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. Washington, D. C., Tuesday, May 9, 1950—A—17 ••
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By FRANCIS STANN
That Man's Rolling Again
At the risk of putting the whammy on a young man deserv
ing of better, attention is directed to Gilbert Fitzgerald Coan,
who at the moment probably is playing the best left field in
the American League. And, it might be added, distinguishing
himself at the bat. In his fifth season up with
the Nats, Coan is looking as if he finally
belongs.
That Gil is a hot spring hitter now seems
to be established. Last year he was hitting
.375 at this stage and Clark Griffith, who dies
hard on certain players, was cackling in high
glee. But at the end of the season Coan was
only a .218 hitter for 111 games.
In some respects Coan is even hotter with
the bat this spring. His average may not be
so high, but his hits have been more produc
tive. From the lead-off and No. 2 spots in the
batting order he is far out in front of the club
in runs batted in, as well as runs scored, and
the 26-year-old speedster from Monroe, N. C., is going for dis
tance. Already he’s whacked a couple of grand slam home iuns,
a feat accomplished only once last season after 5,234 Nats had
taken official times at bat.
Now the big question: Can he keep hitting?
Maybe He'll Go All the Way
It has been noticeable in the past that when a couple of
pitchers successively cooled off Mr. Coan they did things to his
confidence. He’d begin going after bad pitches, taking good
ones, and eventually winding up on the bench until another
spring.
Such a calamity may not happen to Gilbert this year be
cause Stanley Harris is managing him, and Bucky has a way
of getting maximum mileage out of his ball players. So far,
for example, Mr. Harris has seen to it that Coan -has not been
overly exposed to left-handed pitching. As a matter of fact,
Gil has batted against only two—Joe Page of the Yankees and
Bobby Shantz of the A s—and Page he beat with an llth-inning
single.
Despite that hit, Coan is much more effective against right
handers, or has been in the last four years, and it is believed
Bucky will go slow in elevating Gil to the status of an all-,
weather regular.
rerrell Used to Hit Like Hornsby
Coan never has been able to explain his aptitude at the
plate in the spring, but, then, neither has any good early-in-the
season batter satisfactorily answered the question. For years
Frankie Gustine, now with the Browns, always was among the
National League leaders in April and May, although his 11-year
lifetime average stands at a modest .265.
The same held for Rick Ferrell, now a Tiger coach. Rick
used to hit like Hornsby in the spring, but when the little guy
called it a career in 1945, after 17 seasons, his over-all average
was only .280. Good enough, but likely as not he’d been hitting
.380 or in the .400 class at the end of May.
Probably the most remarkable thing about Coan is the way
he’s playing the outfield. When the young man first came up
to the Nats in 1945 he wasn’t much of a defensive man. His
arm was so-so and he made a million mistakes on fly balls. Not
until last year did he suddenly develop into one of the real good
left fielders.
Gil's Fielding Surprise to Bucky
Harris is more surprised by Coan’s outfielding prowess than
his hitting. When he was brought back by Griffith last winter
to manage the Nats, Bucky heard hi« boss talk about the im
proved fly chasing of the North Carolinian.
‘‘I never pegged him as a fielder,” Harris admitted. “When
I first saw him, I said, ‘There’s a kid with a real good batting
stroke.’ But I wasn’t impressed by his outfielding.”
It is Coan’s speed that’s best known around the American
League. He’s a threat every time he reaches first base. Iron
ically, he’s done everything else so far this year except steal a
base. Tried twice and was thrown out each time.
Probable Pitchers
American League.
Chicago at Washington (night)
—Haefner (0-1) vs. Hittle (0-0).
St. Louis at New York (night)—
Ostrowski (2-0) vs. Lopat (2-1).
Cleveland at Philadelphia
(night)—Gromek (1-0) vs. Fowl
er (0-1).
Detroit at Boston—Trucks (2-0)
vs. Kinder (2-2).
National League.
New York at Chicago—Jansen
(1-2) vs. Schmitz (1-1).
Boston at St. Louis (night)—
Spahn (4-1) vs. Brazle (1-0) or
Munger (1-1).
