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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 1954 Winter League Curse Is Tough on Bob Buhl Bv BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Bob Buhl's efforts to duplicate his fine first year with the Milwaukee Braves appear to be stymied by the curse of the winter leagues. A pleasant surprise as a freshman, a terror in Puerto Rico during'the off season, the tall, fast-balling right-hander hasn't been able to buy a victory this spring. He lost his fourth straight lastf night, 2-0 to Brooklyn, as the Dodgers continued their 1953 habit of being the only visiting club to win regularly in Milwaukee. The defeat cut the "Braves' first-place margin to four percentage points over Brooklyn. 13-* Last Year Buhl came out of the minors and the Army last year to post a 13-8 record with the relocated Braves. During the winter he blazed through Caribbean competition to the tune of 14 and 3. Came the major league spring training and Buhl was so far ahead Ex-Champ Carter P jn f Bluf t, ri , A TUT -n To Leave CSL? On TV Tonight He Fights Riley In St. Louis and Is Liked by 3-1 of the batters they couldn't get] champion Jimmy ST. LOUIS <7P) — Ex-lightweight Judges Have Been Hit Hard at BO their bats off their shoulders fast enough to get a loud foul. No More Magic But with the start, of the regular season his magic disappeared. He hasn't been bad, but just not good enough. He has started seven games and has been lifted every time. The Milwaukee-Brooklyn game was the only action in the National League yesterday as rain brought postponements of St. Louis at Chicago and New York at Pittsburgh. In the American League Philadelphia walloped Boston 16-6, New York defeated Washington 9-3 and Detroit edged Baltimore 4-3. Baltimore fell to last place. Cox Scores Billy Cox scored the two Brooklyn runs. He walked in the third inning and moved around on a sacrifice by Russ Meyer and a single by Pee Wee Reese. In the fifth he singled, was again moved to second by Meyer and scored on''a single by Junior Gilliam. Just when the Red Sox thought they were set to go places with a three-game winning streak the lowly Philadelphia Athletics became aroused and battered the Bostonians all over eFnway Park. Gus Zernial hit his 10th and llth homers and drove in six runs. Bob Trice joined in the fun with a home run and double in winning his fifth game. Grim Delivers Bob Grim, the only rookie pitcher to stick with the Yankees this season, held Washington h i 11 e s s tfcrougn thel ast five innings and •cored his fifth success. Hank Bauer had a perfect afternoon, col- Sauer had a perfect afternoon, col' lecting three walks, a home run and a single and driving in four runs. Carter of New York rules a 3-1 favorite to take the measure of Chillin's Charley j received "enough"financiaT backing Riley in their scheduled 10-round j to operat e for about two more PINE BLUFF, Ark., June 2 Of) — The Pine Bluff Judges, hard hit at the boxoifice. might have to give up their Class C Cotton States League franchise in the near future. A member of the club's Board of Directors, who asked that his name not be used, said the Judges have bout at the St. Louis Arena tonight. Carter is expected to weigh 135 pounds and Riley, 131. The former champion is primed for the fight. He came here after five weeks of training in San'Fran- cisco for what he though was a return shot at the lightweight crown with Paddy DeMarco. DeMarco's illness forced a postponement and Carter agreed to meet Riley here instead. The CBS telecast for 9 p. m., EST. is scheduled weeks. The board voted Monday night to disband unless sufficient capital could be raised or attendance picked up to see the club through the remainder of the 1954 season. Emmett Hardy of Greenville. Miss., president of the league Who was here for the Greenville-Pine Bluff game last night, told newsmen that should Pine Bluff give up be two of the its franchise there would possibilities for the rest league. He said those two alternatives would be for the remainder of the m , „ ,, ., , _, six-team league to disband along The 31-year-old Riley. who turned with pine Bluffj or for the Judges . professional as a featherweight m j franc hise be transferred to another 1944. has fought four world champions during his career but has been finding the competition tough lately. In his iast outing, the veteran St. Louis slugger lost a decision to Dax r ey Moore of Chicago. Carter, during