Dixon Evening Telegraph from Dixon, Illinois on May 24, 1955 · Page 8
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Dixon Evening Telegraph from Dixon, Illinois · Page 8

Dixon, Illinois
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Tuesday, May 24, 1955
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Makeshift Lineup Puts Cubs In National Loop Third Spot 3 Inf ielders Are Playing OutfieldNow June Is Crucial Month for 100-1 Shot Chicago Club By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN" CHICAGO (JP) — Those crazy-quilt Chicago Cubs are riding high in third place, but are they going to swoon in 'June? The Bruins — 100 to 1 shots to win the National League pennant this season — have started skidding in June in even,' ye&r since 1951 after getting off to fast starts. Around this time in 1951, »they were in second . place only one game behind the leading Brooklyn Dodgers and -wound up the campaign in last place 34 games out. In 1952 they were second, 4Vs games off the pace, and finished fifth, lagging by 19^. In 1953 at this time, the Cubs ! were 7% games off the pace (the same as otoday) but finished 40 game* behind. Wound Up 7th Last year they trailed the lead- * ers 2^3 late in May and wound up ; seventh, 33 behind the New York So far this season, the Cuba have * -been flitting around in the first ' division in a crazy, mixed-up way. * Hal Jeff coat, their ace fireman < Who tope the club's pitchers with •■ a 5-0 record, was & former out-I fielder. Bob Speake, who has been * looking great in the outfield and I at the plater is a first baseman by - trade. He has been playing left * field alongside Eddie Miksis, a * utility infielder, who works in * Ted Tappe has been cavorting * in left field, but he 'started as a - first baseman. Jim King^ who has * been used in the outfield in spots I because of his speed, beg an as a ■ shortstop. Sam Jones', who owns a I no-hitter, started out in baseball * as a catcher. — ' Win Close Ones "We're in third place because We've been winning the close i ones," manager Stan Hack ex- " piauis simply. » In 11 games since returning from * their eastern swing, the Cubs hive * won eight, including two out. of * three from the Milwaukee Braves 2 in a week-end series at Milwaukee. I They have held the opposition to * a net of 3? runs but have scored » only 48 times themselves. ' » Cub pitching has stifled rivaljhit- * ters to a .228 average in the 11 - games, but over the same period . * Hack's men have batted only .225. For the season, the team bat- l ting average is a meager' .237 and . the highest mark for a so-called * regular is .297 by the transplanted * Miksis. Cards In Today " The Cubs open a short home- - stand today with the St. Louis " Cardinals. Paul Minner (2-2) will „ face St. Louis rookie Larry Jack-- son (2-0i. „ The Chicago White Sox played - 1 i-i us in aji exnibition game I Milwaukee Monday night. The . game was called by mutual agree-The Sox scored three in the-first - and then had to come up with 2 four runs in the eighth to tie the - count on a bases-loaded triple by . pitcner jMiKe ±onueies. The gam « went through 10% innings before it The Sox go to Cleveland tonight - where Billy Pierce (2-2) faces _ Cleveland's fast - balling rookie, - Herb Score (4-2*. . •TBOtEOt TS— Jon*. Cbiew, M; . toctUl, Kcw Tort. H, E WSPA.PEK.flR CH ! V E® , SCORING THE HARD WAY— Joe Gohier, first ba a run with a fliD against another Quebec team al the ball. Umpire is Frank Narducci. St. John a By the Associated Press t.hft rnmn end of Mav and most folks are eettine se Slate Favors Yanks In the National, the Giants fat tened up on the slumping Pitts burgh Pirates, who have lost 11 traight, and Milwaukee, suffering rom a pitching slump and Ed Mathews' appendectomy. The Cubs got their licks in against Philadelphia and Milwaukee. St. Louis barely kept the. pace, losing three of four at Cincinnati after winning five straight. Just a year ago — over the same May 16-23 week— -it was Cleveland that won six straight to grab the AL lead from Chicago. And in the National, Milwaukee zoomed from sixth to a first place tie with Brooklyn by winning eight of nine. The schedule favors continued success for the Yanks at presen The New Yorkers, still at horn have four games ahead agair-fifth-place Washington, then shi STAIIMNfiS; N»w Tcr* «.t PhiiftdHphiA. 