The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 14, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 14, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Both Leagues About Same Not Any Difference, According to Enos By JIMMY BRESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) —- You can see Yankee Stadium plainly from the 10th floor hotel room Enos Slaughter has in the Bronx section of New York City. The big park is four blocks away and every morning, when the 38-year-old outfielder gets out of bed, he looks at the Stadium from his window. "This , morning," he said, "I watched' the ground crew taking the tarpaulin off the field. When I'get down there a in few minutes for the game I'll tell them what a nice job they did." It seems strange at first, when a guy who has been around ball parks" for 19 of his 38 years makes small talk about the Yankees Stadium and a ground crew. * » * ' But in Slaughter's case, it's very natural. The guy, you see, clings to" the only thing he can be sure of these days— 'playing baseball • itself. The rest ; 'o'f his life as a big leaguer—the morning jokes with his neighbors and the cup -of coffee in the same spot on the way to the park the day he was waived from the St. Louis Cardinals, whom he had •given 16 years, to Enog SIaurh ter -the New York Yankees. "I'm all over that now," Slaughter said when reminded of it. "I left St. Louis. Left it for good and I'm a Yankee ball player now. I guess it came as a bad surprise at first, but I figured you got to forget about this sentmient business and go out and get your hits. That's all I'm ever gonna think about again. Them base hits, boy. I found nothin' else counts." It takes considerably less than a person familiar with Enos and his way to notice that a bitterness creeps into any talk about the Cardinals. He still hasn't gotten over it. -But Slaughter veers away ; -talking about it. He'd rather talk about his own playing as an American League outfielder. '"" "I don't see where theres 1 too much of -a dfference up here," he says. "The pitcher, he still stands out there lookin' to get you out and I still get up there, say in' that I'm just gonna get on base. It's the same. "Actually, there is no noticeable difference between the two leagues. In baseball arguments, you hear all sorts of things. You hear one league is a curve ball league and the other a fast ball-league and one goes for one big inning and the other goes for one run and stuff like that. Well, I can't tell the difference. They both play 'bout the same," Slaughter says. "You get" a touch of Slaughter's intense will to win when you bring up the subject of his age. He's a little old for a ballplayer and when he was let go, Eddie Stanky stressed the idea of youth as the main "thing. Wally Moon, a rookie, was the big reason he had been waived. At this, Enos rankles. "Let me tell you somethin'," he snapped. "There ain't no rookie gonna get me out of a job this year. No, sir, I was lookin' to win this year and I 'still am. I can win up here as good as I could in St. Louis I guess." -The guy who started in the St. Louis chain gang as a $75 month outfielder for Martinsville, Va., 19 years ago came to Yankee Stadium as no stranger. They still remember him in the 1942 World Series, going way up to take away a couple of home runs from Charlie Keller at the right field wall. "I guess they do," Enos said. "But that was back in '42. I got to make 'em like me this year. too. That means I got to get on base, boy. None of this pullin' the ball all the time. Just meet the ball and get those hits. "And I can understand what Casey Stengel is talkin 'about. No mystery of double-talk to me. Man just wants you to play baseball. That's what I like." Rocky Stamps Charles Threat' Says He's Probably Most Dangerous Of His Opponents GROSSINGER, N. Y. (M — Rocky Marciano today stamped Ezzard Charles as his most dangerous opponent since he won the world heavyweight, championship. Of course, the Rock has met only two men since he won the title—Jersey Joe Walcott in a rematch and Roland LaStarza. He fights Charles June 17 at Yankee Stadium. "He has been around, knows the ropes, boxes good and punches pretty good," said Marciano. "I he's the most dangerous all around." A crowd of boxing writers stood around Marciano as he talked while dressing for a workout, somebody mentioned Walcott, Rocky grinned. "Nobody could be more dangerous than Walcott in that first fight," he said. "But off Charles' last two fights against Coley Wallace and Bob Satterfield, I'd say he looked dangerous." "Wait and See" Charles is the ex-champ who will by trying to set ring precedent by becoming the first former heavyweight king to win back the title. "I saw Charles three times in the flesh," Rocky said, "against Lee Oma, Joe Baksi and Joe Louis. I was watching on television the night he got knocked out by Walcott. "His style? Well, I'd say he's probably more like LaStarza than anybody I ever fought but he isn't just like LaStarza, either. They W.