The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 25, 1954 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 25, 1954
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FACE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS One Red Hot Week Grimm's Dream A Nightmare-for Rest of League By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Seven magic days have given the Milwaukee Braves un disputed possession'of first place in the National League. Only a week ago they were sixth. Suddenly everything started coming their way. They won seven straight. And when they took the night off last night, the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates rose up and toppled Brooklyn 5-2, knocking the Dodgers down to second position. For the,Braves it was a week managers like to dream about. An ailing pitcher found himself. A rookie pitched a complete game in his first start. One game was won with five runs in the ninth, another with four in the ninth and still another in extra innings. Nichols Produces Chet Nichols, the young lefthand- er fresh from the Army who was supposed to take up th» slack left by the trades of Johnny Antonelli and Max Surkont, pulled his record above the .500 mark with two good triumphs. He's now 4-3 after losing his first three. Ray Crone, making- the big jump from Jacksonville of the Class A Sally League, chalked up a. 10-inning victory Sunday. In winning a double-header Saturday the Braves scored four runs against Chicago in the final inning of the first game and five in the ninth in the nightcap. Bucs Helped But the winning streak alone-r longest of the season in the National League—Wasn't quite enough to put the Braves on top by themselves. They were tied with Brooklyn after Sunday's twin bills. Then Pittsburgh obliged. The Pirates' decision over Brooklyn was one of the four games played last night. In the others Chicago defeated St. Louis 6-2, the New York Giants edged the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 and -the New York Yankees whipped the Philadelphia Athletics 7-3. String: Stopper Pittsburgh had lost six in a row and eight out of nine to Brooklyn this season. But last night a two- run homer by Frank Thomas and a bases-empty blast by Dick Cole gave Surkont the margin he needed to win his fourth game. The veteran right-hander allowed just four hits and was in trouble only in the seventh when the Dodgers combined a bunt, a walk and a single by Don Hoak with two infield outs to score both their runs. Carl Erskine, Brooklyn's biggest winner last season, suffered his fourth loss against four victories. Mays Hot Again Jim Davis, a rookie left-hander up from Seattle, held the Cardinals to seven scattered singles in his first big league starting assignment. Stan Musial went hitless and Ray Jablonski, the league's leading hitter, managed only one hit in four times at bat. Vic Raschi started for the Cardinals but gave up after one inning when he was hit on the right leg by a line drive. He suffered a ruptured blood vessel, but apparently no lasting damage. He is expected back in action in a few days. Willie Mays drove in four of the Giants' five runs at Philadelphia. He hit two home runs, one with a man on base, and a single that drove in a run. Hoyt Wilhelm, who took over from Sal Maglie, picked up his second victory. The Athletics fell into last place as they bowed on three hits to rookie Bob Grim of the Yankees. Fights Last Night By TH EASSOCIATED PRESS Brooklyn—Bob Baker, 206, Pittsburgh, outpointed Joe Baksi, 236, Kulpmont, Pa.. 10 New York — Pedro Gonzales, Allie Reynolds % Leads in ERA Big Chief Still Tough Man Out There on Hill NEW YORK Ifl—Husky Allie Raynolrts, the Greet Indian wh left Cleveland's Tribe eight year, ago and settled with the New York Yankees, again is proving one of the most effective pitchers in the American League this season. The 37-year-old right-hander i leading the junior circuit in earned run averages, figures compiled by The Associated Press revealed to day. Reynolds, the earned run leader iri 1952 (2.07), has given up only five earned runs in 45 innings for a brilliant 1.00 mark. He has won five games and lost one, the lone defeat coming in relief on opening day against the Senators. Simmons in N. L. In the National League, Curt Simmons of the Philadelphia Phillies is setting the pace with a 1.86 average. The 24-year-old left-hand- er has worked 63 frames and permitted 22 tallies, but nine of them were unearned. He has a 4-4 record. Ned Carver, out with a bad knee for a good part of last season, is runner-up to Reynolds in the AL. The Detroit right-hander has yielded 10 earned runs in 63 frames for a 1.43 percentage. Ned has three triumphs against one setback. Bob Keegan (6-1) of the Chicago White Sox is third with 1.89 followed by Baltimore's Bob Turley (4-4) with a 1.93 ERA and Don Johnson (4-2), of the White Sox with 1.96. Brooklyn's Russ Meyer is second in the National £eague with 2.19. The veteran right-hander has yielded nine earned runs in 73 ;nnings while compiling a 2-2 won- .ost slate. Robin Roberts of the Phillies is third with 2.22. Then come Gene Conley and Lew Burdette, both of Milwaukee. Conley (3-D has a 2.35 earned run mark and Burdette 2.42. 