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THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIKR NEWS Bob Lemon Is Hoping To Sidestep May Jinx * PAGE SEVEN It's Always Been Bad Month for the Indian By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Bob Lemon looked at his 4-0 record today, double- checked the date, and began wondering if this is the season he escapes his May jinx. The 33-year-old Cleveland right- hander, busiest pitcher in the American League in 1952 and 1953, has won at least 20 games in five of the last sjjc years. But May has been' his hard-luck month. Last night, in his first May appearance this season, he coasted to a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. It was his fifth start, his fourth complete game. Two years ago-he won 22 and lost 11 but he was beaten in two of his first four starts and really hit the skids when May came. He dropped five out of six in a bad spell that ran into June. Last season he baffled Chicago with an opening-day one-hitter and ran up a 3-0 mark. Came May 1 and he lost his first game. He was beaten in his next three appearances, all in May. Once June arrived he found his form again and finished with a 21-15 record. He has pitched considerably better than he did last night, but with a 4-0 lead after three innings he never w.as in serious trouble. He walked five and the A's reached him for nine hits, including a home run by Vic Power. Dave Philley's three-run homer in the sixth clinched matters for the Indians. The weather put less of a dent In yesterday's schedule than at any other time this week. Only one game—Detroit at Boston — was postponed. Washington's Bob Porter field, the -American League's biggest winner last season, shaded Bob Keegan of the Chicago White Sox 1-0 for his first shutout. Baltimore's Bob Turley lost a two-hitter for the second time this year, 4-2 to the New York Yankees. In the National League, Philadelphia made it two in a row over St. Louis 10-3; Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 4-1; Brooklyn whipped Chicago 7-0; and Sal Maglie,of the New York Giants was beaten for the first time after winning four, 7-1 by Cincinnati. Turley's wildness proved his downfall as Baltimore paid its first visit to Yankee Stadium. The fast- balling right-hander walked the bases full in the fifth ,watched one run come home on a sacrifice bunt by Eddie Lopat and then after another walk served up a fat pitch that Joe Collins blasted to deep left center for a three-run triple. The hit wa* the Yanks' first of the game. The victory was Lopat's fourth straight. Robin Roberts came back 24 Major League Leaders By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS American League Batting — Tuttle, Detroit, .404; Goodman, Boston, .370; Groth, Chicago, .365; Rosen. Cleveland, .355; Jensen, Boston, .354. Runs batted in — Minoso and Fain, Chicago, 17; Rosen, Cleveland, 16; Westlake, Cleveland and Sievers, Washington, 14. Home runs — Jensen. Boston, Minoso, Chicago, Westlake. Cleveland and Vernon, Washington, 4; seven players tied with 3. Stolen bases — Hunter, Baltimore, Jensen and Piersall, Boston, Boyd and Michels, Chicago, Kaline, Detroit and McDougald, New York, 2. Pitching — Lemon, Cleveland, Gromek, Detroit, Lopat, New York and Trice, Philadelphia, 4-0, 1.000; five pitchers tied with 2-0, 1.000. Strikeouts — Turley, Baltimore, 37; Pierce, Chicago, 30; Garcia, Cleveland, 22: Trucks, Chicago, 20; Gromek, Detroit, 18. National League Batting — Sauer, Chicago. .400; Jackson, Chicago, .397; dinSre,! Batting — Sauer, Chicago, .400; Jackson, Chicago, .397; Snider, Brooklyn and Musial, St. Louis, .386; Jablonski, St. Louis, .381. Runs batted in. — Bell. Cincinnati and Musial and Jablonski, St. Louis, 21; Sauer, Chicago and Alston, St. Louis, 19. Home runs — Sauer, Chicago and Musial, St. Louis, 8 ;Kluszewski, Cincinnati, 6; six players tied with 5. Stolen bases — Robinson, Brooklyn, Fondy, Chicago, Temple, Cincinnati, Bruton, Milwaukee and Jablonski, St. Louis, 3. Pitching — Meyer and Podres, Brooklyn, Minner, Chicago, Nux- hall, Cincinnati and Presko and Raschi, St. Louis, 2-0, 1.000. Strikeouts — Spahn, Milwaukee and Haddix, St. Louis, 31; Roberts. Philadelphia. 27; Maglie, New York, 24; Rush, Chicago, 20. Baseball Standing; By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE WL Pet. GB Philadelphia 11 6 .647 — Brooklyn 10 7 .538 1 Cincinnati n 8 .579 1 St. Louis 10 9 .526 2 New York 9 10 .474 3 Milwaukee 7 9 .438 3>' 2 Chicago .6 8 .429 3 V 2 Pittsburgh 7 14 .333 6 Today's Games Brooklyn, at Chicago. New York at Cincinnati. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee. Philadelphia at St. Louis. Wednesday's Results Brooklyn 7, Chicago 0 Philadelphia 10. St. Louis 3 Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 1 Cincinnati 7, New York 1 BOTH FIT —Al Rosen held up his fielder's glove, left, and his borrou'ed first baseman's mitt as he speculated on his future position with tie Indians. The American League's most valuable player of 1953 found first base easier to play than third. (NEA) lours after being knocked out by ;he Cardinals and checked the Redbirds on seven hits. His mates solved five St. Louis pitchers for 13 safeties, including four singles by Earl Torgeson. AMERICAN LEAGUE WL Pet. GB Chicago 13 7 .650 — Detroit 9 5 .643 1 Cleveland 10 7 .588 U Philadelphia 9 8 .529 2' New York 8 9 .471 3 Viz Washington 7 10 .412 4 Baltimore 5 10 .333 5Y 2 Boston 4 9 .308 5 1 / Today's Games Baltimore at New York. Detroit at Boston. Chicago at Washington. Cleveland at Philadelphia (N) Wednesday's Results New York 4, Baltimore 2 Washington 1, Chicago 0 Cleveland 7, Philadelphia 2 Detroit at Boston, postponed rain. COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Greenville 5 1 .833 • Monroe 5 2 .714 y 2 El Dorado 4 3 .571 V/ 2 Meridian 3 4 .429 2 J / 2 Pine Bluff 1 4 .200 Hot Springs ... 1 5 .167 4 Wednesday's Results El Dorado 6, Meridian 5 (11 innings) Greenville 8, Hot Springs 5 Monroe 6, Pine Bluff 5 Today's Games Hot Springs at Greenville Pine Bluff at Monroe Meridian at El Dorado SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS W L Pet- GB New Orleans .. 16 0 .615 — Birmingham ..15 10 .600 % Chattanooga .. 11 11 .500 3 Atlanta ..11 12 .478 3 ittle Rock .... 10 11 .476 3& Memphis 11 14 .440 4V 2 Sport* Rouru/uj>— Is Campy Bums' Mainspring? By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — For the past several years there has been point of keen dispute whether the Broo'klyn Dodgers could dominate the National League as they have done, or even stay with the pace, if they suddenly were without the services of their great catcher Roy Campanella. Numberless times we have heard players and managers of rival clubs express the dogged opinion that, without the slugging Negro backstop, the Dodgers would be "just another ball team." This always seemed a little extravagant, considering that the champs possess a number of other hitters of more than local renown, but that's what the boys said. Campy Kills You They said that you could have Duke Snider and Gil Hodges and Jackie Robinson and Carl Furillo, that any or all of them could hurt you at times, but that when the Showdown came in an important game the man who murdered you most often was Campanella. Not alone with his bat either. We've heard managers say that, except for Campanella's deft touch behind the plate—his calling of> pitches and the confidence he inspires—Brooklyn's mixed assort- ment of pitchers might be shown up, as the most unreliable group owned by any first division club in the league. Time Has Come Well, the time finally has come when we'll find out whether there was anything in all this talk, for Campanella will.not be around for the next three or four weeks while an operation on his catching hand heals. If his absence does prove to be the blow that Brooklyn's opponents fondly hope it will, the National League race won't be recognizable by the time he returns, This much already has been made abundantly clear: without Roy's explosive hitting the Dodgers do not look like the overwhelming favorites they were made in preseason polls. They have shown absolutely no signs of streaking or pulling away from the field while Campanella was struggling with a Army Worms & Cutworms Army Worms and Cutworms have been found in nearly all of the small irrain fields in Eastern Arkansas and Southeastern Missouri. One and % to 2 pounds of technical toxaphene or 10 pounds of 20 per cent toxaphene to the acre is recommended for centrol. We have 6 Lb. 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BALTIMORE (AP) — Hard-punching Holly Mims, who chilled the "hottest thing in America" last night, has his sights set on a bout with middleweight champion Bobo Olson. To back up his claim, the 25- year-old Washington, D. C., veteran pointed to a stunning nine- round knockout over George Johnson, young knockout sensation from Trenton, N. J., who had won 17 straight bouts. "If we can't get Olson, they ought to at least give'us Rocky Castellani or Joey Giardello," said Benny Trotta. Mini's manager. He siad if a match with one of these high-ranking middleweights or Olson could not be arranged, he would try to line up an over-the- weight match with welter titleholder Kid Gavilan. What Mims did to Johnson was one of the most skillful boxing demonstrations seen in the Baltimore Coliseum in many a night. Mims straightened him with a stiff right uppercut, followed with a crossing left hook, and draped him over the lower rope with a trip- hammer overhand right. Up to that point, Mims had literally toyed with Johnson, who had won 27 of 30 previous bouts. 