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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1954 Do Indians Have ark Now? Cleveland Shows Signs of Real Fight By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer It looks more and more as if this Cleveland team really means business. The Indians frankly admit they like it up on top of the American League standings and they're willing to fight to stay there. Last night :they fought and won their toughest battle so far as they "beat the New York Yankees 8-7 In a 10-inning struggle at Yankee Stadium after the Yanks had jumped off to a 7-0 lead in the first inning. Avila Homers A home run by Bobby Avila tied the score in the ninth and another homer, this time by Al Smith, broke it up. What made the comeback even more amazing was the sensational relief pitching of five Indian hurlers who held the Yankees hitless for nine full innings after a six-hit splurge in the first. This ability to fight back against a powerful rival on foreign territory makes Cleveland a solid threat. The Indians have had consistently good teams the past three seasons •when they've finished second. But they've lacked the spark to fight off the Yankees over the full season. Wynn Blasted Last night Early Wynn, normally one of the club's top pitchers, couldn't get a man out. So his relief followers mopped up in almost perfect fashion once the first • inning was over. The victory' went to Hal Newhouser, wno finished With three hitless frames. By winning, the Indians pulled two games in front of the Chicago "White Sox, who bowed 5-2 to Boston. Baltimore pushed Philadelphia Into the league cellar with a 9-1 decision. Washington defeated Detroit 7-2« Bums First Brooklyn took first place in the National League by one game over the Milwaukee Braves as they sloshed to a 7-6 decision against the Braves in five innings that consumed more than four hours, Including two lengthy delays because of rain. Philadelphia b'eat Cincinnati 7-0. It was too cold for Pittsburgh and the Cubs in Chicago and too wet in St. Louis for the Cardinals and New York. Sandy Consuegra had piled ,up five straight victories but he ran into a storm in the very first inning at Boston. The White Sox right-hander was battered for four runs in the first and his mates couldn't get even against rookie Frank Sullivan and veteran Ellis Kinder. Jackie Jensen's two-run triple was the big blow of the Red Sox' first. Five for Coleman Joe Coleman got another chance to taunt his former teammates as he registered his fifth victory for Baltimore and his second straight over the Athletics. The Orioles clubbed 14 hits, equalling their best total of the season. Clint Courtney's three run homer climaxed a six-run rally in the eighth. Eddie Yost of the Senators played his 700th consecutive game, the longest streak since Lou Gehrig of the Yankees ran up his total of 2,130. The occasion was a successful one for the Senators, who hopped on Steve Grbmek for six runs in the first four innings for an easy victory over Detroit. Curt Simmons of the Phillies scattered six Cincinnati hits in winning his second shutout and his fifth game. He's been beaten four times. Matthews Hits One The Milwaukee game was held up for 1 hour and 31 minutes at the start of the third with Brooklyn ahead 2-1. The Braves went ahead 6-2 in the last of the fourth on Eddie Mathews' grandslam home added three hits and had scored five runs to take the lead. Time was called again after five innings.. but the game was called without farther play. Opening Pony Loop Tilt Played Rams Win Practice Tilt From Sfeele By SAM NORRIS Opening ceremonies in which Mayor E. R. Jackson pitched the first ball, preceded the curtain-raising Pony League contest yesterday afternoon between the Christian Bears and Presbyterian Tigers. The mayor took the mound at 5 o'clock, and sharing honors with lira were Jim Manly, chairman of the League Council, and J. W. Adams, commissioner. Yesterday's game, first in the newly organized junior baseball circuit composed of 13, 14 and 15- year-old players, was played at the Federal Compress Field. Final Session Managers and coaches of the four church-sponsored teams met at the *Y" room in city hall this week to discuss ground rules and other maters regulating play and' care of the grounds and