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PAO« TWBLVB ALTON EVKNINO TELEGRAPH fATUTOAY, APRIL II, fill I Baker's Dozen By LEE BMEA SPORTS EDITOR Ptfhapt the easiest way to realize the steady upsurge being made by Shurtleff College is to look at the progress In the Pioneers' athletic department. Such a comparison can often times be most misleading, particularly as far as high schools are concerned, but in the case of Shurtleff, we feel there is a connection. Not too long ago, we had a long talk with Dr. David Andrew Weaver, the school's president, and he explained that Shurtleff is seeking over all Improvement with emphasis upon athletics, as well as all other departments. "I feel that athletics have a definite place In the life of the college and at Shurtleff, we shall attempt to keep the sports program on a high but reasonable level. By reasonable, 1 mean that there will be competition with schools of comparable size, no unusual Inducements or concessions will be made to athletes and there will be no pressures placed upon our coaches," Dr. Weaver explained. The problem of putting such a program into action rests upon the shoulders of Sherrlll Hanks, young athletic director for the Pioneers. In more than a century of existence, the Upper Alton institution has had its ups and downs but. with the present combination of Weaver outlining the broad program and Hanks puting It Into effect, we'd definitely say that Shurtleff is on the upgrade athletically. Hanks waR well establlsliptl n* a local sports' figure before IIP WHS brought bock to his alma mater In latft summer of last year to take over the A.D. Job as welt as t he basketball and baseball coaching posts. Sherrlll, son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Hanks of 112 Victory Drive, Bast Alton, rose to prom* Inence as a standout basketball player under Charles (Chick) Summers at Wood River High In the early '40s, then after a hitch In service, became an all-time great for Shurtleff. After graduation, Hanks continued his education in gaining a master's degree at Washington U., then tapght in Springfield public schools for a year before return- Ing to the Pioneers' camp. Shurtleff teams under 'Merle Peerce, Who resigned for a Navy teaching post in Porto Rico which opened the way for Hanks, had done extremely well, but graduation last year carried off the bulk of the team. Sherrill inherited two seniors, Gene Pavelonis and Doug Denton, a junior, Dean Calvin and a sophomore, Leigh Lawrence. To this nucleus, Hanks added a collection of freshmen gathered in from here and there, the most useful of whom turned out to be the Dupo pair of Jim Carey and Les Rainey and Alton's Ken Lawson. The team got off to a fast start, winning four out of its first five games, then hit the skids for five straight defeats. At the first semester's close, four newcomers joined the Pioneer ranks—Don Harmon of Granite City, Jim Scoggins of Wood River, Danny Pelhank of Alton and Francis Hunter of Roxana — and with this additional aid, Shurtleff closed fast. The Telegraph sports pages have recorded the rest of the story at great length. Harmon became a regular and the other three were valuable reserves as the Baptists rolled through their last seven foes without defeat to finish with a 13-7 record. The sweetest victory of all came against the Pioneers' arch rival, high flying McKemlree'i Bearcats, In a never-to-be-forgotten 68-62 thriller which was decided in the final minute of play. SHERRILL HANKS ment Is that Shurtleff is fairly certain to play Bevo Francis & Co. (i.e., Rio Grande College) next season. It the Riant nll-fhne snoring record holder and his Ohio playmates do come in for a tilt with the Pioneers, the game will be played in Wbod River's 4000 seat temple to King Basketball. That, however, is just part of the good word for Alton area basketball fans. The Illinois Church College Conference, in which Shurtleff was a member, has been expanded Into an eight team loop from its previous five and renamed the Prairie College Conference. New members are Rose Poly, Springfield Concordia and Blackburn to go along with former ICCC teams McKendree, Greenville, Eureka, Principia and Shurtleff. Broadening the conference should make the competition therein hotter. In addition to