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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 33

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J»AOI THIRTY.FOUR ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, APRIL 2J» IMS READY TO ROLL — Johnny Alliston, runner-up for last season's Alton Speedway stock car racing championship, i:, at the wheel Of his slick new car, ready for the 1953 campaign which gets underway Sunday at the Godfrey oval. Alton Speedway's Stock Car Racing Underway Sunday When spring rolls around most iport fans turn to the tried and true national past-time—baseball. But there Is a large group of fans whose cheers and rhubarbs take a different tack—automobile racing. This Sunday marks the opening of the stock-car racing season at Alton Speedway, and to a select few of the nation's population, this is the only time worth living. In the past five years the thrills of stock car racing have changed the lives of many otherwise unexcitable people. To put it bluntly, the average stock-car fan lives and breaths the atmosphere created by 20 or more cars circling a dirt oval almost small enough to put in your back yard. Most people can't quite figure why anyone wants to drive a stock car. Everytime they meet a wild hot-rodder they quickly state, "Must be one of those crazy stockcar drivers." No Hot-Rodders Such an opinion brings a quick reply from the drivers who point out they cannot be called "hot-rod- ders." As a matter of note, the average driver is quiet, capable, around 30 years of age, .married, and the proud papa of two prospective racing fans. He is dependable, sincere and has held the position in which he now works for at least six years, in regard to accidents, the stock-car pilot is far below the national average and very few of them have ever received a traffic ticket. Hard to believe? Well, Jet's take Ned Kirkpatrick, the cigar-smoking Irishman from Hartfofd. Ned, married and the father of three, is employed at one of the leading oil refineries in the area. Last year, Ned carried away all honors at Alton Speedway. He'll be back this year to try again. Johnny Allison, of Alton, a draftsman in one of the local industries, gave Kirkpatrick a tussle for track champion rights and finished in the runner-up slot. With the addition of a new baby boy and a bright, new stock-car, Johnny is determined to gain top honors this year. The list is endless. Marshall Mc- Duffy, Paige Bakrr, Vic Cummings, Mac McOowan, Harry Farmer and all the resit will be back to delight track followers. As stated,, these mon are just average Joes, the kind you meet everyday. Through Ihcm and others like them, much has been learned about driving a car—the everyday car you use to'go to work. Stock car means what it says, a standard automobile—1937 to 1953 vintage—with nothing added, but a lot subtracted. In the Alton stockcar races, nothing can be done to the engine. No high-lift cams, locked differentials, light flywheels or other devices can be used. Few Additions The only things added to the car are "roll-over" bars and a safety belt. Automobile manufacturers have learned much about bracing and strengthening body designs by copying ideas 6t stock-car chauffeurs. Safety belts, a must in racing, are being adopted by many people for use in their passenger cars. Stock-car drivers have proved that, with proper protection, an ordinary person can survive almost every type of highway mishap. As added proof, the Alton Stock- Car Association has had only one serious injury to a driver in its three-year history. This was caused by a driver wearing a non-regulation helmet, and won't happen again. Before every race all cars and drivers are thoroughly inspected by a safety committee. The association believes racing can be safe and is proving it. Stock-car drivers are firm