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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 18, 1954
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FACE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, MAY 1«, Stick Little Joe Garners First Card Shutout PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It took St. Louis Cardinal pitchers 30 games but they finally came up with a shutout. Little Joe Presko turned the trick last night, holding the Philadelphia Phillies to seven hits, as his mates pounded out four home runs to defeat the Phils, 8-0. RICOCHET TRANCE — Don Mueller of the Giants was caught in this dilemma against the right field wall at the Polo Grounds trying to grab his hat and/or the ball. The drive by Wally Post of the Redlcgs eluded him for two bases. (NEA) Dickson held the Cardinals in check for the three innings while his teammates scored a pair of runs to one for the Cards. The score was 6-3 in favor of Philadelphia when a curfew law halted the second game of the scheduled Sunday doubleheader. The second game defeat brought Philadelphia down into a first-place tie with Brooklyn and kept the Cardinals one game out of the league lead. By BEN PHLEGAR < AP Sports Writer / The lesson for today is how to move from third to first place while averaging less than three runs 'a game over the last 10 games. The instructor is Walter Alston, who used to teach school in the Midwest and who now if learning the facts of major league life as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Alston this season Inherited the Nation*! League champions, who had Inspired fear in the hearts of their opponents with their mighty slugging. The punch was so potent Itoid league batting champ, 'Carl Furillo, hit seventh in the order. By now Alston must be about convinced the Dodgers did it with mirrors. .159 Stick Mark He has his team in an exact first-place tie with Philadelphia but over the last 10 games the Dodgers have scored a total of*27 runs, with 10 of them coming in a single game. The opposition has scored 31 runs. The team batting average has skidded from .280 to .259. The home run production has totaled a mere three. Of the 10 games, the Dodgers have won six and lost four. The victories have come almost entirely from excellent pitching; topped by Carl Erskin's two-hitter against "St. Louis Saturday. No One Can Move Up But the big factor which has allowed Brooklyn to improve its position has been the inability of the other clubs to take advantage o ftne! DiDdger slump. Onlythe: New Tork Giants, now half a game out of first, have made real progress. They've won seven and lost two. But the rest of the league" has been beating each other -often enough to allow Brooklyn to coast uphill. Alston realizes-this happy state can't last indefinitely and for this reason he's happy about the immediate schedule. The seventh- place Chicago Cubs come to Brooklyn tonight for a two-game series to be followed by the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates, who will be around for five games. Even in such a slump the Dodgers should win at least five of these seven. Split Helps Meanwhile the Dodgers benefited from last night's intra league warfare when the Phils and Cardinals split a pair of decisions. Philadelphia whipped St. • Louis 8-4 in a game completing the second half of Sunday's double-header , which was suspended by Pennsylvania curfew. In the regularly scheduled game St. Louis won 8-0. Boston edged Detroit 4-3 and Chicago defeated Pittsburgh 10-6. The other clubs werea't scheduled. The Phils owned a 6-3 lead when the Sunday «ame was suspended after "six innings and the Cardinals couldn't catch up against Murry Dickson. Big Bats St. Louis unleashed its home run poer in the full-length contest. Wally Moon, Rip Eepulski and Bay Jablonski hit for the circuit against Robin Roberts, who had pitched a one-hitter the last time out, and. Stan Musial added one against Karl Drews in relief. Little Joe Presko scattered seven hits in registering the first shutout by a Cardinal pitcher this season. The victory came after the Phils had put the finishing touches to a game called at the end of six innings Sunday and completed before last night's game to the tune of an 8-4 win. Moon Again