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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1954 Dodger Fortunes Ebb in Face Of Bludgeoning Giant Batsmen Baseball Standing; NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet GB New York ...;. 56 25 .688 Brooklyn 48 31 .608 6£ Philadelphia ... 39 34 .534 12% Milwaukee .... 40 38 .513 14 Cincinnati 38 41 .481 16 V 2 St. Louis 38 41 .481 Chicago ....... 28 48 .368 25 Pittsburgh 25 53 .321 29 Today's Games Pittsburgh at Sew York Philadelphia at Brooklyn (N) Milwaukee at Cincinnati (N) Chicago at St. Louis (N) Thursday's Results New York 11, Brooklyn 3 Chicago 9, Milwaukee 8 St. Louis 2, Cincinnati 1 Only games scheduled . AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet GB Cleveland ....... 56 23 .709 — New York 53 28 .654 4 Chicago ........ 50 31 .617 7 Detroit 33 43 .434 21& Washington. ... 32 44 .421 22 & Philadelphia ... 29 46 .387 25 Baltimore 30 49 .380 26 Boston ........ 28 47 .373 26 Today's Game* Cleveland at Chicago (N) New York at Washington (N) Baltimore at Detroit Boston at Philadelphia (N) Thursday's Results Detroit 2, Chicago 0 Cleveland 4, Baltimore 1 Only games scheduled SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Atlanta ........ 52 35 .598 New Orleans ... 51 39 Birmingham ... 50 39 Chattanoogs, ... 48 41 Memphis 40 47 Mobile *0 49 .567 .562 .539 Little Rock 37 52 50 .460 12 .449 13 .416 16 .405 Nashville 34 Yesterday's Result* Atlanta 6, Birmingham 3 New Orleans 4, Mobile 1 (Called «nd 5th rain) (Only games scheduled) ... Games Today Birmingham at Atlanta Little Rock at Memphis New Orleans at Mobile Chattanooga at Nashville MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Minneapolis 5-1. Indianapolis 3-2 Toledo 6, Columbus ,3 (12 innings) Kansas City 3. St .Paul 2 Louisville 10, Charleston 3 Texas League Oklahoma City 1-1, Tulsa 0-7 Dallas 8, Fort Worth 2 Houston 14, Beaumont 2 Shreveport 4, San Antonio 1 Western League Omaha 3-3, Sioux City 0-4 Des Moines 3, Lincoln 2 COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB 43 24 .667 — 42 27 .609 4Viz Mays' Slashing Bat MayTopRuttisMark NEW YORK (AP) — Two weeks ago when Willie Mays was first made aware that Babe Ruth once hit 60 home runs in one season, he found it difficult to believe. Today, the spectacular "Say Hey Kid" of the New York Giants is being given a better than even chance to break the Bambino's 28- year-old mark. With 30 home runs already to his credit, the slugging centerfield- er is three home runs ahead of Ruth's record 1927 pace. Barring injuries or a protracted slump, the 23-year-old phenom should give it Back on June 21, after Mays had banged his 20th home run, Marv Grissom, his teammate, kiddingly remarked to Willie: "If you keep that up, Willie, you're "liable to break Babe Ruth's home run record of 60 homers in one season." "Nobody Can Hit 60" Mays gave Grissom a questioning look. "Nobody can hit that many home runs," he finally declared emphatically. Mays is not the first to be ahead of Ruth's pace at this stage of the season. Jimmy Fox, Hank Greenberg, Hack Wilson, Johnny Mize, Ralph Kiner and Eddie Mathews had more homers than the Babe at the midseason mark, but none of them could match Ruth's killing September pace. That's the month that killed them all off during that - September. It was final month of the campaign that the Babe was at his best — slamming 17 home runs, including three in the final two days. But Willie may pile a big enough lead to offset the Babe's September pace. Six This Month A check of Ruth's 1927 season shows that he hit only nine homers in July and nine in August. Thus he entered September with 43. Mays, with 11 homers in May and 10 in June, already has hit six in the first eight days of July. He walloped his 29th and 30th yesterday in his 80th game. Ruth did not have 30 homers until his 83rd game. Then followed a 10-game drought. He didn't get his 31st until his 94th game. How does Mays feel about his homers? "Don't ask me that," he replied. "I don't want even to think about home runs. All I do is go up and swing. Every time you start thinking about home runs, you stop getting them." Grissom Is Ticket For Maglie's Wins By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Sal Maglie of the Giants sat shucking off his soggy uniform