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April 29, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

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BLYTHEVILLE (AKK.) COURIER NEWS Running Redbirds Are Back in Flag Picture * * # * * * * * Cards Steal Like Gas House Boys By BEN PHLEGAB AP Sports Writer The St. Louis Cardinals are stealing their way back into the National League pennant picture. Sunning bases with an abandon no Redbird team has shown since the last St. Louis flag winner in 1946, Manager Eddie Stanky's club has moved from dead last at the start to within a game of the top. In 12 games the Cards have swiped 12 bases. They need only hal: ft dozen more to equal their total for the entire 1953 season. Remember When? Winning Cardinal team* almost always have been running teams One of the greatest was the 1931 aggregation. That was the year Frankie Frisch, the Fordham Flash led the club with 28 steals, and Pepper Martin virtually stole the World Series away from the Philadelphia Athletics with his headfirst belly slides. The 1931 Cardinals stole 114 bases The 1946 pennant winners, last National League team to win the World Series, stole 58. But look at the totals for some of the lean years—28 in 1947, 24 in 1948, only 17 2n 1949 23 in 1950, 30 in 1951 and 33 in 1952 In every instance these figures placed St Louis last to next to last in the league in bases stolen, No Difference Stanky claims there is no radical difference between the base running tactics of the 1954 outfit and last year's club. "We're just trying a few things and they're working*" he said. Nevertheless, the figures are doubly interesting in that 10 different players on the team have stolen bases, including- one pitcher—Harvey Haddix. A steal figure directly in the result of yesterday's Cardinal game when the Redbird's edged Brooklyn 6-5 Jn 10 innings. Bonus baby Dick Schofield, running for Bay Jablonski, who had walked with two out, stole second on pitcher Jim Hughes and rode home on Steve Bilko's single,the second hit of the season for the- massive first baseman. The defeat, Brooklyn's second in a row in St. Louis, dumped the Dodgers into a third-place tie. They went West over the weekend in first place. The Cincinnati Redlegs, who replaced the Dodgers at the top on Tuesday, stayed there with an 8-4 verdict over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the -New York Giants moved in- Dupas Looks Up the Ladder Dancing Master Wants More Action NEW ORLEANS (JP) — Dancing master' Ralph Dupas, 18-year-old New Orleans high school student, glanced up the lightweight ladder for higher recognition today after speeding to a convincing decision over rough Dennis Pat Brady. The fleet Dupas, rated No. 5 in the lightweight division and an accomplished artist at hit and run tactics, sped to a unanimous 10- round decision over the rugged New Yorker in a nationally-televised fight last night. Dupa weighed 137, Brady 138 . "He's one of the fastest guy I've ever fought," Brady said after the fight as lie nursed a batterec eye in the dressing room. "He didn't punch hard enough to hurt me, but he can really move.' The two judges and the referee were in complete accord in 'reaching' a unanimous decision. Referee Pete Giaruso saw it six rounds for Dupas and four for Brady. Judges Francis Kercheval and Eddie (Kid) Wolfe turned in identical cards showing Dupas ahead in six rounds, two for Brady and two even. The Associated Press card showed Dupas well in front, six rounds to three with one even. No Safety First For Cardinals Stanky Never Has Been Accused of Being Too Cautious "Safety-first to a tie with Brooklyn by nipping Milwaukee 3-1. Rain and bad weather caused the other five scheduled games to be postponed. Spectacular relief pitching by lit- ,le Jackie Collum preserved the Cincinnati victory after the Reds rallied for five runs in the third inning to gain a 7-4 lead. Collum stopped the Pirates on one hit they had battered starter Fred Baczewski for nine in the first 2 2-3. Ruben Gomez pitched six shutout innings and drove in .the first New York run at Milwaukee before leav- after running the bases loaded, also in the seventh, for the other two New York runs. Gomez' injury was not considered serious. ST. • LOUIS W) baseball is second-division baseball," says Manager Eddie Stanky and now his St. Louis Cardinals, following his words to the letter, are suddenly No. 2 in the National League on a four-game victory streak. Under Stanky — who has been called many things but never has been accused of being cautious — the Cards have stolen 12 bases in 12 games this season. With fewer youngsters a year ago, Stanky's crew managed to swipe only 18 bases all season. Young Dick Schofield ran off with No. 12 yesterday at