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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 23, 1954
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PAGE EIGHT ELYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Mantle Is Becoming Big League Slugger * * * * **** He Makes Difference in Yankees By BEN PHLEGAR Associated Press Sports Writer One of the prime reasons for the recent rise of the New York Yankees is the blossoming of Mickey Charles Mantle into a big time big leaguer. hitting Yankees, Indians To Tangle Tonight Tbe 22-year-old switch center fielder apparently has arrived, although some fans who regard Yankee miracles as common- place'fed he took a long time coming. Amid reams of ballyhoo the Yanks tried to jump Mantle from the Class C Western Association into Joe DiMaggio's job in 1951. Back to K.C. Jt didn't quite come off. Mantle had to down to Kansas City for seasoning. He came back in NEW YORK (AP) — Casey Stengel sends his New York Yankees after the American League lead tonight in the first of three games with Cleveland, but he's still convinced it's a ON THE STRINGS—This is where pitchers go when they are wild. Jim Brosnan throws to Elvin Tappe as Manager Stan Hack of the Cubs watches. The idea is to get the ball in the strike zone formed by elastic strings. (NEA) . , for what, would have been a j three-team race for the pennant. sensational season for any normal , ^_ , ,. , , rookie. He hit 23 home runs and ^e Indians own a half game finished with a .311 average. I e ?& e over Che Yankees and have But it wasn't enoueh for the fans |P a >' ea * ne W0r3a champions on an who were still dreaming- of DiMag. i almost even basis so far this sea- Mickev fell off to .295 "last season | son, _winning o of the 11 games. The and when he came up with an old knee injury during the winter the Yanks were really worried. An operation put him out of com- missjon through much of spring training and he wasn't ready when the season started. But he's really now. Hitting .323 His average of .323 is second high on the club. He leads the league in home runs with 20 and •tops the Yankees in runs scored, triples, hits, runs batted in, total bases and bases on balls. He also has st-ruck out the most, not too unusual far a distance hitter. In tke field he ranks with the best. When the Yanks ran out of infielders in the first game of their double triumph over the Chicago White Sox. Mantle was the batting star in the first game of yesterday's double triumph by the Yanks over the Chicago White Sox. He drove kt the tying run with a right- handed single in the eighth inning and the winning run with a left- handed home run into left field in the 10th. The score was 4-3. The Yanfcs coasted home in the second 11-1. Indians in Step Cleveland also won twice. 6-3 and 5-2 over Boston, and kept its half game first place lead. Brooklyn climbed a game closer j to the New York Giants with an 8-5 victory over Cincinnati, while the Giants bowed to Chicago 13-5. New York still holds a six game edge. In other action Milwaukee edged Philadelphia 3-2 and St. Louis shaded Pittsburgh by the same score in 14 innings in the National League. Detroit defeated Philadelphia 9-4 and Washington beat Baltimore 3-2 in the American League. Two home runs by Vic . Wertz helped Bobby Feller post his _ seventh straight triumph in the j first game at Boston. Bob Lemon j tamed the Red Sox in the second game. Yanks never have been in the lead. Sox 6M Out The Yanks deflated the pennant hopes of the Chicago White Sox at least temporarily yesterday by winning a doubleheader 4-3 in 10 innings and 11-1. This dumped the third place Sox 6^3 games behind Cleveland. But in discussing the way the Yanks and Indians have traded decisions Stengel outlined the road back for Chicago. "If it keeps up like this," he said, ""those fellers can come back by beating the other fellers" meaning (the second division teams). Lopat to Start The veteran Yankee manager didn't have much to say about his immediate problems with the Indians except to pick Eddie Lopat as his starter for tonight . Big Chief Allie Reynolds will be in the bull pen, just as he was yesterday. He wasn't needed against Chicago and if he escapes work again tonight he'll be the starter tomorrow. If he works Stengel hopes it will be brief enough to bring him back as a starter Sunday. Whitey Ford will open whichever game Reynolds doesn't. Al Lopez, the Cleveland manager, picked rookie Don Mossi for the second game. Plans Made For Tourney At Osceola OSCEOLA — Plans are underway for the Northeast Arkansas B area American Legion tournament to be held at Osceola beginning Monday. Bill Beall. area chairman, announced