his reign as lightweight champion, lost his title to Lauro Salas but won it back and defended it successfully six times before DeMarco beat him on a decision last winter. Th 30-year-old Carter has 26 knockouts to his credit while Riley has scored 34. cityy — perhaps Vicksburg. Miss. Other clubs in the league are Meridian, Greenville. Monroe, La., Hot Springs and El Dorado, Ark. Six American League teams will use their lights, if necessary, to complete Sunday games this season. Only New York and Chicago have refrained. Vic Michalson. freshman crew coach at Syracuse University, was Bell Takes 36-16 Victory Things sort of busted open in the fourth inning of a Men's Softball League game yesterday. Wards and Southwestern Bell were going- along with Wards leading 9-1 when the Bell Ringers came to bat in Che fourth. Before the dust had settled. Bell had sent 20 men parading to the plate and had scored 15 runs. They scored another 15 in the top of the seventh and coasted in to &-36-16 victory. LITTLE LEAGUE OPENS — Pre-game festivities opening the 1954 Little League season at Federal Compress Field yesterday pitted the pitching of Mayor E. R. Jackson and the catching of J. S. Manly, chairman of the Blytheville Baseball League Council, against the batting of Little League president Fred S. Saliba. (P.S.—Mr. Saliba got his hit on the second try — a blooper to right field. (Courier News Photo) The Unbelievable Musial —// 'To be a Hitter, You Must Have Mental Speed, Quick Reflexes By JOE REICHLER NEW. YORK (AP) — Stan Musial just can't understand why people persist on asking him whether he has any ambitions to win the home run championship this year. The St. Louis Cardinal slugger admits he is hitting home runs at a more furious clip than ever before but he insists most of his four-baggers are "accidents" and by nature he is Jackie Jensen of the Boston Red the skipper of a PT boat in the j Sox has a most appropriate hobby South Pacific during World War II. ! for an outfielder. It's gardening. Cockell to Case Rock's Next Tiff LONDON (AP) — Don Cockell, British heavyweight champion who makes a specialty of defeating Americans, flies to New York in two weeks to scout the Rocky Marciano-Ezzard Charles fight but he hopes it won't be the last he'll see of Rocky in a fight ring. Most sensible men wouldn't be caught dead in a ring with Marciano. He's Eager But after has successes against •Roland LaStarza in March and against Harry Matthews last night, Cockell is eager to take a shot at the world heavyweight crown. Last night's victory was more impressive than the Briton's split decision over Matthews last August in Seattle. Cockell did himself and his Marciano project a lot of good in taking last night's 10-round decision from Matthews. Drew Warning: The onetime Battersea • blacksmith was awarded the decision by Referee Jack Hart despite three low blows and a warning lor hitting with his eloows. The referee is the only official in Britain. Practically everyone agreed Cock- ell won .with a distinct but not an overwhelming edge. The Associated Press score card had the Briton winning five rounds, Matthews four and one even. Midway of the scrap, Cockell. who weighed 21Q 1 ; to Matthews' 180'2. switched his attack from the American's body to his head and scored effectively. But Matthews j finished stronger and toward the end Cockells' blows began to stray below the belt line. Just as he did against La Starza, the British champion used his bulk j to perfection. Matthews often was! rocked back, not by Cockell's j puncb.es, but by the Briton's bull- like rushes. Sports Roundup — That N.L Race strictly a singles hitter. "I'm no home run hitter," he protested. "I leave the long ball hitting to Ralph Kiner and Eddie Mathews. I'm just a li'l old singles hitter. Besides, I'll take four singles to one home run any day in the week. I don't mean to say that i'll refuse the home run championship if I should win it. But I certainly have no intention of trying for it." No Humbug: There is no humbug in Musial and no false modesty. "Whenever I try to hit the long ball, I never do,'' he said. "You iust have to go back several years to see what I me^n. I hit 39 home runs in 1948 without trying to hit even one. I finished that season only one behind Kiner and Johnny Mize who tied for the league lead. So I deliberately went for the fences the next year. Not only did I stop hitting homers, I also stopped hitting singles. That's when I quit trying to become a slugger. He Tried "I haven't tried for a home run since—except on two occasions. That was last May 2 when I hit those five homers in a doubleheader against the Giants. After I hit my fourth, the announcer informed the crowd I'd just tied a record. Until then I hadn't been paying attention to my homers. I'd just met the ball solidly four times and each went for the distance. "I made up my mind to get that fifth one. Hoyt Wilhelm was pitching. He threw me a knuckler and —oh boy!