Busch Stadium and it paid off with a 10th inning- run that beat Brooklyn's Dodgers, 6-5. Schofield, running for Ray Jablonski who had walked got away with a head-first slide into second and scooted home on a single by Steve Bilko. That gave the Redbirds a sweep of the two-game Brooklyn Series. The Brooks, who entered St .Louis in first place.fell to third behind the Cards, who trail Cincinnati by one game. Joe Presko won the decision, his second, in relief by getting Roy ^ampanella on a fly and fanning matting champ Carl Furillo and Dick Williams. He had replaced Vic Raschi who bowed for a pinch- litter after giving up a run in the ninth to ie the score at 5-5. Jim Hughes was the loser as ;he third Dodger pitcher, giving up two hits after the Cards had hit 3illy Loes and Erv Palica for 12 safeties. Southpaw ace Harvey (2-2) Haddix s the Card choice tonight against Pittsburgh's Bob (0-1) Purkey. SPRINTERS — From among this sextet of dash men, Coach Russell Mosley will-choose two or three to run in the district meet at Jones- b'oro tomorrow. They are (front row)' Akers, Sullivan, Mosley; (back row) Lum, Snyder and Bratton. (Courier New* Photo) Kentuckians of Opinion New Faces To be Seen in. '54 Winner Circle LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Down here in this horse loving country, where arguments on the outcome of the 80th Kentucky Derby often wage hot and heavy, they are betting there will be new faces in the winner's circle after the 20 or so 3-year-olds complete the mile and one-quarter journey late Saturday afternoon. Sports Roundup— Pro Football Scares Colleges By GATLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — If your favorite college athletic director appears to be walking around today with a case of the nervous jerks, as though he suspected he was being followed, there is a reason. The National Football League has just announced its television plans for the coining fall. It is no secret that college foot- t moved in on them completely it ball authorities, including the big- ' time coaches, have been worrying themselves into a decline for several years that the money boys would yield to .avarice and move in on the rich Saturday dates which they, the rah-rah forces, has at least shoved a large foot in the door and hollered boo. As of next autumn, the pros plan to play nine of their games on Saturday night, and to televise same. The extent of the television coverage will depend upon how have always felt were theirs ex- j attractive the sponsor considers clusively by right of inheritance. No Assuranc* They have tried repeatedly to gain some assurance from the pros that they would at least limit their TV activities to Sunday games, even if they decided to play some each game to be and how" much he wishes to spend in exploiting his wares. Presumably, some of them will blanket the land. Two Daylight Games In addition, two league games will be played on Saturday after- of their contests on Saturday. The [noons, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, and they collegians got nowhere because the pros said they wanted no part of any agreement which might look even vaguely like a conspiracy to some government agency. ' Fears Justified Now there appears to be little further doubt that the fears of the [ college hookup. also will be televised. Most college schedules will have been completed by tha ttime .but it happens that Notre Dame and SMU are waiting until Dec. 4 to have it out in Dallas, and that they will be seen over the regular weekly athletic directors were justified. If the professional league hasn't If there isn't a conflict there, it will be close. The pro game will We Will Be CLOSED Friday & Saturday April 30 & May 1 LK. ASHCRAFT CO. RailrMd* 4 Chtrry St. be between Baltimore and Los Angeles, at Los Angeles. As there is a two-hour time differential between Dallas and the Coast city, the college tussle presumably will start at least that long before the salaried number. To be safe, one had better start a little early or the other late. Will Go Along Obviously, the professionals have tried to avoid, for the time being, at least, flinging a direct challenge at the schools, but they have supplied a very clear picture of what they can do if and when the owners feel the time is ripe. As one pro official has said, there's no use making the colleges any madder j than necessary, since they do pro- ! duce the players and it is smart to get along with them as long as possible. Not in many - years has America's premier horse race been so jammed with owners, trainers and jockeys who never have felt the thrill of walking into Churchill Downs' flower-bordered circle to receive the huge gold cup and see their victorious horse bedecked with a stole of roses. Nose