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PAGEIU BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1954 Deserves Return Marciano 1 Want Him Again Charles Says After Brutal 15-Rounder By MURRAY EOSE NEW YORK (AP) — "He gave me a helluva fight. H deserves a return fight if he wants it." Thus spoke heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano afte his thrilling, come-from-behind 15-round decision over game undaunted Ezzard Charles in a savage scrap in Yankee Stadi urn last night "I want him again," snarled th' battered, u n f ?. z e d 32-year-ol Charles. "I thought I won. I thinl I came closer to knocking him ou than he did me. IV; next time i will be different." The lean Cincinnati Cobra, who failed for the second time in an attempt to become the first ex champion to regain the heavy weight crown, may get his cnanc In September. "Entitled To It" "Charles is entitled to the re turn," said Al Weill, manager of the all-conquering Brockton Bruis cr. "It was a great show and a great fight. If Rocky's cut conies out okay, I'd say a September fight with Charles in New York is * great possibility. "If not Charles," continued Weill "maybe that Englisnman — Don Cockell — or maybe the winner of the Hurricane Jackson - Nino Valdes fight (they meet in Madison Square Garden July 14) if they put on an exciting fight. Say, wasn't that a great scrap?" Fans in Lather It was that, ana more. Practically every one of the 47,585 pay- Ing customers, who contributed to a gross gate of $543,092, left the ball park raving about the slam heavyweight tussles in years. "It was as tough as my first fight with (Jersey Joe) Walcott, maybe tougher," said the 29-year- old unbeaten Marciano, who went career. It was only the sixth time Rocky had to win by votes of the officials and one of the very few in which he failed to floor his opponent. He swept his other 40 by knockouts. For four rounds it was all Charles. The 185^-pound, 18-5 underdog boxed beautifully. Then the IST^-pound Rocky, bleeding profusely from a wide, inch-and-a- quarter gash over his left eye, came on. Handed Out Beatinjr The muscular, bulldozing champion almost put Ezzy away in the sixth, kept driving until he was ahead slightly by the 10th, and then almost stowed Charles away several tunes in the later rounds. In the last, he battered the swollen-faced, hands-down challenger all over the ring. The officials' votes brought no protests except from the Charles' camp. Referee Ruby Goldstein had it 8-5-2; Judge Harold Barnes, 8-6-1 and Judge Arthur Aidala, 9-5-1. The Associated Press score card had Rocky far in front 10-4-1, giving the champion every round from the fifth on ~ with the exception of the seventh. That round was called even. 1275,000 Purse Rocky's purse, riot counting the movies which may prove to be a bonanza, came to about §275,961. Charles collected approximately of the gate, the approximate!} $188,000 from the telecast to 6 theaters in 45 cities, and the $35,00( from the network radio broadcast. The gash over Rocky's left eye- opened in the fourth round—re quired 10 stitches -by Dr. Vincen Nardiello. The physician cut awaj some old scar tissue in his post fight operation at St. Clare's hos pital. Charles required some treat ment too for his swollen features. hipped challenger said he was "do ing all right" until he was hit in the Adam's apple. "He's strong and throws a lo of punches but he didn't give me as tough a fight as Walcott did,' Ez said. "In fact, all (four) of my fights with Walcott were tougher He didn't hurt me near as much as Walcott did." Rocky said he was "surprised by Charles' ability to take a punch and by his power. I just couldn't f st going early. I guess I was dull, ut 'at the finish I was plenty fresh, not the least bit tired." .Through the first four rounds 'harles bewildered the slugging champ with left jabs, hooks and rights and successfully tied up the flat-footed, stalking Marciano. Rocky unlimbered his left hooks to take the fifth. In the sixth the often wild - swinging Marciano rocked Charles with a terrific right to the jaw and solid hook o the stomach. "Bell Saved Him" "I dazed him but the bell saved him" said the Rock. The 10th was another big round or the champ and he almost felled r 2zy with his looping "Suzy Q" ight. In the llth he came close o dropping his taller rival with right and a blazing hook to the ody. Charles fired back often enough ut his punches had lost their team. In the final round as Rocky ent out to clinch the verdict, harles- barely staved off a knock- ut. Squirrels Get Indian Scalps In HSSL Game The tables were turned in yesterday's high school softball game at Little Park as the Squirrels scalped the Indians 8-5 in twilight play. The winners scored three big runs in the opening inning and added one in the second, two in the third Baseball a By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet GB New York 37 21 .638 Brooklyn 35 23 Milwaukee 30 25 .545 5V S Philadelphia .. 