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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 21, 1953
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PAGE SIX BLYTHBVILLE (AUK.) COUK1ER NKWS FK1DAY, AUGUST M, 1»M Majors Stabalize Their Positions in Final Race Bf BEN PIILEGAR AP Sports Writer The race for final positions in the major league standings appears to be all over in both circuits except to find out who's going to finish third. Although there are still five weeks to play it's mostly just a question of wailing for the World Series — for Brooklyn and the New York Yankees — and for next year. The third place races, however,* — •— — «.re close in both leagues. Cleve land holds third in the American League by only half a game ovei the Boston Red Sox. St. Louis has a game edge on Philadelphia in the National. To an individual player H Is worth about twice as much to be a member of a third place finisher .Instead of with a fourth place ctub. The players on the first four clubs share in World Series' receipts. Except for the third place battles »t least six games separate the clubs in their present positions In the National League. Only seven games divide the last plac St. Louis Browns from th sixh plac Ahltics in the American League, with Detroit sandwiched In between. But none of these clubs has shown any indication that It will improve greatly or collapse between now and the end of the season. Nine Game Edge The league leading Dodgers and Yankees each have a nine game edge. Brooklyn has 36 games to play, Nw York 35. In ysterday's curtailed activity the Dodgers thumped the New York Giants 10-0; St. Louis defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-3 and Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia 5-2 in the National League. The Yankees whipped Washington 1-0 and Cleveland bounced Detroit 13-7 in the American. Carl Erskine, Brooklyn's biggest winner, posted his 15th victory of the season and his second straight four-hit shutout over the stumbling Giants. One of the league's best pitchers when he has his control, Erskine didn't walk a man and struck out six. Junior Gilliam Jackie Robinson and Bobby Morgan hit home runs. Errors and Runs Robin Roberts fell victim to Philadelphia's sieve-like defense as he failed for the second time to win his 31st game. The Phillies committed four errors and four of the Pirates' five runs were unearned. The loss was Roberts' loth. Wilmer (Vinegar Bend) Mizell doubled home the winning runs in a sixth Inning rally as he hunt up his llth victory for St. Louis. He gave up seven Chicago hits but needed help from Gerry Staley to get the last out In the ninth. The Yankees bombarded Bob Porterfleld, the league's shutout leader, for seven runs in the fourth toning and broke his five game winning streak. Porterfleld, who once toiled for the New Yorkers, has been beaten 10 times this season, five times by the Yankees. Eddie Lopat, won his llth straight against Washington dating back to June 26, 1951. Cleveland broke its four game losing streak with an 18 hit attack at Detroit including home runs by Harry Simpson and Jim Hegan. US Gains Momentum In Tennis Tourney By BILL KING BROOKLINE, Mass, (tf! — The prospects for American success in not only the National Doubles Tennis Tourney but the Davis Cup challenge round as well appeared extremely bright today at Longwood. Although it still has two fairly BASEBALL STANDINGS NATIONAL LEAGUE Won Lost Pet. Behind Brooklyn ... Milwaukes . St. Louis ... 'hiladelphia New York . :lncinnatl .. Chicago 'ittsburgh . . 81 . 73 . 64 . 64 . 57 . 53 45 40 37 47 53 55 60 67 72 .608 .547 .538 .487 .442 .385 1(1 'A 17 VI 23'.i 29 351/2 AMERICAN LEAGUE Won Lust Tot. Behind Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Newark. N. J. — Vince Martinez, 150, Patterson, N. J., stopped Billy Andy, 153, Providence, R. I., 6 Detroit — Bob Amos, 174, Detroit, outpointed Gordon Wallace, 167, Brantford, Out., 8. Sydney, Australia—Freddie Dawson, 143, Chicago a\varded decision over Harry Hayes, 154ti, Australia. Hayes disqualified In 5th round. ••Jew York .. •hlcago .... Cleveland .. 3oston Washington . Philadelphia Detroit St. Louis ... 81 72 65 67 59 48 44 42 .681 .605 .556 .549 .483 .403 .373 .347 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Nashville ... Memphis ... Atlanta Birmingham . New Orleans Chattanooga . Little Rock .. Mobile Won Lost Pet. Behind .. 