The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 9, 1954 · Page 11
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, June 9, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, TONE 9, (AWt PAGE EL1TBH The First Trip Aroun^ Even Flatbush Avenue Doesn't Faze Alston By JIMMY BRESLFN NEA Staff Correspondent - NEW YORK — (NEA) The apartment where Walter Alston stays, when he isn't on the road with the Dodgers, is two blocks from Flatbush Ave- liue, the Broadway of Brooklyn. - You would expect that Alston, the country guy from little Darrtown, 0., would be * little strange in this setting. jAlmost as strange as managing ^n the big leagues must seem -£o this soft-spoken man who .-has spent all his baseball life Jn such places as. Portsmouth, £). Trenton, St. Paul and Montreal. But it hafint been this way for ,„. ' Brooklyn manager. Alston, ^Stressed in a gray pa jama shirt and ^Blacks, was sitting in an easy chair |in his living room and saying that, Jaio, his-first whirl around the Na- sftional League had been just about -^what he had expected. ^ His first month as manager of -Jthe defending National League ^chamipons had been a rough one, •4with key injuries 4 making the big "| bumps, but Als"| ton's team had ^come through, in |fine style. I When he had "^jftaken over the Jclub. he was told •gt h a t Pee Wee $ Reese, Jackie Ko- ^ Ibinson and Roy ? ICampanella were f |the heart of the fDodgers. All three ^ -Iwere out during - ,, ., . fthe club's first Walter Alstott >. western trip. Alston, making line-up changes as he went, brought the 4 team home" on top. 7' * * * , t EVEN THIS DOESN'T surprise '"I him Nor do the five trees on the !block his apartment is on. Brooklyn. f you see, is not supposed to have ;™ trees. "3 "This whole league is tough this |time," he observed. "We saw some | good power in Cincinnati, St. Louis £and Chicago and ran into some hot i pitching in Philadelphia. We rate Milwaukee tough. The Giants? They .look extra tough to me," the big manager said. - "The baseball isnt' any different. " I didn't expect it to be. The whole - thing is to know your club. The longer you have 'em the better you know them and that's important. "Now, you take a game in Philadelphia we had. First two men got on base and the batter we had up isnt' a good bunter. The situation sure called for the bunt, but I had him. hit away. Well, he bangs into Baseball Brooklyn 30 19 .612 — New York 29 20 .592 1 Philadelphia .. 26 21 .543 3 Milwaukee 25 22 .532 4 St. Louis 25 25 .500 5 Cincinnati 23 25 .479 6 Chicago 21 2€ .447 8 Pittsburgh ... 16 36 .308 Today's Games Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (N) New York at Milwaukee (N) Brooklyn at St. Louis (N) Philadelphia at Chicago (2) Tuesday's Results Chicago 6, Philadelphia 5 New York 6, Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 10, Brooklyn 3 Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 0 a double play. But I know that man and if I had it to do over again, he'd still be swinging, He just can't bunt. "They tell me the papers wrote a lot about the way I had that Kluszewski walked in Cincinnati when the bases were empty and he was the winning run. There was nothing new about that- I did that in the minors a long time ago." * * * HAVE THE PRESSURES of running a big league winner such as the Dodgers bothered Alston? "You have the same things in the minor leagues—newspapermen, fans, all that—only here you have more of it," he said. "As far as that Sandy Amoros talk went. Amoros was to either stay or be sent to the minors on the basis of what he showed on the field. He hit several balls well that were caught. With a little luck he would have had a high average." Alston's answer was given with school teacher authority. The pressures on him, you could see, were completely subject to his authority. While his first taste of National League baseball, from a manager's viewpoint, has been strictly old stuff to Alston, his mail—the daily letters which pour in from Flatbush Faithful—has baffled him a bit. "I got one note here that a guy write—on beer letterhead paper, probably from some saloon—offer- Ing me a deal. The guy says he guarantees'a pennant if I'll let him sit on the bench and make the decisions with me." AMERICAN LBAG17K W L Pet GB Chicago *4 16 .690 Cleveland 32 16 .#7 1 New York 30 21 .588 4' Detroit 24 28 .511 8' Washington ... 20 26 .417 13 Boston 18 26 .408 13 Baltimore 18 31 .367 15' Philadelphia ... 