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Blytheville, Arkansas
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THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINE Ex-Yankee Keegan Leads AL His Win Over As Is Ninth of Year By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer After being mired in the minors for seven years with an aching arm, pitcher Bob Keegan leads the American League in victories today because Manager Paul Richards told him to get his arm sore in January instead of June, The big right-hander from Rochester, N. Y., is the brightest new star of the first-place Chicago White Sox. He won his ninth game last night, 9-4 over Philadelphia. He's been beaten only once. Nearly 33 Keegan, a sinker ball artist, is hitting his prime just two months shy of his 33rd birthday and in his second season in the majors. The Whit* Sox grabbed him out of the International League, where he won 20 and lost 1 for Syracuse in 1951. He was available because the New York Yankees, who had owned him for six minor league seasons, had given up on his sore arm. Sure enough, in his first season with the White 8ox, Keegan came up with a sore arm last spring and had to go on the disabled list for 30 day*. He finished strong, however, winning seven and losing WorlM in Gym The pact winter Richards ordered him to go to work in the gym. Ju»t as he expected, the pitcher developed his old ache. But the advance schedule was timed perfectly and Keegan was fit and ready when the season opened. He has started 11 games, finished nine of them and has a fine earned- rutt average of 2.27 in 99 innings. He's beaten every team in the league except the Yankees at least once and be holds three decisions over Boston. So far he hasn't faced the Yankee* Although he's sure to get a chance this weekend when the White So* invade New York rof row 9&fne£. H«4d B4»* The triumph in Philadelphia, which included home runs by Johnny Orotti, Chico Carrasquel and Sherm Lollar, enabled Chicago to hold its one-game lead over the Cleveland Indian*, who shaded Washington 1-f. New York defeated etroit 5-1. Boston be*t Baltimore 7-6. The surprMioff New York Giants drop into a t*« with Brooklyn for first place in the National League as Johnny AntoneUi registered his second straight shutout in beating Milwaukee 4-0 while St. Louis tripped. Brooklyn 3-0- Philadelphia won. a pair from Chicago 4-0 and 14-8. Cincinnati edged Pittsburgh 4-1 on four home runs. The Giants jumped off to a 1-0 lead against Warren Spahn in the first inning, added a second tally on Antonelli'* run-scoring single in the eighth and two more on three singles and a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The Dodgers folded before the southpaw slants of Harvey Haddix, who joined Keegan as the only nine-game winners in the maojrs. He gave up only three hits, all singles, after holding the Dodgers hitless through the first five innings. The Cub« got 10 hits off Murry Dickson but failed to convert them into a single run in their first game loss to Philadelphia. In the nightcap the Phillies won a battle of home runs. Willie Jones hit a pair and Bobby Morgan, Stan Lopata and Granny Hamner got one apiece. Joe Garagiola and Bill Serena, both pinch hitters, horn- ered for Chicago. Bell, Greengrass Connect The long ball made all the difference in Cincinnati too. After Pittsburgh jumped on Joe Nuxhall for three runs in the first, the Red- legs fought back with bases-empty homers. Nuxhall got one in the third; Gus Bell, one in the sixth and one in the eighth; and Jim Greengrass, one in the ninth. " Bob Porterfield of the Senators had a no-hitter working until Vic Wertz singled with one out in the hits all evening but Cleveland got the one run of the game. WWertz moved around to score on a single by Dave Philley and an error by Eddie Yost. Boston came from behind in the seventh against Baltimore and won in the ninth on a triple by Sammy White after Jackie Jensen had singled. The victory went to Frank Sullivan, the 6-7 Red Sox rookie, who was the fourth Boston pitcher. A three-run double by Yogi Berra and Eddie Robinson's first home run since joining the Yankees led to Detroit's defeat. Tom Morgan, who replaced Whitey Ford after two innings, picked up