&WELLER 8RANO IOUH MASH ^CKTSIRAIff •WRBONWHISK0 BAREFOOT BOYS WITH CHEEK—Jimmy Carruthets, right, of Australia narrowly retained the world bantamweight championship in a savagely-contested 12-round match with Chamreon Songkitrat in Bangkok, Thailand. They slugged it out in * torrential downpour which made the canvas so slippery the little feii-^vs fought barefooted before 50.000 who oaid $225.000, (NEA) By SAM SNEAD If you were to listen to the jokes my fellow professionals make. I'm known for a powerful lot of things. But it's a matter of record that I drive as long a ball as there is around. Now, this isn't telling tall tales over a cracker barrel. It could come as a surprise, however, when I tell you that the shot I consider my all-time best was a little old chip shot. The shot came during the 1942 PGA Championship, which was held at the Seaview Country Club at Absecon, outside of Atlantic City. It was on the llth hole and I was two up and two to play in the final match with Jim Turnesa, a guy you never do beat easily—if you do beat him. I got up to within chip-shot range, and I'm standing around waiting for Tunesa to make his fairway iron shot. As I waited, I said to myself, "Man, why not go for the hole with this one? Why play it extra safe and look for that putt? Why not kill the match off right here?" I took my chip shot and hit right for the cup—and the ball ran right for the hole like a, scalded dog and wound up right plumb in 'OlPiW*^ the cup. The shot gave me my first major tournament victory. (Sam Snead will be among golfers trying* to beat Ben Hogan on National Golf Day, June 4, sponsored by the PGA nad Life Magazine. Amateurs will use local handicaps on their own courses.) J.C Track Meet Starts In Kansas HUTCHINSON, Kan., W — Twenty-five schools have entries in the 13th annual National Junior College Athletic Association's track and field championships here tonight and tomorrow night. Victoria College of Victoria, Tex., the defending champion, has eleven entries headed by Joe Ta- say he showed a little more 'tiger' in "his last two bouts but you never know how he's going to try to fight me. We'll just wait and see." necka who won the 880 last year. Wright College of Chicago, run- nerup last year, and Garden City (Kan.) Junior College, third in 953, also have strong teams. One of the top contenders for the mile relay title will be New York City Community College of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn team was first in junior college competition at the recent Penn Relays and in the collegiate track conference meet at Randall Islands, N. Y. Among the other schools entered are Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and Parsons, Arkansas City, Dodge City, El Dorado, Fort Seott and Independence of Kansas. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Duke Has Real Ace in Shankle Blue Devil Star Is Said to be One-Man Team By JIMMY BRESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent Joel Shankle winning the high hurdles and broad jump in the contestant-crammed Penn Relays came as no surprise back home in Durham, N. C. Duke followers have come to tales it as a fact of cinder life that Shankle, their six- foot three- inch, 180- pound one-man track team. is. a lead-pipe cinch to take a double, tit the very least, in any meet. In the Penn Relays, he won the 120-yeard high hurdles convincingly, beating Wally Monahan of Pittsburgh, the defending champion, and Don McAuliffe of Navy in 14.4? This time is nothing to get excited about, but the Franklin Field track was rain-sodden and heavy and ruled out any chance of speedy marks, Shankle copped the broad jump with 23 feet 10^ inches. While the competition was .ot too rough in this one, his pre-meet form would have made him a pro-nounced favorite anyway. • * * Shankle is aiming: at a berth on the 1956 Olympic Games team. Jack Davis alone among college men has lettered Shankle's 14,3 in the high hurdles this year and the Southern California flash no longer is eligible for NCAA competition. The large Blue Devil's 23.4 in the 220-yard lows is top for a college hurdler. Shankle's talents don't end with the hurdlas and broad jump. He finished fourth in the National AAU decathlon at Plainfield, N. J., last year, with a weakness In the weight events costing him a higher ranking. At Duke, they figure him as nothing less than a whole track team. The Carolina Indoor Games serve as an excellent example of this, yard low hurdles, tied for first in the high Jump and was second in the pole vault. That gave Duke 22 points. • • • In his freshman year,, Shankle who hails from the tiny North' Carolina community of Level Cross, scored 114 points in 10 meets. He rang up 123 points in eight meets as a sophomore. He has 125% this season. Shankle came to Duke from Randolph-Macon Academy, where he was an All-Military League end in football and received honorable mention in basketball. " Shankle's father, the Rev. Byron Shankle, a Methodist minister, starred at Duke in the 1920's as an all-round performer. When the son high jumped 6 feet 3 last season, he had bettered or tied all his dad's maximums. • Bob