—that fifth one was the best of all. It went all the way over the roof in right center. I had a chance to get a sixth one but I overswung and raised a puny little pop." Mental Speed What does it take to make a great hitter, Musial was asked. What are the fundamentals a young hitter should follow? "I believe there's one thing about the game's great hitters on which writers haven't placed sufficient stress/' he replied. "That's the batter's reflexes and speed of his mental reactions. "I think the real secret of a great hitter's success is the speed of his reflexes. By that I mean the ability of a batter, who has set him- Banding Plan Is to Expand Arkansas Included In Larger Program Washington UP)—Secretary- of the Interior McKay said yesterday that Fish and w'ild life Service and other conservation agencies from 12 states will join forces this summer in expanding waterfowl banding operations in Canada. McKay said it was the first time states have participated in a cooperative wildlife program. Participants are: Colorado. Oklahoma, Wyoming, New York, Missouri, Michigan, Louisiana, Arkansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Wildlife workers from these states are scheduled to go to Canada early in July to meet representatives of the Fish and Wildlife Service and Provencial Wildlife Agencies to form banding crews. McKay said the crews then will work for a period of six to eight weeks in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatachewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador. One of the prime purposes of banding legs of wild ducks, geese and coots will be to determine distribution from the water fowl production areas, McKay said. No Hopped-Up Baseball-Giles National League President Answers Stanley's Complaint NEWARK, Ohio (/P) — Warren Giles, president of the National League, says this year's baseball is nor more lively than models of the past 12 years. He gave his answer to the 1954 version of the perennial question regarding "souped-up" baseballs last night at a meeting of a local sports club. This year's argument that baseballs now are being manufactured with materials that make it easier to belt them was voiced by Eddie Stanky, fiery manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Stanky—a little guy, himself— recently complained this year's balls have been juiced up and "little guys" are belting frequent homers. Said Giles: "No changes have been made in major league baseballs for the last 12 years." He said the only basis for claims that they have been made more lively might be an "improvement of materials." Stanky said he doesn't' like the game played with a lively ball. But that's "no sour grapes," he second baseman, shortstop and cen- said, because his team led the terfielder. So why hit to the other j National League with 42 homers in Lions Open Title Defense with Win By J. P. FKIEND The Lions Club got away to a good start in defense of their Little League championship by edging a stubborn Rotary Club outfit, 6-4, yesterday as the 1954 season got under \vay ; team's strength?" its first 33 games this season. It vuas a far different story this time in contrast to the opener last year. With freckled Curt Branscum matching the Lions Club ace, Jimmy Marshall, the Rotes gave the champs a genuine scare and with a tighter defense easily could have come home out in front. Marshall and Branscum pitched in mid-season from. Exhibiting a blazing fast ball and plunked one batsman. Curt held the winners to five hits but issued two walks and hit three. His own faulty fielding and a mental lapse helped to offset some fine work on the mound. For the first two innings it was a scoreless duel and the extra large crowd was beginning to wonder if one run would be plenty scoring, based on the way the two youngsters were fogging it past the batters. Huey Scores Marshall was well on his way to bettering the record of eight straight strikeouts with six when the spell and the