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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 11

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Wednesday. March 28.1956 Runaway SfaHf Afso Would ffiM Cubs KDmmS NOTK: This is llur '• cii(lilli in :i sisi'icK on (In- prospects Oi major li'u;;jtj<> clubs lor !!)./(;. 15y CMll. l.rXIXjriST -....MESA, AH/. — UP—If the Chi' c.igo Cubs . fonlJ K'-t mi outfield • that measured up lo the •oxeellpncu . of their infield, they could be real Trouble-maker:-; in' the National League this season. • .4111! if they could get off to the same fine start they did last year whj.>n they challenged tho runaway Good As T/ieir Infield months, they might finish in the fir.st division, because Manager Stan Hack thinlts he has the league's most improved club. it is I he (Host clumped club, for suiv. The Cubs nude more off-season de.'ils than anybody in baseball nlid Hack things the transactions put a real lift into tho lineup. He's i>lr.Tis<.'U with the deal that, brought. I?on liuak, Walt ATovyn, ai'.il Kuss Meyer from the Doc-g- ers. H<; likes Hoak at third bast; bettor than br-i-v''!•'.'••> t' 1 , ' """'!y Jackson. "With Hoak over there we could lia'/e the bast infield in .the majors. Who has any boiler than Hoak at third, Ernie Bunks at short, Gene K;;k;.:r at second and Deo Fondy at. firsi?" lie asked. "They say we gave up too jnuch power when we let ..Jackson go to Brooklyn. I don't- think so. Hoak will m'tke tip for that. He has more spirit, more agressivene-ss, and better Kpsei.l on the bases." Hack also thinks the Cubs have better infield reserves with Frank Keller!, another pickup from the for t!w IK-',!"!- pu't of t'.vu Dodgers, as,first base undersUidz. and with the veteran Owen Friend, ex-Dodger Eddie Miksis, and' rookie Ed Winceniak available for utility work at sfifiund, short,•• and third. Friend came over from the lied Soi; organization and Wincen- i-jk is up from the IMS Angeles farm club. ' But when it cornos to the outfield, there's where flack's problems begin. "We've just got lo di£ ourselves up an outfield," he said. ''And I think we may br better off than we think. It is just that right now I don't know a single man who will be in it. We have a lot of'good ones in camp, and everybody has a chance." ' Best bet right- now is that Miksis will, be in center, with big Hank Saner in l<\t and Monte Irvin in right. Two speedy rookies, Solly Drake and Gale Wade, are battling for the center field job against Miksis. , Saner has had his best spring in years. Irvitv is a good day-time hitter and thinks he can do.well in-WrSg- ley Field because the Cubs play all afternoon baseball at home. He, too. has been hitting well. Hack thinks'Meyer can make the pitching staff considerably, stronger arid:is counting, on him. as a fifth starter^ along, with fire-ball' ace.Zob Rush, Warren Hacker, Sam (No Hit) Jones, and Paul Minner. Hack 1 is counting on. lefty Jim Davis^ veteran Turk Lown, and Bill Tremel; for chief relief, duty and Jhe others "with the best chance to make the staff are Jim Erosnan. bonus boy Don Kaiser, who must be kept, and Vito Valentinetti, a draft selection. The catching Js adequate defensively but won't contribute ; much at the plate, unless somebody: unexpectedly develops into a. higher average hitter. Hobie Landrith, who came from Cincinnati in a trade for reliever Hal Jeff coat,, "is the No. 1 guy at bat with a .253 mark last year. HATAWAY ELECTRIC CO. 24 HOUR SERVICE " E. Lobit Dial 7434 ams Ambition -Hall Of Fame JJy MI3.TON HK'.'NMAN SARASOTA, Fia. —UP— An unusually eiracrful Ted Williams, with "no more personal problems on , my mind anymore," voicec! his gratitude Wednesday to all the great hitters who have. helped .him and said his only remaining ambition is to wind up in baseball's Hail of Fame. Laughing and 1 joking good-natur- edly as he relaxed in a huge aluminum, whirlpool machine here at the Boston Red Sox spring .training quarters, the curly-haired, 37-year- old slugger talked about his hopes •for the approaching campaign. "Oh. I guess I'll do all right with the bat. but I know darn well I'm not going to hit .350 nil my life." he said, above Vho noise of the churning water. • "Hell, I know I'm getting older. I can feel it. I can't run • like I used lo, I can't throw and I can't get that .jump anymore. But I can .still sea that 'baU pn-Uy good'and. I don't have tJifi personal problems I had last spring." .... Tiie big outfielder climbed out of the whirlpool tub and started for a nearby shower where he turned the water on and began lathering himself. "You know," he said, with obvious regret. "l' sure wish I could've played those five years." He was referring to the time he missed because of service in the Marin Air Corps. "But, that's the wav it B-OCS. I can't complain. I've been pretty lucky," he continued. "I've played for some mighty fine managers and a wonderful owner (Tom Yawkey). And don't think I didn't get plenty of help from some great hitters. Guys like Harry Heilmann, .. Lefty O'DOul . . .Rogers Hornsby. . . Ty Cobb. . . a . whole • f'ocfc of 'em. They didn't have to help me, but. they did and I certainly appreciate what they did. '" ' • ,"You have no idea how down on themselves wcl ballplayers can get