fourth straight victory. Ford developed a blister. Tigers Get 2nd Win In Pony Loop Behind the three-hit hurling of Bill Wyatt, and with the aid of a couple of miscues by the opposition, the Tigers racked up their second win of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Eagles at Compress Park yesterday afternoon as play in the "Y" Pony League was resumed. The winners got their first marker in the very first inning. Wayne Holbrooks lined a single to center and advanced to third on an error. He scored on Ed Moore's towering fly to center. They notched Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. C Brooklyn 30 N«w York .... Philadelphia .. Milwaukee .... St. Louis ... Cincinnati .... Chicago 21 Pittsburgh 16 Today's Games Brooklyn at St. Louis New York at Milwaukee Philadelphia at Chicago Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Wednesday's Results Philadelphia 4-14, Chicago 0-6 Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 3 St. Louis 3, Brooklyn 0 New York 4, Milwaukee 0 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet Chicago 35 16 16 21 24 26 29 32 33 .686 .673 .59* .500 .422 .408 .360 .340 Cleveland 33 New York 31 Detroit 24 Boston 19 Washington ... 20 Baltimore 18 Philadelphia .. 17 Today's Games Chicago a^ Philadelphia Detroit at New York Baltimore at Boston (2) Cleveland at Washington Wednesday's Results Chicago 9, Philadelphia 4 Cleveland 1, Washington 0 New York 5, Detroit 1 Boston 7, Baltimore 6 GB 1 4% 13' 14 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Columbus 6-5, Kansas City 3-8 St. Paul 6, Louisville 3 (10 in- ings) Charleston 6, Indianapolis S Toledo 11, Minneapolis 7 Texas League San Antonio 9-4, Oklahoma City 4-9 Fort Worth 1, Beaumont ft Tulsa 14, Houston 4 Shreveport 9, Dallas 5 Western League Lincoln 9-8, Colorado Springs 6-0 Wichita 5. Sioux City 0 Des Moines 7, Pueblo t Denver 10, Omaha 7 another in the fourth on their second and final hit of the contest as David Kelly singled with two away, advanced on sucessive wild pitches by "Slick" Nelson and crossed the plate when Fitzgerald threw low to first on Brogdon's hopper to short. The third run was also unearned, as Wyatfs lazy fly to right was muffed by Eddie Gilless and Wyatt streaked for home while he recovered. Nelson, tossing them up for the Eagles for the distance, deserved a better fate, allowing the Tigers only two bona fide hits and striking out 10, while walking two and brushing off another. The Eagles' only run came in the 5th, also unearned. Tony Wheat got a life as his bounder went through Jimmy Hall. He stole second and was singled home by Jerry Williford. Both Wyatt, the winner, and Nelson, the loser, hurled excellent ball. each fanning ten men. Wyatt did not walk a man. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Atlanta Birmingham Chattanooga New Orleans Little Rock Memphis Nashville Mobile Wednesday's Results Little Rock 4, Atlanta 3 Memphis 15, Birmingham 8 New Orleans 4, Chattanooga t Nashville 5-1, Mobile 2-13 Today's Games Little Rock at Atlanta Memphis at Birmingham Nashville at Mobile Chattanooga at New Orleans Retrieves Caddy SAN DIEGO. Calif. L?) — A golf player, Dick Sprouse, automobile salesman off the course, had to retrieve his caddy. Sprouse tossed his club in the air, in a moment of exasperation over a missed shot, it got caught in a tree. The caddy climbed up and got caught, too, when one leg wedged in a crotch. Sprouse climbed up and made a rescue. Sports Roundup— Marciano Never Felt Better By GAYLE TALBOT GROSSINGER, N. Y. (AP) — The stage has been reached where Rocky Marciano, having been asked all the questions the reporters can think up concerning his engagement with Ezzard Charles a week from tonight, is being urged to volunteer a few observations of his own. Rocky, who enjoys everything they can't break a sweat, but I've connected with a training camp, including the questions, just lies back on his bed and smiles happily and says he doesn't really believe there's anything he can add. He feels great—never felt better—and thinks he'll stop Charle short of the scheduled 15 rounds. At this stage, does he wake up some mornings and wish it were the day of the fight? In other words, does he feel some mornings that he has reached