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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, May 3, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Now It's Apparent Why They Call Him The Man Stan's BA Soars to Lofty .400 By JACK HAND AP Sports Writer Now you know why they caH Stan Musial Stan the Man. No other hitter in major 1 T - j ..... J. UUli t U.1111*. A VC CVCi league history ever hit five day i ike thtet » said stan . home runs in one day. i — « Musial Missed Chance for Beer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stan Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals slugging outfielder whose name already is down among th game's best, moved in on the home run records yesterday b. smashing five in a doubleheader to break all major league rec ords. "I don't think I've ever had a Only nine days ago Musial was bumping along at .250, gripped by the same slump that tortured him last spring. Now he is hitting .400 with eight homers and seven doubles among his 24 hits. The $80,000.- salaried S t. Louis Cardinal outfielder leads the . majors with 21 runs batted in and shares the home run lead with Chicago's Hank Sauer. The six-time batting champion of the National League "'slumped" to .337 last year, a few points below his .345 lifetime batting average. As late as mid-June he was struggling at the .250 mark. Fair for Four "All I need is one of those fqur- for-four days," he said then. He got his four for four yesterday in the first game, three home runs and a single off New York Giant pitching. Then he added two more homers in the second game. Six men had hit four homers in m double-header but Musial never had hit three. Five men had hit five homers in two consecutive games, but not on the same day. So Sunday, May 2, 1954, will go down in the books as Musial Day i uSt. Louis, the day Stan hit ttjree atop the right field pavilion and two over the roof, bouncing across Grand Avenue. A Loss Musial's clubhouse comment was typical of *, team man: "You can't smile too much when you lose a ball game." For the Cards did lose that second game 9-7 after taking the opener 10-6. A total of 12 home runs were hit in the two games at Busch Stadium and 21 in all in the National League, four short of the record set July 16, 1950. Musial's shiny day had no appreciable effect on the league race. The Philadelphia Phillies gained a 4-3 edge over Cincinnati in the first half of a double-header. The second game was washed out. Bob Miller's effective relief pitching and Del Ennis' home run •aved the day for the Phils. More Homer's Chicago and Pittsburgh also went en a homer spree with a total of eight, three by Hank Sauer, as they split a pair. A Sauer homer and single gave Paul Minner a S-J first-game decision over Vern Law. The Pirates ripped into the Cubs for eight runs in the first inning of the second game on the way to an 18-10 decision. Darkness mercifully put an end to the slaughter at the end of eight innings after six home runs had been hit, two more by Sauer. Brooklyn's game at Milwaukee The 33-year-old Musial, six times the National League's leading hitter and three times its most valuable player, made one of his typical comments though when asked to pose for pictures after his record-breaking feat. "You can't smile too much when you lose a ball game," he said. The Cardinals had just dropped a 9-7 decision to the New York Giants in the nightcap after taking the opener. 10-6. Musial contributed three homers, one to win the game, in the first contest and belted two more in the second game. Musial admitted he wanted that fifth record-breaking homer 'and the sixth one, which he didn't get, too. "It was a bad ball," Musial said after he popped out in the ninth inning of the last game. "I might have been a little anxious." Musial's hitting feat also tied a record held by five others for hitting five home runs in two consecutive games on successive days. The old record of four in a twin bill was held by six players. Musial, who raised his batting average to .400 during the day's work, said he is sharper this spring than others "because I played in more exhibition games. I think that was (Manager Eddie) Stanky's planning for the simple reason I've always been a slow starter. I feel better at the plate now than I have in years." Said Stanky: "He had the same start he had other years with me. Any and all credit due goes to that fellow. He's just trying to be nice and pass the buck." The ball Musial hit for his fifth homer bounced off a taxicab on Grand Avenue in back of the right field pavilion and was returned to another ball in return. During the intermission between games after Stan had belted three homers during one game for the first time in his career, a team mate asked: "Gonna change uniforms?" Musial looked up, grinned anc replied: "Heck no." About the only thing Musial missed during the day was a chance for a free beer. 