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•*•• BLYTHEVEXK (ARK.) COURIER HBWg Red Sox Must Make Move Now They Have Big Home Stand Next The next 30 days should decide the fate of Boston in the 1954 American League race. Will the Red Sox bloom in second division? After a horrible spring of injuries and bad weather forced Lou Boudreau to go with a make-do lineup that didn't the new month finds the Rec Sox settling in for an 18-game home stand in friendly Fen way Park. They own a three-game winning streak for the first time this season. Tfeey f v« gotten route-going performances from their pitcher, 3fl two of their last three contests. And Ted Williams is due to start bustin' out all over after being back in. action for two weeks. M Games Back If the Red Sox can't move now there isn't much hope they will after the midway point since the first division teams already have a good jump. Boston is IMz games out of first place. Boston was the only club in either league to sweep a -Memorial Day double-header yesterday. They buried -Philadelphia 20-10 in the highest scoring display of the league season, then mopped up 9-0 in the nightcap. The Cleveland Indians stayed a game ahead of the Chicago White SOK HI first place by whipping the "White Sox 6-3 on Jim Hegan's eighth-killing home run after losing 6-4 as Bob Keegan posted his seventh vkrtory in eight decisions. Sens Split Washington's Senators, who cause the New York Yankees more trouble than an investigating committee, beat the world champions 1-0 on Johnny Schmitz' three-hitter. Then they pushed the second #a-me into extra innings before bowing 7-6 in 10. Spec Shea forced home 8ie winning run with a bases- loatJed walk. Defa-oit rallied ki the ainth for 'a 7-5 victory at Baltimore, then lost 4-2 to the Orioles. Jn tbe National League, rain wasbed out Cincinnati's doubleheader tfoe first-place Milwaukee Braves and cut the Chicago- 9t. Loute twin biH to a single seven inoflBG: contest won by the Cubs 14-4 on six home runs, two by Hank Sa-aer. Hodg«B Connects B*oo*%i beat Philadelphia 5-4 on Gil Jitodges' 12th-inning home run in a single game. Pittsburgh spfit with the New York Giants, winning 4-3 after losing on three hits to Ruben Gomez 4-0. Ifce only significant shift in the standings came in the American League. Boston moved from seventh to sixth and Baltimore from eighth to seventh as Phlla- de^phia dropped to last. •Hie Red Sox' big day cniluded 27 hits, five of them home runs. Milt Boiling hit two. Williams, Jim Piersall and Harry Agganis got one each. BiH Henry scattered seven bits in the second-game shutout, his third complete game of the year. Casey Booted A bunt, an error, an infield out Avila's Hitting Sparks Indians Stnor Hat Bttn Rtd Hot with tht Stick in Best Ytar NEW YORK (JP)—The steady hitting of Bobby Avila has been one of the prime factors in the success of the first place Cleveland Indians this season. The Mexican, second baseman's sizzling stickwork gives him the top spot in the American League batting race today with a .388 average, 27 points ahead of teammate Al Rosen. In five seasons with the Tribe Avila has compiled a .297 lifetime batting mirk, but now he seems headed for his best campaign. Avila who will celebrate his 28th birthday June 7, boosted his average six points last week. He collected 12 hits in 29 trips, including five doubles and a homer. Runnerup Rosen is batting .361 and is the league leader in both hom|: runs with 13 and RBI's with 49. Rookie Bill Tuttle of the Tigers ranks third at .343. Figures include Monday's games. The National League hitting race is nip and tuck with Stan Musial of the Cardinals holding a one- point edge over teammate Ray Jablonski. Musial, seeking his seventh batting title, gained 15 points and is swinging at a .374 clip. Jablonski, last week's .pace-setter, has a .373 mark and Don Meuller of the Giants is third, at .365. . Musial has the most runs batted in, 52, while Hank Sauer of the Cubs heads the home run department with 16. Tommy Holmes, Elmira's new manager in the Eastern (baseball) League, was a bag punching expert before his high school days. It helped his timing as a hitter. and Mickey Vernon's single produced the one run Washington needed to