Shines Three of the Redbird homers came off ace Phil hurler Robin Roberts, who hurled a one-hitter his last time out. Rookie Wally Moon led off the game with the first homer off Roberts. Rip Repulski, Ray Jablonski and Stan Musial also belted home runs during the game. Musial's was his 12th of the season, keeping him in a tie for the league lead with Chicago's Hank Sauer. Presko, who earned his third victory without a defeat, set the Phils down on four pitches in the fourth inning. The loss was the fourth against four wins ,for Roberts. In the carryover game, Murry Fanning Bee At Sulphur Dell New Southern Record Established With 26 Whiffs By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS .Batters fanned up quite a breeze in Nashville's Sulphur Dell last night. And when its all was over the Southern Association had a new one-game strikeout record on the books. Rookie Joe Margoneri, who recently joined the Vols after a stint in the armed forces, was the big man in the strikeout session. The lefthander with the good fast ball fanned 15 batters while two New Orleans pitchers were striking out 11- Three In Row The total of 26 is one more than the old Southern Association record. Margoneri's performance helped the Vols to a 5-4 victory over the Pels, their third straights over the one-time league-leaders. New Orleans' Bob Schultz struck out nine Vols and Nelson King whiffed two as their contributions to the record. In the only other Southern Association game last night, Chattanooga whipped Mobile 2-1 in 12 innings. Birmingham at Little Rock and Atlanta at Memphis were postponed because of wet grounds. Edgar Moeller of the Lookouts and Bill Harris of the Bears tangled in a tight mound duel which Hank DiJohnson setteld in Moeller's favor with a bases-loaded single in the 12th. What Goes on in Cleveland? By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Nobody seems to have the slightest idea what the Cleveland Indians are doing around first place in the American League at this stage of the race, any more than they can understand what's holding up the Detroit Tigers. But there they are, and word comes that recently embittered Cleveland fans are beginning to get that old feeling again. In some respects, the case of the Indians is even more curious than that of the Tigers. The latter team merely is taking a flyer with a, group of rookies because it had no other choice, and it is doubtful that even the most rabid Detroit rooter expects the honeymoon to last much longer. Cleveland, on the other hand, has virtually ripped apart a v veteran club that figured to be a contender and looks better lor having finally taken the big step. ' Changes If vyou haven't kept tab on the Tribe since spring training ended and play began for keeps, you probably are not fully aware of Grace Postponed FREMONT, Neb. (JP)—After John Davis, a Midland college sophomore donated a pint of blood to the Dodge County Bloodmobile.unit, he was given the usual cup of fruit juice and sandwich. John, a pretheological student, bowed his head in prayer before taking the food. Nurses, thinking he was fainting, .quickly grabbed him and had him stretched x»n a «* .before he could explain lie was praying—not passing out. P. O. •*• 1171 * Mcayhfc, Ten*. i the changes that have come about in the team which for the past five seasons has come close to breaking its supporters' hearts in its futile chase of the Yanks. Large Luke Easter has gone back to the minors .and so has Rocky Nelson, who was to have cured the Indians' first-base ills. In their place is Al Rosen, who had never played a lick of first base before, and in Al's spot at third is Rudy Regalado, a kid so fresh out of school that he still worries about his homework. In left field is Al Smith, a semi- rookie who CJwne up from Indianapolis last season; and on the bench is Dale Mitchell, long an established .300-plus hitter. Playing right field in place of Wally Westlake, Suitcase Simpson and a half dozen others is Dave Philley, whom the Philadelphia A's no longer wanted. In fact, when the Indians finished winning an important game the other day with a rousing late-inning rally, the only "old faces" in their lineilp were those of Bobby Avila at second, George Strickland at short, Larry Doby in