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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, Pittsburgh Fans Give Up on Branch Rickey Things Get Worse For Pirates By HARRY GRATSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — "Being beaten by this Pittsburgh club is like being run over by a kiddie car," remarked one of the Giants, after the Pirates had repelled them for the eighth time in 18 games. "Those coai miners' caps make the Pirates look like space cadets, even funnier than they are. Maybe Branch Rickey intends to put miners' lamps on them. That's the only way he'll get them out of the cellar." The Buccaneers living off the Giants and Braves, two of the superior outfits, is one of the deep mysteries of the campaign. They divided 14 games with Milwaukee. All the others treat them for what they are. The Dodgers point to 12 more games with them as the surest way they know of to gain on the Giants. The good people of Pittsburgh have given up on Mahatma Rickey. In three years under Rickey, attendance has declined from 1,166,267 to 572,754, will not reach 500,000 this trip. It hit a high of 1.517,021 in 1948 and the Pirates played to 1,449,435 in '49. "Things have become progressively worse all the \vay along the line under Rickey," testify the complainants. "The other clubs improved, including the Reds and Cubs, the latter with the double play combination of Ernie Banks and Gene Baker. We got worse." * • * THE TIP-OFF ON the Pirates is that only one of them, the thumping outfielder. Frank Thomas, would make the Cubs, who were seventh, 25% games out at the time of the All-Star Game. Rickey has dealt away athletes who would do the Pirates a lot of good, stress the dissenters. And they have something in the way of a case when they finger Gus Bell of the Reds, the Braves' Danny O'Connell, the Indians' George Strickland and Wally Westlake, the Phillies' Murry Dickson and the Cubs' Ralph Kiner. Kiner would at least be an attraction, it is pointed out, and that is the best substitute as yet devised for a miserable club. There is nothing left on the Pirates to show for Bell, a big player with the Redlegs. Rickey has been quoted as saying that the Pirates have better players with Hollywood and New Orleans than they have in Pittsburgh. The Mahatma is then reminded by Pittsburgh fans that he is charging them major league prices. • * * PITTSBURGH HEARS THAT Rickey advised Owner Bob Cobb of the Hollywood subsidiary to peddle Outfielders Tom Saffell and Lee Walls in a package deal for $200,000. Saffell has been up. Wells is a bespectacled bonus baby. "If Saffell and Wells are that good, why not bring them•• to Pittsburgh?" ask the weary home town Boxing Notes- Billy Graham Beaten, Thinks AboutQuitting king at Age of 33 By JACK HAND NEW YORK (AP) — "When you get licked by a potato like that, it makes you think about quitting." Billy Graham, admitting he will be 33 at his next birthday in September, was a thoroughly disgusted man as" he sat in his ring togs last night after losing a split decision to Danish Chris Chistensen. "When a guy like this hits you, it makes you wonder what's wrong," he said. "You ask yourself, 'Why don't you counter?' Eight now I feel let down. I thought I won the fight 6-4 but I am, disgusted. Undecided "I'll know in a few days about fighting again. After I sit down and have a talk with Irving (Irving Cohen, his manager)." Graham looked ring rusty in his second fight in seven months. He was slow and missed often against the faster Dane, who kept pouring leather at him through the 10 rounds at Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway. Christensen showed'no solid power with his flicking punches, often resorting to a backhand right, but he wa s too quick and too busy for the New Yorker, who came within a whisker of winning Kid Gavilan's welter title back in 1951. Split Nod Referee Teddy Martin voted for Christensen 5-4-1 and Judge Dave Stewart, 6-3-1. The other judge, Bert Grant, scored it for Graham 5-4-1. Graham weighed 150, Christensen, 148. Al Andrews, who won a unanimous decision from Sauveur Chiocca of Corsica in the feature 10 at St. Nicholas Arena, headed back for his home town, Superior, Wis., for a vacation. "He's tough to fight," said Andrews, who weighed 153 to Chiocca's 146%. "He can tie you up on customers. "The Rickeys, Senior and Junior, keep telling us they have seven minor league teams in the first division," say the Pittsburgh baseball writers. "What do we care about that? We're interested in Pittsburgh and how the Pirates are going to get out of the basement. "Shortstop Dick Groat gets out of the Army next year, but outside of Gene Freese, a young second baseman leading the Southern Association in batting, there doesn't appear to be much in the chain. And Freese is headed for the military." Rickey spent nearly $500,000 in bonuses in one year. With attendance falling, the Pirates' rich owners grew tired of his throwing money around as though they printed it. They put Branch Rickey on a strict "budget, which is why he has to sell slaves to stay solvent. the inside and he throws a pretty good punch. I'd like to fight in Superior, but until I get someone to fight there, I'll do some roadwork and box with the