7 p. so MONDAY'S RESCLTS WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDUf. New Tork *t P!>i!*(Jrtph!» rz, (5:30 r. . RCNS BATTED tN— CM Tell*. Brooklvr. Jir.d Dark. Vr* York, < DOTBT.ES— Hodzeg, Brooklyn. 11; Adeoc TRIFLES— -Fondy, -< Home ROS-•cider. BrooMyi) «nd Klu t BTOLKX BASKS— Gillian RtNS HATTF.n 1 of the St. Johns. Que.. Canada, team, scores lision with catcher Ron Lacev, who dropped : to lead class C Provincial league. (AP Yankees, Giants Starting Surge Toward Pennants Both Advance as Tribe, Dodgers Have Troubles rious about picking a spot to spend the summer. So are the iNew 1 one mants ana trie i^ew iorK lanRtes. Both of em have first place in The Yanks have come up with a six-game winning streak for a down payment on the No. 1 spot the American League. New York has overhauled a 2V2-game Cleveland lead in a week while the Indians were fumbling along losing three of five. the National, the Giants haven't tried on the lead for size yet, but they've won six of seven over the past week. That's chopped three games off Brooklyn's nine- game lead. The Brooks have been playing no better than .400 ball— and they haven't been able to |widen their bulge in 10 days. Cleveland ran afoul of Detroit's Tigers. bunch of reluctant fourth placers,, and Chicago had its trou- :ith the Franks and seventn- place Kansas City. After talking from Chicago. New lork com pleted its move from third place attmg Baltimore in four for three at Baltimore and two at Washington. The Yanks get started against Washington tonight while Chicago plays at Cleveland. Detroit s at Kansas City and the Boston Red Sox, with Ted Williams still not ready for competition, are at Balti- In the National, New York's at Philadelphia with the Phils' 10-23 record. the only thing that's keep ing Pittsburgh out of the cellar. The Bucs, who never have lost more than 11, are home to Brook lyn. St. Louis is at Chicago and Cincinnati at Milwaukee. Attendance Is Beating Mark Of Last Year NEW YORK iJl-Major League baseball attendance is running ahead of last year after a slow start that had the owners wondering where the fans had gone. An Associated Press survey of attendance figures today showed both of baseball'3 big leagues ahead of their 1954 pace. The latest figures reveal an increase of almost 80.000 with the American League up 74,000 thanks to Kansas City's new Athletics. The big leagues have attracted 3.623.401 customers as compared with 3,543.415 in as many games a year ago. Kansas City's fans, acting as though they haven't had major league ball in 69 years tand they haven'ti are supporting the A's— but good. With 321.157 paid— tops in the American League— the A s in 15 home dates, already have surpassed their entire 1954 season's total (in Philadelphia) of 304,666. Brave* on Top Milwaukee, which led leagues in attendance last i while setting a National League record of better than 2.130.000. again is setting the pace. The Braves have played before 451.524 people, a gain of more than 50.000. Cincinnati is almost 15.000 ahead, Philadelphia aLmost 9.000. Pitts burgh 4.000. Baltimore 5,000 and Cleveland P.OOO. The Boston Red Sox. Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cards and .New York Giants still have attend ance worries. The Red Sox are approximately 74.000 off theii pace, but they'll soon have the services of Ted Williams in. league play. The White Sox trail by 51.000. the Cards by 33.000 and the Giants by 2S.0OO. The Giants, however, figure to knock off their deficit ir their crucial three-game set with Brooklyn this weekend. All for Naught both CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (.1) — MIT pitcher Al Hauser blazed third strikes past 22 Boston College bat ters Monday — but the best he could get was a 13 inning 8-8 tie with the Eagles. Kauser walked 17 men and hi: mates committed