believers in this statement which might be considered their code of honor, "Get your thrills on the Speedway and not on the highway." It looks like a great season at Alton Speedway. Oh, yes, the same corny announcer with the same old corny jokes will be back to plague you this year! Fights Last Night Baltimore — Orlando Zulueta, 133%, Cuba, and Joey Brown, 135, New Orleans, drew, 10. Alton Home Runs Batter Shipman in 2nd Meeting SHIPMAN — Grared by home runs from the bnts of Alhert j Charleston and Dave Musgrav'e,! Alfon High's Redhirds pounded out an 8-2 win over the Shipman Pirates here Tuesday. The game was far different than an earlier meeting in Alton when the Redblrds were forced to come from behind In extra innings to Win, 3-2, against the Pirates. No Ponling Around This time the Redbirds of Coach Tony Jurezix didn't fool around. Bob Hewitt was safe on an error, stoic second and came home on a single by Tom Marquis for a quick Alton run in the first frame. Marquis swiped second, moved to third on Jim Kisenrclch's ground out and scored in turn with a daring steal of home. The Alton crew continued to pour it. on in the second as Alex Christian singled and Jerry Chlolero walked before Charlestpn teed off on Bill f/wls for his three-run homer. That smash rather unsettled the Shipman flinger as he then walked Muigrave, Hewitt and Marquis In succession to load the bases and hit Elsenreich with a pitch to force in Musgrave. Bill Eidson struck out and Paul perica grounded out to close the frame without additional scoring. Musgrave homered In the fourth with no one on and Alton's final tally came in the fifth as Eidson singled, moved to second when Perica walked, then stole third and came in to score when the peg from the catcher toiled away. Shlpmnn Scores Early Shipman got its two runs in the first frame. Ronnie Lahey opened with a single, Ray Kahl followed with a double and Lowis singled both runners In. Lee Stampe and Darrell Allen walked to load the bases with nary a putout but Marquis, deep In the hole, pitched his way out of trouble by getting Bemie Spurgeon on a fly out ( to Charleston in shallow right field before farming Dick Spurgeon and Charlie Sums. Alton now is riding the crest of A five game winning streak since falling to Granite City, 34, and faces its toughtest test of the sea* son when the East St. Louis Flyers call at Riverfront Park. East Side and Edwardsvllle are currently leading the Southwestern Conference standings. Alton (ft) SMpmiil (J) Player ABRH Player ABRH Mutirave.lf 3 3 ULahey.Sb 3 1 1 Hewitt.lb 3 1 OKahl.ef 4 1 1 MarquU.p 3 1, 1 Lowii.p 403 Elsenreich,ii 3 0 0 Stampe,Ib 000 Kld-on.3b 4 1 lAllen,M 300 Perica.cf 3 0 OB.Spurceon.e 4 0' 0 Chrl«ttan,« 4 1 1 D.spuron,3b 300 Chlolero.Sb 2 1 0 Burns,If 300 Charleiton.rf 2 1 1 Talley.lb 300 Totals ...27 8 fl Total* ...27 3 4 INNING! i a 3 4 s e ? RHK Alton 240110 0—fl 6 2 Shipman 2 0 0 0 0,0 0—3 4 1 By The Ananclated Prwis NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. fl.B. St. I.x>uis 4 2 .667 Philadelphia 4 2 .667 Brooklyn 4 3 .571 % Milwaukee 3 3 > .500 1 New York 3 4 .429 1'i Cincinnati 2 3 .400 l'/i Pittsburgh 2 4 .333 2 Chicago 1 2 .333 l'/a Thursday's Schedule Brooklyn at Philadelphia (night) Milwaukee at Chicago, 1:30 p. m. New York at Pittsburgh (Only games scheduled) Wednesday's Results Milwaukee 15 Chicago 6 New York 4 Pittsburgh 2 Philadelphia 5 Brooklyn 4 St. Louis 8 Cincinnati 3 Friday's Schedule Cincinnati at Milwaukee 8:00 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago 1:30 p. m. New York at Brooklyn (night) Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (night) AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. G.B. New York 6 2 .750 St. Louis 5 2 .714 V* Chicago 4 2 .667 1 Cleveland 3 2 .600 l!i Philadelphia 4 4 .500 2 Boston 3 4 .429 2'i Washington 2 5 .286 34 Detroit 1 7 .125 5 Thursday'* Schedule Philadelphia at Washington Boston at New York Chicago at Detroit (Only games scheduled) Wednesday's Schedule New York 6 Boston 2 Chicago 9 Detroit 7 Philadelphia 7 Washington 4 (Only games scheduled) Friday's Schedule Chicago at St. Louis 8:30 p. m. Detroit at Cleveland (night) Washington at New York Philadelphia at Boston Eliot Puts Grid Candidates On Public Display Saturday i CHAMPAIGN—Coach Ray Eliot puts his 1953 University of Illinois football candidates on public display for the first time in the an-1 paul intrasquad game in Memorial i Stadium at 1:30 p. m. Saturday. The game ends 'JO days of spring drills for Illinois griddcrs. Illinois fans will be able to judge for themselves Saturday success which the coaching staff has had thus far in molding a Big Ten contender for next fall. Personnel Shifts have been frequent during spring drills in an attempt to fill holes left by graduation, and to provide depth at end, tackle, and fullback. Passing Combo Needed One of the major spring problems has been development of a new passing combination. Gone are Tommy O'Connell and Rex Smith, pitcher and catcher, respectively, in Illinois' record-smashing 1952 passing attack. End Rocky Ryan of Tolono, the other topnotch first team receiver, is back but the search continues for a good passer and additional receivers. Illinois lacks experienced personnel at quarterback. The 1953 field general will probably come from among four candidates: Bob Gongola junior from Chicago (Weber), who saw considerable service {hiring 1952 and did some of mi- s' punting; Elry Falkenstein, letterman from Naperville; •ad fresfa/naa Km Undbeck. Kee, and Pan dspw, Spring- STAN WALLACE may help considerably. Beyond them, Illinois has only unprovcn candidates. Thf end situation!* not bright. §1 action to Ryan, CUtt WaJd* |M0r, law defensive end from HMSMI **turo*v Steve Nosek. 1951 ItfUMUB .{ram Gfekaga Haiti, f '~ Bright Spul in Bright spots in the line are center and guard, where Eliot has depth of experienced personnel. Top candidates are: Center- Herb Downers Grove; Jack Chambljn, Kobmson junior who transferred from West Point; and Joe Hall, another 1953 letter winner, who is from Carbondaie. Guard— Seven returning lettermen: Don Tate, New Castle, Pa.; Walter Vernasco, Mishawaka, Ind. Don Krnst, Chicago (Foreman); Jan Smid, River Grove (Leyden); John Hauer, Ben ton; Bob Bishop, Bridgeport (Salem); and Paul Luhrsen, Klmhurvt ' ( York i . There is a great problem at tai-kle. Capt. Bob Lenzini, North Chicago (Waukegan), returns. But behind him are no players in whom coaches place confidence as "two way" performers. Defensive specialists Roger Wolf, Aurora (West), Dick Miller, Lanark, and Dirk Kohlhagen, Rockford (West), might provide the answer. Or the olher starter might be Pete Palmer, offensive veteran from St. Louis Mo. (Clayton), or one of the following three incoming sophomores - Rudy Siegert, Pana; Floyd McAfee, Joliet; and Ron Yochem, Napervilto. Shuffle Fur Fullback In the backfield there is hope that shuffling of personnel will provide the answer to the fullback situation. Ken Miller, the fine punter from Bloomington who ran from fullback in 1952, suffered a broken hand the first week of spring drills. Thus, other candidates have had a good inspection. They include Stan Wallace, Hillsboro, a regular in the 1952 defensive backfield; Jerry Maisenbacher, Springfield, who was a reserve linebacker last year; Jerry Rebecca, junior from Rockford (West), and freshman Jim Politt, Farmington and Dick Rosenberg, Chicago (Sullivan). , Offensive halfbacks Bud DeMoss, Villa Park (York) and Kenny Swienton, Chicago (Shurz), return I as does Dale Foster, Champaign, ' a defensive back who saw limited ! service in 1952. Coaches have high hopes for a group of freshmen I which