scoring famine was broken. With two down in the top of the third Ron Huey teed off an a changeup oved Danny Morris' head in left field. The short stop kept on ploughing around third and made it safely when Jimmy Killett bobbled the throw long enough for him to cross the plate. The Lions roared back with the tying tally after two had been retired on strikes. Frank Alford drew a pass and scampered to third when Huey took Hill's slow bounder and threw it well over Jimmy Stilwell's head. Killett also walked to fill the bases. Marshall hit a blistar to the mound which Branscum fielded like a major leaguer. Evidently he lost count of the outs. Instead of making the easy play at first to take him out,of the inning he hesitated, then wheeled and threw late to the plate. Alford already was over. The Rotarians were recipients of some faulty fielding in the fourth as they again broke out into the lead with two. Billy Nelson, working at third for the first time, fumbled Branscum's easy hopper then threw past Jessy Raspberry as Curt took second. Marshall fanned Stilwell but Tommy Smith beat out a slow dribbler to Killett. Danny Smothers prmptly sent both runners in with a double down the third base foul line. Jerry Hodge strolled Jimmy Lendennie lofted to Killett who completed the season's first double play unassisted as Smothers tore out for third as the ball was hit. Score Three Bunching three hits with a me- •chanical and mental error, the Lions counted three times to take the lead for the first time. Lewis Mathis doubled to center and rode home when Nelson's hopper took a bad bounce over Hodge's shoulder as he was set to make the grab. Huey couldn't find the handle on Morris' grounder. Nelson moving to third. Alford hit to Huey and the throw to the plate was not in time for the kill. Jerry Coleman muffed Hill's popup on the foul line but Hodge recovered and tagged out Morris on a bit of quick thinking. Hodge smothered Killett's hot smash but couldn't make a play to jam the sacks. Marshall was hit by a thrown ball, Alford counting. Coleman ended the orgy with a nice nab of Orioles in Cellar and Gate Sags BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have crept back into the cellar again and their attendance, which is the main item of interest in the American League this first season, has been dropping with them. The gate still is good, a total of 399,006 for an average of 19,950 on 20 home dates. That's more than the club drew in St. Louis all last season and also more than paid to see the Philadelphia Athletics in 1953. But when the season started, the By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Warren Giles, president, of the National League, did not cause reporters to race for long-distance telephones when he stated fearlessly some three months ago that his league was preparing to put on maybe the greatest race ever seen. It only goes to show that if a | of the season. man yells wolf long and loud enough, why the chances are that self for one kind of pitch, to change j Baltimore goal was 1QQQ Q00 which U it- V»*i f f-ii-trt- t-TiMTirr t*-i rt t-i"\l if e-Ckf+m^ A ° .*,ww.vwv, »v AJ.J.*^AA one day he'll stumble over an animal with a curly tail. He was Right Now it begins to look as though President Giles was being conservative, or at least clairvoyant. About a fourth of the schedule has been played, and the National League shows no signs at all of becoming unstuck. A year ago at this exact stage, the senior circuit had settled into the standing it was destined to maintain more or less to the end to have been, we will move along | The Standings j to this June 1 and again give the j On June 1 the clubs stood in this j standing, with distances involved: order, with the games they were Milwaukee. Brooklyn (1); New behind the leader in parentheses: Brooklyn, Milwaukee i 1 ^); St. Louis (2 l ' 2 >: Philadelphia (S 1 ^; New York (6); Cincinnati (12); York (I 1 -): Philadelphia (2); St. Louis (2 ! i); Cincinnati t3' 2 ): Chicago (4); Pittsburgh U13). For obvious reasons, we can't Chicago (12); Pittsburgh ul4). St. j guarantee that any of them except Louis and Philadelphia finally set- j Pittsburgh will stay put until this tied for a tie for third place, each j 22 games off the pace and Cincinnati edged out Chicago for sixth, i Otherwise, that was the order in which they ra.ced to the wire. And Again can reach print. They are an extremely unstable lot of ball clubs, with nothing much in mind except his