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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK,) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVE9 Marty Aided Chisox Fox Even Big Leaguers Need Help By HARRY GRAYSON _ NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Three years after practically everybody had accepted Nelson Fox as quite a second baseman, Paul Richards said he couldn't make the double play well enough to beat the Yankees. It seems that Nellie Pox had a little trouble going to the bag with the wrong foot. It was costing him a step in making the pivot. As recently as this spring, Manager Richards considered switching little Fox to third base. But Fox's fault has been eliminated which is one of the principal reasons why the Chicago Americans have been bitten by the pennant bug. Marty Marion is credited with Pox's improvement in the very important department of the double killing and knocked the other side out of a big inning. When Slats Marion told Arthur Ehlers the truth about the Orioles and began being paid $35.000 for not managing them, Richards had his man. No one ever 4 made the double play better than the long-time Mr. Shortstop. A* rap against Don Johnson, in addition to the tact, that, his pitching was confined to attempting to blow his fast ball by hitters, was that he wasn't too accomplished as a fielder. With the South Siders, the big Oregonian has a better controlled hard one, an excellent curve, a slider, a knuckler and a Nellie Foxj change of pace. Practice has made him a fifth infielder. IT USED TO BE that when a ball player came to the majors he was expected to have all the answers. He was called on to leave all his mistakes in the minors, which were for schooling. Richards and Casey Stengel repeatedly have demonstrated that, experienced big league performers can be- benefited by instruction. That is among the numerous reasons why the Yankees have won five consecutive championships. To a large .«Ktent it is why a rather mediocre White Sox outfit threat- ents to make a race down to the wire. A of it right lot of little things could add up to a flag. Tor th first time since he took over at Comiskey Park, Richards The Pale Hose can't be southpawed to death as they were last trip, when they had four felt-hand swingers in the batting order and Eddie Lopa-t and Whitey Ford beat them nine times. The left-hand hitters have been reduced to two, Fox and Ferns Fai«. * » » RICHARDS HAS A right-hand hitting otufield, Minnie Minoso, Johnny Groth and Bill Wilson, who manufactured 34 home runs for Memphis. He has left-hand hitting flychasers in Jim Rivera, Bob Boyd, Willard Marshall, Ed Stawert and Don Nicholas, a little fellow up from Charleston of the American Association and who gets on base. Rivera and Bill Wilson have center field. Boyd is an excellent first baseman. Cas Michael is a converted second baseman. Freddie Marsh could spell Chico Carrasquel. Minoso is a competent third baseman and Grady Hatton prefers that post. Red Wilson and Carl Sawatski, the reserve catcher, bats right and' left respectively. Richards regards Sherman Lollar as second only to Yogi Berra among American League catchers. Paul Richards has done wonders with what he had and could go all the way now that he has something in the way of a hand. Musial Back With Redbirds PITTSBURGH i.fl — Stan (The Man") Musial rejoined his St. Louis Cardinals' teammates in Brooklyn today after assuring himself his mother is satisfactory after an emergency operation. Mrs. Musial of nearby Donora collapsed at Forbes Field during the first inning of yesterday's Pirates-Cards game. She was immediately taken to a hospital for a hernia operation. Musial wasn't told his mother was at the hospital until the eighth inning. He immediately left the lineup and hurried to her bedside. Snead is Talk Of Round Robin WESTBURY, N .Y. (m — Sixteen of golf's select open fire today in the 13th annual Round Robin tournament but the whole show is centered around Sam Snead. The balding pro from West Virginia is the only competitor who has played in all 12 previous events. He is favored to become the first three-time winner. Sam won the inaugural tournament in 193^1 and came back 14 years later to do it sg.iin. The only other double victors. National Open Ciampion Ben Hogan and 'South Africa's Bobby Locke, aren't competing, I Clubs All Set For Flag Drive Everybody Is Down To 25 Player Limit NEW YORK UP)—Barring trades or recalls, baseball's major league clubs are all set for the pennant drives after reducing their rosters ^ ^ g ^ four in each under last night's night deadline with Cleveland and Baltimore of the American League making' the biggest shifts in order to reach the player limit required 30 days after the opening of the season. The Indians trimmed six players, including Big Luke Easter, from their roster and the Orioles disposed of four. The world champion New York Yankees pared three lefthanded pitchers while the Brooklyn Dodgers, National League titleholders, sent -an outfielder back to the minors. Detroit in the American League and the Pittsburgh Pirates. St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies of the National League also disposed of players in last day action. Easter was optioned to Ottawa in the International League. THE MASTER'S VOICE—Jockeys Ifcten when Eddie Arcaro, center, speaks. The others are, left to right, Dave Erb, Tony'DeScirito. Hedlev Woodhouse and Al Popara. (NEA) By PETER THOMSON I needed a double eagle on the par 5, 360-yard 18th hole to tie for the British Open Championship of 1952. Prom 160 yards out, I laid a « iron shot about 12 feet from the hole. For a moment, the section of the gallery around me believed I had hoeldo ut. It was a magnificent failure, however, for I