The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 22, 1954 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 22, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE nun PUZZLES THINGS TO DO STORIES Historians Say Idea of Baseball May Have Originated in Egypt BT MANUEL ALMADA MOST baseball fans believe that the game of baseball is an American invention. However, both history and re- serach say this belief is not justified by the facts. Although the United States has existed, as a nation, for less than 200 years, the word "baseball" itself is more than 250 years old. According to Robert W. Henderson of the New York Public Library, the word "baseball" was used in print as far back as the year 1700. In that year, a Puritan clergyman, the Rev. Thomas Wilson, of Maidstone, England wrote a rebuke. "I have seen Morris-dancing, cudgel-playing, baseball, cricketts, and many other sports on the Lord's Day." In his scholarly book, "Ball, Bat, and Bishop," Mr. Henderson indicates that the great- great-grandfather of baseball may have been born on the Nile River. The British Museum in London owns a leather ball which may have been used in Egypt about 2,000 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Whether the ball came before the bat, or the bat before the ball, is a question which the historians will have to argue between themselves. It seems a little like the question which came first, the chicken or the egg. -However, the addition of the bases was a definite European idea. The Arabs prob'ably brought the idea of playing with balls and bats when they left Africa to invade Europe. It was not till the 16th Century, however, that we hear of BASEBALL'S LONG HISTORY—At left is the original model of the Thayer Baseball mask, known as the "bird cage." It was patented in 1878 by Frederick W, Thayer of VVaverly, Mass. At right is the modern catcher's mask, made of heavily padded leather and lightweight plastic. "bases" being used in games with balls and bats. The first '"bases" were'prob- ably stools. Stoolball, the great- great-grandfather of English cricket, was played with stools. In stoolball, the players ran from stool to stool, even as we run from base to base today. * * * The number of stools varied, however, with different localities. Stoolball was* probably the father of "rounders," a game which has been popular in England for hundreds of years. Rounders was usually played with less than half a dozen players on each side. Rounders could be played with four or five bases, of which one was chosen as the "home" base. The rules of the game seemed to have been rather flexible. At first the emphasis seemed to have been on getting a home run every time. In time, however, base hits seemed to have become acceptable. Getting the batter out in a rounders game was achieved in a simpler, if more painful method, than in today's baseball. Instead of tagging the batter out, as in baseball, the "round- ers" fielders simply threw the ball at him. Sometimes, one strike was called an out, and sometimes, flyouts also were called outs. Rounders was probably the father of the "old cat" games which in turn were the direct ancestors of baseball. The One Old Cat game was played with only two bases, home plate and first base. A pitcher, catcher and batter were the only players needed for One Old Cat. One Old Cat undoubtedly was born from lack of enough players for a rounders game. ZOO'S WHO CLAMS HAVE BEEN FOUND WITH A WEIGHT OF MOfcETHANJ FIVE HUNDRED T^EFIREFLY HAS A POUWDS 7 MOST OF IT 6E ING USUAL STRENGTH OF • IN THE HEAVY SHELL.,, V4OOTH CANDLEPOWER-. Add Song Title To Complete Jive Journey BT IDA M. PARDUE Vacation time is near, but since you still can't take a real trip, substitute this one on the wings of song. Each of the following song titles needs a method of transportation to complete it. Can you supply the missing vehicle in each case? Which one would you choose for your real journey? 1. Swing Low Sweet — 2. On A — Built For Two 3. Slow — to China 4. — Door Canteen 5. Mule — 6. In My Merry -*• — Round The Bend Chattanooga — With The Fringe On . 8. 