The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 21, 1954 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 21, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN Cards Missed Chance To Build up Early Lead That Good Stick Work For Naught By HARRY GRAY SON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — "Unless something is done about this," Eddie Stanky said, "someone is likely to be killed." * Manager Stanky was referring to the miserable pitching that cost the Cardinals a chance to steal an early lead. The St. Louis Nationals' starters—Haddix, Staley, Baschl, Miller and Tom Poholsky — were unable to finish. The relief workers —Brazel, Preskp. Cot Deal, Royce Lint and Mel Wright, the latter obtained from the Yankees via Kansas City, were worse. The left-handed Alpha Brazel, 40 in October, was the best bloke in the bull pen. In sheer desperation, Stanky had the front office purchase Carl Sheib, who couldn't get anybody out for the Athletics. "Everything else is fine," continued Muggsy Stanky. "Alex Garm- toas. Tom Alston and Wally Moon have done the job. "But it kills you to score all those runs and wind upoio better than two games about .500. We scored 161 runs in our first 24 games, an average of 6.7 an outing, which is what you might call getting around the bases, yet have had a frightful time remaining in a respectable position. It drives you nuts ^ to lost 23-13 ,14-10, 9-7 and twice 7-6, as we have done this spring. Picking up games has been a similar story—13-5, 10-7 and 8-6." * * • Ordinarily, runs in such clusters would mean as much early foot as Chris Brasher showed in pacing Roger Bannister to the record mile. .306. Stan Musial is off -with" an early rush for a change, batting .376 and among the leaders .in hits, doubles, home runs and run-batted- in. Moon, the surprise' recruit, is batting -,364. The Texas A. and M. alumnus hit a 380-foot home run into the upper right field stands in Pittsburgh. ' "In his 13 years with the Cardinals," recalled Red Schoendienst, "Enos Slaughter never hit a ball out of Forbes Field." Ray Jablonski is batting .358 and is near the top in hits and runs-batted-in. Alston, the six- foot-five first baseman purchased fro San Diego, is swatting the long ball. • * * The Cardinals are playing three freshmen and two sophomores, are on the whole a young outfit. Alston is 23. Moon 34 and Grammas 26. Rip Repulski Is 36, Jablonsiki 27. The three old pros are Schoendienst and Dell Rice, 31, and Musial, 33. While the scores' don't show it, because of the punk pitching, the frosh have helped °;the Cards defensively, too. Moon, who reported at St. Petersburg -this spring by mistake and remained, .turned out to be such an excellent" outfielder that Repulski was switched from center to left field. That enabled Musial to fove to rightAfield, where he belongs due to being a left-hand thrower. Musial played left field during the run of Country Slaughter because the latter preferred right and possessed a much stronger arm. Alston makes all the plays at first base and Grammas is a bet- MUSIAL CAN BE COVER BALL IN THE A JOKE OP THSADA6Z AKc AUSAb OP THE HlTT£g$) ooo IT TO BB LIKE TW£ FALL THS MAN Courier Loses Contest to 'Bell Boys' Vaulting into a 5-3 lead in the opening inning, Southwestern Bell Softball team scored an 8-5 victory over the Courier News at Little Park yesterday afternoon, in a game postponed from Monday because of rain. The Telephone boys got off to a bad start in the top of the inning as Parrish walked the first four men to face him, forcing in one run, while two more scored on infield outs. The Courier lead failed to stand up, as the Bell boys fashioned five runs from a walk to Been, Privett's home run off the centerfielder's glove, followed by a double, two single's and an error. Prom that point it was a pretty good ball game, the winners getting one in the second and two in the fourth, while the Courier was producing one each in the third and fifth. Parrish limited the newspaper team to \three bingles but wildness almost was his undoing in spots. McDaniel started for the Courier ter shortstop than Solly Hemus. •So the only current Cardinal problem is what to- use for pitching. BROTHERS KINTUCKY STRAIGHT •OUftlON WHISKIY 'Jl 89'408'156 ^•NfTM I^IMNT Medley Distilling Co., Oweniboro, Ky. Ou>*td *nd Operated Exclusively by the Medley Brothers and was-replaced in the second by Marvin Ross, who gave up only one hit the rest of the way. The schedule for next week: Monday — Meharg's vs. G.M.A.C. Tuesday — Courier News vs Montgomery Ward. Wednesday — Southwestern Bell vs Ark-Mo. By GENS SARAZEN My greatest shot molded my entire life. It was the last one I made at the Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, 