center field and Rosen at first. Hal Naragon, a rookie back from the service, was catching, and Hal Newhouser, the veteran from Detroit, was scoring his 201st pitching victory. Of the Indians' Big Three pitchers, only Bob Lemon has pitched up to his normal form. While Mike Garcia and Early Wynn were being unpredictable, important help reliefers, Don Mossi and Ray has come from a pair of rookie Narleski. IT HELPS TO BE NUTT(S) With co-driver Les Nutt leaning far out to maintain balance as 'he takes a turn at high speed, Eric Oliver of England passes the Noll-Cron German team and is closing the gap on the Hillebrand-Grunwald combination to win the 500 cc. sidecar event of the International Hockenheim, Germany, Rhinepokal races. More than 150,000 persons watched Oliver average 157.2 kilometers an hour. CNEA.) Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Philadelphia 16 12 .571 — Brooklyn , '1612 .571 — New York -16 13 .552 % St. Louis 16 14 .533 1 Cincinnati .... 16 15 .516 iy 2 Milwaukee 1314 .481 2% Chicago 12 14 .462 3 Pittsburgh 10 21 .323 7& Today's Games Chicago at Brooklyn (N). St. Louis at New York (N). Milwaukee at Philadelphia (N). Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (N). Monday's Results Chicago 10, Pittsburgh 6 Philadelphia 8, St. Louis 4 (suspended_ game from Sunday) St. Louis 8, Philadelphia 0 (only games scheduled) AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Cleveland 18 10 .643 — Chicago 19 11 .633 — New York 17 11 .607 1 Detroit 14 10 .583 2 Baltimore 11 14 .440 5 ! / 2 Philadelphia 10 17 .370 7& Washington 917 .3468 Boston 7 15 .318 8 Today's Games New York at Chicago (N). Boston at Cleveland (N). Washington at Baltimore (N). •Philadelphia at Detroit. Monday's Results Boston 4, Detroit 3 Only game scheduled. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Birmingham . 24 12 .667 — Chattanooga .. 20 13 .606 2 Atlanta .". 18 15 .545 4V 2 New Orleans ..18 19 .486 6V 2 Memphis 16 18 .471 7 Little Rock .. 13 18 .419 8& Nashville 13 18 .419 8V 2 Mobile 14 23 .378 10 & Monday's Results Atlanta at Memphis, postponed, wet grounds Birmingham at Little Rock, postponed, wet grounds Nashville 5, New Orleans 4 Chattanooga 2, Mobile 1 (12 innings) Today's Games New Orleans at Chattanooga Atlanta at Little Rock Birmingham at Memphis Mobile at Nashville MINOF. LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Toledo 4-4. Columbus 3-11 Louisville 7, Charleston 1 St. Paul 3, Indianapolis 1 Minneapolis 3, Kansas City 2 (10 innings') Texas League Oklahoma City 7, Dallas 6 San Antonio 7, Houston 3 Shreveport 9, Beaumont 8 Fort Worth at Tulsa postponed Western League Des Moines 9. Sioux City 8 Denver 9, Pueblo 1 Wichita 3, Colorado Springs 2 COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB El Dorado .... 11 7 .611 — Greenville .... 9 6 .600 l l / 2 Meridian 8 8 .500 2 Monroe 8 9 .471 2'£ Hot Springs ..7 8 .467 2V 2 Pine Bluff .... 5 10 .333 4M> Veterans Trucks, Lopat Square Off By TOM BEANAGAN CHICAGO (AP) — Two of the game's oldest and most respected pros, Virgil Trucks and Eddie Lopat, take key positions tonight as further proof is assembled, one way or the other, on the question: Are the Yankees through? Trucks, the 35-year-old fireballer, will pitch for the Chicago White Sox and Lopat the 36-year-old soft stuff expert, for the five-time champion New Yorkers. Like Sox Manager Paul Richards and General Manager Frank Lane of the Sox are on record to the effect the Yanks have had it and that this is the year they will lose the pennant. They also have mentioned that the team representing the American League in the 1954 World Series will be the Chicago White Sox. Casey Stengel, the Yank manager, dismisses this theory as imaginative at best. Both Touch But whether or not the Yankees are through, and tonight's game—and Wednesday's—may throw some light on the subject, it is apparent that Mr. Lopat is not. Nor, for that matter, is Trucks. , Lefty Lopat is undefeated in five pitching decisions this season and Trucks, a 20-game winner in 1953, has won four of seven. The Sox go into the Comiskey Jabo and Avila Lead Batters Jablonski Adds 26 Points in Week NEW YORK <7P)—Infielders Ray Jablonski of the St. Louis Cardinals and Bobby Avila of the Cleveland Indians are the current