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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 4, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1954 Thompson, Mays Blast Cardinals for 13 Runs By REN PHLEGAE AP Sports Writer K a hitter in a slump came to the New York Giants today for advice he probably would get pretty confused. Hank Thompson can recommend highly 10 days of rest. Willie Mays would prescribe going "all out" for 10 games. Both ways have worked miracles for the Giants' stars. Thompson's idleness wasn't by Choice — he was sidelined with a banged-up knee — but obviously it did him a. world of good. When he got hurt against Pittsburgh May 26 the third baseman was Meting a puny ,237 with six home runs and only 11 runs batted in. Last night in St. Louis he came back to the lineup and smashed First Base Not a Snap/ Says Al Rosen NEW YORK (£*) — Al Rosen would like to know just who it Was who said "playing first base is a «nap. Anybody can play it." The big siege gun of the Cleveland Indians has been trying his hand there for six weeks now and all he's got to show for it is a badly sprained and swollen forefinger. Rosen, an all-star third baseman last year, switched over to first when the Indians shipped Luke Easter back to the minors. "I hurt my right index finger fielding a hard-hit ground ball by Jim Rivera of the Chicago White Sox about 10 days ago," Rosen explained today, "I still can't bend it and it hurts like the dickens." It is painfully obvious that the damaged finger not only has retarded Bostn's hitting but it has handicapped him in the field as well. He's been able to get only two singles in nine times at bat in the first two o* the three-game •cries with the Yankees. Th in jury* presents an obstacle to Rosen's aim to capture the triple crown this season — home runs, runs batted in and batting championship. He currently leads the circuit with. 13 home runs. 49 runs batted in and his .353 batting average ia second only to that of .his teammate, Bobby Avila. home runs into the right field pavilion in his first three times at bat. He was walked purposely the fourth time as the crowd booed. He singled home a run on his fifth appearance. 25 Point Hike He accounted for eight runs and raised his average 25 points to .262. The three homers in succession equaled the modern National League record shared by 16 other players but not duplicated since No Pitcher Like Staley, Says Hank ST. LOUIS (/P)—Hank Thompson of the New York Giants was convinced today, after tying a modern National League home run record, that there's no pitcher he'd rather face than Gerald Staley. Thompson tied the modern league mark for consecutive home runs in a single game by rapping one in each of his first three times at bat — all off Staley — as the Giants overpowered the St. Louis Cardinals 13-8 last night. The 28-year-old New York third baseman also singled and, in all. drove across eight runs. "I kinda like Staley'6 pitching," Thompson said after the game. He explained his homers came on three different types of pitches — the first one a curve, the second on a change-up pitch and the third on a fast ball. Then, grinning, he recalled he hadn't hit a home run since May 18 until he belted his three last night. That May 18 clout was off Staley too. Thompson's home run total is nine. By DAVE DOUGLAS Good fortune, as much as anything else, helped me make my greatest shot. It saved me a couple of strokes and I won $5400 in first prize money by that margin. It took place in the Ardmore. Okla., Open of 1952. The second hole is a par 3 and measures 165 yards. My first ball went in water, so I took a provisional ball When I got to the first ball, I found it playable, thanks to a lily pad and accumulated moss, it had struck the back edge of the green and skipped to th% water's edge, 40 yards from the hole. I was in about eight inches of water, so removed my shoes and stockings and blasted out with a wedge, miraculously sinking the ball. Suppose the lily pad and moss hadn't held the ball up? I've seen other remarkable wedge hit 1950. Ten games ago Mays was hitting .260. Now he has a 10-game hitting streak working during which he's collected 23 safeties, 12 of them for extra bases and 8 of them home runs. He hit his 15th and 16th last night as the Giants walloped the Cardinals 13-8. This gave him a tie for the league lead with Hank Sauer of the Chicago Cubs. Mays drove in 5 runs to raise his total to 42, of which 22 have come in these last 10 games. Three other games in the National League were postponed because of rain. White Sox Gain In the American, the Chicago White Sox moved within a game of first-place Cleveland as they beat Boston 9-6 while t ehlndians were dropping a 2-1 verdict to the New York Yankees. Washington edged Detroit 4-3 and Philadelphia and Baltimore swapped seventh eighth places again