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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, July 12, 1954
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BLYTHEV1LL1 (AM.) OOVWfitt MONDAY, JULY H, Odds Favoring NL Soar On Eve of All-Star Clash * * * * * * * 3f. Ailing AL Hurlers Boost Nationals By JOE REICHLER CLEVELAND (AP) — Two llth-hour changes in the American League pitching staff Jiavs caused the odds on the already favored National League to soar to 8-5 today for tomor- jow'i annual All-Star Game. Nobody here could recall when one league ruled such a prohibitive favorite over the other, 1 even during the years when, the power-packed American League captured four straight from 1946 through 1940. N«ws — Bruce, Dorris lead Baiters, Pitchers in LL Kiwanit Ace Hitting .706, Legion Hurler Has .588 Average THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE Wife Probable Pitching Choices Tuesday — Kiwanis at Lions Club Jimmy Bruce (4-2) versus Bill 1 Kelson (1-1). Wednesday — American Legion a Jaycees; Doug Dorris versus Jim my Marshall (3-3). Thursday — Rotary Club at Shrine Club; Tommy Smith (2-2) versus Ray Odle (1-1). By J. P. FRIEND Jimmy Bruce, Kiwanis ace, and Doug Dorris, unbeaten star of the • American Legion, have carried their personal batting and pitching dteel over into another week, with honors shared. Bruce clubbed a single and double off Jimmy Marshall (Jaycees) In his last game and wound up with a lofty .706 maee mark to set the plat* pace for the Little League batsman. Dorrl« found Ray Odle and Bob Lovelace (Shrine Club) for a single jk tiro tries and finished with * .568 for second place. The situation te just reversed .in W pitching department. Dorris the roost .with five consecu- vietori**, his last coming over Ihttee Club Friday afternoon. roHed up four triumphs losing a pair. His red hot bat played a prominent role in his fowii -win last week aver an in- Spired Jayeee outfit who battled him down to the wire before s*c- Bmo« Bftt Busy J»*»ttiy also leads in four individual batting departments and tied for another. He has the most hits, IS; most total bases, 21, and runs batted in, nine. He and four others have socked a couple of doubles. Dorris is the home run king with three, is second in hits, 10; runner- up in total bases, 19. Johnny Ray Plunkett, sparkplug in the victorious drive of the American Legion, first round winners, rates the No. 3 batting slot with .474. The chubby little right fielder. one of the limited few lefthanded swingers, had one hit in one official time at bat against Billy Nelson, Lions Club, that boosted his average. He has scored nine runs to lead in that phase. Jimmy Killet, sparkling little shortstop of the dethroned Lions Club, is fourth with .471, thanks to 3-2 off Curt Branscum, freckled Rotary Club outfielder-pitcher, during defeat. j Larry Whit-tie, Shrine dub, andi Now, on the eve of the 2lst clash, the shoe IB on the other foot. Not only does the National own a four- game winning streak but it has most of the long-ball hitters. Reynolds, Garcia Out Until .New York's'Allie Reynolds and Cleveland's Mike Garcia were declared physically unfit, it appeared the American League's seemingly superior pitching might offset home the National's run hitters. numerous Bulletin .CLEVELAND (3>j—Robin Roberts, Philadelphia Phils' right- hander, and southpaw YHkritey Ford of the New York Yankees were named today as the starting pitchers for tomorrow's 21st All-Star fame. Reynolds, begged off because of a pulled groin muscle and Garcia was excused because of a ruptured blood vessel in a finger. In their Gary Gestring, Lions Club, each lad a 3-2 service in their last times out and find themeslves deadlocked or fifth with .444 apiece. Whittle agged Dorris, while Gestring got o Branscum to remain in competi- ion for the bat diadem. Branscum. who yielded the mound to Tommy Smith at the tart of the season after a term ,s flinger, was both pitcher and litter against the Lions Club. His home run and double played prominent roles in his subdual of the 1953 champs and enabled him to rate o. 7 in the parade with .400. "Muggsy" Heads Seconds Jerry (Muggsy) Palsgrove, Kiwanis second baseman, heads