The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 14, 1954 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 14, 1954
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BLYTHEVULE CARK.) COURIER NEWS IIDAT, MAY 14, 1W4 Perfect Game Debate Off and Running Again Robin Roberts Again Comes Close to Mark By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Will a present-day pitcher ever pitch a perfect game? This fine old baseball debate was revived again today after the latest feat of near-perfection by Robin Roberts, Se right-handed half of the Philadelphia Phillies' "Gold Dust •Twins." Home ru nsby New York's /xmer- ".an League representatives ruined the evening for baseball's largest crowd of the season—50,916 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. Trailing 3-1, the Yankees caught up U Roberts gave up a home run to \ Bobby Adams, leading off for Cincinnati last night, and then retired 2 7men without another one reaching first base. He won 8-1. Carbon Copy Except that it was a home run instead of a single, Roberts' game was virtually a carbon copy of one tossed a year ago this week by his buddy, lefty Curt Simmons. Simmons mowed down the Milwaukee Braves in order through nine complete innings after Billy Bruton had singled as the leadoff batter. Neither Rpberts nor Simmons was born when Charles Robertson of the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit in April 1922 in the majors last perfect game—no runs, no hits, no base runners. Only three others ever have been recorded in the modern majors, none of them in the National League. -.Keep Lead Two weeks ago Roberts pitched his first one-hitter, against Milwaukee. That time he walked three men. . The Phillies maintained their half game, first-place lead over the Brooklyn Dodgers/ who beat St. Louis 10-3. Milwaukee defeated Pittsburgh 4-2 and New_ York whipped Cincinnati 6-3 in other National League action. In the American League, New York edged Detroit 5-3 in 10 innings on Yogi Berra's two-rug homer; Boston beat Baltimore? 9-1; Philadelphia defeated Chicago 3-2; and Cleveland shaded Washington 8-7 in 11 innings. 12 in Row If the Cardinals could ligure out a way to miss Brooklyn on their Eastern swing they undoubtedly would be much happier. They lost in Ebbets Field for the 12th straight time in two seasons, this time to southpaw Johnny Podres, who won his fourth in a row. A 6ix-run uprising .against Gerry Staley in the sixth inning finished off the Cards' chances. Chet Nichols, who was supposed to take up the slack left in the Milwaukee pitching staff upon the departure of Johnny Antonelli and Max Surkont, won his second game after three losses in beating Pittsburgh. He gave up eight hits, all singles. Cards Fall Back Milwaukee moved ahead of both Cincinnati and.St. Louis into the first division. The Giants laid down a home- run barrage that left the Cubs staggering in the Polo Grounds. They hit five, including two by Monte Irvin. the eighth on Irv Noren's two-run homer and then won in the 10th when Berra parked one into the upper righWield seats with one aboard. Bosox Cut Loose Inspired by a practice home run by Ted Williams, the Red Sox broke out of their hitting slump and slammed Baltimore pitching for 11 safeties. They bunched five of them, along with two Oriole errors, for six runs in the third. Williams, although dressed, was not in the playing lineup. The Athletics used a two-run rally in the ninth to snap a six- game losing streak at the expense o fthe White Sox. A single by Gus Zernial and a double by Pete Suder drove in the winning runs off Virgil Trucks. The Indians beat Washington although they went into the last of the ninth inning trailing by six runs. Al Rosen touched off the late spree with a home run and doubled in the winning run in the 1th. Country Club Tournament Ends Sunday Just two more days remained after today for Blytheville Country Club golfers to compete in the club's annual spring medal play tournament. Final 18 holes of the event must be completed Sunday, Professional Paul Farrington pointed out. As of now, Dr. James C. Guard appears to have the top prize pretty well nailed ..down. He shot an even par 72 to lead qualifiers and then fired a 73 on his final 18 holes. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Merced, Calif—West Echols, 158, San Francisco, stopped Joe Lar- denas, 157, Los Angeles, 4. Milan, Italy—Duilio Loi. 134 3 4, Italy, outpointed Bruno Visintin, 135, Italy, 10. Kills Redbirds They Can't Escape From Jinx Which Is in Second Year BROOKLYN MB — That old Ebbets' Field jinx still has a firm hold on the St. Louis Cardinals. Brooklyn, pounding Gerry Staley and Mel Wright for six runs in the sixth inning, drubbed the Cardinals, 10-3, yesterday for the Birds' 12th straight defeat at Ebbets' Field over a two-year period. They lost all 11 games here last season. The Cardinals have defeated Brooklyn in both appearances at Busch Stadium in St. Louis so far this year and won seven out of 11 games at their home park last season. 10 Safeties Johnny Podres went the distance for the Dodgers, permitting 10 hits, to gain his fourth win of the season without a defeat. Brooklyn collected 12 hits including a single, double and triple by Jackie Robinson who drove in three runs. Duke Snider scored three tunes and batted in two with £. pair of singles and a walk. The Dodgers had a 2-1 lead when they broke up the ball game in the sixth. Carl Furillo, witir one out, singled and scored on one- base hits by Billy Cox and Rube Walker. Staley then retired Podres for* the second out but walked two men to force in a run. Snider singled home two runs to drive Staley to the showers and Robinson greeted Wright with a triple to score the last two. Podres held the Cordinals scoreless until the sixth when Stan Musial doubled and scored on the first of three straight singles by Rip Republski. The Cardinals last two runs came in the eighth when Musial singled, Tom Alston tripled and Re- pulski singled. A REASON WHY—Harvey Kuenn gives you an idea of why the Tigers have proved so rough in the early going. The Detroit shortstop does a jackknife swerving around White Sox catcher Sherman Lollar's attempt at a lunginc tag to successfully slide and score after tagging up on fly. (NEA) Oklahoma Suggests Sour Grapes Might Have Led to NCAA Charges NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The president of Oklahoma Board of Regents suggested today sour grapes may have prompted the NCAA investigation of Sooner athletic practices. The probe, disclosed yesterday by the regents, was launched officially a month ago in a letter from the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. committee on infractions. Hofmon's Homer Coused Trouble CINCINNATI UP) The ninth- Andy Seminick of Cincinnati batted .279 and hit 14 home runs against southpaw pitching in 1953. inning home run that Bob Hofman of the New York Giants hit Wednesday to beat the Cincinnati Red- legs 2-1 figured in a shoplifting case yesterday. Hauled into police court on a charge of stealing two sets of cuff Inks from downtown store, Ray A. Moore. 54. told Judge A. L. Luebbers: "I've never done anything like this before in my life. Judge, I was drinking and listening to the baseball game. When Hofman hit that home run in the ninth and the Giants beat the Reds, I really started drinking. And I don't remember anything after that." .The judge fined Moore $50 and costs. Sports Roundup— BannisterTYDeallsQuiteOdd By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Bannister, the four-minute miler, must feel like his famous countrywoman Alice did when she tumbled down the rabbit hole. And .Roger isn't the only one. There must be literally millions of red-blooded Americans and Britons, both, who x are wondering that happened, and why, after the latest miracle runner landed here a couple of mornings ago thinking he was going to appear on a number of television programs. The average, lightly formed impression probably is that Bannister was warned off the project, which was purely a patriotic one on his part, because . it might endanger his amateur standing and render him ineligible to run in the 1956 Olympics at Melbourne. The Word It is true that our own amateur athletic officials, being extremely conscientious about such matters, did slip the word to their opposite numbers in Britain that it was against the rules for Bannister to appear on a program which was commercially sponsored—with certain reservations. It also is true that our British cousins took the "I still don't know the real pur- 4 pose of the NCAA's request," said George Short, head