75 6 . .573 — .. 12 BO .545 . 71 60 .542 60 64 .510 67 66 .504 61 72 .459 . 58 71 .450 53 17 .408 3',4 4 7 9 15 16 21'/ 2 strong teams among the six Bets of survivors in the men's division. Australia's chances here were discounted sharply when its 18-year- old aces, Lewis Hoad and Ken Rosewall, were knocked out in the quarter-finals action. Already winners of the Australian, British, French and Italian doubles honors this year, Hoad and Rosewall faltered again hard-bitten campaigners Straig Clark of Pasadena, Calif., and H Burrows of Charlottcsvllle, Va 5-7, 14-12, 18-16, S-7, after mo than three hours of b4eath-takin action. Today Seixas and Trabert a: down for a quarter-finals te against Australian newcome Clive Wlklerspin and Ian Ayr The latters 'teammates, Merv; Rose, who .shared the 1952 natio ill doubles titles with Seixas, nr Rex Hartwifr, are paired wi Grant Golden,of Chicago, and Be nie Bartzen of San Angelo, Tex in the remaining quarter-fina bracket. Louise BrotiRh of Beverly Hill Calif., and Mrs. Margaret Osborn Dupont of Wilmington. Del., wl won nine consecutive women titles from 1942-50, became Bern finalists by defeating Mrs. Thelm Long of Australia, and Anita Kan Ler of San Francisco, -3, 6-0. The upper half's semi-final scheduled for today with defeni ng champions Doris Hart of Con Gables, Fla., and Shirley Fry ( Akron, Ohio, opposing Nationp n d Wimbledon singles quee Maureen Connolly and Julie Samp son, bolh of San Diego, Calif. Pros Register for Golf Stakes- Yesterday's Results NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn 10, New York 0 St. Louis 5, Chicago 3 Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 2 (Only games) AMERICAN LEAGUE New York 7. Washington 0 Cleveland 13. Detroit 7 (Only games) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Atlanta 8, Chattanooga 1 New Orleans 7. Little Rock 4 Memphis 9, Mobile 2 Nashville 12-1, Birmingham 4-4 Little Rock Beats Lufkin AUSTIN, Tex. W) — The Little Rock Little League team defeated the Lufkin, Tex., squad 2-1 here last night, winning a chance to compete next week at Williamsport, Pa., for the national Little League crown. Fred Sternburg, new Brandels U. assistant grid coach, weighs only 165 pounds, but p'myed on a Georgetown line that averaged 220 pounds. Today's Games NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn at Pittsburgh—Podres 8-3) vs. Dlckson (8-11) Chicago at Milwaukee—Church (7-6) vs. Burdette (10-2) New York at Philadelphia—Hearn (7-8) vs. Miller 6-5) Cincinnati at St. Louis(—Perkow- skl 10-8) vs. Haddlx (15-5) AMERICAN LEAGUE Philadelphia at New York—Kellner (10-11) vs. Sain (11-6) or Kraly (0-0) Boston at Washington (2)—Brown (11-4) and Henry (2-3 vs. Stobbs (86) and Shea (10-4) Detroit at Chicago—Branca (3-2) vs. Pornieles (7-4) St. Louis at Cleveland (2)—Brecheen (5-10) and Littlefield (6-9) vs. Peller (6-6) and Houtteman (4- SOUTHEHN ASSOCIATION Atlanta at Chattanooga New Orleans at Little Rock Mobile at Memphis Birmingham at Nashville Pott Leads JC Golf Tourney ANN ARBOR, Mich. W)—Johnn Pott of York, Pa., 17-year-old nativ of Cape Girardeau, Mo., soared Inl the lend In yesterday's second roun of the 8th International Jaycee Co Tournament by firing a 33-3G-G! three under par. It was the lowest score ever sho by a junior In national competitlo on the hilly, 6,600-yard Universlt of Michigan course. Ark-Lin Favored Over Bakerettes in Softball Tourney for Women PINE BLUFF Iff] — Favored Ark Lin of Little Rock tonight meet. Pine Bluff Sunbeam Bakerottes, th defending champion, in the semi final feature of the Arkansas worn en's Softball Tournament. In the second game. Motor Bod} Workers of Tcxnrkana goes agalns Retail Merchants of Little Rock. Ark-Lin dropped Motor Body Works, 7-3, and Retail Merchant beat Pine Bluff Central Transformer, 17-2, In second round games las' night. The defeat eliminated cen- tra] Transformer from the double elimination tourney. The title scrap is set for tomorrow Swing T Is Ne\¥ Football System NEW YORK (« — Coach Steve Owen is inlrorlucing the Swing T as the basic plan of offense used by the New York Football Giants In the NPL championship race this fall. A combination of offense systems, Owen sny.s the swing T allows play- re to shift from T to single wing, or double winp, or to any variation SPTS TIME COPY Lexington Trots Set 12 Sports Roundup— McDonald Makes Good Show By GATLE TALBOT NEW