that there will be six teams which will play in the double elimination event which runs tl :ough next week. Entries include West Memphis, Lepanto. Monette, Heber Springs, Newport and Searcy. Winner will meet the winner of Adeline Gehrig, sister of base-1 tne area - s A tournament to deter , Gehng,^ was_the j mine tne team to ?0 to the state tournament in Harrison on Aug. 6. ball's U. S. women's fencing champion from 1920 to 1923. Ira Hanford was the first ap-1 The first boxing match ever to be prentice jockey ever to win the held at a major league ball park Kentucky Derby. He won with Bold I was at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, Venture in 1936. May 30, 1915. Fastballers Aid Pelican Battle They're Standing Old Southern League on Ear By The Associated Press Nelson King and Cal Hogue. a pair of strapping, hard-throwing righthanders, arrived late on the Southern Association scene and have stood the old circuit on its ear by supplying proper pitching to go with the power of the New Orleans Pelicans. King ran his record to 10-1 last night with a five-hitter in the first game of a New Orleans sweep over Memphis: Hogue made his mark 6-2 with a competent job in the second game. The scores were 5-1 and 5-3 and stretched the Pels' lead over Atlanta to a game and a half. Crax Divide The Crackers divided a pair with Nashville, winning the first 16-3 and losing the afterpiece 8-2. Little Rock nipped Mobile 1-0. Birmingham and Chattanooga were rained out. Ralph Atkins' 17th home run ended a superb mound battle between Little Rock's Vince Trakan and Earl Mosser of Mobile and gave the Travs their fourth consecutive victory. The veteran first baseman's blow led off the eighth inning and was the only run scored. Little Rock threatened in each of the first four innings but couldn't get the vital hit until Atkins delivered. Trakan, the Travs' highly regarded rookie righthander, kept Mobile well in check all the way. A near tragedy marred Hogue's fine pitching performance at Memphis. Chick outfielder Ed White v felled by Hogue's fast ball in the nightcap, suffered a fractured skull. Attendants at Baptist Hospital said iate last night the big Anniston, Ala., slugger was in "fair" condi-1 tion. Sunny Jim Has Been. Horse Trainer Half Century with 2,000 Winners By ED COKRIGAN NEW YORK (AP) — On Aug. 7 r 1900, a novice trainer saddled his first winner — Agnes D. — at the old Brighten Beach Race Track in Brooklyn. Today, more than half a century and almost 2,000 winners later, Sunny Jim FItzsim- mons celebrated his 80th birthday by rising before the sun peeked over the horizon and making tracks for Jamaica to supervise the training of some 60 horses under his care. Grissom When manager Birdie Tebbetts of the Redlegs was a student at Providence College, he was a regular on the basketball team. Leo Durocher, in his 15th year as pilot of a National League team, is the senior manager of the circuit in point of service. Sports Roundup- en Rule on Li By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — After one has gone into the strange affair at some length he does not wonder that there was a certain amount of confusion just before darkness descended upon Busch Stadium in St .Louis last Sunday. For Giants New Pitch, New Strenath 1M? Helps Veteran By HAR'RY GRAYS ON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA)—Marvin Edward Grissom is giving unmistakable evidence that he is to be a Giant sleeper. Mary Grissom had a kind of easj season last year; not too much work and his arm is strong again. The big right-hander can really throw and is a very earnest, determined fellow. A pitcher developing a new pitch requires someone to practice on, and Grissom last fall used the Japanese for the purpose of developing a screwball. In a refief stint this spring, he hand-cuffed Duke Snider and the Dodgers with it. Obtained from the Red Sox on waivers last mid-summer, Grissom stopped the Phillies cold for six innings as a fireman, then tired. That gave Lippy Leo Durocher the impression that the 36-year-old was strictly a relief worker with a limit of five or six rounds. But when he breezed by the Phillies for nine in his first start this year, the Polo Grounders had an added starter. He wonders, rather, that there \ occurred no more than a small- size riot between members of the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadel- How About Umps So, where does that leave us? not, there was nothing in the previous year's regulations that said phia Phils, that a game was for- It leaves us facing the fact that feited to the. Phils, and that Man- Stanky, not knowing of the rule ager Sadie Stanky of the Cards wound up with