The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 19, 1954 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 19, 1954
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f$GI BIGHT BLYTHEVILLE fARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, MAY If, 1954 Traffic Jam Is Seen In National League Ye All Close Enough To Take Over Senior Loop By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Before long they may have to install traffic signals to untangle the jam that's developing in the race for first place in the National League. Seven of the eight clubs — everybody but Pittsburgh — have joined in the fun. And even the Pirates have been win ning often enough to keep the others wary. Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. Only a two-game spread separates the Chicago Cubs in seventh place from the Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers, who are deadlocked at the top. The Cubs, who have played fewer, are even closer in the vital "games lost" column. Chicago has lost 14 games, the Phils and Dodgers 13 each. Up and Down With the race so tight, a single victory or loss can send a team bouncing ' up or down the stand Ings: Last night, for example, the New York Giants went into their game with the St. Louis Cardinals in third place but with a chance to take over first if they won. Instead, they got beaten 9-3 and tumbled to fourth. The Cardinals took over third, where they trail the leaders by a bare four percentage points. Brooklyn and Philadelphia both lost last,night. The slumping Dodgers again were held to a' single run and bowed 7-1 to Warren Hacker and the Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee beat the Phillies 6-2. Cincinnati defeated. Pittsburgh 6-5 to the other National League contest. American Close, Too The first-place race in the American League also is close but it doesn't go as deep into the standings. Fourth-place, Detroit is only two games out, but Baltimore, in fifth, is 6& behind. Cleveland hung on to the lead by whipping Boston 6-3 for its sixth straight victory. The New York Yankees moved into second with a come-from-behind verdict over the Chicago White Sox 4-3. Detroit trimmed Philadelphia 8-3 and Washington defeated Baltimore 3-1. j The Cardinals converted six hits into six runs in the first two innings with, the help of two Giant errors. Red Schoendienst hit his first homer in the eighth. Hank Thompson hit one for the Giants. Gerry Staley stayed the distance for the second tune this'season and picked up his third victory. Stan Musial singled twice, walked twice and struck out. Cubs Hit While Hacker was taming Brooklyn on four hits, the Cubs opened with four straight singles and scored four runs in the first in ning against Billy Loes. Curt Simmons pitched three hitless innings for the Phils agains the Braves and held a 10 lead go ing into the sixth when his magic expired after an error by Granny Hamner let in the tying run. Al Rosen blasted two home runs and drove in another with a double for Cleveland. Boston got three runs in the first two inning; off Art Houtteman, who was replaced by Bob Chakales in the second. Ted Williams played at night for the first time" and collected one single in. four appearances. He failed twice with .the bases loaded and two out. The White Sox pulled away to a 3-0 lead only to get caught by the Yankees in the eighth when, with two out and one on, Gene Woodling hit a home run. Seven for Steve Steve Gromek ^became the win- ningest pitcher *in either league when he picked up No. 7 for the Tigers at the expense of the Athletics. The former Cleveland right- hander won'only seven all last season. He's been beaten once. Baltimore's Bob Turley, who seems to get involved in close games whether he wins or loses, lost a close one this time to Maury McDermott of the Senators. All Washington runs came in the sixth, two of them on a triple by Mickey Vernon. Chiefs Entertain Manila Sunday Blytheville's Chiefs go after another victory at Fritz West Park Sunday when they entertain Manila at 2:30. Last time the two teams met, Manila handed the Chiefs their only loss of the season 7-4. Last Sunday, the Chiefs took a 9-1 decision from Caruthersville with Fritz West giving up ten hits as he went all the way for the win. Ted Fisher, with two for three and two walks, was the Chiefs' top batter. 10 11 12 10 15 17 18 16 .655 .621 .613 .600 .423 .370 .357 .304 Cleveland 19 New York 18 Chicago 19 Detroit 15 Baltimore 11 Washington 10 Philadelphia ... 10 Boston 7 Today's Games New York at Chicago. Philadelphia at Detroit. Boston at Cleveland. Washington at Baltimore (N) Tuesday's Results Detroit 8. Philadelphia 3 New York 4, Chicago 3 Cleveland 6, Boston 3 Washihgton 3, Baltimore 1 1 1 o 6 1 /-. 8 GB NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. Philadelphia ... 