Brooklyn at Pittsburgh (night)
—Branca (0-0) vs. Queen (1-1).
• Only games.)
Boxer Montgomery's
Retirement Ordered
The National Boxing Associa
tion said today it has ordered the
retirement of Bob Montgomery,
Philadelphia lightweight.
The association said the action,
taken at the request of the Penn
sylvania State Athletic Commis
sion, was for Montgomery’s “own
physical good and the best Interest
of boxing."
Dallas Releases Beazley
DALLAS, Tex., May » OT*).—
Johnny Beazley, one- time major
league pitching star, was released
yesterday by Dallas of the Class
AA Texas League.
Roller Derby Players Arriving
For Series Starting Tomorrow
Five members of the Washing
ton Jets roller derby team and
Player-Coach Carl (Big Moose)
Payne of the New Jersey Jolters
are in Washington already and
most of the others are expected
today in readiness for tomorrow
night's start. of their series at
Uline Arena.
These two teams will battle
nightly through May 17, after
which the Jets meet the Brooklyn
Red Devils at Uline’s from May
18 through May 28. Payne ar
rived from New York last night
ahead of schedule, while coming
in from Cleveland were Capt. Bob
Lewis, Buddy Kemp, Paul Pierce,
Len Chenault and Jack Wilson of
the Washington team.
Payne, the blocking defensive
star of the New York Chiefs when
they won the championship last
year, says his team considers the
series against the Jets a crucial
one. The Jolters currently are
battling New York and Philadel
phia for top spot and hope to
improve their position by out
scoring sixth-place Washington.
Lewis, the Washington captain,
admits that the Jets are out of
the race as far as title aspirations
go. But he also thinks that the
team is recovering from the injury
jinx that has plagued it and that
it now is in position to make
things tough for the New Jersey
club.
Major League Standings and Schedules
TUESDAY, MAY 9. 1956.
i ...
AMERICAN
Results Yesterday
Wash.. 4: Cleveland. 2.
8etroit. 7: New York. 1.
nly games scheduled.
Games Today
Chicago at Wash.. 8:3n.
Cleveland at Phlla. (n).
St. L. at New York (n).
Detroit at Boston.
Games Tomorrow
Chicago at Wash.. 8:30.
Cleveland at Phlla. (n).
8t. Louis at New York.
Detroit at Boston.
NATIONAL
Results Yesterday
Brooklyn, 7: Plttsb'gh, 5
Phlla.. 8; Cincinnati. 5.
8t. Louis. 10: Boston. 3.
Only games scheduled.
Games Today
New York at Chicago
Boston at 8t Louis tnl.
Br'klyn at Pittsb gh in).
Only games scheduled.
Games Tomorrow
Bhlla. at Pittsburgh.
Boston at Chicago
Br'klyn st Cincinnati (n).
NSW York at Bt. L. (n>.
b.
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Boston | 01—1 2 0| 21 S\ 2| 2| 13| 7| .6501
New York | 11 3|—j 21 11 1| lj 0| 9| 71 .5631 2
Washington! Oj 1| 21—| 2| 2{ 01 1| 81 7| .533! 2V2
Cleveland | 1! 1| 1| 0|—| 0| oj 3! 61 8| .429; 4
Phitaphia | 01 2| 01 2| 01—j 1| lj 6| 10 .3751 5
Chicago 1 2| 0| 1| 01 0! 1|—j 0| 4{ 81 .333! 5
St. Louis 1 Oj Oj 01 11 1| 0{ 21—1 41 9| .308! 514
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Boston j Oj 31 01—1 11 0! 3j 3j 10} 9j .5261 2
Pittsburgh | Q| Qj 3j lj—1 Oj 2\ 3[ 9| 9| ,500| 2Vt
Chicago | 2j 1[ 2\ 0| Oj—1 0[ 1[ <j 6| .5001 2Vi
New York 1 0[ lj 0| 0| 1| 2[—[ lj 5j 8j .385; 4 .
