The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 20, 1954 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 20, 1954
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BLYTOEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS > and Cards Have Great Tours Champs'Cop Eight of 10 On the Road By BEN PHLEGAR AP SporU Writer The world champion New York Yankees came home to day from a triumphant West ern tour during which the} beat the strongest teams in the American League on thei times. With a dozen games immediately ahead, against the Eastern tail enders, this looks like the big Yankee push to the top. The champs are one game behind Cleveland at the moment, but now it's the Indians' turn to take on the Western powers. New York Is the only team in what the American League calls East — Baltimore is West — above sixth place. Others tost On the invasion just ended New York was the only traveling team with anything like a winning record. Washington won 3 of 9; Boston, 2 of 10; and Philadelphia, of 8. The Western teams showed the ' power in the National League too, but here they were the invaders Instead of the home teams. Three of the four broke even or better Jtx the East. The St. Louis Cardinals jumped from fourth to first with a 6-3 record- They have a single Eastern game left tonight as they stop off in Pittsburgh for a makeup contest with the Pirates. Milwaukee also won 6 of 9 and moved from seventh to fourth. The Chicago Cubs broke even at 5-5. Only Cincinnati faltered, losing 6 of 9. One Other Game With the teams traveling, just •one other game in addition to the Cards-Pirates encounter is on tonight's schedule. The New York Giants open a five-game set at Philadelphia. St. Louis grabbed the National League lead yesterday on the combination of a 3-0 victory over the Giants and defeats for Brooklyn and the Phillies. The Cubs •wamped. the Dodgers 9-3 with,all nine runs coming in the eighth inning. Milwaukee defeated Philadelphia 6-2. Pittsburgh shaded Cincinnati 3-2. The Yankees made it two straight over the White Sox 3-2. Cleveland won its seventh in a row, 5-3 over Boston. Baltimore beat Washington 5-3 and Detroit edged the Athletics 4-3. 15 to Order . Vic Raschi, ..branded as too complacent to stick with the Yankees this season, pitched his first National League shutout and his fifth consecutive victory for the Cardi- n'als. He retired the last 15 Giants in order after giving up five singles in the first five innings. The Dodgers continued their inept hitting and added poor fielding and shaky pitching in losing to the Cubs. Chicago scored its nine runs with only three hits. Brooklyn chipped in with three errors and " the Cubs were given four bases on balls. The big blow was a three- run homer by Dee Fondy. Carl Erskine, leading 2-0 until Fondy's smash, was the loser. Spann Sparkles Pitcher Warren Spahn led an 11- nit Milwaukee attack on three Philadelphia hurlers with two doubles and a single in winning his fourth game. Eddie Mathews helped out with his seventh home run, this one with one aboard. A single by center fielder Dick Hall with the bases loaded in the fifth drove in the two runs the Pirates needed to beat Cincinnati. Chico Carrasquel, the White Sox shortstop, got the shakes against the Yankees in the last Raschi New Ace Of Redbird Staff NEW YORK (AP) — Vic Raschi, who broke a Brooklyn Dodger jinx last Friday, has hurled his first National League shutout and put the St. Louis Cardinals into first place doing it. A 10-minute stop for rain hamper the ex-Yankee one bit yesterday as he held the New York Giants to five hits for a 3-0 trumph. Raschi has been at. his best this year against the New York wing of the senior circuit. His first complete game came against the same Giants May 3, an 8-2 affair at St. Louis. Until Raschi came up against the Dodgers the Redbirds had gone two years without a triumph in neighboring Ebbets Field. Solid Blows The Cardinals didn't pound the ball around as much yesterday as they did against New York Tuesday night, but the eight blows they did land included two home runs- one by Red Schoendien»t, the other by Rip Repulski. Raschi drove in the third run with a single. The veteran right hander walked no one. The five hits, all singles came at the rate of one in each of the first five innings. Wes Westrum was the only Giant to reach second. He singled and advanced on a sacrifice in the third stanza. Raschi's pride is in the lack of home run balls he has thrown this year. He hasn't thrown one in his last 23 innings. Yesterdays' victory was his fifth against no defeats in eight starts. Losses by the Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phils made the Redbird advance to the National League's top spot possible. Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS St. Louis Philadelphia Broklyn ..... Milwaukee .. New York ... Cincinnati .,. Chicago 14 Pittsburgh .... 11 • : Today's Games New York at Philadelphia St. Louis at Pittsburgh (N) Only games scheduled Wednesday's Restults St. Louis 3, New York 0 Chicago 9, Brooklyn 3 Milwaukee 6, Philadelphia 3 Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 2 GOING BATS — Every here and there in this stack of billets, being aligned by a worker at a Dolgeville, N.Y., plant, is a home run. The sections of ash- wood will be converted intc bats. (NEA) Berra's single. Six for Lemon Bob Lemon picked up victory No. 6 for Cleveland as he allowed the Red Sox just four hits. Detroit overcame the Athletics in the ninth when Al Kaline singled after the Tigers had loaded the AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. Cleveland .... 20 10 .667 New York .... 19 11 .633 Detroit 16 10 Chicago ,.*.:.. 19 Baltimore 12 Washington .. 10 Philadelphia . 10 Boston No games scheduled today Wednesday's Results New York 3, Chicago 2 Cleveland 5, Boston 3 Detroit 4. Philadelphia 3 Baltimore 5, Washington 3 GB OVERLOOKED—Don Mueller rarely cracks the headlines, but he's hitting .368. The Giant outfielder shows you the grip and stance which last season kept him in the race for the National League batting championship. He finished with .333. (NEA) Kiwanis Club Has Top Mound Corps (This is the second of a series dealing with prospects for the Blytneville Little League teams..) By J. P. FRIEND If the statement "that pitching is 75% of baseball" is a fair estimate of the worth of pitchers to the national pastime, then the Kiwanis Club should be in pretty good shape for the Little League wars this summer. . Philadelphia Had Private Eye Trail Their Granny Hamner * * # # * # * * Second-Baseman Blasts 'Gestapo Tactics' PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Second baseman Granny Hamner of the Philadelphia^Phfflies demanded a showdown with owner Bob Carpenter today over what he termed me gestapo tactics" of having players trailed by a private detective. Carpenter disclosed yesterday, he had hired a private dectective, Charles Leland, to check.on the after game habits of some of his players. The owner spoke up after a private investigator was arrested Tuesday night when Hamner reported to police he was being trailed. "I resent this and I intend to do something about it," the 27-year-old player said today. "This stuff of treating me and other ball players like two-year-olds is going to wreck our club. We can win the pennant. We have a better team than in '50 when we won. "But this uncalled for gestapo tactic will ruin our chances if they're not cut out right away?' Hamner asserted. The story "broke" yesterday afternoon when it was revealed Leland had been taken in custody on Hamner's complaint someone followed him home from the Phillies' ball park after the Tuesday night game. The Shadow Hamner said he left Connie Mack Stadium, climbed into his gray Cadillac and drove off a parking lot. He told the cops he ob- observed another car following closely. And, said Granny, when he parked at home and went into the house, he saw this other automobile round a corner, then drive past the Hamner house once more. At that point, Hamner telephoned police and they arrested Leland. They found a ,32-caliber revolver and a .38 target pistol in his car. Leland said he was employed i by the Brandywine Investigation ' Agency in Wilmington and that the whole situation was a mistake. He said he had been instructed to follow an Air Force man driving a two-tone gray Cadillac in connection with a divorce action. No Mistake Leland, according to Detective Sgt. James Teevins, said he followed such a car from Philadelphia's International Airport to a parking lot near the ball park. Then, he said, when Hamner drove off later, he followed—thinking he was still on the trail of his divorce case suspect. Then, Phillies owner-Bob Carpenter exploded a bombshell. "This was no case of mistaken identity/' Carpenter announced in a statement. "It was a case of my employing a detective agency to check on some of my players." Usual Procedure And he added: "Most major league clubs follow the same policy. Each year I have checked on my players both at home and on the road, so that I could be assured that our rules of midnight curfew after day games, and 2 a.m. curfew after night games would be observed." Officials of several other clubs, asked to express their views on the subject, declined to comment immediately. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION L 13 14 15 20 19 19 23 20 Pet. .658 618 .571 .474 .472 .406 .395 .394 GB 2 1 7 9 10 W Birmingham .. 25 Chattanooga .. 21 Atlanta 20 New Orleans .. 18 Memphis 17 Nashville 13 Mobile 15 Little Rock ..13 Wednesday's Results Atlanta 6. Little Rock 5 Birmingham 12, Memphis 3 New Orleans at Chattanooga, postponed, rain Mobile at Nashville, postponed, rain Today's Games New Orleans at Chattanooga (2) Atlanta at Little Rock Birmingham at Memphis Mobile- at Nashville MINOE LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association 1 Minneapolis 7-6, Kansas City 3-1 Indianapolis 7, St. Paul 4 Columbus 2, Toledo 1 Louisville at Charleston, poned Texas League Shreveport 7-6, Beaumont 0-4 Tulsa 2-1, Fort Worth 0-9 Oklahoma City 4, Dallas 3 innings) Houston 6. San Antonio 4 Western League Sioux City 5-5, Lincoln 3-9 Omaha 12. Des Moines 2 Colorado Springs 6, Wichita Denver 9, Pueblo 5 post- (10 COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB El Dorado ____ 12 Greenville ... 10 two innings and the Yanks came ! bases without a hit. from behind to win. In the eighth, with a man on first, Chico let Hank Bauer's double-play grounder roll through his legs and Bauer later The unoies, whose hits this spring have been few-and far between, bunched six singles after two were out in the sixth to score scored the tying run on Yogi four runs against Washington. 7 6 8 10 11 11 .623 .625 .529 .444 .421 .353 Hot Springs ... 8 Meridian ...... 8 Monroe . . ....... 8 Pine Bluff ..... 6 Wednesday's Results Greenville 16, Meridian 4 El Dorado 3, Monroe 1 Hot Springs 4, Pine Bluff 2 Today's Games Monroe at El Dorado Hot Springs at Pine Bluff Meridian at Greenville Canada Now Has TV Appeal By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — If one gets around and keeps his ears open he can learn something new about athletes almost every day. The latest authentic information gathered in this manner appears to prove that certain professional football players think more of performing before the television cameras than they do of making money. Coach John McDowell and his* chief aides, Wes Stallings and Aubrey Bruce, are blessed with three youngsters who can be called upon for mound duty with prospects of getting a Class A job from all. Bruce Heads Staff Jimmy Bruce, a minature copy of John Mize, former Cardinal and Yankee first basemen, is down as the chief chunker. Son of Aubrey, the husky right- hander started the season at first but -was switched to the mound midway of the race. He broke even in four starts but showed rapid development. He throws hard and can get the ball over the plate with consistency. He should be a big winner this sumhier. Hits very well, too. Little Don (The Cat) Stallings, considered by many observers as the league's best all-round performer last season, is another Kiwanis holdover. So nicknamed because his agility and defensive skill, Don can do everything well. Just where he will best fit into the Kiwanis plan is a matter for future decision. Right now he is their first baseman, but Coach McDowell is seriously considering moving him to third to take advantage of his defensive ability. Despite his smallness, Don finished sixth in the batting during '53 with a nifty .467. He won three games and dropped a pair on the hill. Another Chunker Billy Jones, the gem plucked during tht recent buying mart following the tryouts, is another potential pitcher. Kc has a powerful arm and knows how to pitch. However, he is ticketed for the left side of the infield, either at short, a position he held in the Milan (Term.) Little League, or third. He could be their spark. At this stage only Gene Webb at second appears a certainty on the inner defense. J. L. Austin and Tommy Seay, secured from the Lions Club along with Webb and Joe Gurley for Jimmy Marshall, will divide the catching chores. Jerry (Muggsy) Palsgrove, who hit .238 last season, will fit in at one of the posts. Nathan Austin, brother to J. L. will understudy Webb. The outfield isn't settled, either, but John McDowell, Bobby Hallman and Gene (Cherokee) Davis, ai-e concede inside bets for the starting jobs. Sam' Tune and David Burnett are sure to see lots of