21 of them by knockouts. Archie Pirolli, Johnson's manager, said his boy was bothered by infected tonsils. He said an operation had been scheduled but was cancelled a week and a half ago. Pirolli said, "the tonsils are coming out right away and then we'll see who we want to fight next." Ordered the Long Ball (Games) ST. LOUIS (AP) — How come all the long games this spring? The way Manager Eddie Stanky of the St. Louis Cardinals sees it, it's that 0V Debil rabbit ball and "someone up there in the major league office" who won't get rid of it. Almost everyone has taken a crack at the so-called rabbit ball. It happen* every spring. Now it's Slanky's turn. "I'd like to know what's responsible for the ball," he said, "People holler about long 1 jjanies—I say people, not baseball players— but its long' as we have this rabbit baseball we're going to have long games. The pitchers will be working from behind nil the time. Little guys, weighing 160 pounds, will be hitting home runs." He Knows Stanky. a little guy who weighs 160 pounds himself and hit only 29 home runs in 10 major league seasons, knows about the long game and the pitching problem. His Cardinals, who have been the victims of 27 opponent homers, while hitting 25, set H new major league record in an April 17 ball game ut Chicago that lasted 3 hours. 43 minutes. And just Tuesday night the Cards sent eight pitchers to the mound, tying National League mark, against the Philadelphia Phillies, who used seven hurlers for n combined total of 15 that set a major league record. No Golf. No Kids The two clubs u>ed 42 players in all, also a major league mark. "The committee—what committee? I don't know. There must b* a committee—in cnarge of baseballs—must like to see the ball go out of the park. If people like home runs, all right, but don't complain about long games: "Someone up there in the major league office must enjoy seeing the ball go out of the park. He— they—don't like golf, or don't like gin rummy, or haven't any children. Only enjoy seeing the ball go out of the park. I'd like to know who's responsible for the rabbit ball." Play Begins in Little Rock Tourney Barons Get Big Win over Pels LITTLE ROCK (*)—The annual Little Rock Country Club Four- Ball, the kind of tournament that makes allowances (or the inconsistency of amateur golfers, opened in a four-day run today. Tournament officials were estimating that, a low ball tally of par 71 or below in today's qualifying round would be necessary to put a two-man team in the championship flight. This is a partnership affair in which a team's lowest individual score is what counts on ench hole. That way a player can af- Mobile .. Nashville 11 14 .440 4V 2 . 9 12 .429 4 Wednesday's Results Nashville 3, Little Rock 2 Mobile 8, Atlanta 7 Chattanooga 1, Memphis 0 Birmingham 2, New Orleans 0 Today's Games Mobile at Atlanta (2) New Orleans at Birmingham Nashville at Little Rock Chattanooga at Memphis MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Toledo 7, Kansas City 3 Louisville 4, Indianapolis 1 Columbus 3, St. Paul 2 Minneapolis 13, Charleston 2 Texas League Beaumont 4. Tulsa 1 Houston 2, Fort Worth 0 Dallas 11, San Antonio 1 Oklahoma City 2, Shreveport Western League Denver 4, Wichita 3 Lincoln 10, Colorado Springs 4 Pueblo 1. Omaha 4 Sioux City 9, Des Moines 1 Osceola Little League Is Set To Begin This Month Practice Is Due OSCEOLA—Preparations on the baseball field at Osceola got underway this past week for the open- Ing of the 1954 Midget League of Northeast Arkansas. Osceola will be entering the league for the third time, and will! commence practice as soon as the field is ready which will be about i the middle of May. Coach Austin Hanner of the Os cec'a, schools will handle the ac tivities this season, and he has al ready commenced registering boy of the 9-12 age groups for th baseball program. At the end of last week Hanner stated he had 85 boys signed fo the baseball program, and anyom in Osceola who is nine year of agi and was twelve years of age on o: before December 31 should contac Coach Hanner at the Osceola Junior High School . Still, Coleman To State Meet Blytheville Golfers Qualify in District- Don Coleman and Eugene Still, Jr.. yesterday qualified to represent District Three in the state Class A golf tournament at Conway on May 15. Still fired a 90-86-176 over tire 36 holes run off on Jonesboro's course yesterday, That made him second to Jonesboro's Larry Grisham who had a 171. Lloyd Snow of Jonesboro was the fourth qualifier with a 178. Chuck Langston and Charley Penn comprise the other half of the Blytheville team. Coleman had a 94-86-180. Blytheville Country