29 25 St. Louis 29 29 Cincinnati 26 Chicago 23 31 32 .603 .545 .537 .500 .456 .418 6 8 10 '/a 12% Pittsburgh 18 41 .305 19 & Today's Games "Chicago at Brooklyn (N) St. Louis at New York (N) Cincinnati at Philadelphia (N) Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (N) Thursday's Results New York 2, Cincinnati 1 Milwaukee 6, Brooklyn 4 Philadelphia 3, St. Louis 2 innings) (15 Chicago at poned, rain. Pittsburgh, post- AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet Cleveland 41 17 .707 Chicago 38 20 .655 New York 38 22 .633 .474 .404 .379 .373 .364 GB 3 4 Detroit Washington Philadelphia Baltimore . 19 38 22 27 30 23 34 22 36 22 37 Boston ... 20 35 Today's Garnet New York at Chicago (N) Philadelphia at Detroit (N) Boston at Cleveland (N) Washington at Baltimore (N) Thursday'* Results Chicago 6, Philadelphia 4 Cleveland 6, Washington 4 New York fl, Baltimore 2 Detroit 2, Boston 1 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet GB W L Pet. GB Legion Gets Scare From Rotarians Atlanta Sirmingham Orleans Chattanooga Memphis little Rock Nashville Mobile 41 24 37 30 33 33 33 31 30 34 X 34 27 32 28 40 .631 .552 .500 .516 .469 .460 .458 .412 7% 10 & 11 11 and two in the sixth. Behind the five-hit tossing of Donald Gentry, this proved more than adequate. The Indians were able to tally once in the first on a single safety and rounded up two more in the third without a safe hit. Single additions in the fifth and sixth did not ssriously threaten. $137,980. That included their share Jack Halstead, with three for four Yesterday's Games Ulanta 3-3. Memphis 1-2 Mobile 2, Chattanooga 1 ittle Rock 7. Birmingham 1 rashville 5, New Orleans 3 (10 innings) Today's Games dobile at Chattanooga irmingham at Little Rock (2) 'ew Orleans at Nashville COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB 1 Dorado 34 16 .680 — reenville 28 20 .583 Meridian ine Bluff tonroe ot Springs Yesterday's Results El Dorado 6, Monroe 1 Greenville 7, Meridian 1 Pine Bluff 16, Hot Springs 10 Today's Games Monroe at Hot Springs El Dorado at Greenville Pine Bluff at Meridian women's golf crown with a 6 and 5 victory over Mrs. Julius A. Page of Sedgefield, N. C. led the Squirrel attack, while Bobby Jones was the Indian work horse, also with three for four. Sports Roundup— "S In Defeat, Charles Was Tops Today'* Schedule Kiwanii Club versus Shrine Club, 5:10 p.m. (rained out fame) By J. P. FRIEND The no-hit jinx, traditional in baseball circles, 'nearly claimed Doug Dorris and his American Legion forces yesterday afternoon. Rallying beautifully with five runs in the fifth inning, the league leaders protected their Little League unbeaten record by earning a 6-6 tie with an inspired Rotary Club. The game was called after the regulation six innings because of darkness, and will be replayed next Friday afternoon. It was a close call for the league leaders. Taking advantage of seven errors, four in one inning by Dorris, Legion ace; the Rotes racked up four runs in tne second, added two more in the next frame and appeared well on their way to another season upset, especially with big Tom Smith in superb form and apparently in control of the situa- ion. But Tom and his mates faltered ong enough to help the Legions generate a rally that tied the score and keep their slate clean. Dorris Starts Slowly Following his no-hitter over the Jaycees last week, Dorris wasn't as sharp as in previous games. He wasn't able to put his favorite ast ball where he wanted it, par- icularly in the early part of the game. But after the visitors ' bad oiled up the commanding lead, he hen settled down and the closing rames found him in high gear. The Rotary club collected only hree hits, all in the scoring rounds, while Smith yielded six, half dur- ng the big spree. Dorris fanned 10 and walked our. Smith set down 11 on strikes ut handed out six free tickets to irst, two intentionally, and hit a batter. The hit batsman turned out to be the key that unlocked the gate for the American Legion. Dorris ran into early difficulty with his control as he walked two MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association St. Paul 21, Columbus 6 Kansas City 3, Toledo 0 Only games scheduled Texas League Beaumont 4, Dallas 1 Shreveport 4. Fort Worth 2 Oklahoma City 6, Houston 4 San Antonio 4, Tulsa 2 Western League Denver 27, Sioux City 8 Des Moines 16, Colorado Springs 12 Lincoln 9, Pueblo 8 Omaha 10, Wichita 4 Yankees in Chicago For Series with Sox Rams Are Upset In Pony Loop Tigers Score Surprising 12-0 Victory in Key Game of Season Working behind the one-hith url- ing of Bill Wyatt, the Tigers of Coaches Jim Killett and Doyle Turner threw a pair of well greased skids under the