The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 4, 1954 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 4, 1954
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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN The Unbelievable Musial-IV As a Young Pitcher By JOE KE1CHLER NEW YORK (AP) — From an obscure existence as a young pitcher in a Class D league to the general acclaim as one of the greatest and highest paid stars in baseball . . . that, in brief, is the Stan Musial success story. It seems impossible that at one time this brilliant outfielder and slugger was so erratic and unimpressive that a minor league manager saw no future in baseball for him and recommended his release. But that is exactly what^happened. On Aug. 15, 1939, the St. Louis Cardinal front office received a report on a young pitcher in his second professional season with a Class D team at Williamson, a small mountain town just east of the West Virginia-Kentucky border. The report read: ''This boy is quite a problem. He is by far the wildest pitcher 1 1 have ever seen. He hasn't pitched a complete game here in ages, and he must average at j 10 walks a game . . he will strike j out just as many as ne will walk ' but I can't depend upon him, and First Pony League Game Is Deadlock By SAM NORRIS Darkness halted the opening Pony League game yesterday afternoon at Federal Compress Field with the Tigers and Bears deadlocked 10-10 after seven innings. The game will be completed Friday, June 25, when the regular schedule again brings these two teams together. Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet GB Cleveland 29 14 Chicago 29 .674 16 .644 New York .... 27 18 .600 Detroit 21 19 .525 Washington ... 19 24 .442 Boston 14 23 .378 Philadelphia . 16 28 .364 Baltimore .... 15 28 .349 » Today's Game* Cleveland at New York Chicago at Boston Detroit at Washington Baltimore at Philadelphia Thursday's Results New York 2. Cleveland 1 Chicago 9, Boston 6 Philadelphia 6, Baltimore 2 Washington' 4, Detroit 3 1 3 6>/2 10 12 is y z 14 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet GB Brooklyn 25 18 18 19 19 22 22 22 33 .581 .561 .558 .548 .511 .488 .476 .298 3 4 414 13 Milwaukee 33 New York 24 Philadelphia ... 23 St. Louis 26 Cincinnati 21 Chicago .'. 20 Pittsburgh 14 Today's Games New York at Cincinnati (N) Pittsburgh at Milwaukee (N) Philadelphia at St. Louis (N) Brooklyn at Chicago Thursday's Results New York 13, St. Louis 8 Brooklyn at Milwaukee, postponed, rain. Philadelphia at Cincinnati, postponed, rain. Pittsburgh at Chicago, postponed, rain. MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL W L Pet. GB Charleston 6, Kansas City 5 Only game scheduled Texas League Shreveport 1, Oklahoma City 0 (11 innings) Dallas 6, San Antonio 3 Fort Worth 1 ,Houston 0 Beaumont 6, Tulsa 3 Western LeaguS Omaha 3, Colorado Springs 2 Wichita 4, Lincoln 1 Other games postponed COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet GB El Dorado 21 12 .636 — Greenville 19 13 .594 I 1 *. Meridian 18 16 .529 3>/2 Hot Springs .... 15 16 .484 5 Monroe 13 21 .328 8' 2 ACCO-BCLL — gone to — Eddie's Liquor Store and Billiard Parlor 122 East Main To bolster hto defense For six innings, little Glenn Howard, Bear left-hander, seemed to have the situation pretty well in hand as he coasted along with a 5-3 lead. Except for a wobbly first inning he had pitched well and appeared to be headed for his first triumph. In the top of the seventh, things looked even rosier for Master Glenn as the Bears coupled sharp hitting with a, series of Tiger errors to score five more runs and put the Presbyterian team seven behind. Righthander Bill Wyatt, who hurled 13 strikeouts for the Tigers in six and two-thirds innings, finally was replaced by Ed Moore. As 'Manager Jim Killett's boys came up for their final batting turns. Moore rekindled Tiger hopes with a single to left. Then the Bear defense, which had been fairly good, suddenly came apart at the seams- Pour hits, four errors and a couple of wild pitches enabled the Tigers to overcome their seven run deficit as darkness made further play impossible. Mayor E. R. Jackson and J. S. Manly, chairman of the Baseball League Council, were unable to take part in the pre-game ceremonies as planned. J. W. Adams threw out the first ball to open the season. Pine Bluff ..... 12 20 .376 8% .. Thursday's Results Greenville 7, Hot Springs 3 El Dorado 6 .Meridian 3 Monroe 8. Pine Bluff 7 Today's Games Meridian at El Dorado Pine Bluff at Monroe Hot Springs at Greenville SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Atlanta Birmingham .., Chattanooga ... New Orleans Little Rock Memphis Nashville Mobile ..Thursday W L Pet. 31 19 .620 31 21 .596 27 23 .540 26 26 .500 22 26 .458 22 27 .449 20 25 .444 21 33 .389 s Results GB 1 4 12 Chattanooga 2, Atlanta 1 Little Rock 4, New Orleans 3 (10 innings) Birmingham 11, Nashville 9 . Memphis 4, Mobile 3 . . Today's Games ...... Atlanta at Chattanooga New Orleans at Little Rock Birmingham at Nashville Mobile at Memphis WtWELLER in most of the games he has won we have given him a dozen or more runs. I recommend his release because I don't bejieve he will ever be able to find the plate and if he should I don't think he has enough stuff to get by. . ." The following year Musial won 18 and lost nine at Daytona Beach in the Florida State League. One day while doubling in the outfield, Stan fell on his shoulder attempting to make a diving catch and injured it so badly he could not pitch any more. He abandoned his specialty to become an outfielder and hitter. In the Cardinals' organization tryouts in the spring of 1941. Musial was turned down by all but one manager because of his ailing shoulder. He was too much of a risk to all but Ollie Vanek, pilot of the then Springfield, Mo. club of the Western Association. Homered First Time He hit a home run his first time at bat and after -87 games, his batting average was .379 including 23 doubles. 