Club Professional Paul Farrington said he hopes to be able to take Still and Coleman to Conway on May 14 to enable them to play in a practice round before actual tournament play begins. In the Class A event, they will meet golfers from over the state in 36 holes medal play. Jonesboro and Blytheville were the only teams entered in yesterday's district competition, Farrington said. ford a bad hole here nnd there without injuring his team's chances — providing- his partner doesn't pick the same hole to scramble. The field of about 150 amateurs —or 75 teams — is headed by the defending champions. Curtis Person and Eaton Elder of Memphis. Person, who teamed with a different partner to win in 1952, is seeking his third straight title. Half of last year's runner-up team. Billy Joe Denton of Blytheville. Ark., is bnck with a new partner, Charles Kittle of Memphis. " Chris Gers of Oklahoma City and Don Addington, Southern Methodist University ace,, were expected to be a formidable team. Among the top Arkansas con- lenders are Miller Barber of the University of Arkansas, paired with Paul Collum of El Dorado, and former state champion Johnny Bur.ick of Monette. teamed with Ted Dnrrngh of Little Rock. Match play begins tomorrow, with the finals set for Monday. At Seen In LIFE end TRUE Smart, light-weight genuine NYLON...Jarman MIRACLE MESH What more could you want in warm-weather footwear than this—a smartly styled, well made pair of Jarmans with new star-pattern Nylon mesh for your air-conditioned comfort. Hurry on down and let us fit you in a pair. YOU* FRIENDLY SHOf STOftf Club Tournament Is Delayed Completion of Blytheville Country Club's annual spring medal tournament will not be until one week from Sunday, Club Professional Paul Farrington said today. Weather led to postponement of the event and this weekend conflicts with the Little Rock four- ball tournament, in which a number of Blytheville golfers are entered. All golfers have qualified and have only to play their final 18 holes. Osceolo's Dunn Invited to Play In All-Star Tilt OSCEOLA — Donnie Dunn, star halfback for the Osceola Seminoles the past several years, has received a bid from the Wigwam'Wisemen of America to play in their annual East-West game in Memphis on August 20. The 180-pound bulldozer may choose to play his college ball at Ole Miss—although that's not definite yet. He was selected to the all-state Class B team and was one of seven boys picked from the state on the All-American squad. Pony League Registration Ends Boys who have attained the age of 13 and xvho were 15 before Jan. 1 have only one more day to register for play in the Pony Baseball League. Registration will end tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock. Tryouts begin Monday at five o'clock in the Federal Compress Park on Eighth Street. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMOR E— Holly Mims, 156 They Can Take First Place with Victory Tonight By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS If Birmingham can extend its victory string to seven tonight, hte Bnrons will take over the Southern Association lead and give New Orleans a taste of the bitter medicine the Pels administered to Atlanta last week. Art Ceccarelli pitched a five-hit shutout and came through with a hit In a crucial spot to spark the Barons to their 2-0 victory over the Pels last night. Crax Nosedive Atlanta continued its nosedive last night, losing its seventh straight. Mobile ended its four- game losing streak by whipping the Crackers 8-7. Chattanooga Jumped from fifth place, to third with a 1-0 victory over Memphis and Nashville edged Little Rock 3-2. For both Chattanooga and Nashville, the victories gave them their longest winning streaks of the season—three games. Three Hitter* A brilliant pitcmng duel between the Lookouts' Bill Currie and the Chicks' Kelly Jack Swift highlighted the Mmephis-Chattanooga trlller. Each hurler allowed only three hits. Ted Tappe starred in Nashville's third straight victory over thfc Travelers. He banged a homer with the bases empty in the fourth and pulled two fielding gems at first, grabbing a terrific iiner by Russ Sullivan and leaping high for R. C. Oteys' drive that seemed good for extra bases. Dick Libby survived a shaky start to pick up his second victory against two defeats. Nineteen-year- old Vince Traken took the loss, his second compared with three victories. Libby allowed Jtiv« hits, Trnken six. Pinchhitter Bobby Grain's broken- bat single drove in the two rum which provided Mobile with iU winning margin over Atlanta. ., Washington, knocked out eorge Johnson, 152 y 4 , Trenton, N. J.. 9. MEXICO CITY — Floro Hita, 134, Havana, outpointed Jose Ar- uelles, 134, Mexico, 10. 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