Has Five Eddie Arcaro, who rode in the derby for the first time in 1935 and finished fourth with Nellie Flag, is best acquainted with the almost hallowed ground. Old Banana Nose, born only 100 miles from the scene of some of his greatest triumphs, has won five Derbies. He'll be up Saturday on Goyamo, the 7 to 2 second choice from Royce G. Martin's Woodvale Farm. Three other jockeys—Bill Boland, Steve Brooks and Hank Moreno —have been in the circle once each. Boland was the second apprentice to win the big race when he rode Middleground in 1950. He will ride the Woodley Lane Farm's lanky Red Harmigan, an outsider, Saturday. Brooks, winner with Ponder in 1949, is slated to pilot Allied of A. E. Reuben's Hasty House Farm. And Moreno, whose first appearance in the Derby w.as last year when he got Dark Star home a nose in front of Native Dancer, will throw a leg over Sea O Erin. The owners and trainers no where near match the riders in the number of Derby winners. Only Mrs. Elizabeth Graham, New York beautician and owner of the Maine Chance Farm, ever has had a Derby champion. She won with Jet Pilot in 1947 and this Saturday will depend on lightly regarded Black Metal. The race, scheduled to start at 3:30 p. m. (CST) will be televised Gra-Y Teams Turn in Solid Fielding Tilts In a game that sparkled with fine fielding plays and excellent pitching, Sudbury Gra-Y won a 3-2 decision over Central's Rebels at Little Park yesterday afternoon, in a softball game that went extra innings. Frank Alford struck out seven Central batters, whiffing the first five men to face him. Tommy Smith hurling fo^. the Rebels, struck out two and had superb support for most of the route, then saw the game go on a high throw to the plate on Robert Lovelace's triple. Central scored first in the third inning, when McDermott singled, stole second, ~k third on a pass- ei ball and came home on a fielding error. Sudbury tallied two in the bottom of the same frame on singles by Crocker and Alford and a triple by Wayne Kinninmonth. McDermott scored Central's second run in tht fifth on his second single; scoring on Tommy Smith's fly to left, after the catch. Sudbury scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth. After Freddie White flied out to left, Robert Lovelace tripled past the left fielder and came home when the relay bounced catcher's mitt. high off the by the Columbia Broadcasting; System from 3 to 3:45 p. m. and broadcast by the same company from 3::15 to 3:45. tune in! BASEBALL PLAY BY PLAY KLCN-FM with HARRY CARAY MOU6HT TO YOU BY ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC IT. LOU* » NCWAftK • LOS ANQIIM Budweisee I A * I I III! ROBERTSON DISTRIBUTING CO. -For a limited Time Only- Receive a regular $4.95 four-inch Paint Brush FREE of extra charge with the purchase of four gallons "Sterling" Paints. \ "SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY WANTS STERLING PAINTS" Gal. Mississippi County LUMBER COMPANY 1801 W. Main Phonft 3-8151 Musial's BA Is Climbing ST. LOUISA) — Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cards, with eight hits in his last 13 trips, has boosted his batting average today to .356. Half of Musial's 16 hits this season have been for extra bases, including five doubles and three home runs. The six-time winner of the National League batting crown went 3-for-5 yesterday in the Card's 6-5 ten-inning victory over the Dodgers. Little League News — 45-Tilt Little Loop Schedule Drafted By J. P. FRIEND The Blytheville Little League will play a 45-game schedule without a split season this summer, the coaches decided last night. ., ., . , Opening on Tuesday afternoon, June 1, the six teams representing the American Legion, Jaycees, Kiwams, Lions Club, Rotary and Stirine Club will play three rounds of five games each and finish the race on Thursday, September 9. Winner of the first round, which Taylor, player representative, for ends on Thursday, July 1, will meet his handling of the registration of a team composed of outstanding players and subsequent file system players from the other five clubs | established. in an all-star game on Monday, July 5, since Independence Day falls on Sunday this year. Plans are already under way for the gala opening at the "Federal Compress Field" at Ninth street adjacent to the Federal Compress. The name was officially adopted by unanimous vote nonoring officials of that organization who made the three fields possible without charge or rental. Rotary vs. Lions The Rotary Club and Lions Club, rival civic organizations, will meet in the first game on Tuesday afternoon, June 1, at 5:10 regular starting time for all the contests. Kiwanis Club faces the Jaycees on Wednesday, while the American Legion and Shrine Club tangle in the Thursday affair to complete the first week of the 1954 championship race. The Lions Club is defending champion. With Harman Taylor, one of the Lions Club coaches, serving as moderator, the coaches also decide on the folloying. 