the absolute peak of condition and would to take his title away from him? "Sure," he *ays, "There are mornings like that. But it's Just that I feel I'd like to be through with the training and have another fi<?ht behind me. I always feel that I'm ready to fight." But what about the danger of <r ng stale? After all, up to today he has worked a total of 174 ssg rounds against an exceptionally able set of sparring partners. Sweat* "Good" "I've heard about it," he said, 'but I've honestly never felt that always sweated good." In the next room of the farmhouse where Rocky lives and trains almost endlessly, manager Al Weill was laughing; cff reports that his wonderful meal ticket is planning to turn cute against Charles. "Why should he change his style?" Al asked. "After all, we ain't the ones to worry. We've got the title and Charles is the one that's got to come and get it. Rocky's a better fighter than he wasg when he knocked out Roland LaStarza last September, but thai don't mean he's trying to be a boxer. More Pride "I'd say it's this way. Rocky's got a little more pride in being the champion. He's trying all the time to be a little better fighter, to throw his punches cleaner and not to miss as much as he used to. I think you'll notice he throws his punches a little faster and cleaner this time than he did against LaStarza." Bill Fischer, Notre Dame line coach, was a teammate of head Word Conquers GMAC in Men's Softball League Montgomery Ward'? softballers punched out an 8-6 win over the G.M.A-C- at Little Park yesterday afternoon behind the chunking of Bill Baker, for their first win of the season, in the "Y" men's league. Ward's picked up two runs in the bottom of the first inning with General Motors going out front on three tallies in the top of the four. Ward's came back strong in their half, scoring five times after two men were out. They added one in the fifth and then hung on as the Motormen threatened by scoring one each in the fifth, sixth seventh innings. Bill Baker was the winner, allowing 9 bingles but keeping them fairly well scattered. Prank Harshman assumed the hurling chores for G.M.A.C. and gave up 11 hits. This afternoon, the rained out game between Courier News and LARGEST—Mrs. A. M. Whisnant, Jr., and her husband caught the largest bluefin marlin taken in the Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament off the Bahamas. It weighs 746 pounds. (NEA) Little League Standings a w L PCT. American Legion 110 1,000 Jaycees 1 1 0 1.000 Lions Club 110 1,000 Rotary Club .... 1 1 1 .500 Kiwanis Club ..1 0 1 .000 Shrine Club .... 3 0 2 .000 Second Day Play For Pee Wees They FiniiH Their First Week with Tilts Friday, Saturday Second dny of Pee Wee League piny gets started tomorrow afternoon nt Federal Compress Field when the Concurs of Coach Glenn Hill take on Larry Katz's Bulldogs. Game time for all league games has been set at 5 o'clock. The first week's activity will be completed Saturday when the Panthers of Homer Smith and Worth Holder tangle with Boo Lee Smith's Bobcats. Bill Wyatfs Wolves and Emery Francis' Leopards kicked things off earlier this week. Here's the remainder of the schedule with the last-named team designated as home team: First Round June 11 Cougars-Bulldogs 12 Panthers-Bobcats 14 Cougars-Panthers 18 Leopards-Bobcats 19 Wolves-Bulldogs 21 Bobcats-Wolves 25 Bulldogs-Panthers 26 Leopards-Cougars 28 Bulldogs-Leopards July 2 Bobcats-Cougars 3 Panthers-Wolves 6 Leopards-Panthers 9 Cougars-Wolves 10 Bulldogs-Bobcats Second Round 12 Bobcats-Panthers 15 Leopards-Wolves 17 Bulldogs-Cougars 19 Bulldogs-Wolves 23 Bobcats-Leopards 24 Panthers-Cougars 26 Cougars-Leopards 30 Panthers-Bulldogs 31 Wolves-Bobcats Aug. 2 Leopards-Bulldogs 6 Cougars-Bobcats 7 Wolves-Panthers 9 Panthers-Leopards 13 Wolves-Cougars 14 Bobcats-Bulldogs Rotary Slaughters Shrine by 13-6 By J. F. FEIEND The Rotary Club won its first game of the 1954 Little League season by burying the Shrine Club, 13-6, yesterday afternoon. Piling up seven runs in the first inning for a new season high, the Rotes were never headed behind the strong hurling of Tom Smith in his debut. They raked young Phyllis Carner for a total of 15 hits, including three each by Jerry (Jerk) Hodge, Jim Lendennie, and the winning pitcher, Smith. coach Terry Brennan for j Ark-Mo Power, originally scheduled I mi ht be Retting stale. They say i f our years. 