Cincinnati | o| 0| 0| 0| 3| 1| oj—| 4[ 131 -235, 7
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Hittle Gets First Starting Chance of Season Tonight
Stengel onBandwagon
In Rating Tigers Real
Threat for Pennant
<Box Scores on Page A-18.)
By Joe Reichler
Aiiociatad Pr*» Sports Writor
Rival big league managers are
beginning to talk about Red Rolfe’s
hustling Detroit Tigers with a
great deal of respect.
Baseball men who previously
had regarded the Tigers as “just
another first-division club,” openly
are giving the Bengals a good
chance to win the American
League flag.
Casey Stengel, skipper of the
New York Yankees, is the latest to
climb aboard the Detroit band
wagon. Not that he thinks his
Yankees won't repeat. But he now
rates the Tigers even with Boston's
powerful Red Sox as the teams he
expects to give him his toughest
fight.
"Detroit is the best-looking club
we've faced thus far,” he said yes
terday following the Tigers’ 7-1
triumph over his world champions.
"Except for one inning (Sunday’s
eighth), Rolfe's guys looked like a
real top-notch outfit.
“They’re going to be tougll, you
can bet on that. Especially when
(Hal) Newhouser comes around. I
don’t like to talk about players on
other clubs, but that (Art) Houtte
man looked to be the best pitcher
in the league out there today.”
Fourth Win for Houtteman.
Houtteman, 22-year-old right
hander, blanked the Yanks for
eight innings, but let up in the
ninth after his mates' had given
him a 7-0 lead. It was his fourth
triumph against only one loss.
Newhouser. out all season with
a lame left shoulder, is ready to
try out his arm. Rolfe is waiting
for the proper moment to take
the wraps off him. The 28-year
old southpaw, with four 20-game
seasons behind him, won 18 last
year.
Even without Hal, the Tigers
today were leading the league.
Although tied with Boston in
games won and lost, the Tigers
lead the Red Sox by 64 percentage
points. They’ve won 10 of 14
starts while the Sox have won 13
of 20.
The two clubs meet in the first
of an important three-game series
at Fenway Park today.
Rolfe refused to talk about De
troit’s pennant chances “until we
have played Boston.”
"Boston was the burial ground
for our hopes in 1949,” he laughed.
"We won two out of 11 up there.
In fact, last season we beat the
Red Sox only four times in Briggs
Stadium. We’ll have to hold our
own with Boston if we expect to
stay up on top.
Fears McDermott, Stobbs.
"Right now, I don’t see how any
team can beat those Red Sox. If
Maurice McDermott and Chuck
Stobbs are as good as reports
make them out to be, Joe Mc
Carthy will have us all on the
run.”
Detroit’s George Kell, Vic Wertz
and Hoot Evers were the big guns
in yesterday’s triumph. Kell hit
a single, double and triple and
scored three times. Wertz slammed
a double and triple and drove in
two runs. Evers belted a single
and home run and knocked in
three runs.
Vic Raschi, Yankee starter,
pitched well for seven innings but
blew in the eighth and ninth,
yielding five runs. It was his
second loss against as many vic
tories. The righthander, who
committed four balks in his last
previous outing, added another
yesterday.
Brooklyn retained its National
League leadership, defeating the
Pirates in Pittsburgh, 7-5. The
Pirates staged a belated ninth
inning rally, routing Starter Bud
Podbielan with a two-run attack.
Wild Throw Decides Game.
Philadelphia’s Phillies remained
a half game behind the Brooks,
edging out the Reds in a Cincin
nati night game, 6-5. A wild
throw by Herm Wehmeier in an
attempted pickoff play in the sev
enth inning allowed the Phils to
score the tie-breaking run.
Little Tommy Glaviano was the
big man in the Cardinals’ 10-3
victory over the Boston Braves in
St. Louis. The hustling infielder
had a perfect night at the plate
with four hits and a walk. He
drove in five runs and scored three.
His base knocks included a double
and home run.

Newhouser Says
He's Ready to Hurl
For Tigers Again
•y th# Associated Press
NEW YORK. May 9—Hal New
houser, who has been plagued with
a mysterious shoulder ache, is
ready to pitch again, he said to
day.