beat New York in the opener. Casey Stengel argued the bunt hit batter Eddie Yost's cap and got tossed out of the game for his vigorous protests. Baltimore outhit Detroit 14-9 in the first game but left 15 runners tranded. Three runs in the ninth gave the Tigers the decision. In the nightcap Vern Stephens' homeland triples by Jim Fridley and Sam Mele helped counteract 11 strikeouts by the Tigers' Billy Hoeffc. The White Sox ended Cleveland's 4-game home winning streak in the Curtain raiser with the help )f two-run homers by Minnie Minoso and Ferris Fain. Hegan's home run broke a 3-3 tie in the second game and the Indians added two more in the same inning. Snider's Catch Ahead 3-1, the Dodgers suddenly ound themselves trailing by one un in the eighth at Philadelphia when Smoky Burgess smashed a pinch-hit home Kin with two aboard. Brooklyn tied it in the ninth after George Shuba doubled. The Phils threatened in the 12th after Hodges had given Brooklyn he lead, putting two aboard after wo out. But Duke Snider raced up the center field wall and hauled lown Willie Jones' tremendous drive for the final out. Willie Mays of the Giants con- inued his hitting spree with his 4th home run in the first game at Pittsburgh. The lowly Pirates lopped on Hoyt Wilhelm for four ingles in the ninth inning of the econd game for the two runs they needed to gain the split. Complete Little Loop Schedule JIUM 1 Rotary at Lions 2 Kiwanis at Jayceei 3 Legion at Shrine 8 Jaycees at Legion 9 Shrine at Rotary 10 Lions Club at Kiwani* 15 Lions at Jaycees 16 Kiwanis at Shrin* 17 Rotary at Legion 22 Rotary at Kiwank 23 Lions at Legion 24 Jaycees at Shrine 29 Legion at Kiwanis 30 Jaycees at Rotary July 1 Shrine at Lions Club SECOND ROUND July 6 Shrine at Legion 7 Lions at Rotary 8 Jaycees at Kiwanis 13 Kiwanis at Lions 14 Legion at Jaycees 15 Rotary at Shrine 20 Legion at Rotary 21 Jaycees at Lions 22 Shrine at Kiwanis i 27 Shrine at Jaycees 28 Kiwanis at Rotary 29 Legion at Lions Aug 3 Lions at Shrine 4 Kiwanis at Legion 5 Rotary at Jaycees THIRD ROUND Aug 10 Kiwanis at Jaycees 11 Legion at Shrine 12 Rotary at Lions 17 Shrine at Rotary 18 Lions at Kiwanis 19 Jaycees at Legion 24 Kiwanis at Shrine 25 Rotary at Legion 26 Lions at Jaycees 31 Lions at Legino Sept 1 Jaycees at Shrine 2 Rotary at Kiwanis 7 Jaycees at Rotary 8 Shrine at Lions 9 Legion at Kiwanis Maior League Leaders National League Batting — Musial, St. Louis. 374; Jablonski. St. Louis, .373; Mueller, New York, .365: Hamner, Philadelphia, .363; Snider, Brook- yn, .356. Runs batted in — Musial. St. -ouis, 52; Jablonski, St. Louis, 44; auer, Chicago and Ennis, Philadelphia. 42; Kluszewski, Cincinnati, 39. Home runs — Sauer, Chicago, 16; Mays, New York and Musial, St. Louis, 14; Kluszewski, Cincinnati and Hodges. Brooklyn, 13. Stolen bases — Bruton, Milwaukee, 10 ;Fondy, Chicago and Temple, Cincinnati, 8 ;Moon, St. Louis, 6: Robinson, Brooklyn, 5. Pitching — Raschi, St. Louis, 5-0, 1.000; Fowler, Cincinnati, 4-0, 1.000; Podres, Brooklyn, 5-1, .833; Conley, Milwaukee, 4-1, .800; Antonelli, New York, 6-2. .750. Strikeouts — Haddic, St. Louis, 62; Roberts, Philadelphia, 59; Spahn. Milwaukee, 52; Antonelli, New York, 43; Maglie, New York, 41. American League Batting — Avila .Cleveland, .388; No 54 Turf Champion in Sight By ORLO ROBERTSON (For Gayle Talbot) NEW YORK (AP) — The experts who annually select the 1954 turf champions are going to have to do a lot of head scratching this year unless some horse manages right soon to put together a respectable winning streak. Of course June 1 is a little too early to start nominating 2-year- olds for honors but usually by this time the situation in the 3-year-old and handicap divisions is pretty •well settled. It was last year with Native Dancer dominating the 3- year-old division and Tom Fool bossing the handicap aces. Sore Tootsie The grey Dancer figured to have his way this year in the handicap class but right now he is on the sidelines nursing a sore tootsie. Just when he'll return to the races not even owner Alf Vanderbilt or trainer Bill Winfrey can say. Win- fsey Bays not even the vets have been able to find out what is hurting him. And with Vanderbilt's big grey absent, the other members of the division have been beating each other almost with every shift in weights. Straight Face has a claim to the title off his victory in yesterday's Suburban at Belmont Park, TAKE IT HOME! j Fritd $100 CHICKEN ........ I Raiorbock Orivt-ln after being nosed out by the Dancer in the mile of the Metropolitan Handicap two weeks ago. Gets Whipped Imbros looked like he was going somewhere on the West Coast for Andy Crevolin, but he has been whipped in his last three starts. Royal Vale, who offered Tom Fool an argument a couple of times last year, hasn't raced anywhere near his 1953 form. And so it goes right down the line. Native Dancer can save the experts a lot of brain work if he gets back to work shortly. The Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct on July 10 offers the next big opportunity for the grey to show he's still boss. The 3-year-olds are in just as much trouble. Right now Determine has the inside track off six straight stake victories on the West Coast WE BUY USED FURNITURE PHONE 3-3122 Wade Furn. Co and a surprise triumph in the Kentucky Derby. But Crevolin's little grey headed back West after his Derby conquest and unless his owner decides to ship him East again, he may lose face. Especially should Porterhouse live up to his reputation as the 2- year-old champ of 1953. ATTENTION Car & Truck Owners: Tailored Seat Covers, Woven plastic $50 val 24.50 Truck seat covers Installed 4.95 Door Panels, Covered 3.50 Head Liners 15.00 Convertible tops .... 39.95 SMITH MATTRESS & UPHOLSTERY CO. Ph. 3-4291 80. Hiwfty <1 TODAY'S BATTERIES — James Marshall (right) figured to open on the hill for the Lions Club today with Lewis Mathis behind the plate for the defending Little League champs in the league's opening game. At upper right, Jerry Coleman, Rotary catcher, is flanked by Tommy Smith (left) and Curtis Branscum, one of whom was due to get the starting mound assignment today. (Courier News Photos) 7"/ie Unbelievable Musial —/ Musial: A Big Man Off to a Big Start By JOE REICIILER NEW YORK (AP) — Unquestionably the greatest but least colorful all-around player in baseball is Stanley Frank Musial of Donora, Pa., and the St. Louis Cardinals. This extraordinary hitter, superb outfielder, speedy base-runner and remarkable team player has, in a dozen seasons, established himself as one of the all-time greats of the diamond. Musial hasn't any of "the color that marks a Ted Williams, a Babe Ruth, a Leo Durocher or a Rogers Hornsby. His color is only his crisp, machine-like rocket hitting, his efficient fielding, his keen judgement on the basepaths, his determined slides. May be Greatest Now in his 34th year, with six batting championships and three most valuable player awards behind him, "Stash," as he is known to his friends and teammates, gives promise of enjoying what may be his greatest of all seasons. Certainly Musial is off to the finest start of his career with the possible exception of 1948 when he led the league in every offensive department except home runs and reached his batting high water mark of .376. Through the first six weekjs of 1954, Stan compiled a .370 batting average and was out front in home runs, runs batted in and total bases. "I'm Ashamed . . •" Stan's tremendous feat of smashing five home runs in a double header against the Giants on May 2 gave him a record not even Rosen, Cleveland, .361: Tuttle, Detroit, .343; Fain, Chicago, .333; Minoso. Chicago and Stephens, Baltimore, .327. Runs batted in — Rosen, Cleveland, 49; Minoso, Chicago, 43; Fain. Chicago and Sievers, Washington, 31; Berra, New York, 30. Home runs — Rosen, Cleveland, 13; Mantle, New York. Zernial, Philadelphia and Vernon. Washington, 9; Minoso, Chicago and Sievers, Washington. 8. Stolen bases — Jensen, Boston and Rivera, Chicago. 6: Fox and Minoso, Chicago, 5; Fain and Michaels, Chicago and Kaline, Detroit, 4. Pitching — Consuegra, Chicago, 5-0, 1.000; Morgan, New York, 30, 1.000: Keegan, Chicago and Lemon, Cleveland. 7-1, .875; Lopat and Reynolds, New* York, 5-1. .833. Strikeouts — Turley, Baltimore, 70; Pierce. Chicago, 60: Hoeft, Detroit, 48; Trucks, Chicago. 