9. Top 10. On The Good — Lollipop Tale of Sancho, the Calf, Proves Cattle Get as Homesick as Dogs BY LEE PRIESTLEY TVfO one is surprised when dogs or cats travel long distances tc return to their homes, but who ever heard of a homesick cow? Actually, cattle are home bodies anu will become attached to their birtbr>toce or a later home and try persistently to return there. One Longhorn steer from Texas is mentioned in tales of the old West as an animal who walked two thousand miles to get ho;ne. On Esperanza Creek in Frio County, Texas, a rancher named Kerr once found a week-old calf beside its dead mother in a bog hole. He pulled the starving creature out of the mud and carried it on his saddle home to his wife. • • * Maria washed the mud off the calf and fed it warm milk from a bottle. A cow with a calf of her own was persuaded to feed and vigorous. Maria named the calf Sancho and petted him with bits of -food and much attention. Sancho de- and soon learned to pick for himself the tiny red-hot wild chili peppers. He did not consider bimsett a member of the ranch herds, but slept under a tree near tht fate. In the early »prfrf of 1880 m-hen Sancho was three years hft we* Mi* to tfct Sancho was pampered at home with hot tamales. He even slept apart from the rest of the ranch herds. So his new owners found Sancho to be a very contrary creature. brothers who had a contract fo deliver three herds of steers to Wyoming. Sancho was road branded and put into the first herd where he plodded at the end of the line with his head often turned over his shoulder to look behind. Before the first day xvas over, it was plain that Sancho did not want to go to Wyoming. So when night came a cowboy threw a rope over his horns and staked him to a bush to keep him from walking off. toe graze, Sancho was the only one who grazed south. When the herd moved Sancho plodded just ahead of the drag rider who kept the stragglers headed up the trail. Gentle and accustomed to people, the big steer often walked beside the cowboys and gathered the little ripe sand plums and "possum" grapes along with them. But one day no one was looking and Sancho dodged into the brush. Two days later the point man who rode at the head of the second Shiner herd met the steer in the trail. Seeing his trail brand the point man added him to the Shiner herd and turned him north again. Again Sancho got away only to meet the third Shiner herd and be turned again. In Wyoming Sancho received his new brand and was turned on the range. The Shiner cowboys returned to Texas. When the spring roundup was being made a It is interesting to see how the history of baseball reflects the history of the growth of the United States. First, came the English settlers bringing the memory of rounders, a game which required a minimum of four players. In the sparsely settled colonies, rarely could more than two or three youngsters get together for a ball game. It was only natural that they should adapt the game of rounders to their situation. That was probably how the game of One Old Cat was born. * * * In time, the settlements began to grow, and another cat was added to the game, By now, the very name of rounders had faded from the popular memory. United States youth knew only Two Old Cat. Still the settlements continued to grow. The new boys also wanted to get into the old cat game. So Three Old Cat was born. The story of the growth of Three Old Cat into today's baseball world is well known. It is nice to know, however, that although baseball is older than the United States, it is nevertheless a purely American product house on the Esperanza. There lay Sancho in the shade of the tree at the Kerr's gate! He had come home six weeks before, his' hoofs worn nearly down but so glad to he there he came to the door and rattled it "If that steer loved his home from Wyoming, we're not going to drive him away," said the Shiner brothers. So Sancho, the homesick Longhorn, lived there Capt. Hal's Pen Pals Deir Captain Hal, I am a boy eight years old. I have dark blond hair and blue eyes. I like to fish and swim. 1 collect miniature license plates. I also like to make model airplanes and other things. I'd like to have girls and boys between 8-10 write to me. Donald Bishop 74 Bennett Ave. Auburn, Me. Dear Captain Hal, I am a boy 11 years old. I have brown hair and hazel eyes I am four feet, 10H inches tall. My hobby is collecting stamps and my favorite sport is bowling. Bobby Smith 1605 Atlanta Ave. Portsmouth, Va. • * * Dear Captain Hal, I am a boy nine years old. I have blond hair and blue eyes. I am four feet, three inches tall. My hobbies are