10 triples and 26 home runs. By then Rochester "needed him." Stan easily made the big jump, again hit a homer his first time at bat and averaged .326 in 54 games. Manager Billy Southworth's Cardinals were in a neck and neck race with Brooklyn in 1941 and Musial was brought in hurriedly. He finished with a gaudy .426 average in 11 games. Stan ha'd actually led three leagues in one season. The rest is history. He batted .315 to become the Rookie of the Year in 1942; won the batting championship with .357 and Was honored as the league's most valuable player in 1943; and was runner-up to Dixie Walker with .347 in 1944 before joining Uncle Sam's Navy in the Pacific Theatre in 1945. Musial was better than ever upon his return. He captured five more batting titles in the next eight years, received two more most valuable player awards and at the end of the 1953 season had a lifetime .345 batting average. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS Hogan Delays National Golf Day Participation NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Hogan, the champion of all golf, has put off his first official crack at the heavyweight charmpion of golf courses — massive, fanged, Baltusrol, but the 150,000 handicap golfers across the nation still will get a chance to outscore him tomorrow. Davey Is Gone, ButTV Boxing He Symbolized Keeps Going By 1IAKKY (': KAY SON NKA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NK.V — Chuvk Dnvoy went the way of nil wc;ik- ohiunod southpaws who bump into n stiff rikht-hand puncher and sv httlo of our modern living hit, the canvas with him. A.s Oavoy. the erstwhile ptuUist darling of the living room and pub, took on that rank novice look under Vinee Marline?,' power punching, tin- 3000 ring worms in the Chicago Stadium pulled stakes and went into the night. But the millions watching it on television felt sad. Here was the end of :. puy who meant, (A> them, a fresh deal in boxing-TV fiKht-s free, Knit Is and for nothing. Davey symbolised it—right to the hard core. Handled with consummate cure. Davey confused some lip-shod opponents. Rocky Graziano obliged in his first, video rehearsal nnd the thinly thatched Michigan State, alumnus went, on to the title farce with Kid Gavilan. When they pulled the Havana special off Davey, most everybody believed it: was the last of the inept collegian, but mast everybody doesn't know the International Boxing; Club. He was rebuilt with carefully screened audacity to npain be pawned off as the All-American solution to the woes of TV pugilism, where you can't tell the effect of punches unless one of the savages is knocked | down and most anything goes. w * * DAVKY COULDN'T FIGHT a I lick, but the IBC and Xs beer sponsor found he was considerably more I'nnindable on the screen than a«- aiiust any lair kind of an opponent. Seen through a medium which made hts motions look good, he did much toward popularizing Mils new kind of beak busting. Because he was a college boy and so on, he made mure people fight conscious. He did a remarkable job for television. But for boxing? As it now stands, any chance for the. sour science to get. back on a normal footing is gone to a greater extent than Duvey. Except for Rocky Mnrciano or a match like Bobo Olson and Gavilan, the people won't, come out anymore. The big thing now is to get viewers so the advertising agancy's pay-off can be jacked up. Take a kid like Cisco Andrade. for instance. Cisco—who, by the way can fight pretty good—conies out of southern California. Yet where is i he a big draw? Exactly nowhere— in the flesh. But on TV, he's becoming a best seller. The age of TV. the Davey era Is rapidly approaching the studio fight set-up. Andrade Is an example. He appeared in Washington before a roaring crowd of 600, and was opposing Percy Bassett, the interim featherweight champion, no les*. * * * * IN BOSTON, THEY are ready to forget about arenas this supper nnd produce a coupic of TV shows from a studio tent, with no spectators save boxing writers. On fight nights these days. Madison Square Garden, as a rule is about as lively as a morgue. There aren't many more than these desperately trying to keep the dying game alive. At a couple of more recent shows, the attendance was so poor that the IBC was ashamed to announce it. If it were not for the fact that the law demands that fight be held at duly licensed clubs, the antiquated dodge would have been largely confined to studios a year ago. The law undoubtedly will be changed to clatter a big place like the Garden, which of TV now is rarely filled by any-part of an athletic production. As a sign of the