1945-48. Fischer was for Tuesday afternoon, will be «om« fig hfcri all of a twdden find captain of the 1948 team. played at Maloney Park diamond- Besides throwing 1 a masterful game, Smith also contributed materially to the impressive victory, In the first inning he teed off for a double, scoring two mates. His booming home run came behind Hodge's second safety in the third, while he wound up a perfect day at the plate with a sharp single in the fourth. Smith fc Mu4er He easily held the Shrinerc at bay with his fast ball, allowing only three hits and two runs in. the 5 2/3 innings he toiled. Obviously tiring under the strain of the previous four rounds, Smith was given relief with two down in the first of the fifth. Curt Branscum swapped places with him and quickly quelled the budding rally. The rest wa,s snort lived, however, for the freckled redhead ran into trouble in the sixth and Smith was called back in. He put out the fire after two runs had scored to nail down the victory. He fanned eight and walked five. In contrast to his showing against the American Legion, Carner was no puzzle to the Rotes. Ten batters paraded in the first. Ron Huey set the pattern with a single. Tex Turner bunted safely a* Huey raced to third. Branscum walked to fill the bases. Jimmy Stilwell rolled to Ray Odle at first, scoring Huey easily. Turner took advantage of Odle's lapse and romped home, too. Danny Smothers also strolled. Hodge bounced one to center, counting Branscum, and took second when Larry Shelton bobbled the ball. Smith accounted for Smothers and Hodge with his two bagger and he rode in on Lendennie's one bag- ger. Jerry Coleman kept the flame alive with a long double, sending Lendennie to the far turn from where he scored as Carner tossed out Huey. j In their half of the inning the | Shrine Club had taken a lead of j one run when Branscum and Lendennie collided while trying for Jimmy Pugh's drive that went for a double. Bob Lovelace, who gained life on a fielder's choice, scored. Rotes Break Out Carner throttled the Rotes in the second only to have them break out with another rash of five hits good for as many runs in the last of the third. Hodge beat out a hit to short. Smith followed with his home run. Lendennie dropped a blooper into right field. Coleman hit to the mbund and all hands were safe when earner's throw to Whittle was high and wide. Huey tripled over Carlton Stiles' head in right field, sending in Lendennie and Coleman. With two outs, Stilwell smote a clothesliner to center and Huey scampered across. Smith, laboring as if he had no runs to work on instead of ten, began faltering in the fourth but escaped serious damage, thanks to some good ball .handling by his mates. After two were retired he walked Odle who advanced on Coleman's bad throw to the mound, earner's Texas Leaguer enabled Odle to register but when the pitcher tried for second he was a dead pigeon, Lendennie to Coleman to Huey. The Rotes got the run back when Hodge outlegged a scorcher through the box that Carner flagged but couldn't stop. Smith smacked one through the hole at short but Hodge was out trying for third. Bob Dallas to Whittle to Jesse Taylor. Odle stopped Lendennie's infield grounder but could not make a play. Smith sprinting to third. Coleman dropped one just back of first to score Smith. After Smith had walked Carlton Stiles and Jesse Taylor in the fifth Branscum took the mound and forced Lovelace to hit to him. Billy Lambert, a pinchhitter who walked and had made his way around to third, was nipped at the plate. The Shriners tore into Branscum as if they meant business in their last turn with the willow. Pugh opened the rally with a ringing single to center. Dallas followed with a similar blow almost in the same spot. Branscum bounced one off Odle's arm. Carner watched over four balls and walked, forcing Pugh across. Phil McDermott's protector came in handy as it stopped one of Branscum's pitches without damage. Dallas was waved in and Branscum was waved out in favor of Smith. The big righthander fanned two before Tteylor rapped one past short for the last two runs, as John Logan, substituting at first for Stilwell. made a nice running grab of Lavelace's foul to end the orgy. SHRINE CLUB AB R H PO A Whittle, 2b 40422 Taylor, 3b 20112 Lovelace, ss 4 1 0 1 1 Pugh, If-cf 31210 Dallas, c-lf 3 1 2 0 1 Odle, Ib 0 2 0 8 0 Carner, p 2 1 1 0 4 Shelton, cf 0 0 0 0 0 McDermott, c 2 0 0 2 0 Stiles, rf 1 0 0 0 0 xLambert . 