five errors be fore the gam* wu called because of darkness. Cubs Wouldn't Pay Out of the Mouths of Managers: By JOE REICHLEK NEW YORK (2)— Out of the mouths of major league managers and officials: Charlie Grimm, M i 1 w a u Braves: "When I was managing the Chicago Cubs back in 19 fellow who once played ball me in Pittsburgh, brought hi: to Wrigley Field for a tryout. We had the bov work out with u four or five days. I was impressed 4th his hitting and suggested to the front, office that he be signed. The boy's dad wanted a bonus. The Cubs refused to give him cash so Walter Mueller took his boy to the Polo Grounds and Don Mueller d with the Giants." J. Buzzie Bavasi, Brooklyn Dodgers: "We signed Roberto Cle- nente two seasons ago tuny real-zing we would lose him but' we did it because we wanted to keep the Giants from getting him other reason. We knew the Giants after him so we gave $io.oco. w« got back $4,000 Pittsburgh drafted the boy. lost S6.000 but the Giants didn't get Charlie Gehringer. D e t Tigers: "Harvey Kuenn is a good bet to win the American League battine- title. If he can hang • the top or near it for another month, he'll be in an excellent spot. Harvey is a real good hitter, one of the best to come along in many years." REVIVAL The 1953 American Bowling Con- ;ress tournament at Fort Wayne March 26-June 4) is the first ABC tourney for Indiana since the 1936 •ent at Indianapolis. MT. MORRIS" GOLF TEAM, this vear. vesterdav ended Dixon' Carter Has Sore Throat; Fight Off IBC Searching for Prestige Bout for June 1 Opening NEW YORK (JP)— The In ternational Boxine club start ed a hurried search today for a prestige fight to substitute for the indefinitely postponed title bout between lightweight champion Jimmy Carter and Wallace (Bucu tmitn. be is-r"'inder. scheduled for the •ton Garden and network tele-ion June 1. was called off Mon-• night by manager Willie icnum. who said: The fight has been postponed indefinitely. I notified the IBC that fight. ny has a bad throat and can't No rower* "It started last Wednesday when fimmy returned from a newspa-leimen's luncheon in Boston to lis training camp in Summit X. J.i. He said he had a sore throat. I took him to a doctor Thurs-• and he gave Jimmy some licillin. He went to bed that day and stayed there on Friday hen he sot some more penicillin. "He laid off Saturday but boxed Sunday and looked bad. He boxed i Monday and looked w< I asked him what was the matter nd he said. -I haven't got trength. No power.'" Giants Try to Build Bench: Buy Gordon By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The New York Giants, trying to buiid up their bench in a bid to close in on the Brooklvn Dodgi have laid out a reported 525.000 to reclaim veteran slugger Sid G< don from Pittsburgh. Gordon's return to New , York after five years absence was < pleted in a straight cash deal Mon day. The slumping Philadelphia Phillies picked up left hander Bob Ku;ava from Baltimore for the 510.000 waiver price. Gordon, who started with thi Giants in 1941, probably will be used as a pmch-hitter. with pos sible fill-in shots at third base and the outfield. He has a" .2S6 lifetime batting average and 195 home runs for his 14-year career. Kuzava. the 32-year-old hero of New York Yankee' World Series victories, has an 0-1 record in relief this season. He was 2-6 for the Yanks and Baltimore last His departure made room for bonus pitcher Johnny Sv/ango on tne unoies roster. Old Timers Back In Batting Forni CLEVELAND tB— Vera (Junior! Stephens, who was considered washed up and released by the Baltimore Orioles last month, is showing the Chicago White Sox and the rest of the American League some or his old-time batting form In his last 10 at bats. Stephen; has cracked out seven hits and is iO-for-26 ( .355) since -the White Sox Signed him as a free agent. KANSAS CITY 1*1— There's ap parently plenty of baseball life left in old Country Slaughter. Slaughter, the 39-year-old out fielder the Athletics obtained from the Yankees two weeks ago. has collected 11 hits in 25 at bats for Kansas City for a .440 average. TWREE-I