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PAG1HGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWg MONDAY, MAY 10, 1954 Detroit Real Member Of League This Year Improved' Not Word For These New Tigers By JOE REICHLER AP Sports Writer Rival American League clubs are beginning to take file amazing Detroit Tigers seriously. Last Sunday, after the Tigers had blanked the Yanks at Yankee Stadium, New York Manager Casey Stengel called them the most improved club in the league. Yesterday, after the Tigers had whipped the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader and held them to a 10- inning 0-0 standoff in the second game, White Sox Manager Paul Richards voiced Stengel's sentiments. 5-1-1 on Road Today, the Tigers are in first place with 11 victories against only five defeats, a half game in front of Chicago, a full game ahead of Cleveland and two ahead of the defending champion Yankees. They return home with brilliant 5-1-1 record for their first road tour. Improved is hardly the word for the Tigers. A complete change is more like it. Tight'fielding, timely hitting and superb pitching had given them "the new look." A year ago today, they were buried in last place with five victories and 18 defeats. They were last in fielding. The pitching w.as atrocious. The staff had completed only three games. 10 Complete Games This year's Tigers are second in fielding. The pitchers, headed by veteran Steven Gromek, own 10 complete games in 17 starts (one tie). They have hurled four shutouts, twice as many as they did all last year. Yesterday's victory was Detroit's eighth in nine road decisions. Last year at this time the Tigers had dropped all seven road g-ames. „ In other American League games, Baltimore defeated Cleveland 2-1 in 10 innings, and the Yankees whipped . and tied Philadelphia in a double-header. Three home runs gave the Yanks a 7-4 opening-game triumph and rookie Bill Skowron's run-scoring single in the eighth gave them a 1-1 tie in the second game, halted after nine innings on account of darkness. Rain washed out a scheduled double-header between Washington and the Red Sox in Boston. Bums in Front Brooklyn opened up a half-game lead in the National League.nip- ping the Philadelphia Phils 2-1 while the second-place Cincinnati Redlegs split a double-header with St. Louis. The Redlegs came back to win the second game 6-5 after the Cardinals had captured the opener 10-7. The New York Giants walloped Pittsburgh 5-1 and the Chicago Cubs edged out Milwaukee 5-3. It took Detroit 1-1 innings to defeat the White Sox in the opener. The winning run crossed the plate when Cass Michaels committed a throwing error with two out and the bases loaded in the llth. Gromek went all the way, giving up nine hits and walking one for his fifth victory without a defeat. Coan Delivers The Indians missed an opportunity to pass Chicago for the runner-up spot when Turley held them to four hits. Gil-Coan's single scored Neil Berry with the run that hung the tough- defeat upon Art Houtteman. Home runs by Andy Carey, Yogi Berra and Enos Slaughter accounted for all but one New York run as the Yankees inflicted the first defeat of the season upon Bob Trice, the A's rookie right-hander. Trice had won his first four starts. Big Ten Conference football squads are limited by NCAA regulations to 20 spring practice sessions in a 36-day period. Sizzling Barons After New Streak Chicks Snap Skein At Nine, But Club Holds Its Top Spot By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Birmingham's blistering Barons, who vaulted from the second division to the Southern Association lead by winning 18 of their last 24 games, aim to open a new success string tonight via southpaw mound star Art Ceccarelli. Memphis found'the victory combination yesterday after seven straight setbacks and trimmed the Barons 4-3 to cut Birmingham's string at nine in a row. Despite the defeat, Birmingham added half a game to its first place bulge because Chattanooga topped the skidding New Orleans Pelicans in both ends of a doubleheader 4-3 and 9-5. Mobile Climbs Mobile climbed from seventh to fifth place by taking its second straight from Nashville 6-5, and Atlanta pummeled the reeling Little Rock Travelers 11-4. Atlanta's Bob Montag continued his fierce assault on Southern pitchers by lashing his 10th and llth home runs in the onesided Cracker verdict over Little Rock. The outfielder hiked his batting mark to .442 after averaging .667 for his last 15 at bats. His two homers yesterday made it five in the last four games for the 28- year-old lefthanded slugger. Regelsky Hits Rookie Doiph Regelsky homered with one on for Little Rock in the ninth and doubled in another score in the first. A fifth-inning homer by Ralph Atkins accounted for the other Trav tally off Leo Cristante, who notched his fifth victory for Atlanta. The righthander has dropped only one decision. Mobile had to overcome a five- run defict to subdue Nashville. A single by Jim Williams in the ninth with the bases loaded, his only hit of the game, drove in the winning run for the