The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 21, 1954 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 21, 1954
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)" COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1954 Yanks Still Can't Make Legion in Firmer Hold on First Rotary Falls To Leaders by 7-1 Count Today's Game Jayceet At Lions Club: 5:10 p. m. Play to 16-Frame 5 and 5 Deadfall By BEN FHLEGAR AF Sport. Writer What does a feller have to do to get into first place in thk league? Casey Stengel of the New York Yankees is running the hottest ball club in the American League. Only 3 1/2 games off the pace on July 1, the Yankees have won 17 out of 19 games since then. And they still aren't up on top. Last night they came within one putout of reaching their objective. They fought off third-place Chicago handily, winning 4-1. The huge Scoreboard i a Yankee Stadium showed Boston leading Cleveland 5-3 after eight innings. But in the ninth at Boston Al Smith coaxed Willard Nixon for a walk with two out and Bobby 'Avila drilled his second home run of the contest to tie the score. That's the way it stayed through seven more innings. It wound up a 5-5 tie after 16 innings with the league curfew calling a halt. Replay Ton can't start an .inning after 12:50 a.m., local time, and it was 12:57 a.m. by the time the last out was made in the 16th. It will have to be replayed from the start sometime later. ; So, by four percentage points; the Indians stayed in first place. The issue may be settled temporarily this weekend when Cleveland invades New York for three fames starting Friday night. While the American League race was tightening, the National League became more lopsided with the New York Giants stretching their advantage over Brooklyn to seven games, their longest lead cf the year. More Extra Innings The Giants won a 13-inning struggle in Cincinnati 2-1 and Brooklyn lost in 10 Innings in Chicago 3-2. St. Louis defeated Philadelphia 4-2 in the only other National League action. Milwaukee and Pittsburgh were not scheduled. Other results in the American League included a 9-1 triumph by Washington over Baltimore and two more losses by the Philadelphia Athletics, their 9th and" 10th in a row, this time to Detroit 12-0 and 4-3. The Giants and Dodgers' games both were decided on errors .In Cincinnati, the New Yorkers pushed across the winning run in the 13th on a single by Bobby Hofman followed by two misplays and a sacrifice fly by Whitey Lockman. Bums Fumble Gene Baker scored the winning run for Chicago against Brooklyn by scampering home from second base when pitcher Jim Hughes dropped an easy toss at first base that should have been the third out. Harvey Haddix of the Cards became a 14-game winner after beating the Phils but Haddix needed ninth-inning help from Gerry Staley. Four hits climaxed by a triple by Ray Jablonski produced By J. P. FRIEND The American Legion took a big step toward their partly owned first Little League chompionship yesterday by knocking off the in- and-out Rotary Club, 7-1, as Doug Dorris rang up vitory No. 7. It was tougher than the score might indicate. In fact, it was a tight 2-1 battle until the Legions came through with another of their customary explosixe, last-inning rallies that sewed the affair up tighter than a two-dollar pair of shoes. But for an error in the fourth inning, Dorris would have hung the horse collar on the Rotes. He yielded only a half dozen blows, all singles, with Ron Huey helping himself to a pair. His blazing fast ball nipped 10 batters via the third strike and he did not issue a base on balls. However, he plunked Jerry Coleman, Rotary catcher, twice. Smith Effective Too Showing considerable better form than last week when he bowed to the Shrine Club, Tom Smith put up quite a scrap until he ran out of gas in the sixth. His control usually good was still lacking from his two- week layoff at camp and this inability to get the ball over the plate kept him in constant boiling water. It finally caught up with him and Curt Branscum came to his rescue with disasterous results. Little Jerry (Monk) Rounsavall. class of the loop catchers, shared honors with Dorris. It was his home run in the sixth that climaxed the five-run rally and sealed the Rotary doom. He also bagged singles to lead the 10-hit offensive. Coach Qtt Mullins gave his young charges the needle right quick and they responded with a one-run lead in their first turn at bat. Little Johnny Plunkett. kingpin of the leadoffs, opened with a single and when the Rotary rightfielder bobbled the ball, kept on to second. a pass. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Miami Beach, Fla — Bob Satterfield, 1?6#>, Chicago, knocked out John Holman, 201, Gary, Ind., 10. Detriit — Allie Gronik, 149 -/ 2 , Detroit, knocked out Pat Lowry, 147%, Toledo, 1. New Orleans — Ralph Dupas, 137*4, New Orleans, outpointed Armand Savoie, 137*4, Montreal, 10. Middles On Night's TV Fight CHICAGO OB — Pompey, considered by many experts as probably the best all-around fighter in the British Empire, makes his first United States appearance tonight against busy Moses Ward of Detroit. Pompey, a 25-year-old West Indian from Trinidad, is a 5-2 favorite to beat his free swinging opponent in the battle to be televised nationally at 8 p. m. CST (CBS). Twin Titles Pompey owns both the empire middleweight and light heavyweight championships, although he has fough only 30 professional fights—losing only one and scoring 20 knockouts. He and Ward have agreed to make 165 pounds for the Chicago Stadium fight. The Trinidad hopeful is ranked fifth among the light heavyweight challengers but is expected to con- concentrate on the middleweight bracket in this country, if successful against Ward. The Detroiter is a rugged swinger with a windmill-type attack and has 11 knockouts to his credit in winning 18 of 25 bouts. Pompey's most impressive victory was over the late Dave Sands, the Australian champion who held a decision over Bobo Olson, the current middleweight titleholder. He fought a draw with Jimmy Slade, recent winner over Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson, and then beat Slade in a rematch. Lambert strolled to set the wheels in motion. When Smith passed Plunkett Smith was derricked in favor of Branscum. The freckled red head filled the bases with another gratis, got Boyd on strikes, but the sky fell in on him as Dorris pounded in two with a single and Bounsavall followed with his round tripper. Before you could spell Kwiatowk- oiwski five runs were over the plate and the victory was in the bag. AMERICAN LEGION AB R H PO A Plunkett, rf 2 1 1 0 0 Moore, ss 2 2 1 Boyd, 2b 4 0 0 Dorris. p 3 or o i i 112 all of the St. Louis runs in the first inning. The Yankees pinned the fifth loss j ing. on Bob Keegan although they were outhit 8-7. Fine fielding which included three double plays helped Whitey Ford to his ninth success. Rounsavall. c 4 1 3 11 1 „ _,. Lovelace. If 2 0101 Mike Boyd went down on a called I Nelson, If 2 0 0 0 1 third strike. Dorris hit to Huey and Plunkett was nipped at third. Rounsavall singled and Wayne Lovelace beat out an infield hit. Moore count- Detroit scored nine runs in the first inning of the first game at Philacslphia in a splurge which included a double and a grand slam home run by Harvey Kuenn. In the nightcap the Tigers rallied for three runs in the eighth, two of them on a home run by Bill Turtle. Bill Tosheff, of the Milwaukee Hawks in the National Basketball Assn., is now pitching for the St. Petersburg Saints in the Class B Florida International League. Errors Leads to Score The Rotary threatened in the first but didn't knot the score until the last of the third. With one away. Wells, Ib 4 0 1 5 0 Craig. 3b 3 1 2 0 1 Mullins, cf 1 0 0 0 0 R. Branscum, cf 0 0 00 0 Lambert, cf 0 1 0 0 0 27 7 10 18 6 Kuey was safe on Frank Craig's error. He moved up a bag as Boyd tossed out to Branscum. Smith singled him home. The Legions quickly forged ahead , the next time they came to bat. j After Jimmy Wells had perished, j Craig looped or.e over the infield. | R. Branscum batted for Mullins and i walked. All were safe a.s Tex Turner fumbled Plunkett's skinner. Moore's one bagger counted Craig. Legion kepi pecking away at Smith until they routed him soon after the sixth got undei way. Ira ROTARY CLUB Hodges. 3b J. Lendennie, rf Huey. ss .. .......... 3 AB R H PO A 4 0 1 2 0 4 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 1 C. Branscum, cf-p ..30101 Smith, p-cf ........ 3 0 1 0 2 Turner. 2b .......... 3 0 1 1 4 Coleman, c .......... 1 0 0 5 1 Stilwell. Ib .......... 3 0 0 7 0 Smothers, If ........ 3 0 0 0 0 Cook, If ............ 