111., in 1922 and it gave me my first United States Open Championship. I wanted to play a full brassie safe, but my caddie suggested that I go for it and I did. It was right on tht button and my 82-hole score was 288. one better than those of Bobby Jones and John Black. The spoon shot for a double eagle in the Masters Tournament of 1935 was purely luck, although it goes without saying that I shot for the hole. As I stepped up to my ball for my second shot on the 15th hole in the Masters, my ball was 232 yards from the pin. It was measured after I holed out. A caddie reported that Craig Wood had finished with a 282. That made it necessary for me to shoot three birdies and a long par to tie. "What kind of a shot is this, Stox'e Pipe?" I asked my caddie. "It's a 4 wood. Mr. Gene," replied the bag toter, "but I don't believe you can get it up with this lie. If you can force it, over that lake, you'll be all right." I toed the club in in order to get more distance than ordinarily. The ball never left the line of the pin. and those gathered around the green told me thai the ball dropped in the cup on its last spin. Had it been spinning too much, It might have struck the pin and bounced off. My second shot on the 18th with the same club in a strong wind left me Just six inches from the hole. Vol Nearly Sets New Homer Mark Bob Lennon Misses By Only Few Feet On Fourth Attempt By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The matter of a few feet robbed Nashville's big Bob Lennon of a Southern Association home run record. The 25 - year - old centerfielder drilled three homers last night while the Vols were beating Mobile for the first time up this year, 9-6. His other time up, Lennon smashed a long fly to right which went foul by a few feet, just missing his fourth home run. So he had to settle for a tie with 15 others instead of setting a new one-game record for circuit blasts. New Orleans chilled Chattanooga's hot streak by taking a doubleheader, 3-0 and 7-6, the latter a 12-inning affair. The double loss, coupled with Birmingham's 7-4 victory over Memphis, dropped the Lookouts 3 l / 2 games behind the pace-setting Barons, Atlanta beat Little Rock, 3-2, giving the Crackers six straight victories and the Travs six straight defeats. Little Rock, which started a road trip today, was happy to leave home. The Trava haven't been able to win on their own field since Jim Bunning blanked New Orleans, 1-0, April 18. They have lost four to Nashville, two to Birmingham and three to Atlanta. Cracker Pete Whisenant's looper to short right settled what had been a duel of homer uns. The Travs took a first inning lead on Russ Sullivan's two-run homer. Atlanta's Vern Petty led off with a home run in the sixth. Then in the eighth, with the bases loaded, Whisenant struck the decisive blow. Manila Wins 29 in a Row MANILA—Coach Wayne Taylor's Manila Lions won their final game of the season and their 29th consecutive contest over a span of several years yesterday when they passed Leachville 5-2. Joe Dean Pierce, nifty little Manila hurler, limited the Leachville club to one hit, by Rauls. Dean and Ralph Wagner paced the Manila attack with two hits each. Wolf pack Takes Three RALEIGH, N. C. W — North Carolina State's athletic teams have won three Atlantic Coast Conference championships during the first year of the new eight-team loop. The Wolf pack triumphed in the Cross Country affair, took the Swimming title and the basketball crown. Roger Bannister Is a Nice, Quiet Athlete With a Tremendous Stride By JIMMY BRESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — At a little playground alongside the towering United Nations building, a group of New York guys were leaning over an iron railing. Roger Banister, the Englishman who shaved the four-minute mile, was approaching them. "Leaning over the rail like this*reminds me of being at the race track," one of them said. "Yeah, and Bannister is leading at the half." another cracked, pointing to the little knot of people trailing the fast-walking young man. It was a dark afternoon, with a good chance for rain. One of the rnilbirds. looking up, commented. "I'll show Bannister some real fancy running if it starts to rain." The party went into the park and the photographers began to load their cameras and start looking around for the best place to start shooting. Bannister, who had made world news with his 3:59.4 at Oxford, stood* alone, waiting to be told what to do. He is a tall, gangling man of 25, with an unruly crop of sandy hair which waved with the breeez corn- in?, in off th« East River. He was dressed in a gray double-breasted suit. The suit needed a pressing. He could have used a haircut, too. For the runner of the ages, he looked