action. This club has all the earmarks of a dark horse and should not be taken too lightly. It is blessed with fine material with limitless possibilities. There is a definite outfield weakness, though. Next: American Legion. Oriole Move Is Paying Off Old Brownie Mark Is Already Surpassed BALTIMORE (#)—Transfer of the St. Louis Browns to Baltimore has paid off in attendance in the first 15 home dates, but the Orioles still trail Milwaukee's home attendance mark, both last season and this. • The Orioles in their first two Pony League News— 58 Boys Land Pony Loop Berths home stands drew more paid admissions than the Browns did in St. Louis all last season. Last night's attendance of 29,722 boosted the total of 318,679. The Browns played before only 297,238 all of 1953. But the Baltimore total left something lacking for Oriole partisans who vowed when the franchise was switched "here last fall to beat Milwaukee's million-plus home attendance in 1953, its first year in the National League. Even this season, with some of the novelty worn off, Milwaukee has drawn 324,615 for its first 15 home dates. That's 11,217 less than the number who saw the Braves play their first 15 games at home last season, but the total is 5,936 better than Baltimore's figure. Swiacki Back Again Aggies Punish Footballers COLLEGE STATION, Tex. W) — Texas A&M College has moved to punish 17 students, including five members of its football team, for their membership in "IT", a secret organization. Secret societies at Texas A&M are a violation of regulations. Penalties for membership in the sub rosa group were assessed by a faculty committee of six appointed by College President David H. Morgan. Of the football players punished, only two were slated for graduation. What effect, if any, the development will have on next season's football team is not clear. Coach Bear Bryant, who came here from Kentucky to take over Texas A&M's ailing football fortunes, had not been contacted for comment. Names of the students involved were not announced. By SAM NORRIS Fifty-eight boys landed berths with four church-sponsored baseball teams in the Pony League as rival managers completed bidding on player talent here last night. Team heads of Blytheville's newest junior baseball circuit held a lengthy session at the "Y" room with Emery Francis, player representative, and "Y" Director J. P. Garrott who auctioned off the players on the point system. Rosters range from 32 to 17 players for each team. Players are in the 13, 14, and 15-year age group. P. D. Foster and Toler Buchanan, who will manage and coach the Methodist Eagles, acquired the following players: Larry Fitzgerald, William D. Fowler, Eddie Gilless, Clyde Griffin, Billy Hanley, David Holt, John R. Nelson, Billy Reid, Bobby Rounsavall, John Taylor, William E. Simmons, Tony Wheat, Burley White and Jerry Williford. The Presbyterian Tigers, piloted by Jim Killett and Doyle Turner, will go to the post with the services of James Brogdon, Jimmy Hall, Billy Hatch, Wayne Hoi- brooks, Alvie Jarratt, David Kelly, Jerry Lutz, Ed Moore, Johnny Rayburn, Bobby Richardson, Tommy Slayton and Bill Wyatt. Fifteen youngsters will wear the livery of the Christian Bears, directed by Bill Bear, Leon Wilson and Rev. J. W. Rainwater. They are: Eddie Cure, Glynn Howard, Ray Jackson, Bobby Jayroe, James Kelley, Steve McGuire, Dickie Nokes, Harold O'Neal, James Privett, Billy Ross, Mickey Shelton, Jimmy Smith, Mike Terry, Donald Tinker and James McCuskin. Baptists Have Most Largest squad numerically was "bought" by the Baptist Rams. Managers Chester and Dan Caldwell and Harry Farr listed 17 players. They are: David Barnes, Joe Bratcher, Charles Coalter, Jerry Brown, Bobby Graham, Bill Haney, Wayne Honeycutt, Roy Lovelace, James Morrow, Eddie Perry, Jack Renfro, J. A. Thorpe, Thomas Vincent, Bobby Watson, Charles Watson, Lamar Wheat and Glenn Womble. The league schedule has not been arranged, but tentative plans are for two games weekly, starting in June. NEW YORK Ufi — Ford Frick, commissioner of baseball, said today it's his understanding that "all major league baseball clubs, at one time or another, have had their players' habits investigated." "It used to be quite a common practice, but I think it has been In-gely discontinued," Frick added. "It's no violation of baseball law." Fishermen, Fish Happy SACRAMENTO, Calif. W ~ A major problem of California fishermen who yearn for better black bass may have been solyed by a transcontinental air trip from Tennessee. The