as the Athletics beat the Orioles 6-2. The Red Sox battered Virgil Trucks and Don Johnson, both of whom had beaten them on shutouts earlier this year, for 15 hits but left 13 men on base. The hits included Ted Williams' fifth home run and Harry Agganis' fifth . Cleveland collected 11 off Eddie Lopat and the Yankees got only four off Bob Lemon. But one of the four was a home run in the eighth inning by Joe Collins that gave the Yanks their first victory at home over Cleveland this season. All four. Washington runs were unearned as Ned Carver gave up seven hits. Two of the three Detroit tallies also were tainted by erros. Maury McDermott was the winner. Don Larsen, who figured to be one of Baltimore's leading pitchers lost his sixth game against only two victories. Joe DeMaestri hom- ered for Philadelphia, Bob Young for Baltimore, both with the bases empty. Johnson Denies Disagreeing With Court Decision WASHINGTON «F) — Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D-Colo) denied yesterday that he had ever disagreed with the Supreme Court's decision saying baseball is not subject to the anti-trust laws. The Associated Press erroneously reported on May 27 that Johnson had voiced such disagreement. "Most emphatically I have never been in disagreement with the Supreme Court baseball decision." Johnson said. "Many times I have hailed it in strong terms as a lifesaving decision for baseball." The Supreme Court ruled on Nov. 9 that Congress had no intention of including baseball within the scope of the nation's antitrust laws. AIR BORNE FOLLOW THROUGH—Al Cantello prepares to break a face down landing aftei taking off in hurling the javelin. The Philadelphia La Salle lad repeated in the IC4A Championships with 205 feet 7V 2 inches. (NBA) shots. I played with Lew Worsharn a couple of inches behind it with an outside swing. last summer when he sank that $25,000 winner at Chicago Tarn j (Dave Douglas will be among O'Shanter. j golfers trying to beat Ben Hogan Luck doesn't get into the golf I on National Golf Day, June 5, score, but you need it somewhere sponsored by the PGA and Life along the line. Magazine. Amateurs will use local Playing a blaster, take an open j handicaps on their own courses. stance, play the ball forward and j Next: Gene Sarazen.) Twenty Cars Expected For Races Sunday Six races are on tap at Walker Park speed bowl Sunday when stock cars from this area run for the third Sunday of the current season. Approximately 20 cars are expected to be on hand. Five of the races will be 8-lap events, with the feature 15-lap race capping the day's activities. Time trials start at 1:30 p.m. with the flrsl race scheduled for 2 o'clock. Sports Roundup — Did Philley Fulfill Promise? By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — One of the prize stories of the past spring baseball training season concerned the arrival of Dave Philley, a fairly undistinguished outfielder, at the camp of the Cleveland Indians in Tucson, Ariz. Seems that Philley, a forthright native of Paris, Tex., who had been shipped to the Indians during the winter by the Philadelphia Athletics, showed up wearing his .273 lifetime batting mark like a shield and said he believed he knew what had been ailing Manager Al Lopez' club. This was interesting, inasmuch as the Indians had just finished second to the Yankees for the third straight time while Dave had been, laboring exclusively for clubs of less renown. What Dave said, in effect, was that he had been a great admirer of the Indians, with reservations. They had looked to him like a club which should win the pennant. He was hanged if he knew why they hadn't been winning it, unless it was-just that they needed to have , * fire lit under 'em. He said quite j •incerely that he hoped to do just that.. Partly due to the fine defensive pity and timely bat of the A's castoff and partly to several imaginative moves made by Manager topez, such at ihifting Al Rosen to first base and installing rookies At third and in left field, this year's Cleveland club is a different-look- tnc outfit. Whether Philley person- Ally lit the fire it would be difficult te My, but iom«botfy did. It is not simple to peg this outfit. It seems to have given up some of its fearsome power by sending huge Luke Easter to Ottawa and by benching Dale Mitchell, whose .315 lifetime batting average is second only to that of Ted Williams in the American League. It has one of the rawest rookies in the land. Rudy Regalado. at third, and Al Smith, who hit only .240 in 47 games with the Indians last year, in itchell's old job in left field. But, it's winning the very kind of games that the "Old" Indians made a practice of losing. It has a new spirit. Few more thrilling games have been played than the opener of the current series with the Yanks, in which the Indians spotted the champions sex-en big runs in the first