equipment. Two additional players who had j not been available earlier were put on the auction block and "sold." Managers Jim Killett and Doyle Turner of the Tigers successful bidders for the services of Bo Huffman, while Larry Campbell became Carter to Press For Early Fight Wants to Take On DeMarco Soon; Riley Is No Trouble ST. LOUIS W)—Ring-wise Jimmy Carter of New York, displaying a power-packed attack in his second' round knockout of Charley Riley stands ready today for an earlier return bout with lightweight champion Paddy DeMarco. The 30-year-old Carter, two pounds over the lightweight limit at 137, rocked Chillin' Charley with four jarring rights to send the St Louis campaigner down for an eight count and then finished the fight with a blazing left hook to the jaw last night. Riley weighed 133 >/>. Back to N.Y. Riley was counted out in 2:39 of the second round in the televised bout from the St. Louis Arena. Willie Ketchum, Carter's manager, said after the fight: "We are going back to New York and I'm going to see if I can't pin down DeMarco's handlers for an earlier shot at the title. If we can't get one without too much time elapsing I want to get Carter some more fights to keep him in condition for the title bid." The return fight, which had been scheduled for last night in San Francisco, was postponed until September when DeMarco was stricken with a virus infection. Manner Signs With Packers GREEN BAY, Wis. UP) — Dave lanner, 250-pound tackle from the University of Arkansas, yesterday signed his third contract with the Green Bay Packers. Hanner won a regular tackle spot as a rookie in 1952. ON THE INSIDE WITH STAN MUSIAL — Associated Press sports writer Joe Reichler gathers inside information on his friend, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals, as he and- the great outfielder sit in dugout. Stan is called the greatest and least colorful all-around player in baseball by Reichler. (AP Wirephoto) The Unbelievable Musial —/// His Batting Stance At First Got Laughs NEW YORK (AP) — Stan Musial's spectacular slugging is no surprise now but there was a time when baseball people wondered how he could even hit the ball. When Stan joined the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 17, 1941, veteran observers took one look at the apple-cheeked, 21-year-old youngster's stance and gaped in wonderment. and now is counted on for heavy duty as a Ram moundsman. RAMS Watson if Bratcher ss Honeycutt 3b Coalter ' c Barnes ib Perry cf Vincent rf STEELE Reddick ss the property of the Bears, piloted \ Burton rf Haney .......... p Ab 3 4 3 4 2 3 3 ? 1 3 Leo Ward, the Redbirds' effi- ient traveling secretary, smiled vhen he recalled the first time he aw Musial face an opposing pitch- r. Like Pretzel "All I could think of then." Vard said, "was how the heck was he ever going to hit the ball? "We were playing Boston and Jim Tobin, a canny knucbleball pitcher was on the mound," Ward recalled. "Stan appeared to be knotted up like a pretzel as he faced him the first time. I remember he managed to hit the ball but raised a little pop fly to the third baseman for an easy out. * by Bill Bear and J. H. Rainwater. Both squads were short on players and these two boys will help complete their rosters. Uniforms Not Here Only dissappointment in plans for the opener was the fact that new uniforms recently ordered for the .teams have failed to arrive. Secretary James Terry said, however, that it is possible the uniforms will be here in time for Friday afternoon's opener between the Baptist Rams and Methodist Eagles. run. With the rain coming down it looked as if all the Braves had to do to-pick up the victory was to Joe Bratcher pitching star with the Lions Club in the Little League last year, proved that he is also a clutch hitter when he singled with the bases loaded to drive in two runs and give the Baptist Rams a Wimberly 3b Michie 2b Trimue If Wilson Ib Burton cf Bernard c Hastings p 28 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 0:' "Two innings later, Musial again 1 j came to bat. There were two men 1 j on base. Tobin threw him another 2 j knuckler, the same as the other. 