0 0 0 0 0 27 1 6 18 9 Summary: Runs batted in: Moore, Dorris 2. Rounsavall 3, Lovelace. Smith. Home run-Rounsavall. Sports Roundup— Tebbetts for Pilot of Year? By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — At the rate Birdie Tebbetts is going, there should be little difficulty in electing the Manager of the Year for 1954. With the National League race entering its second half, the freshman pilot of the Cincinnati Redlegs has turned in a job little short of sensational. A year ago at this time the Red- legs, with almost exactly the .same talent, were floundering in the second division under that hard taskmaster Rogers Hornsby. They never attained the .500 mark under the Rajah', and they were destined to wind up a bedraggled sixth, 37 games off'the top. After Third Today the slugging Westerners, goaded and smartly directed by their new manager, are battling tooth and nail for third place behind the Giants and Brooklyn and, on their current form, must be conceded at least an outside chance of pulling one of the biggest upsets of recent baseball history. Few experts gave the club a hope of finishing any higher than it did last season. Third place would represent a genuine triumph for the popular Birdie. Said He'd Climb Probably the only one not greatly surprised by the way the Red- legs are staying in there and slugging with the leaders, despite their uncertain pitching, is Tebbetts himself. The stocky ex- catcher who took over after a single year of minor league managerial experience at Indianapolis never ceased to swear stoutly in the spring that he was going to climb over some clubs — "and I don't give a damn which ones they are." When he was asked why he had reached into the minors for Tebbetts and given him a two-year contract as a starter, General Manager Gabe Paul replied that he had chosen his man "because of his intelligence." This was an unusual answer, and it created some comment at the time, but it i looks now as though Gabe had something. Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet GB New York ..... 61 30 .670 Brooklyn ...... 54 37 Cincinnati Milwaukee Philadelphia'... 43 43 St. Louis ....... 43 46 .483 17 Chicago ....... 35 52 .402 24 ' Pittsburgh ..... 29 61 .322 3iy 2 Today's Games Brooklyn at Cincinnati (N) Philadelphia at Milwaukee (N) Pittsburgh at St. Louis (N) New York at Chicago Tuesday's Results New York 2, Cincinnati 1 (13 innings) Chicago 3, Brooklyn 2 (10 innings) St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 2 Only games scheduled .593 7 47 45 .511 14V 2 46 44 .511 14¥ 2 .500 Cleveland New York Chicago Detroit AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet GB 61 28 .685 62 29 .681 57 34 .626 5 39 49 .443 21V 2 Boston ........ 37 50 .425 23 36 50 .425 23 1 / 2 32 58 .356 29V 2 30 56 .349 29 1 /l Washington Baltimore Philadelphia Today v s Games Chicago at New York Cleveland at Boston Baltimore at Washington (N) Detroit at Philadelphia (N) Tuesday's Results Washington 9, Baltimore 1 Detroit 12-4, Philadelphia 0-3 Cleveland 5, Boston 5 (16 inning tie — curfew) New York 4, Chicago 1 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet, GB New Orleans ... 61 42 .592 — .586 1 4 6 .495 10 Atlanta ........ 58 41 Birmingham ... 56 45 .554 Chattanooga ... 54 47 .535 Memphis ...... 49 50 Mobile ......... 42 59 .416 18 Little Rock .... 42 59 .416 18 Nashville ...... 39 58 .402 19 Yesterday's Results Birmingham 9, Chattanooga 5 Little Rock 9, Mobile 3 Memphis 5, New Orleans 4 Nashville. 4-13, Atlanta 1-14 Games Today Birmingham at Chattanooga Mobile at Little Rock New Orleans at Memphis Atlanta at Nashville COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet GB El Dorado ..... 54 28 .659 — Greenville ..... 48 32 Meridian ...... 44 37 .600 .543 37 46 .446 17 & 35 44 .443 17% .309 28& Monroe P'ine Bluff Hot Springs .... 25 56 Yesterday's Results Pine Buff 7, Ei Dorado 5 (10 innings) Meridian 12, Hot Springs 7 Greenville 6, Monroe 5 (12 innings) Games Today Pine Bluff at El Dorado Greenville at Monroe Meridian at Hot Springs MnOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Louisville 11, Kansas City 4 Toledo 7, Indianapolis 1 Other games postponed Texas League Dallas 5, Houston 3 San Antonio 4, Fort Worth 3 Oklahoma City 8, Beaumont 3 Shreveport 5, Tulsa 0 Western League Omaha 3, Wichita 0 Denver 11, Lincoln 8 Des Moines 1, Pueblo 0 Sioux City 2, Colorado Springs 0 Hit batsman-Coleman 2. Base on balls-Smith 5. Branscum 1. Strikeouts-Dorris 10, mith 4. Branscum 1- Innings pitched 5 (None out in" sixth, two on. with eight hits, four runs; Branscum, 1 with 2 hits, 3 runs.