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SATURDAY, JUNE 5. 1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEW* PAGE FIV.B Stan Musial Is Ahead Of Ruth's Homer Slate Tr ^T TF T" TT* T* T^ ^^ But Babe Had a Great September By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Stan Musial, still denying he's aiming for the fences, has taken over the National League home run lead and is ahead of the record 1927 pace of the great Babe Ruth. The two sluggers Musial passed last night when he hit his 16th and 17th homers—Hank Sauer of Chicago and Willie Mays of New York—are even with the schedule Ruth followed when he hit his 60 for the New York Yankees. This is not to say anyone of the three will break the Babe's mark. Long ball hitters have been trying without success for 26 seasons. Jimrny Foxx in 1932 and Hank Greenberg in 1938 came the closest with 58. Hack Wilson set the National League record of 56 in 1930. The main reason Ruth's record has remained- unattainable was the Babe's tremendous spurt in September when he hit 17 in 26 games. It took him 47 games to get his first 17. Dusial reached 17 in 46 games. Sauer has 16 in 43. which conforms exactly to Ruth's pace, and Mays has 16 in 44. This season Stan's .380 batting average leads the league. The two homers last night were the big hits as the Cards beat Philadelphia 5-2. New York took over second place with a 10-6 triumph at Cincinnati while Milwaukee was bowing 4-1 to Pittsburgh. Brooklyn won its sixth straight, 2-1, over Chicago. In the American League Cleveland lost its second in a row to the Yankees 8-3, and Chicago climbed within seven percentage points of the first place Indians by beating Boston 7-3. Detroit edged Washington 3-2 and Philadelphia defeated Baltimore 7-6. Two pitchers, one in each league, won their eighth games. Harvey Haddix of the Cardinals pitched his third straight complete game and ran his record to 8-3. Bob Keegan of the White Sox survived an 11-hit Boston attack for his eighth victory in nine decisions.' A three-run homer by Yogi Berra in the first inning off Early Wynn put the Yanks on the victory trail against Cleveland. Roy Sievers turned from star to goat in the Washington loss. He drove in the two Sen)ator tallies with a homer and two singles, then misplayed a simple two-out fly ball long enough for the winning run to score from first base in the eighth inning. Ed McGhee drove in four runs as the Athletics temporarily won their 'battle with Baltimore to stay- out of last place. The Orioles are now in the cellar by a game and a half. Carl Erskine, Brooklyn s wm- ningest pitcher last season, picked up his sixth triumph when Roy Campanella singled . home Jackie Robinson in the sixth inning. Henry Arraigned In Bizarre Fix Plot By ED CORRIGAN NEW YORK (AP) — Clarence Henry, the one-time No. 3 contender for the heavyweight championship, was arraigned today on a bribery charge in the most bizarre boxing "fix" plot "that has rocked New York in decades. Mot Feature Another masked wrestler has been booke'd for the American Legion's wrestling show at Memorial Auditorium Monday night. This one is known as the Red Devil He is scheduled to team with Al Getz in the tag match mam event against Chief Lone Eagle and Lee Fields. This masked grappler came to the Mid South territory only recently and has established himself as a rough and tumble artist of the first class. And he will get plenty of help from Getz Monday night. Getz is a veteran rough and tumble artist who owns quite a record of ring victories in Blytheville. Chief Lone Eagle and Fields will have a little outside help for Monday night's fracas. Chief Lone Eagle is scheduled to bring along ihs wife. Princess Juanita, to give him both moral and physical support. , , The last time she appeared here with her husband, she climbed into the ring and wielded her torn torn drum like a black jack in support of her husband. In the preliminary bouts Lone Eagle will meet Getz and Red Devil will take on Fields. Akers Loses In Tournament Freddy Akers, Blytheville High School athlete, was defeated in first round play in Crossett's Junior Chamber of Commerce tennis tournament yesterday. He lost to Billy Ray Greenwood of Crossett by 11-9, 7-5- Henry was accused of offering $15,000 to Bobby Jones to throw his middleweight bout against Joey Giardello in Madison Square Garden June 11. "AH A Mistake" While experts wondered why Henry would try to fix the 2-1 underdog, the former title contender asserted his innocence. "This is all a mistake," he said. "I went to see Bobby because I always see him when we're in town. We're friends. They had to get somebody and I was tne chosen party.'' He did