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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30,1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGI ILIVfN Terrible Of '53 S By HARRY GRAYSON NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — This was last summer, when the Giants had hit rock bottom, and Eddie Stanky was sitting in the Cardinals' dugout and watching the New York Nation- go through their pre-game warm-up. . - — * "I can't understand." said Muggsy Stanky, "how a club with all Legions Grab First-Half Title ; Mullins' Crew Takes Measure of Kiwanis Club by 8 to 4 TODAY' SCHEDULE Jaycees At Rotary Club; Jimmy Marshall 2-2) versus Tommy Smith '•(2-D By J. P. Friend ' 'The American Legion entry will f ntertain the Little League All- tars in the second annual Independence Day All-St»r game, Monday afternoon. / Pushing over four runs in the se- "ienth inning, the charges of Coach -Ott (The Fox) Mullins earned the choice spot by downing a stubborn Kiwanis Club. 8-4, yesterday afternoon in the season's first overtime contest. By the hard-fought but well deserved triumph the Legion also won the first round of the three-term championship with a record of four wins and a single defeat-at the hands of the Rotary club. The winners simply packed too many and too powerful guns for the game Kiwanis, firing then in their usual explosive manner. Seven of their eight safeties came in ' the first and last innings when they scored all but one of their runs. Three home runs accounted for five tallies, and the difference between the two evenly matched outfits. Legion's sterling battery, Doug Dorris and Jerry (Monk) Rounsa- vaU, enacted the hero roles. Little -"•Monk, smallest catcher in the league, but the most efficient, not only handled Doug well behind the late, but came through with two booming home runs to account for half their runs. apart and quit." Stanky, who contributed so much to the Little Miracle of 1951, echoed the words of more than a few baseball men. And this trip, as the same Giant club — plus Willie Mays and Johnny Antonelli — makes menacing motions, last season's disaster comes back to mind. It comes back because of a simple phenomenon that has been happening on the road and the bank of toe Harlem. Since: early in the season — May 7 to be exact -Leo Durocher hasn't switched the The Grtattst Giant—II Willie Just Likes To Play Baseball By JOE RE1CHLER NEW YORK (AP) — Leo Durocher was driving home from the Polo Grounds after a particularly exhausting doubleheader one afternoon a couple of summers ago. In a Harlem street, he nearly ran over a sport-shirted figure dashing madly for a manhole cover which marked second base in a street game. *'Hey, you numbskull," the manager "of the New York Giants shouted. Suddenly a look of recognition came to Leo's face and he screeched his car to a. stop. "What's the matter? You nuts or something?" Leo bellowed. Willie Mays looked puzzled. "Why am I nuts?" he asked blandly. "It ain't dark yet," Mims-Dykes on TV Tonight No More Stickball "That's Willie," explained Durocher. "If it's still daylight, a man should be playing ball. He used to do that a lot until we put a stop to it. After he'd leave the Polo Grounds, he'd get a bunch of kids together and start a game of stickball in the streets." Durocher never tires talking about Mays. "I've got a son named Chris," Leo said. "He's eight years old. For months he's been bothering me to get him a pair of spikes. I finally gave in and bought them. The next day. he woke me up at 6 a. m. 'Come to the ball park Daddy.' he said, 'I want to put on j my spikes.' Gets In Bed "You think Willie is older than my son? Willie rooms with Monte Irvin. At 6 a. m. every morning his ear. tickling: his ribs, till he wakes up." Mays' unquestionably has a terrific impact on the Giants and nobody knows just how far he can go. Remember that Mays became a. leader, a spark plug on a pennant winner after only 116 games in the minors. He had never been in a major league training camp before he became a big leaguer. Mays didn't need training because he did things naturally which cannot be taught or learned. He was such a stickout in 1951 that he easily ran off with the Most Valuable Rookie award. This year, with a rjatting average hovering around .330, a league leading total of 24 home runs and more than 50 runs batted in, Willie definitely is one of the leading candidates for most valuable player honors. By WU.UAM O. WASHINGTON (AP) — Holly Minis, currently second- ranked contender for the world middleweight title, gets an acid test tonight against rangy and ringwise Bobby Dykes. was favored at 7-5, but experts predicted the pair ^would enter the ring at even money or with Dykes possibly holding a slight edge because of his experience. Dykes, who has been fighting professionally since 1946. has worked his way up from nmonR' the better welterweights to a highly respected position in the middleweight