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Blytheville, Arkansas
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SATURDAY, MAY 15, 1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PACK PIVt Nine Big League Clubs JF mF Iff Are in Better Positions By BEN PHLEGAE AP Sports Writer With the major league pennant races just into their second month, nine of the 16 teams find themselves better off than they were at this stage a year ago. Two are all even with their 1953 pace. Even the five who have fallen behind aren't too far back of where they were after the first month of last season. Based on games behind the first place team, the Detroit Tigers have made the biggest gain. A dreadful last at this point in 1953 when they were 12 games behind, the Tigers now find themselves only a game and a half off the pace of the first place White Sox. Reds Better In the National League the most improvement has been made by the Cincinnati Redlegs with the surprising New York Giants a close runner-up. The Redlegs were last, seven games behind. Now they're only one game back, even though they are laying fifth in the skin-tight National League race. The Giants, who moved into a virtual first place tie with Philadelphia by winning their sixth straight last night, are 5 l / 2 games better off than in 1953. A quick breakdown on the other clubs shows Cleveland plus two, the White Sox plus 1V 2 , Baltimore half a game ahead of the pace of the old St. Louis Browns, the Philadelphia Athletics all even, the New York Yankees a game behind,-Washington 2:£ behind and Boston three behind. In the National League the Chicago Cub sare plus two, St. Louis plus l l /z, Brooklyn plus one- half, Philadelphia all even Pittsburgh 1Y 2 behind and Milwaukee two behind. Oriol«s Win The Yankees trimmed Detroit 6-4 in the only day game yesterday. In night action Cleveland beat Washington 5-2, Baltimore thumped Boston 7-2 and Chicago shaded Philadelphia 4-3 in the American League. The Giants defeated the Cubs 9-6, Brooklyn absorbed a 10-1 thrashing by the Cardinals, Cincinnati edged the Phillies 1-0 and Pittsburgh broke a seven-game losing streak at the expense of Milwaukee 3-2 in 10 innings in the National League. A run in the ninth inning on singles by Cass Michaels and Minnie Minoso plus an error enabled the White Sox to pull a full game in front in the American League. Don Johnson, with two two-hit shutouts to his credit as a starter, picked up his fourth victory while working in relief. Gromek Kayoed The Yankees k a y o e d Steve- Gromek who had won five in a row for Detroit with a dozen hits Bob Turley won his fourth game strikeout total of 53 by fanning 11 as the Orioles whipped Boston. A grand slam home run by George Strickland against Washington made it easy for Bob Lemon to win his fifth of the year. The Indians scored all five of their runs fcin the first inning. The Senators got six hits, including a home run by Eddie Yost. Cards Bight It was a long time in corning but when the Cardinals scored their first victory at Ebbets Field since September of 1952 they did it in fine style. They smashed 14 hits. Stan Musial hit his llth home run and drove in three tallies. Walt Alston homered. And Vic Raschi, back in Brooklyn for Leaguer, rationed eight hits for his .fourth triumph without a loss. Al Dark and Don Mueller combined for nine hits in the Giants success against Chicago. Dark hit a home run and four singles in five times at bat. Mueller had four singles. Dark also stole two bases. Fights Last Night By The Associated Press New York (Madison Square Garden(—Jacques Royer, 160%, Chateau Thierry, France, outpointed Ralph (Tiger) Jones, 158, Yonkers, N. Y. 10. San Diego, Calif—Cecil Schoonmaker, 117, Los Angeles, out- pointed Javier (Baby Face) Gutierrez, 117, Los Angeles, 10. Peb Pitcher Defies Jinxes And Tall Jim Bunning Comes Out with 3-1 Win Over Lookouts By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tall Jim Bunning faced the hottest team in the Southern Association and a formidable "Knothole Gang Day" jinx last night, but he defied both successfully with a classy pitching performance that belied his 2-2 season record. The lanky Little Rock righthand- er stopped the Chattanooga Lookouts on six hits to hand them their second setback in 10 games. 