0 This time Musial rifled the ball 0 i against the right center field con- 11 crete for a double to score both 1 ! runners. We won the game 3-2." — j Unorthodox '91 Musial's stance hi unorthodox. Before squaring off on the left 21 side of the plate, he limbers up 0 I with a hula-like motion, bat held 0 ! above his head, hips and shoulders 0 I waggling- It never fails to draw a 0 | laugh from the crowd, especially 1 i on Ladies' Day. But it helps loosen 0 | him up and opposing pitchers do 1 ! not laugh. Before the pitch, he goes into a crouch in the far outside corner of the batter's box, stands motionless as a statue, his feet close together, knees bent, body slanted forward. • Like a Kid Ted Lyons, the former great pitcher now a coach with Brooklyn, once aptly described Musial's stance this way: "He looks like a kid peeking around a corner to see if the cops are coming." But even from that unusual stance, Musial can reach for an outside pitch and line it intoJeft field, rifle it through the pitcher's box or he can meet a close-in pitch and pull it to right. Musial chuckled when the subject of his batting stance was brought up. "It looks awkward, doesn't it?" he grinned. "I don't exactly know where or when or how I started hitting that way. I think I picked up the crouch when I first came up to the big leagues. I know I was a standup hitter in Spring- j field (Mo.), and Rochester (NY). I made changes in my stance as I went along. I did that in order to get a better look at the ball . . . to protect the plate better." TIGERS Holbrook, c' Slayton, 3b Moore, ss-p Wyatt, p-ss Lutz. Ib Huffman, cf Totals Kelly. If. Jarrett, 2b Hatch, 2b ^ _ Rayburn, 2b 5-3 win over Steele, Missouri jun- j Richardson, rf iors at Steele. Brogdon This was a practice contest for the Rams who open Friday afternoon against the Methodist Eagles. Another Little League graduate. Bill Haney. also' showed his class by turning in a fine pitching performance against the Missourians. Haney, a small lad but a great competitor, struck out 12 in seven innings and held the Steele team to 27 AB 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 33 10 11 BEARS six hits. Nokes. cf Privett, 3b McGuire. c Ross, ss Tern', 2b Kelly, 2b Jayroe, 2b Tinker, Smith, If If This means that Managers Chester and Dan Caldwell and Harry Farr of the Rams will have at least two ! Jackson, rf . fine little pitchers from which to | O'Neal, rf get three Dodgers out in the fifth, (choose a starter Friday afternoon, j Howai"' But before they could, they had I Bratcher literally burned up the ; made two errors, Brooklyn had Little League the last two seasons Totals AB 5 4 4 4 2 0 4 2 0 1 1 3 Jake LaMotta To Quit Ring Ex-Champ Says He's Had Enough Now MIAMI, Fla. UP)—Former middle- for League Leaders By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE Batting —Avila, Cleveland, .392, Rosen, Cleveland, .355; Tuttle, Detroit, .350; Stephens. Baltimore and Fain. Chicago, .331. Runs batted in — Rosen, Cleveland ,49; Minoso, Chicago, 44; Zer- nial, Philadelphia, 35; Sievers, Washington, 32; Fain, Chicago, 31. Home runs — Rosen. Cleveland, 13; Zernial. Philadelphia, 11; Manue. H*, Yor* and Vernon, Wash- Cocky Santee Maintains Bannister Can't Outrun Him By SKIPPER PATRICK LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — "If you hooked Bannister onto the Twentieth Century Limited he couldn't beat Santee." It was cocky Wes Santee talking just before the ace University of Kansas miler took off today for California and another crack at the 3:59.4 mark set by England's Roger Bannister last month. Santee, who often refers to himself in the third person and who owns the second fastest time ever recorded in the mile, 4:01.3, added: No Pressure "Bannister ran his super mile without pressure. There'd be pressure if guys like Barthel and Santee were in the race." Santee referred to Josy Barthel of Luxembourg, the 1,500-meter Olympic champion whom he hopes to meet in the mile at the Los Angeles Coliseum relays June 11. Santee Compton runs the mile at the Relays tomorrow night night. "I consider Barthel the world's No. 1 miler," Santee said. ''Barthel won in the Olympics. Bannister was an 'also ran' and Australia's John Landy failed to qualify for the finals." "Can Beat 'em All" Santee says he's confident he can beat "any and all comers in a mile foot race." He wants it Known "he believes in running "all comers, regardless of the possibility of losing the race." "California weather and