the other night, having just scored an important victory over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field, when a member of the assembled press asked the veteran right-hand- er how many wins he thought he might notch before the season's end. El Dorado Greenville Meridian Pine Bluff Monroe .. Hot Springs 38 34 .528 10 16 17 30 38 .441 31 41 .431 __ o 23 48 .324 24& Yesterday's Results Monroe 4, Pine Bluff 3 Greenville 14-5, Hot Springs 0-4 El Dorado 16, Meridain 2 Games Today Hot Springs at Monroe Greenville at El Dorado Meridian at Pine Bluff Red Has Hit In Last 27 Games; Hears Record ST. LOUIS (#> — Red Schoendienst of the St. Louis Cardinals is approaching the National League consecutive game hitting streak record. The switch-hitting second baseman singled in four trips last night against Cincinnati to extend his skein to 27 games, the longest in the majors this sea- The National League mark is 37 consecutive games, set by Tommy Holmes of the Boston Braves in 1945. Joe DiMaggio holds the major league record of 56 games, established in 1941. Traveler Pilot Resigns Post LITTLE ROCK UH— The manager 'of the'Southern Association Little Rock Travelers—Bill Norman—quit yesterday. Apparently the decision to resign was his own idea. However, General Manager Ray Winder aays a general shake-up of the seventh-place Little Rock club is in the offing. The Rock* lost nine of their last 10 games, "If Grissom holds out," he said, grinning, "there's,no limit." • It was Maplie's way of paying tribute to Marv Grissom. the 36- year-old relief artist who twice within a week had pulled him out of jams against the Dodgers, once going four brilliant innings to win a 13-inning thriller and again retiring three batters in quick succession after Sal had filled the bases with none out in the ninth. Large Job If the Giants do go on to win the flag, as appears more probable every day, the job that Grissom, the American League castoff, did on the Dodgers in those two tense situations will loom large in the over-all story of the comeback of Leo Durocher's club. In case one is inclined to forget, the Giants finished fifth last year, 35 games behind Brooklyn. It was just a year ago on July 1 that the Giants, their pitching staff shot, bought Grissom from the Boston Red Sox for the waiver price of $10,000. After less than two full seasons in the big leagues at the end of a long minor league career, Grissom was considered to be washed up. The Giants, though, had nobody else who could pitch any better at the time, and Durocher used him freely through the latter part of the season, both as a starter and in relief. Although the veteran finished with an over-all record of 6-8 for the season, he was so plainly giving it all he had that he won himself a new home and was taken along with the Giants squad that toured Japan last October. There, in the land of the pagodas Grissom really found himself, j When the club returned, the man Durocher and President Horace Stoneham insisted upon talking about when they discussed prospects for the current campaign was their new pitching pheenom, going on 36 years. Many thought this very funny. To know how well Marv has repaid his bosses for their faith in him one needs only to look at the record—and at the standing of the Giants. As of this writing, the man who came back from nowhere had pitched in 25 games, 19 of which had resulted in Giant victories. The Polo Grounders had won 9 of the last 10 games in which the veteran had come on from the bullpen. He had wrapped up five games in which Brooklyn, the main foe, had been beaten. His won lost record is 8-3. Grissom has not succeeded Hoyt Wilhelm as the National League's best reliever. He merely has complemented his b r i 11 i a n t young teammate, made it possible for Durocher to wave in the knuckle- bailer less often and not wear him out with 68 appearances, as he did last season. WE BUY USED FURNITURE PHONE 1-1122 Wade Furn .Co. j Eagles Overrun Victoria, 19-11 The Blytheville Pony League Eagles hung up their third straight victory here yesterday as they overran the Victoria Pony League team 19-11. The Eagles scored in every inning with a tremendous 13-run splurge in the fourth to take the victory. Victoria ounched six runs in the second to take an early lead in the game, but this