times, the biggest crowd the Garden has seen in some time came when another TV product. Liberance, sold the joint out. The Garden has come to this. Hogan was to test the 7,027-yard par TO Baltusrol, which has been armed with new rough and sand traps in the third annual National Golf Day in which the handicap golfers of the country matched their scores against his. They still will shoot their rounds but Bantam Ben will wait until June 12 before testing Baltusrol, scene of the National Open June 17-19. too the event." Hogan said yesterday. The 41-year-old shotmaker has been ill since last week with a virus attack. He was forced to withdraw from the Colonial Open Saturday and was bedded several days. Hogan said the virus and his new club manufacturing business had interferred with his golf to the extent that he had become rusty. "I'll play in the open," he ad- LITTLE LEAGUE Continued from Page 6 Mullins hit feebly to the mound but overanxious Garner failed to handle it. Moore came through with his third straight single. Craig was halted at third by his coach but Mullins didn't see the holdup signal and kept tearing after passing second. He was almost on top of Craig when the news reached him so he turned around and lit out for second. Catcher Phillip McDermott whipped sharply to Stiles and Craig broke for home. The relay was wide and Craig made it. Mullins moved over to third. Wells watched j a third strike whip over the plate' and Plunkett waited to fill the bases. Hulon Kirk, batting for Don Nelson, hit to second but Stiles' play home was tardy in the effort to nab Mullins. Jerry Rounsavall whiffed. Dorris lifted a skier, to Whittle who failed to maek the n weeks." USGA-Sanctioned National golf day is sponsored by Life Magazine and the Professional Golfers Association. It has the sanction of the U. S. Golf Association. Golfers pay a dollar at their in- catch, Moore and Plunkett coming- in, but Kirk was executed trying, also to score, thanks to a perfect j dividual clubs to match scores throw from Taylor, who handled I with the champion. If, with their the relay from Whittle. Sharp fielding highlighted the contest, played in weather more suitable to " football. But Taylor came up with two extra superb stops of hard hit balls, both from the bat of Dorris. Mullins came through with a fine grab of a drive by Jimmy Pugh that had extra base hit written all over it when it left the wood. handicap, they can beat him. they are given a medal so declaring. Proceeds g oto the USO and to the U. S. golf fund. Santee Takes Aim at Record Mile Tomorrow COMPTON. Cnlll. W—Compton's Ramsaur Field, a small, cramped and improbable site for n major evenr., welcomes some of the world's greatest track and field athletes tonight. The place boasts of one attribute, if nothing—one of the fnstest racing tracks in the nation. Over It will run the mighty Wes Santee of Kansas, taking drnd nim at Roger Bannister's 3:59.4 mile record in the feature event, of the evening. "I'm going to try real hard," Santee promised. Sharing interest with the Santee appearance will be events featuring shot-putter Party O'Brien, ready to improve on his mark of 60 feet 5 :t 4 inches; pole vaulter Bob Richards; half-miler Mai Whitfield: quarter-miler George Rhoden; discus star Fortune Gordien; sprinter Andy Stnnfield: and long - distance runner Horace Ashenfelter. Santee. whose college career ended with the second fastest mile in historjv ft mark of 4:01.3 set last Saturday, repeated on his arrival here that he hopes "to run faster— the ever." best time I've had Lausse 1-4 Favorite In TV Battle Tonight NEW YORK (AP) — Eduardo (KO) Lausse, Argentina's wild swinging Kayo artist, is a 1-4 favorite to rack up his 17th straight victory against balding Joey Rindone of Boston in a .middleweight io-roundcr at Madison Square Garden tonight. A powerful left hooKer who puns for a knockout from the opening boll. Lausse has stowed a way 14 of hLs last 1(5 opponents. He won the other two by decision. The 26-year old belter hns stopped 39 foe in 55 scraps and has never boon stopped himself. His overall record is 48-5-25. This Is his second invasion of The largest sportg arena ln the by Bobby Dykes. Joey's record is 33-12-4. with 14 knockouts. He has been stopped, six times. Ring' time is 8 p. m., CST. The bout will be broadcast and telecast. the IT. S. and he's balling n per- fecl 5-ior-5 with four kayos. The broad-shouldered Gnucho flattened three minor opponents in a feeling out trip Irust year. This time he hopes to go all the way to the top. He beat Jesse Turner In his first bout here this year and then sent Chico Varonn to dreamland with a spectacular left hook on May 7. Rindone shouldn't give him too much trouble. The bettle-browed, ring-scarred 28-year-old hasn't had much luck this year. In '53 he went undefeated beating, among othes, France's Pierre Langlois. In three bouts this year, he was stopped in five by middloweifiht KinR Bobo Olson, helor to a draw by Goven Small, and outpointed world is the Municipal Stadium at Rio cte Janeiro. The stadium, a half mile in circumference, has a seating capacity of 155,000. The nickname "Spartans" was given to Michigan State athletic teams in 1926 by newspaperman George S. Alderton. 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