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PAGE BIX BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.)" COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, JULY ft 1H4 Both Loops Have Real Fights Raging for Place in First Four Have-Nots Want Powerful Tigers By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer By now only five teams have serious ideas about reaching the"World Series this fall but a whole hatful of others in both leagues are still scrapping to see who will help cut up the swag: ^ , , Players on the first four teams in each league share in the World Series receipts.^ It's generally conceded among all but the diehards that either the New York Giants or Brooklyn will be the National League representative against Cleveland, the New York Yankees, or the Chicago White Sox. But a check of the standings 'shows' dog 1 fights in both circuits immediately below these private pennant races. Four in National In the National League four teams are bunched a game and a .half apart from third through sixth place. Philadelphia holds third by a percentage point over Cincinnati and Milwaukee with St. Louis still a big factor. The American league is running with a five-team "second division." Fourth place Detroit is a fat 22 lengths out of the lead and 17% behind the third place White Sox. But the Tigers hold only a single game edge over Boston and Washington and just eight games separate them from the tailend Baltimore Orioles. Bums Win In the upper brackets yesterday Cleveland "took a half game lead over New York when the Yanks crumbled before Chicago 15-3 while the Indians were playing their second straight tie in. Boston. Rain halted the 7-7 contest in the top of the ninth inning. The Giants maintained their seven game advantage over Brooklyn • with.-a 2-1 triumph at Chicago. Chicago. The Dodgers tripped Cincinnati 5-1. St. Louis outsc'ored Pittsburgh 13-12, Philadelphia defeated Milwaukee 6-1 and Washington shaded Baltimore 6-5 in other action. Brooklyn's Carl Erskine turned in the outstanding pitching performance, retiring the last 23 Gin- •'cinnati batters in order after Bob Borkowski homered in the second inning. A pinch single by Bill Taylor drove in the •winning Giant run In the ninth inning at Chicago. The White Sox scored early and often against the Yankees, opening with five runs in the first and closing out with five in the ninth, Minnie Minoso and Johnny Groth collected four hits each. Virgil Trucks became the first American League pitcher to win 13 games. Home runs by Jim Hegan, Al Rosen and Larry Doby lifted Cleveland from a 6-0 deficit into a 7-6 lead at Boston but the Red Sox pushed across the tying run in the sixth and kept it thai, way until rain intervened. The same two teams played a 17 inning tie Tuesday night. • Only five Milwaukee batters got on base against Robin Roberts and the only run off the Phils' ace was Eddie "Mathews* 22nd home run, hit with two out and the bases empty in the ninth. Pitchers wore out the grass between the bullpens and the mound Ed Moore's Tight Relief Hurling Helps Get Win By SAM NORRIS Air tight relief pitching -by Ed Moore thwarted the Methodist Eagles in their third attempt to upset the powerful Presbyterian Tigers in the Pony League. The Tigers won 7 to 1 at Compress Field Wednesday afternoon, but it was after Moore was called to the mound to smother an Eagle threat in the fifth. Moore not only hurled three scoreless innings without allowing a hit, he whaled a sixth inning home run with two on to account for three of the Tiger runs. The round tripper was one of six hits off Slick Nelson, who went the full distance for the Eagles, but who was the victim of six costly errors by his teammates. Nelson's good pitching job deserved better support, but he couldn't do it alone. The weak-hitting Eagles were able to muster but four scattered blows off Wyatt, scarcely enough to win over a front-running club. Even so, the Tigers might- have gotten into serious trouble when Bill Wyatt, whose control had been a bit wobbly, walked Clyde Griffin and Bill Fowler to open the fifth. With none out, Manager Jim Killett sent Moore in relief. Eagle first baseman David Holt, who occasionally poles a long one in the general" ' direction of Sawdust Bottom, took two heavy cuts and popped to Catcher Jerry Lutz. Then little Alvie Jarrett, soprano pepper box of the Tiger infield, pulled the old