LEA On 1 ing the Dukes an S^~-~12 setback. It, was the first loss for the Dukes this season after seven straight wins. Numbered among their victims were Oregon, Rochelte and Sterlinc twice each and Rock Falls onc«. TS ADDITION, THE DFKES, who have one more dual match before the conference, have finished fourth in the district and won the THE CONFERENCE MEET PROMISES to be an interesting and tough meet this vear. The Duxes win oe tne iavomes dmi uetvaio. which vesterdav belted Rochelle in a return match after Rochelle had rapped the Barbs the week before, figure to be. in strong contention. to be rpckonrd with. The Hub*, i Dixon was ninncr np ta.«t year. mr. rovFF.u fate MATCH rets underwav *\ s.is \. m. Satur day and Courtney Nelson. Rochelle coach reported thi? morning that five members of the conference have sent in their entry lists along with Mendota which will send one player. Mines are aiso expeetea from two more schools. Alreadv signed up are Di.ton, DeKalb, Rock Fall*. Sterltnf and Rochrllc. Ottawa and Hall, who usually send full teams, are also expected. IT WILL BE AN 18-HOLE TOURNEY with five men entered from each school. The scores of the first four men from esrh school will be counted and the low team total will win the tournament. firs MrriHls will be presented to the first two tennis and to tne INDIVIDUALS WHO Ml ST BE CONSIDERED in the running for the medals are John Peterson and Utley Noble of Dixon. Rob Oman of RocheUe, Lou Priwtr of DeKalb and Dobb at Mendota. Indicate Strong Interest For Net Clinic Saturday Page 8 CHARLES HARE TELEGRAPH SPORTS Weekly Sports Menu VEONXS DAT DIXON M SteTlin*. Mv.'i X!fht. Plum Holic Bob Scheffine to Manage L. A. Club CHICAGO (*> — Bob Scheffing, former Chicago Cub catcher and more recently a coach. Monday was named manager of the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. The Cubs named Scheffing as manager of their west Coast farm club to replace Bill Sweeney, who is resigning because of ill health. Manager Stan Hack of the Cubs announced that Ray Hay-worth former major league catcher and now a scout with the Cubs would replace Scheffing. Scheffing. 40, played with the Cubs from 1941 to 1950 before he was traded to Cincinnati. He ended his playing days in 1951 with the St. Louis Browns. Can Take It Easy CHICAGO Relief pitcher Hal Jeff coat of the Chicago Cubs can take it easy. He's already equalled his victory output of 1954. Jeffcoat won five games without a de feat this year. In 1954, the converted outfielder finished with a •on-lost record. AMERICAN" ASSOCIATION JOaswpolii *i Denver < do laalaft)« _ Tuesday, May 24, 1955 Mounders Hand Dixon Golfers First Loss of Season, 8i-7i Mt. Morris, showing strength in the middle, handed the Dixon high school golf team its first duel loss of the season nere Monday oy scoring a narrow B-yo-rv? victory. jonn Peterson ot uixon urea a neat 39 to pace the Dukes and take medal honors, and Utley Noble beat a faltering Dick Zickuhr of Mt. Morris to give the Dukes four points. But Mt. Morris either won or split the remaining eight matches to-claim the victor}'. The Dukes wind up their duel match season here Friday against Rock Falls. Saturday they enter the North Central Illinois conference tournament at Rochelle. The summary: Barbs Avenge Earlier Loss; Top Hubs, 14-6 DEKALB —(Special)— DeKalb gained revenge on its home course back last week when the Barbs dealt the Rochelle Hubs a ■6 defeat in a triangular match re Monday. Rochelle ' gained some consolation in defeating Syc- more. 15l-2-4ife. DeKalb made a lean sweep by beating Svcamore, Ron Orman of Rochelle and Lou Pnw-er of DeKalb both fired 41-38— 79 to tie for medai honors but Prhver won match points for . Laiitl (S) 50-3O— HTOH SCHOOL BASEBA1X SECTtONAI. KATOfTS four of them by knockouts. The solidly built, 25-year-old St. Louis Negro stopped jolting Joey Miceli of New York in 2:41 of the first round on three knockdowns Monday night to chalk up his fourth successive kayo. "No more fooling around for me." said Akins. "I got a chance to go places now and I'm going to keep in shape. That's