of the regents. "Maybe we've been' winning too many football games or perhaps too many of our athletes have been completing their college educations and earning their degree to suit other schools." Six Years On Oklahoma, 7-0 upset victor over top-ranked Maryland in the orange bowl New Year's Day, is the only school in the nation to finish for six straight years in the top ten in the Associated Press football poll. Short said more than one institution might have instigated the investigation into the methods of landing prep school athletic stars, athletic subsidies, oVtside contributions and how they are administered. Wealthy Ciiib Cited Both Dr. George L. Cross, university president, and Bud Wilkinson, head football coach and athletic director, asserted Oklahoma was complying with NCAA regulations. The committee was particularly interested in the Oklahoma City Touchdown Club, composed of wealthy individuals who contribute athletic funds which the university administers. Short said the letter, signed by Walter Byers of Kansas City, NCAA executive secretary," left the •implication that "wealthy high- binders" are shadowing coaches on visits to prospective athletes, signing checks as fast as they can write. "If's that's the case," he added, "I believe that we'll pretty well scotch the rumor with the report we plan to submit to the NCAA. We'll not only answer all their questions, but we'll document the material as thoroughly as we can. Furthermore, we welcome the NCAA to take a look at the books any time they desire." Tulsa, Dallas Play 22 Innings TULSA. Okla. UPI — Gene Hatton's line drive to center field in the bottom of the 22nd inning tonight sent Joe Szekely of Tulsa scampering home with the winning run over Dallas in the longest game ever played to a decision in the Texas League. Tulsa won 3-2. Szekely had singled and was sacrificed to second. Tulsa tied the score in the fifth and 16^2 scoreless innings followed. The record Texas League game went 23 innings between San Antonio and Waco July 5, 1910, but that contest ended in a tie. hint and advised their flying object to watch himself. But that's about as far as the mixed-up affair Bannister makes sense. The plain, undisputed fact is that number of American track stars— at least one of them a winner in the last Olympics—have shown their smiling faces on various commercial programs in recent years. Puzzler Why, then, did everyone, connected with the "secret" trip swoon dead away upon receipt of word from the AAU that this country, ..unlike Britain, had commercial television? It is a real puzzler, but an executive of the company which Stan Isn't After Home Run Crown BROOKLYN (AP) — Stan 'Musial, rated by many as baseball's greatest current star, declared today he has no in tention of becoming "home run crazy" despite his record breaking feat of- slugging five'homers in a doubleheader. was to have transmitted the Bannister show thinks he has a clue. "Since Bannister ran his 3:59.3 mile," he said, "he has been extended official invitations to compete in at least three track meets in this country. He turned them all down, saying that his medical studies made it impossible. Then all of a sudden he turns up here, not to run, but to appear on a TV show. I don't imagine that pleased our officials very much." The man's dark suspicions possibly are not justified, but at least no one has yet come up with a better explanation. In justice to the AAU, that body insists it merely was being helpful. WARNING ORDER IjN THE CHANCERY COURT, CKICKASAWBA DISTRICT. MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS Eula Mae Pruchey, Pltf. vs. No. 12,669 Wilbur Stanley Fruchey, Dft. The defendant, Wilbur Stanley Fruchey, is hereby warned to appear within thirty days in the court named in the caption hereof and answer the complaint of the plaintiff. Eula Mae Fruchey. Dated this 22nd day of April, 1954. SEAL GERALDINE LISTON, Clerk. By OPAL DOYLE, D. C. Queer SA Jinx Is Tested Again Two Pitchers Have Brought Rain Five Times This Year By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jim Bunning of Little Rock and Gerry Lane of Chattanooga, who_ when billed as opposing pitchers automatically bring rain, will try for the fifth time tonight to test each other in a Southern Association baseball game. The righthanders were