16 13 .552 Brooklyn 16 13 .552 St. Louis 17 14 .548 New York 16 14 .533 */ 2 Cincinnati 17 15 .531 y 2 Milwaukee 14 14 .500 IVa Chicago 13 14 .481 2 Pittsburgh 10 22 .313 iy z Today's Games Chicago at Brooklyn. St. Louis at New York. Milwaukee at. Philadelphia (N) Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (N). Tuesday's Results Chicago 7 .Brooklyn 1- St. Louis 9, New York 3 Cincinnati 6. Pittsburgh 5 Milwaukee 6, Philadelphia 2 MINOF. LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association St. Paul 7, Indianapolis 2 Charleston 2, Louisville 0 Toledo 8, Columbus 7 Minneapolis at Kansas City, postponed Western League Pueblo 10, Denver 8 (11 innings) Des Moines 4, Sioux City 1 Colorado Springs 6, Wichita 2 Lincoln 3, Omaha 1 Texas League Fort Worth 7, Tulsa 0 Dallas 10, Oklahoma City 4 Houston 2, San Antonio 0 Beaumont at Shreveport, postponed LEAN PICKINGS—Italian champ Francesco Montanari leans hard as he goes around a curve during 200-kilometer motorcycle race at ImoJa. Italy He won the race, defeating competitors from four European nations. (NEA) Little League News In Spite of Losses, Lions to be Tough (This is the first of a series of six articles dealing with the prospects for the Blytheville Little League which opens its 1954 season Tuesday afternoon, June 1.) By J. P. FRIEND What will the champion Lions Club do without Joe Bratcher and Larry Fitzgerald this summer? This is the No. 1 question making the rounds as the six teams prep for the Little League opener less than two weeks hence. SOUTHERN Birmingham . Chattanooga .. 21 Atlanta 19 Memphis 17 New Orleans .. 18 Little Rock .. 13 Nashville 13 Mobile 15 ASSOCLVTION W L Pet. GB 24 13 .649 — 13 .618 1V 2 .559 .486 .474 .406 .406 .395 3V 2 6 23 Tuesday's Results Mobile 2, Nashville 10 (12 in- S nuunaup— By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — There is much excitement at present over a big, grey horse named Native Dancer, which damaged the hearts of uncounted millions of television viewers by the breathless manner 4n which he won the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park over the weekend. There might never have been a greater finish to a horse race than when Alf Vanderbilt's wonderful runner came from far back at the final turn to duel it out with Straight Face in the closing race to the wire and win the mile event by a neck. It seerns safe, at least, to say that such a throbbing finish never before was witnessed by so huge an audience. Belongs to Nation And so nov the Grey Ghost belongs to the nation, and when the word begins going recklessly around that here, at last, is the equal of the immortal Man O'War, there must be ready belief in millions of living rooms. Also, there must be an extraordinary interest in the future plans for this amazing hunt of horseflesh. As matters stand, Native Dancer now is even with the record held by Man O'War when the latter was retired by his owner, the late Sam Riddle, at the conclusion of his 3-year-old campaign in 1920-21 races, 20 wins. 1 defeat. The Dancer won his first two as a 4-year old, an opportunity which was denied the horse known as Big Red. Native Dancer will have his chance to go out by himself when he runs in the Suburban Handicap, most coveted of this country's nan- j dicap events, at Belmont Park on May 31, over a mile and one quar- j ter. The Dancer carried 130 pounds ! last week, and the burning ques- tion 1 is the weight which will be loaded onto him in the Suburban. The popular guess is 132 pounds. No 4-year-old, such as the Dancer, running against older horses, ever has won the Suburban carrying more than 130 pounds. Only one 4-year-old, Assault in '1947, won it while toting that much weight. So, it may be seen, the Dancer will be facing quite a challenge if he draws 132. Make no mistake about it, Messers. Harman Taylor and Roland (Skeeter) Bishop will miss 'em, and possibly wish a thousand times or more they were on hand with their respective batting and pitching skill, not to mention defensive ability, instead of performing in the Pony League. * In case the statistics of the 1953 season have failed you, Bratcher not only was the outstanding pitcher, but won the batting championship with an outstanding .556 average. " He won eight of nine games, including a no-hitter, whipped the all-stars, and picked up some seven or eight more triumphs against outside opposition. He fanned 100 batters in 54 2/3 innings while walking only eight. Club Work At the plate Joe responded with 15 hits in 27 official tries, batted in the most runs, 29, tied Ron Huey in doubles, four, and rapped three homers, the same as Fitzgerald and Steve McGuire, Shrine Club catcher. Fitzgerald, an outstanding shortstop with a shotgun arm. missed out on the bat diadem during the last game by being held to a first time up single, but finished next to Bratcher with .548. He scored the most runs, 20, had the most total bases. 32, and batted in 19 mates. The defending champions also lost Bill (Burrhead) Simmons, third baseman, who batted .308 and improved with every game. The Lion mentors have known all along of their potential losses, and haven't been idle. Among the first things they did towards strengthening by plugging holes was to talk Kiwanis Club skipper John McDowell out of Jimmy Marshall, the only pitcher to beat them all season. A big youngster with plenty of courage, * Jimmy has a deceptive sidearm delivery with good control and appears to be a capable substitute for Bratcher. The Lions gave up Gene Webb, Joe Gurley and Tommy Seay. for the tall huiier. Shortfield Problem Who will solve the shortstop problem is still a major issue. It may resolve to a switch of Jimmy Killett t (.316) from second base. The fine showing of Billy Nelson, last year's catcher, may