not say who "they" were. Just about everyone involved in the case was annoyed at someone with the possible exception of Jones, a fair fighter, but regarded as no match for the rugged Giardello. Dist. Atty. Frank Hogan was irked because the story was broken before he was ready to move in. He said he had intended to try to round up the "whole mob" just before the fight. The Headline But the first edition of yesterday's New York Journal-American appeared on the streets with an eight column headline on page one announcing: "$5,000 bribe offered fighter to throw Garden main bout." The story, signed by Bill Corum, did not mention Henry, but when it reached the newsstands, Hogan and his mer moved into action. For his part, Giardello said he "ought to be insulted." Before Henry made the $15.000 offer, Jones had received two other offers, each for $5.000 from strangers—one last Saturday and the other last Tuesday. Jones' eastern representative, Bobby Melnick, then took the fighter to Harry Markson of the International Boxing Club, who in turn, sent the pair to State Athletic Commissioner Bob Christenberry. Christenberry called Hogan and the DA's detectives moved in. Four Calls Jones, a 28-year-old Oakland, Calif., fighter with five children, was told to continue training as usual pending developments. Thursday morning they came, he received four calls at Gleason's Gymnasium from Philadelphia. One was from Henry. Here is how it went: Henry: "Bobby, I've got to see you as soon as possible • about a very important business matter." Jones: "I'll be in my hotel r.oom at noon." Henry: "Fine, but be sure you're alone. I'll be there." Detectives covered Jones' hotel and. Henry appeared on schedule. Without preliminarie-s, Henry offered Jones $15,000 to throw the Chiefs Get 6-3 Victory Blytheville's Chiefs, hitting well and getting seven-hit pitching from Dyer and Fritz West, came up with a 6-3 win over Manila at the Manila park last night. Bill Rounsavall's four base hits led the Chiefs' plate attack. They had a big first inning when Fisher walked and Rpunsavall, Garner and Baker came through with hit sas they scored three times. Edwards had three of Manila's safeties. Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs will entertain Finley, Tenn., at Fritz West Park. To make spectators more comfortable, the park has installed new bleachers. Game time is 2:30. fight. The latter demurred, as instructed, commenting that he didn't think Henry could raise that much money. At Newsstand "I'll go get a friend of mine and he will convince you my people are reliable," said Henry and he left. Trailed by detectives, he met a man about a half block away from the hotel and engaged in "animated" conversation. Henry was standing right in front of a newsstand prominently displaying the Journal-American's story. It was there Henry was nabbed, along with a man who gave his name as Joseph Hacken, 34. of New York. Hacken was held in $25.000 bail as a material witness. Rams Pound Eagles 16-8 Victors Have Easy Time of It in Winning Generating a first class scoring punch, the Rams rolled to a 16-8 victory over the floundering Eagles at Compress Park in "Y" Pony League play yesterday afternoon. The pattern of things to come was set in the very first inning, as the Rams pushed over five markers on three hits, and went on from there to ring up 18 base blows, while the Eagles were posting exactly half that number. The scoring orgy began with the shortstop's muff of Joe Bratcher's towering infield fly. Honeycutt was nicked by one of David Holt's pitches and Charlies Coalter singled to drive in his first run of the afternoon. David Barnes' booming triple cleared the path*, but Thomas Vincent walked and after Lamar Wheat rolled out, pitcher to first for the second out, Jack Renfro singled to tally Vincent. They added another in the second frame and two more in the third, then broke the game wide open with eight in the big fourth. One run in the sixth and two in the seventh were just so much icing for the high flying Rams. The Eagles staged their only serious uprising in the third. Eddie Gilless, first man up, was safe on an infield error but was erased at second on Simmons' bounder to the hill. Clyde Griffin and Larry Fitzgerald singled in succession and everyone was safe on David Holt's roller, which was tagged a fielder's choice •but played in indecisive fashion. Nelson singled to register Holt for the final marker of the inning before Tony Wheat struck out and Williford was tossed out short to first. The Eagles counted one each in the fifth and seventh and two in the sixth but by this time were so far in arrears that it posed no threat. Joe Bratcher pitched