shipment brought brood stock of adult threadfin shad, a highly rated bass forage fish, for stocking in the warm inland waters. The bass gamesters had everything there but an adequate live food supply. Now fishermen and fish are happy. GMAC Takes Wild, Windy 17-16 Win In a hit-happy softball game at Little Park yesterday afternoon, G.M.A.C. eked out a 17-16 victory over Ark-Mo Power in the second game of the budding "Y" season. Aided by a high wind, the two teams sprayed hits all over Little Park, as pop flies were whisked about by the'breeezs and often fell for hits. G.M.A.C., first at bat, set the pattern, scoring two runs without a bonafide hit. Three in the second and seven In the third put them in an apparently safe position, and they added two each in the fourth and fifth frames. Ark-Mo trailed along with one in the first and three each in the third and fourth but .really bursted loose at the seams in the fifth with nine markers on eight hits. McCaskill's four for four, a single, two doubles and a triple, paced the winners. Homer Connell led the Ark-Mo stick work with three for three. McAlister poled a homer for G.M.A.C. in the fifth and Forehand, Connell and Perry each contributed a round-tripper for Ark-Mo. Clark was the winning pitcher. For Ark-Mo, Christie started but was replaced by Forehand in the fourth. The game between Southwestern Bell and Courier News, which was postponed from Monday, will be played this afternoon. "NEW YORK Ml glad to return to the New York football Giants as end coach. After all, he was literally "elected" by Prefers Horses to Wells BOWIE, Md. — Willie (Smokey) Saunders, one of seven jockeys to win the Triple Crown, has come back'to horse racing. Although it's a gamble it's better than waiting for oil wells to gush. Saunders, who at the age of 17 in 1935 rode Omaha to victories in Bill Swiacki is! the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belrnont, quit riding a couple of years ago and invested in oil land. "The first two wells were honeys, the New York fans to play for the but recent drillings have not turned Giants after the 1947 season. j out as well." he says. "We haven't The Giants had conducted a poll given up, however, and you never to determine the player the public would most like to see on the team. Swiacki won by a wide margin. So a deal was made with the know what's going to happen in the oil game, which is even more unpredictable than racing." Meanwhile, Saunders is back as Boston Yanks who had drafted him i a trainer with eight horses owned It hat been known for some time, of course, that the average sports fifure does not object to lending hit talenti to the home screen, Even umpire* have been accused at turning their better profile dur- taf diamond debates. But it has Mt to our knowledge been previously disclosed that the more btdly Mttea o( our twenty heroes M* wtflfef to pay their way in. BatUt W« might never A*v« known it tat for iht fact that, through a tf*n m«ve, jf»c hat arranged to fefeta* iJuntt of titt Canadian Football League on nine Saturdays during the coming season in a sort of battle to the death with our own colleges' "Game of the Week." An official of the TV firm observed that, as a result of the pact, the Canadian clubs would suit up more of this country's All Americas than ever before, and he was asked why. Money And TV "They'll all want to go up there now," he explained with a patient smile. ,"The biggest trouble the Canadians have nad getting the superstars to play with them in out of Columbia. And the New York j by Joseph fans saw their wish come true. i Calif. Biroc of Hollywood, the past was the fact that their home folks wouldn't get to see; them play, as they would if they \ signed with a National League team. j "Maybe the Canadians would offer a player $9,000 against the $7,000 he could get here. The player would say, 'Yeah, but if I go 1 up there I might as well be at' the North Pole—nobody'll know where I am and my name will be forgotten by the time I'm through.' So he'd take the $7,000 and appear on television. There won't be any more of that." WANTED AUTOMOBILE SALESMEN—To sell new and used cars and trucks. Most popular lines on market today. Prefer Experienced salesmen. Good pay, pleasant working conditions. Apply in person—AH replies confidential. i Horner-Wilson Motor Co. 317 East Main — Oldsmobile—GMC — Blylheville GEMINI (May 22-June 21) People born under the sign of Gemini are genial and likable. 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