The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 17, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, June 17, 1954
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THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (AKK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINE It Never Looked So Good for Tribe Cripples Return; Patsies on Slate By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Rarely has the future looked so rosy for the Cleveland Indians. The cripples are coming back with a bang. The club has a three-game hold on first place. And the next eight games, all at home, are against second-division teams. The Indians ran their current winning streak to seven last night \vith a 5-1 victory over Washington that marked the return to partial action of Bobby Avila, the league's leading hitter. Batted Once Al Rosen made his first appearance in almost two weeks the night before. He's last year's Most Valuable Player in the American League and is running second to Avila in hitting. Avila, on the bench with .a chipped thumb, came in as a runner and'stayed around to bat once. He delivered a two-run single. Rosen drove in three runs as a pinch hitter Tuesday night and sineled once in two tries last night. Won 6 of 8 Even in the eight games that both Rosen and Avila missed, the Indians moved forward at a rapid pace, winning six. The other two teams in the three- team American League race also won yesterday. Second-place Chicago beat Philadelphia 11-6 and the" New York Yankees edged Baltimore 2-0. Last place Boston broke an eight-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory at Detroit. The New York Giants stayed atop the National League with a 4-0 verdict over Cincinnati. Brooklyn remained a game behind the Giants by whipping Milwaukee 8-2. St. Louis at Philadelphia and Chicago at Pittsburgh were rained out. Slam for Fain Home runs by Lou Linimer and Bill Renna helped the Athletics build a 6-4 lead in Chicago but the White Sox wiped it out with a seven-run seventh as Ferris Fain hit an inside-the-park home run with the bases loaded. The loss xv as the first for Philadelphia in six games. Hits were scarce in Baltimore, with each side getting only three. But the Yankees bunched theirs in the fifth inning for the only runs. Whitey Ford ran his string of scoreless innings to 20 in winning his fifth game. Three errors contributed to the Tigers' downfall against the Red Sox. Willard Nixon picked up his fifth victory and became the first Boston pitcher to last nine innings since June 7. Hearn Shine* Jim Hearn of the Giants, who hadn't pitched a complete game since last August, stopped-the Red- legs on four hits — all singles. New York scored three runs in the second inning against Joe Nux- hall on doubles by Whitey Lock— man and Davey Williams, a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly by Ray Katt. Katt added the fourth run with a homer in the sixth. The Dodgers beat the Braves into submission with home runs. They hit five, equaling the club's all-time high for one game. Duke Snider started the parade in the first inning and Gil Hodges, Don Hoak, Pee Wee Reese and Roy Campanella joined in the fun. Campanella's homer was his first hit in 21 times at bat. His average has dropped to a mere .168. Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. GB New York 3fr 21 .632 — Brooklyn 35 22 .614 1 Milwaukee 29 25 .537 5& Philadelphia .. 28 25 .528 . 6 St. Louis 29 28 Flanagan After Gavilan Now Hope for Quick Agreement on Fight DETROIT (.4*1 — Promoter Nick Londes flew to New York today to start negotiations for a Kid Gavilan-Del Flanagan title fight in Detroit this fall. "I plan to talk with Angel Lopez," Londes said. "Maybe we can reach an agreement soon." Lopez is Gavilan's manager. Flanagan, a fancy dan with seven years experience, took-a firmer hold on his No. 2 welterweight contender ranking last night with & unanimous 10-round breeze over j Detroit's Allie Gronik, a willing j but pathetically crude boxer. Flanagan quickly spoiled f any hopes Gronik had of becoming big- time. He stabbed, jabbed and danced to an easy victory in their nationally televised fight at Olympia Stadium. Gronik's only advantage, in fact, was in weight. He tipped in at to Flanagan's 148 1 / 4 . Cincinnati .509 26 30 .464 Chicago 23 32 .418 12 Pittsburgh 18 41 .305 19 Today's Games Milwaukee at Brooklyn Cincinnati at New York Chicago at Pittsburgh St. Louis at Philadelphia (N) Wednesday's Results New York 4, Cincinnati 0 Brooklyn 8, Milwaukee 4 St. Louis at Philadelphia, postponed, rain Chicago at Pittsburgh, postponed, ram AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Cleveland 40 Chicago 37 17 20 22 30 33 35 36 34 .702 .649 .627 .464 .411 .386 .379 .370 New York ... 