Bears. Chattanooga used four-run clust- Sporfs Roundup— Word's Out: West Is Rugged By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) —. Back from a harrowing trip through the West, which was supposed to have been pacified years ago, Eastern Clubs of the National League report that the region beyond the mountains again is swarming with hostiles who apparently cannot, or at least did not, read the forecasts of the experts. Cincinnati, they say. is a hotbed of the movement, led by a wildeyed young second baseman named Johnny Temple who is hitting the stuffing out of the ball. Chicago, the escapees report, has declared war to the death on all pitchers and has a new shortstop- secondbase combination in Ernie Banks and Gene Baker that looks terrific. * Alston Real Thing St. Louis appears to have a genuine find in its $100,000 rookie first baseman, Tom Alston, and Stan Musial is on the warpath early for a change. All in all, the Easterners were badly shaken upon their return and are advising all their neighbors to stay home. A popular belief that each big league ball club has an official "book" on how to pitch the batters of all opposing teams and studies is carefully before the opening of each new series is all wrong, says Jim Turner, Yankee pitching coach. New Man "That's only when the other team has a new player we haven't seen before," Jim explained. "Then we ask around the locker room and there's sure to be somebody who knows the fellow's strength. "Otherwise, any good big league pitcher keeps all that stuff in his head. If he can't remember it he won't be in the big leagues long. They say some pitchers keep a private notebook on the batters, but I never saw one. Needs Memory "A good pitcher might not see a certain batter again for four or five years, but if this batter has changed his stance even a little bit so that he looks like he might be a better high-ball hitter than he was, the pitcher will see it at once and pitch differently to him. A pitchers' memory is his meal ticket. "Does a good pitcher let his catcher call the pitches? Well, that's not too easy to answer. Let's say a good pitcher and a good catcher thinks along the same lines. Maybe the pitcher steers his catcher just a little." SHOW OF HANDS—With Roy Campanella out due to an operation on a chip-fractured left hand, the Brooklyn catching is left to Rube Walker, left, and bespectacled Charley Thompson, the latter UD from Montreal. Manaeer Walter Alston is assured that their hands are all right (NEA) For Floyd Patterson NEW YORK (AP) — Floyd Patterson, the wonder boy of the 1952 Olympic boxing team, may be heading into deep water if he gets past Jesse Turner tonight at Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway. Joey M.axim, the clever ex- champ with the talented left hand, being talked up as Patterson's next opponent with a tentative June 7 date. Pal Joey is head and shoulders above the type of boys atterson has been knocking over n 12 pro starts. ABC Next Week With the Patterson-Turner match, he Parkway ends its television contract with Dumont, switching o ABC next Monday with an Orando Z u 1 u e t a-Percy Bassett match. Carmen Basilio, bitter about be- ng passed over by welter champ Kid Gavilan for Johnny Saxton al- hough he's the No. 1 challenger, boxes a middleweight, Italo Scor- ichini of Italy, on the Saturday light series (ABC-TV) at Syracuse, N. Y. Heavies to Show Heavyweights take over Wednesday night (CBS-TV) out of Wash- ngton with Coley Wallace, the Joe ouis stand-in, boxing Billy Giliam of Newark, N. J. Ralph (Tiger) Jones, No. 3 mid- lleweight contender, tops the Fri:ay show against Jacques Royer if France as boxing returns to Madison Square Garden for the est of the season. The show gets he usual network treatment NBC-TV and ABC-radio). .ikes Laminated Bat EAST LANSING, Mich. (/P)—Mi- :higan State College's baseball ;oach, John Kobs is convinced that he laminated bat — one moulded 'rom several pieces of wood—is a :oming thing in baseball. "The laminated bat," says Kobs, 'meets every standard of the old one-piece ash bat, but it is so much more durable, and hence more :conomical, that there is no comparison." Kob is president of the American Association of College Baseball oacb.es. ers to sweep the pair from New Orleans. The Lookouts clipped Roy Face for four runs in the sixth nning of the first game. In the second game Cal Ermer's resur- ent outfit tied the score in the seventh and in the 10th raked Paul Almonte and Jim Waugh for four runs to wrap it up. Win a or one of 500 other valuable prizes Ut Priz»...'54 Chevrolet Corvctt* 2nd Prix*...