The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 19, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 19, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 1954 BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Night Games Breed New SetofDiamondCut-Ups By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Eddie Mathews attempting to outrun Milwaukee cops at 3 A.M. is something in the way of evidence that the rollicking ballplayer of the good old days is still around.. The difference is that he is considerably more discreet. And the escapades of the noble athletes are played down these days instead of up. '- A Ferris Fain has to break his*—— hand throwing a sucker punch in a Maryland tavern to attract at- -tention now. With so much night baseball the •wonder is that more ballplayers 'don't get into trouble. The game makes night hawks of them. There are not more than a half-dozen -players in the two major leagues who were not weaned on the nocturnal game—from Class D on up. When Mell Ott got his first taste of 'baseball, under the arcs in the sere and yellow of his brilliant career, he remarked that he felt By CHICK HARBERT After starting the third round of the 1942 Los Angeles Open 5 above par on the first six holes, I birdied the seventh and ninth to make the turn at the Hillcrest Country Club 39, 3 above. I pushed my drive on the 10th I was left practically an impossible shot, over the bu'shes, under the branches of a very large tree and over a guarding sandtrap to an extremely fast green. Using a 7 iron, I played the ball to within a quarter of an inch of the hole. The shot helped me to a birdie 3, tb.3 hole, a 30 for'the back nine and a 69 for the round. The big 'thing on that shot—and Stengel Levels Blasts at Lane Says He'd Better Tie Richards Down With Long Contract ; like ' a burglar—waiting "for night- 13.11 tU &U -• " x -ti* * V»f "*" £"•****•**-•*•* AAAJT W.JLX v v- vju uuc jiuwa Baseball af all hours of the nignt hole almost out of boundS7 found has bred a brand new set of pia>-, ^ ball ^ a largg clump Qf busheS( ^boys. Mathews. being lined tor, well to ^ right> about 90 yards reckless driving and violating the j from the green _ It was here that j Brave's curfew after day games made my grea t es t shot, publicizes the clubs' concern. EVERY BIG LEAGUE club has its disciplinary problems. Indeed, it was Joe Page and /other Yankees .getting out of hand that led to Bucky Harris' replacement as manager. Ditto for Steve O'Neill succeeding Eddie Sawyer as the Phillies' foreman. The extra activities of Mickey .Mantle, Whitey Ford and last sea- gon, Billy Martin, have hit the public prints. The same is true of the ' Dodgers' Billy Loes. The Athletics are concerned about the deportment of a heralded recruit outfielder and another one or two, and so on down the line. There is nothing wrong with a little free-wheel beer drinking provided it is done in moderation. On off days, the Yankees of the Babe Ruth-Long Bob Meusel-Jump- Ing Joe Dugan prohibition days could be found in the sub-cellar of , & friendly brewery getting their fill of new beer with cold cuts on the «»ide. And the records show that Tthey did considerably better-than all right. • * * MIKE KELLEY, who managed "and owned the Minneapolis club -for so many years, always claimed ."the best ballplayers he ever had were beef drinkers. • But in Klley's time the performers weren't asked to remain up until the wee small hours and still behave themselves. They played in bright sunshine and lived a normal life. Now. the ballplayer play until 11:30 P.M. or later. He does this in 53 of 77 home games in St. Louis. By the time the player showers and dresses, eats, relaxes and gets to his hotel or home, it's 2:30 A.M. And frequently the next day's game starts at 1:30 P.M., which means an 11 A.M. bus to the park. It's amazing that more ballplayers don't go real nuts. And take some of the customers along with them. To be a red hot fan these days, you practically have to be a night watchman. CHICAGO brought his UP) — Casey 'Stengel New York Yankees to town yesterday and made the White Sox take it on the chin twice— on the field and verbally. The Yanks played before the largest home crowd of the season and pulled out a 4-3 victory over the Sox when Gene ' Woodling hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Yogi Berra knocked in a tie-breaking run in the ninth. Stengel aimed at sweeping the two-game series by sending his ace southpaw "soft stuff" pitcher Ed Lopat, who has won five straight, against the Sox' Billy Pierce (2-3) today. Adding to the Sox* discomfort — at least for General Manager Frank Lane — were Casey's observations on the Sox and Lane in particular. He softened this, however, with a complimentary remark about Sox Manager Paul Richards. "Looks like Richards is doing a right good job again," said Stengel. "But it seems to me