battling In the Prairie, the Pioneers will have home games against such non-conference foes as IMssouri Valley, Lincoln, Central and St. Louis Concordia from Missouri, Oakland City from Indiana and Illinois College and Carthage from the home state. On top of all this, Hunks is angling for a visit from the powerful Phillips Oilers, longtime kingpins of AAU play. If the Pioneers can measure up to a schedule like that —and there is every reason to believe that they can — Stuirtleff will blossom out In earnest as the flower of Alton area athletics. Group of 500 Coaches Likely At Illini Clinic Baseball, golf and tennis are currently upon the Shurtleff sports schedule but Hanks has his attention riveted upon the future. The big reason, of course, is that the Pioneers will return to football next fall after two years off the gridiron. As yet a football coach has not been hired but numerous applications have been received and a decision is expected by the last week in May. In the meanwhile, Hanks has a six game schedule worked up and is ready to add two more if opponents can be secured. Shurtleff's football schedule for 3953 will open Oct. 3 against Rose Poly in Terre Haute, Ind. and close Nov. 7 against Principia at Elsah. In between, games are slated •gainst the Washington University "B" team in St. Louis Oct. 9, and three home games at Alton High Field against Carthage College Oct. 17, Eureka College Oct. 24 and Illinois College Oct. 31. Open dates are spotted at each end of the present schedule and Hanks would not mind filling in a couple of games for Sept. 25 or 26 and Nov. 13 or 14. Building football teanu take* time, however, »o It may be a while before Khurth-ff grldders re- rapture aome of tne former glory wbteh will be their heritage, la basketball, however, tne school to already well OB Ita way to promt- oeae* to small college circle*. With wUy Paveloaia and Beaton i^fklM up diplomas this June, Ha«ks should be well ffeed (or tbe l«fl4-M ramaalga If be eaa add a lew awe key operator* a* be was able t* da tor (be paat season. tbe final seven game winning streak, tbe Pioneers were real crowd pJeasers as tbey hit for 100 points ui one game and twice flirted witn the century mark with 97 and M point final scores. Hanks is busy these days lining up a stronger ttian ever schedule to make things tougher for bis players and more attractive for the local fans, biggest news in this depart- CHAMPAIGN, 111. — Early registrations indicates that more than 500 coaches will attend the Annual Spring Football Coaching Clinic at University of Illinois April 2425. Illinois End Coach Bob King,, program chairman, has lined up an outstanding array of speaking talent for the event. Coaches will head discussion of the intricacies of single wing and split and regular "T" offense and defense by Ray Eliot, Illinois, Eddie Erdelatz, Navy, and Hugh (Duffy) Daughterly, Michigan State, as well as high school mentor C. C. Van Dyke of Galesburg and George ('Tiny') Aasworth of Streator. Intrasqund On HIP Feature of the Clinic program Is the annual University of Illinois intrasquad football game in Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon, April 25. Other highlights are a Friday evening fish fry and movies of the 1952 Michigan State and Navy football games. Daugherty and Erdelatz will utilize members of Illinois' sprint; practice squad for practical demonstrations, an increasingly popular portion of the Illinois Clinic programs. The clinic is sponsored jointly by the'Illinois High School Coaches' Association and the Univorsity of Illinois Athletic Association. Wrestling Course The fourth annual short course on high school wrestling will precede the football clinic on Thursday night. Speakers during the three-hour session will be B. R. Patterson, Illinois wrestling coach and his assistant, Buforri Beck, and former assistant,.Mike Reuter. as well as Walt Jacobs, former national AAU champion, and Roy Swindell, Champaign high school coach- The short course will emphasize teaching of beginning wrestling with special attention on the problems of teaching wrestling in high school physical education classes. Gvic Memorial Seeks Cage Date BETHALTQ -^ J. Mark Pen-in, head basketball coach f9r the Civic Memorial (Bethalto) High Eagles, has announced