help to ease the burden at either short or Secret's Out on Ray Jablonski: I He's Got a Talking Piece of Willow NEW YORK (AP) — Ray (Jabbo) Jablonski, the strong silent man of the St. Louis Cardinals,' today credited his climb to National League batting heights to his "talking bat." "EVery time I go up to the plate," the slugging sophomore third baseman quipped as h« fondly patted the heavy end of his bat, "my baby here keeps repeating ' has( » base hit.' I've tried not to disappoint my baby very often. "Seriously, though," the soft» "— 'base hit, base hit, voiced Chicagoan continued, "I believe I'm hitting better this year because I have lost my nervousness and have gained confidence. I always was able to hit in the minors. Last year was my first in the big leagues and I guess I pressed too much in my eagerness to make good. Confident "Well, I've put in my one year's apprenticeship in the big leagues and I don't have to press any more. I'm confident I can hit up here and I guess it's reflected in my work so far." Jablonski's stickwork in bis freshman season needs no apology. All he did was slam 21 home runs and drive in 112 runs, second only to Stan Musial's club high of 113 RBI's. He batted .268. Jablonski proceeded to kick the sophomore jinx right in the face by boosting his batting mark more than 100 points to .377, while driving in 31 runs to rank with the leaders. His 52 hits and 12 doubles are tops in the league. He drove in two runs with a pair of singles last night to help the Cardinals defeat the New York Giants 9-3. Jablonski's main ambition, next to getting into' a world series, is to lead the league in runs batted in. "That's not going to be easy," he said, "what with having to follow Musial in the batting order. In order to win an RBI title, a fellow has got to be up there a lot with men on the bases.;With Stan hitting all those home runs, he doesn't leave me many guys to' drive in. Whenever I 'shake his hand after a home run, I growl at him, 'why didn't you walk, you son of a gun?' " Fiore after Black On Night's TV Fare DETROIT (AP) — Brooklyn strong boy Carmen Fiore shoots for his eighth straight victory tonight in a promising welterweight scrap against Army-bound Jed Black, a graduate of Michigan State College. Fiore, a savage left hooker, is an 8-5 choice to halt Black's third, with the other plug coming from Gary Gestring, Larry Davis or Blackie Carson. Final decision on the infield may not be made until perhaps opening day. Jess Raspberry is due to keep his first base job. In contrast to the many perplexities within the inner defense, there ; is none out in the outfield where j Danny Morris (.222), Jerry (Cue Ball) Hill (.316) and Frank (Two j Gun) Alford, will again roam. To j help them out in emergency there will be John Cherry, Les Dunham, and Norm Smythe. Louis Mathis is counted on to handle the receiving duties. He saw action in several games last season See LITTLE LEAGUE on Page 9 Nashville Gets Floyd Fogg NASHVILLE, Tenn. UB — The Nashville Vols have acquired third baseman Floyd Fogg from Charleston of the American Association and first baseman Larry Dipippo from Louisville, also of the American Association. Fogg hit .286 and beltea 27 home runs for Memphis last season. Dipippo, a former Birmingham player, has been in military service the last two years. Campy's Bandage Is Taken Off BROOKLYN L5P) — The bandage on Roy Campar .ilia's .inurjed hand was removed yesterday and the burly Brooklyn catcher said he hoped to get back in the lineup in two "I hope to play in Philly," he said before last night's game with the Cubs. That would be May 31 when the Dodgers play the Phils gaudy unbeaten string in their nationally televised 10-rounder from Olympia Stadium. TV time is 9 p.m., EST Black, an unspectacular but steady workman from Jauesville, 'Wis., is unbeaten in his last 27 fights. He has an over-all record of 28-1-1, compared to Fiofe's 2-615-5. ' Unranked Both are unranked, 24-year-old welters who have shown remarkable improvement In the last year, There, however, the similarity ends. Fiore, a scowling, bushyhaired bruiser, began fighting in the streets of Brooklyn. "He was crude the first -time; I saw him," said trainer Dan Florid. "But he had the heart, and you could sense he was a fighter. That's all I ask for." Fiore's progress was slow at first. He seemed to hit bottom when Carmen Basilio knocked him out in nine rounds April 1, , 1953. Since then, though, he has bounced back with seven straight wins. Black, on the other hand, learned to fight on a college campus and hasn't tasted defeat since Oct.'!, 1952, when he dropped a decision to Herbie Schoen in his third pro start. SEED SOYBEANS DORTCHSOY 67 (Early) DORTCHSOY 2 (Mid-Season) DORTCHSOY 31 (Late) Non-Certified — Treated ROBERT L. DORTCH SEED FARMS SCOTT, ARK. Phone: Little Rock WI 5-2858 nings) Memphis 5, Birmingham 2 Atlanta 14. Little Rock 7 Chattanooga 5, New Orleans 3 Today's Games New Orleans at Chattanooga Atlanta at Little Rock Birmingham at Memphis Mobile at Nashville COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB 6 8 9 10 10 .611 .600 .500 .471 .444 .375 Greenville — 9 Hot Springs .. 8 Meridian 8 Monroe 8 Pine Bluff .... 6 Tuesday's Results Hot Springs 13, Monroe ! 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