ended with the Ea- srles' massive assault in the fourth. ~ The Eagles got 12 hits off E. Gotham and Pitts and took advantage of Victoria's faulty fielding. Gilless started for the Eagles but was replaced in the second by Williford. Nelson came on to hurl for the Eagles in the third and went the rest of the way to gain his third victory. Holt and Griffin led the Blytheville squad in batting with three hits apiece. Brooklyn Falls Again; Slump Or Collapse? By JOE REICHLER AP Sports Writer Collapse or slump? Take your pick. It depends upon whether you are anti or pro Brooklyn. Not since, they "blew" the flag: in the dog days of 1951 have the Dodger fortunes been at such a low ebb. Within a space of 10 days the tired and dreary Dodgers fell from the National League lead to a poor runner-up spot, 6}a lengths off the pace. Old age. injuries, weak hitting, spotty pitching, sloppy fielding and bludgeoning Giant bats all contributed to the Dodgers' sharp . decline. Outlook Gloomy Whether the Dodgers can right themselves is anybody's guess. Only once before in the last six years have the Brooks been so badly off. That was in 1950 when they trailed the Philadelphia Phillies by eight games in September. They came on with a rush then only to lose a chance for a tie on the final day of the season. The ^outlook is much gloomier now. .First of all, this tune they have to contend with a "hot" New York Giant team that is rushing through the league like wildfire instead of a weary Philadelphia club staggering to the finish line. Brooklyn dropped its sixth straight to the Giants yesterday 11-2. May« Again . Once again it was Willie Mays who led the Giant charge. The spectacular center fielder smashed his 29th and 30th homers to drive in five runs. It gave him four homers in the three-game set and nine in 12 games against Brooklyn pitching this season. Ruben.Gomez, the Puerto Rican screwball pitcher, limited .the Dodgers to seven hits and fanned eight for his eighth triumph. Hours later, Gomez registered at a hospital for a tonsilectomy to be performed today. Only four other games were played yesterday. Cleveland's American League-leading Indians boosted their margin over the idle New York Yankees to four games, defeating Baltimore 4-1 behind the seven-hit hurling of Bob Feller. Homers by Jim Hegan and Wally Westlake were all the runs Feller needed. fladdix Returns Detroit's Steve Gromek dropped Chicago seven games behind Cleveland, shutting out the White Sox 2-0 on seven hits. The Tigers' Ray Boone drove in one run with a doubJe and scored the other. He also had two singles. The St. Louis Cardinals bunched four singles in the second inning to defeat Cincinnati 2-1 and gain a tie with the Redlegs for fifth place. Harvey Haddix chalked up his 13th triumph. Randy Jackson walloped his 17th home run early in the game, then sineled in the 14th inning to drive in the run that gave the Chicago Cubs a 9-8 victory over Milwaukee. Rookie Bill Tremel pitched seven innings of scoreless relief for his first major league victory. Bob Buhl was the loser. Haddix Wins 13th DECREASED VISIBILITY — A bleary-eyed Tuzq Portuguez lands a hard right to Walter Cartier's left eye in their 10-round < match at Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway Arena. Cartier, New York i middleweight, got off the floor in the fifth to win a unanimous: decision from the Costa Rican in a rough fight. (NEA) ; Cub Jinx Tonight ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals, riding the crest of a three-game winning streak and tied for fifth place, in the National League, bump into trouble tonight. 2 Back in British Open SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Americans-Jimmy Demaret and Jim Turnesa checked scores as 50 survivors went into the final 36 holes of the British OperfGolf Championship today — "and this championship can still go to Uncle Sam," said Turnesa. Bill Spence, who was ordered by his doctors not to play any more golf, held the lead at the halfway mark with a 141 yesterday. Argentina's Antonio Cerda was a stroke behind. Demaret, of Kiarnesha Lake, N. Y., and Turnesa, of Briarcliff,' N. Y., had 144s. Tied with them were Australia's BUI Shankland, Ireland's Harry Bradshaw and England's J. R. M. Jacobs. Tied for third place were Sam King and Sid Scott of