one of his better games, striking out 12. David Holt started on the mound for the Eagles and hurled creditable ball until replaced by John "Slick" Nelson in the fourth with two away, but his teammates had him in trouble most of the way with poor fielding. He struck out rive Rames, walked three and hit one. Nelson struck out three, walked two and allowed three runs in the three and one- third innings he worked. LITTLE GIANT — Bob Toski won the Eastern Open at Baltimore's Mount Pleasant Golf Club by seven strokes with 277 to become an even greater thr-eat in the United States Open Championship over Baltusrol's lower course, Springfield, N. J.. June 17-19, He will be the smallest golfer in the field, weighing only 127 pounds. (NEA) The Unbelievable Musial — V Two More Titles And 700 Base Hits Bv JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — Stan Musial's main ambition, next to playing in another world series, is to win two more batting titles and amass 3,000 hits before he retires. One of his biggest disappointments came in 1949 when he was nosed out of the batting title by Jackie Robinson of Brooklyn. Musial led the league in hits, doubles and triples that year but his .338 was four points below Robinson's. If he had won that year he would have had five straight batting championships. He has six all told. "I would like to win the batting title at least two more years," Stan said. "That would enable me to tie Hans Wagner's league record of eight. Rogers Hornsby won it seven times. I believe I can do it, especially if I win it this Only seven players ever made 3,000 hits. I'd like to be the eighth. That won't be easy, ho^wer. I started the season with 2,223. That means I'll have to average a little under 200 for the next four years. Osceola Tops NEA League Opening Night Win Responsible OSCEOLA A 6-4 victorv over West Memphis Thursday night put the Osceola Little Leaguers atop the Northeast Arkansas League's crow's nest. The Indians displayed a timely hitting game in their first home game of the '54 season making their five hits count when there were ducks on the pond. This gives the Indian outfit two wins and no losses. Coach Austin Hanner's club broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning and were never bended after It gets more difficult each' year, j lhat - and Left >' Jen '^ Weldon kept BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRES Monday, June 7 8:15 p.m. TAG MATCH Adultt 50c — Children 15c CHIEF LEE LONE EAGLE and FIELDS AL GETZ versus and RED DEVIL Plus 2 Preliminaries Lone Eagle vs. Getz Red Devil vs. Fields But I believe I can do it." The man who speaks so cooly about his accomplishments is not boasting. He is not the boastful sort. He k-nows himself and guages his ability accordingly. Glancing into the future, he said: "You never know what will happen to you in baseball. You may be injured and overnight you're through. I believe every player should look ahead to his future the West Memphis team in check until the seventh inning. At that point Osceola was leading 6-4 but West Memphis had the bases crammed with one out.and young Weldon was replaced by his older brother, Ed, who moved to ther ubbed from his shortstop position and responded by striking out the last two batters. Next week the Indians trek to Wynne for a Tuesday night affair and will be back on their own while he's playing. For the past , premises the following Thursday eight years I've had a good fman-1 when th face the Marked Tre ' e cial break. I've been making ' money and I've been using it to make money for me. I have a partnership in a restaurant in St. Louis that has grown into a big success. I go down there -at least an hour every evening during the off season." For a man who has provided so many thrills for th» fans, Musial surprisingly could recall only a few personal thrills Prior to the game a ceremony featuring Rotnrian Bob Morrow on the mound. Rotarian Carol Watson at the platter, Kiwanian D. E. Young and Kiwanian Jim Ferris calling balls and strikes was exhibited. Wntson kept his hitting string going for the third straight year when he bingled to the left field. Ed Weldon recovered the souve- .Until his great five-home run day on May I " ir af ter a full-scale race by all 2, he said his biggest thrill was | the Osceola Little Leaguers follow- getting five hits in a game for m % the hit. the fourth time in one season. ^ Eac , h nnd every P la / e ' - on '', he That was in 1948. One reason this | Osceola^squad was introduced by his that day despite sore and swollen wrists that had to be bandaged Weldon, C. A. Strange, Wayne Pierce. Jack Morse. Teddy Hall. tight before, the game. \ Gene Dreher.