inning and came on to lick them 8-7 in the 10th. Before the shakeup, the Indians simply did not do such things. Or, perhaps we should have said, before Philley. Pre-War Prices DeSoto Beer 24 can Case 6 Can Carton O94 980 Phillip Applebaum Liquor Store til 8ft. Fifth Phone 3-9641 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 ... Convertible tops 15.00 39.95 SMITH MATTRESS & UPHOLSTERY CO. Ph. 3-4293 So. Hlway 81 Reported Bribe Attempt in Boxing Under Investigation in New York NEW YORK (AP) — A $5,000 bribe offer to feobby Jones, Oakland, Calif., middleweight to throw his fight to Joe Giardello of Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden June 11 is under investigation by the New York district attorney, Bill Corum of the New York Journal American said today. Dist. Atty. Frank Hogan, questioned on the matter, said he had no comment. Corum reported the fix attempt had been given by Hogan to Robert Christenberry, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commis- on. Jones, reached at his hotel by the Associated Press, expressed surprise at the report. "I know nothing about it," the California fighter said. "My manager, Bob Melnick, showed it to me in the paper. "Nothing Bke that ever happened. Melnick himself said he didn't know anything about it. "I've been here eight days training for this fight. Nobody has approached me with any offer." Two Occasions Corum said in his story in the Journal American: Two men contacted Jones on separate occasions in his room in the Plymouth Hotel early this week, it was learned. The fighter said he never saw either of the would-be bribers before, and ordered them out of his x>m. Jones advised his eastern representative, Bob Melnick, of the fix attempt. Melnick immediately notified the International Boxing Club, promoters of the Garden fights. The details were reported to ;hristenberry. The fight was not immediately cancelled. According to Corum, Jones told he commissioner the first bribe attempt came on Monday when a man came to his room and asked him if he "would like to make a haul." Thought It Was a Gap Then. Corum said, the fighter Billy Joe Patton To Go After Top Pro Golfers Again in U.S. Open NEW YORK W)—Billy Joe Patton, the amateur who scared Ben Hogan right out of the Masters championship, will take another shot at the top-flight pro golfers Monday in the sectional qualifying rounds for the 1954 U. S. Open championship. He is among the 1,904 golfers listed to compete for 129 available places in the field for the 1&54 open at Baltusrol, June 17-19. It's easy to remember Patton, the Paroled Convict Makes Debut In Pro Baseball SUPERIOR, "Wis. (fP) - Billy Joe Moore, paroled this week from the Oklahoma Penitentiary, made his first appearence in professional baseball here tonight. It was no ringing success. Moore, a 24-year-old Negro whose athletic exploits in prison attracted New York Yankee scouts, walked twice, was safe on an error and struck out in four plate trips for Grand Forks of the Class C Northern League against Superior. Superior won, 12-3. Moore was charged with two errors at first base in 12 chances- Moore was paroled after serving a term for burglary in the Oklahome prison at McAlester. Yankee scouts helped arrange his happy-go-lucky lumberman from Morgantown, N. C., pushed Hogan so hard in the Masters that Ben began to take chances. The re- Legion Tops Shrine 9-3 in Little League By J. P. FRIEND Coach Ott Mullin's American Legion crew Joined the Lions Club and the surprising Jaycees in the Little League first-week winners circle by trouncing a vastly improved Shrine Club aggregation, 9-3, yesterday afternoon. It was a bettei — and closer — game than the score indicates. The some opening game jitters by sandwiching in a couple of hits wiih fielding mistakes to explode four back liner to right, Garner sprinting to third. Jesse (Popoff) Taylor, Legionnaires took advantage of who turned in the fielding gem of the game at third in the fifth, cracked a beauty to right for a bag and raced all the way to the hot of strokes, wound up in a tie with Sam Snead and lost the playoff. Hogari, of course, will be shooting for his fifth national open title at BaltusroL Snead, still trying for his first, is among the 32 others exempt from Monday's sectional rounds, but the often-erratic Patton will be among the 88 shooting for six qualifying place sat Morganton, N. C., Monday- Most of the touring pros who failed to earn exemption will try to qualify Monday at Cincinnati, following the Western Open. Fifteen places were allotted to the field of 88, which includes such players as Bob Toski, Johnny Palmer, Tommy Bolt, Jerry Barbei-, Art Wall, Fred Wampler, Peter Thomson and Robert de Vicenzo. Some of the top pros and amateurs shoating in other sections include Charlie Coe, Joe Conrad, I for . the second out and it appeared Prank Stranahan and Harvie j Ward. as if the rally would fizzle out like a wet fire cracker fuse. But Larry Whittle came through with a hump- through him. Whittle scored easily on the miscue. Lovelace's two bag- The box score: AMERICAN LEGION AB R H PO A Plunkett, rf 3 Nelson, If xKirk Rounsavall, c 1 4 Dorris, p 4 Boyd, 2b 3 Craig, 3b 3 Mullins, cf 2 Moore, ss 3 Wells, Ib 3 29 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 1 0 « 18 xKirk was safe on fielder's choice for Nelson in 6th. SHRINE CLUB AB Whittle, If 3 Taylor, 3b 2 Lovelace, ss 3 Pugh, cf 3 xxLambert 1 Dallas, Ib 2 xxxSmith 1 Stiles, 2b 2 xxxxOdle 1 Skelton, rf 2 . 