that other fellow out there (Lane) who does all the talking about the time he was getting himself a long-term contract with the Sox, should have thought about nailing Richards down with one too. (Richards' current two-year pact expires after this season.) "That guy's a pretty good manager, the way I watch him doing things. . . . And I shouldn't be tellin' Lane to keep him because if he went out of the league, maybe I'd last longer myself. I kinda got an idea that a few other clubs might be . interested in Mr. Richards for a term of years. You don't get managers as good as that one every time you pick, you know." Does that mean the White Sox are the team Stengel fears most in the American League race this year? "No," he said. "We fear everybody. and we fear nobody, depending on the situation. The whole league is much faster. The Tigers and A's have more speed . . . and we're not supposed to have much pitching. So maybe every- led and Francis waiKwa. b d - u be tied b Sep tember and Burnham s triple down th e right > ^ oyer „ field line cleared the bases ana ne _ • came home on Ledbetter's double. Meharg did the chunking for hisj team, allowing six hits .but only one an inning. The seven allowed by Baker were not so well scattered. Holmes -tripled and singled to lead the attack for Wards, while Ledbetter and Matheny shared hitting honors for Meharg with a single and a double each. This afternoon, G.M.A.C. meets Ark-Mo Power at Little Park and Thursday afternoon, the game between Courier News and Southwestern Bell, which was postponed from Monday. Meharg Wins Opening Game Wards Falls in First Men's Game of Season Opening play in the Y men's Softball league yesterday afternoon, Captain Billy"Meharg's team came up with a 7-3 victory over Montgomery Ward at Little Park. The scheduled first game, which was to have been played Monday, was rained out. The Meharg's got all their runs in the first two innings, scoring two in the first and five in the second, while Montgomery Ward tallied one in the second and two in the fifth. Bill Baker, hurling fo. Ward's, ran into real trouble in the big second, when he walked Johnson. Games then singled, Matheny, dou- ' led and Francis walked. Al Rosen Still Tops With Stick CLEVELAND UP>—Al Rosen, who won the American League home run and runs batted in titles in 1953 and finished second in the batting race, was in the same spot in all three departments today. The hard-hitting Indians' third baseman paces the junior circuit in in with 36. At .375, he's runnerup to teammate Bobby Avila, the loop's/top hitttr, at .379. Al had two home runs and drove In three runs in last night's game against the Red Sox. Dave Philley of the Cleveland Indians went to bat 26 times before hf got his first hit this season—a •ihglc. FOR PROOF—BEAD NEXT TUESDAY'S ADVERTISEMENT Monday's Answer A Firefly Is Not a Firefly A flrefty !• a. beetle. Encyclopedia Britannic*, 14th Edition, Volume 19, page 271. Ray's Floor Center 107 E. Main Phont 3-8650 any other shot—was that I didn't do it all with my hands and arms. I had my feet, legs and hips in the swing. A good grip is the key to your swing, but you need that firm ioun- dation—feet, legs and hips steady, comfortable and doing their job. (Chick Harbert will be among golfers trying to beat Ben Hogan on National Golf Day, June 5, sponsored by the PGA and Life Magazine. Amateurs will use local handicaps on their own courses. THIS IS TRAINING?—-Caught in almost identical poses of relaxation at their Catskills training camps are Rocky Marciano, top and Ezzard Charles. The champion reads a book at Grossin- eer : s while the challenger catches up with the news at Kutsher's. They are down for 15 rounds at Yankee Stadium, June 17. (NEA) Continued from Page 8 and did all right. Out of Nelson's shadow the big, blond youth should handle the job, especially with the expected coaching from Taylor and Bishop. Need Power Unless some unexpected power crops up, this edition of the Lions Club will be a light hitting, but smart, alert and strong defensively. They won't score a great deal but will depend on good pitching and team play, plus the ability to take advantage of the other team's mistakes, to carry them far into the anticipated tough race. In Taylor and Bishop they have capable coaches with years of playing and managerial experience. They play for keeps at all times, have their kids under control, and appear to have borrowed an old philosophy from the late P. T. Barnum and incorporated it into their baseball strategy: "Don't give a sucker a break." They'll score a hundred runs on you if they can. And if you don't keep alive, they will! Tigers Hove Rotes DETROIT W) — The Detroit Tigers agreed on a, flat rate for radio and television this season. appearance Between You'n Me Jacobs Got Section Eight for Robinson; Hank Missed on Clint By MURRAY It was the late Mike Jacobs who