'After the first game performance pitcher Al Brazle cracked: "Hit three more, kid, and I'll buy you a beer." Monday Night TV Battle Looms Promoters To Slug It Out on Rival Video Networks the Cardinal clubhouse by Driver Joe Caparo who had been listening to the game on his radio. He got was rained out. The American League also had a postponement, the Baltimore at Boston doubleheader. Indians Move Cleveland gained ground on everybody in the American, winning a pair from Washington 6-4 and 6-3 in 10 innings. Chicago won its third straight shutout 4-0 at Philadelphia with Don Johnson throwing a two-hitter but the White Sox lost the second game 2-1 on Elmer Valo's pinch single in the ninth, his first hit of the season. The New York Yankees broke loose with their biggest inning, six runs in the third, to smother Detroit 12-4. Then they were shut out with one hit by Billy Hoef 4-0 in second game, cut to five innings by darkness. NEW YORK (ffi — Two weeks to go before the big Monday night battle of the TV networks with matchmaker Tex Sullivan (Dumont-St. Nicholas Arena) slugging it out with matchmaker Teddy Brenner (ABC-Eastern Parkway), starting May 17. Both clubs were granted licenses at the last meeting of the New York State Athletic Commission. With $12,000 plus to play around with, the matchmakers will be shooting from the hip to cop the biggest rating with an attractive match. Bobby Dykes, middleweight contender, and Walter Cartier, oft- beaten New Yorker, top the Eastern Parkway show tonight. The bout will be seen in some sections of the nation on TV (Dumont). George Johnson has wasted no time cashing in on his surprise victory over Moses Ward April 16. He will meet Holly Mims. high- regarded Washington, D. C. middleweight at Baltimore Wednesday on TV (CBS). Mims is sixth ranked among the contenders for Bobo Olson's title. He also whipped Ward 'and stopped Willie Troy. Cisco Andrade, the Compton, Calif, lightweight who whipped Percy Bassett April 3. gets the Saturday night shot (ABC-TV) at Buffalo, N. Y. against Armand Savoie of Montreal. Eduardo Lausse, back from Argentina for a second whirl against the top middleweights, boxes Chico Varona of Havana at St. Nicholas Arena Friday (NBC-TV, ABC- radio). Although Varona is the Cuban waiter champ, he fights anywhere from 147 to 153 pounds. THE HAND—Preacher Roe and the Dodgers arc worried about a chipped bone on the outside of the heel of Boy Campanula's catching hand. (NEA) Chickasaws Back To District Meet Another raw day seemed to be in store for the annual running of the district track meet in Jonesboro today. Originally set for Friday, the meet barely got underway when it was postponed because of rain. Sports Roundup— Skin Diving Becoming Popular By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — The fastest growing sport in the country, we are solemnly inform ed, is skin diving. At the end of World War n there were no more than 500 of the wet fraternity, counting some of them twice, and now there are more than a million, with the number growing daily. Skin divers, as the name implies, are men and women who put on bathing suits and goggles and swim fins to kick with and go hell- ing down into deep water. Some of them spear fish while they are down there, but many just like to look around and see how the other fish live. Devotees of the new craze claim there's nothing like it for pure pleasure. 400 Clubs . At the most recent count there were more than 400 skin-diving clubs in this country alone, all of them affiliated with the recently formed International Underwater Spearfishing Assn., which is quartered at Helms Hall in Los Angeles. California leads the states with some 100,000 of the human submarines and Florida is second with about 40,000 . Manufacturers of equipment for the sport looked up suddenly and found they had a bonanza. It is estimated that 40 million dollars was spent in this country last year for breathing tubes, masks, swin fins, "lungs," photographic equipment and spear guns. Two Schools There are. it seems, two distinct schools of skin diving. In the first stage ^ie embryo addict stays fairly near the surface and contents himself with looking at the sights. This is described as invigorating and habit forming. When the tyro gets enough of that and is firmly hooked, he straps a cylinder of compressed air or oxygen on his back and begins going deep, down among the big bull fish. He totes a