hidden ball wheeze and tagged out Fowler taking a lead off second. Eagle hopes faded as Nelson grounded to Wyatt at shortstop for the third out. The loss leaves the Eagles one mmBHPHHHBmMMIMHKaimi^.i"^""""" .1——- COOL WAY Petie Hall, top, and Shirley Richards rapidly beat the heat touring Cypress Gardens, Fla., on a surfboard. (NBA) Card Pitching Bad But BUGS' Worse ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have one consolation about their pitching, hurling by the Pittsburgh Pirates was one run worse, although the Pirates didn't display as many staffers at Busch Stadium last night. •—'••• — * The 31 hits and the five errors more opportunity this season to knock off the high-stepping Tigers. If P. D. Foster's boys turn the trick they will have to do it on Friday, Aug. 13, a date the Meth- odsits hope will be unlucky for the Tigers. Eagles AB R H PO A E Griffin, of 3 Fowler, 2b 3 01000 00211 in Busch Stadium during the Cards-Pirates' 31 hit duel. St. Louis used .eight", equalling the National League record. Pittsburgh used five hurlers. The Athletics' victory over Detroit broke a 10-game losing streak. Sonny Dixon tamed the Tigers and Joe DeMaestri, Lou Limmer and Jim Finegan hit home runs for the winners. Washington wasted an early lead against Baltimore, then won in the ninth when an easy roller" dribbled through Jim Brideweser's legs with the bases loaded and one out. Holt, Ib 3 0 1 8 0 0 Nelson, p 4 0 0 0 4 0 Fitzgerald, ss .... 2 1 1 1 1 2 Pulley, rf 2 0 1 1 0 2 Gilless, If 100430 Williford, c 1 0 0 4 3 0 Simmons, 3b .... 3 0 0 1 0 0 Totals 23 1 4 18 9 6 Tigers AB R H PO A E Slayton, 3b 3 I 0 1 1 0 Moore, SS-p 3 1 1 2 0 0 Wyatt, p-ss 3 1 1 Huffman, cf 3 2 '>• 170 Lutz, c 3 1 0 2001 1 0 Kelley, 1Mb 2 0 0 1 0 0 Hall, Ib 101501 Hatch, If 1 0 1 1 0 0 Jarrett, 2fa 3 0 0 2 1 0 Rayburn, rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 Richardson, rf ... 0 1 0 0 0 0 Totals 23 7 6 21 10 2 Struck out, by Wyatt 2, Moore 3, Nelson 4. Base on balls, off Wyatt 5, Moore 2, Nelson 2. Hits off Wyatt, 4 in four innings; off Moore none in three innings; off Nelson 6 in six innings. Wild pitch, More, Nelson. Passed ball, Williford. Winning- pitcher, Wyatt. Losing pitcher, Nelson. Home runs, Moore. Three base hits, Hall. Sports Roundup— If Dressen Were Only Here By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — It was inevitable that the time would come when the owners of the Brooklyn Dodgers would be reminded that they had fired a pennant winning manager, Charlie Dressen, and installed in his place a big, quiet fellow named Walter Alston who never had before directed a big league club. by the two clubs were the import- tant factors in the up-and-down contest,, finally won by the Redbirds, 13-12, on Bill Sarni's eighth inning single, his fourth blow of the night. Harvey Needed Acting Manager Johnny Riddle trotted out eight pitchers—the second time this year St Louis has tied the National League record in this department — and finally Brooks Lawrence and Harvey Haddix held the Pirates scoreless in the top of the ninth to protect the lead. It was the first inning either team hadn't Scored since the top of the fourth. v) The Pirates used five pitchers and George O'Donnell, the last one, was the loser, giving up doubles by Ray Jablonski and Joe Cunningham and the game-winning single to Sarni in the eighth. Sarni's output also included a double and two other singles, Cunningham had another double and a single and Wally Moon drove in a paii' of runs with a homer. No one Pirate took the limelight on hits as six of them each had two safe blows off—in this order—Tom Poholsky, Royce Lint, Cot Deal, Al Brazle, Joe Presko. Gerry Staley, Lawrence and Haddix. Five of Six It was Lawrence's fifth appearance in the last six games—also his sixth victory since joining the club June 24. He said when he came to the Redbirds he hoped he'd get a lot of work. He did. Riddle's record as a manager also remained unblemished since he took over for the suspended Eddie Stanky. It was his third victory in as many nights. Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pc£ GB New York 62 30 .674 Brooklyn 55 37 .598 7 Philadelphia ... 