pacesetters in the major league batting derbies. Jablonski tops the National League with a .379 average today, while Avila is the American League leader with a .378 mark Figures include games through Monday. Jablonsnki boosted his average 26 points during the week by going 14-for-30. Avila went 13-for-27 and gained 33 points. Granny Hamner of the Phils is runnerup in the National League hitting race with .368. Cass Michaels of the .White Sox trails Avila with .362. Stan Musial of the Cards and Hank Sauer of the Cubs share National League home run honors with 12 apiece, while Musial has batted in''the most runs, 35. Rosen, Ray Boone of the Tigers, Yogi Berra of the Yanks and Mickey Vernon and Roy Sievers of the Senators are tied for the home run lead in the American League with six apiece. Rosen heads the RBI department with 33. Monday's Results El Dorado 4. Greenville 3 Hot Springs 17, Monroe 12 Meridian at Pine Bluff, postponed, rain Today's Games Hot Springs at Monroe Greenville at El Dorado Meridian at Pine Bluff Tistcs Mellow as Moonlight "from tie life tnd vigor of the 1*69 $*34 Pint W Pint Pl«» State T*> •CO. A, DICKEL DIST. CO., LOUISVILLE, KY. • M PROOF * I COTTON SEED FOR REPLANTING STATE CERTIFIED EMPIRE, D&PL 15 And FOX Chemically Delinted * pound Faster Germination Blytheville Soybean Corp. f800 West Main Phone PC. 3-6856 Park night game in a virtual tie with Cleveland for the league lead —on an even-up basis in games won and lost but trailing the Indians 10 percentage points. The Yanks are just one game back of both of them. Welch Beats Veteran Joe Welch proved the master last night as he out roughed Jack Fargo in a Texas tornado bout that turned out to be one of the wildest seen here in many months. The bout highlighted a good wrestling card at Memorial Auditoiruxn. In a preliminary bout Lee Fields was awarded a decision over Walter Sirios. Sirios substituted for Sailor Moran. Welch was given the decision in the eighth fall of the main event after Fargo failed to answer the bell. He was counted out-while lying sprawling among the ringside seats as a result of Welch having bounced his head off the ring side. The brawl lasted for 29 minutes of actual 'fighting time and the end came Fargo was leading in rounds 4-3. But under Texas Tornado rules, rounds do not count toward the final decision. One man must admit defeat. The end actually came in the seventh round when Welch knocked Fargo, from the ring, followed him' out and rammed his head against the ring side with such force that it shook the ring. The unconscious Fargo was counted out after he had failed to answer the bell starting the eighth round. In the preliminary bout Sifioa was disqualified by Refree Mike Meroney in the third fall with the decision going to Fields. That bout was a rough one, too with Sirios proving too much for the lighter and younger Fields. But he ignored Referee Meroney's numerous warnings about hitting with a closed fist and was disqualified. Indians Now Face Splendid Splinter ****** Williams Con be the Difference CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's slim hold on first place in the American League is in jeopardy. Ted Williams is in town. ,. _ , ^ , «.„ The lanky slugger arrived here with the Boston Kea &ox for a two-game series with the league-leading Indians, starting with a night game tonight. If there's one player who can knock the Tribe from their top perch, it's Williams. Just ask the Detroit Tigers. Williams returned to action in Detroit and caused havoc with the Tigers by pounding the ball . . . and by not even swinging his bat. The 35-year-old outfielder started his first games of the season Sunday, and lashed out eight hits in nine times at bat. It wasn't his fault the Red Sox lost both games. Cost Game Then, yesterday, the-Tigers decided not to pitch to Williams . . . and it wound up costing them the game. This was the situation: Williams came to bat in the eighth inning with the Red Sox trailing 3-1. There were two out and a runner—Floyd Baker, who had doubled—on second. Fred Hutchinson, Tiger skipper, ordered pitcher Ned Garver to intentionally pass Williams. That was contrary to baseball percentage, since it brought up Jackie Jensen with the potential winning run. That potential was