YORK UP] — In case you have not been following the so called flag races with too great Interest lately, what with a report by an Indiana professor and other distractions, a young right-handed pitcher named Jim McDonald has .lust notched his eighth victory for the New York Yankees, giving him a 5-i record since July 4. This would be nothing to get agitated about ordinarily, Yankee pitchers being what they are, but with the World Series just beyond the horizon there seems reason to suspect that the staff fairy who looks out for the champions' interests and, among his other duties, sees to it that they never make a bad deal has been at it again. To be specific, the Bombers had appeared to be threatened with a shortage of good righthanded pitch- ingto use against Brooklyn's array of righthanded hitters in the series games to be played at Ebbets Field, where the fences are short. Manager Casey Stengel, it was agreed, would hesitate a long time before starting either of his portside aces, Whitey Ford or Eddie Lopat, in the National League park. . That would have made it necessary, the long-range experts foresaw, {or Case to hold out his two veteran righthanders, Allie Reynolds and Vic Raschi, at the start of the series and depend upon them to carry the burden in the third, fourth and fifth games scheduled at Ebbets Field. As Reynolds and Raschi are, respectively, 35 and 34 years old, and Reynolds has not been himself lately ,thls looked like t fair-sized chink In the Yankee armor. And then, of course, along came McDonald, It already Is being freely predicted that he will play an important role in the series, perhaps even a major one. His almost perfect control and his sharp sinker ball, which is extremely difficult to knock over the infield, are seen as waking him a natural against the Dodgers in their bandbox arena. It. could happen only to the Yanks. This is the same Jim McDonald who was a flop last season, his first with the champions, and whom they tried herd to unload on somebody all winter and right up to the trading deadline this summer. No -lub wanted him at any price, and so there was nothing left for Stengel to do but pitch him regularly and see if he might develop. Registering with Blytheville Country Club Professional Paul Parrington yesterday were the above professionals Harold Williams (seated), Tuscaloosa, Ala., pro who was 1951 winner; Red Wiley, Terre Haute, Ind., and Chick Yarbrough, Vincennes, Ind., who took top honors in the King Cotton Open last year. (Courier News Photo) Nearly 100 professional and amateurs began teeing off at 8:30 this morning on the first 18 holes of the three-day tournament. They'll be swinglvig away until the last rays of sun descend on the (i.GQQ-hole layout tonight. Top amateur and pro golfers from .Missouri. Tennessee. Arkansas. Mississippi and Indiana began arriving for the tournament yesterday. The pros will be shooting for $350 in first-place money of the S1.500 open. Two previous amateur winners are among those teeing off today. They include Shedrick McKain, last year's Simon pure winner, and Arthur McDonald, who won in 1051. Both are Memphians. Other top-notchers from Memphis, all amateurs, include Charlie Joe Kochenderfer, who wrapped up the Memphis junior championship only yesterday with scores of 33-34-33-34-34; T. P. Skinner, Eaton Elder, who qualified for the National Open; H. P. Childers, past Tennessee Amateur champ, and Curtis Persons. Professionals hail from as far away as Kansas City and St. Louis. Farrington, who underwent an operation on his little finger this summer, will not be able to compete. Little League All-Stars Win Over Jonesboro 5-3, To Take Set Blytheville's Little League All-Stars brought the 1953 season to an official and magnificent end yesterday by defeating the Jonesboro Little Leaguers, 5-3. The victory gave the locals the set with their rivals, two games to one. ing to the hot corner. Fitzgerald's Climax to, the summer's activity will be ranched this week-end when five of the six teams, their coaches and some parents will board the Frisco Saturday morning in a special car for St. Louis where they will see the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds of the National League piny that night. They will return Sunday afternoon. The Kiwanis Club voted to see Memphis >lay earlier and will not be along as a unit. After the game the players and .heir respective