track fans are jus* right for championship running," Wes offered. "I intend to run extra fast on the coast before going into service." Santee, who will join the Marines about June 13, ran his 4:01.3 mile in the Missouri Valley AAU meet at Mission, Kan., last Saturday. He's been pointing his training^ towards the final California events. The ever confident lad from an Ashland, Kan., ranch says he's in good condition for "fast clockings" on the Coast. He says he's never felt better. At Compton, Santee expects a "heck of a fast race" with Ingvar Eriksson of Sweden and Russ Bonham of Whittier (Calif.) College. Mai Whitfield, th«. Olympic champion at 800 meters in 1952 and one of the world's fastest half nailers, should be most worthy competition at,Stockton. Barthel has not yet been entered for the June 11 meet. Bannister has indicated he is out of competition for some time. Santee was to be accompanied to Los Angeles today by his coach. Bill Easton. Jaycees Surprise With 6-1 Verdict By J. P. FRIEND The Jaycees, cellar champions of 1953, gave the dope bucket a resounding swift kick yesterday afternoon by whipping the favored Kiwanis Club, 6-1, in their Little League season opener. .Rallying behind their ace right- hander, Berry Ball, with an airtight defense, the Jaycees snuffed out every budding Kiwanis threat with brilliant, errorless and came through with fielding, two big scoring frames that sewed up the exciting and important viptory. Ball was the complete master all the way, with exception of the sixth when he served up one to the liking of Jimmy Bruce and the starting Kiwanis hurler poled it far into left center for a home run to evade a shutout. Berry kept the batters off stride with a deceptive delivery backed by fine control. He doled out five scattered hits, no more than one to an inning until the final frame when Tommy Seay singled off Charles Cobb's glove following Bruce's four-master. He fanned seven, walked only one and hit a batter. Big Fourth Bruce matched his mound rival for three runless rounds but was victimized for four runs in the fourth on three hits, a pair of walks and two errors. Coach John McDowell sent Don Stallings to the hill to start the fifth and the "Cat" was tagged for the last two Jaycee runs. The fielding of the winners was superb, especially Sonny Elledge who handled five assists perfect- Shortstop Joe Wicker came up with three fine plays. Bobby Jacques, the classy little redhead who papsuaded his parents to let him reftirn to Blytheville for the Little League program, retired the side n the first, all on forceouts. Homer Elledge started the explosive fourth by drawing a pass. Freddy White, who was impressive behind the plate and at bat, smacked a liner down the first base foul line that went for a home run. Wicker rolled out to Seay unassisted but Jewell Duncan strolled. Andy Stanley fanned but Bill Gourley bounced a crazy hopper past first- Jacques powdered one to right center, scoring Duncan. Gourley raced in when Johnny McDowell fumbled the ball and Stallings heaved the relay far over J. L. (Lippy) Austin's head. The usually fine fielding Stallings got himself into a peck of trouble.by fumbling Elledge's bleeder down third. White doubled Sonny to third. Wicker tapped one in front of the plate. Stallings recovered in timft but his throw to Austin was too hard. Duncan squeezed in White with a beauty of a bunt which he outraced for a base hit. Austin started the season's double play by whipping to Muggy Palsgrove to nab Wicker after pinchhitter Billy Boone whiffed. Austin looked like an old veteran behind the plate as he handled Bruce's delivery with ease. KIWANIS AB K H PO Palsgrove, 3b 2012 Jones, ss 3000 Stallings, 2b-p Bruce, p-lb Seay, Ib-lf Webb, lf-2b Hallman, cf McDowell, rf xGoirley N. Austin, rf J. L. Austin, c 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 1 5 15 « xGurley fanned for McDowell in 5th JAYCEES AB R H PO cf 2b Gurley, Jacques, Cobb, Ib Ball, p Elledge, 3b Wicker, ss Duncan, If Stanley, rf xxBoone 23 6 7 18 10 Kiwanis 001 001 — 1 Jaycees 000 4 2 x — 6 Summary: Errors — Stallings 3, McDowell. Runs tiatted in — White 2, Jacques, Ducan. Two base hit —White. Home runs — White, Bruce. Hit by pitcher — Palsgrove, Ball 7, Stallings 2. Hits off — Bruce 1; Bruce 4. StrlKeuts — Bruce 6, Ball 