Chambers feels that Shankle is a long way from his peak, too "He never competed in the pole vault until late last year," points out Coach Chambers, "but in his fourth attempt he did 13 feet 4, or or one inch better than the Southern Conference record that had been standing for 25 years. "If he concentrated on one or two events, he'd be cracking all- time records all over the place. But we use him in everything but the repair gang for the photo-timers, and he's got to pace himself." After taking his double in the Penn Relays, Joel Shankle slipped his sweat suit baek on and disappeared into the crowd of runners in the infield. He looked like just another guy. You never would have known he was an entire track team. Read Courier News Classified Ads. SHOES FOR For Golf Lightweight canvas uppers and sponge rubber soles with genuine stainless steel spikes. In brown only. 5 95 Pair Mothers, if your boys (6 or 60) are athletically inclined, let them have their fun in the sun . . . But just be sure they have firm footing with our sport shoes. For Tennis Canvai top tennlf oxfords for the tennis court or leisure wear. Maroon or white. 2 99 Pair For LittU Ltagutrs Official tittle Learue •hoes. Canvas upper oxfords with robber baseball-type cleats for feet and ankle protection at all times. For Baseball Professional style leather top baseball shoes with steel spikes. Mens and Boys sizes. 3 99 Pair 5 95 Pair VUeAwroo FAMILY SHOE STORE W. Mo in pa Phont 2-2342 MIDFIELDERS—One reason for Navy's success in lacrosse is a powerful midneld. Composing it are, left to right, seniors Bill Hoover. Jack Horner and Steve McNally. (NEA) NEW YORK—(NEA)-Little League Baseball in Bayonne, N. J., and standard medical teachings came into a direct conflict. It started when a doctor told 11- year-old Bobby Pavlick. the homer- hitting; star of the Jersey League. that he would have to undergo an .appendix opsration. Young Pavlick didn't believe that would be a good idea. Seems his sights are set. even now, on bettering th» organized baseball marks set by hii brother, Pete, Louisville second baseman, and Billy. Sioux City infielder. Bob reasoned that an operation more than likely would leave him weakened and out of baseball for good. Bobby was waging a pretty stiff battle with the medical people until—enter Mrs. Pavlick. After the simple operation was completed, Bobby spent the Hot Stove season recouping and now he looks stronger than ever. "When this kid plays, he's the only attraction that gets people out of the house and away from their television sets," reports Bayonne Sports Editor Morris Rosenberg. • • • With feelers sent to Little League headquarters by North and South Dakota, it appears the small-fry baseball will be played in all 48 states this year. * • • Random thought: While various groups of double-domes are intensely studying the "ill" results of normal athletic competition, as we have in Little League, we wonder French Pug On TV Tonight He's Heard About That Yankee Dollar NEW YORK M — Jacques Roy- or, another French middleweight who has heard about the Yankee TV dollar, steps into a Madison Square Garden feature as a sub tonight to oppose Ralph (Tiger) Jones, the third-ranked Yortkera, N. Y. 160-pounder. Rover is brand new in New York although ho fought twice, splitting even In two out of town start* since he arrived on these »hores. His most important victory was a technical knockout over highly-regarded Tony Anthony at Johrw- town. Pa.. Feb. 25. Then he lost to one Willie Pastrana in New Orleans. . The- lO-round match will be carried on network radio (ABC) and television (NBC) starting at 8 p. m. (CST) with Jones a topheavy favorite to win and keep his next date. May 24 at. St. Nicholas Arena against Pedro Gonzales. Hog Golfer Falls Bock if it might not be a good idea for them to look into the gold star system teachers use to reward students. They might contend that the teachers are putting too much scholastic pressure on the students. Competition, which has more than a little to do with the American way of life, is something, it seems, from which youngsters should be protected. Ridiculous? Sure is. « * « John McCallum and Whitney Martin .a pair of .350 hitters in the typewriter league, have put together an excellent book, "How You Can Piny Little League Baseball" (Prentice Hall, $2.15), and it is highly recommended. The tome quotes top-notch authorities. , One is Stan Musial and the Cardinal great comes up with a pretty good point about hitting. "I make any ball near the plate a good one," The Man points out. "Not that I am in any sense a bad ball hitter. "I will tnke a strike to get a whack at a pitch I like better." WACO, Tex. (M — Ray Barnes, Arkansas' lone entry in the Southwest Conference golf tournament, was nine strokes off -the pace going into the final 36 holes today. Barnes shot a 6-over-par 146 on the first 30 yesterday. He had 72 for the morning 18 and a 74 in the afternoon. Heading the field of 15 at the halfway point was Joe Golden of Texas, with a 3-under-par 137. 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