the econd division list of hitters with 375, followed by Jimmy Pugh, ihrine Club first baseman, who is iccoming a tough cookie to get out up at that plate, .368; Jesse (Pop- iff) Taylor, another'Shrine Club- »er, and perhaps the best all-round ielding second baseman in the oop, .357; .Bobby Jacques, Shrine :iub cutie, .368; Sonny Elledge, aycee's crack third baseman, .364; erry (Cueball) Hill, Lions Club alf-pint star, .350; Don Stallings, jwanis star, .333: Marshall, .333; Duncan, Jaycees, .333; Jerry Monk) Rounsavall, American Leion catcher without a peer, .320: erry (Jerk) Hodge, Rotary's fine ot corner guardian, .316; Mike Joyd, American Legion, and Jerry 'oleman, Rotary Club, each with 300. Ron Huey, Rotary Club shortstop. .286) leads in triples, 3. Branscum^ army Smothers, Rotary Club .211); Lewis Mathis, Lions Club 294), and Gestring join Bruce rith two doubles. Dorris is well out in front of the trikeouters with 78 in 41 innings. ruce and Smith have victimized places, Manager Casey Stengel chose Sandy Consuegra, crafty Chicago White Sox right-hander, and Irv Noren, currently hot Yankee outfielder. Noren probably will see action only as a pinch hitter. Both managers — Stengel and rookie Walter Alston — were mum concerning their pitchers but the expected crowd of 65,000 in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium probably was due to see a battle of right- handers — at least during tie first three innings. Roberts Likely Starter Based on the starting lineups, which are predominantly right- handed, and by process of elimination, the field narrowed down to Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies and Bob Keegan of the Chicago White Sox as the opposing hurlers. Both will be well rested by Tuesday. Keegan has done no pitching since Friday, nor has Roberts except for a brief mopup job Sunday. The only other well rested pitchers are the Yankees' Whitey Ford and the New York Giants"' Johnny Antonelli. Milwaukee's Jim Wilson, who replaced the injured Harvey Haddix, does not figure to start. Ford and Antonelli are left- handers. May Start Ford Roberts, although sporting a subpar for him 11-8 record this season, is a veteran Ail-Star competitor. He was the starting pitcher in three of the last four games all winning one for the National League. Keegan 12-3, a sophomore, is enjoying his first outstanding season in the majors. • Stengel, the all-winning World Series wonder^ who has yet to triumph in four All-Star games as manager, may upset the dope and start Ford against the National League lineup, which is packed with left-handed power as repre- snted by Stan Musial, Duke Snider and Ted Kluszewsk.i But Ford -6 has had a spotty season. Dean Stone of Washington, his only other available southpaw is strictly a gamble. Rig-ht-Handers Worked All Stengel's right-handers, with the exception of Keegan, worked either Saturday night or yesterday. Baltimore Bob Turley, Cleve- j land's Bob Lemon and the White Sox' Virgil Trucks pitched yesterday. Washington's Bob Porterfield and Consuegra were on the mound Saturday. Alson appears in a better way for pitching. Should Roberts start, his second pitcher, in all likelihood, COOLING SYSTEM—A driver of a trailing outboard g£ts a close-up of a rival hydroplane flip- ipmg over in a big spray on Lake Dallas, Tex. The unidentified pilot was uninjured and cooled > off on the year's hottest day, the thermometer Teaching 97 degrees. (NEA) Cards Finally Win Series from Cubs \ JST. LOUIS (AP) — It took half a season to do it but the St. Louis Cardinals finall) won a series from the Chicago CUDS. Rookie first baseman Joe Cunningham banged out a sixth-inning home run off Warren Hacker yesterday to break a tie score and give the Cards a 4-3 victory. The Cubs won onl} one game of the three-game series here but still hold a 10-5 edge on the Birds this season. Baseball Standings By J?HE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN • LEAGUE W W L pet Cleveland 56 27 .675 New York 56 28 .667 Chicago 54 Detroit 35 Washington 32 Boston 31 Philadelphia ... 