160%, Rankin, Pa., outpointed Ralph (Tiger) Jones, 158V 2 , Yonkers, N. Y., 10 Sports Roundup— How About Go-Go-Sox Now? By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — In the spring it was difficult to pick the Chicago White Sox to win the American League pennant for the reason that they did not possess a big league third baseman of the class of, say, George Kell of the Boston Red Sox. There was widespread agreement that, if he had a player of, say, Kell's ability to play third base for him, Manager Paul Richards' conviction that he could beat out the Yankees would have been justified. FISHEHRBOY^-Jay Baumgardner, 5, is the youngest angler in this line at Fisherman's Paradise, hard by Bellefonte, Pa. The kid's bent safety pin was more picturesque, but it's more fun and he cets much better results when well equipped. (NEA) Little League News Return of Infield Helps '54 Shriners (This Is another in a series dealing: with the teams in the Blythe- villc Little League which opens its 1954 season Tuesday afternoon, June 1.) By J. P. FRIEND Despite the loss of four key players from the 1953 team, ;he Shrine Club coaches are viewing the 1954 Little League entry through rose colored glasses. < Missing and must be replaced are such outstanding per- brmers as little Clyde Griffin, half-pint but brilliant little catcher voted the "best sportsman" in the league and who batted .375; strong-armed Billy Haney, pitcher with a 3-7 mound record and .379 stick mark; Jack Renfro, shortstop, and J. A. Tharpe, outfielder. Complete Pee-Wee League Rosters Are Announced A complete roster of Pee-Wee League baseball teams was released today by Y and officials, who also announced plans for additional player registration. Players who fall in the 8-10 age bracket and who want to play in the league' will have a chance to register Monday afternoon in the Y offices at City Hall. All players will convene Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock on the Ninth Street diamond for the first meeting of personnel of the year! Numbers Listed Telephone numbers of coaches were given in releasing the rosters today so players may contact their coaches regarding any questions concerning workout dates, etc. Play is to begin the second week of June and scheduled are to be drawn up next week. Bill Wyatt has been elected by the league to serve the Pee-Wee group as representative to the council, the group which will attempt to coordinate the various baseball leagues in the city. Here's the lineup of teams: WOLVES: Bill Wyatt, Coach, telephone 3-3810. . Victor Ray StillweU, Nathan Pack, C. B. Wren, Don Edward Vickery, Ronnie Freeman, Jack Nail, Hershell Beshearse, Jackie Emery, Jimmy Akin, Stevey Godwin, Wayne Holmes, Billy McDaniel, Dick Wyatt, Gary Ellis, Steve Partridge, Mike Carraway, Greg Johnson. BOB-CATS: Bob Lee Smith, Coach, telephone 2-2142. • Jerry Dickinson, Harold Marshall, James Bell, Jesse Lee Smith, Billy Joe Cooper, Gary Wayne Stanley, Russell Fowlston, John C. Holland, Jimmy L. Mayes, Kenneth Wayne White, Jimmy Edwards, Kenneth Pankey, David Sudbury, Gary Don Huey, Phil Smith. PANTHERS: Homer Smith, Coach, telephone 3-4443 Homer G. Connell, James Johnson, Steve Walls, Thomas Chandler, Danny Burnham, Bill Buchanan, Dave Holder, Jerry K. Ledbetter, Jimmy Warren, Jerry Crim, Paul Long, Jr., John Stickmon, Hershell Graham. BULL-DOGS: Larry Katr, Coach, telephone 3-3743 Larry Wayne Holt, Nollan Richardson, Billy Bradshaw, Billy Gentry Joey Besharse, James R. Grigsby, Jackie Holts, Robert McKernan, Ray Bradshaw, John William Folley, Dick Ritchey, Bobby Child- erg Dick Richardson. LEOPARDS: Emery Francif, Coach, telephone 3-4449 Jacky Hodge, Bruce Smythe, Glenn Butler, Donald West, Jack Brannon, Lynn Hearn, Jerry James, Joe Rainwater, Buddy Chandler, Wayne Hopper, Bill Roush, Richard Gaines, Mike Utley. COUGARS: Glenn Hill, Coach Telephone 3-6821 Buzzy Councille, Claude Alexander, Jr., Richard Raspberry, John