amateurs." PA01IITW nnciwr «ir*F«i Duke Snider, left, of the Dodgers and the Giants' Willie Mays point up the Jriat New Yorkdebate by matching hands on a bat Who is the best center fielder? (NBA-) X / ^^ Thompson Put His Driver in Sack Early Squirrel Season Asked Arkansas Hunters Want Sept. 1 Date LITTLE ROCK (iP) — Arkansas hunters want the opening of squirrel hunting season moved one month ahead so they can beat outlaw hunters to the punch. That recommendation was one of many which Arkansas sportsmen expounded at an open hearing of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission here today. The hunters complained that the present opening date of squirrel season—Oct. 1—gives outlaw hunters a chance to get to the squirrels early and kill them when they begin cutting hickory nuts. Jimmy Linder, representing more than 600 members of the Phillips County Wildlife Chapter, asked the commission to change the opening date to Sept. 1. Other recommendations included: 1. Remove the size limit on trout; intensify a trout restocking program in rivers below Bull Shoals and Norfork dams. 2. Limit quail hunting to c three days a week-during regular season, possibly Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 3. Postpone setting of quail season until quail census survey work is completed. 4. Place greater restrictions on free-running dogs in deer woods. 5. Set dove season for Sept. 1, rather than Sept. 15. Osceolans Bock From St. Louis OSCEOLA—Three members of the Osceola Little League team will return from a four-day trip to St. Louis this afternoon after seeing the Cardinals play New York and Philadelphia. The trio includes Ed and Jerry Weldon, pitchers for the Little Leaguers, and Jack Morse, third baseman. Once Again, It Is Moving Time For Franchises in Big Leagues By BILL BOEDER NEA Special Correspondent MILWAUKEE — (NEA) — Hey, where's everybody going? The Athletics are threatening to leave home. A fellow in Dallas has decided to move the Dodgers there lock stock and Hilda Chester. Minneapolis wants to get into the big leagues So do Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and maybe even Sheboygan. Most of this is rumor but a cou-i pie of phases of it are being taken seriously. It's pretty generally agreed that the A's will be unloaded on some poor unsuspecting metropolis, probably on the west coast, but the people in Minneapolis seem to mean business. The word is that the American League will' let Los Angeles and San Francisco battle it olit for the privilege of putting up with the Athletics. . * * * It seems strange, writing this. A couple of years ago the idea of uprooting a big league ball club was something people discussed the way they'd talk about a trip to the moon. Now we toss franchises around, like peanut shells. Thus it's taken for granted that the A's will go elsewhere. The only surprising thing about it is that it took them 50 years to discover that Philadelphia was too dull for their taste. As for the situation in Minneapolis, it has become very interesting and also puzzling. At least that's the way it strikes the Dodgers, who have an interest because they run a farm club right next door in St. Paul. If Minneapolis 'makes the majors, it would finish minor league baseball in that area. , * * * The Dodgers won't stand in the way but they do have to plan some maneuvering in case they lose a farm club. So Mel Jones, general manager in St. Paul, came to Milwaukee for a rendezvous with Walter O'Malley, who made the trip west chiefly for that purpose. How do the Giants figure in the Minneapolis picture? They own the minor league team there. You might suppose they'd like to hold Mordecia (Three-Fingered) Brown was the first pitcher in the major leagues to hurl four consecutive shutouts. He got them in 1908. on to it, but Horace Stoneham is groundwork for a third major among those pushing the Minneapolis bid for the major leagues. Can it be that Stoneham intends to move the Giants out of New- York? : That is the trip to the moon all over again, but the American League seems uninterested and •who in the National League but the Giants could be interested? league, with Minneapolis as a starting point. It wouldn't be hard to convert the majors into three eight-team leagues. Including the A's out, you have 15 going franchises. Add Minneapolis, Los Angeles. San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal and all you'd need would be four more. You could always dig up four willing towns in Texas. Maybe Stoneham is laying the I Any four towns in Texas. By JIMMY DEMARET CONCORD, N. Y. — (NSA) — When was the last time a golfer < won a major tournament without using his driver? You'll have to rely on the graybeards to come up with the answer to this one, unless you took in this year's British Open and saw Peter Thomson go off every tee with his 3 wood. The eyebrows really raised when! we told this one around after getting back,from England. But it's. a fact. The good-looking, 25-year-1 old Australian, who describes him-j self as "•The Playing Pro from] Toots Shor's," won the historic] event without even thinking of us-j ing his driver at any time. This is j the first time in my memory it- has happened. It started during a- practice round over the fine