coaches were enter- wined with a chicken dinnm- *at the 3offee Shop of the Ooff Hotel with Jesse Taylor acting as master of ceremonies. For the second straight pirne Blytheville had to come from b«- lind to take the visitors, and thanks to some more expert selections pinch hitters by Coaches Ott Mulins and Jack Drnke. During the big ifth when they iced the game awa; vith three tallies, the mentors call- id on three sub batsmen and, two ame through to aid in the thrill- ng triumps. For Jimmy Bruce, Ki- vanis, it was his second success ul try, having slammed a triple n the final round that enabled Bly- heville to win at Jonesboro, 6-4 ast Saturday, and deadlock the set t 1-1. Joe Bratcher (Lions Club) and Waldo Patterson, his opponent ere both superb. They yielded ight hits apiece and didn't walk batter for the second consecutive ame. However, the Jonesboro side rmer hit two batsmen, Billy Haney Shrine Club) and Larry Fitzgerald Jons Club), the latter coming in e fifth rally that helped it along Bratcher led his mates in hlt- ng with a single and double. The bagger in the first counted arry Whittle (Shrine Club) with le game's first run and got him f to a running start towards his 'th victory of the season against vo losses. Russ Cook, left fielder, as the biggest Jonesboro offender 1th a pair of doubles. The play-by-play description: FIRST INNING JONESBORO — Jerry Jenkins led to Bratcher on the second ten. Wlufilow Patterson singled larply to center. Jim Smith nacked one back and Patterson as easily trapped off first. One t. BLYTHEVILLE — Don Stallings klwanis) was safe at first when nith juggled his grounder then rew wide U> first. Whittle forced rn, third to second. Rnss Cook opped Billy Ross's (Rotary tow- fly In left, with Whittle stop- ng at second. Bratcher powdered double to right field, scoring hittle and sending "Pepper" rac- swinging bunt went for a hit just inside the foul line to fill the base Haney took three viscious cuts for a strikeout victim. Jerry Rounsavall (American Legion) lined hard to third. Two hits, one run, one error. SECOND INKING JONESBORO — Jesse Taylor (Shrine Club) came up nicely with Waldo Patterson's skinner and threw him out. Rounsavall shagged Bill, Harris' pop fly near the screen fence on a wild pitch, and tied up the same when Stallings fumbled Don Medlin's roller. Bratcher disposed of Sonny Norsworthy on a soft tap to the mound, One hit, one run, one error. BLYTHEVILLE — Glynn Dale Howard (American Legion) went down swinging. Bill Harris went far to his left for Taylor's twisting grounder, got his hands on it but couldn't hang on and It went for a hit. Stallings rocked Harris with a scorching liner but the second baseman held it. Taylor advanced on a passed ball and sprinted into home as Whittle rapped one to center. Larry took second on the throw to the plate, moved over on a passed ball but perished as Ross lifted to first. Two hits, one run. Arcaro Likes Spot He's In By TOM BRANAOiAN CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Arcaro may have put himself on a spot by taking over Native Dancer for Saturday's $105,000 American Derby but it's a spot every other jockey would like. This particular spot should be worth at least 10 per cent of the $70,000 the Dancer is expected to earn by running nine other 3-year- olds into the Washington Park turf. The spot also is considered,much more desirable than the one Arcaro las occupied in other races involving himself and Alfred G. Vanderbilt's great gray horse. As Arcaro himself pointed out last night: Always Behind 'I'm an expert on Native Dancer's stern. I finished behind him eight times. Five times this year, rhree times in 1952." Eddie got the assignment because the Dancer's regular rider, Eric Querin, is under suspension. uerin, who guided Native Dancer to 17 victories in 18 starts, drew 10 days on the rails for a foul autuvday at Saratoga. Now Arcaro, like Native Dancer something of a celebrity in the racing world, could be a party to one of the most embarrassing upsets of many a season. The dancer is expected to be a 1 to 5 favorite for the mile-and- in-cighih derby on the basis of the sensational win record compiled under Guerin. He should easily raise his lifetime earnings to about THIRD INNING JONESBORO — Robert Winters lined hard to Taylor who didn't move out of his tracks. Jenkins fanned. Winslow Patterson was safe on an infield hit that Howard