The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 22, 1953 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 22, 1953
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TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 1953 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN Williams Can't Explain Sudden Homer Spree By JOE REICIILEK BOSTON (AP) — Are you still trying to figure out why Ted Williams, after nearly two full seasons out of baseball, is hitting better than ever and hammering home runs at a faster pace than Babe Ruth ever did? Well, you might — —~" -*-" well stop wracking your brains. Even Williams can't fully epxlain it. "I've tried to figure out what's happening to me," he said. "I'd like to find out because I'd like to hit that way the rest of my life. "I've done a lot of analyzing of this streak," he added, "and I don't know the answer completely. But I've got an idea, though. "It may be I'm hitting so well because the pitchers are tired and I'm physically fresher than I would be if I had played all season. Nobody can tell me that ball players today can stand up under the strain of playing a Jull season as they did in the old days. "That's not because the old timers were more durable. It's simply because it is harder than ever to play ball today. It's physically impossible to play at top speed from beginning to end under this murderous schedule of night games, twi-night doubleheadevs followed by afternoon games. Likes Heat "There's another explanation — probably two or three, why I'm hitting. First, I've always been a hot weather hitter. In my last year before I left for the Marines U951), I went through April and May hitting .220. Look up my July and August record. I must have been around .400 because I was hitting .340 going into September. Then the weather got cold again and I finished with .320." This is the first time since he fractured his left elbow in the 1950 all-star game that it' hasn't bothered him a great deal. "The arm doesn't hurt," he said, "yet I know I'm not getting enough of my left hand into the swing. It's not as strong as it should be but it doesn't hurt any more—except in real cold weather." "Maybe Ted- is right when he says _he doesn't have ". his full strength back," said Red Sox manager Lou Boudreau. "But you certainly can't tell it from those 400 foot hdmers he's hit recently." BewareMilwaukee; They'll Improve By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Some other major league clubs may be content to let the races remain stagnant, but not the hopped-up Braves. The Milwaukee outfit hopes to do something -about the Dodgers. It's good business. With four games to go, it was an almost certain that 'Sudsville, in its first season of big league baseball in 52 years, would top the National League attendance record of 1.807,526 established by the Brooks of 1947. Six thousand seats are to be added to County Stadium, giving it a capacity of 41,000- earned-run average of "Had modate we been able to accom- that many this year we would have drawn more than two million," says General Manager John J. Quinn. Paine was a pain to the opposition as a fireman with an ERA of 3.09. Up from the minors come Gene Conley. Ray Crone and Larry Lassalle. The six-foot eight-inch Conley is labeled ready afier being adjudged the most valuable hand in the American Association and helping Toledo, where Owner Perini also struck gold, to the pennant with 23 victories. Crone, a big right- hander, and the left-handed Lassalle each bagged 19 for Jackon- ville. Jack Harshman Ends Southern Career With Vol Flag Win BIRMINGHAM (* — Lefthander Jack Harshman, ringing, down the curtain on a brilliant year, pitched Nashville into the Dixie Series last night by defeating the dazed Birmingham Barons 11-3. Vol butlers snuffed any Baron hopes ol a Southern Association hurlers for 18 hits. Nashville faces Dallas, (he Texas League winner, at Dallas tomorrow night. 