3-1. Since Chattanooga President Joe Engel started holding special knothole gang celebrations 16 years ago, the Lookouts had lost only twice until last night. Atlanta took over third place in the standings from New Orleans by handing the Pelicans their second straight shutout setback 3-0 on a neat eight-hitter by 20-year-old Bob Gigige . Memphis outlasted Nashville in muddy Sulphur Dell 10-8, and Birmingham's sizzling Barons widened their league lead to 3 J /2 games by topping Mobile 7-1. Bunning had the Lookouts blanked on four hits when Don Grate homered in the ninth/ After a single by Roy Hawes and a walk to Tony Roig, Ped pilot Bill Norman yanked his starter and called in John Weiss who induced Frank Sacka to bounce into a game-ending double play. John Baumgartner, with three hits, and Country Brown, with two, paced Little Rock's 10-hit attac kon Gerry Lane and Ed MoEller. John Wingo threw, a four-hitter for Birmingham's eighth victory of the season in eight" meetings with Mobile. Hal Grote led an 11-hit assault which cost the Bears' Ira Moxley his first loss of the season. Atlanta scored once in each of the first three innings to beat New Orleans. The Crackers nicked Ed Wolfe for nine of their 11 hits in the first six frames. Texas Tornado Bout Tops Mat Program Another special grudge bout will headline Monday night's wrestling matches at Memorial Auditorium as Joe Welch and Jack (The Monster) Fargo square^ off in a Texas Tornado bout. A Texas Tornado bout is a fight to the finish affair. Falls do not count. One opponent must openly admit defeat. In other words, the match may go one fall or 50, one hour or 10. In addition to this big one, another bout is also on the card. In a preliminary go. Lee Fields and veteran Sailor Moran will square off in a 90 minute time limit, best two of three falls affair. The Texas Tornado match was arranged by Promoter Mike Meroney after last Monday night's Texas rules tag bout in which Welch unmasked Fargo, who had been performing as The Monster. That one was a wild affair but Monday night's bout is expected to be even wilder. The preliminary bout should be a rough and tumble affair, too. Mo- Baseball Standings NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Philadelphia ... 14 10 .583 — New York 15 11 :511 — Brooklyn 14 11 .560 l / 2 St. Louis 14 12 .538 1 Cincinnati 15 13 .536 1 Milwaukee ... 12 12 .500 2 Chicago 9 13 .409 4 Pittsburgh 8 19 .296 T/i Today's Games St. Louis at Brooklyn. Chicago at New York. Cincinnati at Philadelphia. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh. Friday's Results St .Louis 10, Brooklyn 1 New York'9, Chicago 6 Cincinnati 1, Philadelphia 0 Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 2 (10 innings 31/2 4 4 6 6 8 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Chicago 17 10 .630 — New York 15 10 .600 1 Cleveland 15' 10 .600 1 Detroit 12 8 .600 IVz Philadelphia ... 10 14 .417 5V 2 Baltimore 9 13 .409 $V 2 Washington .... 8 15 .348 7 Boston 6 12 .333 6 Today's Games New York at Detroit. Washington at Cleveland. Philadelphia at Chicago. Boston at Baltimore. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Birmingham . 22 12 .647 — Chattanooga ..16 13 .552 Atlanta * 17 15 .531 New Orleans ..18 16 .529 Memphis 15 17 .469 Little Rock .. 13 15 .464 Mobile 14 20 .412 Nashville 10 17 .370 8y 2 Friday's Results Atlanta 3. New Orleans 0 Little Rock 3, Chattanooga 1 Birmingham 7, Mobile 1 Memphis. 10, Nashville 3 Today's Games Little Rock at Chattanooga Memphis at Nashville (Only games scheduled) MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Columbus 5, Charleston 1 Shreveport 2, Houston 1 Toledo 6, Louisville 1 Texas League Dallas 4, Tulsa 1 Shreveport 2, Houston 1 Fort Worth 13, Oklahoma City 5 San Antonio 15, Beaumont 7 Western Leanpue Lincoln 7, Pueblo 4 Omaha 5, Colorado Springs 1 Sioux City 7, Denver 2 Wichita 9, Des Moines 5 COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Greenville .... 