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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

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TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Here's BosebolL Sfrong Arm and Quick Reflexes Make Top Catcher—Mancuso (This is the last of seven stories in which former major league baseball stars tell how to play the came.) By GUS MANCUSO (Written for AP Newifeatures) The most important requisite for a good catcher is a good arm. He must also have reflexes that will permit him to shift well behind the plate. A catcher need not be fast4» -.._- _ but he must learn the knack of getting under pop flys. He's got to be able to think. If a catcher comes into baseball with speed and catches regularly he's not going to have his speed very long. Crouching 100 or more times a game and chasing foul flies take a lot out of a catcher. The calling of pitches comes with experience. One of the most important things to learn is the strength of your pitcher. Even though his best pitch may be one that matches him up with a hitter's strength, stick with your pitcher's strength. It pays off in the long run. I found that out in 1933 when I came to the Giants afer four years with the Cardinals. It was Hal Schumacher's first big year as a Giant star. He won 19 games that season. The first time I caught him taught me a lesson. Hal had no curve then, just a twister. But he han an overhand sinker that was out of this world. Bob O'Farrell, with whom I had traded jobs in 1933, was a notoriously low ball hitter. Schumacher knew it and I knew it. Despite the fact that Schu's best pitch was Mancuso's Record August Rodney Mancuso, current scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, was born Dec. 5, 1905 at Galveston, Tex. A catcher during his 23 years in organized baseball he caught for 17 seasons in the National League. In the fifth game of the 1936 World Series against the Yankees, Mancuso at a Giant set a catching record by accepting 16 chances. He played in five World Series two All-Star games, managed Tulsa and San Antonio in * the Texas League and coached Cincinnati in 1950. Mancuso's record: Year 1928 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1942 1943 1944 1945 17 Team Cards Cards Cards Cards Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants Cubs Dodgers Cards Cards Giants Giants Giants Phillies Totals Games 11 76 67 103 144 122 128 139 86 52 80 60 106 5 39 94 78 70 1,460 Pet. .184 .366 .262 .284 .264 .245 .298 .3Q1 .279 .348 .231 .229 .229 .077 .193 .198 .251 .199 .265 Demaret Tells About His Pal, Ben Hogan By HARRY GRAYSOX NBA Sports Writer NEW YORK — (NBA) — When Jimmy Demaret talks on sucn tnmgs as his clothes (he prefers chartreuse slackb and brick red jackets) or his six gross of trick hats, it makes for interesting listening. ability to wait. He has the widest hitting area in golf. He brings his club down m a wide arc. He drags the club along the ground in an arc so flat that it is almost a plane. When he turns on the power, he is hitting through the ball. He brings his swing down, flattens it out, and then turns on the power at the last possible second." Happily, you get a bit of Demaret in the book, too. Only Walter Hagen in golf could be considered a more colorful figure. Demaret is best described by Fred Corcoran, the golf promotion man. "I invited Demaret to a black- tie dinner in Augusta," he recalls. "By the time he got through walking around town and meeting people — he just walks along and they stick to him like he was flypaper—we found we had 25 unexpected guests at the dinner, most of them in sports shirts. "The guy turned- the dinner into an open tournament." But Jimmy Demaret' took time out to write a corking book on Ben Hogan and golf. his sinker we decided to pitch O'Farrell high and inside. He hit the ball into the Polo Grounds seats. We tried it again — high and inside — and O'Farrell hit another into the seats and beat the Giants 2-1 in extra innings. I learned from then on that Schumacher's best pitch was a low ball sinker and we became a successful pair. He won 158 games in 13 years with the Giants, despite time out for Navy duty. A catcher must have intiative and courage. He must learn to accept responsibilities. He is the man who should know the most about hitters — he is the take charge guy when the time comes to go over the other team's lineup in pre- game dressing room sessions. A catcher must spot his infielders and outfielders. Today you seldom see a catcher move his fielders. It has become a lost art. The catcher must get his pitchers to respect his judgement because when a pitcher gets in a jam his catcher often can help him as much, and maybe more, than his manager or-coach. The, catcher is initely the quarterback | of his team. A catcher need not be a reali But when Demaret begins t|i talk of golf and, in particular. Ben Hogan, you take notes as rapidly as possible. And when you're through, you find you have a lot more than can be squezzed into sports page- sized stories. It is because of this that a sparkling hunk of golf reading now can be found in your nearest book store. "My Partner, Ben Hogan" by Jimmy Demaret (McGraw-Hill, $2.95), is an outgrowth of the series Jimmy wrote for NEA Service before Hogan made his historic flight to Carnoustie last summer. When Demaret was finished with the series, there was much left that made excellent reading. So good, in fact, that it would be a shame not to let people read it. The McGraw- Hill Book Company felt the same way. The opus Is the definite story of Hogan, the greatest precision golfer who ever lived, as seen by his closest friend and warmest admirer who knows him best. They learned their golf and developed their games in Texas wind. They played with and against each other 22 years, were unbeatable four- ball partners. * * « STARTING WITH WHAT Demaret calls "the lean and low years, when we didn't eat too well," "My Partner, Ben Hogan" takes you through the first faint stirrings of greatness in Hogans game, the defeats he met which one drove him from golf. Then through his first major victories and the terrible accident. Demaret was with Hogan in the great