that he is seeking to fill an open date in his 195V54 season schedule. The Eagles could play away and would prefer a Jan. 5, 1954 date if possible but some other date could be arranged. Perrin adds. Telegraph Want Ads "Click.'» APRIL FOOL — Nope, there's no football being played these days' in the Alton area, ifiven though the weather conditions are rather appropriate. But by the same token there's no baseball, track, golf or trnnr, the',e rlayr, either as the weatherman plays his cute little joke of belated "April Fool." Ex-Eagles, Now Streepers, Open SW Season Sunday The Stroppor baseball team will travel lo Troy Sunday afternoon to open the 1053 season of the Southwestern Illinois Inter-city League. To defend the champion- j ship they won last season under the name of the Alton-Wood RiVer Platfles, Manager Lefty Reynolds will build around the eight veterans returning from last year. Once again he will depend on the hitting of Paul Slaughter, Loren Simms, Bob Astroth, and Ernie Mormino to supply the big scoring punch. Slaughter led the league last year with a .402 average while Slmms, Astroth, and Mormino each hit well over the .300 mark. To put additional power into the line-up, Reynolds figures on starting Al Schulz in centerfield, a move he can now make since signing up Gene Weigler to support Bob Purcell in the pitching department. Wayne Harper, who held down second base during the 1952 season, has been shifted lo shortstop where | HP played prior lo last year- Norb j Srhulz will see only limited duty | hccnu.se shift work will curtail his schedule. Norb, who is one of; the fastest men in the league, will i probably be called on whenever j possible in base-running jobs. j To complete the new roster of i Slrcepcrs, Reynolds has signed Jack Hill, a star athlete of a couple of years ago with Alton High School; Joe Chiado, a veteran of many seasons of Southwestern League play; Don Klopenhaver, a newcomer to the Alton area from Pennsylvania; D. Ricco, and Bernie Lawrence. The Funeral Home boys figure to be much stronger this year with the added power of Hill and Klopenhaver who are both long ball hitters. Chiado is figured on being used mostly in utility roles although! his play in recent practices might win him a starting assignment at first base. Putrpll will probably j?et the rail to start against the Rcdbirds Sunday. Big Bob will be out to conlinue the winning ways he enjoyed last season when he and Al Schul/ teamed up to turn in many fine pitching performances. Ernie Mormono will again be the "man behind the mask." Last year Ernie got off to a late start as Uncle Sam held claim to him for the early part of the season. However, good weather has given him a chance to work out a lot of those preseason kinks this year. To rund out the defensive alignment of Streepers, Slaughter will again take over left field, and with Simms on third)base and Astroth on second, they appear to have formed quite a formidable outfit. With spirit very high, Reynolds will be leading a team which will be going "all out" to repeat the successes of the 1952 season. All Major Now League Teams Off of Unbeaten List By StJlt AP Sporti WfltM Prom now on you can scratch off "unbeaten" when you're talking about the 1953 major league base* ball teams, With only five days gone and a down games played in each league, every one of the 16 teams has lost at least one. The last three— Milwaukee, Cleveland and Brooklyn— bowed Friday. Two Game Streak (?) The longest streak this season was two games, certainly nothing to excite the faithful but at least for the Braves it equalled their best consecutive victory string in a season and a half. The Braves, who would like to think they left their losing habits in Boston when they moved to Milwaukee, put up quite a fight to make it three in a row, but a desperation ninth inning rally in Cincinnati fell one run short. The Redlegs edged them, 10-9. Cincinnati had broken a 7-7 deadlock in the eighth with the help of three walks from rookie Bob Buhl, who was making his first major league start. A ninth inning rally enabled Detroit to end Cleveland's' two game streak, 6*5. The Dodgers bowed to the New York Giants, 6-3. In the afternoon half of a day- night twin bill at the Polo Grounds although they hustled back into the