9 3 .750 — El Dorado .... 9 6 .600 H/ 2 Monroe 7 7 .500 3 Meridian 6 8 .429 4 Pine Bluff .... 5 8 .385 4M> Hot Springs ..4 8 .333 5 Friday's Results Hot Springs 3-3, Pine Bluff 1-8 El Dorado 2-4, Monroe 1-0 Greenville 5-6, Meridian 4-16 Today's Games El Dorado at Monroe Pine Bluff at Hot Springs Greenville at Meridian ran, a former Navy champion, is a veteran who is noted for his rough house tactics while Fields is the "fans' fair haired boy" type who likes to mix it up. Sports Roundup— These Detroits Amazing Crew By GATLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — The impression one brought away from the training camp of the Detroit Tigers at Lakeland, Fla., this spring was that the club owned only two big league ball players, Harvey Kuenn and Ray Boone, and that Manager Fred Hutchinson didn't even want to discuss the situation. To avoid being subpoenaed, Fred spent long periods pitching his own batting practice, out where he couldn't be got at. Men came away shaking their heads and saying wasn't it a shame that such a nice fellow as the former pitcher found himself saddled with so much nothing, and there was speculation on how much longer it might before his employers decided that a change of managers would solve their problems. Hutch had taken over an eighth place club from Red Rolfe during the '52 season and so hadn't had a fair shake, really. It was agreed that the national game was loaded with injustices. Never, apparently, was so much sympathy heaped upon one man by so rnany with so little reason. The season is a month gone—if you don't count the ralned-out games—and Hutchinson's amazing assortment of minor league nobodies and revivified veterans still are scratching and claw'ng for the American Lcno;us leadership. They've actually gotten the idea, they're going to stay up'there. Hutchinson probably still is speechless, but we-see where one of his coaches, Johnny Hopp, is quoted as follows in the Detroit News: Seen Best "This club will be no flash in the pan. We've seen the best clubs in the league and have given them all tough games. We've had no sof ttouches. I never saw better team attitude. That alone will carry Detroit a long way." One of the biggest factors in the team's surprising play, Hopp feels, is the complete reversal of form by catcher Frank House, the former $75,000 bonus beauty, since the Tigers broke camp .The big fellow has been handling his pitchers In great style and hitting the ball lustily. Suicide There xvere sly side glances when Hutch'nson said he might start the season with an outfield composed of rookies Bill Tuttle and Al Kal- ine, the latter 'only 19, and the veteran Jim Delsing. This obviously was suicide. Yet we see that Tuttle, who hit only .276 for Buffalo last year, is fightingth Re'r league batting leadership, and that Delsing, who never before hit much of anything, anywhere, is among the league's top 10 hitters. Kaline, the kid from Baltimore, is filling rlghtfJcld t othe hilt. Still a fourth rookie, Frank Boiling, is doing better than all right at second. No one down south could have predicted that either Steve Gromek, the Cleveland castoff, or Ned Garver, whose trick knee had undergone an operation, would do much on the hill this year. Yet between them, they won eight of the Tigers' first 11 victories, all full length efforts. Walt Dropo, the club's large first-baseman who was supposed to be such a draglng anchor, isn't doing anything except knocking in runs. RUNNING MATE — Rroadwork isn't dull for Pierre . who jogs with his pretty missus in New York's Central Park. The French middleweight has a 10-round appointment with Joey Giardello at Madison Square Garden, May 21. (NEA> Pony Loop Is Set By SAM NORRIS An extra try-out session will be held Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock for all boys interested in playing in the Pony League, it was announced today by