0 0 0 0 0 Smith, rf 1 0 0 0 0 22 8 5 15 10 x-Lambert walked for Stiles in 5th. ROTARY CLUB AB R H PO A Huey, ss 4 Turner, 2b ... Branscum, cf-p Stilwell, Ib .., Logan, Ib Smothers. If , Hodge, 3b .... Smith, p-cf ., Lendennie, rf Branscum, rf Womble, rf ., Coleman, c .. 2211 41123 31011 30130 10010 31000 32301 33300 32300 00000 00000 31291 30 13 15 19 6 Shrine Club 100 104— 6 Rotary Club 705 lOx—13 Summary: Errors—Carner, Shelton, Coleman. Runs batted—Taylor 2, Pugh, Carner, McDermott, Huey 3, Stilwell 3, Hodge, Smith 4, Lendennie, Coleman. Two base hits— Pugh, Coleman, Smith. Three base hit—Huey. Home run—Smith. Hit by pitcher—Odle and McDermott (Branscum). Base on balls—off Carner 2; off Smith 5: off Branscum 1. Strikeouts—Smith 8, Carner 2. Hits —off Smith, 3 with two runs in 5 2/3 innings; off Branscum, 2 with 2 runs in 1/3 inning (none out in 6th and bases filled when Smith returned to box). Umpires—Terry O'Neill,"Johnnv Logins, C. D. Hood and Jimmy Kittany. Barthel Is Skeptical Of Chance with San tee LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic Champion Josy Barthel of Luxembourg added a final training touch here today, admittedly a little skeptical of his chances of defeating Wes Santee in their mile race tomorrow night in Memorial Coliseum. The Olympic 1.500 meter champ who flew in late yesterday from Boston, snid he was behind time in his training schedule because o£ recent final examinations for a master's degree in sanitary engineering at Harvard. May Do 4:0t He indicated he might run the mile in 4:02 or 4:03 and all who know the sturdy visitor are aware he would much prefer to run against a man than a clock. Santee, the 22-year-old Kansan who ran the second fastest mile in history at nearby Compton last Friday night — 4:00.6 — has been wary of promising a 4-minute or under mile performance"I think I can beat him," Santee said, "but I'm quite sure he will run at least 4:03 and that I'll have to run under that time to beat him. I have a great respect for Barthel." Two night* ago Barthel tuned up in the New England AAU meet with a breezing 4:15.8 mile. What Intrigued track fans here was his blazing final lap. timed in 58.8. The 27-year-old Barthel astonished hi* welcoming committee when he decided to have a work- out within a few minutes after holding from his trip across the* country. Before dinner he was ta- ken to a high school athletic field near t.he airport nnd he proceeded to unlimber his legs for a few miles. Tigers, Yankees Are Rumored On Verge of Big Player Swap NEW YORK UP) — Heartened by the results of their trading efforts the past two weeks, the Detroit Tigers were in a mood today to swap some more players. Tiger boss Walter O. (Spike) Brings and his first lieutenant, General Manager Herold (Muddy) Ruel, were in town today for a confab with General Manager George Weiss of the New York Yankees. While both Weiss' and Briggs denied a rumor that they had discussed a deal involving five players, neither would comment on a report they planned to get together again today. The Lineup The players mentioned includ* southpaw Ted Gray, inrielders Johnny Pesky and Fred Hntfield and outfielder Bob Nleman of Detroit and second baseman Gi! Mc- Dougald, outfielder Bob Cerv and pitcher Tom Gorman of New York. Gray definitely is on the market. The 29-year-old Detroit, native apparently has outlived his usefulness to the Tigers. Currently plagued by a sore arm, he owns a 1-2 record this season. When right, he is one of the best left-handers in the American League. A fast ball pitcher with an excellent curve, ho has a lifetime mark of 55 victories and 66 defeats in six full seasons with Detroit. The Yankees are in dire need of another left-handed pitcher and an outfielder. The slow start of southpaw Whitey Ford has hurt the club. The inujry to Enos Slaughter which will sideline the veteran outfielder for at least a month has weakened the Yankee bench. ; Billy Kilgore May Get Title Shot MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Billy Kilgore's surprise technical knockout over Ernie Durando here last night may have earned him a non-title bout with middleweight Champion Bobo Olson. "I might get slaughtered." the plain-spoken Miamian said in his dressing room, "but I doubt it. I think I have a chance." Kilgore. a 2-1 underdog, gave Durando, the hard-punching Bayonne. N. J., middleweight, a decisive beating from start to finish. A Miami Beach Boxing Commission doctor refused to allow Durando to corne out for the tenth. 