holed the putt to finish a stroke behind Bobby Locke. Yet I consider that 6 iron shot my greatest. It gave me the golfing thrill of my life. The fact that it did serves as a perfect illustration of how highly Walter Hagen is regarded after all these years. My shot was almost identical to one The Haig attempted, you see, and they still talk about his. The mark of The Haig's greatness is that they speak of him as though he played yesterday. My position was the same as was Hagen's years previously. At that time Hagen. in need of the double eagle, politely asked that the pin be removed from the hole. He missed canning the ball by inches. He most certainly was confident, but it turned out that he scored a double bogie. As in my case, Ha gen's spirits must have flared for a second. (Peter Thomson will be among golfers trying 10 oeai joen Hogan on National Golf Day, June 5, sponsored by the PGA and Life Magazine. Amateurs will use local handicaps on their own courses. Read Courier News Classified Ads. COTTON SEED FOR REPLANTING STATE CERTIFIED EMPIRE, D&PL 15 And FOX Chemically Dtlinrcd Pony League Tryouts Today Pony League players who were scheduled to work out under the watchful eye of league managers yesterday have been asked to report to the Eighth Street park at 5 p. m. today. Rain and the threat of rain forced postponment of yester- Gromek Gets Fans Home Early By JIMMY BKKSUN NKA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NBA) — The speed at which two major league teams get through a double-header gives cause for wonder — somewhere along the sixth hour of sitting on three nailed-down boards — whether Doubleday based his game on chess. With the boys bringing in their gloves a Her each inning and managerial brain whirring during timeouts, most of the early-season twin bills turned into n i $ h (• m a r e s which were extending far past the cocktail hour. It's because of this that t h e average fan perk-sf up a little when| the Tigers announce they're going to start Steve Gromek. a * tcve 34-year-old right-hander. Gromek is a guy who believes in getting things over with as quick and neatly as possible. And he's successful at it. too. Take the first .four starts which day's scheduled tryouts. Due to the delay, league managers have agreed to put oft bidding on players until Wednesday. Originally, the players were slated to come up for bidding tomorrow. the big Detroit hurler made this year. Artistically they were a complete success. He won them all to become the first in either league to take four decisions. * • * As for the amount of time he took, even a ran rooting for the losing side had to wind up cheering, lu order, Steve got through his same* in 2:01!. 2:22. 1:49 and 2:05. On an average, he finishes up a nine-inning game a half-hour sooner than everybody .else is doing it. "I can't see much sense waiting around and scuffing up dirt and stuff if you like to work fast like I do." Gromek says. "I like to get that bull, get the stgn, then throw. Once, when I was with Cleveland I threw 79 pitches in an hour and 19 minutes. That was a real fast game." Freddie Hutchinson is all tor Gromek's speed. "He's our getaway pitcher." testifies Manager Hutchinson. "We have to catch a tram right, after a game, then we go with Gromek." , • * * His fast start this year has caused plenty of raised eyebrows, for Gromek hasn't had a big' year in baseball since he won 19 and lost 9 for Cleveland during the war-Urne 1945 season. True, he did win a World Scries game in 1948, but he always was rated as nothing more than a fill-in on the strong Cleveland staff. "That's why he figures to do a lot better for us," Hutchinson explains. "He's getting steady work and I believe that's all the guy needs. His control is excellent — in one stretch there, he went 30 innings without walking: n man. "He's come up with a good sinker. New pitch lor him and it's a big one to have. Bnggs Stadium Isn't a big one and if you keep the bill low there you can cut out a lot of those home run*." Gromek, built in approved major league fashion—-hes" 6-1 and weighs 195 povinds—thinks the sinker has helped him a lot. • » • "I don't look to strike guy» out. I want them to hit the ball on the ground or in tne air. We have a strong defensive team. "So. you throw a guy something he can't hit too good—and you'll see him going for it more often than not. You make sure he won't hit it good by working fast and keeping him off balance." An off-season bowling alley proprietor in his Humtramck neighborhood in Detroit. Steve Gromek thinks his fust start will carry over the whole season. "I like pitching in the heat better than cold early-season weather. So I figure to be stronger in July and August. I better be." Four Yankees who played in the 1953 World Series are no longer with the champoiis. They are John Miae, Vic Raschi, Don Bollweg and Billy Martin. The latter is in the Army, Raschi Is with the Cardi- inals and Bollweg with the Athletics. Jim Tnturn. Maryland Coach, and Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma coach. were on the football coaching staff of the powerful Iowa pre- Flipht Naval Training School team in 1941. Coffee for Free CHEROKEE, Iowa (/P)— Coffee is free here if you're a visitor who has come to shop. The Chamber of Commerce is passing out red summons cards to visiting motorists urging come "only as often as you can do your shopping." The card adds: "Take this to your favorite restaurant and have a cup of coffee on us." ' pound Foster Germination Blytheville Soybean Corp. 1800 West Main Phone PO. 3-6856 THE THOMPSON TROPHY laiw <slacwi awarded to winner of famed National Aircraft Show race. tf it's lightness and mildness you prefer in a whiskey, try Hill and Hill Blend. 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