J. P. Garrott, "Y". director. Three afternoons this week have* been devoted to tryouts for boys 13, 14 and 15 years old in which managers of the four church-sponsored teams had a chance to look over prospective players, but a number of the boys who had registered were unable to appear for tryouts on the assigned days, Mr. Garrott said. Because of this, league officials decided to hold the extra session Monday. Rival managers will meet at 7 p. m. Wednesday to bid on the players. Fourteen and 15 year old prospects who completed tryouts yesterday and Tuesday afternoons are: David Barnes, Jerry Brown, James Brogdon, Charles Coalter, Eddie Gilless. Bobby Grham, Jimmy Hall, Billy Sam Hanley, Wayne Hoi- brooks, Bobby Jayroe, David Kelly, Roy Lovelace, Jerry Lutes, James Morrow, John Nelson, Eddie Perrl, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Shelton, Tommy Slayton, Mike Terry, Thomas Vincent, Bobby Watson, Lamar Wheat, Tony Wheat, Jerry Williford, Bill Wyatt, William David Fowler, Ed Moore, Edwin Cure, James Privett and Wayne Honeycutt. BasillioGets Action Tonight SYRACUE, N. Y. (fP) — Carmen Basilio, No. 1 contender for the welterweight boxing crown, meets middleweight Italo Scortichini of Italy tonight in a 10-round bout in the Onondaga County War Memorial. Both fighters were expected to weigh around 151. Basilio is an 8-5 favorite to take the tricky Scortichini in the nationally televised match and hos promised to "finish him fast." The two fighters fought to a draw in Miami last January. Both thought it was a bad decision. Chiefs Drop Second Game Fall to Manila By 7-4 Margin Blytheville's Chiefs lost their second game of the season at Manila last night when the host Manila team rapped out 14 safeties in getting a 7-4 decision. Joe Dean Pierce, Manila's classy hurler, limited the Chiefs to seven hits, two of which went to Pete Bennett. But Centerfielder Wayne Taylor's "hurling" helped nearly as much as did Pierce's. Taylor threw out three Chiefs at the plate. Bill Rounsvall was the loser. Sunday the Chiefs entertain Caruthersville at Fritz West Park when West will be on the hill. The game is slated to get started at 2:30. BIythevHIe AB R H Kiilett 3B 5 0 1 Fisher RF 4 0 0 Garner 2B 4 0 0 x Hay 1 0 0 Bennett LF 4 1 2 Foster SS 1 1 0 B:..ker CF 4 1 1 O'Neal "C 4 1 1 Privett IB 3 0 1 Phillips P 1 0 1 Rounsvall P/1B 4 0 0 WACO, Tex. (JP) — Texas- Joe Golden won the Southwest Conference golf championship here yesterday, shooting a one-over-par 141 on the final 36 holes to finish with a 72-hole total of 278—two under. Another Longhorn, Roan Puett, was a close second at 279. Arkansas' lone entry, Ray Barnes, soared to a 78 and an 82 on yesterday's rounds to wind up with a 305. 35 4 7 x Struck out for Garner in ninth. Manila AB R H R. Wagner SS 5 1 2 Ashbraner LF 3 1 1 Taylor CF 5 1 4 Edwards IB 2 0 1 Fowler C 4 0 0 Weathers 3B 5 0 0 Davidson 2B 2 2 1 Lamb RF 5 1 3 Pierce P 5 1 2 36 7 14 Blytheville 000400000 4 Manila 00030301x 7 Stamping Pug 5 -1 Underdog 1 NEW YORK (AP) — No fight is 5 to 1. That is the lesson to be learned from Jacques Royer's up-set victory over Ralph Tiger Jones last night at Madison Square Garden. Nobody gave the 26-year-old Frenchman a chance against the third-ranking middleweight challenger. Nobody except matchmaker Billy Brown and Jean Bretonnel, Royer's manager. Confident Royer. who hopes to corral enouRh Yankee dollars to expand his auto-repair shop back home in Chateau-Thierry, had plenty of confidence. He didn't think ho'd ever get. a chance to show his suiff until Rocky Cnstelltmi begged off from A Jones match be- Cttuse of a bnck injury.. "He hnd one foot on the boat a month ago." said Bertonnel. "He wanted to go home after a fight with Jesse Turner In Louisville fell through. Now he finully has his big breajt." Unanimous Royer closed with a rush to overcome a wide early lead by Jones and win a unanimous decision in the 10-round bout. Ref- ree Al Berl had it. 7-2-1, Judge Harold Barnes 6-3-1 and Judge Arthur Susskind G-4. all tor the Frenchman. The AP scored it 5-4-1 for