The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 16, 1954 · Page 10
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, June 16, 1954
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(ARK.) COURIER NEWS 16, 1*84 Durocher s Wallet Is Helping Giants Leo Shells Out Another C-Note By BEN PHLEGAft AP Sport* Writer , If Leo Durocher's bank balance holds out there's no telling what heights the New York Giants may reach this season. Leo's personal investment in the rapid rise of the Giants mounted to $200 today as he hauled out his checkbook and paid off Bill Taylor and Hank Thompson. Taylor got his hundred for a home run in Milwaukee last Thursday, the only run in a lO-inning victory that moved the Giants into a first-place tie with Brooklyn. Three-Run Homer * Thompson got into the act last night with a three-run homer after two were out in ninth. It gave the Giants a 5-3 victory over Cincinnati and sole possession of first place. In neither case did Durocher tell the hitters of his offer before they went to bat. As Hank ran the count to 2-0 Durocher turned to the bench and •aid: /'If he hits one I'll give him a hundred, too." Thompson and Taylor will be on Ittand today to collect. Saw Chance The Giants knew from the seventh inning on that Brooklyn had lost to Milwaukee 7-6, meaning that first place was theirs if they could beat the Reds. Milwaukee took third place as Philadelphia bowed to St. Louis 3-1. In the American League Cleveland stretched its lead to three games over the Chicago White Sox by whipping Washington 9-3. The White Sox never quite found out what hit them as they fell to the Philadelphia Athletics 11-4. New York defeated Baltimore 6-4 and Detroit downed Boston 4-1, The Dodgers, who lost only 17 games at home all last season, dropped No, 11 last night to the Braves. It was the third straight time Milwaukee has beaten Brooklyn in Ebbets Field this year. 14 Hits The Braves combed three Brooklyn pitchers for 14 hits and put together four singles in the eighth for the tying and winning runs. Hank Aaron got Milwaukee away to a 2-0 lead with a first-inning home run but Brooklyn led twice, 3-2 in the' third after a two-run triple by Junior Gilliam, and 6-5 in the fifth after puke Snider's 14th home run with two aboard. Vic Raschi scattered six Philadelphia hits in winning his sixth game for the Cardinals. He gave up a run in the first on two walks and a single by Granny Hamner and helped get it back when he singled in the third in front of a home run by Rip Repulski. Six in Row Cleveland's sixth straight victory featured the return to limited action of Al Rosen. The heavy-hitting first baseman, who has been sidelined since June 4 with a fractured finger, appeared in the eighth inning against Washington as a pinch hitter and unloaded a three-run double. The hit helped Art Houtteman post his sixth victory. The suddenly ferocious Athletics won their fifth in a row, this time at the expense of Bob Keegan, the American League's winningest pitcher. Keegan had won nine and lost only one but against the Athletics he lasted only into the fifth inning. Bull Lea Is A Rich Daddy NEW YORK — Bull Lea. aging patriarch of Calumet Farm and leading sire of 1953, is mighty proud of his offsprings. They have gathered moret nan $9,386,000 in purses and. added money. In addition to being the sire of the world's greatest money-winning horse, Citation; the world's greatest money-winning gelding, Armed: and the world's greatest money- winning mare, Bewitch; Bull Lea has been the father of 15 other winners of more than $100,000. Raschi Got His Revenge It Wot Philadelphia That Stopptd Vic's Winning Streak ; PHILADELPHIA UB— Vic Raschi has secured some measure of revenge against the Philadelphia Phils, who halted :, five-game winning streak for him 10 days ago, by hurling six-hit ball nere last night. Rip Repulski's two-run homer backed up the former New York Yankee ace's pitching to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-1 triumph and Raschi 's sixth victory of the season. Raschi also figured in the scoring as he singled ahead of Repul- ski's third-inning home run. Walks Avert Shutout The Phils' only run off Raschi, who has two losses, came in the opening inning as he walked two men, " including Richie Ashburn, who scored on Granny Hamner's single. The Redbirds' insurance tally came in the seventh. Catcher Bill Sarni opened that frame with a single, took third as Tom Alston doubled, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Grammas. The Phils missed a scoring chance in the fifth when Johnny Wyrostek doubled to left but was held at second on Bobby Morgan's followup single. A sacrifice advanced both runners but Willie Jones fouled out and Ashburn grounded out. Doubleplays helped Raschi out of possible trouble two other times. Two of his sons won Kentucky Derbies — Citation in 1948 and Hill Gail in 1952. Two of his daughters were named top fillies of the year in 1943. They v/ere Twilight Tear and Duranza. Some of his other top notch offspring have been Real Delight, Coaltown, Two Lea and Bull Page. The last mentioned was the Canadian horse of the year in 1951. Bull Lea, brown son of Bull Dog- Rose -Leaves, was bred by, Coldstream Stud in 1935. Birdie Thinks Bell as Good as Any NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati's Birdie Tebbetts, a freshman manager in the National League, is highly impressed with the all-around abilities of the Dodgers' Duke