England, Kiwanis Club Recovers to Halt Jaycees, 6-5 Late Inning Blasts Overcome Early Lead by Losers TODAY'S SCHEDULE Shrine Club at American Legion. Probable batteries: Ray Odle (1-0) versus Doug Dorris (4-0) Midseason Switch ARDMORE, Okla. (JP) — Frank Mancuso, former catcher for the Senators and Browns was named manager of the Ardmore Cardinals of the Sooner State League in a mid-season switch. Mancuso replaced Benny Warren while the team was in seventh place. By J. P- FRIEND Smarting under the defeat sting at the hands of the American Legion that cost them the Little I League first round championship, the powerful Kiwanis Club took vengeance out on the Jaycees, 6-5, yesterday afternoon. It was a very narrow squeak for the Kiwanis forces. They received a-jolting blast of five Jaycees runs in the first inning, then got up off the floor to finally edge past the vastly improved foe with late inning blasts. - Litle Don Stallings, considered by many critics to be the best all- around performer in the league, and big Jimmy Bruce, Kiwanis hurling ace. were heroes in the exciting victory. Don came to the mound rescue of Bruce during the Jaycee uprising, subdued it, then turned the chores back over to his ponderous pal. He led off the fifth with a key triple that turned out to be the winning-run. Bruce Big Batter Bruce, not only one of the loop's best pitchers, but the top batsman, maintained his swat lead with the usual pair of safeties and they came with ducks on the pond. He drove in three runs and scored once, including the big tally. Marshall turned in another' fine pitching performance but made the mistake oi several predecessors. He tried to throw past big Bruce, but OPENING RALLY of United States Senator John L. McClellan At Malvern, Ark* Courthouse Sat July 10, 8:30 P. M. Join with Thousands of Others To Greet and Welcome Our Own United States Senator TUNE • IN • RADIO STATEWIDE RAZORBACK NETWORK Alt' TiM AT ni If*n<tfO», CimM DELTA CLUB South Highway 61 Specials for the Week 1-2 Fried Chicken ........................ 1-2 doz. Fried Jumbo Shrimp ....... ......... 85c Cat Fish .................................. 80c Bar-B-Que Plate ......................... • 85c Ground Round Hamburger Steak ............ ?5c French Fries— Hot Rolls-r-Butter served with above order. Choice KC T-Bone Steak (16-oi. or more) ---- $2.00 With combination saiad* french fries, hot. rolls Hot Pit Bar-B-Que sandwich ................ 25c Peter Thomson of Australia and Dai Rees of Wales with 143. Amateur Frank Stranahan of Toledo, Ohio, and veteran pros Al Watrous,' Birmingham, Mich., fired 148s and Gene Sarazen, Germantown, N .Y., shot a 149 to qualify for the final round. However, Cincinnati's Toney Penna lost out with a 7? for a 153 total. A 151 or better was needed to qualify. "I am in there battling even if there is the slightest chance of victory," said Turnesa. *'I would give a lot to see my name on the British Open trophy. I could have easily shot a 68 yesterday but maybe I wil do it today." Turnesa carded a 36-36—72 over the 6,837-yard, par-ue Birkdale course. The Chicago Cubs, in seventh place 25 games out of the lead, move into town for a three-game series. The Cubs have beaten St. Louis 9 out of 12 games this season. Harvey Haddix, in his first start since being hit on the leg by a batted ball in Milwaukee eight days ago, won his 13th victory—tops in either league—last night by turning back the Cincinnati Redlegs. 2-1. Haddix, whose injured leg tired, needed help from Gerry Staley for the last two innings. The crafty southpaw fanned five to raise his season's total to 99. He has lost four. He drove in the first Redbird run with a single in the second on the heels of one-base hits by Joe Cunningham 'and Alex Grammas. Wally Moon then followed with another run-scoring single. Red Schoendienst, Cards' second baseman, got a single in the first inning to extend his consecutive hitting streak to 27 games, Cincinnati scored its only run in the third on singles by starting pitcher Joe Nuxhall, Chuck Harmon and Gus Bell. Five - double plays—three by Cincinnati and two by St. Louis^—kept the scoring down, in- the tight pitching duel. to no avail. The bitter experience "cost him again, just as before while doing the chunking for the Lions Club. He gave up seven hits in all, all