handled but couldn't make a play. Smith singled to center and Winston Patterson went to third. Past fielding by Ross held smith at first. Waldo Patterson forced Smith, Fitzgerald to Taylor. Two hits. BLYTHEVH.LK — Nors worthy scooped up Bratcher's blister and heat the pitcher to the bag .Fitzgerald bulleted a pitch right to short. Haney took a pitch on the wrist- Rounsavall rolled out to the pitcher. FOURTH INNING JONESBORO — Stallings made a marvelous grab at Harris' difficult high bounder to keep It from going into the outfielder but had no chance to retire the runner. Cook j | powdered his second double, this time to right, as Harris scooted to third. Taylor was . camped under Median's pop fly when it finally came down. Norsworthy bounced a single to center just outside Taylor's clutching reach, scoring Harris and Cook. He took third as Taylor gobbled up Winter's grounder and heaved to Howard. Jenkins extinguished the fire by swinging inly for a second time. Three hits, two runs. BLYTHEVILLE — Howard and Taylor perished on strikeouts and Stallings skied to left. FIFTH INNING JONESBORO — Bratcher made a ice play of Winston Patterson's sharp bounder to his right and nipped him easily at first. Smith was easy pickings for Taylor. Waldo Patterson blasted one through the box which Bratcher deflected enough for Fitzgerald to field but he speedy pitcher beat it out. Harris hit to Taylor. Null sed One hit. BLYTHEVILLE — Whittle rolled to the pitcher. Ross blasted a long drive between center and right and circled the bases before the agate could be recovered. Bratcher beat out a hit to second that Freddy lark stopped but couldn't get the -unner. Fitzgerald was conked high on the forehead but was uninjured. Jimrny Bruce, batting lor Haney, egged out an infield hit to short o jam the bags. Rounsavall's fielder's choice was tardy and Bratch- scored. Barry Ball (Jaycees), batting for Howard, lifted to short. Jimmy Killett (Lions Club), hit- tag for Taylor, dropped a Texas ueaguer back ior third that accounted for Fitzgerald. Stallings hit to the mound and Rounsavall was a casualty at third. Four runs, three I hits. SIXTH INNING JONESBORO — Fitzgerald tossed, out Cook. V.'hittle raced to the left field foul line to shag Clark's short fly. Norsv-'orthy tapped to the pitcher and Was out, Bratcher to $750,000. Off Days But even the greatest of thoroughbreds have off days and its not inconceivable that Saturday, with a strange rider, Native Dancer could falter. Arcaro's lean, leathery face undoubtedly would be tingd with red should this happen. Guerin experienced this very sensation at the Kentucky Derby, where the Vanderbilt horse lost his only start—a head decision to Dark Star. Jamie K., the horse Arcaro has ridden for Jim Morris in a number of duels with the Vanderbilt ace, has given up trying to beat Native Dancer so Saturday's secondary choices seemed to be Harry N. Ead's Sir Mango, James Cox Brady's Landlocked, Duntreath Farm's' Van Crosby and the English-bred gelding, Stan. Bruce, who went to first- Box score: JONESBORO AB R H PO A. Jenkins, rf 3 0 0 0 0 W. Patterson, ss-c 3 Smith. 3b 3 W. Patterson, p . 3 Harris, 2b-ss ... 3 Cook, If 3 Medlin, c 2 Ciark, 2b 1 Noreworthy, Ib ..'3 Winters, cf 2 McCIain, cf . ... 0 Totals .... 26 3 8 15 BLYTHEVILLE Stallings, 3b . Whittle, If ... Ross, cf Bratcher, p .. Fitgerald, ss . Haney. rf x Bruce, Ib .. Rounsavall, c Howard, Ib .. xxBall, rf .... Taylor, 2b 2 xxxKtllett, 2b . . 1 1 1 AB R H PO A. .40000 . 3 . 3 . 3 . 2 . 1 . 1 , 3 1 1 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 200 1 0 0 1134 0 1 0. 0 Totals 26 5 8 18 10 x Bruce singled for Haney In fifth Sx Ball popped out for Howard In fifth xxxKillett singled for Taylor In fifth Jonesboro 010 200-§ Blytheville HO CSX—5 Summary: Errors — Smith, Cook, Stallings. Buns batted in — Norsworthy 2, Whittle, Ross. Bratcher, Rounsavall, Killett. Two base hit- Cook 2, Bratcher. Home run— Hit by pitcher — Haney and Fitz gerald (Patterson). Double play— Bratcher to Howard. Strikeouts — Patterson 4, Bratcher 2. Umpires- Jimmy kittany, C. D. Hood, and Harman Taylor. Time: 1:15: Like the balance of your favorite rod, CABIN STILL is balanced at 91 — to evenly combirm mildness of proof with richness of flavor. C OLO ~M ABIN STILL mild in proof...y«f rich in Haver Distributed by MOON DISTRIBUTING CO.] Little Rock. 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