17 32 .347 16! Today's G*m«c Cleveland at Washington (N) Chicago at Philadelphia (N) Detroit at New York Baltimore at Boston Tuesday's Results Detroit 8, New York 0 Baltimore 7, Boston 4 Chicago 9, Philadelphia 3 Washington 5, Cleveland 1 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Atlanta 94 22 .807 — Birmingham ... 36 24 .591 M Chattanooga ... >0 26 .536 4 New Orleans ..38 29 .491 6M Little Rock .... 25 29 .463 8 Memphis 25 30 .455 8V* Nashville 22 28 .440 9 Mobile 24 36 407 11% .. Tuesday's Results Atlanta 11, Little Rock 2 Memphis 9, Birmingham 7 (ONLY GAMES SCHEDULED) Today's Games Little Rock at Atlanta Memphis at Birmingham Nashville at Mobile (2) Chattanooga at New Orleans MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Toledo 5, Minneapolis- 4 Indianapolis 6, Charleston S Louisville ,3 St. Paul 1 Kansas City at Columbus (-9), postponed. Texas League Tulsa 14, Houston 3 San Antonio 7, Oklahoma City 4 Fort Worth 7, Beaumont 6 Dallas 8, Shreveport 3 Western League Wichita 10, Sioux City 5 DCS Moines 2, Pueblo 0 Other games postponed. COTTON STATES LEAGUE W ; L Pet. GB El Dorado 27 12 .692 — rreenville . 23 14 .622 3 Meridian 20 20 .500 7% Hot Springs ... 16 22 .405 11 Monroe 16 24 400 llVz 'ine Bluff 14 23 .378 12 .. Tuesday's Results Pine Bluff 13, Greenville 3 El Dorado 10, Hot Springs 1 Mon*oe 13, Meridian 1 Today's Games* Greenville at Hot tprings Monroe at Pine Bluff El Dorado at Meridian In 22 years of competition Penn Hall's swimming team has been undefeated 11 times. Kuenn Happy over Yankee Base Hit By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — The happiest person in Detroit's clubhouse after last night's 8-0 victory over the New York Yankees was Harvey Kuenn, the Tigers' fine young shortstop. Was it because he collected four hits and drove in four runs in his ;best ba.tting show of the season? -Absoluately not. It was because of a hit made by another player— ;an<3 a Yankee player at that. Sounds confusing, doesn't it? But it makes sense. . No-Hitter 1 For six innings yesterday, Billy , Eoeft, young Tiger left-hander, had tamed the Yankees without a, hit. 'With none out in the seventh, trv Noren hit a sharp grounder . past the mound to the left of second base. Kuenn slapped the ball down but couldn't hold it and it went for an infield single, the first by the Yankees. Then came the eighth. With one out Jerry Coleman connected with a fast ball and lined it .to left center for a double, the second Yankee hit and the first one that wasn't tainted. They're Roommates That was the hit that made Kuenn so happy. Had Coleman not connected safely, Hoeft would have been deprived of a no-hitter be- causa of the excusable slip by Kuenn- What made it more embarrassing was that Kuenn and Hoeft are roommates and great friends, "I had the ball all the way," said Kuenn- "I was just about to grab it when it took a hop and hit me right on the thumb. I felt so badly I didn't even bother to check the Scoreboard to see whether they gave me an error on the ball or called it a hit. I would have felt terrible fi that was the play that deprived Billy of a no-hitter." Even* Up Hoeft, who admitted it wai the best game he's pitched all year, said he didn't feel badly when the official scorer called that play a hit. "Sure, I knew that put an end to my no-hit try," he said. "But I didn't feel badly about it. I figured that made up for an out I got earlier. In the second inning, Al Kaline, our right fielder, made a spectacular catch of a liner by Bill Skowron that was labeled base hit all the way." After Ez, What's For Marciano? Answer: Just t About Nothing In New Fights By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — When Rocky Marciano beat Jersey Joe Walcott to a right hand lead in Philadelphia, Sept. 23, 1952, the new champion was left with only two bona-fide challengers. One was Old Joe himself and he went out of there in a hurry the next time around in Chicago. The other is Ezzard Charles. Ezzard the Gizzard is the only pretender who can be discussed without first applying tongue vigorously to cheek. Roland LaStarza, a nice guy who never got rough enough to be a dangerous fighter, was given the first crack ahead of Charles, but that was strictly a little touch of the highly intricate beak busting business. LaStarza was given the opportunity on the grounds that he stirred up some little trouble for Vtarciano in their salad days. Then perhaps the International Boxing Club