collecting stamps and coins. Robert Bauraan Allison, It. Dear Captain Hal, I am a girl 11 years old. My hair is black and so are my eyes. My favorite sport is baseball. My hobby is collecting marbles. Sue Denman P. O. Box 328 Alice, Tex Dear Captain Hal, L am 13 years old. I have blond hair and blue eyes. I'm five feet, three inches tall and weigh 110 poundi. I'm interested IB all spurts, especially basketball. I would UK* to hear from pen pals from 13-16 years old. Lavora Ann Merchan* P. 0. Box 174 Woodsboro, Tex. Dear Captain Hal, I am a girl 10 years old. I have light brown hair and brown eyes 1 would like to hear from girls of all ages. Sally Sturtevant 19 Defiance St Ticonderoga, N. Y. » • * Dear Captain Hal, I am 11 years old. I have black hair and brown eyes. My hobby is collecting movie star pictures. 1 would like pen pals of all a^cs to write to me. Janet Van Blarcom 4 Mass Court Passaic Park, N. J. • * * Dear Captain Hal, I am a boy 10 years old. I have blue eyes and brown hair. My hobby is collecting sea shells. My favorite sports are football and baseball. I would like to have pen pals between the ages of 9-12. Jerry Beach 102 Casou St. N. Belmont, N. C. Puzzle Pete's Corner Has Two Crosswords River Rebus Puzzle Pete has hidden four rivers in this rebus, but you can find them easily by using the words and pictures correctly: No Vowels but Puzzle Pete has ieft out all the vowels. Can you foil him? Tn nun rvr s nvr bl fr 1701 ml*. River Crossword As you work this crossword puzzle, you'll find several rivers: ACROSS 1 Cleopatra's river 5 Shakespeare's river 9 River in Germany 10 Ratio 11 Winglike part 12 Grafted (her.) 13 Reiterate 19 Alleged force 17 Before 18 Musical note 30 Abate 34 Bohemian river 26 Compass point 27 Brain passage 28 Fondles 29 Drunkard! M 1 Approach 1 Not buff a 4 Comparative suffix 5 Rugged mountain create 6 Mover's truck 7 Man's name 8 Require 14 Lamprey-cetchen 15 Exist 18 Hawaiian wreath 19 Singing voice 21 Plant 22 Italian city 23 Promontory 25 Wager 28 Italian river River Mix-Upi Rearrange the letters in each of these strange lines to form the name of a river: AA GUN YES HONER LINE NOD Diamond . France's GARONNE river provides Puzzle Pete with a center for his river diamond. The second word is "a feline"; third "a writer's mark"; fifth "a doctrine"; and sixth "an explosive." G A R GARONNl N N B Couplet Crossword Puzzle Pete adds this crossword puzzle for his younger fans. Just finish the couplets and fill in the squares. You shouldn't have any trouble at all. 1. Grandfather Old if very, very old, .Give him him — 2. Hop-a-ride Harry was only a hobo; He never worked when he played the . S. Pronounce them the same: the first word it loan; The second—please spell it- it 4. The little fewn need never fear; It's really just a little a letter to make Gomes With Words BT MARION P. STEVEN i and RITA F. DEWIY • Mother Goose Quiz 1. What did Bo Peep carry? 2. Where did Boy Blue sleep? 3. What frightened Miss Muffet? 4. What did Jack Homer take out of a pie? 3. What was Jack Sprat's wife unable to eat? «. What did the crooked man find under the crooked stile? T. In what did the Three Wise Men of. Gotham go to sea? I. How many blackbirds were baked in a pie? 9. Where did poor Robin sit when it snowed and the north wind blew? BT PANSY MCCARTY TfHAT (s more exciting than going to the circus with its ig tent and waving flags, the milling crowds, the clowns and animals, the pink-candy cones. the hot, buttery popcorn, freshly popped and smelling so good? Of course, all of that is fun. but we can't go to a circus very often. How would you like to urn your own back yard into a 'big top" with a real circus ring? ather around and let's plan a circus party. Cut invitation folders with a lown's head on the front of each Sketch the outlines with mk ot crayola. The party message might say: 'Bozo brings tidings or circus fun, The place—my house, at two. A circus character? You can be one. Dress funny. I'm looking for you." Change the words of the rhyme to suit your needs. Giving the day and time that you desire. ANIMAL GUESTS: As the guests arrive, pin an animal picture on the back of each, but don't let anyone know what animal he is wearing. To identify himself, a guest must go to someone and ask him to imitate the sound of his animal for him. When he guesses correctly, he must make this