12 Stitches An examination after the fight disclosed there were four separate lacerations around Durando's left eye and 10 stitches were needed to close them. Two more stitches were taken in a cut over the right eye. The International Boxing Club said the winner of the night might be given a non-title match with Olson July 7. Durando was reputed to be a much harder puncher than Kilgore, but he never got a chance to prove it. Billy kept him continuously off balance with bruising left jabs and uppercuts and frequently stepped into close range to rock Durando with rights. In Trouble The New Jersey favorite appeared to be in trouble in both the second and third rounds. In the fifth, two smashing rights to the face by Kilgore opened a gaping cut over Durando's left eye. In the next two rounds, blood poured from the wound so freely it appeared to fill Durnado's eyes and a commission doctor examined Jt twice between rounds. The crowd of 2,175, which paid a gross gate of $5.083, called for Referee Eddie Conchman to stop the fight in the ninth. When the round ended. Dr. Alexander Robbins took one look at the bleeding Durando and signaled the end of the fight. Coachman nnd Judges Carl Gardner and Morris Felngold all had Kilgore leading by wide margins. Kilgore. who went into the nationally televised fight as a replacement for former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. weighed 163%. Durando weighed 159%. La- Motta withdrew with the announcement that he was quitting the ring for good. Marked Tree As Osceola Park Tonight OSCEOLA — It will be one Indian tribe against another tonight at Hale Field, Osceola, when the Marked Tree Indians visit the grounds of the Osceola Seminoles in an arc affair commencing at 7:30. Coach Austin Hanner will probably shove one of the Weldon brothers — Ed or Jerry — against the Marked Tree nine, and the remainder of the lineup will probably be Billy Spencer behind the plate: C. A. Strange, first base; Wnyne Pierce, second base; Ed Weldon or Jack Morse, third base; Morse or Ray Adcock, shortstop; Teddy Hall, left field; Billy Dreher. centerfield: Adcock or Jerry Weldon, right field. Sfemac Gets Starting Nod For Sunday Ed Stemac will draw a starting assignment again Sunday when Blytheville's Chiefs entertain a Coca-Cola team out of Memphis at Fritz, West Park here. Game time is 2:30. Stemac picked up his second win over Finley, Tenn., lost Sunday when he tossed up a two-hit shutout to atke a 1-0 decision. Earlier, he had defeated Finley 3-2. Sunday he struck out eight, walked two and hit one batter. Only one man got as far as third and only three reached second base. The Chiefs picked up ten hits off Finley's Stevens, but couldn't bunch them except in the first when Killett scored the only run of the contest. Some Broom Swept Clean NEW YORK UB—National League umpire Bill Stewart used the same whisk broom to dust off home plate for 20 yea?s. Now the old broom, has been retired and is enshrined at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. N. Y. Stewart says he first used the little cleaner on Sept. 23. 1933. The last time it w^s placsd in operation was the 1953 World Series. Bead Courier News Classified Ada, Going on a vacation? A business trip? Wherever you're going, Seagram's 7 Crown will be there! It can be found wherever fine whiskey is served or sold. And it's always exactly the same as the 7 CrowB you order in your own home town. Its superb quality never changes. wherever Say Seagram's and be Sure Seagram-Distillers Corporation, New York City. Blended Whiskey. 86.8 Proof. 65% Grain Neutral SpWtl.

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