spear powered either by a large rubber band, which has a range of about nine feet, or a more powerful weapon employing springs or carbon dioxide gas. Sometimes Awkward It is not, the skin divers insist, an unequal battle. They have learned that a 10-pound fish, irritated at being stuck by a spear, can haul a 180-pound man all over the ocean floor. Since the hunter who is operating without breathing aids has only about a minute to get down there, shoot his fish and return to the surface, this can prove awkward. Bags of up to 50 pounds of fish are, however, not uncommon. The biggest one yet wrestled to shore in this country, at least, was a jewfish weighing just under 450 pounds. However, Coach Russell Mosley's Blytheville team had an early, if nearly inconsequential lead in the three events which were finished Friday. The Chickasaws grabbed three of four places in the broad jump a second in the shot put and a fourth in the pole vault. They also qualified all four entries in the 100, but they'll have to run again before reaching the finals which are scheduled for tonight. Coach Bill McFarland and his junior high crew met with some success in the two events run off in the junior division Friday when they came up with a first, a fourth and a tie for fourth. Mosley said this morning that he had not been notified of any change in plans made to complete the event today, despite heavy rains over the weekend. Solid Relief Job Saves Tilt for Locals Fritz West's relief pitching from the second inning proved the dif ference when Blytheville's Chief; took a 3-1 victory over Stanford Saturday. West came in for Marvin Ross with the bases loaded and none out in the second. He got the next three men to pop up on the infield and breezec through the rest of the way with only one unearned run and five hits. Kimbeli and Leon Privett led the Chiefs' attack, each getting two of four. Blytheville AB Killett SS .' 5 Baker CF 4 West 2B/P 5 Bennett LF 4 O'Neal C 3 Kimbeli RF 4 Whisenhunt 3B 4 Privett IB 4 Ross P/2B 3 36 3 Stanford AB R Bowlin SS 5 i Gramlin 2B 5 0 Simpson IB 4 0 Meadows CF 5 0 Foster RF 5 o Robb C 4 o Gramlin- 3B 4 o Harville LF 4 o Bryant P 3 o Blytheville Stanford 030 000 39 1 000 000 000 100 'Washed Up' Equipment TABOR, Iowa (#)—The Tabor high school track team needed some new equipment. It also needed some money to buy it. So the boys washed 50 cars for a dollar a car—and got their equipment. Little Grey Broke 80-Year Jinx First of His Color To Carry Away Roses At Churchill Downs LOUISVILLE, Ky.. \ff\ — A little grey colt with a terrific appetite and a dislike for work is going after two-thirds of the turf's coveted triple crown after breaking a jinx that plagued horses of his color through the 80 years of the Kentucky Derby. No grey ever won America's No. glamor race, and many have tried, until Andy Crevolin's Determine, a mite of a horse out of Alhambra, Calif., came from second place in the stretch to hang a length and a half defeat on the swift Hasty Road last Saturday. Fifteen other 3-year-olds, including the favored Correlation, were up the stretch eating the dust of he leaders as Determine reached ;he end of the mile and a quarter in 2:03. Determine's next stop is the Preakness at Pimlico May 22. Then, according to present plans of his owner and trainer Willie Molter, he'll head back West where he racked up six straight stake victories before arriving in Kentucky. Weather Plays Hob with Staffs Southern Managers Hope for Sunshine By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four teams in the Southern Association's "dry weather belt" swapped playing sites today while STashville, Chattanooga. Little Rock and Memphis managers anxiously scanned the skies and fretted over usting pitching staffs. Rain and an open date have kept Nashville and Chattanooga die since Wednesday. Memphis .nd Little Rock have been unable. o play since Thursday. raining which is supposed to get he athletes into a fine edge. And t hasn'-t made the money-counters in the front office very happy, Ssljer. Manager Whitlow Wyatt of the tlanta Crackers would have wel- omed some weekend deluges in jeorgia. The Crackers, league eaders until they returned home 0 face the New Orleans Pelicans, ropped four in a row to the Birds nd fell into a fourth-place tie with Memphis. They outhit New Orleans 1 to 9 yesterday but fell to the leaders 6-2 and suffered their sixth successive setback. ^•^^^•••^•^^^^••i BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, May 3 8:15 p.m. Adults 50c —Children 15c TAILOR MADE Auto & Truck Seat Covers Any Kind — All Prices — We Have It — Convertible Topi Gilbert's Auto Upholstery North Highway 61 Work Done At Nifht By Appointment Phone 3-6742 SPECIAL CARD-TWO BIG MATCHES THE > AL MONSTER AND GETZ Both Bouts No Timt Limit Bost2 of 3 Falls Stcond Match Luke Hatfield vs. Roy Hiles Coloriztr PRICE Rubbtr Bo$t Flat Wall Paint e Odorless • Quick Drying • Scrubbable * 1322 Colors Yon buy * gallon mt regular price and your second gallon at half price. You save at least $2.64. E. C. Robinson Lumber Co. Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE WL Pet OB Chicago 11 6 .647 — Detroit 9 5 .543 & Cleveland 9 6 .600 1 Philadelphia ... 86 .571 iy 2 New York 7 9 .438 3y 2 Washington 6 9 .400 4 Baltimore 5 9 .357 4'/ 2 Boston 4 9 .308 5 Monday's Schedule Cleveland at Washington (Night; Chicago at Philadelphia Sunday's Results New York 12-0, Detroit 4-4 (second game called end 5th, darkness) Chicago 4-1, Philadelphia 0-2 Cleveland 6-6, Washington 4-3 (second game 10 innings) Baltimore at Boston (2) postponed, rain. GB Philadelphia 9 6 .600 — St. Louis '. 9 7 .563 % Brooklyn 9 7 .563 % Cincinnati 10 8 .556 l / 2 New York 9 8 .529 1 Chicago 6 7 .462 2 Pittsburgh 7 12 .368 4 Milwaukee 5 9 .357 3 Monday's Schedule Brooklyn at Milwaukee New York at St. Louis (Night) Only games scheduled Sunday's Results St. Louis 10-7, New York 6-9 Chicago 5-10, Pittsburgh 3-18 S(econd game called end 8th. darkness) Philadelphia 4, Cincinnati 3 (second game postponed, wet grounds) Brooklyn at Milwaukee postponed, rain. The greatest shot I ever made was a No. 5 iron on the 18th hole at the Big Spring Country Club in Louisville during the 1952 PGA Championship. And it was a shot which brought a sigh of relief from the whole Turnesa family. The shot won the tournament and the PGA, until that moment, had been an event which had plagued us Turnesas for 25 years, or even since Joe lost a playoff to Walter Hagen in 1927. I've lost a *ew of them myself, the most heartbreaking coming when I beat Jug McSpaden, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan and then lost to Sam Snead, after being 3 up at the halfway mark, in the last match in 1942. Now, at Louisville, I entered the final round, playing against Chick Harbert. For 35 holes, we were all even. On the 18th hole of the second round, Harbert hit a poor drive to open play on the 450-yard par 4. Mine was down the middle. But it was the second shot which told the story .That was the No. 5 iron. I slammed it right for the green and that's where it stopped — six feet from the cup. It enabled me to beat Harbert, 1 up, and it is a shot we'll never forget — meaning my golfing brothers and I . (Jim Turnesa 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.) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet- GB New Orleans 16 9 .640 — Birmingham .. 14 10 .583 ! J / 2 Little Rock .... 10 8 .556 2% Atlanta 11 11 .500 3& Memphis 11 ' 11 .500 3 Chattanooga .. 5 11 .421 5 Mobile 10 14 .417 5% Nashville ...... 6 12 .333 6 l / 2 . Sunday's Results New Orleans 6, Atlanta 2 Birmingham 3-8, Mobile 2-3 Chattanooga at Little Rock (2), postponed, wet grounds. Nashville at Memphis (2), postponed, rain. Today's Games Mobile at Atlanta New Orleans at Dirmin^ham Nashville at Little Rock Chattanooga at Memphis MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Texas League Dallas 6-5, Houston 5-8 (second game 10 innings) Oklahoma City 16-3, Beaumont 2-7 Shreveport at Tulsa (2) postponed San Antonio 30, Forth Worth 5 Western League Lincoln at Denver (2) postponed Omaha at Colorado Springs (2) postponed Pueblo 7, Sioux City 1 (second game postponed) Des Moines at Wichita (2) postponed COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. Greenville 2 1 .667 Monroe 3 3 .600 Hot Springs 1 1 .500 Meridian 2 3 .400 El Dorado 1 2 .333 Sunday's Results Meridian 5, Monroe 2 El Dorado at Hot Springs, postponed, rain Greenville at Pine Bluff, post- Pair of Bouts On Legion Cord Blytheville's wrestling fans will get a double dose of their, favorite sport tonight as two bouts have been scheduled for the Legion's wrestling card at Memorial Auditorium. The first bout will be a two-man affair with a pair of lightheavies, Luke Hatfield and Roy Hiles, It'll be a no time limit best two of three falls affair. The second bout will be a tag match with Lester Welch and Eddie Gossett trying to put the stopper on The Monster and Al Getz. This one, too, will be a no time limit affair. Two referees have been assigned to work the tag bout. poned, rain Today's Games El Dorado at Hot Springs (2) Greenville at Pine Bluff (2) Monroe at Meridian tune in! KLCN-FM with HARRY CARAY NOUGHT TO YOU BY ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC ST. LOWS • NtWARIC . 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