Russell Carter, Stephen Wheat, Jan Burton, Roy Holbrook, Phillip Henry Johnson, Johnny Smothermon, Don Childers, Mike Huffman, Neston Scrape, Michael John Gearing, Jimmy McDowell, Richard Shelton. Pony Loop Exhibitions to Start By SAM NORRIS First of a series of exhibition games by Pony League teams will be played here Friday afternoon when the Presbyterian Tigers take on a team frdm Steele, Mo.j it was announced today by Co-Manager Doyle Turner of the Tigers. The Steele aggregation will be brought here by Manager Ralph Jones. The contest will be played at the Pony League diamond at Eighth and Railroad Streets, beginning at 4:30 o'clock. The Tigers and the Baptist Rams held workouts last week, and the other two teams making up the I Pony Loop, the Christian Bears j and Methodist Eagles held practic sessions yesterday afternoon. 1 Managers of all Pony Leagu . clubs, which will open the regula playing season in June, are attempting to arrange exhibition games in order to give players as much experience as possible and to enable the managers to get a better line on their material. Wyatt to Pitch Jim Killett, pilot of the Tigers, is expected to send his righthander, BUI Wyatt, against the Missourians. Three main factors have brought miles of enthusiasm and satisfac- ion to Coaches Maurice Sanders, S. D. Bray and Sonny Stiles, as they aave brought their squad up to the ea<nie opener. They are: increased team spirit nd pep; showing of Phyllis Car- ,er as a pitching replacement for Haney, and young Carleton Stiles, hortstop, for whom they dipped eep into the point coffers to get. Garner Control Pitcher The mentors are particularly leased over Garner, a converted utfielder. While not nearly as fast s Haney, Garner has exhibited un- sually good control this training eriod, a weakness that cost Billy nd the Shrine Club several vic- ories in '53. Ray Odle, newcomer, is another itching prospect with fine prom>e. Odle throws harder than Carer but has shown a tendency to rildness. Consequently, Phyllis has been iven the preference and likely will e on the hill for the first game. Infield Set The infield is all set with three returnees to team with Stiles, who looks like he will more than justify his shortstop selection. Despite his 10 years, the Yarbro youth is fast, possesses a good pair of hands and throws very well. Bob Dallas (.250) will be back on first. Jess Taylor (.267) returns at second, while Bob Lovelace (.281) will again handle third. All are seasoned campaigners. Larry Whittle, who batted .387 and rated one of the best outfielders in the league, has left field all sewed up. Jimmy Pugh (.261—one of the most improved hitters and fielders in camp—easily recaptured his centerfielfl post. The other meaciow is still a tossup between Russ Smith and Jimmy Skelton. They may alternate over the job since there appears to be little to choose between them. Blond, bespectacled Phil McDermott inherited the first string catching position with the graduation of Griffin to the Pony League. With Clyde going so well Phil didn't get much of a chance to play last summer. But with the assignment dropped into his lap to hold if he can do i Phil is taking advantage of the op portunity. He has developed rapidly unde careful direction and instruction o the coaches and is expected to ran high among the other receivers be fore the year is out. "I am not talking in terms o championship," commented Coact Sanders, "but I am confident th Shrine Club will. be a definite im provement this season. "The boys looked great durin; the two exhibition games that w won, and I see no reason why the; won't do as well during the regula season. Garner and Stiles, upon whom we are counting much, hav been especially effective. "We know that Whittle, Love lace, Taylor, Pugh and Dallas wil hit, perhaps better than last sea son. If some of the others cami through as we hope and expect we may be up there. "Our defense should be adequati with players who have had at leas one year's experience and we don' have much worry there. "Our young pitchers, Garner and Odle. hold the key to how far up we will go." So now the square-jawed man from Waxahachie has not only a man of Sell's talents, but he has Kell himself, and there no longer is any handy excuse for not picking the go-go boys to play in .the next World Series. Provided only that Hell's ailing back permits him to play regularly, either at third or as replacement for nonhitting Jim Rivera in the outfield, we hereby change our vote. Another Hit In looking back over their record for the past month, it is plainly evident that the