sometimes," said Williams, who has himself helped a countless number in his time. "I know I've looked lousy up there at the plate, too. Don't'you think that put me in the dumps, too? Well I can tell you it sure did." Williams, who has attained almost every goal imaginable, admitted the only big aim he has left would be to gain admittance to Hie Hail of Fame. "It sure would be one of the biggest thrills of my life," he said. ifi Tech's Future 1 In leskefhall Paul Minner Pitcher Ernie Banks Infieldc? John Briggs Pitcher Sammy Is SPORTS PARADE U.S.Hope By Oscar Froley MELBOUKNE —UP— A younj; T'lX.is tennis player from the University of Texas eamo in for the praise of veteran D.;vis Cup Coach Harry Hopman yestci'day. "The United States wants a new man to repwcc Tony Trabort and Sain Oiammalva might be ihe nic-.ii,'' Hopinan -said of tho Loni;horn nctter. NE'tV Y01%K — UP—Listening to the coaches who saw him. m action, you have to figure that Sar. Francisco's Bill Russell is one of the live best players in college b.iskelball history. l'.us.-;rll is the six-foot, 10 - inch jumping Jack who led Frisco to its second straight NCAA title and a record 5f> straight victories. He is an Olympic cinch and thereafter will ramble in all nrobability for HI! LOOK! LOOK AT THE 6osi-!,Yes, LOIS;'AND LOOK WHAT IT SAYS WONDERFUL /S ABOUT US DOWN THERE. 1 PAPER WE'R& ~ GOIN6TOBEINJ lir 8-iaiftmim 0m bring you a/1 the laughs of modern living... keep you chuckling every day. Starting Monday comic r page of the iaytniuu J5>wt the professional Rochester Royals. Pete Newell. the California coach who will guide the West team in the Herald-Tribune Fresh Air Fund game nt Madison Square Garuen en Saturday night, is one of his bitrgost boosters... Newell, actually, sounds like the San Francisco publicity man when he begins to talk about Russell. 'Tv,? never s-..:en a man dominate a frame like lie does." says Newel!, who calls Russell "the adjuster." "\Vo '-ill him that," Jeuvl! grins "be-.'aiise of his ability to leap up and 'adjust' errant shots by his team males. Kussell 'adjusts' them \\hile they're in the air so that they !:•.!!' right through the lias- The California coach tells with Hivat delitihi of the frame in which Slab: Oil!.' tli? Oregon State coach, a'.lempied io use a bit of psychology on San Francisco in general an-! 1viisso.ll in particular. "Slats had a fellow named \Vnde i.Swede) Haibrook 'vho was seven feet, two inches tall." Newell chortles. "Before a game with San Francisco he thought to impress Russell and his- teammates with Halbrook's height. So he rigged it up fur a cnmeTatn:.in to take a picture of Haibrook holding the ball as high as ho eould with Russell re.'K'hintr up toward the ball." The cameraman posed Haibrook and then called Russell. '•What you wan! me to do?" asked Rns'seli noachnhntlv. "Reach up to the ball," replied tho cameraman. With which the long-armed Kns- sell roKctu-.I up — anil put iiis hand on tnp of the bail hi-lsl as high as imsMl'le by the ; eveii-fooi. t\vo- int-li JIalbrook. <iill. so (he sfory 'goos, almost passed out. San Fr.Tiieiseo rivals. Newell relates, received from Russell what is known as the "shock treatment." Cf/irhos couldn't understand. In the heat of losing efforts against Frisco, win- thev'ro own l.ioys were missing so rianv easy shots against tho s'ill-uebea'en Dons. "Lookinc at a game aualvtieal- ly." Newell says of one contest in which he was a mere spectator, "T discovered what i! was. Tho boys who were missing tho easv shots v.vre so worried about Russell's knack for hlookintr shots that just ar; they made tneir shot they were looking 1 awav from the basket to find out IMS! where lie was." l\e- ; s v '! is a eb.rcnie worrier and before on••• 'ram-" he wen! to Fris.."-< (V'-h Ph'l Woolpovt and com- •'""'!. T think I've got appon- "Voii 0'ip't l--ve." \Vonl^"rt re- ",,'; <v.;« -.:••••'. h: c("«'''b'.""d. the be'ler lie iv'.-iyfii. A'vl Xewell's reaction, ivoins; into Hie E;ist - West game, is: "What a pieasuro. just fov once, (o have him on my side." LUBaOCK —UP— Even though three key players will graduate from Texas "Tech's basketball squad, there ought to be some good Red Raiders teams coming lip whether or not Tech gets its Southwest Conference berth. Should Tech be voted into the Southwest Conference in May—as expected—it is considered likely that th-i Raiders would.start competing in basketball and the spring sports during the 1956-57 school ye?.v although football competition might be five years-away. Coach Polk Robison doesn't expect to replace in one season SUM D=rformers as Jim Reed, Du- Wayne' Elackshear and Eugene Carpenter, all starters on '• three successive Border Conference teams. But. by 1957-58 the Raiders shouid be more powerful. That's when the , three sophomores—exactly one half of Robison's NCAA tournament lineup—: who played Southern Methodist almost to a standstill will become seniors and when this year's crop of freshmen are juniors. True, juniors Ned Underwood and Harry Scaling and the departing Carpenter carried the biggest load in the 68-67 loss to SMU. but the'trio of sophomores also showed they wouldn't fold under pressure. ANNOUNCING THE APPOINTMENT TO OUR STAFF OF Norman D. 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