All price* subject to change without notice. Check ovr easy budget terms! SEI rout OLDSMOIILI DIALER TODAYI HORNIR-WILSON MOTOR CO.—309 I. Main St. ALL-ROUND — Between innings of a game. Hank DiVin- cent placed in the shotput. discus and javelin during a track and field victory over Orexel at Philadelphia's La 3alle College, The outfielder made three hits in as many official times at bat in a 13-3 baseball triumph. (NEA) Here's Boseboll Stength in Middle Important Monster, Gefz Victorious in Mat Feature The Monster was unmasked twice last night but no one got a chance to see who he was and he and Al Getz went on to win the tag match feature of the American Legion's wrestling matches at Memorial Auditorium. Two times during the second fall Chuck Molner and Jack Moody managed to wrest the black .hood from the masked man's face but both times he managed to conceal his identity while he slipped the hood back on. The unmasking was only a minor part of the wild bout which highlighted Promoter Mike Meroney's wrestling show. Except for a brief flurry in the second fall. The Monster and Getz proved entirely too much for Molner and Moody. They captured the decision in two straight falls. The first lasted for 13 minutes and it saw just about everything happen. It ended with Getz applying a double jack knife to Moody after 18 minutes. Enraged by the illegal unmasking of The Monster, Getz and his partner teamed up on Molner and made him give up after 15 minutes by applying plenty of pressure to a toe hold. In the preliminaries Molner beat Getz and Moody won over The Monster. 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Bfytheville (Thk is the fourth of seven article* In which former nufcjw league baseball »t*rs toil how w> play the fame.) By ROGERS HORNSBY (Written for AP New*featurc«) When a fellow builds a ball club it should be built through the middle with a good fielding second baseman and a good fielding shortstop. We all like good hitters but if a second baseman is a good base runner, and if there are other potential hitters on the team, hitting strength can be sacrificed. A second baseman's arm does not have to be too strong The shortstop and third baseman need strong arms, but not the second baseman. However, a second baseman must be able to make snap throws. You learn to play hitters by telling whether the batter hits to left field or right field. You must know your own pitcher. If he's a fast ball pitcher the chances are that a right handed hitter wiD not be able to pull the ball to left field too well. On a batter like that it is well to play to bit toward first base. If he can't pull the ball he's more apt to hit it to the right side of the field. Taking; Eelay Throw* On relay throws from the outfield, the" second baseman should take the throws from right center field and from right field. If the second baseman has a poor arm the shortstop should take the throws. Shortstops ore suppossed to takeyour side. Try to play the ball with , throws from left field and left center. Some fellows say the second baite- nian should face partially toward first base when fielding (round Casey lauds Cross/ire Throw of Hornsby Manager Casey Stengel of the world champion Yankees says "Rogers Hornsby could do something no other second baseman could do." Of his 53 baseball years, Stengel spent 25 years in the National Lounge and saw Hornsby play his first 11 years with the Cardinals. Says Stengel: "He could go over to second base, take the throw and get out of the runners' way. The amazing thing about it was when he'd throw the ball to first base. He'd throw the ball hard and with speed. For most fellows its difficult to throw sidearm and get speed on the ball. .."If you were a first base coach you would see the ball come at the first baseman crossfire. I never saw any other second baseman throw sidearm and get the speed on the ball that Hornsby did." balls. I disagree. A second baseman, or any fielder for that matter, definitely must get in front of all ground balls. Never play a ball off both hands. There IK too much of this one-handed stuff today. Use one hand only when forced to. On ground balls fielded in the baseline between first and second and with a runner on first, the second baseman should try to tag second. Always be sure to get the second. Always bcsure to get the lead runner—the man moving from first to second. However, ^if the runner stops in the baseline the second baseman should throw the ball to first base to get the batter. One out is better than none. Always remember that the runner on first base is not forced to make second base once the batter has been retired. Second Base Pivot Here's the best way to pivot around second base. I learned that from experience. Always go to second base so that the bag rests between the legs. You can shift like a first baseman that way. The second baseman should be able to shift his feet like a first baseman. In straddling- the base you can shift to the left or right for bad throws and still be able to hit the bag with the inside of one foot or the other. When taking a throw over the bag on the double play attempt, it is best to touch the bag with the inside of the right foot and step in toward the pitcher's mound with the left foot. You will be out of the baseline this way and will not be knocked down by the runner. Always get to second base as soon Hornsby Has Amazing Record as Hitter Rogers Hornsby, regarded a* baseball's greatest righthandcd hitter, butted .358 during his 23 years in the major leagues. He led the National League seven times and thrice batted over .400. Honvsby was born April 27, 18% at Winter, Tex. BHow is the Hall of Fame second baseman's record: Team Games Pet. 1915 Cards 18 .346 1916 Curds 139 .313 1917 Cards 145 .327 1918 Cards 115 .281 15)19 Cards 138 .318 1020 Cards 149 .370 1921 Cards 154 .397 1922 Cards 154 .401 W3S Can's 107 .384 1924 Cards 143 .424 1923 Card* 138 .403 1S2U Cards 134 .317 1927 Giants 155 .361 1828 Braves 140 .387 1929 Cubs 156 .380 1930 Cubs 42 .308 1931 CubR 100 .331 1932 Cubs 19 .224 1933 Cards 46 .325 1933 Browns 11 -333 1934 Browns 24 .304 1935 Browns 10 .208 1936 Browns 2 .400 1937 Browns 20 .321 as possible. Backing Up First Baseman The second baseman backs up Newt and Bevo Go to Pros NEW YORK Ufl — Bevo and Newt Oliver, the combination that put little Rio Grande College on the map, will try to do the) same for the Boston Whirlwinds, a professional basketball team. Francis, who hu made headline* the last two years as a high •corer, and Oliver, his coach, were signed yesterday in a package deal Mrife mated at $30,000 by Abe Sapet* stein, owner of the Harlem Globe- Trotters. Saperstein also owns the WhM* winds. The contract was for on* yenr with a one year option. Francis was expelled from Mo Grande two weeks ago for not keeping up his classwork. OMvet resigned shortly thereafter. the first baseman only on the rifice attempt when the fiwt b»»»- man leaves hii position to fleW the ball Anytime a first baseman can get back to the bag he ihouki •*« buck. When you pitch out and the fta* baseman break* in, the aecond bate man should break toward Mnt be** to try to catch the runner off. When a btxll is hit to the pitcher and there's the prospect of a double play, the shortstop should take the pitcher's throw because the abort- stop will be facing first base a* he goes over to second base. He will be in a better position to complete the double play that way. Only time the second baseman take* the throw from the pitcher is when the batter is a dead left field hitter. When that type of batter it up the second baseman normally play* closer to the bag. Ic \' ; v : r' r s£•;>••• HOW- Lighter! Milder! Lower-Priced! OLD TAYLOR "The Noblest Bourbon of Them 'Alt 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey *>Sf «& o H. r *v... X-0. 86 PROOF •NAlOH TAYLOR IPO »»OOT For venerations, whiskey connoisseurs have loved the deep mellow flavor and character of OLD TAYLOR 100 proof bottled-in-bond bourbon. Now all this superb quality also comes to you in lighter, milder — yet truly satisfying-OLD TAYLOR STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY. 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