win column with a 12-4 decision under the lights. In other action, the New York Yankees whipped Washington 7-3, with Mickey Mantle driving a 562- foot home run, one of the longest in baseball history; Philadelphia's Charlie Bishop shut out the Boston By The Associated Press Pitching — Rookie Charley Bishop Philadelphia A's, tossed a five- hitter and shut out the Boston Red Sox, 5-0. Batting — Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, hit a 562-foot home run, the second longest on record, as the Yanks defeated Washington, 7-3. Gerry Dreyer Seeks GaviJan After Victory NEW YORK /P - Gerry Dryer, the British Empire welter champ is gunning for a bout with any top welter — champion Kid Gavilan included — after stopping the veteran Phil Burton on a TKO in 2:52 of the sixth round at St. Nicholas Arena. Burton, rugged St. Louis scrapper, never failed to go the route in 78 previous fights with the likes of Gavilan, Billy Graham, Pierre Langlois and Rocky Castellanl. But he just barely beat the count after the first knockdown in the sixth Friday night. And when he went clown again from a right hand punch, Referee George Walsh quickly railed a halt. Dreyer, 2,'i-year-old invader from Pretoria, South Africa, weighed 149 to 143 for Burton in the nationally televised bout. "The kid is ready for any of the leading welters," said Dreyer's manager, Willie Ketcham. "Graham, Turner, Vejar, Martinez or anybody. Dreyer has won 33 of 34 since he turned pro after winning the 1948 Olympic lightweight crown. Babe Didrikson May Yet Come Back to Sports BEAl'MONT, Tex. .V — The sports finish of Babe Didrikson Zaharias may have been written entirely too soon. The great woman athlete rame through a serious operation "fed- ing fine" and the doctors who performed it think she may eventually return to golf where she became the finest player of them all. The Babe was operated on Fri< day afternoon for a malignancy that had put her in a hospital eight •days before. The operation was pronounced as a success and one of her doctors made this observation: "If things go as well as it looks, she could possibly take part in athletics again. But how soon is a Uttle too earl; to say." Mrs. Zaharias found she had the malignant condition last week when, feeling tired and weak, she stopped off in Fort Worth for a checkup by a specialist. She had just won the Babe Zaharias Open Tournament in her home town, Beaumont, and was on the way to Phoenix, An*-, to continue the golf tour. TedWilliamsReportedSuffering From Ear Ailment After Crash BOSTON /P — A Philadelphia friend of ex-Red Sox star Ted Williams — now a Marine jet pilot in Korea -- says the baseball slugger is suffering from an ear ailment that could mean his discharge from the service. Bill Churchman, who flew with Williams in World War II told Boston sports writers Friday in Philadelphia : "Ted wrote me a couple of weeks ago from a hospital ship that his ears clogged up in the fast descent when his plane was hit, took a nose dive and caught on fire in Korea and that his hearing has been impaired since." In that smashup Williams survived a belly landing with his burning plane but later wound up on the hospital ship with an attack of pneumonia. He is believed to be back with his jet squadron again in Korea. "The fact that Ted may be back on duty does not necessarily mean that he has regained his hearing nor would it be a guarantee that the ailment would not occur again," Churchman said. "If the deafness continues," Churchman added, "Williams would be sent back to this country for examination by expert medical authorities. If his hearing is defective, Ted would be eligible for discharge." Churchman stud it Is possible Williams may have tried to "cover up" his ear trouble because he tyants to become "an ace pilot." The Red Sox star isn't scheduled TED WILLIAMS to get out of the service until late next September. There has been speculation he might get out earlier, but not for physical reasons. It was rumored he might finish up a certain required number of combat missions and then be released. There has been no hint of ear trouble. Williams'* was quoted recently from Korea as saying he'd be ijeady to play baseball again when he leaves the Marines "if I can be of help to the Red Sox." SATCHEL PAIGE Red Sox, 