Snider and the Giants' Willie Mays, but he said today he "wouldn't trade Gus Bell for either one." "Understand, I'm not knocking Snider or Mays," he emphasized. "They're fine ballplayers. But I'd rather have Bell on my team than any other center fielder in the National or American League." Hits .390 The 25-year-old Bell, whom the Reds obtained from Pittsburgh in 1W2, is batting an even .350—seventh highest in the senior circuit. He has slammed eight home runs and driven in 44 runs. "Bell does everything you can ask of a player," Tebbetts continued "He hits equally well against left and right handed pitchers. He's a fine fielder and throws out his share of runners on the bases, here's only one thing wrong, IT guess—he doesn't get all the publicity that Snider and Mays do." Birdie is too concerned with the problems of lifting his club out of sixth place to worry about the upcoming All-Star Game, but he thinks it would be a shame if Bell or Ted Kluszewski were left off the squad. "Show me a better first baseman than Kluszewski," he said. "He bats .300, knocks in over 100 runs and comes up with 40 homers. What more can you ask? "Why if he played in the Polo Grounds he would hit 60 home runs for the Giants. They say he's not much of a fielder, but every time I see a ball hit his way, he comes up with it and he digs those low throws out of the dirt too." Sporti Roundup— Marciano by a KO in the 12th By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — When a man has won 45 straight fights, 40 of them by knockouts, it becomes apparent that he carries a kick in his fists. It also becomes apparent that anyone who picks against that kind of a record is leaving himself open to comments by his friends. For that reason, and because it's^ much the easier course, we are advising that Rocky Marciano looks like a cinch to beat Ezzard Charles tomorrow night and keep his heavyweight title. There is no valid rea- TO ALL-STAR GAME — Bob (Red) Childress, for three years the Blytheville Chickasaws' do-everything blocking back, has been invited to play in the annual All-American high school football game at Memphis on Aug. 20. Childress joins a long list of Chick stars who have participated in the game. He is to report for practice on Aug. 14 and will be a member of the 44-man West squad. (Courier News Photo) Wards Beats Ark-Mo 18-15 In MSL Tilt Using ten hits and ten errors to best advantage, Montgomery Ward's softballers hammered out an 18-15 victory over the Ark-Mo Power entry in the ' Y" men's softball league at Little Park yesterday afternoon. Ward's jumped off to a big six run lead in the first inning as ten men came to bat and garnered four hits. Six more crossed the platter in the fourth and five in the fifth, the big blow in the fifth being Holmes' home run blast into the lef-center rock pile. After playing dead for five innings, the Ark-Mo Kilowatts came to life in the sixth and scored ten runs on five hits, an error a hit batsman and six bases on balls. "Chigger" Smith, who had the situation well in hand through the fifth, having allowed only six bin- gles, appeared to tire and lost his control, walking in threer uns. With the bases loaded and two out Bob Cox was brought in from short to replace him, promptly forcing Tully to pop out to the infield. Tully, on the mound for the Kilowatts, pitched a good game and with a little better fielding support, would have had a low-scoring contest. Team standings: Won Southwestern Bell 5 General American 3 Courier News 2 Montgomery Ward 2 G.M.A.C 1 Ark-Mo Power 0 Lost 0 1 1 3 3 5 Walter Alston, manager of the Brooklyn Dodger^, was graduated from the University (Ohio) in 1934. of Miami son why a fighter who has won 45 times should stumble over No. ] 4C. Unpredicted ! As long as Rocky is going to be the winner, it hasto be by a knockout sbmewhere inside the scheduled 15 rounds. As to the exact point where Rocky will explode one against Ez's chin, it's hard to say, because the champion is somewhat unpredictable. In his first bout with Jersey Joe Walcott in Philadelphia, the Brockton Buster took 13 rounds to lay old Joe among the daisies. The second time, in Chicago, he" needed just over two minutes. Last September here it was the llth round before Rocky caught up with Roland LaStarza and busted the former coiiegian open like a cantaloupe. So Rocky is inconsistent, except that he always wins. The most widely accepted theory seems to be that it probably will take him * lot of rounds to tag Ezzard. We have heard several renowned experts predict it will not occur before the'. 14th or 15th round if Charles plays it cozy and doesn't »t some earlier stage take it into hit bead to slug with Rocky. Our own strong feeling is that the body punishment will get Charles M It did LaStarza. Ezzard never bac been especially noted for his ability to take it around the mid- 41*. It is doubtful he ever has been hit there as hard and as often a* IM will be tomorrow night. II It it necessary to name the raind to hold the license, we'll takt * flier on the 12th. Wouldn't it much surpriseq if Ezzard is ftbtad on potato when it Happens May You tfv« At Long Ai Yfeu Iffct, And Havt What Ifou IHct Aj long Ai Yoy i/'v«. JIM BEAM KENTUCKY JTHAIMT IOUBIOK WHISKEY II PROOF Salute your friends with Beam ... the way friends have done ever since 1795. Toasting with Beam is a compliment everybody appreciates. Link to Past Broken As Blacksmith Quits ROCKFORD, 111. <#>)-—Rockford's last