no worse than a fine and suspension and making a . public apology to the fans of his town. The possibilities were much greater than that. The Circumstances To recall the circumstances, the Phils were leading 8-1 and were still at bat in the top of the fifth. Once they were out and the Cards had taken their turn, it would have been a legal game and, probably, a Philadelphia victory. The sun was down. Stanky—and apparently everybody else in the park—was under the impression that the lights could not be switched on to complete a game that had started after 6 o'clock. So, as is common in such cases, Stanky stalled for time. He brought in fresh pitchers at the drop of a fou-1. Tempers flared and there were fisticuffs. Finally, with two Phils out, Umpire Babe Pinelli lost patience and forfeited the thing to the visitors. New Rule National League President Warren Giles, in upholding the forfeiture and meting out punishment, observed that Stanky—and, presumably, everyone else—did not realize there was a. new league rule which permits the turning on of lights to complete Sunday games in all cities except Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The only stipulation is that no Sunday game may be started under lights—in other words, no •chedules! night games on that day. passed at the last league meeting, committed acts which cost him a ball game that his club might possibly have won in the regulation nine innings under lights. It also leaves us wondering why the umpires, if they were aware of the new rule, did not remind Stanky of it when he began stalling for time. Part of an umpire's duties is to head off trouble. Driven by curiosity, we have sought to read a copy of the new regulation locally, but so far without success. "I think we have a copy somewhere," said one magnate. "Anyway, there's no doubt that the rule wag passed, because I was there." He was told that, believe it or You now wonder why Grissom was waivered out of the American League. The Giants took him because, with Sal Maglie and Larry Jansen ailing, they were desperately in need of someone who could get the ball over the plate with something on it. American Leaguers undoubtedly suspected that Grissom had a sore arm,. He has a lame arm history. When Grissom had it, however, he beat the tough clubs—in the minors and the majors. With the White Sox in 1952. he was one of thei mighty few pitchers who consistently bothered the Yankees. * « • Grissom gives the Giants a second elder statesman, the other one being. of course. Sal Maglie. who is one way or the other whether the j 37. — Maglie keeps going and Lar- lights could be trned on in St. Louis; r?' Jansen comes around, the Gion Sunday. It said games at Phil- j ar!7 ' s £r ^ ?o:ng to be exceedingly Johnny ther "big" pitch- Mr, Fitz. as he is known around the race tracks won't have a birthday celebration until tomorrow when a "little" family get-together, will mark the occasion. Besides the guest of honor there will be his five sons, one daughter, 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. His wife died three years ago. Little Guy A little fellow whose shoulders have become stooped through the years, Mr. Fitz hasn't slowed up a bit and still works 12 hours a day. He was the leading trainer at the recent Belmont and Aqueduct meetings. He has had two triple crown winners — Gallant Fox and Omaha — and sent three Kentucky Derby victors to the post. All told he's won about 275 stake races, a record they'll be shooting at long after he's gone. "I guess I've been lucky," he observed. I've had good horses and good bosses. They have let me do what I wanted to do. For example, I don't believe in pointing a horse for the Kentucky Derby. I never decide on a Derby horse until we run the Wood ''Memorial. "I train them all alike. When one is ready I run him. I believe you have to let a horse develop naturally . You're liable to hurt him if you rush him and force him." His all-time favorite? "Well, I suppose it was Gallant Fox," he answered reluctantly, indicating they all were his pets. "He had' courage and class. He always ran his true race, never needed an excuse. Horses are a lot like humans, you know. You have to be tolerant and patient with them." Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Cleveland 63 New York 64 Chicago 53 Detroit Washington Boston Philadelphia Baltimore .. 