44 43 .506 15y 2 Cincinnati 47 46 .505 15% Milwaukee 46 45 .505 15% St. Louis 44 46 .489 17 Chicago 35 53 .398 25 Pittsburgh 29 62 .319 32% Today's Games Brooklyn at Cincinnati Philadelphia at Milwaukee New York at Chicago Pittsburgh at St. Louis (N) Wednesday's Kesults New York ,.2, Chicago 1 Brooklyn 5, Cincinnati 1 St. Louis 13, Pittsburgh 12 Philadelphia 6, Milwaukee 1 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet GB Cleveland 61 28 .685 New York 62 30 .674 % Chicago 58 34 .630 4% Detroit 39 50 .438 22 Boston 37 50 .425 23 Washington ... 37 50 .425 23 Philadelphia .. 31 56 .356 29 Baltimore 32 59 .352 30 Today's Games Chicago at New York (2) Cleveland at Boston (2) Baltimore at Washington (N) Detroit at Philadelphia (N) Wednesday's Results Chicago 15, New York 3 Cleveland 7, Boston 7 (8 innings, tie, rain) Washington 6, Baltimore 5 Philadelphia 4, Detroit 1 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB New Orleans 61 42 .592 — Atlanta 59 41 .590 % Birmingham 57 45 .559 3% Chattanooga 54 48 .529 6% Memphis 49 50 .495 10 Little Rock 44 59 .427 17 Mobile 42 61 .408 19 Nashville 39 59 .398 19% Yesterday's Results Birmingham 5, Chattanooga 4 Little Rock 8-8, Mobile 1-4 New Orleans at Memphis, postponed, rain Atlanta 4, Nashville 2 Games Today Birmingham at Chattanooga Mobile at Little Rock New Orleans at Memphis Atlanta at Nashville (2) Pompey Still Thinks He's New Blood U.S. Boxing Needs CHICAGO {AP) — Upset by tank-like Moses Ward of Detroit in his American debut, British middleweight and light heavyweight champion Yolande Pompey still feels he's the new blood this country's televised boxing is seeking. "I just couldn't get started," said the powerful but somewhat slow puncher from Trinidad after dropping the 10-round decision before national TV cameras in Chicago Stadium last night. "I've fought better fighters and I can do better." Second Loss It was only the second defeat in 31 pro starts for Pompey who went into this one a heavy favorite. Ward, who posted his 19th victory in 26 fights, came out of the free-swinging scrap with ample respect for the West Indian. "He's a very good puncher," Ward declared. "His left jab is as hard as the rights of a lot of fighters. It hurt me in the seventh round when he drove me to the ropes in the corner." Pompey weighed 163y 2 , Ward 162. . Nearly Had Him The low-slung Detroiter piled up MF r OR LE 3UE BASEBALL American. Association Toledo 4, Indianapolis 2 Kansas City 9, Louisville 0 Minneapolis 3-22, Columbus 1-8 St. Paul at Charleston, postponed Texas League Houston 8, Dallas 7 (12 innings) San Antonio 6, Fort Worth 5 Beaumont 5, Oklahoma City 4 Tulsa 6, Shreveport 1 Western League Lincoln 7, Denver 1 Omaha 2, Wichita 1 Des Moines 1, Pueblo 0 Sioux City 7, Colorado Springs COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB El Dorado 55 28 .663 — Greenville 48 33 .593 6 Meridian 45 37 .549 9 s / 2 Monroe 38 46 .452 11Y 2 Pine Bluff 35 45 .438 18& Hot Springs .... 25 57 .305 29% Yesterday's Results Monroe 8, Greenville 4 El Dorado 7, Pine Bluff 3 Meridian 19. Hot Springs 12 Games Today Pine Bluff at El Dorado Meridian at Hot Springs Greenville at Monroe his winning margin early and withstood Pompey's' determined bid in In the sixth Ward worked Pompey into a corner and let fly with a punishing series of blows to the head. "I thought I had him then," the Detroit sluggor said later. "But he rolled out at there. He's plenty clever." Xo Alibis Pompey came to life in the seventh, his best round, forcing Ward to the ropes with his strong, straight lefts. But by then the invader needed a knockout, and h« couldn't deliver. Judge Edward Hints and Referee Frank Gilmer scored it 94 points to 92 in favor of Ward. Judge Frank McAdams called it a 92-92 draw. And, after the fight, Pompey soaked a pair of badly swollen hands but insisted, "I'm not using my hands as an alibi. I'm not making any excuses. Moses Ward is a good fighter." Wild PGA Event Is Big Scramble Snead Climbs Tree; Porky Oliver's Putter Is Hot ST. PAUL VP) —'Sam Snead, maneuvering with a sharp list to starboard and a grouchy look that was the natural result of a stiff neck, had to climb a tree on the 15th hole to make a reasonably good score in the first qualifying round of the 36th PGA championship Ed "orky" Oliver, suffering from a painful kidney ailment that has forced him to drop out of several recent tournaments, holed putts from all over the course for a five- under-par 66, And 28 players shot 71 or better over the barren, un-hardened Keller course to turn the opening round of the nation's toughest test of pro-, fessional golf into a race against par for