Royer. The Frenchman, an awkward chap smothered Jones' wide swings and upset, him with his odd .style. Jones fought; all too little, preferring to dive Into clinches that gained nothing. Every time he raised his head in the late rounds, Royer's quick hands scored. Royer probably will get more work as a result of the upset. His manager is scheduled to talk over a June match with Argentine Edurado Lausse at the Garden Monday. Television Said to Be Big Topic of NBA Meet ****** Number on TV May be Reduced DETROIT (AP) — Boxing's bread and butter — television — was the big item today in a meeting of the executive committee of the National Boxing Assn. ASTC Defends AIC Crown CONWAY, Ark. (/P) — Arkansas State Teachers College was expected to make n successful defense of its Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference track and field championship here this afternoon. In yesterday's preliminaries the Tutors qualified for today's finals in all events. Arkansas Tech missed in only one event and was the only team with a chance of troubling Teachers. Andrew Pulka of Cleveland, president of the NBA, said dele- pates would discuss the question of local "blackouts" on nationally televised flRhts, in addition to a proposal to cut the number of nationally televised fights. The executive committee of the NBA can make no legislation but it can draft strong recommendations to be presented to the main body of the organization. Too Many? Putka said: "We feel the network shows must be curtailed before they kill the sport. We've invited promoters of the national television shows, the sponsors, their advertising agency representatives and the managers' guild to sit down with us and discuss the problem." putkft pointed out there are four TV shows which are seen in ft large portion of the nation, with a fifth to join the field Monday. Review Scoring An NBA proposal calls for local blackouts on national TV fight shows. The purpose of this is to protect the gate but the television sponsors — who foot the bill — take a dim view of any sort of blackout simply because they are trying to reach the largest possible audience." The new NBA's "must tell" scoring system nlso will be reviewed. It has been in operation for almost five months. In this system, the winner of a round is awarded 10 points, with his opponent getting 0, 8. 7, and so on, depending on the margin of difference. LIVING AGAIN — Marty Marion dumps sleeping pills into a waste basket. The long-time Mr. Shortstop couldn't sleep nights managing the last-place Browns. Now he's coaching the: hard-running White Sox and getting $35.000 for not managing the Orioles. (NEA) Word Expected Today from SWC Joe Wilman is the first to have bowled more than 1,000 games in the Chicago All-Star tournament. He has been in the finals nine times in 13 years. State Golf Tourney Today CONWAY, Ark. i7P»—The Arkansas Class A high school golf championships— both team and individual _ were at stake here today. Twenty-four representatives of 12 schools were to compete over a 36- hole route at the Conway Country Club. Pepper Rodgers, with four touchdowns, 13 extra points and one field goal for 40 points, led Georgia Tech's football team in scoring last season. WACO, Tex. (7P)—The Southwest Conference decides today whether it thrown down a 31-year- old barrier and invites one, two or three new members or remains a tight, seven-school or- ganisation noted for Its bloods- and-thunder round-robin in football. Those outside the league had the majority opinion that the conference will vote against expansion. Some thought it would declare a moratorium on even considering enlargement for a period of possibly five years. Only the faculy committee, governing body of the league, knew the answer. A decision may already have been made in the executive sessions of the committee yesterday afternoon and last night. But there was to be no announcement until some time today. Texas Tech, Oklahoma and University of Houston, all members of other conferences — Tech of the Border, Oklahoma the Big even