scheduled as starters three times two weeks ago at Little Rock and each game was washed out. Last night they were named again and again the rains came — this time at Chattanooga. Another rainout tonight and the pair may be shipped to the mid- western drought belt for more profitable duty. Chicks Washed Out Rain also stymied Memphis and Nashville for the second evening in succession and for the - sixth time in seven scheduled meetings between the Tennessee rivals. It was a bit dryer along the Gulf coast. Birmingham walloped Mobile 1-9 for the seventh time in seven meetings this year, and Atlanta's Leo Cristante posted his sixth victory against one defeat by blanking New Orleans 8-0 on four hits. Birmingham rookie Ernie Nichols pitched a five-hitter in 6 2-3 innings of ralief and whacked , a double to start a Baron rally in the sixth. Mobile racked Keith Speck for seven runs early in the game. A ninth-inning homer by the Bears' Bill Antonello accounted for the only two runs charged to Nichols. Only 934 faithful at New Orleans saw their Pelicans whitewashed by Cristante, the Atlanta ace. All of the New Orleans hits were singles and the only Pelican threat .was a mild one: Gene Freese reached third on a mate's single in the fourth inning. Musial agreed it would be nice if he could win the home run title the only slugging honor to elude the St. 1 Louis Cardinal oufielde: in 11 years of major league stardom But Stan the Man has no specia designs, in that direction even though he currently is tied for the majo: league lead with Ted Kluzewski o Cincinnatti and Chicago's Hank Sauer. He his hit 10 out of the park "I can't understand it," Musial said "ever since I hit those five home runs against the Giants on May people have been expecting me t* challenge Ralph Kiner and Eddi Mathews for the home run title. I'm not in their class when it comes tc home runs. They're real sluggers I'm just a singles hitter." "Nearly Ruined Me" Musial said only once did he spe cifically set his sights on the horn run crown and it almost ruined him as a hitter. That was in 1949. "I was taught a lesson then tha I'll never forget," he said. "I ha hit 39 homers in 1948, only one be hind Kiner and Johnny Mize, an I began to fancy myself as a horn run hitter. So the next year thought I'd take a crack at th home run title. I began to swing fo the fences. That proved to be a colos sal mistake. I was so bent on try ing to hit homers I forgot how to hi singles. "As a result, I was mtting unde .200 as late as June. I finally sa\ the light and went back to my ol style of hitting." Phillips Motor Co. Broadway A Chickasawba — Phone 3-4453 CORRECTION Through Error, Florsheim Shoes Were Listed In Our Ad In Thursday's Courier News. We Are Exclusive Dealers In Blytheville For Nunn-Bush Shoes. R.D. Hughes Co. Guy Walls. Atty. for Pltf. Ed B. Cook, Atty. Ad. Litem. 4/23-30-5/7-14 Help Yourself to Health! IS .. HOT SWINGS •V. * w ^^ __ ^ ** m. it 3& S£ I * NATIONAL PARK. ARKANSAS Health and happiness arc always in season—and there s no better place to give them a boost »han Hot Springs! A staff of expert attendants is maintained in the Majestic Hotel Bath Department. Under their skilled treatment, you will find glowing health and contentment replace aches, tension and worries. And remember, our Bath House is operated in accordance with regulations prescribed by tne National Park Service of tt* U. S. Government s Department of the Interior. MAJESTIC HOTEL She Got Her Chance ANDERSON, Ind. (£>)—Mrs. Ken neth Lambert was reading an ax tide. She read "Your chances of neve seeing a tornado are surprisingl high." That's as far as she got. Jus then there was a woosh and along came a tornado. ... Southwest Views Applicants Today By HAROLD V. RATLIFF WACO, Tex. (AP) — The Southwest Conference's mine body, opens its spring meeting today with the question f expansion highest on the agenda and with nobody willing to predict whether the doors will fcs thrown openL to Texas Tech, Oklahoma and University of Houston, one of the three r none. Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W 1 Pet. GB Detroit 12 7 .632 — 'hicago 16 10 .625 — 'leveland 1410 .583 l / z New York 14 10 .583 l h Philadelphia 1013 .4354 Baltimore 8 13 .381 5 Washington 814 .364 5 1 / 2 Boston 6 11 .353 5 (Games behind figured from best percentage) Today's Games Washington at Cleveland (N) Boston at Baltimore (N) Philadelphia at Chicago (N) New York at Detroit. Thursday's Results Philadelphia 3, Chicago 2 Cleveland 8, Washington 7 (11 innings) Boston 9, Baltimore 1 (New York 5 Detroit 3 (10 innings) NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Philadelphia ..... 14 9 .609 — Brooklyn 1410 .583 % New York 14 11 .560 1 Milwaukee 12 11 .522 2 St. Louis 13. 12 .520 2 Cincinnati 14 13 .519 2 Chicago 9 12 .429 4 Pittsburgh 719 .2698% Today's Games St. Louis at Brooklyn (N) Chicago at New "iork (N) Cincinnati at Philadelphia (N) Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (N) Thursday's Results Brooklyn 10, St. Louis 3 New York 6, Chicago 3 Philadephia 8, Cincinnati 1 Miwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 2 There was speculation on th« effect an investigation .of Oklahoma's athletic recruiting policies by the NCAA, announced yesterday, might have on the submission of that school for membership. Dr. Gus Hodges, University of Texas faculty representative, said it was "much too early" to decide what, if any effect it might have, adding that Texas was "for .Texas T^ch first," anyway. Texas has announced that it will submit Texas Tech, a longtime applicant for a place in the league, for a separate vote, then will submit Texas Tech and Oklahoma together. Baylor is expected to bring up its friend, University of Houston, which first applied in 1948. The conference has had seven members since 1923 and has several times voted against adding anybody. But Texas Tech and Houson officials say they think their schools are going to make it this time. Sooner's Question Whether Oklahoma wants in- the league at all isn't known. In fact, Oklahoma officials have indicated ;hey do not although Oklahoma a year and a half ago had a representative at a meeting of the conference to "explore" the .possibility of the Sooners entering the league. Oklahoma is in the Big Seven conference. Texas, Texas Christian and Eice have announced their attitude. Texas and TCU say they will vote for Texas Tech. Bice is against expansion. Texas A&M, Baylor, Arkansas and Southern Methodist have made no announcement of the way they will vote but Baylor said recently it "never had voted against Texas Tech." Texas Tech and Oklahoma were submitted last spring but lacked the necessary five votes. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB 21 12 .636 .571 .545 .516 .452 .444 .424 .385 12 15 15 17 15 19 16 Birmingham . Chattanooga .. 16 New Orleans .. 18 Atlanta 16 Memphis 14 Little Rock .. 12 Mobile 14 Nashville 10 Thursday's Results Atlanta 8, New Orleans 0 Birmingham 11, Mobile 9 Little Rock at Chattanooga, postponed Memphis at Nashville, postponed Today's Games Little Rock at Chattanooga Memphis at Nashville Birmingham at Mobile Atlanta at New Orleans MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Louisville 1, Toledo 0 Charleston 8, Columbus 4 Texas League Tulsa 3, Dallas 2 (22 innings) Oklahoma City 9, Fort Worth Shreveport 7, Houston 4 San Antonio '6, Beaumont 4 Coach Promoted At Montecello MONTICELLO, Ark. UP) — Monticello High School has elevated Hubert Heflin from assistant to head athletic coach. He succeeds Bill Hunt, who resigned earlier this week to join the Hot Springs coaching staff. Heflin, noted mainly as a .pass receiver, w^as an all-Arkansas. Intercollegiate Conference end for Arkansas A&M a few years ago. Western League Lincoln 8, Colorado Springs 1 Denver 8, Des Moines 2 Omaha 9, Pueblo 4 Sioux City 8, Wichita T COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Greenville 8 Monroe 7 .800 .583 .538 .417 .364 .300 El Dorado 7 Meridian 5 Pine Bluff.... 4 Hot Springs ... 3 Thursday's Results Hot Springs 4, Pine Bluff I Monroe 5, El Dorado 3 Greenville at Meridian, postponed Today's Games Pine Bluff at Hot Springs Greenville at Meridian El Dorado at Monroe , *• ^ ^ig^j^j^Jlg^^ Sunny Brook Kentucky Straight Bourbon low Now ... get the rich taste and famous quality of Old Sunny Brook Straight at this new, low price! Enjoy light blended Old Sunny Brook now available at the ' same low price/ KENTUCKY BLENDED WHISKEY XENTUCKT STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY For a light, mild drink, buy Old Sunny Brook Blend! 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