30 Baltimore 31 No games scheduled today. Sunday's Results New York 7, Washington 3 Chicago 3-8, Cleveland 0-2 Detroit 2, Baltimore 1 Boston 18-11, Philadelphia 0-1 GB 31 44 47 48 49 51. .635 .443 .405 .3$2 .380 .378 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet New York 57 27 .679 GB Brooklyn 51 Philadelphia ... 40 Milwaukee 41 Cincinnati 41 St. Louis 40 32 37 41 42 42 Chicago '.. 29 50 Pittsburgh .... 27 55 No games scheduled today. Sunday's Results New York 13-1, Pittsburgh 7-5 Brooklyn 8-1, Philadelphia 7-3 Cincinnati 6-5, Milwaukee 5-6 St. Louis 4, Chicago 3 .614 .519 .500 .494 .488 .367 .329 15 16 25 & 28 3 apiece; Marshall 45. Phyllis Carer, Shrine Club, (0-4), has ex- ibited the best control, walking nly three batters in 18 2/3 innings. Marshall has issued 10 base on alls in 33 frames;"Bruce 16 in 35, nd Dorris IS. will be Antonelli, whose 13-2 record Is the best in either league. After Atonelli, the Brooklyn pilot can come back with Marv Grissom the Giants' ace relief right-hander, or southpaw Warren Spahn, Milwaukee's veteran southpaw, who has three All-Star game perform- vances under his belt. Spahn pitched Saturday. Right-hander Gene Conley of Milwaukee and Carl Erskine of Brooklyn, who saw action yesterday, don't figure to be called on unless absolutely needed. Wilson also pitched yesterday. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB Atlanta 53 37 .589 — New Orleans ... 54 39 .581 J /i Birmingham ... 52 40 .565 2 Chattanooga ... 50 48 .538 4 1 / Memphis 42 49 .462 ll 1 /; Mobile 40 52 .435 14 Little Rock 39 54 .419 15% Nashville 36 52 .409 16 Yesterday's Results Atlanta 8, Birmingham 6 Memphis 3-13, Little Rock 1-3 Sports Roundup— Bums Need Rest; Won't Get It By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Everything's happening to the Brooklyns at* once. Immediately after tomorrows All-Star Game at Cleveland Manager Walt Alston's shell-shocked crew must head for Milwaukee to play off a postponed game the following night, and the club is burning about it. 6 New Orleans 3, Mobile 1 Nashville 9-3, Chattanooga T-l Games Today Mobile at Atlanta (2) New Orleans at Birmingham (2) Little Rock at Chattanooga Memphis at Nashville MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association St. Paul 8-2, Indianapolis 2-0 Toledo 4-1, Louisville 3-3 Minneapolis 8-6, Kansas City 5-8 Charleston 1-4, Columbus 0-8 Texas League San Antonio 5-3, Beaumont 4-2 Shreveport 6-3, Houston 5-1 Tulsa 9, Dallas 8 Port Worth 7, Oklahoma City 0 Western League Denver 14, Pueblo 7 Wichita 13, Colorado Springs 10 Omaha 5, Des Moines 4 (10 innings) Lincoln 6, Sioux City 5 (10 innings) . The homer was Cunningham's *• fifth since joining the club on June 30. Rookie hurler Brooks Lawrence, also a recent addition by . the Cards, shut the door on the Cubs by holding them to two hits in the last four innings after taking over from starter Gerry Staley. Chicago jumped on top in the first when ex-Cardinal Steve Bilko, playing for the injured Dee Fondy, doubled in a run. Fondy suffered a split lip when hit in the mouth by a thrown ball in pre-game practice. He is expected to return to action Thursday after Mad Mexican Booked for Mat Feature Chico Cortez, the Mad Mexican returns to the Memorial Auditorium ring tonight to take part in the tag match feature of the American Legion's ' ; wrestling bouts. The pint-sized Cortez is scheduled the three-day rest for the annual j to team with Chris'Dusek in'the All-Star game. Pollet Blasted The Cards knocked out starter Howie Pollet with a walk, single and Bill Sarni's run-scoring-double in the second. Chicago came back for two in the third on a double by Randy Jackson and singles by Ralph Kiner, Hank Sauer and Walker Cooper. St. Louis tied it in their third on a single, forceout and back- to-back doubles t>y Stan Musial and Ray Jablonski. Red Schoendiensi, Cards' second baseman, went hitless again after his hitting streak was stopped at 28 consecutive games on Saturday by cub Bob Rush. Musial, SchoenSieiist and Jablon- j ski of the Cards and Jackson of the Cubs left for the All-Star game tomorrow at Cleveland after the game. lag match feature. Opposing team will be two -of Promoter Mike Meroney's top heavyweights, Lester Welch and Lee Fields.. Cortez, who hailes from Mexico City is noted for Ms crazy antics. He is regarded as one of the toughest in