sound when spoken to until everyone has been identified. BALLOON RACE: Next, seat the guests and give each a balloon. The ones with funny faces on them are best. At a signal see who can blow up his balloon first. Allow about five minutes for this. Tie- the balloons with string and pin them on a curtain as a dart board. Let each one toss five pin darts (darts mad< from match stems and pins from a short distance at the bal loons. Award a sack of hot pop corn to each one who is able to pop as many as two balloons. CIRCUS ACTS: Ask each one to remove the animal from his back. On each picture, you have written a stunt for the wearer to perform. - Such as, imitate bear riding a bicycle, how an elephant gets all four feet on a tub, an easy way to walk a tight rope, etc. SIDE SHOW: After these main events, let your guests attend a side show called "Feed Bozo.' Draw a clown's face on the side of a large, cardboard box. Cu a round hole for the mouth abou' three inches across. Provide five small bean bags and, letting the boys compete against the girls see who can "feed" the most bags to Bozo. Give each player two different tosses.' RELAY: End the circus activ- BY JAY WORTHINGTON Big men have always enjoyed some of the little fellows have achieved startling success. See how many of the following questions you can answer about the little men of sport. * • • £ —One of the smallest men who ever played major league baseball was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1954. Who was he? A—Walter ("Rabbit") Matan- ville. • * * Q—Felix Torza, Bob Toski, and Fred Wample each weighs 140 pounds or less, but they often excel rivals of 220 pounds in feats of apparent strength. How? A—At rotten, they hit longer drive* than their heavier «PP<>- neata. e * • Q—Yankee shortstop Phil Rizzuto waf 4 feet, 11 inchec tall in his first year as a New York high school pupil. Yet, in hi second year he established a batting record that may never b excelled in baseball What wa it? A—He waa M small that rlva pitchers had trouble pitching to him. In 50 times at bat, Rizzuto Q— What baseball league woul reject the services of Ted Wil liams or Stan Musial? (Look out this one is tricky.) A— Little League beaeball since the players cannot be more than 12 yean old. ft— -Willie Shoemaker is 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 9 pounds, but he set a record fo winning his sp- -Ity ia 1953 What is his spoil? A— Hone racing. Ihoemaker it a Joekey. U6& TH&fe-re MAKfr Wit* CtffCiJ* A ty with a relay. Play peanut pass. Divide the players into two :eams. Give 10 large peanuts (in the shell) to the leader of each team. Each, holding the peanut* n one hand, places them on th« floor in front of the next player in his line. He must pick them up in like manner and continue them on down the line. The team that gets the peanuts back to th« leader first wins. PARADE: No circus party would be complete without a costume show. March all the- guests before a judge's stand (your mother or those who art- helping with the party). Let award a prize. The show is over. It's time to eat. Serve the guests from a gay lemonade stand made from a small table covered with a canopy. Make this from strips of wood, crepe paper, and inflated balloens. There should be a huge bowl of frosted pink lemonade and stacks and stacks of sugary doughnuts. Have plenty because, circus people get very hungry, you know. l.Trace around the tol>, of a GLASS and cut out a circle from OIL CLOTH 2. ON THE WRONG5IDEOF THE CIRCLE, 1 DRAW ANOTHER VERY , 5MALLCIRCLEINTHI CENTER. 3.Withfastdrymg MODEL AIRPLANE GLUE, start gluing COLORED TOOTHPICKS tooildoth like this: PLAN YOUR COLORS TO MAKE A DESIGN AS YOU 00 ALONG. KEEP ON UNTIL THE CIRCLE 15 COVERED. WEIGHT IT DOWN WITH HEAVY MAGAZINES UNTIL IT DRY* Puzzles Finished? You'll Find the Answers Hert Crossword RIVEE MIX-UPS: Saguenay; Rhone; Nile; Don. DIAMOND! 3 CAT CARET GARONNl TENET * TNT E liTBfc EEBtJI: Mevft, Congo, Man*, Ganges. WO TOWlLg: The Amazon river to navigable for 1700 miles. A crook. 2—Under a haystack. 3 —A spider. 4—-A plum. 5—Lean meat 6—A crooked sixpence. 7 —In a bowL 8—Twenty-four. 8 —In a barn. Couplet Crossword 5 O L 0 0 B O t L O M B D fr 6 R M JOUENIY JIVBt 1—Chariot j 3-Bicycle. t-Bott 4 tiMi • —Train. •—Oldsmobile, 1-» Steamboat. S—Choo thoo. §*•

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