Rams in "Y" Pony League play at Compress Park yesterday afternoon, hammering out a 12-0 decision. The Tiger pitcher had a no-hitter going into the bottom of the sixth and the spectators were working with him until big David Barnes doubled to right centerfield with two away in the sixth. The scoring threat posed by Barnes' bingle was quickly annulled as Wyatt bore down and whiffed Eddie Perry to end the inning. The right-hander fanned a total of ten Tigers and did not walk a in. though he nicked Bratcher in New Faces Look Great In U.S.Open Patton, Toski, Little, Mengert Play Solid Game SPRINGFIELD, N. J. (AP) — Whoever said tournament golf needed some new faces didn't reckon with the squar- ish, smiling face of William J. Patton, who prefers to be called Billy Joe; the thin countenance of Bob Toski; the serious, blue-eyed look of Gene Littler; or the broad-browed head of Al Mengert. These four, hardly more than And Richardsmen Must Regain Some Lost Ground By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sport* Writer If the Chicago White Sox intend to be pennant contenders the next time the New York Yankees come to visit, they better figure some way to beat the champs in the four-game set starting tonight. the third on a pitched ball. Successive errors in the first in the first but was able to worm out by throwing the ball by the hitters for strikeouts before being scored on. The Legions quickly got to Smith for a pair of doubles by Johnny Plunkett and Jerry (Monk) Rounsavall and grabbed a one-run advantage. Then started the wild throwing spree by Dorris and company that nearly proved fatal. Danny Smothers opened the second inning with a single to right. Jerry Hodge walked. Jimmy Lendennie bunted perfectly and Dorris. unable to make a play on the batter, tried to pick Smothers off of third and threw wildly. Smothers came in easily. Hodge pulled up at third and Lendcnnie continued on to the middle bag. Ron Huey lifted to Johnny Plunkett in right for "Jerk" to score after the catch. Tex Turner plunked a dribbler to the right of the mound. Dorris not only fumbled the easy chance but threw badly to first enabling Lendennie to score and sending the little second baseman to his post. Turner caught Dorris napping and tore out for third on a stolen base attempt. The pitcher obliged by again heaving past Frank Craig for another scorer. The rest period didn't calm the frame, after Bill Haney skied to right, got a threat going, as Joe Bratcher's bounder went through the second baseman's legs. An attempted force at second on Coalter's hopper to short, was dropped by the second baseman and all hands were safe, but Barnes fanned and Eddie Perry popped to short. The only other Tiger threat came in the 5th when Jerry Brown was safe on an error and stole second. Wyatt then breezed three strikes past Jack Renfro, pinch-hitting for Lamar Wheat, and Biliy Haney. 14 Tiger Hits The Tigers garnered 14 hits off Bratcher, starting the skids working in the second inning with two markers. Jerry Lutz singled and stole second, Slayton struck out, but> David Kelly's double down the first base line drove in the first run. Alvie Jarrett was out, pitcher to first, before James Brogdon sin- of the huge opening day crowd at Baltusrol, were right up at the top of the list as the 54th National Open Golf Championship went into its second day. The faces that drew the crowds—Ben Hogan and Sam Snead—had to be content with more or less secondary roles. Popular Patton Hot Patton, the 32-year-old Morgantown, N. C., lumberman who probably gets more fun out of golf than any other tournament player, breathed new life into an already- tense tournament when he fired an The Yanks won't be back in Chicago until July 27 and by that time it may be too late. In fact, the way Cleveland has been going, it just might be too late for either the Yankees or the White Sox. Indians to Get Fat? This is especially true since the Indians figure to fatten up on the hapless Boston Red Sox while second-place Chicago and third-place New York are tangling with each other. So far, -Paul Richards hasn't had much luck in keeping his "go-go" Sox going against the Yankees. They won their first game with the Yankees this season, then lost six in a row before salvaging the finale of the four-game series in New York last week-end. All Win All three American League leaders won yesterday. Cleveland ran its winning streak to eight games with a 6-4 triumph over Washington. The White Sox outlasted Philadelphia 6-4 and New York breezed over Baltimore 9-2. Boston lost its ninth game in its last 10 starts, 2-1 to Detroit. In the National League, the New York Giants pulled two games in front of the Brooklyn Dodgers by shading Cincinnati 2-1. Brooklyn lost to Milwaukee 6-4. Philadelphia and St. Louis played the longest game of the season—15 