quickly realized when Jensen hit Garver's first pitch into the left field seats for a three-run homer—and gave Boston a 4-3 win over Detroit. Thus, the fear of pitching to Williams ruined the Tigers. "It's a funny thing," Williams said, "when they should have walked me Sunday, they pitched to me. Then when they should have pitched to me, they walked me. "But who am I to second-guess their manager?" The hitless game cut Williams' batting average from .727 to .615 Other players should have such problems. Major League Leaders By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE Batting — Avila, Cleveland, .378, Michaels, Chicago, .362; Rosen, Cleveland, .359 ; House, Detroit, .358; Tuttle, Detroit, .352. Runs batted in — Rosen, Cleveland, 33; Minoso, Chicago, 29; Philley, Cleveland. and Sievers, Washington, 20; Fain, Chicago, Doby, Cleveland and- Berra, New York, 19. Home Runs — Rosen, Cleveland, Boone, Detroit, Berra, New York and Vernon and Sievers, Washington, 6. ' v Stolen Bases — Jensen, Boston and Kaline, Detroit, 4; Coan, Baltimore, 3; twelve players tied with 2. Pitching — Lemon, Cleveland and Lopat, New York, 5-0; 1.000: Morgan, New York, 3-0, 1.000; Consuegra, Chicago, Mossi, Cleveland, Branca, Detroit and McDonald, New York, 2-0, 1.000. Strikeouts — Turley, Baltimore, 53; Pierce, Chicago, 49; Garcia, Cleveland, 31; Trucks, Chicago, 30; Wynn, Cleveland, 26. NATIONAL LEAGUE Batting — Jablonski,- St. Louis, .379; Hamner, Philadelphia, .368; Snider, Brooklyn, .361; Musial, St. Louis, .359; Moon, St. Louis and Robinson, Brooklyn, .355. Ruiis batted in — Musial, St. Louis, 35; Bell, Cincinnati and Ennis, Philadelphia, 31; Sauer, Chicago, 30; Jablonski, St. Louis, 29. Gopher-Happy , They're Way in Front In Matter of Giving Up Homers By BEN OLAN NEW YORK (At—Manager Birdie Tebbetts soon will be putting himself to sleep counting home runs, particularly if the Cincinnati pitching staff he tabbed "as good as any in the National League" continues to give up gopher balls at its present rate. To date, Redleg hurlers have yielded<48 homers. That's the top figure in the majors and with lefty Harry Perkowski the individual leader with 10 "home runs off;'* it's making Tebbets'" freshman sea-; son as at the helm that much tougher. Raschi, Rapped, Too Fred Baczewski, another Cincinnati southpaw, has given up nine circuit blows, a figure equaled by Vic Raschi of the St. Louis Cardinals. The other Redleg totals are:: Corky Valentine 8 and Bud Pod- bielan, 7, Howie Judson, 4, Joe Nuxhall and Art Fowler, 3, Herman Wehmeier and Ken ,Raffensberger, 2, and George Zuverink, now with Detroit, 1. In the American League, Cleveland's Early Wynn and Chicago's Billy Pierce are tied for the lead ; with seven apiece. On a per-inning basis, Bubba Church of the Cubs is away ahead of the pack. The veteran right- hander has given up seven home runs in the 13 frames he's worked. Curt Simmons of the Philadelphia Phillies and Mike Garcia of Cleveland have been the toughest pitchers for home run hitters. Simmons has yielded only one—by Ernie Banks of the Cubs—in 54 innings and Garcia one—by Sam Mele of Baltimore in 53 innings. Except for Cincinnati, the pitching staffs, of the Cardinals, 34, the Cubs, 30, the Athletics, 30, and the Giants, 29, have been the most vulnerable. Baltimore pitchers have permitted the fewest gophers, 12. Home runs — Sauer, Chicago and Musial, St. Louis, 12; Kluszewski, Cincinnati, 10; Hodges, Brooklyn, Mays, New York and Ennis, Philadelphia, 8. Stolen bases — Bruton, Milwaukee, 7; Temple, Cincinnati, 6: Fondy, Chicago, 5; Robinson, Brooklyn, 4; Harmon, Cincinnati, Dark, New York and Jablonski, St. Louis, 3. Pitching — Podres, Brooklyn and Raschi, St. Louis, 4-0, 1.000; Presko, St. Louis, 3-0, 1.000; Fowler, and Nuxhall, Cincinnati and Jansen, New York, 2-0, 1.000. Strikeouts — Haddix, Si. Louis, 42; Spahn, Milwaukee and Roberts, Philadelphia, 38; Antonelli, New York, 35; Maglie, New York, 33. STURGEON, Mo. <VP)~C. L. Harper, bank president, lends money to youngsters from 6 to 15 years old for their 4-H projects. He's been doing it for 12 years and hasn't had to foreclose yet. "I've been a little leery about a few cases," he said, "but they never have let me down. 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