5-0, on five hits; and the St. Louts Browns edged the Chi* cago White Sox in Chicago, 6-4. Really Tees Off Mantle, a switch hitter, was batting right handed against southpaw Chuck S t o b b s when he slammed into a fast ball at Griffith Stadium. The drive bounced off a beer sign 457 feet from home plate and landed in a back yard 105 feet beyond the park. The renewal of the Giants-Dodgers feud, in which the Giants prevailed a year ago, saw, Sal Maglie go 6 2-3 hitless innings in the afternoon game before a wind blown fly ball by Jackie Robinson eluded Monte Irvin in the seventh. Maglie weakened and had to have help from Hoyt Wilhelm. getting nowfioro for toot innings against Jim Hearn in tut night game the Dodgers exploded for six runs tn the fifth and tow more in the sixth to leave no doubts, Billy Loes scattered nine hlt» for the victory. The Athletics came up with • surprise when they started Bishop and the Red Sox remained surprised all afternoon as the rookie showed perfect control and struck oat five. feller Beaten The Tigers, most everybody'! choice for last place in the American League, stopped the Indian! as catcher Matt Batts tripled home the tying run in the last of the ninth and scored a moment later on a fly ball by Owen Friend. Tht runs cost Bobby Feller a victory, The Browns batted around in the seventh inning and scored five runs to whip .the White Sox, Satchel Paige, who some folks claim was already a veteran when Abner Doubleday was a mere boy, made his first appearance of the season as he finished in relief for lefty Dick LittlefieJd, who got the decision over 36-year-old Joe Dobson. Rrnwni «l> While Sex M> Player AS R H Player AB R K Oroth.of S 0 OFox.ab SOI Young,2b 4 0 2F*ln,lb 9 0 1 Dyck.lt 3 1 OMlnoso.lf 410 Wertz.rf 4 2 2Stephens,3b 400 Elllott,3b 4 0 IRivera.cf 419 Stevers.lb 4 1 2Mele,rf 411 Most.e 4 1 2Carrasquel,«« 403 Hunter,!* S 0 OWtlion.c 201 Littlefleld.p 3 t OSoyd.ph 010 Paige,p 1 0 OOobion.p 200 Dorish.p 000 Krsnlek.ph 000 Byrne,ph 100 Johnson.p 000 Wright.ph 101 Total! ...34 « R Total* ...36 412 INNING: 1234567R9 RHE Browns 00001050 0—6 9 i Whlta Sox 00001011 1—4 12 ,1 NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn Milwaukee New York Chicago St. Louis Pittsburgh Philadelphia Cincinnati W L Pet. G.B. 3 1 .750 . 2 1 .667 V» 2 2 .500 1 .500 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 .500 1 2 .333 .333 .333 Saturday's Schedule Brooklyn at New York Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. Chicago at Cincinnati, 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh Friday's Results New York 6-4 Brooklyn 3-12 (day- night) Cincinnati 10 Milwaukee 9 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, postponed, rain (Only games scheduled) Sunday's Schedule Chicago at Cincinnati (2), 12:30 p. m. and 2:30 p. 'm. Brooklyn at Pittsburgh Milwaukee at St. Louis, 2:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New York AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. 3 1 .750 2 1 G.B. New York Cleveland St. Louis Boston Philadelphia Chicago Detroit Washington .667 2 1 .667 1 1 .500 2 2 .500 1 2 .333 1 2 .333 0 2 .000 1 1 H/i IVa 2 Saturday's Schedule New York at Philadelphia Boston at Washington St, Louis at Detroit (2), 12:30 p. m. and 2:30 p. m. Cleveland at Chicago, 1:30 p. m. Bowling Upper Altpn Alleys upper Alton Classic League Upper Alton Alleys won 3 from Jack's. Greenwood won 3 from Hardesty. Black Hawks won 3 from Queeen. 200 games: Steiger 213, 226,214; Sheets 228; Kochan 202,202; Jouett, 213; Combs 214; B. Showers 205; 'Beanie 268; Losch 201; Laughlin 233. i Thursday Alton Hardware won 3 from Mc; Coy. Bishop's won 2 from 7-Up. A ] and P. won 2 from Beall. ! 