blacksmith shop has closed. Gust Djupstrom, who remembers the day when three smiths in his shop shoed 86 horses a day. has extinguished the last flame in the in the forge. The 63-year-old shop will be torn down. Old-timers who congregated daily at the blasksmith shop to exchange stories of the past recall the time a man unable to find a place to tie his horse took it to a nearby saloon and ordered schooners of beer for himself and the horse. Charles Awaits That Long Ride to Stadium ROSE ojr nx.uivn.4x xvvrom NEW YORK (AP) — The long, hard months of training were over. Now/the hours grew longer far heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano and challenger Ezzard Charles as they sweated out the mental torture of waiting for the opening bell at Yankee Stadium Thursday night. Lions, JCs Wage Fierce 4-3 Battle Today's Schedni* Kiwanic Club versus Shrine Club Probable pitching choices: Jimmy Bruce (1-1) oppocfettf PhjrHte Garner By J. P. FRIEND Showing a complete reversal of form, the Jaycees waged a terrific battle before losing to the Little League defending champion Lions Club, 4-3, yesterday. Little Jimmy Killett was the difference between the two teams. Teh Lions Club shortstop rapped a double, single and home run in as many trips to the plate, scored two runs and drove in another pair to provide the margin of victory. His four-master was the clincher. With the score tied at three apiece, little Jimmy poled a long drive to center and whizzed around the bases before the Jaycee outfield could recover the pellet and return it to the infield. Mound Duel Jimmy Marshall and Barry Ball locked, horns in a neat mound battle with the latter earning an edge in the matter of hits. Ball granted the Lions Club only eight while his mates were combing Marshall for two more. Almost half of the champs' total went for extra bases and thereby hangs the tale. Ball whiffed nine, one more than his foe. He walked three, compared to Marshall's pair. Oddly, none of the Annie Oakleys figured in the scoring. Charles Cobb posted 3-3 for the losers. The Lions Club had to win it the hard way, coming from behind. The Jaycees hopped on Marshall for four hits during their first time at bat and turned them into two runs. After Dean Storey perished, Bobby Jacques beat out an infield tap. Sonny Elledge, the fielding star with five perfect chances, singled to center and Bobby raced to third. Ball went down swinging but Freddie White singled sharply to right, scoring Jacques and sending Elledge to the hot corner. Charles Cobb bounced a hit to right to count Elledge. Lion Rally Ball nursed that lead until the first of the third when the Lions Club found the range with three hits and a fielder's choice which were parlayed into three tallies. Billy Nelson opened the round by drawing a pass. Danny Morris hoisted to center and Frank Alford forced Nelson as the silver lining colored sharply. Jerry Hill kept the skein working with a long single on which Alford scampered all the way in. Killett followed with his second safety, a long drive, and Coach Harman Taylor waved "Cue Ball" on in. Marshall walked and Jessie Raspberry obliged with another hit and Killett easily made it home. The lead was short lived as the Jaycees knotted it good and tight with a run in the last of the fourth. Bill Gourley started things with a single and moved to second on Nelson's error. Storey beat out an infield hit to jam the bases. Jacque's towering fly to left accounted for Gourley after the catch. It was the first sacrifice fly of the new season and it was turned into a double play. It saved a run and possible defeat as Elledge followed with a safety, but Marshall -forced Ball to hoist to third. Killett's winning home run came with two outs in the first of the fifth. See LITTLE LEAGUE on Page 11 Michigan State College is giving a ane year trial to girl cheerleaders. This is a bad time—the waiting—for most fighters. And most observers feel that it will af-fect the boxer—Charles—more than the slugging Marciano. "They Die" "It's the long ride to the stadium the night of the fight that gets the boxers," said Marshall Miles, who managed the great Joe Louis and saw many of the bomber's opponents freeze before the ba-t- tle. "They die on that ride." Miles picked Rocky in 10 or less. "Charles probably will lead for seven or eight rounds," said Miles, "and then Rocky will connect just like Joe used to do." The odds are 1-2 that undefeated Rocky will make the former champion from Cincinnati his 41st kayo victim. On the fight itself, the 29- year-old Brockton Bruiser held firm as a 1-3v; choice. It was 5-1 against Charles scoring a knockout. Leave Today Both gladiators were due to leave their Catskill Mountain training camps late today. Then the fighters will go into seclusion, until the noor weigh-in Thursday. Promoter Jim Norris said there was $300,000 in the till and that he expected it to go up to the stadium Thursday night with between $350,000 and $400,000. He held to his prediction of a $500,000 gate "or more" with a break in the weather. The fighters will share in another $190,000 or so from the coast- to-coast theater-television and $35,000 from the network radio broadcast. There will be no home television of the 8:30 p. m. CST 15-rounder. A Horse on Him ASHVTLLE, K- C. (£>>—Highway Patrolman R. A. Queen began filling out a citation form for drunkea driving: "Make of vehicle?" 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