1. No boy over 10 years of age will be permitted to compete within the Pee Wee League, even though failing to make the grade in the Little League tryouts. 2. The Pee Wee League, composed of four teams of players 10 years and under will have assigned coaches selected by members of the Little League, will play a regular schedule 9. Decided against the erection and operation of a stand on the grounds for the purpose of dispensing cold drinks and eats usually connected with baseball. Those attending the meeting included J. L. Westbrook, Shrine Club, John D. McDowell, Aubrey Bruce, and Wesley Stallings, Kiwanis Club, Von Starnes, Rotary Club; Rudy Vrska and Ott Mullins. American Legion; Billy Hyde, Jaycees; Roland • (Skeeter) Bishop, and Harman Tay- jlor, Lions Club; Jesse Taylor, representing the baseball council which will supervise the entire youth program of the Little League P-O-N-Y League and the Pee Wee League, and J. P. Friend, who will serve as director of publicity and statistician. 184 Tee Off At San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO tf) — A field of 184. golfers, pro and amateur, tees off tomorrow in the 510,000 San Francisco Open-Invitational. Art Wall, Jr., winner of last week's tournament of Champions j points allotted each team. In event forms, for younger aged groups. No More Registration 3. That the registration period has definitely closed and none wfll be accepted during the 1954 season for any reason. 4. Little League players rules will be compiled with as to equipment, playing field and other regulations. All games are scheduled for six innings, unless tied at the end and requiring extra frames to decide the winner. 5. Tryouts will be neld during the week of May 3, with 10-year olds on Monday; 11-year olds on Tuesday; 12-year olds on Wednesday, and those who have not reached their 13th birthday before January 1, on Thursday. 6. .Bidding on tne new players will be held Thursday night, May 6, to fill out the playing complement available through the assigned 36.000 at Las Vegas, Nev., heads the stars who include Gary Middlecoff, Ted Kroll, Doug Ford, Porky Oliver, Gene Littler, Dutch Harrison, Bob Toski, A; Besselink, Fred Wampler and Walt Burkemo. The first night opening game in e _ „ »~*A«;A,*** T An ^.*. n •U;~A~— .,— i_ season. rain causes a postponement of one or more of the tryout periods a new time will be set for the bidding. 7. Umpires selected to handle the championship- games include Terry Moore O'Neil, Jimmy Kittany and C. D. Hood. All served regularly dur- I ing 1953 and contributed to a fine American League history was in 1951 when Washington defeated 8. Special vote of thanks were offered to Harman Taylor for his Philadelphia 6-1 at Connie Mack | outstanding work on and supervision Stadium. of the playing fields, and to Albert Casey Ready To Juggle Now And No One Can Juggle Like Prof NEW YORK (ft — Casey Stengel, upset by dull infield play, is about ready to go into his juggling act. And nobody juggles like Casey. Andy Carey may go to third base. Gil McDougald may go to second. Jerry Coleman may go to short. Any one, or possibly all, of these shifts' can be expected momentarily. How about Mickey Mantle? "I'll play Mantle whenever I feel like he should play. If the other team uses a lefthander, he'll probably be in there. His knee never has been well since the operation or else he'd have been hitting lefthanded on the way north. "He's going to have to be rested from time to time.. That's why I took him out the other day." Mantle, a switch hitter, simply hasn't been hitting lefthanded. In fact, he hasn't been doing much hitting righthanded, either. His average is a scrawny .167. Stengle has been impressed by the play of Bill Skowron, the rookie first baseman, who plays against lefthanded pitching. He is hitting .320. Stengel was satisfied with Enos Slaughter's debut as a starter. The veteran St. Louis Cardinal cast off had a double off Don Johnson in Tuesday's game with the White Sox. Fights Last Night NEW ORLEANS — Ralph Dupas, 137. New Orleans, outpointed Dennis Pat Brady, 138% , New York, 10. SYDNEY, Australia — Tommy Burns, 143V^, Australia, outpointed Americo Agostino, 140, New Castle 12. calling for it! AMERICA'S TOP SELLING STRAIGHT WHISKY Every day, more and more people are calling for Early Times, the whisky that outsells all other straight whiskies... regardless of price. Every drop of this wonderful whisky is bottled at the peak of perfection... and enjoyed at the peak of flavor. 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