includes J. C. Caroline, Columbia, S. C.: Bernard Bryant, Champaign; Mickey Bates, Kewanee; Dick Ohls, Champaign Don Grothe, Toloao (Unity); Bob (iraeff, Murphysboro, and John 'Heniif, Blue Island Harris Applies 7-5 Stinger to Pioneers i i 0 o i 1 i i 2 o o lUrrli (7) Shurtletf (fl) Player ABRH Player ABRH .Slgnorelll,3b 5 0 0Hunter,2b 812 Agne.lf 4 1 OPavelonls, Bono,2b S 1 1 lf-3b 4 Schwetgler.ii 3 1 1 Champion.Ib 4 Lewls.rf 3 2 2Thlrrunln(f,c S 0' Carroll,r 3 0 OLnw'ce,3b-p 4 Travers.p 4 0 OCalvfh.cf 4 "erricher.lb 3 0 OLewak'skl.si 4 Rakey.lb 1 1 ICarey.rl 412 Dletz.cf 4 1 2Pelhank, p-lf 401 Totals .'..33 7 7 Totals ...3B 510 INNING: 1234S6780 RHE Harris 02000102 2—7 7 2 Shurtleff 10130000 0—5 10 2 Giving Danny Pelhank a rest proved to be the undoing of the Shurtleff College Pioneers as Harris Teachers' Hornets from St. Louis rallied in the last two innings for a 7-5 win at Riverfront Park Tuesday. Pelhank had pitched excellent three-hit ball for seven innings as the Pioneers built up a 5-3 lead, but was not accustomed to going a full nine innings so "Shurtleff Coach Sherriil Hanks sent in his strong-armed finisher, Leigh Lawrence, for the final two frames. Strategy Backfires The strategy which had worked against Principia in the Pioneers' season opening win backfired when Harris greeted Lawrence with a walk, single and double for two game tying runs. Leigh then fanned the next three batters to close out the eighth. Two singles, a wild pitch and a pair of passed balls on Catcher Russell Thimmig let Harris score OUT A MIL! — Shurtleff Catcher Russell Thimmig (ID has Harris Teachers' Richard Schweigler out by a wide margin on an attempted steal of home but the batter, Paul Travers, watching the play, was already called out on strikes for the third out, so Thimmig and Schweigler are merely going through their routine for the benefit of the photographer. Harris won, 7-5.—Photo by Don Hayes. two more runs in the ninth and that finished the Pioneers. Shurtleff threatened briefly in their last at - bats as Pelhank opened with a single and after Francis Hiinter popped out, Gene Pavelonis doubled Danny to third. Conrad Champion watched a third strike, however, and Thimmig rolled out to kill off that last chance. Harris Takes Lead 4 Pavelonis walked, stole second and was singled in by Thimming as Shurtleff took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Harris came back in the second to score two runs without the benefit of a hit on a walk, his batsman, wijd pitch and two base error. Hunter evened the score in the third by singling, taking second on a wild pitch and third on a stolen MAJOR LEAGUE STARS By The Associated Press Batting—Bob Hofman, New York Giants, homered twice, singled and doubled in four times at bat, scoring three runs and driving in three as the Giants beat Pittsburgh, 4-2. Pitching — Karl Drews, Philadelphia Phils, struck out seven, walked two and allowed seven hits in defeating Brooklyn, 5-4. base before scoring on Champion's ground out. Lawrence opened the fourth with a triple and scored on a fielder's choice, beating the play to the plate on Dean Calvin's hopper. Jim. Carey singled and Hunter singled in both runners. Carter Confident Of Making Weight BOSTON IP — Apparently confident of making the 135-pound limit, lightweight champion Jimmy Carter today planned to wind up preparations for his 15-round title defense Friday against Boston's Tommy Collins by taking "a long walk." In rural Acton, challenger Collint planned one more stiff workout. Carter probably will be a 10-1 favorite for this title defense. The bout • will be telecast. Third baseman Alton Miller, rookie of the year in the Pony League in 1952, was employed as a meat packer in his home town of Oklahoma City during the winter months. 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