47: Garcia. Cleveland and Gromek, Detroit, 39. BARGAINS -For You- Piper Sweeps SATISFACTION GUARANTEED Size Price 4 inch $ .60 6 inch 65 8 inch 75 10 inch 85 12 inch 1.00 14 inch 1.25 16 inch 1.50 Used Tractors & Cultivators as low as $175.00 Master Lawn Mowers as low as $69.00 SNOW TRACTOR CO. 112 N. Franklin Street Phone POplar 3-8951 achieved by such sluggers as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmy Fox. It was after this performance that first baseman Tom Alston, rookie teammate of Stan's, remarked wistfully: "Every time I see him hit I'm ashamed to take a bat to the plate." "A Man Apart" Alvin Dark, star shortstop and captain of the Giants, a pretty fail 1 hitter in his own rights, calls Musial the greatest hitter he ever saw. "Musial is a man apart," he said. "He's in one sphere, the rest of us are in another. While we're striving like the dickens to reach .350, his main concern is whether he'll top .350 or not." Musial, an $85,000-a-year performer, is without pretense or il- rather talk about his family and restaurant business than his feats with a bat"learn Man" Musial already is a couple of hundred hits past the 2,000 hit mark, has scored over 1,300 runs and has driven in nearly 1,200. He has the most singles, doubles, triples, runs and total bases of any active player. He is crowding the 300 homer mark. In the field, he is equally adept at first base as in left, center or right field. If he wins the batting title again he will be even with Rogers Hornsby and one behind Honus Wagner, usually accepted as the greatest player in national history. "That's the last thing Musial thinks about, leading the league in hitting, said Eddie Stanky, the Cardinal manager. "Stan is a team player." Vukovich Pit Crew Deserves Share of Credit in 500 Win BURGESS By DALE INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Without taking any credit from a great driver in Bill Vukovich's second straight 500-mile auto race victory yesterday, the cold statistics show that his pit crew deserves a big chunk of cash when the purse is distributed tonight. Jack McGrath, who holds the Indianopolis Motor Speedway qualifying record, set out to run off the field like Vukovitch did last year. He was screaming around the track at an almost impossible 140 miles an hour early in the contest. McGrath Third Vukovitch won and McGrath finished in third place behind hard- driving Jimmy Bryan of Phoenix. Vukovitch was 1:09.59 ahead of Ryan and 1:57 ahead of McGrath. Vukovitch had made two pit stops for fuel and tires and his crew got him back on the track with a total loss of 1:42. Bryan had to make three stops and last 2:04. McGrath stopped three and lost 3:39, including once when his engine stalled. Even Foster? Fresno Friends of the short dark, and un talkative 'fukovitch probably will contend, with considerable reason that if Vukovitch hadn't held a full lap lead over Bryan late in the race, he would have been pushing his fuel injector special even faster than his new record of 130.840 m. p. h. He certainly wasn't loafing after starting in 19th place. McGrath, from South Pasadena Calif., had a phenominal average speed of 139.860 for the first 50 miles and Bryan was hardly a car length behind him at that point. McGrath reported later he was forced to aba ndon the torrid pace because o magneto trouble. He said he wa faced with the choice of spending time in the pit while the part wa*. changed or giving up the all-ou speed. Accidents Slow Things Vukovitch got ahead of Bryan during one of the latter's pit stop; and stayed in front till the end. Jimmy Daywalt, later involved in a spectacular accident, led 8 lap McGrath, 53; Bryan, 45; Sam Hanks, Burbank, Calif., 1; and Ar Cross, La Porte, Ind., runner-up to Vukovitch last year, 2. Daywalt hit the northwest wall 11 laps past the midway point" o the race, and bounced off into Jim Rathmann's car, in which Pat Flaherty of Glendale, Calif., was driving relief. Neither driver was hur but the yellow "slow down" ligh was on 12 minutes. Other accidents slowed the race a total of 21 minutes and 9 seconds but still failed to prevent the firs three finishers from breaking Troy Ruttman's 1952 record speed of 128.922 m. p. h. No one was hurt. Pitcher Joe Presko of the St Louis Cardinals never played on an organized baseball team until his senior year in high school. OLDS MOBILE "88" 2-Dr.S«donJ Delivered locally; state and local tax«s extra. That's right! For a surprisingly low pric«, you can own this future-styled, future* powered 1954 "Racket" Engint Oldsmobile! Makt a dot* to »*• and drive it —today! Your price depends upon choice of model and body style, optional «qoipm«nt and accessories. Prices may vary slightly in adjoining communities because of shipping charges. All prices subject to change without notice. Check our budget terms! YOUR OLDSMOBILI DEALER TODAYI —— HORNER-WILSON MOTOR CO.