200 games: Landis 248; Combs, 236; Stalp 231; Steiger 202,204; . Goone 222; Chester 204; Smith 202. WOOD HIVKR BOWL Indies Nlte Hawks Franks won 3 from Barnetts. Campbell won 3 from Luncheonette. Torch won 2 from Comet. Candy Bill won 3 from Pominos. Bal> kans won 2 from French Boy. isco won 2 from Tomane Willies. Friday Ladiea Commercial Authorised Auto won 2 from Streeper's. Fulp's Drugs won 2 from K.A. Jr. Woman's Club. Bowl- ettes won 3 from Rowe's. Individual high game: Plessa, 188.' Stern Test for Mrs. Bowman in T-M Tourney I PHOKNIX, Ariz. .T — Attractive, : freckle-nosed Mrs. Lyle Bowman I of California, met a stern test for : the second straight day in defending her Trans - Mississippi golf championship today when she faced tournament-wise Mary Lena Faulk of Thomasville, da. In the other semi-final, willowy Pat Garner of Midland, Tex., fig. ured as an even favorite with her opponent, Edean Anderson of Helena, Mont. Mrs. ( Bowman, Richmond, Calif., reached the semi-finals after win* ning at the 21st hole from 18-year- old Lesbia Lobo of San Antonio, Friday's Results New York 7 Washington 3 Philadelphia 5 Boston 0 Detroit 6 Cleveland 5 St. Louis 6 Chicago 4 Sunday's Schedule Cleveland at Chicago (2), 1:30 p. m. and 3:30 p. m. St. Louis at Detroit, 1:00 p. m. Boston at Washington, New York at Philadelphia (2) Latt Night By f•* 4ttttei»te4 PWM New York — Gerry Preyw, J49. Pretoria, South Africa, stopped Phil Burton, U3. St. Louis, 6. Tokyo ~~ Yoshk) Shjrai, 113%, Japan, / vi4iMTin t fri Baby "Mae" Mario, 115^. ***>• 10. laon-titk). Friday's Sportv-iu-Rrief By Tbe Associated Press Virginia Beach. Va. — E Ford. Harrison, N. Y., added a 85 to his first round 63 for a 128 and a three-stroke lead at the half-way point in the 112,500 Virginia Beach Open Coif Tournament. Phoenix, Arw.-Pefendiflg champion Mrs. Lyle Bowman defeated Lesbia Lobo, San Antonio. 1-up on the 31st hole in the quarter finals of the Women's Trans * Golf Tournament. Beaumont, Tex. — Poctors Babe Didrikson Zaharias may he able to play golf again alter atop underwent an operation for • Kiner Expects More Trouble From Sluggers PITTSBURGH #-Ralph Kiner. perennial home run leader of the National League, says he expects to finish at the top again but may have added competition this season. In the past couple of years the Pittsburgh Pirate slugger has been pressed for the home run hitting crown by Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Hank Sauer of the Chicago Cubs. Sauer tied Kiner for the league's home run hitting honors last year, each getting 37. Among those who, Kiner says, may give him a battle for the leadership this year are Monty lr« vin and Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants and £ddie Mathews of the Milwaukee Braves. Kiner said Sauer may be both' ered by a late start this season because he is out with a broken finger suffered during spring training. If Kiner plays as he has sine* reaching the majors this should be one of his top Masons as it is an "odd" year. In the odd years of 1347, 49 and 5J he had his best seasons in 1947 he smashed 91 homers and batted .313. Two years liter he socked 54 homers, only two short of the National Uagu* high established by Hack Wilson, in 1951 Daryl Spencer Is Throwback to Old Tough Ballplayers NEW YORK — (NEA) — Daryl Spencer strikingly demonstrated that the ball players of today are not as soft as they generally are pictured. Left in a Nashville hospital by a frightful whack on the cheek by a Mike Garcia fast ball on Wednesday, young Spencer, patched up, was back at third base for the Giants four days later. The fearsome injury required 11 stitches in his lips. Several teeth were loosened, others chipped. "I didn't think he'd be back till Labor Day," said Al Lopez of the Indians. "He's a real old Oriole." Rugged Orioles The pennant-winning Baltimore Orioles of' 1894-95-96 revolutionized baseball, but no doubt will be remembered longest because they are referred to every time a modern player brushes off an injury. The damage to Spencer precluded his eating solids. He had to subsist on a soft diet, principally soup. So the New York Nationals literally opened the season with a hungry ball player. "Hike hungry ball players," said Leo Durocher. "Daryl probably will be so weak that he'll hit a couple into the seats." Opinions have been expressed both ways regarding the 23-year- old Spencer's hitting. Alvin Dark joins those who contend the six-foot-two-and-a-half inch, 185-pound Kansas is a lock if he hits. Spencer convinced Al Dark he had plenty of core before bouncing right back after the massage from Garcia. "He showed it to me going down after ground balls, putting the ball on runners and in other ways," says the top kick of the Polo Grounders. "Buddy Kerr had the best pair of hands I ever saw, and Spencer is a ringer for him in the field. "There's no reason why he