40 38 37 31 32 28 30 36 50 50 52 57 60 .692 .681 .617 .444 .432 .416 .352 .348 Ralph Beard May Help Bird Hiil Staff Rookie Gives Bucs but Eight Hits in Going 12 Full Frames ST. LOUIS (AP) — Righthanded rookie hurler Ralph Beard, although he wasn't around for the finish, showed signs last night of adding depth to the St. Louis Cardinals* wobbly pitching staff. . Beard, who joined the Cards about a month ago from Columbus, held the Pittsburgh Pirates to eight hits during 12 innings of work. * •• — — Late Shrine Rally Gains Victory He was lifted for a pinch hitter | in the 12th and the Cards' went on to win, 3-2, in the 14th on Red Schoendeinst's two-out single with Wally Moon on base. Staley's Win Gerry Staley got the win in relief, his sixth against seven losses. It was Beard's third starting assignment but previously he hadn't gone past the seventh frame. It was the fourth straight victory for the Cardinals and the fourth without a" loss for Acting Manager Johnny Riddle who is subbing for the suspended Eddie Stanley. Pittsburgh's young Bob Purkey duelled with Beard until he was taken out for a pinch hitter in the 12th. Bob Friend was the loser in relief. Moon had delivered his fourth lit of the game in the 14th with Peanuts Lowrey on second, but Preston Ward's perfect throw cut Lowrey down at the plate. Moon .hen stole second anot scored on Schoendienst's liner to right. Pittsburgh went ahead in the second on a safe bunt, an infield lit, an error and Dick Cole's squeeze bunt. St. Louis tied in the hird on Beard's infield hit, Moon's double and Schoendienst's soft rounder. Ward put the Pirates back into the lead in the sixth vith his third homer. St. Louis tied again in the ninth on an error and Solly Hem us' double. Kiwanis Club Falls in Extra Inning by 8-5 Shrine clubbers staged a seventh- inning rally which netted them four runs to come up with an 8-5 victory over Kiwanis in Blytheville's Little League yesterday. The two teams were all tied up 22 Yz 23 & 25 30 £ Today's Games Cleveland at New York (N) Chicago at Boston (N) Baltimore at Philadelphia (N) Detroit at Washington (N) Thursday's Results New York 4-11, Chicago 3-1 (first game 10 innings) Cleveland 6-5, Boston 3-2 Washington 3, Baltimore 2 Detroit 9, Philadelphia 4 5-Year Cruise Delayed By Heart Attack OTTAWA, HI. (fl — The five-year cruise of the "Shebeen" has been temporarily delayed. Its owner, E. G. Newton, had a slight heart attack when he reached Manitou, Wis. Newton and his wife spent years building the 54-foot sail and motor craft and planned a ..trip to the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal to the Pacific and | Hawaii and back to the coasts of Oregon and Washington before returning to Ottawa. NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet New York 62 Brooklyn 56 Milwaukee 47 44 47 St. Louis 45 Chicago 36 Pittsburgh 29 Philadelphia Cincinnati .. 31 37 45 44 47 46 53 63 .667 .602 .511 .500 .500 .495 .404 .315 GB 6 14'A 15 te 15 & 16 24 32% Alex Kellner, left-handed pitcher for the Athletics, holds the dubious distinction of leading the American League in 1953 in wild pitches. He threw 10 wild ones. Today's Games New York at Milwaukee (N) Brooklyn at St. Louis ,(N) Pittsburgh at Cincinnati <N) Philadelphia at Chicago (2) Thursday's Results Brooklyn 8, Cincinnati 5 Chicago 13, New York 5 Milwaukee 3, Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 3, Pittsburgh 2 (14 innings) Cat Stops Bus NEW YORK W — When a bus halted for a Brooklyn traffic light, a passerby shouted to the driver that a cat had leaped under the machine. The driver got out and could hear meowing, but couldn't see the cat. He unloaded his passengers and called police. Two patrolmen and an agent of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found the cat. But it took 55 minutes of maneuvering to induce the animal to leave the bus. Then the driver continued his trip. 4-4 at the end of the regulation six innings. The Kiwanians, batting first in the extra stanza, came up with a single run to take a brief, but for the moment very large 5-4 lead. A big third inning set the stage for the Shrine victory. Larry Whittle, James Pugh, Phillip McDermott and Ray Odle came home with runs in that frame to send the Shrine into a 4-4 tie. The first was the big one for Kiwanis. Bases on balls to Nathan Austin and Billy Jones and singles by Jimmy Bruce, Don Stallings and J. L. Austin manufactured three runs on as many hits. Singles by Stallings and Pols- gKive in the seventh were touched off by Larry Whittle's leadoff triple. Everybody was safe on Jess Taylor's bouncer and an error on Pugh'a grounder filled the sacks. Robert Lovelace came up with a. timely single and Bob Dallas and Phyllis Carner grounded out. SHRINE AB Whittle .If ............ 