The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 11, 1954 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 11, 1954
Page 7
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WAY M, Sox Pilot Solid With Pitchers Could Use Usher And Make Him Win By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — In 1951, when Paul Richards had an amazing collection of White Sox on top at the time of the All-Star Game, Billy Evans poked his head through the door of Red Rolfe's New York hotel room. "The White Sox are winning another," said the then Detroit general manager to his field marshal, giving the score of the Chicago club's game in Washington. "Who's pitching?" asked Manager Rolfe. "Oh, what's the difference?" said Evans. "Richards probably picked up somebody on his way to the park. Or maybe he's using an usher." It was the old umpire's way of saying that most anyone could pitch winning baseball for the able manager of the South Siders. Richards is the current Ol' Clo's- man of the majors and its foremost teacher, especially with pitchers. "Out of the past came Don Johnson, former Yankee ,to plague them with, for him. new pitching patterns," the report read. "The Bombers had beaten Johnson seven times and he had not won from them sirfce they traded him to the Browns in 1950. "Old Don had tried to blow the bail by batters! "The new Johnosn showed a slid- fr, a good curve, a better controlled fast ball and a let up." YIELDED JUST live hits in seven and two-thirds innings to the White Sox' first 1954 appearance at Yankee Stadium to give them eight victories in the last nine starts. Johnson, who kicked around with #*e Yankees and in their chain for four years, is one of Professor Richards' newest projects. He could l>e a pippin, for he's only 27. "I learned more about pitching •under Burleigh Grimes in Toronto last season and under Richards this spr-mg than I did in my previous seven years in baseball," he says, Amply. Richards, the long-time catcher, specializes in getting mileage out of pitchers passed along by others. He got two good years out of Saul Bogovin, made the Coney Island Conundrum the American League's earned-run leader. He made a star out of Billy Pierce, a crack relief •worker out of Harry Dorish. Virgil Trucks engineered a tremendous comeback under his guidance, etc. * "•— * * BOB KEEGAN, ALSO a refugee from Yankee farms, has blossomed into a stickout under Richards at 31. The boss contends that Keegan was the most formidable flinger in the 1 league at the. end of last season, when he bagged four out of five and the last three with an ERA of 1.32. He has won two games this spring, letting the Indians down with four hits. Richards is bringing Jack Harshman, the converted left-handed first baseman who copped 33 for Nashville, along slowly, believes he'll win in the big show. He sees Tom Flanigan, a towering skinny southpaw who at 19 has had two years on the farms, as another Lefty Grove, even though Mickey McDermott of the White, Sox beats 'the Cincinnati kid to that title. Flanigan can really fire the ball and has a curve to match. Billy Pierce and Virgil Trucks are the only name pitchers with the White Sox, but the staff has an EEA of 2.75 for the early going. The White Sox will do considerably better than all right—if Paul Richards doesn't get tired thinking. Frank Thomas Dies at 55 On* of Nation's Outstanding Coaches TUSCALOOSA, Ala. M—Frank. Thomas, the stocky, soft-spoken man who coached Alabama to one of football's most spectacular records, died last night. Death resulted from the heart ailment which forced him to give up coaching in 1947. During his 15 years "as. boss of the Crimson Tide, Thomas saw his teams win 115 games, lose 24 and tie 7. He carried teams to three Rose Bowl games and to' Cotton, Orange and Sugar Bowl appearances. His bowl record was 4-2. Perhaps his most famous team was that of 1934, one of his four undefeated squads. This power- f r * Starts pumping *,, •., toady. .. •»»Set»• • • ,, Ooitt t • , <B"y."'j'.y!>."M' ;yry^r^r-jv"S?^ ; '"'•.!.•.'-T,V"?'",^ FIREBALLER—-Bob Turley, young Baltimore speed merchant, is showing plenty of early foot toward becoming the new strikeout 9f **** m *l or leagues. (NEA) V By FRANK 'STRANAHAN My most spectacular shot gave me a tie for second in the British Open of 1947. I have won the British, Canadian, Mexican and North and South Amateur Championships, but this shot in the British Open gave me the greatest satisfaction of my career. I was about 14ft, yards .from the hole and required a 2 from that point to tie Reg Horne. I had to walk up to it to see where the pin was located. It seeia- ed like Mt. Whitney. I thought this one over carefully as I walked back to my ball. I took an 8 iron and a few practice swings, I hit the ball well and it went into the air and over the mound in^ a beautiful arc and * onto the green, stopping just three inches from the hole. * * I did not win the British Open, but tied for second with 294. Fred Daly won with 293. • ' (Frank Stranahan will be among golfers trying to beat Ben Horan on National Golf Day, June 5, sponsored by the PGA and Life Magazine. Amateurs