innings— before the Phils won_-3^2 with Robin Roberts going all the~Vay. Chicago Baltimore's defense rell apart as the Orioles lost their third straight to the Yankees. New York wrapped it up with five runs in the sixth inning with the hel pof Baltimore's errors in fielding and judgment. George Zuverink had his singer ball working to perfection against the last-place Red Sox. He walked nobody, struck out nobody and did not allow a hit in the last 42-3 innings. The Giants beat the Redlegs without a hit. They got two singles, an hour apart, but their two runs came on a pair of walks, two errors and a force play. Wilson Hit Hard Jim Wilson of the Braves, a no- hit winner his last time out, ran his string of hitless innings to 10 and scoreless innings to 24 before opening round of 32-37—69 yester- | Was rained out at Pittsburgh. day. That was the only time tough old Baltusrol's tournament par of 3436—70 was beaten yesterday and Billy Joe had the time of his life doing it as he slugged and scrambled his way around the 7,027-yard lower course. One stroke behind Patton came Littler, the 1953 amateur champion, who won't be 24—nor eligible to win mone in PGA tournaments —until July; Toski. 27, the. leading money winner of the pro circuit; and the 34-year-old Ted Kroll, No. 4 on the money list. Defending champion Hogan and Ed Furgol, an experienced tourn- Vernon Homers Cleveland jumped away to a three-run lead in the first inning against the Senators as Prank Shea walked two men and hit one. Vic Wertz doubled and Wally Westlake singled. The Washington runs came in the seventh when Early. Wynn walked the bases loaded and in the ninth on Mickey Vernon's two-run homer. Gus Zernial, who had been feuding with Manager Eddie Joost- of the Athletics, came off the bench to deliver a three-run, pinch-hit homer at Chicago. His blast followed a bases-empty homer by Bill Wilson. But the A's were trailing by ix runs by the time they found column. They pounded him hard, once they started, getting seven extra-base hits. But Milwaukee was hitting for distance too, and Wilson stayed on top. Roberts scored the winning run in the marathon at Philadelphia. He opened the 15th by walking, moved to second on a sacrifice, to third on an infield grounder and scored on a single by Del Ennis. The Philadelphia right - hander didn't walk a man in the 15 innings. He struck out seven and gave up 10 hits. Bobby Morgan forced the game into overtime with a home run off Gerry Staley with two out in the ninth. Joe Presko took over at the start of the 13th and was the loser. The Cardinals scored their first run on a homer by Bill Sarnl and their second on singles by Red grounded out to short. Slayton then slashed a triple to drive in one run and Kelly got his second hit to score Slayton. The winners added a singleton in the fifth, but really got going at high speed in the seventh. With Lutz aboard and two men away. Bratcher attempted to field Jarrett's pop bunt, on the fly and kicked it, Brogdon walked. Hoi- brook. Moore and Wyatt singled in succession. Double Fails Jerry Brown went behind second to take Huffman's roller and attempted to turn it into a double and first. Lutz was out, short to first. The stick star for the Tigers was left-fielder David Kelly, who posted two doubles and a single for hit Legions as they contributed two j d& y' s work, drove in four runs, more tallies in the third. With one ! scored one and made several nice By CAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Ezzard Charles has joined the impressive list of those former heavyweight champions who tried to win back the title and found the burden too great, but none who watched the Cincinnati Negro take the terrible beating he did from Rocky Marciano last night will forget the stout-hearted display he gave. In. defeat, Charles probably knew his greatest hour. Never again will anyone in his right mind the bass fiddle has no stomach for fighting. Marciatto, who has a burning ambition to be accepted as a great hampion, probaoly made some progress toward that goal. He didn't win by a knockout, as it had been widely expected that he would, but he might have done something even more impressive in demonstrating that he could give a beating to a man of Charles' skill over the -lull 15- rounds. If Rocky isn't great, he is a wonderful competitor. For the last 11 rounds he fought under the handicap of a cut over his left on and soaked both fighters. There is no man in sight now to stand against him. On our score card the final tally was 9 rounds for Marciano, 4 for Charles and 2 so even that we couldn't split them apart. This was slightly longer in Rocky's favor than the consensus of the three officials, who were, however, unanimous in the opinion that the title had not changed hands. There can be little question of which man took the greater