The Detroit Tigers, without him,
are on top in the American
League, and if Newhouser still can
come up with another 20-game
winning season it could be a de
cisive factor in the pennant race.
No one knows what has held
back the great lefthander.
“It was right in the shoulder
joint,’’ said Hal. “The pain just
about killed me every time I
threw a ball.’’
X-rays failed to show any or
ganic trouble with the shoulder.
Newhouser has been taking heat
treatments every dry.
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COME ‘HOME’ TO ROOST—These five men now with the league-leading Detroit Tigers are
pictured looking out of the dugout at Yankee Stadium, where they all formerly played for the
Yankees. Left to right they are: Aaron Robinson, Jerry Priddy, Detroit Manager Red Rolfe, Dick
Kryhoski and Charley Keller. The Tigers beat the Yanks, 7-1, yesterday. —AP Wirephoto.
A's Get Hot Hitter in Lehner,
Virtual Gift From Browns
By the Associottd Prtti I
PHILADELPHIA. May 9.—Paul
Lehner was tossed in for good
measure when the Browns sent
Bob Dillinger to the Athletics for
$100,000 and four players. And
what a good measure the little
outfielder is proving to be.
The Athletics figured the 5-foot
9-inch native of Dolomite, Ala.,
might be handy to spell one of
the regulars now and then.
“I'd still rather be doing that
in Philadelphia.” Lehner said to
day, “than playing regularly in
St. Louis. And I don't mean that
as any particular rap at St. Louis.
But I like it here and I like play
ing with this club.”
But where the A's thought they
were picking up a substitute, they
now find themselves in possession
of a man who is going to have
a lot of say regarding the name
of the regular left-fielder.
Going into the series against
Cleveland tonight, Lehner has a
.382 batting average. In his 34
appearances at the plate he has
banged out three homers, one
triple, two doubles and has driven
in 10 runs. One of the circuit
drives was a pinch-homer that
broke up a 15-inning game against i
the Red Sox
Worked in Coal Mines.
For a little guy, Gulliver—as
Lehner is sometimes called—packs
a tremendous wallop. Paul had
no explanation unless It’s the five
or six pre-Army years that he
spent laying track, rigging up
electrical wires and swinging a
pick in the coal mines around
[Dolomite.
Even though a fixture at first
base in amateur circles in those
days, Lehner didn’t even think
in terms of professional baseball.
When he entered the Army he
switched to the outfield. As an
airplane mechanic at San An
tonio. Tex., he found himeslf in
a nest of St. Louis Browns’ farm
hands and Jack Fournier, a scout,
heard of him.
“He offered me some money for
a promise that I'd sign with the
Browns as soon as I got out of the
Army,” Lehner said, “so I grabbed
the dough.”
One of Paul's four years in the
service was spent at Guam, where
he met Ferris Fain, A's first base
man, and a Red Cross worker
who in civilian life worked in
the Browns’ front office.
“There’s a fellow out here who
plays in his bare feet,” the Red
Cross worker wrote Charley De
Witt, one of the Browns’ owners.
"It might be a good idea if the
Browns signed him. His name is
Lehner.”
He Wears Shoes Now.
The vice president of the
Browns, recognizing the name, let
out a howl.
“What kind of a screwball has
Fournier signed now?”
“You’ll still have to watch him,”
De Witt said with a grin on a
recent trip here. “If you don’t,
first thing you know he’ll be out
there shagging flies in his bare
feet.’*
“I never wore shoes when I
played baseball around Dolomite
and it still feels good to run
through the grass without them,”
Lehner admitted.
“But, actually. I’ve never played
a game in organized baseball in
my bare feet.”
The A’s don’t care whether Paul
wears shoes or not. Just so he
keeps on slapping that ball.
Williams Praises Rival Team
Yanks Stronger Than Year Ago
With Di Mag in Form, Ted Says
By led Williams
That the New York Yankees
are a stronger team than they
were a year ago this time is ob
vious. I've come to that conclu
sion after fac
ing them five
times in Florida
In exhibition
games and sev
eral times dur
ing the cham
pionship season.