coming in the last three innings. Bruce had difficulty locating the plate in the first inning and was the victim of some erratic fielding, especially by Bill Jones, promising young shortstop who contributed a couple of errors, one for the distance to help the Jaycees get off to their flying start. Bill Gourley got the movement started by drawing a pass to open the game. He promptly stole second and rode in on Sonny Elledge's one bagger. Sonny swiped second and went to third as Freddie White ] rolled out to first. Charles Cobb strolled, and so did Bruce — over to first base with Stallings going to the hill. Errors Help Cause The change didn't take effect immediately for Jones turned in his first error. Joe Wicker received credit for a base hit when his grounder caught up with Marshall. Barry Ball circled the. bases 1 on Jones' second error, and that was all the counting for the Jaycees. A couple of errors by Wicker and Cobb followed a walk to Stallings gave the Kiwanis a run in their half of the inning. A double play, engineered by Jerry (Muggsy) Palsgrove to Bruce at first, pulled the usually steady Stallings out of a hole in the second. Two walks and an error got him in the predicament. He got the side out then resumed first basing. It was a different Bruce who went back to the pitching slab to start the bottom of the third. Only 14 batters faced him with a single hit the rest of the way. He fanned six of them. His mates got busy and started reaching Marshall during their turn in the third. Bobby Hallman was safe on an error. Little Nathan Austin, who started behind the plate but swapped places with brother J. L., dumped a neat bunt and beat it out. The next two batters perished but Bruce kept the thing alive with a booming double, followed by Palsgrove's single, and the Kiwanis was only a run behind. They tied it the next round on singles by Gene Webb and Hallman as Marshall began to show signs of faltering with a couple of bases on balls. The lid clincher was clamped on in a hurry by the Kiwanis 1-2 punch. Stallings started the fifth with his triple and Bruce came through with his screaming single, and that was that for all practicable purposes. JAYCEES AB R H PO A Gurley. rf 1 1 0 1 0 Elledge, 3b 3 1 1 1 1 White, c 2 0 0 6 1 Cobb, Ib - 21050 Marshall, p 2 0 0 0 1 Wicker, 2b 31103 Ball, ss 3 1 1 2 1 Cherry, cf 3 0 0 0 0 Storey, If 2 0 0 0 0 21 5 3 15 7 KIWANIS CLUB AB R H PO A N. Austin, c-cf ... 2 1 1 0 0 Jones, ss 3 0 0 0 0 Stallings, Ib-p ... 2 2 1 5 2 Bruce, p-lb 3 1 2 3 2 Palsgrove, 2b ... 3 0 1 2 1 J. L. Austin, cf-c . 3 0 0 6 0 Webb. 3b 2 1 1 0 0 McDowell, If .... 1 0 0 0 0 Hallman, If 2 1 1 2 1 21 6 7 18 6 Summary: Runs batted in—Bruce 3, Palsgrove, Hallman. Two base hit — Bruce. Three base hit — Stallings. Hit batsman — Gourley (Bruce). Base on balls — Bruce 3, Stallings 2, Marshall 3. Strikeouts — Bruce 6, Marshall 4. Innings pitched — Stallings iy 3 with 1 hit, 2 runs; Bruce 2 with 3 runs in 4 2/3. Winner — Bruce. Time: 1:20. Cunningham, rookie Cardinal first baseman, was hit on the right elbow by a fourth inning pitch. He was removed from the lineup later and taken to a hospital for X-rays which showed only a contusion. He will continue to play. Umpire Jocko Conlan warned both managers over a rash of knockdown pitches by both Nux- hall and Haddix in the seventh inning-. CMC Defeats Ark-Mo 8-3 In Y Softball The General American Insurance Company Bombers pulled further in front of the pack in "Y" Men's softball league play by trouncing the Ark-Mo Kilowatts by 8-3 in a game at Little Park yesterday afternoon. It was- a very tight game until the seventh, when the Bombers racked up three markers to put it on ice. The Kilowatts started the scoring in the bottom of the first frame, Johnnie Duclos leading off with a double and scoring on catcher Sconce's single. John Gann's homer in the second tied it up and the Bombers went ahead in the third as Gaines singled and Meharg walked. The next two men popped out, but Jim Lutes came through with a run-scoring single, on which both Gaines and Meharg tallied. A couple of gift tallies in the bottom of the fourth enabled the Kilowatts to tie it up at 3-all, as Sonny Garner was safe on an infield error and Bill Roush's fly to right was muffed. 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