Royal Birkdale course at Southport, which is on! the edge of the-Irish Sea. We played a few holes and I be-1 gan to get a bit lonely after a bit. j Our man Peter, you see, was poor j ! company. In fact, he wasn't even j around. He was too busy trying to find where his drives went. He was hitting phantom shots. You know, the kind that sort of disappears-, "Man, you better put that driver back in your bag and leave it there." a few of us told Thomson during a chance meeting in the rou,jh along the sixth fairway. So, he deposited his heavy artillery in the bag and went at it with his 3 wood. Now, this club—the spoon—has about 20 degrees more loft than the driver. It reduces distance, but also cuts down plenty on any left to right or right to left ; spin you can get on the ball. It's aj more accurate club than the driver. As for Jimmy Demaret, he played well enough, we would say, but" had a little putting trouble. My monocle kept slipping. * * « Sam Snead tried to scramble his way out of a tough spot during a meeting of the West Virginia Sportswriters' Association, using me as an excuse. Some of the scribes wanted to know if it was true that Sam kept his money buried in tomato, can* around his house at White Sulphur Springs. "No, I don/t" Sam yelled out. "That doggone Jimmy Demaret started that rumor." Now, I don't want to get involved in any controversy with the .distinguished man from Greenbrier, but I've always heard a story along these lines and the fellai who tell it claim it's gospel. Seems Sam hired a gardener to fix up his place and the fellow, after digging around a bit, suddenly announced he was going to retire. Today, he goes around telling people he made his money by raising a hybrid tomato. . "It came in a can," he says. It's not unta the middle of August, but I'm malting preparation! to attend the National Caddy Tournament in Columbus, 0. Jim Rhodes runs this grand affair, which sees caddies from all sections of the country battling it out for a college education. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ Brooklyn — Chris Christensea, 148, Denmark, outpointed Billy Graham, 150, New York, 10. New York — Al Andrews, 153, Superior, Wis., outpointed Sauveur Chiocca, 146%, Corsica, 10. Los Angeles — Ramon Tiscareno, 144&, outpointed Mario Trigo, 139%;, Los Angeles, 10. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo, (fl —It was some time in coming, but a band of vengeful veterans finally settled a grudge of long standing at a recent city softball game. The Veterans of Foreign War* team blanked the opposition, 18-0, as pitcher Hugh Stout twirled a no-hitter. The losers? The Military Police team from nearby Camp Carson. Yanks Prize Highly Rookie Bob Grim By JIMMY BRESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — Yogi Berra was leaning on a bat in front of the Yankees' dugout and engaging in his favorite hobby, •which is talking, while waiting for his batting practice swipes. The squat catcher had been asked about the New York pitchers and the guy who probably knows them better than anybody was delivering a lecture on their merits. "Reynolds, Lopat and Sain," he started, "you got to expect good things from them. But this Grim. That's the guy who'll be around here real big for a long time; Wait'll he really gets to know his way around." Despite this touch of Berra wisdom, his audience was left a touch skeptical. That's because there isn't too much more Bob Grim, the recruit right-hander, can show people. With the season more than half gone the 24-year-old led Casey Stengel's staff with a 10-3 mark. and was the maojr reason why the world champions were in the center of a tough pennant race. * * * Unknown, untried when spring training began, the well-stacked barkeeper's son now is rated high on the list of American League Rookie-of-the-Year candidates. "Rookie of the year, they say," Manager Stengel observed. "Well, It looks like he means a little more than that around here. Don't know exactly where we'd be without the fella." . . . At the outset, it appeared that this product of the Brooklyn and Long Island sandlots as being a year or so away from the maojrs. But Grim began to burn up the Grapefruit League and wound up making the trip north with the Yankees. Three days before -the season was to start he was officially placed on the Bomber roster. Since then, the kid nobody had heard about, except that he had won 16 for Binghamton in 1951, has been a solid man for the Yankees, who have had serious mound troubles. * * * It seems to happen every season, this business of an uncounted on' guy coming up and more than making his way around the league in Yankee flannels. Grim fits into this picture perfectly—in fact, a large slick-paper photo of the .right-hander which hangs in his pop's Brooklyn tavern, describes Mm as "the new Whitey Ford." In the first 93 innings he faced A.L. hitters, he struck out 10 more than he walked and held a 3.48 earned run average. The Yankees started Mm seven times and used him in relief on 13 occasions. The relief work came as a result of one of Grim's top attributes— all the moxey a guy can have. Grim has a sound major league fast ball, a good sider and a sharp curve. 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