-Losing pitcher-Smith. Umpires Jimmy Kittany, Maurice Sanders and Ted Wahl. Casey Stengel Goaded Whitey Ford Into Southpaws Neat Pitching Job Ed ford By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — Casey Stengel is as crazy as a fox ... and twice as sly. Talking to newspapermen before last night's game with Chicago, the New York Yankee manager spied Whitey Ford, his ace southpaw. "You want to know wno is the best left-hander in the league?" he asked. "That feller (Billy) Pierce with the White Sox. He's better with the White Sox. He's better than my feller Sure I picked my feller to pitch the A 11 - S t a r Game. But that was o n.l y because the other feller had just recovered from a sore arm. But the other feller is better." He Heard Ford undoubtedly heard every word. A few moments later he arose and began throwing warmup pitches. About 2y 2 hours later, he walked off the field with a neat eight-hitter, after pitching the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over Chicago that kept the Yankees' hot on the heels of the Cleveland Indians. Reached in the clubhouse later. Ford declined an invitation to take issue with Stengel but admitted he was determined to show his manager that he was a pretty good pitcher too. One of Best The 24-year-old ex-serviceman turned in one of his best efforts of the year last night. He struck out five and walked only two as he posted his ninth victory against only one loss against the White Sox since he entered the league in 1950. It was his fourth straight strong performance after a poor spring. His record, which once was 2-4, is now 9-6. Mixed Up Kid "I was all mixed up early this year," he explained. "My control was off, my curve ball wasn't doing a thing and I seemed to be going from bad to worse. I finally lost all confidence in myself and if it wasn't for Jim Turner (Yankee coach) I might be sitting in the bullpen now or pitching for Kansas City. He straightened me out." Ford went on to explain that Turner discovered he was doing several things wrong. First, he was overstriding. Second, he was looking down on the ground after each pitch, instead of keeping his eye on the batter. Third, he was not following through his curve ball. AF Major Tops Golfers SEATTLE (5V-Maj. Harley Williams of Seattle and the Air Force, reigned today as medalist of the 1954 Western Amateur Golf tournament in spite of trees, traps, Dale Morey and grass as thick as the hair on an angora goat. Williams batted around the Broadmoor layout's edule, although he didn't have to qualify. Sixty-three, including Williams, survived the cut and moved with Morey into today's first round of match play, which will culminate in the 36-hole finals Sunday. Lt. Joseph Conrad of San Antonio, Texas, got a par 70 to qualify with 152 and lessen the pain of his first-day 82. Among the nearly 90 who failed to make the grade were entertainers Bing Crosby, Phil Harris and Jack Benny. YOU DON'T NEED CASH For Car or Truck Repairs or Service at PHILLIPS Car or truck in need of repair but your pocketbook can't stand the gaff? . . . Come in today and take advantage of Phillips Motor Company's Pay-As-You-Ride Plan. Let Phillips' expert mechanics take care of t]\os« needed repairs and take care of the cost in low monthly payments. Pay as you drive Small down payment Up to 12 months to pay Fret estimates Broadway & Chickasawba ompany Phone 3-4453 •STRATEGIST AT WORK—Leo Durocher is having field days in the coach's box these after-i noons and nights, signaling, clapping, cheering and waving the Giants on to victory as they ride ' the clouds. (NBA) Stanky Sees His Biggest Challenge ST. LOUIS (AP) — Eddie Stanky, under suspension and a fine for his action in a forfeited game Sunday, has bounced 'back with a public apology and a promise to reform. Warren Giles, National League biggest of my baseball career. I-fr- president, handed a five-day suspension and $100 fine to the St. Louis Cardinal manager yesterday- after a hearing here. A free-for-all and stalling in Sunday's game led Umpire Babe Pinelli to give the Philadelphia Phils a 9-0 forfeit victory in the second half of the twin bill. Stanky told newsmen later he realized he has embarrassed and hurt St. Louis fans, baseball nationally, the Cardinals and his own reputation. Challenge A lot of people say, "Eddie Stanky won't do it," the Redbird will win." Giles also punished St. Louis catcher Sal Yvars and Philadelphia first baseman Earl Torgeson. Their boxing in the top of the fifth inning of the game led to the near- riot. Yvars drew a three-day suspension and Torgeson two days. 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