$1000.00 in cosh Plus 500 voluobl* priiM... pairs •f Hiwrt, cawol City Ctvb Ami^o* In the big, easy Shoe Contest! £ttu*e Ste&swt fcve/y MCM Star NOTHINGTOBUy Now you can win America's newest, most beautiful sportscar, the Chevrolet Corvette. Wi Easy. In 25 words, finish this sentence; g "I Like City Club Shoes." Come in for a FREE entry blank «. no obligation. Entry Must Be Postmarked Not Later Than Midnight May 15 It'll be anything goes wrestling at Memorial Auditorium tonight as two top notch heavyweights strive to unmask The Monster. Brothers Joe and Jack Welch will be the two seeking to unmask the masked wrestler in the tag match main event. But they have their work cut out for them as the hood$ ed grappler will bring along Walter Sirois as his partner. Promoter Mike Meroney has announced that Texas Rules will govern tonight's match. Under Texas Rules only choking and a few other damaging actions are barred. In the preliminary bouts Joe Welch will take on the Monster and Jack will meet Sirois. A Frail Quail SPARTANBURG, S. C. (/P) — Spartanburg County Jailer Carlisle Brockman says "a bird on the windshield "is worth two in the bush." During three hours he spent hunting quail, his dog flushed two coveys before he could get a shot. While driving home, however, a fat quail flew into his windshied and killed itself. Wins First Race HALLANDALE, Fla. (5>)—Robert Barnett certainly picked the right time to ride his first thoroughbred winner. When the 20-year-old Chicago apprentice jockey scored with Measure Up at Gulfstrearn his father, Aaron Barnett. gave him a big hug. His dad owns the horse. It was Jockey Barnett's 10th mount. CONCORD, N. C. (£•)--This is not the place for fast basketball teams, unless the players are on the basketball court. Within a month drivers of automobiles bearing George Washington University's team and players with the Harlem Globetrotters were arrested for speeding. Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Detroit 11 5 .688 Chicago 14 9 .609 y z Cleveland 12 8 .600 1 New York 11 9 .550 2 Philadelphia 9 11 .450 4 Washington 712 .368 5 % Boston 5 9 .357 5 Baltimore 6 12 .333 6 Monday's Schedule New York at Cleveland Philadelphia at Baltimore Sunday's Results Baltimore 2, Cleveland 1 New York 7-1, Philadelphia 4-1 (second game called at end of ninth, darkness) Detroit 3-0, Chicago 2-0 (second game called at end of tenth, darkness) Washington at Boston (2) postponed, rain NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. Brooklyn ......... 13 8 .619 Cincinnati ..... ... 14 10 .583 Philadelphia ' ..... 11 9 .550 St. Louis ......... - 12 11 .522 New York ....... 11 11 .500 Chicago .: ........ 9 9 .500 Milwaukee ....... 9 11 .450 No games scheduled today Sunday's Results ' New York 5, Pittsburgh 1 Brooklyn 2, Philadelphia 1 Chicago 5, Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 10-5, Cincinnati 7-6 GB 2 2 y 2 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Birmingham ..18 11 .621 — New Orleans .. 17 13 .567 1% Buzick, Darragh Win at Little Rock LITTLE ROCK (AP) — John Buzick of Monette, Ark.,' and Ted Darragh of Little Rock became the first Arkansas Combine to win the Little Rock Country Club's Four-Ba 1 golf tournament when they copped the fourth annual event here yesterday. Atlanta 15 12 .566 2 Chattanooga ..14 12 .538 2 Ms Mobile 13 16 .448 5 Little Rock .... 10 14 .417 5y 2 Nashville 10 14 .417, 5V 2 Memphis 12 17 .414 6 Sunday's Results Atlanta 11, Little Rock 4 Memphis 4, Birmingham 3 Mobile 6, Nashville 5 Chattanooga 4-9, New Orleans 3-5 (2nd game 10 innings) Today's Games Little Rock at Atlanta Memphis at Birmingham Chattanooga at New Orleans Nashville at Mobile (15 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Charleston 3-2 Indianapolis 2-0 Kansas City 2, Columbus 1 innings) Toledo 11-2, St. Paul 2-9 Minneapolis 4-0, Louisville 3-4 Texas League Fort Worth 7, Dallas 5 Tulsa at> Oklahoma City poned, wet grounds Houston 8, Beaumont 1 San Antonio 6, Shreveport 3 Western League Denver 14-2, Lincoln 5-3 Sioux city 6-2, Colorado Springs 0-1 Des Moines 8, Pueblo 0 Wichita 6, Omaha 2 COTTON STATES LEAGUE Pet. .800 .600 .600 .400 .333 .222 GB W Greenville 8 El Dorado 6 Monroe 6 Meridian 4 Pine Bluff 3 Hot Springs ... 2 Sunday's Results Greenville 9, Pine Bluff 3 Hot Springs at El Dorado, postponed, rain Meridian at Monroe, postponed, rain Today's Games Greenville at Hot Springs El Dorado at Meridian Monroe at Pine Bluff Buzick and Darragh, both veteran of the fairways, defeated the youthful Rayburn Reynolds and Cy Speck jr., both of Little Rock, 1 up in the title match. Gee, Branson Lose Earlier yesterday in the semi-finals, Buzick and Darragh beat Miller Barber of Texarkana, and Paul Collum of Eldorado 2 and 1, while Reynolds and Speck were taking E. B. Gee Jr., of Blytheville and Cecil Branson of Hobbs, N. M., 1 up. Memphis Curtis Pearson and Eaton Elder, last year's champions who were defeated in the first round this year, took the title in the consolation championship flight with, a 6 and 5 conquest of Len Spitze'r and Gray Linzel, both of Little" Rock. Concede on 18 After Buzick and Darragh took an early lead, Speck canned a 25-yard pitch shot on the third hole to even, the match. The losers went one upon the fourth when Speck got an- 'other birdie, and they held the lead • until the 10th when Buzick squared things with a par. Buzicks' birdie on No. 11 sent the winner's into -a lead which they held until No. 16 when Speck evened things with a. birdie three. 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