The fact that
Joe Di Maggio
is in wonderful
form this spring
makes a big dif
ference.
With Di Mag
gio in top form
Tea wiiuam*. again, the Yan
kees have to be stronger than
they were a year ago.
You appreciate that fact when;
you see Joe go a country mile
and make a finger-tip catch as
he did against us on the opening
day of the season. There were
three on bases and two out when
Matt Batts smashed a line drive
to right center which seemed sure
to clean the bases. But this drive
became nothing but the final out
[of the inning when Joe extended'
his glove, stopped the ball with
| his finger tips and then finally
; grabbed it securely after it had
seemed to bounce away.
But there are other reasons for
this feeling. The Yanks have
added a young infielder named
Billy Martin. This kid looks like
a natural ball player. He's the
type of youngster who seems to
rise to the occasion. It’s my
opinion that he will see a lot of
action this year even if he doesn’t
fight his way to a regular job.
And while on the subject of the
Yankees, this may be as good a
time as any to correct a statement
I was reported to have made last
winter. It was printed in the
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Henrich that the Red Sox would
have won the pennant last year
if they had had Phil Rizzuto. I
never made such a statement.
What I said was that the Red
Sox would have won the 1949
pennant instead of the Yankees if
they had had Joe Page. Tommy
has told me since that he said
Page and not Rizzuto, but was
misquoted. I am merely mention
ing this now because it has to do
with the current situation.
(MeNaught Syndicate, Inc.)
Griffs' Records
Batting.
AB. R. H. 2b. 3b Hr Rbi. Pet.
Stewart ... 45 4 16 1 2 0 7 .356
Yost- 65 9 18 4 0 1 7 .327
Coan - 49 13 16 3 1 4 15 .327
Noren _ 66 9 16 1 1 2 8 .286
Evans - 35 3 10 0 1 1 7 .286
| Harris - 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .250
Robertson .17 3 41001 .235
Dente- 63 6 14 1 1 O 5 .222
Kozar _ 38 5 8 1 0 0 2 .211
Robinson __ 50 7 10 3 0 1 8 .200
Nagy _ 10 2 2 0 0 1 2 .200
Hudson _11 0 2 0 0 0 2 .18°
Mele - 12 1 2 0 0 0 1 .167
Grasso _ 17 2 2 0 0 0 0 .118
Scarborough 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 .111
Ortiz - 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Haynes _ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Marrero_ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hittle - 2 0 O 0 0 0 0 .00(1
Genovese . 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .OOO
Weik _ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .00(1
Davis_ O 0 0 0 o 0 o .000
Dozier _ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .Ooo
Okrie_ 0 0 0 0 O o 0 ,000
Pearce _ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .On<i
Welteroth — 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Pitching.
„ Ir. H. Bb. So. Gz. Cp. W. L.
Hudson _.32 26 16 12 4 2 3 1
Naev °o q •>•><? 1
Scarborough!' 28 31 12 10 4 2 2 2
Harris _11 6 6 6 0 0 1 1
Haynes _ 10 17 5 2 2 0 0 1
Weik _ 6 7 6 2 1 0 0 ]
Marrero -1211 0 6 l o o o
Hittle _ 77400000
Pearee_ 1 4 1 1 o o o o
Davis _ ooonoono
Dozier _ 00000000
Welteroth_ 00000000
Boudreau to Bench
Gordon and Vernon,
Put Easter on First
Manager Lou Boudreau yanked
what was left today of the bril
liant infield that took his Cleve
land Indians to a world cham
pionship in 1948.
Following three straight losses—
two of them humiliating lickings
from the Nats—the veteran pilot
benched aging Joe Gordon and
Mickey Vernon.
With his team in fifth place to
day, Boudreau said, according to
the Associated Press, “I'm bring
ing Luke Easter from right field
to first base, putting Johnny Ber
ardino on second and installing
Allie Clark in right field.”