7, Sfcoallings 2. Hits off — Bruce 5 with four runs in four innings; off Stallings 2 hits. 2 runs in 1. Double play — J. L. Austin to Palsgrove. Losing pitcher — Bruce. Time: 1:10. Umpires: Terry O'Neill, C. D. Hood and Johnny Hoggins, ngton, 9: Minoso, Chicago and lievers, Washington, 8. Stolen bases — Jensen, Boston nd Rivera, Chicago, 6; Fox and Vlinoso, Chicago, 5; Fain and Mi- haels, Chicago, Kaline, Detroit and Busby, Washington, 4. Pitching — Branca, Detroit, Moran, New York and Stone, Wash- ngton, 3-0, 1.000; Keegan, Chicago and Lemon, Cleveland, 7-1, .875. Strikeouts — Turley, Baltimore, 0; Pierce, Chicago, 60; Hoeft, De- roit, 48; Trucks, Chicago, 47; romek, Detroit, 41. 30 10 8 tiring 18 months ago, says he is through fighting. "I'm tired and I'm through making excuses to myself," he said yesterday ,n announcing his retire"I % haven't any pep. I've been telling myself it's the weather and I've been working too hard. It's time to quit and nobody knows it better than I do." LaMotta, who won the middleweight title from Marcel Cerdan in 1949 and lost it to Sugar Ray Robinson in 1951, was scheduled j to meet Ernie Durando in a nation- I ally televised fight at the Miami j B e a c h Auditorium Wednesday night. Billy Kilgore of Miami replaced him. LaMotta dropped a split decision to Kilgore in his last fight here April H. Adams Appliance Co. Sports Roundup — Somebody Has to Make Slate By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Stitching together the two big league baseball schedules always has been one of the'meanest, most complicated jobs on earth. Lately, wifh the realignment of franchises, the problems connected with the annual headache are just about insoluble. For more than 25 years the schedules were made out by a somewhat mysterious g e n i u s named Clement Schwener, a retired Boston banker who apparently had loads of time on his hands and a heaven-sent gift for solving riddles. Two years ago he decided he had wrestled with his last schedule and the onerous job was thrust upon Harry Simmons, young and able secretary of the International League. At the moment Simmons is struggling manfully with his slide rules and weather charts and patching together a master plan for 1955 which he will be expected to pre- Mnt to the respective league mag* &«te» some time in August. If they mi t:jt to form, each of tht 16 will find a number of glaring inequalities or maladjustments and insist that changes be made. Along about mid-December, by which time the final drafts of his brainchild must be approved, Simmons will be wishing he had taken up bird-branding instead of baseball. This will be due in part to considerable unhappiness over the schedules being played this season* Without having any idea who was at fault, or whether it would have been humanly possible to have done better in the face of new difficulties, we can only say that the yelps of discontent seem to be louder and more frequent than we can recall. Baltimore's emergence as a "Western" member of the Ameril can League has, of course, thrown that circuit completely out of kilter. On May 15. for example, the Yankees found themselves rushing to catch a late afternoon train out of Detroit so they could reach Baltimore in time to play a doubleheader the next day. On May 18 the Bombers were back at Chicago for a night game. Bums vs. Jints The Nationals claim that somebody made out their schedule with a sledgehammer too. For instance, those two great crowd-drawing rivals. Brooklyn and the Giants met four times in the first six days of the season and did not fnce each other again until nearly six weeks later, on May 28. The Giants make no appearance at Ebbetts Field between April 18 and July 6. Crazy MSL Has Another Grid Score - 32-6 The Y's Men's Softball League came up with another football score yesterday afttrnoon when Meharg's beat Ark-Mo 32-6 at Little Park. Meharg's had a big fourth inning when they made ten hits good for ten runs and another in the sixth when etRht hits produced nine runs. Today's game btween GMAC and Courier News, a makeup contest, has been postponed. Adams Appliance Co. Inc. To acquaint you with Revere Ware . . . the 7-piece Beginner's Set offers a handsome basic selection at a special saving. It's perfect for gifts! 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