the business and his uncanny i ability to take punishment is one of his strongest assets. Two one fall preliminary bouts are a/lso on the card with Dusek meeting Fields on Welch. and Cortez taking There is an agreement that no games will be played in either league on the days before or after the All-Star tussle, but a series of early-season rainouts at Milwaukee has made it necessary to get in the game on Wednesday or risk losing it entirely. Ordinarily those players who are not chosen for the midseason fixture can look forward to a three- day vacation, and the Dodgers in their present state could use some relaxation. There was even talk that they might protest to the players' association and refuse to play the game, but Vice President i Buzz Bavasi put a stop to that with the quiet remark: "They don't have to play if they don't want to. We don't have to pay them either." After the comparative fiasco at Wimbledon, it can be put down as certain that there will be no professional tour next fall. A new face was needed, and that of Jaroslva Drebny, the left-handed Czech who defeated little Ken Rosewall in the final of the British classic, will not fill the bill. It was anticipated, with excellent reason, that Tony Trabert would sign a money contract if he was successful both at Wimbledon and Forest Hills this summer, but his defeat by Rosewall in the semifinals washed that up. There is no other real prospect in sight. Drobny is so little • thought of on this side that it is doubtful he will be offered any special inducement to play in our Nationals. It is reported he will be offered the customary transportation and $15 per day board money on a take it or leave it basis. No selfrespecting Wimbledon king would play even an exhibition for that kind of money. COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB 1 Dorado 52 24 .684 — Greenville 42 31 .575 Sy 2 Meridian 40 35 .533 Iiy 2 Monroe 33 42 .440 18Vi Driver Injured In Stock Car Races Smashup A two-car smashup in the second race at Walker Park Speed' Bowl yesterday resulted in the first inured driver of the year. Red Gill of Blytheville suffered i fractured breast bone when his car crashed into a car driven by Bill Bishop of Osceola. Bishop's car had a blowout and carreened sideways in the track directly ahead of ill. Both cars were demolished. Gill was given first aid, at the track but vas not hospitalized. Edward Cecil took first place in he 10-lap feature race with Curey Marsac coming in second with iis radiator spewing hot water over aim. Other Results First Race—Rod Raymond, Red Gill, Edward Cecil. Second race—Edward Cecil, Curey Marsak, Car 714. Third T&C9— Raymond, Curlex VTarsak, Don Kerbough. Fourth race—Edward Cecil, Red Raymond, Don Kerbacgh. Fifth race—Edward Cecil, Curley Marsak, Rod Raymond, and Charley Wood. Stengel Hopes Pitching Will Offset Hitting CEVELAND (fP)— Casey Stengel seeking his first All-Star victory in five attempts, hopes to neutralize the National League's awesome power with one of the strongest pitching staffs ever assembled for a midsummer classic. In contrast to last year when he was caught short with only six pitchers, the grizzled New York Manager will bring nine hurlers to Cleveland's Municipal Stadium next Tuesday. This group includes most of the biggest winners in the American League. I Headed by ll-game winners Mike Garcia of Cleveland and Virgil Trucks and Bob Keegan of Chicago the staff lists three flingers who have won nine games and three who have won seven. On the other hand, only three of the seven Na- AL Becoming War of Nerves Lopez Fears Yanks, Richards Doesn't-Case Keeps Mum By ED CORRIGAN AP Sports Writer The American League pennant chase is developing into a war of nerves. Cleveland Manager Al Lopez saysf he isn't afraid of the Chicago White Sox . . . Haven't got the pitching to last out the long season . . . More concerned with the New York Yankees . . . But the Tribe still has the better club. Chicago Manager Paul Richards merely shrugs off last month, when his club went into first place . . . He expected it all along . . . The Pale Hose is the team to lick the Yanks, he says. New York Manager Casey Stengel doesn't have much to say . . . He's