The pronouncement wrote finish
to the infield labeled “excellent”
two short years ago. Eddie Rob
inson. the first baseman, was trad
ed to Washington last year for
Vernon; Ken Keltner, now with
Boston, was given an outright re
lease earlier this season; Boudreau
has benched himself, and Gordon,
the last of the topnotch combina
tion. now has joined the bench
squad.
Gordon Has Slipped.
Boudreau’s obvious disappoint
ment in Gordon’s showing this
season came as no surprise. The
guy once called “Flash” when he
spearheaded the New York Yan
kees to American League pen
nants faintly resembles his for
mer self. ^The 35-year-old second
sacker has slowed down percep
tibly, his infield play has been
■ shoddy and his hitting an anemic
.146. Last winter he said he
was going to quit baseball, but
didn’t.
Vernon’s playing has resem
bled Gordon’s. His hitting has
been the worst in his major league
career, averaging only .145.
Easter, in taking over Vernon's
job, may oust the veteran per
manently if he comes through
like many expect he will. The
position is the same he played in
the minors. He was sent to the
regular right field spot this year
only because Boudreau thought
Vernon would be more valuable
to the team at first than Allie
Clark in right.
But now it appears his guess
was wrong.
Easter Picking Up at Bat.
Easter has been slow in getting
started, but in the last four games
he looked good. He walloped two
homers against the Yanks Satur
day, a triple against the Nats
Sunday, and another three-bagger
here last night. He is hitting
only .250, but has been pulling the
average up daily.
Neither Clark nor Berardino has
played a game this season. Be
rardino was once a fairly good
second baseman. He hasn’t been
used much in the last two years
and is 32 years old. but Boudreau
thinks he can do a better job than
Gordon or Rookie Bobby Avila.
Five Mat Bouts Slated
For Turner's Tomorrow
The supporting matches for to
morrow night’s wrestling program
at Turner s Arena are: Tiny Mills
against Frank Schafro, Reb Rus
i sell against Wally Dern and Tiger
Joe Marsh against Tony Consenza
The double-windup has War
Cloud against Black Phantom No.
1 and Hans Hermann against War
I Cloud No. 2.
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Haefner Hurls for Chicago;
19,985 See Hudson Win
By Burton Hawkins
Lloyd Hittle. the Nats' little
southpaw who has seen little serv
ice, gets his first starting chance
of the season tonight when the
Chicago White Sox invade Griffith
Stadium for the opener of a 3
game series.
Hittle. w’ho twice conquered
Chicago on shutouts last year, will
be attempting to give Wash
ington a third straight victory
following Sid Hudson's impressive
4-2 victory over Cleveland last
night before a crowd of 19.985.
Sid. who gamed his victory over
Bob Feller, had a shutout going
into the ninth. He also aided his
own cause by driving in two runs,
Mickey Haefner, stubby left
hander who was fired by Clark
Griffith last year, is slated to pitch
for Chicago.
There is no connection between
Hittle's inaugural start and the re
turn of Griffith Stadium to its
original dimensions. The tempo
rary seats in left and centerfleld
were to be yanked out today, but
it was at the request of Manager
Bucky Harris after Cleveland
belted three homers into those
! stands on Sunday.
Combs Due Here Today.
Merrill Combs, slated to take
over at shortstop in a switch
which will send Sam Dente to
second base, failed to report last
night, but advised club officials
he would report here today with
Outfielder Tom O'Brien. They
were landed in a Sunday deal
which sent Outfielder Clyde Voll
mer to Boston.
After 11 home games the Nats'
! bosses admitted the temporary
I stands were harmful. The stands
were not used by spectators after
opening day. but they were cm
j ployed to advantage by the Nats'
foes, who pumped five homers past
the barrier.
Ken Wood. Aaron Robinson and
Jim Hegan each deposited home
runs there and A1 Rosen slammed
two. The Nats’ only homer there
\ was a bases-loaded poke by Gil
Coan Sunday.
Thus Griffith Stadium's left
field line returns to 405 feet, with
| the shortest point in left-center
jnow being boosted back to 391
I feet.
; That territory remained un
! touched last night as Hudson
J scored his third victory. He had
’ a 6-hit shutout entering the ninth
! inning before the Indians pried
I four hits and their only runs from
him.
oeeona uereat for teller.