class. He has fought more than twice as many bouts as Minis, ringing up 94 victories in 112 tries, 47 of them knockouts. He's lost 13 and fought 5 draws. Mims has entered the ring 49 times — winning' 34. losing 11 and getting 4 draws. Only seven c? his victories have been knockouts. Mims, a steady-punching Washington Negro, and Dykes, a crafty Texan from San Antonio, would ,be ready to stage a real scrap in their 10-round bout. It A'ill be televised at 10 p.m.. EDT. by CBS. Both to Bear Down Both will be bearing down extra- hard because victory could mean a shot at the world crown now held by tough Bobo Olson of Honolulu. *If Mims wins—and thus clings to his runner-up spot in the National Boxing Assn. list—he will be in perfect position to claim a championship match soon with the winner of the forthcoming Olson-Rocky Castellani go. 'And. if Dykes gets the nod and breaks Mims' 10-straight victory string (many think he may do it) Dykes would put himself in a top challenging position. Minis Is 7-5 On the eve of their scrap. Mims Jack Westrope, leading rider during the 1953 Delaware Park meeting, will ride Jim Ryan-trained thoroughbreds during the Delaware meeting. Major League Leaders NATIONAL LEAGUE Batting — Snider. Brooklyn. ,370; Mueller. New York. .362: Hamner. Philadelphia. .357; Robinson. Brooklyn. .355; Bell, Cincinnati. .344. Runs batted in — Musial, St. Louis, 73; Snider. Brooklyn, 63; Hodges, Brooklyn, 61: Kluszewski. Cincinnati and Jablonski. St. Louis 60. Home runs — Mays. New York and Musial. St. Louis, 24; Sauer, Chicago. 23; Hodges. Brooklyn and Kluszewski. Cincinnati, 30. , Stolen bases — Bniton, Milwaukee. 15; Temple. Cincinnati. 10; Fondy* Chicago and Moon. St. Louis. 8; Robinson, Brooklyn, Mathews. Milwaukee, Torgeson. Philadelphia and J ab 1 o n s k i, St. Louis. 6. Pitching — Wilson. Milwaukee. 5-0. 1.000; Antonclli. New York. 10-2. .833; Grissom, New York, 82. .800; Collum, Cincinnati. 4-1. .800: Haddix. St. Louis. 12-4, .750. Strikeouts — Haddix, St. Louis. 93; Roberts. Philadelphia. 85; Spahn.' Milwaukee. 71: Erskinc. i Brooklyn. 70; Antonelli. New York, 64. AMERICAN LEAGUE Batting — Avila, Cleveland, .86$; Rosen... Cleveland, .342; Fox, Chicago, .328; Minoso, Chicago, .336; Busby, Washington. .321. Runs batted in—Minoso, Chicago, 62: Rosen, Cleveland, 56; Berra. New York. 52 ;Fain. Chicago and Mantle, New York. 51. Home runs—Rosen, Cleveland, 14; Boone. Detroit. Mantlt. New York, Zernial, Philadelphia and Vernon, Washington. 13. Stolen bases—Jensen, Boston and Rivera. Chicago, 10: Minoso and Fox. Chicago, 8; Agganis, Boston, 7. Pitching—Reynolds. N«w York, 9-1. .900: Stone, Washington, «-l, .857; Keegan, Chicago, ii-J, .946: Consuegra. Chicago, 10-1, .893; Morgan. New York. 5-1, .831. Strikeouts — Turley, Baltimore, 98; Trucks, Chicago, 73; Hoeft, Detroit. 69; Wynn, Cleveland, «•< Pierre, Chicago, 6T. Norm Sonju, University of'Wis- consin rowing coach, waa a prospector for gold in Alaska after graduating from college. Jim Tobin. former major league pitcher, is now an automobile salesman in Alameda, Calif. Giants' lineup appreciably. Day in|be's nudging Monte. 'Wake up, and night out ,it is the same club —and it is traveling at a cyclonic pace. Walter Alston has found it necessary to use the shakewell system with the Dodgers this season and you can see the difference. Under Dcrocher's new hands-off policy, Sai Ivlagiie, Ruben Gomez, and Johnny Antonelli blossomed into a strong, well-rotated starting threesome and Jim Hearn came back strongly after a lame start. Marv Grissom, Hoyt Wilhelm and Windy McCall excelled on relief. roomie.' he says, 'let's talk baseball.' If Monte grumbles for him to go back to sleep, he just gets into bed with him and starts pinch- j is an excellent case In point. "Last year, he admits, each time he failed to get a hit he suspected he'd be on th bench the next day and frequently was right. This year, Mueller went through a mild slump—for him .anyway — on a western swing, yet came back safely ensconced" in right field, where he belongs. The result is a iij,sj.,y .i.viwwc*,4.A i^iivv.".^^ v** * —-.•*-—- UClUIlKfii JLJLAC A COLIIU AO «• UNOBSTRUSIVE DON MUELLER | Mueller who, figures to hit a tidy .330 or so. Left alone, the Giants found their way, with a Dick Merriwell a day, and taking the lead from the Dodgers they still had an ace in the field. Plunkett came in fast, fielded it on one hop and fired it back toward home. the fifth inning by tagging out Jimmy Bruce as the big Kiwanis hurler attempted to crash through to score. Though knocked down from the impact of the crash by Bruce, little "Monk" held onto the ball as Umpire-in-chief Jimmy Kittany declared him out. Dorris Leads Attack Dorris stole some of Bruce's thunder to personally lead his mates to victory, his fourth of the season with out .a loss. Doug literally pitched his . heart out to thwart the presistent Dorris took the throw and flipped to his catcher in time to get