shouldn't hit. There's nothing wrong with his swing, but you can't tell about a major league hitter until he hits major league pitching." Spencer, four years in the chain, batted .265 against big league pitching in 34 exhibition games, tied for the leadership of the Jints in doubles, home runs and runs scpred. Spencer is a right-hand pull hitter to such an extent that they used the Ted Williams' shift in reverse against him in the American Association. There he manufactured 27 home runs the hard way, for the right field fence is the inviting target in Minneapolis. The friendly left field wall and stand beckon him at the Polo Grounds. Dark wishes to make |t clear he has no objection to switching to Second base to make room for Spencer at shortstop, where the new hand is considered the veteran's superior. Dark doesn't make the long throw too well. His having to hurry it sometimes forces him into errors. Pay the Same "It makes no difference to me where I play," explains the Louisiana State alumnus. "I'd be paid the same, and won't play at all if I don't hit. Baseball has reached the stage when even the greatest shortstop an't play regularly if he doesn't hit. "Leo asked me to play second base so I would be accustomed to it in case he wanted to make a change. His experimenting with Whitey Lockman at first base two springs ago paid rich dividends." Manager Durocher finally decided that Davey Williams would pack his weight at bat. Besides, with Willie Mays retained by the Army, Bobby Thompson was required in center field, not available for third base. Durocher fcl' that Spencer's extraordinary arm would be more useful at third than at second. He wanted lo see more 1 of Spencer before breaking up an established double play combination. As Al Dark stresses, hitting will determine the Giants' infield. Rock Spring Stag Day Is Snow Victim Weather put a crimp Into golfing plans for the opening Stag Day tournament today at Rock Spring Country Club, but the club members will gather at 6:30 p.m. for the previously planned dinner. Dr. Gordon Smith, tournament chairman, had a fine program worked up for a tourney stalling at noon with events for golfers of all calibers, but with ice upon the fairways this morning instead of dew, the first Stag Day is being put off until another day. Announcements of future events for Rock Spring golfers will be made tonight at the dinner, including plans for interdub matches with the members of the Sunset Kills Country Club of Edwardsville and the St. Clair Country Club of Belleville. The flyweight class in boxing was created in England during 1910 when it was given official recognition, with the scaling mark let at 108 pounds. Ford Seeking To Protect His 3-Stroke Lead he smashed 42 homers and compiled a -309 batting average. Kiner's batting average in the even years baa been poor. He hit only .94T to 1941, m « 194* and .272 in 1960. Then, last season, he skidded to an ail-time low of .244. The fact remains, however, that the 294 homers Kiner was hit has enabled him either to led or tie for the National League honors in the past seven seasons. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. & ~ Doug Ford, of Harrison, N. Y., went out with his fingers crossed today to try to protect a three- stroke lead in the $12,500 Virginia Beach Open Golf Tournament. 'Four times already this year, | Ford has had victory in a major I golf tournament within his grasp. | Four times he let it slip away and <• came in second. ! "I'm tired of being the bridesmaid along the golf circuit," said Ford, who fired a four-under-par 65 Friday for a 12& at the tourna. ment's midway mark. "1 want ts win one of these tournaments for a change." Ford did everything right Friday in shooting his 65 to take the lead away from Pick Metz, veteran of the tourney circuit from Maple City, Kan. Met; had set a blisteiv ing first-round pace Thursday when he broke the 6,0fi5-yard Cavalier Yacht and Country Club course record with an eight-below-par £1. Metz posted a oneover-par 70 for a 3frhple total of 131 Friday to drop to second place, three strokes behind Ford. YONKERS. N. Y. - (NEAV- Nancy Song, with 17 victories, ana Eastern Store with 16. were undefeated in harness racing in 1952. J

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