—309 E. Main St. Says Perez Has A Lot to Learn That's Verdict from Oldtime Champion Johnny Kilbane NEW YORK UP!—Johnny Kilbane, featherweight champ from 1912 to 1923, rates Lulu Perez, current contender, "a very good boy who still has a lot to learn." Grey-haired Johnny, now 65, watched the flashy Brooklyn kid easily whip Cleveland's Mickey Mars last night on a unanimous decision after 10 fast rounds at St. Nicholas Arena. "Both Lulu and Mars had better learn how to move," said Kilbane. "They're both too easy to hit. The only way to beat Perez is by leading." In Camp Friday Perez goes to training camp Friday to get ready for his 12-round elimination bout with Percy Bassett June 25 at Madison Square Garden. The winner has been promised a title shot at champion Sandy Saddler in the fall. As Perez had been out of action for three months, due to a glandular condition, since he stopped ex- champ Willie Pep in two rounds, Feb. 26, his handlers were more than satisfied. Lulu breezed home as a 3-1 favorite should, 10-0 gn the card of referee Barney Felix, 9-1 from Judge Americo Schiavone and 8-2 from Judge Harold Barnes. He floored Mars with a solid right in the fifth round, staggered him in the first, third, eighth and tenth. Mickey Vernon, 36, American League batting champ, is the oldest player on the Washington Senators. Cards Find Gopher Ball And They Serve 'Em Up by Bushel CHICAGO UP) — St. Louis Cardinal pitchers must have found the secret of the gopher ball-they're served up 55 so far this season. The slugging Chicago Cubs, in. a rain-shortened game yesterday, found the range for six of those home runs just two short of matching a major league record set by the New York Yankees in a single game in 1939. The final score was 14-4. But the Cubs only played seven innings when the rains came. The second game of the scheduled doublehea'der was washed out. Hank Sauer collected two homers, bringing his total to 16, Ernie Banks, pitcher Paul Minner, Bill Serena and Randy Jackson also banged out home runs for the Cubs. It brought the Cubs' total to 61 in 42 games. Rookie Bill Gleason, 27-year-old righthander brought up from Columbus to help the Cardinal pitching staff, got off on the right foot as far as homers go by serving up three in his major league debut. Reliefer Cot Deal was nicked for the other three. The Cardinals, in their 44 games have collected 46 homers off opposing pitchers. Southpaw Minner bagged his 5th win against two defeats as he gave up eight hits, including a two-run home run by Ray Jablonski in the third. The Cubs packed three of their homers and a double into a seven run fourth inning. The receipts of 5113,242 from the 1954 Minnesota high school basketball tournament were a new high for the state. A Sign Your Life is in You're driving on a dark-surfaced highway. The sky becomes overcast. It begins to rain. Traffic bunches up. You strain to see. "Slippery" warnings keep you tense. Then—suddenly you pass onto light-colored concrete. What a relief! Traffic moves out. No "slippery" signs. You know you're on a safer pavement. Yes, the difference between a sickening swerve and a safe, quick stop often is the pavement. Concrete grips tires— helps you avoid accidents. Wet or dry, its gritty texture provides uniformly high skid resistance. Remember, no driver expects trouble but if it comes your chances are much better on concrete pavement. PORTLAND CEMENT ASSOCIATION 91* Polli IMfl., M«mphii 3, T«nn. A national organization to improve and extend lh« me* of portiand c«m«nt and concrete through scientific research and engineering field work CONCRETE COOPERATE WITH YOUR TIRIS AND BRAKfS

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