the reason I'm going good now— clean living "We're going to offer the winner of the Basilio-DeMarco title fight a $40,000 guarantee to fight Virgil in St. Louis," said Manager Eddie Yawitr. "There's a St. Louis syndicate ready to put up the money." Yawitz declined to name the syndicate members. Welterweight champion Tony DeMarco defends his crown against Carmen Basilio In Syracuse, June 10. Tickets for Dinner Still Available Mary Hard wick, Charles Hare to Give Instructions Strong interest has been Indicated in the Dixon Evening Telegraph sponsored tennis clinic featuring Charles Hare, former English Davis Cup captain, and his wife, the former Mary Hardwick, well known woman professional. The clinic will be held at the South Side courts. Approximately 100 tickets for the dinner have been sold, according tn Phi! Smith, who is in charge of the program. Tickets, however. are still available and will be on sale through Wednesday. They may be purchased from Smith 1 4-8941) or George Covert (3-4503'. A change has been made in the exhibition doubles match. Don Carter of Rockfoid. originally scheduled to join Covert in a match with Hare and Miss Hardwick. will not be able to attend. Bud Lair. 1954 city champion is expected to take Carter s place. Extra Match A match in which two of Dixon's younger players, probably Henry Utley and Joe Cushing. would compete in a short exhibition with the ■visiting players, is a possibility. The program will start at 3 p.m. with a clinic and instruction open to anyone who brines a racket, one tennis ball and wears tennis At 4 p.m. Hare and his wife will play an exhibition singles match with the doubles following. In doubles. Miss Hardwick will team with one local player and Hare ill team with the other. The tennis dinner is set for T p.m. at the Loveland Community building and ft film of the 1954 vis Cup matches will be showTi about 8 p.m. Williams Belts Homer in First Start of Year BOSTON (* — Ted Williams srved notice on American League pitchers that he has lost none of the tremendous power which places him among baseball's all- me tutting greats. The 36-year-old Boston .slugger. making his first competitive appearance of the season, belted a 395-foot home run into the right field seats Monday night as th? Red Sox defeated the New Tori. Giants 4-3 in an exhibition game called at the end of 6V3 innings. "It's good to get started again," said Williams after retiring from the game following his leadoff homer in the last of the third inning. 400 Foot Drire Williams received a tremendous ovation from the crow-d of 24.328 as he went to the plate in a pre-game home run hitting contest. Allowed five hits into fair territory, Ted failed to connect for thi distance until the 15th pitch. Then he unloaded a 400-foot drive into the right field stands. He followed on the next pitch with a 375-foot blast into the same sector. On his first trip to bat. Williams took three straight outside pitches for balls from righthander Paul Giel. the Giants' $50,000 bonus hurler from the University of Minnesota. He swung on the 3-0 pitch and filed high to deep short. Williams handled himself flawlessly in the field as he grabbed three soft fly balls for putouts. Akins Floors Miceli Three Times in 1st forTKO Win NEW YORK (3*— Virgil Akins. a one-time in-and-out fighter, is tak ing dead aim on the welterweight title now that he has five straight A left hook to the body started Miceli on the way out midway in the first round of the network television tilt at St. Nicholas Arena. The hook doubled over Joey and a jarring right and left to the- jaw dropped him. He staggered up at five and after referee Ray Miller tolled the automatic eight count, Akins decked Miceli again with' another right and left to the jaw. Miceli bounded up immediately and was given another eight count. Then Akins knocked him down for the third time with a right to the Under New York rules three clean knockdowns in one round means you're out. A 17-10 favorite. Akins weighed 145 to Miceli'* 143%. Ni ARCHIVE® EWSPAPER

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