- Ray Adcock, Mark "Actually, I get a thrill every | Weiss Russ Chiles Jerry Wel]Si time I put on a baseball uniform," Don Spencer, John White, Voy Gillentine, Bobby Stevens. Rick Tay- Musial said. "I regard myself lucky to be a big leaguer. I've j i 0 r, Dewayne Billingsley, Travis always wanted to play in the ma- Faulkner, Dickie Kennemore, Er- jors ever since I was given my rol Hendrick. and batboys Paul first baseball. It will be a sad j Weldon, Joe Hughes and Gary day for me when the time comes Weiss. for me to hang up my spikes." Musial never has had any dif- Considering the weather, which was about the temperature of that Wes Santee Turns In Second - Fastest Mile ficulties with the umpires. He Ls found in the concession drink box. not an argumentative person and his good nature and good humor add to his value as a team player. He is a star without temperament. "He never complains or pouts," said Eddie Standky, the scrappy manager of the Cardinals. "There the opening night crowd was good —around 100. All of the Osceola home games start at 7:30. is only one Musial. No one is anywhere near him." By JACK STEVENSON COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — Lanky Wes Santee ran the second fastest mile on record last night and threw veteran meet officials into a state of confusion when he passed the 1.500-meter mark in a time that, eclipsed the world record. "I can do bettor in \vnrmer weather," Snntee said after missing the 4-minute mile by n fraction of n second nt the Compton Invitational Track nnd Sield meet. He finished all alone in 4:00.6. fastest ever run by im American. New Record For the i.suo meters, about 120 yards short of a mS.l aie nbe et tape in 3:42.8. The accepted world record shared by Gunder eRg and Lennart Strand, both of Sweden, nnd Werner Luegg of Gornuuvy. is 3>13. "Oh. boy, n world record." Wes exclaimed happily utter the race, but within 30 minutes meet officials had him and the 9,000 fans thoroughly contused, Wes said he had asked that three timers catch him nt 1.500 meters, and, they were there. Immediately after the race it was announced thnt his time would be submitted ns A new world mark. Then Dr. Floyd Hanes, president of the Southern Pacific AAU, said, "No." He said you couldn't time any fraction of a race beyond 300 yards . Snntee was flabbergasted, and a recheck of the rules indicated Hanes' interpretation was wrong. It is just the reverse. So if a re- nieasurement of the track shows the distance was correct, the time will be submitted. Still open to question is the fact that there was no prior public announcement that Santee would be timed at 1500 meters, nor was this point mentioned in the official program. Snntee himself requested that, he be timed at 1.500 meters. The Inns roared as Snntee began his final lap after running the first, three in 2:59 with a good chance of beating British Roger Bnnnis- ter's great time of 3:59.4. But the final lap was 01.6. "I got cold on that last lap. I Wasn't used to this chilly wenther." Santee said. And he pointed out he might have done better if pacer Billy Tidwell hnd been able to stay ahead nnd break the wind for him. As Santee started the race, the temperature was 63 degrees with a light breeze. Wes took the lead midway in the third lap and completely outclassed Ingvnr Ericsson of Sweden, who took second, nnd Russ Bonham of Whittier College, third. Santee's lap times were 58.1, 60.6, 60.3 and the final of 61.6. Last Saturday Santee had his previous best time of 4:01.3 in the Missouri Valley AAU. Next Friday he returns to Los Angeles to face Josy Barthel of Luxembourg, the Olympic champion, in a rnile duel. Tonight he's going to try to beat Mai Whitfield, the world's record holder for the 880 yard run, at the latter's own favorite distance. The Kansas wind-splitter invades Whitfield's personal stamping grounds in the top feature race of the annual Pacific Association championships at Stockton, Calif. They've matched strides once before in the half-mile but never in this country- In Turku, Finland last year, Santee chased swiftk Mai to the latter's world clockin; of 1:48.6. Kansas U's greatest ath lete of the moment was timed in 1:48.9. While it shapes up as a two-man duel tonight, neither can falter. There's a third one in the race who has done 1:49. He is Lon Spurrier of the University of California. Santee's mile was one of eight meet records broken last night. Jack Davis, of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, toured the 120-yard high hurdles in 13.6, just one-tenth second over the world record. Other meet records were by Parry O'Brien of Los Angeles Athletic Club, with a 59-6% shot-put; Fred Wilt of the New York AC, who beat teammate Horace Ashenfelter with an 8:58.8 two-mile; Ernie Shelton, Southern California, 6-10',2 high jump; Bill Miller, Camp Pendleton Marines, 294-4 javelin throw; Fortune Gordien, LAAC, 181-1 Vidiscus- throw; and the University of Southern California 880-yard relay team, 1:24.8. In the 440, Jim Lea of Southern California, barely beat J. W. Mashburn of Oklahoma A&M, running unattached, in 47.1. Lea fell at the tape with just enough of his body over the line to be adjudged the winner. 