squared Ray Robinson's rap with the Army after he jumped ship a decade ago . . . and got Robinson a Section Eight discharge . . . which recalls the numerous benefits His Sugarship fought immediately after leaving service ... Could the Cleveland Indian* now use the bat of Oriole Clint Courtney! . . . turned down some time back by timid trader Hank Green- berjf for bench-warmers Joe Ginsberg and Al Smith . . . Speed is what makes Parry O'Brien the world's greatest shot- putter . . . who learned its value from 1948 Olympic champ Wilbur Thompson, a "little" 190-pounder "who has helped me the most" . . . So who do you think was lopped from the 1952 Olympic squad to make way for O'Brien? Thompson! . . . The wife of one star hurler makes most of his team's road trips ... to keep an eye on rovinp hubby . . . A daily game of hearts with Coach Torn Oliver has replaced golf as Baltimore skipper Jimmy Dykes' real real-axation . . . The Orioles, incidentally, expect to Parry O'Brien. draw a million and a quarter this year . . . Catcher Ray Murray is extompaneously." . . . called "The Deacon" for his realistic revival meetings that liven up bus trips to the park . . . Chisox to Get Wheat Germ Diet CHICAGO ffl — Baby's formula has nothing on the Chicago White Sox, who have something similar. The players are getting a dally allotment of wheat germ, a nutri* tious food supplement. Manager Paul Richards said h« became interested in this diet-in* surnnce formula when he read that wheat germ oil. taken in conjunction with exercise, can increase ft man's physical capacity and endurance as much as 50 per cecent. A Baltimore baseball writer's premature inquiries around Chicago killed the negotiations that would have made Frank Lane the Oriole general manager . . . because they tipped off White Sox nabobs ... Ezzard Charles, getting ready for Marciano. says: "Main thing with this fellow is not solid, that is." . to get hit—hit Don't know about the comparative merits of "It will be £25 for radio appear-} their fighters, but managers Jafce I,«A» f. *•» f3 *C/"i tn-** rp** »t Awtl r% iviAi-t ances and $50*'for TV," explained Ted Gray, the team's player representative. "A gift of comparable value will do." Mintz and Al Weill are the two best malapropists around . . . Said Mintz, after listening to Ezz discourse fluently, "See, how he talks Bill Veeck, the west coast btfr league missionary, chortles: "I now speak with authority on nothing." . . . Wonder if one of the White Sox coaches still beheves Ned Gnrver of the Tigers still "can't pitch a lick" . . . One American League manager rivals Joe Stydahar of the pro footballers as an insomniac . . . He can't get to bed before 5:30 in Fights Lost Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESi Milwaukee — Hans Stretz, lfl>, Germany, outpointed Billy KU- gore. 163'A, Miami, 10. Detroit—Art Wright. 179V4, Detroit, outpointed Ringo Harrl», 179 Vi. Detroit, 6. Springfield. Ohio—Davey Moort, 130. Springfield, and Herky Kaminsky, 128, Pittsburgh, drew. 10. they're only allowed, to throw on* ball at a time." . . . Incidata: Golfer Bob Toski buckles his belt around a 29-inch waist . . . Bonus boy Al Kaline of the Tigers has been timed in 3.4 secondi going to first base . . . Coach Red Kress of the Indians was an active player at 44 ... Earl CaldwelTa going strong as a pitcher at 49 ... Don Newcomb outweighs Ted Klus- zewskl . . . Nellie Fox and Bill Hunter vie for the biggest cuds in the majors ... , • • * The Big City: "I don't know where the heck I am," said Walter Alston from his new apartment in Brooklyn when we tried to find out how to get there . . . Holly Minis is the only middleweight around who could give Bobo Olson trpuble . .. . (Joey Giardello notwithstanding) . . . Jimmy Phelan's son, Mike, figures to play a lot of end for California next fall . . . Can there be a finer student-athlete than Pitt's Dick Dietrick— football captain and end, three-let- the morning Leo Durocher's being harassed by one New York pm writer, who gives the Lip advice freely and daily—in print . . . • • » Caught behind the batting cage: Enos Slaughter saying, "Lefthand- ers dqn't bother me none, long as ter man, future Beta Kappa? . . doctor and Phi Sidewalk vignette: Sam Snead. after blowing a tournoy-winnmf putt at Grecnbrier, walking along Central Park South—putter in hand, scraping the concrete with persistent swipes . . . Between you'n' me, being able to lose gracefully seems to be a prime requisite for landing a TV fight plum . . . to POWER like this You've climbed hills before, we know. You've come to many a long rise in the road ahead and tramped down on the gas pedal to make the grade. But did you ever head a ROADMASTER up a hill—a 1954 ROADMASTER? You seem to sail when you touch off the great V8 power that gives life to this finest of Buicks. 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