will use local handicaps on .their courses house, featuring the passing combination of Dixie Howell to Don Hutson, whipped Stanford and its crushing ground attack 31-29 on Jan. 1, 1935. Thomas, who was ii5, prepared for his 'Bama career by playing at Western State Normal College, Kalamazoo, Mich., and at Notre Dame, where he was quarterback under the immo-' 1 Enute Rockne in 1920-22. Vol Players Get the Boot NASHVILLE, Term, tfi — Nashville Manager Hugh Poland has fired first baseman Ted Tappe and pitcher Bob Giddens alter Poland said they broke training in Mobile. The Vol manager said both players had been warned about late hours and were fired when both failed to return to the hotel in Mobile Sunday night. A decision as to the disposi- ,ion of the players' contracts may be made today when Poland confers with' Vice President Larry Gilbert. Mojor League Leaders By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS National League Batting — Musial, St. Louis. .382; Snider, Brooklyn, .373: Mueller. New York, .370 : Jackson. Chicago, .355; Jablonski, St. Louis, .353. 'Runs batted in—Musial.'St. Louis 28; Bell, Cincinnati, 25; Jablonski, St. Louis, 24; Klusaewski, Cincinnati, 23; Sauer. Chicago and Alston, St. Louis, 22. Home Runs — Sauer, Chicago and Musial, St. Louis, 10: Kluszewski, Cincinnati, 9; Hodges, Brooklyn and Jackson, Chicago, 6. Stolen bases — Bruton, Milwaukee, 5; Robinson, Brooklyn and Temple, Cincinnati, 4; Fondy, Chicago, Harmon. Cincinnati and Jablonski, St. Louis, 3. Pitching — Podres, Brooklyn and Raschi, St. Louis, 3-0, 1.000; Meyer, Brooklyn, Nuxhall. Cincinnati and Presko, St. Louis, 2-0, 1.000. Strikeouts — Haddix, St. Louis. 34; Spahn, Milwaukee 32; Maglie New York, 30; Roberts, Philadelphia, 28; Antonelli ,New York, 27. American League Batting — Tuttle, Detroit. .375; Goodman, Boston, .362; Jensen, Boston, .346: Avila, Cleveland, .345; Boone, Detroit, .333. Runs batted in — Minoso, Chicago, 21; Rosen. Cleveland,' 1 20; Fain. Chicago and Sievers, Washington, 17; Dropo, Detroit, 16. Home runs — Berra. New York and Sievers, Washington, 5; Jensen, Boston, Minoso, Chicago, Westlake and Philley, Cleveland and Vernon. Washington, 4. Stolen bases—nine players tied with 2. Pitching — Gromek, Detroit, 50, 1.000; Lemon, Cleveland and Lopat. New York, 4-0. 1.000; Garver, Detroit, 3-0, 1.000 ;five players tied with 2-0. 1.000. Strikeouts — Turley. Baltimore and. Pierce, Chicago, 42; Trucks, Chicago and Garcia, Cleveland, : 24; Hoeft and Gromek, Detroit 21. It's Stan Who's The Man Again NEW YORK (/P)—The major league season swings into its fifth week today with outfielders Stan Musial of the Cardinals and Bill Tuttle of the Tigers leading their respective circuits in batting. Musial, aiming for his seventh hitting ttle, tops the Natonal League with a .382 average. Tuttle, a rookie, is the American League pace-setter with a mark of .375. Figures include Monday's games. Brooklyns' Duke Snider is run- nerup to Musial with .373. followed by Don Mueller of the Giants at .370. Billy Goodman of the Red Sox ranks second in the junior loop with .362 and teammate Jackie Jensen is next a .346. Read Courier News Classified Adi. By JOHN McCALUJM NEW YORK~(IfEA)—Th« late Pudge Heffelfingcr, granddaddy of Old Blues, used to say: "A game that can keep you young and vibrant and all steamed up is a precious thing." By that yardstick, then. Little League Baseball is downright precious, because it's keeping on awful lot of, folks young and vibrant and an steamed up. Last year, for example, more than 100.000 grown-ups worked with the midget maulers in one way or another. There 1 ! no telling what the figure will be this season. Bob Stirrat, arithmetician and National Little League press relations director, reports that more than 3500 leagues already have been sanctioned .Last year there were 3800. The national organization for boys from 8 to 12 continues to mushroom. "Our national Little Leaguer ma- gazine'is being put on a paid basis for the first time," adds Stirrat. "It was impossible to continue giving it away free to more than 250,000. With paid subscription and sufficient advertising, the magazine can be operated on a non-profit basis and continue to serve as a channel of information between na- tional headquarters and the lea* gues." • * • Here's good news for rules-minded Little Leaguers. Howard Gair, umpire-in-chief who's been calling 'em since the show began in 1939, will conduct clinics throughout the country. Where large groups of leagues can arrange to send their umpires to a central spot, Gair will hold rules sessions. Little League rules don't follow the big-league line. Typical of the calls the arbiter must make are: ' QUESTION: The pitcher and catcher are in position. The bat- feer is out of the box. There's a runner on first base. Can h» steal? ANSWER: No. *' Q. There's a runner on first base. He starts for second base as the pitcher halts his delivery. Is he pltche rhaits his delivery. Is h* charged with a balk? A. No. Any penalty should b« against the runner for leaving the bnse too soon. Q. 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