comeback Bantam Ben made from the automoble crack-up, and in breezy factual detail—"I keep all my corn for liquor purposes"— he sets down on paper one of athletics' all-time stirring comebacks. Demaret gives a good insight on the human side of Hogan, reveals that he grinds his teeth while sleeping and is particular about his food. "I call him the Ziefield of the menus." With the keenness which only a golfer of the Demaret cast can give, Jimmy takes apart the major points in Ben's matchless game. He spend considerable time dealing with what he considers the most important angle — his ability to control a set of nerves. This is not a book for beginners, as most all golf books are. It's a history of the Royal and Ancient life on the tournament trail anc the real story of Hogan. * * * A CHAPTER, "Hogan's Game As I See It," is revealing asd highly instructional. One key to Hogan's swing is his good hitter but he must learn to be a clutch hitter. There are more good looking young catchers in the game today than there have been in years. There's Del Crandall of the Braves and Dick Rand whom the Cardinals have at Houston. Band is one of the best looking young catchers I've seen in 15 years. He handles pitchers well. In the American League there's Sammy White of the Bed Sox and Clint Courtney of the Orioles. OLDS MOBILE THE CAR OF TOMORROW ...HERE TODAY FOR "88" 2-Door 5*o'an d«livtred locally; state and local tax** extra. Loaded with looks! Packed with powtrl Set and drive the new 1954 "Rocket" Oldsmobile— fne va/ue buy of f/ie year/ Your prku d*p«ndt upon choic* of model and body stylt, optional «quip- m*nt and occ*ssoritt. Prices may vary •lightly in adjoining commumtws b«- ecus* of shipping charges. All print subject to change without notice. Check our eajy budget fermsl SII YOUR OLOSMOtlll OIAIIH TODAYI HORNER-WILSON MOTOR CO.—309 E. Main St. Gosseff, Welch Win Tag Decision Although they weren't exactly in in the mood to celebrate, Lester Welch and Eddie Gossett won a decision over The Monster and Al Getz in the tag match feature of the American Legion's wrestling show at Memorial Auditorium last night. Gossett and Welch were awarded a decision over their two rivals by Referees Mike Meroney and Leo Newman who halted the rough tussle after eight minutes of ac tion in the third and deciding fall. The bout was a rough and tumble affair from the beginning. Welch and Gossett used their wrestling know-how to take the first fall in 20 minutes with Welch pinning Getz after a series o fkangaroo kicks. But The Monster and Getz started in the second fall and roughec their way to a win to even the score. Getz won for his side by pinning eWlch after 19 minutes. In a preliminary bout it was youth versus experience as young Luke Hatfield lost to Newman in straight falls. Hatfield, young brother of wrestler Lee Fields, was handicapped in both the weight and experience division but put up a good fight. Newman was a substitute for Boy Hiles, another youngster. tune in! BASEBALL PLAY BY PLAY KLCN-FM with HARRY CARAY MOUOHT TO YOU IT ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC IT. LOW* • NIWAUK * LOS AtMMUtt Bndweisee LACE* IEIR ROBERTSON DISTRIBUTING CO. CORRUGATED METAL CULVERT PIPE Automatic Flood Gate* Concrete Culvert Tile Concrete Septic Tank* Metal Septic Tank* Bent Prices — Prompt Delivery W«bb Culvert Tilt Co. Hlfhwi; 61 at State Un« Phone 3*9414 By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor LOUISVILLE — (NEA) — Practically all of the major league club owners have for some years required a vastly more realistic outlook on pub- 1 lie relations. Civic organization, local groups and fan duos, which make up the backbone of ball park cash customers, are treated as sources of income when it comes to getting up a player or so to appear at a meeting, luncheon or dinner and juice everybody up for the home team. There was a little squib out of Baltimore, the shining new home of the Orioles, The noble athletes now of the Chesapeake City agreed | that a $50 fee should be charged for i each television, radio or guest appearance. To say that this $50 charge by the Orioles is an outrage is seriously underestimating the whole thing. Here is a group of 25 or so. all blokes whose living depends on people paying their way into a ball yard. * * * IN ST. LOUIS, THEIR last port of call, nobody came to see them, mainly on account of the fact that the Orioles, then the Browns, played baseball along the general lines of the Perth Amboy firemen. The present Orioles would have deeply appreciated an invitation for a free metil in St. Louis, just for the thrill of seeing some people for a change, if nothing else. So the St. Louis ivory was trans- ; planted to Baltimore, where major league-hungry citizens put on a parade for the poor slaves and money through the wickets—cash to pay Oriole salaries. These good people would like to meet these players—have, says, a Bob Turley show up at the Kiwams Club luncheon one day. Now these athletes, most of whom are questionable in talent and worth even less as speakers, tell the patrons paying for their bread and butter that they would be pleased to come —at $50 a rattle. The reaction to this will, after a time, become very plain. Organizations will stop paying $50 fees and more than likely forget about the Orioles as a stick-with-them community project and stay away in large numbers once the club starts to fade, us ono can bet it will. * * * WE WON'T BLAME them. Nor will the fan in Chicago. New York, or Boston and elsewhere, where the very some situation exists at higher rates, bo to blame If attendance keeps slumping. For some years, baseball has worked very hard at killing itself. You can talk of television and that, but baseball in also doing an excellent job of knocking itself out at the simple level this piece is touching —the fan. The little guy receives no attention at all — unless he's caught sneaking into the park without paying. Baseball needs promotion so badly it is screaming for it. But those at it* head take the game even further away from those who pay the freight. They stifle tho yells Have Ex-Big Leaguers OAKLAND, Calif. 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