2 . 2 24 Carner, p McDermott, c H 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 PO 4 big runs in two separate innings j corner when Johnny Plunkett left and account for most of their the endgate up and the ball got scoring. The Shriners bunched four of their five safeties off Doug Dorris in the third for all their runs. Otherwise it was a neat duel between Dorris, returning to the Little League wars for another year, and Phyllis Corner, who made his mound debut fo r the losers. Pacing himself nicely and improving as the battle progressed, Dorris earned a shade over his less experienced rival. He retired the Shriners in order in half the six innings and easily held them in check except in the third when a bunt, Texas Leaguer, a sharp single and a long double added up to three runs. Eight Shrine batsmen perish'ed via the strikeout route and only one was able to wheedle a pass. Carner Fans Nine While not as fast as Dorris, Carner posted nine strikeouts as he hurled craftily and with unusual poise for a novice making his first mound start in stiff competition. Oddly, his biggest trouble came on alternate innings, second, fourth and sixth when the visitors did all their run making damage. Young Carner played three-up-and-three- down in the first, third and fifth frames, and quite impressively, too. Only one run was earned off him, while his mates were entitled to two of their three scored against Dorris. He walked none. The Legions lost little time getting down to the offensive business. Dorris opened the second by rapping sharply to Bob Lovelace at short who fumbled the ball then heaved it far over Bob Dallas' head at first. Dorris stopped at second but didn't have to tarry long. Little Mike Boyd pounded a terrific liner between right and center for a home run. Lovelace again aided in the rally by messing up Frank Craig's bounder. Terry Mullins dropped one into right field to score Craig. Dallas' throw to the plate had too much power and not enough control enabling Mullins to romp home on the overthrow. Carner was the first to reach Dorris for a safety in the third, after the seven preceding batsmen succumbed in quick succession, four by the whiff route. The little pitcher dumped a perfect bunt down third and was across the bag at first before third baseman Frank Webb fielded the agate. Phillip McDermott was called out on strikes 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 6 o i w 18 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 6 in xxLambert fanned for Dallas 6th. xxxSmith grounued out for Stiles in 6th xxxxOdle fanned for Skelton in 6th. American Legion Shrine Club 040 104 - 9 003 000-3 Summary: Errors: Whittle, Lovelace 2, Dallas, Stiles 2, Carner, Plunkett, Craig. Runs batted in— Taylor, Lovelace, Kirk, Boyd 2, Moore. Two base hit — Lovelace. Home run — Boyd. Base on balls off Dorris 1. Strikeouts: Carner 9, Dorris 8. Umpires: Jimmy Kittany, C. D. Hood and Charles Leggett. Time: 1:30. ger recorded Taylor, the last time the Shriners dented home plate. In fact, they never got farther than second base. Error Sets Stage An error set the stage for the fifth Legion run in the fourth. Russ Moore singled through first after Mullins gained life on Carlton Stiles' bobble of his grounder. Jimmy Wells missed a fast third strike. Johnny Plunkett scored Mullins with a sharp drive to right. Shrine's defense collapsed again in the sixth to aid materially ra the last four Legion runs. Crai^ started the thing with a single. See LITTLE LEAGUE on Page 7 gave the commissioner these addi- j discharge from the prison and pre- tional details: When the visitor revealed the nature of the offer, Jones told him to "scram but pronto." The fighter said he thought it was a gag. But another man. also unknown dieted he should be good enough for Class AAA competition next year. dello. to him, came to Jones the next wa s then, the fighter said, he day and made a definite offer of i realized he was being seriously $5.000 if Jones would lose to Giar- propositioned and he called Melnick. THE ORIGINAL T84O CABIN BOTTLE. ?\**^ _ ' -'"-^""ir-i".^^.! 1 :^-- name ^oanwit^ it ha& 4cccme Jiart c$ .i/ic Sngti SIX YEARS OLD KflfH 86 PROOF, £. G. 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