the 64 available places in the match play bracket. Second Round That was the story as 15 of America's leading pro golfers headed into today's qualifying second round of the PGA tournament with the prospect that a 36-hole total of 146 or better would be needed to get into the showdown stage of match play, starting tomorrow. Snead's "shot" from a post oak tree was the high spot of the opening round in which the pros took Keller's par of 36-35-71 to pieces, just as had been predicted. The West Virginia walloper, suffering from a recurrence of the stiffness in his neck that plagued Mm all through the Open championship, almost pulled out of the tournament. But he decided to give it a try and until he hit the 225- yard loth, Snead was doing very well. Has 73 There his tee shot drifted and the ball lodged in the fork of a tree, some 15 feet above the ground. Sammy, stiff neck and all, had to go up there after it. He knocked it out and got a five on the par three hole for a creditable score of 35-38 73. The real business of the tournament begins tomorrow • when 84 golfers buckle down to head-to- head match. There'll be two roundi of 18 hole duels Friday. Two strokes behind Oliver were a trio of tournament toughened players; Gary Middlecoff, the 1949 U. 3. Open champion; gnarled Johnny Revolta, a 43-year-old veteran who is rated as one of the nation's top teaching pros; and 47-year-old Orville White of Aiken, S. C. Cincinnati Redleg outfielder Bob Borkowski won eight letters in football, baseball and tennis while at Dayton, Ohio, Kiser High School. It takes more than 10,000 light bulbs to flash the odds and results to Monmouth Park racing fans on the track's two outdoor tote boards. The Men's Amateur Golf championship win be held Aug. 23-28 at Grosse Points Farms, Mich. Entries for the tourney close July 12. Chandler Harper Finishes Second to Best By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Sitting in the Baltusrol clubhouse, waiting for Gene Littler to miss the putt that gave him the United States Open Championship, Ed Furgol remarked: "The 284 doesn't mean a thing unless it stands up." "He can say that again," says Chandler Harper. The balding Portsmouth, Va., professional won the grueling PGA Championship in 1950. Last February, in the * Texas Open at San Antonio's Breckenridge Park, he tied the national 72-hoi - tournament record, 259, held by Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. Yet nis name was not included among the well-known players who failed to qualify for the last 36 holes of this y e a r ' s tT. S. Open. ?Now. if this seems to make "handler Harper Harper out as a waller, you're right. And, mister, The time is now. As the once proud leaders suffer through an extended slump and fall further behind the flying Giants in a National League race that threatens to develop into a runaway, the abrupt change of pilots that shocked the baseball world last fall again has become a burning topic of conversation and conjecture. Would the Dodgers still be on top if the scrappy, alert Dressen- were at the helm? Or was the likeable Alston presented with a ball club that, because of age and recurring injuries to key men, was ready to fade before the onslaught of the first determined rival? Did Dressen foresee what was coming and demand a two-year contract for his own protection? If you think you know any of the answers, consider yourself a member of the debating club. The only clue we have to offer comes from a former big league star, la- .ter a manager, who has had an opportunity to study the methods of both Dressen and Alston. "They're both good managers," ,he said, "but of an entirely different type. Alston still looks a little bewildered to me though, maybe a bit overwhelmed by what's happened to him. I don't doubt that he's a sound baseball man, but I've seen him make some mistakes that Charlie never would have made. "I don't believe he thinks quit£ as fast as the little guy did. It wasn't, .the bunk about Charlie stealing your signals. He could hurt you, and I'm convinced he helped some of his batters by calling pitches for them. He had the horses, sure, but he helped them win a lot of close games." Whether Dressen suspected that worse times were coming, and so precipitated the row that wound up with him managing Oakland instead of sounding his shrill whistle in the big show, one can only guess. As for Alston, he Isn't saying