37 Detroit 26 Washington . 23 Philadelphia 22 Baltimore ... 22 Boston 20 Today'* Games Philadelphia at Chicago Boston at Detroit Washington at Cleveland New York at Baltimore Wednesday's Results Chicago 11, Philadelphia 6 Boston 3, Detroit 2 New York 2, Baltimore 0 Cleveland 5, Washington 1 3 4 13 V 2 16 & 18 18i 2' 18 & Minneapolis 8, Charleston 2 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Kansas City 5-3, Toledo 4-14 Indianapolis 13, Louisville 6 St. Paul at Columbus, postponed Texas League Shreveport 5, Dallas 3 Fort Worth 12, Beaumont 7 San Antonio 6, Oklahoma City 5 (11 innings) ^ Houston 10, Tulsa 1 Western League Sioux City 9, Omaha 1 Des Moines 11-2. Wichita 3-4 Denver 10-7, Lincoln 8-7 (2nd game 8 inning tie, called, curfew) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Atlanta 39 24 .619 — Birmingham 37 20 .561 S& Chattanooga 33 30 .524 6 New Orleans 33 32 .508 7 Memphis 30 32 .484 8'4 Little Rock Nashville Mobile Yesterday's Results Atlanta 8. Nashville T Little Bock at New Orleans, postponed, wet grounds. (Only games scheduled) Tonight's Games Birmingham at Little Rock Mobile at Chattanooga Atlanta at Memphis New Orleans at Nashville 28 34 .452 10 V 2 26 32 .448 10V 2 27 40 .408 14 27 20 24 25 20 26 21 28 COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. QB 38 18 .673 — .574 5 .490 9 .435 11V 2 .429 12 18 28 .391 Yesterday's Results Monroe 4, El Dorado 0 Meridian 2, Greenville 1 Pine Bluff 13, Hot Springs 8 Tonight's Games HI Dorado at Monroe Pine Bluff at Hot Springs Meridian at Greenville El Dorado Greenville Meridian Pine Bluff Monroe Hot Springs All Eyes on Hogan As U. S. Open Begins By HUGH FULLERTON JR. SPRINGFIELD N T (AP)' — Thirty years after he won his only National Open Golf championship, Walter Hagen today tabbed Ben Hogan as the man to beat in the 54th National Open, starting today at Baltusrol. Hagen, more interested in cutting up touches with some of his old cronies than in picking winners, merely strung along with the majority, in picking Hogan to win his fifth Open title. But a note of admiration crept into Sir Walter's voice as he talked about the trim little Texan. He's Got the Head "You've got to string along with the little man, he's got the head." "Like you, Walter," suggested Bobby Cruickshank. Hagen nodded agreement and added: '"'He's got the gnmc too. Those other fellows are out there playing practice rounds. Ben already has played the couwe the way it will be for the tournament. "I think he's smart not. to prnc- tice in this cold wind. If you're not on the stick the day before n tournament, you're not going to be on it." The lengthy Baltusrol lower course, where 162 of the nation's top golfers began competitioa today and where one will be crowned champion, isn't the same as the courses Hagen played in the 1915 and 1936 Opens. The original Baltusrol course was torn up in 1920 and what is now the upper course was used in 1936. This one is a 7,027-yard terror, especially if the weather remains damp and windy, as it was for yesterday's final practice rounds. The chilly east wind, blowing against ( the players on the two long fin- | ishinjf holes, made it difficult to approach the tournament par of 34-35—70. So far only Hogan nas dared to predict that "his Open record of 276 for tlif. 72 holes will be threatened here. Most or the others lay 284 should be good enough to win and some predictions have run much higher. Regardless of the quality of the field "the 54th Open figures to be a duel between defending champion Hogan and overdue Sammy Snead until someone else comes along to prove otherwise. Bracketed with them as possible contenders were past champions Lloyd Mangrum, Julius Boros and Gary Middlecoff; Bobby Locke, the smooth-putting South African; Bob Toski, the big winner of the tournament circuit; Ted Kroll; Jackie Burke: George Fazio; and Jimmy Demaret. Freeman's SEAFOOD MARKET 2008 West Main • Fresh Catfish • Oysters Phone 3-6023 Fresh Shrimp All Seafoods (Next Door to Barney's Drug Store) "LET'S GO FISHING" BLYTHEVIU.E'S MOST COiMPLETE BAIT SHOP MINNOWS and GOLDFISH 30c dozen Roaches $1.25 hundred; nothing else to buy Fishing License—Fisherman's Lunch Bar Worms—Tackle—Cold Drinks Mercury Outboard Motors * Feather Craft Aluminum Boat* 4: A.M N. Highway 61 Plenty Free Parking Space The Bait Shop 6: P.M. Ph". 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