4 Taylor 2b 4 Pugh 3b 3 Lovelace ss 2 Dallas Ib 4 Carner rf, p 4 Lambert cf 2 Skelton cf 2 McDermott c 3 Odle p 3 R 1 1 2 1 0 0 r* o i i H 2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 Totals 31 KIWANIS AB Austin rf 2 Jones p-ss 2 Bruce cc-p 2 Stallings Ib-p 4 Polsgrove 2b 3 Gurley 0 Austin 3b-lf 3 Hallman cf 4 Webb 3b 2 McDowell If 1 Thaxton Seay c . R 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 H 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 Totals 27 5 Bill 1"uttle, rookie outfielder lor the Detroit Tigers, attended Bradley University for three and a half years. adelphia and Pittsburgh had to i 'ough. for in Jc stop at 6:59 p.m., and that ftiere i t " ne --" acquired anoi could be no Sunday lights at Bos- j er ton, which still Was in the league i Winning his first three this trip, when the copy was printed. But nothing at ail about the other cities. And so, we seem to arrive at the fact that, before this season, National League umpires did not permit Sunday lighting under any circumstances, though there was no official rule against it. And that now, when they are specifically instructed to finish Sunday games under the lights when necessary, they don't seem to know about it. We also come to the conclusion that Stanky should try protesting the game again, just to see what happens. TAMES 1UCKINC CARi Clean enginet UM les* ga«, run better. Thii liquid chemical developed by Hollingihead remove* carbon, tludge, v«mi»h. Used regularly, it keep* engine* clean. Stretchet gas. For tale at— Available at your car dealer, favorite garage or service station. BY JOHN MILES MILLER CO. BLYTHEVILLE yielded six earned runs in 24 ! i innings. In three complete games, Southpaw Antonelli gave up just four earned runs for an average of 1,5. In two relief appearances an a route job, Grissom has not yet been scored on. You more deeply appreciate the magnificence of Maglie when you consider the fact that he has a 20 and 6 record against the Dodgers in considerably less than four years. Returning from the Mexican League, The Barber was not employed as a starter until early July of 1950. The Brooks have yet to lick him . in the comparative bandbox that is Ebbets Field. « • « A 20 and 6 record in the majors is remarkable against the field— first and second division clubs. A 20 and 6 record against tke very- best is something to write home about. Even when the left-handers Antonelli and Don Liddle, were obtained from the Braves, people wondered just how deep the Giants would be in pitching. Now New York baseball writers are concerned about how Strategist Durocher is going to rotate his starters. In addition to Maglie, Antonelli, and Jansen, there axe Ruben Gomez, Jim Hearn, Liddel, Al Corwin, Mario Picone and Johnny McCall, with Hoyt Wilhelm as the SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION New Orleans Atlanta Birmingham Chattanooga Memphis Little Rock . Mobile Nashville W 63 60 57 54 49 45 42 40 L 42 42 45 45 52 59 62 60 Pet. .600 .588 .559 .529 .485 .433 .404 .400 GB 12 Manager Birdie Tebbetts of the Cincinnati Redlegs played against the Redlegs in the 1940 World Series. Ke was then a catcher for the Detroit Tigers. 20 Vi Yesterday's Results Atlanta 16-2, Nashville 3-8 New Orleans 5-5, Memphis 1-3 Little Rock 1, Mobile 0 Birmingham at Chattanooga, postponed, rain 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 Greenville Meridian Monroe Pine Bluff Hot Springs Yesterday's Results Greenville 2, Monroe 1 56 28 .667 — 49 33 .598 6 46 37 .554 9'/a MT'OR LE JUE BASEBALL American Association Kansas City 6, Louisville 1 Indianapolis 4, Toledo 2 Charleston 6-6, St. Paul 1-2 Columbus 1-3, Minneapolis 0-2 Texas League Houston 7, Dallas 6 Bail Money GAFFNEY, S. C. (ft — Cherokee county Sheriff Julian B. Wright says a woman gave him this explanation of illegal possession of whisky: "I bought the liquor to resell to raise money to bail my brother out of jail." Kids Suffer FERGUS FALLS, Minn. l#) — Police went to the rescue when a San Antonio 6, Fort Worth S (10 J ous , ewife reported "some kids. ' UA "" ** V " LU hQ-nrlino- cnrnotViino- a-nrfnl" ;« ~ ,»„_ innings) Tulsa 12, Shreveport 4 Only games scheduled Western League Lincoln 4, Colorado Springs 3 Pueblo 1, Omaha 0 (10 innings) Des Moines 6, Wichita 4 Denver 11-9, 3ioux City 3-8 bawling something awful" in a car in front of her home. The office? found some young goats making a commotion in a nearby truck. Iroquois was the only American- bred horse ever to win the Epsom ~~ His victory Derby in England, came in 1881. 38 35 25 47 46 58 .447 .432 .301 18 V 2 19 y 2 30% mopperlupper. Picone halted the] Meridian 13, Hot Springs 8 El Dorado 9. Pine Bluff 5 Games Today Hot Springs at El Dorado Greenville at Pine Bluff Meridian at Monroe been belted. So the Giants, after all their hard luck of 1953, now have one of those pleasant problems. 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