much of anything. No particular inference is to be drawn from this, though, as he had very little to say before the roof began caving In upon him. They $ay that he, like his players, only looks a little ' more stunned day by day as misfortune dogs the team. I Only once, apparently, has the I rookie pilot permitted his temper j to show through. That was when, : after a recent loss to the Giants, : he ordered the entire club, pitchers and all, to engage in special batting practice until dark. No mem- ; 3 ber of the team could recall this having happened before. ERMING Tfc* 3*lard*t I' POST Bruct Ttrmintx Company Meaiphit, Tenn. P. 0 R*i 1271 Phon* 12-3531 for e COURIER NEWS in Osceola, call BILLY BEALL, 567-J you'd be yelling pretty loud, too, if you had come across the troubles which have beset him. In six tournaments in 12 months, including the two richest in the country, he was beaten on the 18th green. To begin with, Harper was the party of the second part when Lew Worsham made that - unbelievable wedge shot in the World Championship at Chicago Tarn O'Shan- ter last summer. "With the guarantee of 50 exhibitions," he recalls, "that cost me 565,000 before I left the green." A YEAR AGO If.st April in the first Las Vegas Tournament of Champions, where the winner gets a generous slice of a robust Calcutta Pool, Al Besselink birdied the 16th and 17th and got his par on the 18th to overtake Harper. "Besselink thought he had missed a 10-foot downhill putt, threw his putter in the air," recollects Harper. "The putter came down as the ball plopped into the cup and blooie! went another big pot." A stroke behind Tommy Bolt on the 10th tee of the final round of last year's Tucson Open, Harper came home in 31, missed a 60-foot wedge shot for an eagle by an inch on the 18th that would have tied. Bolt, too, shot the last nine holes in 31, you see. Even with Fred Haas with three to play in the Palm Springs Open in Janua- ary, Harper had two pars and a birdie. Haas prevailed with a birdie, par and an eagle.. In the pro- amateur part of this tournament Harper's team was leading by a stroke with four to play. It polished off the last four 2 under par. The difficulty here was that Marty Furgol's team had a birdie and three eagles. « * * IN THIS YEAR'S Baton Rouge Open, Harper was leading by two strokes playing the 14th of the final round. Wee Bob Tosik shot the last five in 4 under par to prevail by a stroke. The Eastern Open in Baltimore found Harper in his customary position — second. "When I finished with 279, 9 under par, in the World Championship at Tarn O'Stanter, rny wife _ Wojran Ben H of an LOOK FOR THE SIGN OF THE TIMES WPint IJ69 Vi Pint IS AMERICAS TOP SELLING STRAIGHT WBISKIT KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOUR30N WHISKY EARLY TIMES DISTILLERY COMPANY . LOUISVILLE i, KENTUCKY . 86 PROOF told me that this was one I couldn't miss. " 'No, something will happen at the 13th,' I warned her. Worsham was the last man to shoot in the tournament, and it took a miracle shot to beat me, but there it was. And in professional golf, being second costs money. I know how Jimmy Demaret felt when Hogan with 276 rubbed out his 278 U.S.' Open record at Riviera in '1948. When Littler missed that final putt in this year's Open, he might just as well have not entered." No spectator group is quite as fickle as a golf gallery. The fellows trailing have nice quiet rounds. Cameramen don't run after the bloke who finishes second. Being close doesn't count. The St. Louis Cardinals operate 22 minor league clubs in 15 states and two foreign countries—Canada and Mexico. Both Baltimore and Milwaukee regained major league franchises after 52 year intervals. Do You Know? Tuesday's Answer The Golden Rule Is Not of Biblical Origin The Golden Rule was originally the name-given by ancient mathematicians to the rule of proper* tions of "Rule of Three." 1—Wm. Henry Phyffe, 5000 F*cti and Fancies, page 355. Do You Know? Morse Did Not Invent The Telegraph! Sir Charlen Wheatstone, an Englishman, wai the practical founder of modern telegraphy, patented in 1837. Morse's simpler system, however, became more successful. 1—Encyclopedia Britannica, 14th Edition, Voluntt 23, page 564. 107 E. Main Phont 3-8650 "LET'S RECAPP ONE" BURNETTS ROYAL TIRE SERVICE louHt Highway 61 Phone 3-8662 Ftrmtrly McCaul's Tiro SUrt ROYAL ULLIJ

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