decided that Charles lad his full allotment of whacks at ;he throne room. This is the Cincinnati 38-year-old's fourth chance, giving you a rough idea of just how rapidly bright new heavyweights are developing. * • • In Charles, we have a bloke who, off his talent and record, figures to at least have a Chinaman's chance of outstepping Marciano. Style, the ,hing that can give an inferior 'ighter a slight bulge against the best, is the big thing here. The way to fight Marciano, and come out alive, is to stay in the middle of the ring, move from side ,o side, make the rock thrower miss and counter quickly. Charles is capable of all this and possesses a 3unch stiff enough to cut up the Srockton Block Buster in a set-up such as this. But because of Charles' numerous disappointments, style is about all here is to sell in the scheduled 15- rounder at Yankee Stadium, June 17. The question raised here is what will happen if the strong-armed champion disposes of Charles as expected. Where does he go from here? The answer must be: exactly nowhere. Past Charles, there isn't a chal- enger who would be taken serious- y- Hurricane Jackson will knock out Nino Valdes at Madison Square rarden, July 21. Don Cockrell was lasted out by Randy Turpin. Jackon was vastly pleasing and slight- y phenomenal clubbing Dan Buc- eroni into a state of complete ex- .austion, but since then his obvi- us flaws have showed up and you hudder at the wide-open illiterate xposing his chin and midsection to ,farciano's heavy concentrated fire. ' So it looks like Al Weill will have to take Marciano on a Bum-of-the- Month Club tour, a la Joe Louis, to keep his tiger alive and from eating himself out of the sour science. For until one of the younger fel- I Cardinals End Brooklyn Skein Tune Your Motor s AND KEEP IT TUNED Avtllablt at Your Favorite Car Dealer Garage or Ssrvics Station Distributed By John Miles Millor Co. BlythtvilU, Ark. With a MotorRythm LUBRICATOR On Your Engine L«t ft Motor Khythm top ofifteo librieaior koop yow tart motor "on key" and pirrinf like * kitten. Motor Rhythm top enfine lubrication worfci from the top down—* eta oil on the hard to reach apptr Mflnt part*, tht parta that do aU the heary work, laeludlnf valtet, ptotons and rinffs. A Mo* tor Rhythm lubricator fire* yow adequate protection In tho area whert heat fa tho hifhtrt, pratrart f* tho freatoit and lubrication fa tho pooro*. 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Wally Moon also drove in four runs with a triple and three singles, Bill Sarni smashed a double and two singles and Ray Jablonski collected three singles to bring his second-place average to .385. 16 Hit* The Cards collected 16 hit* off starter Carl Erskine and reliefer* Dell, Manila Leaders In Little Delta Dell found itself tied with Manila for top place in the Little Delta Little Lf-ague today- Both teams have identical 2-0 records- Last week. aMnila grab'bed a 16-2 victory from Childress while Dell Ben Wnde and Erv Palica. For Brooklyn, Oil Hodges, collected his 14th homer and a double while Carl Purillo contributed three singles. Tom Poholsky gained credit for his second win of the year against three defeats but he needed help from Stu Miller after retiring from the game in the seventh with a blister on his throwing hand. A brillant defensive play saved him in that frame. Six of the Cardinal runs were unearned as the Brooks committed four errors. was swamping Luxora 21-10. Black Oak shut out Monette 3-0. Saturday, Manila ..took the measure of Black Oak 7-4. Dell whitewashed Childress 6-0 and Monette beat Luxora 10-1. Games for today find Luxora at Bla^k Oak, Childresa at Monette and Dell at Manila. Saturday, Black Oak goes to Dell. Childress plays at Luxora and Monette visits MaAila, Here are complete league standings to date: W L Dell .2 0 Manilla 2 0 Black Oak 1 I Monette 1 1 Luxora 0 3 Childress 0 2 Read Courier News Classified Adi. TAKE IT HOME! $-100 Razorback Drive-in »/ 2 Fried CHICKEN TODAT- GET PHILLIPS 66 FOR YOUR Phillips 66 FLiTE-FutL is the new gasoline—the only gasoline with the added super aviation fuel component Di-isopropyl. FLITE-FUEL gives you increased power, highef anti-knock quality, greater fuel economy and freedom from cold stalling. You get all the special benefits of famous controlled volatility plus tho clean burning qualities resulting from the use of natural and aviation gasoline components. 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