unimpressive. HERE HE WAS. anyway, the first human to run the "impossible" race — breaking the four-minute barrier. He kept a constant smile under what Americans would call an "eagle beak" nose. "Over here." a photographer called, and Bannister walked to a spot at one end of the little playground. He walks with a bouncy step and his left shoulder sags. Then they had him pose with a couple of kids and he trotted a bit with them. "My stride," he said in answer to a question, "is. well, I don't exactly know how to describe it. Some people say it is a bit long, but I don't know how long It is. "Oh, yes, I was planning on a shot at it, as you say, when I ran in the race at Oxford. I didn't know about the weather, but I was aiming for the four-minute mile. I had been doing that for six months. "The ultimate in the mile? Oh, I don't know about that. There really is no ultimate, you see. The time will be shaved finer and finer and five years fro mnow people will be dealing in fifths of seconds with the same importance we are dealing with whole batches of seconds." . . * • BANNISTER DIDN'T seem shy, nor was he cocky, despite all the attention being paid him. He was here for a one-day tour sponsored by the British and as you talked with him, you got the impression he was an extra nice, young medical student, which is just what he is. You ask Bannister to show his By JIMMY BRESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK—iNEA)—Happy Pelton has a television show before Dodger home games which, he has found, begins to sparkle when he brings up little leaguers as guests. The many views have found trmt the biggest laughs come when the Heavy Happy turns the show completely over to the little guys. Three players from Norwalk. Conn., Little League were guests and after displaying their ability in a short workout in the Brooklyn bull pen, Happy called Pete, a pitcher, to his side. "I'd like to ask Don Newcornbe something." the kid said. Felton dutifully dispatched a man to bring the six-foot-four. 225-pound Brooklyn hurler. Pete, aged 11%, quickly popped a question to Newark. "Say you're playin' the Cards," Pete piped up. "And there are three on and nobody out and you got to pitch to Stan Musial. What do you do then, huh?" "Well," Newcombe answered, stride. "Well, I can't very well sprint here, you know, not on this pavement, but come along, we'll jog a bit," Bannister begins to trot and he automatically shifts into that same bouncing step all guys who run on tracks seem to have. He sure does have the long stride. He outmatches the average guy one for two. His elbows are kept close to his sides and his hands, extended loosely in front of him, are pulled into loose fists. His hair bounces as he jogs. Running next to him, you get the feeling he could take off and leave you a block behind just by stretching his legs a little more. "you're starting off with a lough one. Pete. But usually Pe« Wee Reese or Junior Gilliam or one of the infielders comes in and talks with me. You know, they ask me about the weather and how my wife is and all kinds of stuff to take my mind off that man and the Jam I'm in. "But, wait, maybe you can help me, Pete. What do you say when you get in a Jam and look around and there comes your second baseman in to talk to you. You tell me that. Pete." "Oh, that doesn't happen to me," Pete said, airly. "Cause our second baseman and me, we're not talkin' these days." From Mllford and Lynn, Haas. and Floral Park, N. Y., come details of what shapes up as an excellent idea to put the clamps oh disputes arising among grown-ups (first they take over electric trains and now they're trying to fiddle around with Little League) about whose son snakes the team and whose doesn't. Little League authorities la these towns have instituted a system whereby all candidates for teams are classified according to number. No names or nicknames are usedl in discussing players. It saves aq awful lot of trouble. These Krown-? ups have got to be watched. They cause more trouble than any five Little Leaguers involved in a close) play at the plate. As recently as 1948, there were only 94 franchised Little Leagues in the United States. Today, there are more than 3700. With this, while organized professional baseball yells about sagging attendance, Little Leaguer* drew more than 20 million spectators last year. WANTED AUTOMOBILE SALESMEN—TO sell new and used cars an* trucks. Most popular line* on market today. Prefer Experienced aalesmen. Good pay, pleasant working conditions. Apply In person—All replies confidential. Horner-Wilson Motor Co. 317 East Main — Oldsmobile—GMC — BIytheville «— »•- r * ' •"SSS ; ? ;«';«: *. -•'" """ i "CAN YOV SEE. STEER. 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