The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on March 22, 1956 · Page 27
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 27

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, March 22, 1956
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Thursday, March 22. 1956 Still Look like Champs Dodgers Are Hurting .'•Kililors Note: This is the Iliird Of u soriof> on {!;(• l(!5(i pros|>i,Tfs of tlm jiiiijo 1 ' Jft",7ii(! fiiib.s. MIKE F'RANSSEN. STATE RESERVE LIFE "Sea Me Beforf Y ou Di»" ISy I.KO If. PKTKKJBK.V VKKO BEACH, Fla. —UP— The cfj.'impioj: Brooklyn Dodjprs are "hurting"'this spring, but they still loo!: like the class of the Na- I tional League. •They're hurling because Johnny Podres, their World Series pitching hero, is Navy-bound; 'pitcher Knrl is having more arm trouble, and their captain and spark- plyg, Pee Wcc Reese, has a bock injury. But they are loaded with talent and even Walt Alston, their taciturn manager, agrees. "We are Ihc club to beat." Podres will be the only key player missing from their first world chnmpionshi.p team. The rest of them arc buck, and both Spoonei: and Reese arc confident they will be all right. They'll have Gil Hodges at first. Duke Snider in center, Carl Furil- !o in right. Roy Cam'panella behind the plate and such pitchers as Don Ncwcombe, Carl Erskine. Billy Loes, Don Bossent, Roger Craig and Clem La bine out there on the mound. They, together, with Reese—and in the Series. 7 3 odres—formed the backbone of the club in 1955. For the positions open, there are plenty of candidates. P'or instance. .Randy Jackson, obtained from the Cubs, and Jackie Robinson are battling for the third base spot 1 No matter which one. makes it, the. Dodgers do not figure to be weak there. The same is true of second base, shortstop and left field. If Reese should come to the end of tlin road, Brooklyn has spunky Don Zimmer and rookie Chico Fernandez, who hit :.'M at Montreal last year, ready lo lake over. . At second. Junior Giliiam. who also can play left field; Zimmer, and rookie Charley Neat, another Montreal graduate, are available. And for the left field spot there are Sandy Amoros, whoso catch saved the Dodgers in the series; rookie Gino Cimoli, a .300 hitter at Montreal in 1955; and GiUism and Robinson—if they should be beaten, out of • their infield posts. The Dodgers have depth in every position except first and that isn't much of a 'Worry when you have a durable guy like Hodges but there. But if something shoul dhap- pen to the slugging first baseman, Robinson can play the bag. Pitching long has been rated as a Dodger weakness, but actually is one of their strong spots. Newcombe was 20-5; Erskine, 11-8; Loss KM: Bessenl g-1; -Craig 0-3; Labine 33-. 1 ). Back of them are fellows like Ken Lehman, a 22-game winner at Montreal; Quick Templaton, who won 14 at St. Paul; Sandy Koufax, the bonus pitcher who won a big game against the Redlegs last year, striking out 14 men; Ed Roebuck, who was one of the best relief pitchers in the league for the first half of the season: Jim Hughes, the relief star of 1954 but a bus in 1955; a.nd the sleeper of the group. Don Elston, a 17-game winner at Los Angeles. "I'm not worried about my left- handed pitching," Alston said. "Of course, I'd like to have Podres but I'm sure the other fellows will be able to take up the slack." As for catching, Campanella stands out in the National League like Yogi.Borra of the Yankees does in the American. For power, speed, pitching, defense, bench strength and everything else, the Dodgers seem to have it—at least on paper. .Enjoy Year-Round Comfort With L GENERAL ELECTRIC "Weathertron" ALL ELECTRIC HEATING AND COOLING Complete line of General Electric commercial and. domestic air conditioning and heatin'g systems. YOUR AUTHORIZED GENERAL ELECTRIC DEALER GUNN AIR CONDITIONING X MATING CO. 1607 Alexander Drive Phone 2925 Today's Sporrrait-- Ex-track Star Bob Karnes Now Guides Drake Relays By CTIUCK KROUSE DES MOINES — UP — Bob Karnes, . a durable runner from the samO: fold as Glenn Cunningham and Wes Santee. has fallen heir to one of the biggest track jobs in the country ~/ A the Drake Relays. Around DCS Moines, it is the big- gets. The basis for comparison is the Penn Relays, for the past 35 years held on the same date and over which the bulldog school claims friendly superiority. 282 titles to 237 for teams competing at'Penn. Karnes took over as Drake track coach and Relays director last fall, replacing Tom Deckard who entered private business. This year the challenge-is bigger than ever with the 1956 Olympics in the background. Undoubtedly, more than one athlete «'ho slicds his swcatclothes in Drake Stadium April 27-28 will represent the. United States at Melbourne, Australia, this summer. Karnes. 29. has followed up a fabulous college career with an equally remarkable record as a young coach. As a distance man at Kansas, he won more individual titles in Big Seven competition than any other Jayhawker runner, an illustrious field that includes such names as Cunningham, Santce, Jim Bausch and Herb Semper. Including freshmen competition, he won 13. Karnes was captain of the track team two years and eross-countrv captain three years. He won nine successive Big Seven two - mile titles and twice won the outdoor mile and two-mile events. He was named winner of tho Jfenry Siiulte <rophy as the outstanding conference trackman in 1949 and 1950. After two years of coaching at Smith-Cotton high school. Sedalia'. Mo., during which his teams were unbeaten in dual competition, Karnes transferred to Shawnee- Mission high school at Kansas City, Kan. There his teams won one indoor and one outdoor title and in any kind of a meet were beaten by onl yone school. Wichita Teachers. In three years against the much larger school, Shawnee- Mission had a 6-4 mark. "We've got a field or top-notch performers lined up." Karnes said of the impending Drake classic. "It's too early to say exactly who will be here, but they'll be among the best."' Normally, the Drake Relays attract 1.500 to 2.000 athletes, "about half of them from colleges and universities and the others from Iowa high schools. Institutions from border to border and coast to coast are represented. 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