Bruce. Palsgrove took second on the play and scored when Lovelace mussed up Gene Webb's skinner. Webb eliminated the last bid to forge ahead by failing to swipe third- Plunkett lighted the fuse in the extra inning. Moore again moved him in scoring position with a neat bunt. Lovelace beat out a hit to deep short that Jones stopped but could not handle. N. Austin recovered the loose Kiwanis attack that threatened at all times, climaxing a magnificient job with a two-run homer top of the seventh. j It helped to keep the pot boiling that assured the triumph. Rounsavall followed with his second four master to nail it down for good. It tied a league record. Dorris fanned 12 batters and issued four bases on balls, two to the dangerous Bruce who connected on his other two times at bat to increase his batting lead. Bruce was also quite a worthy opponent, even though he allowed twice as many hits as Dorris. He whiffed 10 and handed out four free tickets, three to Bruce. He other set the deciding rally off and running. The Legions didn't waste even one pitch getting started in their first turn at-the plate. Little Johnny Ray Plunkett battered the opening service to center field for a safety. Russell (Rusty) Moore sacrificed him. Wayne Lovelace was called out on strikes but Dorris drew a pass. Rounsavall pulled a beauty into left field which took a hop and got by Johnny McDowell coming over fast for the play. It went for a home run. Kiwanis Get Busy The Kiwanis trimmed the margin to one with a pair in their half of the frame. Half-pint Nathan Austin dumped a beauty down the first base line which just wouldn't roll foul, despite all the possible coaxing by Rousavall. Bill Jones took a fast .ball on the shoulder. Don Stallings hit to the right of the mound and nearly beat it out as Nathan Austin sailed all the way from second and Jones scampered to third with some daring base running. Bruce drove one to right, scoring Jones. Legion was gifted with another run in the next inning. Jimmy Wells bounced one to right and was sacrificed to second by Terry Mullins. Jerry Palsgrove failed to grab the handle on Plunkett's hopper as Wells scooted in to score. An outfield bobble, usually the ; most costly of all baseball miscues, "helped the Kiwanis pick up a run in the third. Bruce was passed and raced to third on Jerry Palsgrove's hit to right as Plunkett played with the a«ate a, bit. He came in as Stallings rolled unassisted to Wells at first- Bruce and Dorri* then waged a strikeout duel until Kiwanis knotted the count in the last of the fifth. Bruce whiffed six in succession during a streak. Both fanned the side in the fourth. Bruc* Liffbt FUM Bruce started the fireworks that led to the fourth Kiwanis run in the last of the fifth. PaJsgrove again smote on« perfectly U> right pellet but heaved far over Tommy Seay's head as Plunkett counted. Dcrris drove one a far piece out in the pasture between left and center for a home run. Rounsavall followed with a poke to center. J. L. Austin tried desperately for a shoestring catch but missed. Jerry easily circled the bases before the ball could be reached. Last Ditch Fails Kiwanis went down scrapping. ^e I They filled the bases in their final the I .. . on balls. But the badly-spent Dorris generated enough energy from his tired body to fan Palsgrove, who had singled twice before, then took care of Gene Webb's feeble tap to the mound and tossed to Rounsavall to choke off the promising rally and end the game. hole- They scaled the heights with practically no help from Monte Irvin's big bat. What will they be like when Big Bertha starts barking? As Irvin stresses, the Giants have not yet started hitting together. With serenity replacing near panic, the Giants proceeded to go on a tear of six straight. With no one out of position and pitchers working in regular rotation, they bagged 27 of 37- * » * WHEN HENRY THOMPSON ho- mered with two out in the ninth to beat the Reds opening the current home stand, it was the 18th time the Giants had prevailed with late inning hits made by nine different hired hands. The Giants' bench lacks the depth and class of—say the Yankees'. But the pitching has been magnificent and, with Davey "Williams more recently hitting at a .350 clip, the batting order is solid save for Wes Westrum, when his catching is required. Whitey Lockman, Al Dark and Mueller hit the ball to all fields. Thompson and Irvin are the distance clean-up men. Willie Mays is a stand-up-and-cheer ball player— in the field and at bat. The Giants easily could go all the way .especially in a five-club race. THE ORIGINAL 184O CABIN BOTTLE 86 PROOF, £. G. BOOZ DISTILLERY COMPANY, IARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY With the highest sales in its history. . . NEW POWER" outsells every other premium gasoline... because it gives you not just more power, but TOTAL POWER. 1st by far at "regular" price, too... 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