batting swing in a split second when he sees that his original judgment of the piutch Was incorrect. Some Can't "Some players can't make the natural adjustment. Others can change their swing before the ball is on top of them. "I know how it has been in my own case. I've frequently made hits and actually got power behind the ball when, in the act of taking my swing. I had to change suddenly on seeing the ball in an entirely different spot than I anticipated. That's the trick—to change the takes an average of 29,000. The Baltimore average dropped below 20,000 for the first time yesterday. Crucial Period Many feel that the period between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July will b e crucial. They figure attendance was high before that because of the novelty of bgi league baseball in Baltimore for the first time in 5 2years. Also, a few weeks ago the Orioles were in an exalted fifth place. They've lost 12 of their last 14 games. Last night, they lost their eighth out of 10 to Detroit, Art Ehlers, the Oriole general manager, demonstrated yesterday he won't wait around for the • old St. Louis Browns to come through. He traded Vic Wertz, the disappointing slugging outfielder, for Bob Chakales, a comparatively young pitcher on the Cleveland In- dians. Wertz was able to hit only .202 in the spacious Memorial Stadium and has been riding the, bench lately. The Indians have used Chakales in only three games and he was credited with two victories and no decision in the other. swing and still retain the power. "| on eo { tne teams they were figured "A hitter should always hit the ball in front of him. When you hit to slug each other silly, and with to centerfield you don't come out the Eastern group just setting forth on another tour of the West- For purposes of comparison, and j em badlands, almost anything to show how right Giles threatens ! might happen in a hurry. in front and you don't have your full power. Besides, it's bad percentage. A team's best defensive players are supposed to be the to at least battle on even terms. The question now before the league is whether the Baltimore fans are going to be patient and wait to see the results of rebuilding that has been promised them. "LET'S GO FISHING" BLYTHEVILLE'S MOST COMPLETE BAIT SHOP MINNOWS and GOLDFISH 30c dozen Roaches S1.25 hundred; nothing: else to buy Fishing License—Fisherman's Lunch Bar Worms—-Tackle—Cold Drinks Mercury Outboard Motors Feather Craft Aluminum Boats Plenty Free Parking Space 4: AM. N. Highway 61 6: P.M. Ph. POplar 2-2701 Norm Smythe's foul. Rotes Fight Back Those Rotes were still full ol fight, knotting the thing^good and tight with another run in the fourth. With one away Marshall nearly slipped while fielding Huey's lazy bleeder down third, then threw wildly to first enabling the run-- ner ot take second. Marshall tossed out Tex Tumor, only fco have Branscum smack one to center to score Huey. The champs went ahead to stay with a pair in their half of the inning. Raspberry lighted the fuse with a double to left. . Branscum neaved to on Mathis' smash to the box, Raspberry scoring and Mathis stopping at second. Nelson took a pitch on th,e hip, and that was all for Branscum. Coach Ed Cure waved in Tommy- Smith from centerfield, with Curt swapping positions. Smith whiffed Morris but Mathis and Nelson worked a double steal. Mathis scored on a fielder's choice. Pre-season activities were brief. Mayor E. R. (Babbitt) Jackson tossed out the first ball to Jimmy Manley, manager of the Federal Compress and Warehouse Company which made the youth baseball program possible through the use of their land. Fred S. (Rock) Saliba was the hitter. Jesse Taylor, a member of the baseball commission, made the See LITTLE LEAGUE on Page 9 New Little Loop Is Formed R. B. Crawford Named Head of Little Delta _ DELL — R. B. Crawford of Dell, has been named president of a new. Little League — the Little Delta League — which today announced a 20-game schedule. . The slate opens today with Lux-- ora at Dell, Childress entertaining Manila and Monette at Black Oak. Play is to close on Aug. 7. Games will be played on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and will be preceded by midget leaguers, who vill open each contest with a four-inning engagement of their own. Boys nine through 12 will compete in the Little Delta while the midgets will be comprised of lads in the 7-9 age group. 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