punishment. Charles did, by far. Though Marciano shed the more blood, he never once gave any evidence of being hurt. Charles teed off on the solid Rock perhaps 50 times, flush on the button, yet not once did the champion flinch or keep slogging forward to throw his bludgeoning left hooks and his looping right. Charles, on the other hand, appeared very lucky to finish three or four rounds after Rocky first tagged him in the sixth with a left the entire aspect of the battle. Up to that time, it should be remarked the duel had been practically a one-way street for Ezzard. away Smith hit to third. Frank Craig made a beauty of a stop but his throw to Jimmy Wells was in the dirt and got by the first baseman, permitting the runner to proceed to another base. Smothers smacked a double off Craig's glove, sending in Smith. Hedged ribbled a roller to Wells, who stepped on the bag but tossed over Craig's head trying for a double play on Smothers. Smith in High Gear In the meantime Smith was having a comparatively easy time disposing of Coach Ott Mullins' crew. By the time the fifth rolled around he had racked up eight strikeouts, three coming in the fourth after Craig walked to open the inning. Dorris had shaken off his lethargy by whiffing the side in the top of the fifth. Plunkett worked Smith for a pass to start the ball to rolling in the lower half of the fifth. Little Don Nelson dropped a perfect bunt down third with such skill that Hodge, coming in fast, couldn't maek a play. Both moved up as "Monk" Rounsavall rolled out to the pitcher. Dorris was purposely walked to fill the bases. Smith spoiled the strategy by i hitting Russ Moore, forcing Plunk- i ett across. i Craig kept the pot boiling by sin- j gling to center to drive in Nelson ' and Dorris. Dick Branscum, a southpaw swinging pinchhitter, See LITTLE LEAGUE on Pajre 7 I catches defensively. Ed Moore also had a good day, with three singles and a scintillating defensive effort in the second, when he went behind second to grab Jerry Brown's bounder and throw him out at first. Roberts Having Tough Luck And Philly Ace Won't Forget Cards PHILADELPHIA (/P)—Robin Roberts, a 20-game winner for the past four years, "is having his toughest luck in years but he'll probably never forget last night's 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The ace righthander had to go 15 innings—longest National League game of the season—to get credit for his eighth win in 15 decisions. That's not all—he had to score the winning run to boot. And he won he game without giving up a walk. Roberts, who had an 11-4 record gled Kelly across. Brogdon was amcnt player, were tied at 71 with the r and th couW f forced at second on Wayne Hoi- ot; - Tr ° Qt "- n1 ^ n*»r.n.avf ~ v,,-^ i^., tv.*,, i * •"* brook's grounder. The Tigers clawed again in the third when lead-off man, Ed Moore's single got through the outfielder for a two-base error. The Ram infield chose to play Moore at the plate on Wyatt's hopper and all hands were safe. 25-year-old Mengert, a pro less than up _ two years. Snead, still suffering from a painful stiff neck and hitting some of his long shots badly, wound up in the 72 bracket with a flock of others, including three former champions, Lew Worsham, Lloyd Mangrum and Gary Middlecoff. It still was anybody's tournament and when someone asked Hogan if he'd settle for three more 71s, he grimly replied: "I wouldn't settle for anything. I'm here to play. That's my business." Campy Is Leading Catcher Voting a sacrifice fly by Ray Jablonski. fords Bratcher's win skein was broken this time last year, has caused at two, as he gave up 14 hits, i lumps to grow in the throats of walked three and fanned four. SUNDAY June 20 in first place today in the National League's balloting for starting catcher in the All Star baseball game in Cleveland July 13- In the All Star baseball poll, which opened a week ago, "Campanella regained the lead .from Forrest (Smokey) Burgess of the Philadelphia Phillies. In the poll's only other major change, Red Schoendienst, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman, took over the lead from Granny Hamner of Philadelphia. son. Of the seven games he's lost, three have been shutouts and his mates tallied only six runs in the oDher four losses. Last night the Phillies' attack was only a little beter- For the first eight innings they could collect only an unearned run off the Cards' Gerry Staley while Roberts was limitying St. Louis to a re- sptctable two runs. Bobby Morgan's two-out homer in the last of the ninth sent it into extra innings and Roberts stayed in. /Roberts led off the 15th with a walk and scored the winning run on Del Ennis' single to center after moving to third on a sacrifice Philadelphia Phillies fans this sea- and an infield out. 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