been spending his time looking up at the other two hoping they'd eat each other. Four Straight Chiefs Win, Lose Against Alabama Team Right now, it appears that Sten- decision gel's hopes have been coming true. The Blytheville Chiefs journeyed all the way to Russellville, Ala., fqp txvo games over the weekend and came back with an even score. Ace • hurler Ed Stemac lost a heartbreaker to the Alabama team in the first game, played Saturday night, when he dropped a close 2-1 Last week, the Indians swept the Sox four straight games. Had they been able to do the same in the four-game set that just ended, they might have made a run-away of the race. But the Sox won all four, finishing operations with a 3-0, 8-2 double victory yesterday. The Yanks, who iiave been taking advantage of the ^.second-division clubs, won their ninth in a row and 12th in their last 14 by slugging the Washington Senators 7-3 to climb within half a game of the Indians, The White Sox are three games jack as the chase continues to tighten. Yanks Untroubled Except for the seventh inning, when Bob Grim loaded the bases with none out, the Yanks had no >articular problems with the Sena;ors. Johnny Sain came in to rescue ,he youngster, who got credit for his 10th success. In other American League action, Detroit whipped Baltimore 2-1 and he Boston -Red So< won a doubleheader from the Philadelphia A's 18-0- and 11-1. The National League action left But the Chiefs returned, to the field yesterday and blasted the Russellville hurler for a 7-1 victory behind the pitching of Fritz West. Only score in the Saturday night game came in the second inning w.hen Bill Rounsavall singled, went to third on -Sonny Garner's double and came home on E. J .Baker's single. In yesterday's victory the Chiefs got three big runs in the fourth, added one in the fifth and one each in the final three frames.' The Chiefs go to Stanford for a game Saturday and come to Blytheville for a return match Sunday. he New York games in front •Giants of the still 5 J / 2 Brooklyn Chicks Defeat Manila Tigers New Blytheyille Team Looking for Games The newly-organized Blytheville Chicks, a baseball team made up if past and present Blytheville High School athletes, journeyed to Manila yesterday and came home with a 7. 5 victory. Bob • Childress pitched the Chicks to their victory holding the Tigers to seven hits. His mates garnered 12 safties off loser Davidosn. The Chicks scored two in the first and two in the third take an early lead and got two more in th* ninth to break a 5-5 tie. Benny Hays is managing th» Dodgers. The Giants thumped Pitts- iurgh 13-7 in the first game of a double-header, but dropped the sec- nd 5-1. Brooklyn edged Philadel- ihia 8-7 in the first game of a twin )ill but lost ,the second 3-1. Cincinnati and Milwaukee split a ouble-header, the Redlegs taking tie first 6-5 and the Braves winning he second by an identical 6-5 onut. St. Louis nipped Chicago 4-3 n the other National League game, team and is looking for games with other teams in the county. Cue/in Lost Tutor DETROIT (#} — When veteran infielder Johnny Pesky was traded from the Tigers to Washington, Harvey Kuenn lost a tutor. Last year's rookie of the year in the American League, Kuenn praised Pesky for helping him learn the defensive duties of a big league shortstop. tional League pitchers have turned in as many an nine triumphs. The National League suffered a drastic blow when Harvey Haddix became unavailable because of the recurrence of a leg injury. FTZEE INSPECTION Call 3-8233 Pine Bluff ..... 31 40 .437 Hot Springs .... 24 50 .324 Yesterday's Results El Dorado 7, Greenville 2 Meridian 4, Pine Bluff 2 Monroe 6, Hot Springs 4 Games Today All-Stars at El Dorado 1-8 BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING TAG MATCH Plus! Ortt-FaiJ Motchti DUSEK «nd MAD MEXICAN Tkt Mad Mexican vs. W«lch DON'T GIVE YOUR • PROFITS! A VACATION Install G-K Air Conditioning and watch hot-weather business pick up! Packaged— AIR CONDITIONING • Quick end HI/ initollatien. • T«rmt to suit your budgtt. • O.I /« vniqv* •ll-tn-on* rtfrif •ration •yittm M«f* in Mv/n0*. • fiv*-y«r 0-f Plui-Yqlu* Pr«»tcti«n Phm. 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