Sox, already great defensively, need only another solid hit now and then from the bottom half of their batting order to pull out in front and stay there. Kell, transferring from a cellar club to one which is heated up with the flag fever, should be his old .300 hitting self in short order. One-Run Bugaboo From Apri? 24 through May 24 the White Sox lost just 10 games. and in seven of those setbacks they were beaten by a margin of one run. They lost three to hte Yankees that way, all heartbreakers that could as easily have gone to the Sox. In the same period Richards' club won 18 games, and in exactly half of them its pitchers were forced to. make & one-run lead stand up to the bitter end. In other words, the coming champions won or lost by the slimmest of margins in 16 out of 28 contests. That's tough on pitchers, as well as on managers. For all we know it migt be some sort of modern record. Better Defense In additior to the dividends they may expect from Kell's bat, the Sox also will have an even tighter inner defense if it is decided to play him steadily at third and send the surprising Cass Michaels to the outfield to keep bat in the lineup. No left-side combination in either league would quite compare to Kell and the gifted Chico Carrasquel at shortstop. That, incidentally, was Casey Stengel's first reaction to the deal, that it would make the Sox even better defensively. The Yank pilot insists, though, that he still is more worried about the Cleveland Indians' hitting than he is about the Sox. True Fish Story COURTENAY, B. C. (Jl — James Robertson. Jr., 12-year-old fisher! man, wasn't fooling when he told j about his "big" catch. He was I fishing for cod off the jetty at j Goody Spit here when he hooked an eight-foot octopus. The creature j was landed with the help of Jim' my's father and a friend. Bill Mansfield, sophomore pitcher on Michigan State's baseball team is the son of Art Mansfield, baseball coacn at the University of Wisconsin. ERMINI »t«rJ»y Eramli* I OST HM S. POST Bruce Terminix Company P. O. Box 1270 Memphis, Tenn. Phone 62-3531 Save 62* a bottle 41 5 quart Same Original and Genuine "Double-A" quality whiskey Ancient .../7/f time-honoral Bourbon Now... Price Reduced! Six years ago we planned a limited increase m the supply of this superlative bourbon. Today you get the added pleasure of its reduced price. Ask for J% J^.. .J"oj - unchanging * 'Double -A '' luxury. was STRAIGHT KENTUCKY BOURBON • 6 YEARS OLD • 86 PROOF • ®I954 ANCIENT AGE DISTILLING CO, FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY Martinez Fights Davey They Meet on TV Bout Tomorrow Night CHICAG OUP) — Vince Martinez of Paterson, N. J., sixth-ranking welterweight who has kayoed five of his last nine opponents, rules a 7-5 favorite over Michigan State bred Chuck Davey, who was hammered into submission by Kid Gavilan in his last Chicago start. They will tangle in a nationally- televised 10-rounder tomorrow night at Chicago Stadium, where Davey was deflated by Gavilan in a welter-weight title Match Feb. 11, 1953. Since that 10th round tko, Davey has beaten Sammy Guiliano, Sammy 'Master an and Gerald Dreyer while losing twice to Al Andrews and dropping a highly disputed decision to Art Aragon at Los Angeles last February. In all, the one-time darling of television has 40 victories, 26 of Although he has not decided on his opening line-up, it seems likely that Wyatt's battery-mate ,might be Wayne Holbrooks, a versatile ball player who can serve as a capable backstop or play any of several other positions. Jerry Lute looms as the best prospect for the first base job, and observers would not be surprised to see Bobby Richardson at second, Ed Moore at shortstop and Tommy Slayton over on third. A formidable outfield combination would be David Kelly in left, Jimmy Hall in center and Billy Hatch in the right field station. Three other boys, James Brogdon, Alvie Jarrett and Johnny Rayburn, look like good utility players who can step in at various positions when needed and do a creditable job. them by knockouts mostly early in his career, two draws and four defeats. Pressure The pressure is on Davey because he has signed for a July 1 rematch with Aragon in Los Angeles. Many experts think Martinez has the speed and style to take,care of southpaw Davey. He has lost only three of 36 bouts and won 20 by knockouts. He has won his last nine fights, five of them by kayoing Billy Andry, Vinnie D'Andrea, Jimmy Bethea, Rocky Cassilo and Ronnie Harper. Davey will be his biggest name opponent to date. 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