Meanwhile, the Nats pecked
away at Feller to deal him a sec
ond defeat. They scored in the
third inning when Eddie Yost sin
gled. scooted to second on Ray
Boones wild throw, shifted to
third on Gil Coan’s sacrifice and
scored on Eddie Robinson’s fly to
weak-throwing Dale Mitchell.
Sherry Robertson’s single, Sam
Dente’s triple and Hudson’s fly to
Mitchell fetched the Nats a 3-0
lead in the fourth. They added a
run in the sixth when Robertson
walked and came around on
Dente’s sacrifice and Hudson's
single.
Hudson, the first Washington
pitcher to win three games,
pitched out of several trouble
spots nicely and it was his pol
ished fielding which squelched
Clevland’s ninth inning threat.
Bob Lemon had singled across
two runs with two out and Mit
chell delivered another single to
place the tying run on base be
fore Mickey Vernon backed away
from an inside pitch and trickled
a dribbler down the third-base
! line. Sid quickly pounced on the
ball, whirled and nipped Vernon
at first for the game-ending out.
BASEBALL
TON ITE—8:30 P.M.
Washington vs. Chicago
; AMERICAN LEAGUE PARK
Tomorrow—Chicago—8:30 P.M.
—.
Hudson was chin-deep m trou
ble in each of the last four in
nings In the sixth lie walked
Mitchell and Vernon singled, but
Sid set down Luke Easter, Larry
Doby and Joe Gordon m order.
Hegan tripled to the center field
corner with two out in the sev
enth, but Hudson tossed out Pinch
Hitter Thurman Tucker, With
two out In the eighth. Eastet
tripled to the left field corner, but
Robertson scooped up Doby •
grounder and whipped him out.
NATS NOTES Yost and Rob
ertson each got two of the Nats'
eight hits, while Hegan and
Mitchell each collected two of
Clevelands 10. . . Hesan is bat
ting 415. but the Indians ar#
suffering, with Oordon hitting
146. Vernon batting 145 and Lou
Boudreau struggling along at .190.
Coan s batting streak wai
stopped after seven games. . . .
The Nats have averaged more
than 14.000 fans for 11 hom#
games.
Nats, 4; Indians, 2
Cleve AB H O A W»»h AB H O A
Mitch H I! 4 2 o Yost lb 3 2.2
Vernon.lb 4 l n 7 coan if s o o 0
Easier rf 4 1 2 ti Noreu cf 4 1*0
Doby rf 4 1 (1 O R Ins n ib 4 011 O
Gord n.2b 3 (I 7 7 Ste art rf 4 1 * n
•Conyers 1 1 O 0 R non 7b 3 2 2 2
Boone.ss 4 13 2 Dente »> " 1 * A
Rosen.3b 4 0 0 7 Evansc 3 0 2 1
Hesan.c 4 2 S O Hudson, s 3 10 4
Feller,p l o o 3
•Tucker ! 0 o O
Bearden p 0013
ILWnon 110 0
Total* ;tS 10 24 14 Total* 20 *27 1»
•Grounded out lor Feller in *er*nth.
♦ Sintled for Gordon tn ninth
sSinitled for Be»rden in ninth .
Cleveland ooo ooo 002—1
Wfashlnsten 001 201 OOx—A
Runs—Conyers. Hesan. Yoat. Robert
son (21. Dente Error—Boone Run*
oatted in—Robinson. Dente. Hudson if',
Lemon (2). Two-base hit—Robertson.
Three-base hit*—Denta, Hesan. Eaatar.
Sacrifice*—Feller. Coan Dente Left on
bases—Cleveland f> Waahmiton. A Base
on Dalis—-Off Feller 3. off Rudaon 7.
Struck out—By Hudson 2 by Feller 1,
by Bearden, 1 Hlt*—Off Feller. 7 in •
innings; off Bearden 1 In 2 innlnt*
Wtnnins pitcher—Hudaon (3-l>. Loain*
pitcher—Feller
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