and Houston the Missouri Valley — were down for a vote if the announced agenda was followed. Among other business before tht committee is a recommendation from the athletic directors, coaches and business managers of athletics that the conference confine itself exclusively to the NCAA basketball ployoffs and that no member of the league be allowed to accept an invitation to any other post-season tournament. This obviously was aimed at the National Invitation Tournament in New York that made passes at some of the members last season. Foul to Fowl Play RICHMOND. Va. (JP)—Henry Sik- kelee found the compensation low in chasing the folks suspected of foul play The policeman started raising chickens on the side to augment his income. In 10 years the chicken business was doing so well he gave up his policeman's job. Two years ago he decided turkeys would be even more profitable and today his 8,000 turkeys on the hoof constitute/one of the largest flocks in Henrico county. Yarbro, Lange Take Wins in Y Leagues Central's Rockets suffered their first softball loss of the season yesterday afternoon at Little Park, as Yarbro hung an 8-0 defeat onto their coat tails in "Y" fifth grade league play. Meanwhile Lange's Gra-Y team look advantage of pitcher wildness in the first two frames to take a 12-10 win over Sudbury Gra-Y for the first Lnnge win of the season. In the fifth grade game, Carlton Stiles allowed the Central team only four well scattered hits and was never in serious trouble as his mates scored five runs in the second and coasted in with added tallies in the third and fourth. Tex Turner lost his first game of th« season. Frank Alford's wildness in the first two innings, coupled with timely hitting by Jimmy Lentz, Lange centerfielder, cost Sudbury wearly in the Gra-Y contest. " In the opening inning, Danny Smothers walked, Dunkin popped to the pitcher, Mathis and Kiilett walked to fill the bases. Huddleston struck out but McDowell and Cook walked to force In two runs, Lentz then tripled to right center, scoring three more. They scored five more in the second on two errors, a single by Mnthis, two walks and Lentz's second triple in as many innings. Lange scored one each in the fourth and fifth. Sudbury racked up two in the second and three in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth. Middle-Aged Pros Prevail Snead, Demaret Lead Round Robin WESTBURY. N. Y. (/P)—Two 41- year-old pros who hold six Masters championships between them, Sam Snend and Jimmy Demaret, threatened to make a two-man show today of the Meadow Brook Round Robin golf tournament. Going into the fourth and next- to last round, it was Snead out ahead of the select 16 man field with a score of 33 plus points, followed by Dameret, the casual clothes-horse from Kiamesha Lake, N. Y. with 24. Both came out of their head-to- head meeting yesterday without too much damage. Snead, who's been fighting a nagging hook all week, is bracked with Gene Littler, the 23-year-old Palm Springs. Cal., Ted Kroll, the oft-wounded war veteran form New Hartford, N. Y., and Ed Porky Olier of Lemont, 111., who's been everybody's "cousin." Demaret had what shaped up as tougher opposition in the defending champion, Carey Middlecoff. Byron Nelson, the Ronoke, Tex., cattle rancher, and explosive Tommy Bolt, who is flat on the bottom of the standings but ever dangerous. There are 17 players in the American League who have scored more than 500 runs during their major league careers. Frank Alford was the losing hurler and John McDowell the winner. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, May 17 8:15 p.m. Adulti 50c — Children 15e SPECIAL MATCH TEXAS TORNADO MATCH JOE WELCH vs. JACK FARGO Palls Bo Not Count — One Man Must Openly Admit Defeat Preliminary Bout 90 minute time limit 2 out of 3 Falls FARMERS NOW AVAILABLE AT BLYTHEVILLE WAREHOUSE BREEDERS DPI 15 NON CERT. DPL FOX NON CERT. DPL 15 All Seeds Delinted And Treated. Highest Germination PAUL D.FOSTER™ No. Highway 61 Phone S-3418

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