1 Harshman won three of Nashville's eight playoff victories over Atlanta and Birmingham, nicking the Crackers for one win and Bir. ,., mlnfrham for (lie other two. His playolf comeback by lashing four batting was a potent weapon in the Vol arsenal as well, Birmingham won only one start as Nashville hammered its way into the Dixie classic. Nashville finished second in the Soulhern pennant race, yielding the top spot to the Memphis Chicks after a late season slump, Harshman was sold to the Chicago White Sox Saturday. He hud been Nashville's metil ticket all season, winning 23 games and losing seven before his great playoff stand. He hit 12 homers and batted in 40 runs. Nashville moves into Dallas tomorrow night to open the thirty- first Dixie Series. Dallas won the full season pennant in the Texas League, took out Oklahoma City four cames to threa In the playoff first round and Tulsa four games to one in the final. The two clubs play in Dallas Wednesday and Thursday nights,'' travel (o Nashville Friday and play there Saturday, Sunday and Monday, then take off next Tuesday to travel back to Dallas for the final two games if they are needed. It is just as well for the bucks The Braves haye pllchqrs , 0 tl . a(lf . Haddix May Reach 20 Win Mark By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Left-hander Harvey Haddix has time for just about one more try &t his goal of,20 victories for the St. Louis Cardinals this year. If he pitches like he aiu at Busch Stadium last night, he will make it. He hurled triumph No. 19 then, a four-hit, 4-0, affair with the Chicago Cubs the victims. Eight of the Bruins struck out and only Hank Sauer could do much with Harv's offerings. He doubled in the second and later singled. ' HaddiN-, with a 2-0 lead to go on, added a safety factor' with a seventh inning triple, scoring Steve Bilko. A long fly by Solly Hemus brought Haddix home, Cub rookie Jim Willis, who won his two previous starts, was troubled by wildness in his seven innings on the mound. He yielded office that the Braves finished second. It's assurance that the tr< mendous early enthusiasm in Mi waukee county and the surroundin country ,will continue. There is considerably more to th Milwaukee success story than ti fervor of fans hungry for big-tim baseball. Despite its seventh plac finish in Boston in 1952, Lou Peri transferrer a pretty fan- ball clu to Dairyland. And the Braves are to be rein forced and backed up in 1954. CHAKLEY GRIMM'S SIDE young down-tnrough the middl where it counts most. Catcher D Crandall, the second base comb nation of Johnny -Logan and Jac Dittmer and Center Fielder Bi Bruton will have another campaig under their belts. Eddie Mathews, who became th new home run king while dispellin the so-called second-year jinx, 22. Outfielder Sid Gordon alon among the regulars is getting olc Andy Pafko is good for anothe couple of years. The double play combination Logan and Dittmer can't afford t act like athletes carrying men on their backs, for the Braves had phenomenal duo with Jackonsvill of the Class A Sally League ir Felix Mantilla and Henry Aaron. The latter, a 19-year-old seconc baseman, won the most valuabl player award batting a shriekini .363. A five-foot 11-inch, 185-pound right hand batter, he made 207 hit good for a total of 337 bases, with 36 doubles, 14 triples, 22 home runs and 125 runs-batted-in in 136 games He can run, swiped 13 bases. Mantilla, a 20-year-old Puerto Ricai shortstop, was not called Felix the Cat for no good reason andd wai hardly an Ail-American out batting .277. AT LEAST FIVE pitchers, one of them an established standout, are to be added to a staff already deeper than most. Out of the Army come Chet Nichols and right-handed Phil Paine, a pair of 23-year-olds. Southpaw Nichols led the National League in effectiveness in 1951 with inly five hits, but walked seven. Enos Slaughter drove in the first two St. Louis runs with a single in the first frame ana an infield out in the sixth. The Browns had an open date. SHOE'S BEAUTIFUL-Pnt- ty Sandy Worth is a picture of Indecision as she tries to select a pair of .wedgies to wear at the beach. She wears them everywhere but where they belong, at Miami, Fla., Fashion Council's showing of resort and cruise fashions. Television SERVICE ANY MAKE ^ Systems for Sale or Runt PHILCO FACTORY SERVICE Blaylock's \. Highway 6] Ph. 3172 Gas Installation Put Your Heating In Now! —Up to 3 Years to Pay— FREE ESTIMATE Phone <591 or Comt In Montgomery Ward , which doesn't hurt a bit when n club is looking for— say another outfielder who can paste the pill. VOU HEARD ME —Bill Fraraccio's decision stands. 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