1 Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGTJE W L Pet. GB Cleveland Chicago 29 15 .659 30 16 .(552 New York 28 18 .609 Detroit 22 19 .537 Washington ,19 'J5 .432 Philadelphia 17 28 .378 Boston 14 24 .368 Baltimore 19 29 .341 Today's Games Chicago nt Washington (n'i Baltimore at, New York (2) Cleveland at, Philadelphia Detroit at Boston (~> Friday's Results New York 8, Cleveland 3 Chicago 7. Boston 3 Philndelphin 7. Baltimore 6 Detroit 3. Washington 2 10 12! is 12 14 GB STOCK at WALKER PARK OVAL THRILLS • SPILLS • FUN Time Trials 2 p.m.- Races 2:30 p.m. Admission 75cand25c NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. 26 18 .501 — 25 ID ,568 1 23 19 .548 2 23 20 .535 2'/i; 24 22 .522 3 21 23 .477 5 20 23 ,465 5'--j 15 33 .313 13 Today's Games Philadelphia at St. Louis (N) Brooklyn at Chicago 12) New York nt Cincinnati Pittsburgh nt ilwaukee Friday's Results Brooklyn 2. Chicago 1 New York 10 Cincinnati 6 St. Louis 5 Philadelphia 2 Pittsburgh 4 Milwaukee 1 Brooklyn New York Milwaukee Philadelphia (St. Louis Cincinnati Chicago Pittsburgh SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Atlanta 31 20 .608 — Birmingham ... 32 21 .604 — Chattanooga ... 28 23 .549 3 New Orleans 26 27 .491 6 Little Rocfc .... 29 26 .469 7 Memphis 22 28 .440 8«/i Nashville 20 26 .435 8Vi Mobile 22 23 .400 11 .. Friday's Results Chattanooga 7, Atlanta 6 (10 innings > Little Rock 2, New Orleans 1 Birmingham 10, Nashville 7 Mobile 6, Memphis 2 Today's Games Atlanta at Nashville Birmingham at Chattanooga (-2) Mobile at Little Rock New Orleans''fit Memphis MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Kansas City 11, Charleston 5 Louisville 5, Minneapolis 2 St. PnUl 6. Toledo 3 Indianapolis at Columbus, postponed. Texas League Tulsa 9-4, Beaumont 2-5 San Antonio 3-7, Dallas 1-6 Good Week For Bream Is Sighted LITTLE ROCK (/P) - The State Game and Fish Commission reports Koori week end fishing prospects in these counties: Arkansas County—Horseshoe and White Lakes, bream; Escronge Lake, all fishing. A.shlcy — Wildcat Lake. Pete Wilson Slush, bream. Carroll — Kings River, base, bream. Chtrof. — Lake Chicot, bream. Columbia — Couch Lake, goggle- eye. Comvay — Lake Bailey, bream. Drew —• Lake Wallace, bream. Fuullcner — Lake Conway, bream. Garland — Lake Hamilton, trolling \vit.h live minnows. Jefferson — Atkins and Swan Lakes, bream. Lnl'nyctte — 24 Cutoff, bream crappie. Little River—Scott Lake, bream. Logan — Blue Mountain Lake, black bass, bream. Lonoke — Clear Lake, bream. Miller—First, Old River, Second Old River, Kelley Lake, bream. Phillips — Storm Creek, bream, bass; Old Town Lake, bream. Pulaski—Fnulkner, bream, crappie. Stnne — All streams, all fishing. Union — Grand Marie Lake, Jones Lake, Ounchita River, bream. White — All lakes and streams, all fishing'. Woodruff — Hammond Lake, bream. Stanky Signs New Pact ST. LOUIS. Mo. (#) — Manager Eddie Stanky of the Cardinals is now working on a new three year contract covering 1954, '55 and '56. Last year he signed a three year contract for 1953, '54 and '55. Houston 4-9, Sort Worth 3-7 Shreveport. 14, Oklahoma Western Lea/rue Des Moines 3-0, Denver 1-t Sioux City 11-3, Pueblo 8-7 Colorado Springs 4, Omaha, Lincoln 4-3, Wichita 0-4. COTTON STATES LEAGWfi El Dorado Greenville Meridian Hot Springs Pine Bluff W L Pet. GB 22 12 .647 — 30 13 .606 1£ 18 17 .514 4»4 15 17 .460 6 13 20 .394 8'/i Monroe ........ 13 22 .371 Friday's Results Pine Bluff 10, Monroe 2 Greenville 7, Hot Springs 4 El Dorado 13, Meridian 3 Today's Games Meridian at El Dorado Pine Bluff At Monroe Hot Springs at Greenvill* I Am in the Bait Business FISHERMEN You Always Get More For Your Money With Me! For a Limited Time You Can Buy Wooden Minnow Buckets, were 4.50, now 3.50 Floater Type Buckets, were 2.50 now 2.00 Airbucket Type (with filter) were 1.75, now 1.50 Jointed Poles were 2.50 now 2.00 Bream Poles (with handles), were 1.50-now 1.25 Gold Medal Bamboo Poles, 12 ft 20c; 14 ft. 25c $125 |Hund Roaches Roaches Hundred with 50 or more Minnows $100 iHund Hundred Better See Me Than Regret You Didn't DIXIELAND BAITERY 511 Chickaiowba Phone 3-4101

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