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ter Taylor of Washington (left) uses a left hand to
ward off the West’s Harxy Smith of Cedar Rapids,
lowa,: in their 126-pound Intercity Golden Gloves
It's Still a Game for Men
TAMPA, FLA., APRIL I.—Dispatches from Tucson clearly
Indicated that Manager A1 Lopes of the Cleveland Indiana
was distressed when Eddie Joost, 39-year-old Inflelder, left
camp to accept a better offer from the Boston Red Sox. This
is not without significance. It means that at an advanced
age, after being virtually Idle as a player all of last season,
Joost still was a better utility inflelder than anybody the
Indians’ extensive farm system can produce.
The Indians are not to be confused with such have-not
clubs as Kansas ,City and Baltimore. They are the American
League champions, winners of 111 games In 1954 and favored
to repeat in ’55. And still they wanted Joost, who was In a t
bargaining position In that he came to camp as a free agent
to see If he still could play ball.
Furthermore, tbit Red Sox supposedly are committed to
a “youth movement.” But they Wanted Joost badly enough
to offer more money and very probably promised the veteran,
last year’s manager of the Philadelphia Athletics, a future
shot at managing their big Louisville farm-team.
Baseball is still a game for men as well as boys.
** * *
THERE ARE PLENTY of pretty old gaffers who figure
prominently in the '55 pennant picture, Including those of
the Yankees, who appropriately trained at St. Petersburg.
At 36-plus, Phil Rittuto may hold the key to the infield.
Enos Slaughter will be carded as a spare outfielder, although
be turns 39 this month.
Some of those pitchers Casey Stengel Is. relying on are
well In their 30s, including Ed Lopat, Johnny Sain, Jim Kon
stanty and, Stengel stubbornly contends, Allle Reynolds—
when and If he comes out of retirement. This is not to
mention Tommy Byrne, who at 35 is back where he started—
a Yankee—after making an unsuccessful tour of other cities
In the American League as well as the minors.
To hear Frank Lane and Marty Marion of the White Sox,
they are proud of their pitching depth. Yet they took a long
look at old Asba Brazle, past 40, In hopes of squeezing a
few more games out of a well-worn arm. They bad to let
him go. And the No. 1 White Sox pinch-hitter Is Phil Cavar
retta, no less, who played with the Cubs in the World Series *
of 1935, a matter of nearly 20 years.
Cavarretta, like Joost, was a manager last spring, although
he didn’t get to finish the season. In fact, he never started.
In an unprecedented move the Cubs fired the veteran before
the firing began.
*** * 1
IT’S AN AGING CLUB that Brooklyn will start on opening
day, although the Dodgers are fortified by several promising
young men waiting for a chance. But Jackie Robinson, 36,
and Peewee Reese, 35, are regulars as of the moment, and If
they can’t make It there Is no telling if their replacements
will be ready to participate In a big move.
Leo Durocher’s world champion Giants are a “solid”
team, so he has been braying, and maybe so. But Sal Maglie,
a 14-game winner last year, is turning 38 this month and
Mary Grissom, one of his two crack relief pitchers. Is 37.
Bot hos Leo’s ranking catchers, Wes Westrum and Mickey
Grasso, are getting along in years. The Giants are not so
solid that they could resist bringing Grasso out of the minors
After the veteran’s release by Cleveland.
The Phillies are going along with some venerable hand
me-downs, Including Murry Dickson (39), Floyd Baker and
Johnny Wyrostek. Urn Cardinals hope to do the same with
Vic Raschl, now incapacitated.
** * *
HALFWAY THROUGH THE season the Red Sox’ ace
relief pitcher, Ellis Kinder, will turn 41, an age when no
pitches are to be wasted. When and If he plays, Ted Williams
will be 37, approximately the same age as Mickey Vernon of
the Senators.
Os the top contenders In both leagues, only the Milwaukee
Braves are relatively free of the inroads of advancing age.
Warren Spahn, 33,* is the oldest of Charley Grimm's first
flight pitchers and Andy Pafko at 34 is the dean of out
fielders as well as Infielders and catchers. And Paflo is due
to give way In right field to Hank Aaron, who has a neat
pull of 13 years aver Andy.
Os course, the youngest team In the big leagues is the
Pittsburgh Pirates, but look where they have been, are, and
probably will be in the National League standings.
• »
Marine Nine Routs
Randolph-Macon College, be
hind from the bottom of the first
inning, ww victim of the Quan
tico Marines’ baseball opener,
21-4, yesterday at the base. Don
BJaba’a three-run homer was the
Mg blow of the Marines' four
run outburst in the first inning.
Police Club Opening
Fund Campaign Today
The Police Boys' Chib begins
. its fund raising campaign today,
and the Variety Club will start
the drive with a $3,000 check.
’ The check will be raoeived by
1 Representative Jack Westland of
i Washington on behalf of the
poUoe club on Mm Simpson's
tdevMon sports show on WRC
; TV at I1:1S o’clock tonight
1 Alvin Q. Ehrlich, chief barker at
the Varlctyaub, will make the
fight last night in Chicago Stadium. Taylor took a
decision to help the Eastern team gain a 4-4 tie with
the Western lighters. (Another picture on Page
C-2.) —AP Wirephoto.
Taylor and Home Win
To Help East Tie West
Mu Staff Correspondent
CHICAGO, April I.—The East
ern Golden Gloves team today
bad a 4-4 tie to show for its
annual Intercity series with the
Western squad at Chicago
Stadium last night and exactly
half of the credit belonged to
fighters from Washington, D. C.
Walter Taylor and John
Horne, who won the feather
weight and Ught-heaVyweight
championships,, respectively, in
The Star’s Washington Golden
Gloves tournament and then
went on to win Eastern titles,
added national championships
to their already impressive
Taylor, 20-year-old clerk, out
classed flashy Harry Smith, 1954
Eastern Golden Gloves cham
pion and 1955 Western tltlist.
Horne, 21-year-old airman
first class from Bolling Air Force
Base, actually won the fight that
gave the East its tie, beating
Orville Pitts, 1954 Western cham
pion and 175-pound winner In
the recent Pan American Games,
in the final contest of the pro
Taylor Outclasses Smith
The victories scored by Taylor
and Horne duplicated the pair
of triumphs turned in last year
by Heavyweight Len Kanthal
and Lightweight Ernie (Sonny
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White Skies Carrying 130
In New York's Opening Stake
NEW YORK, April 1 (JP).—
Racing fans flocked to Jamaica
today as the 196-day New York
thoroughbred season got under
way, with 14 horses entered in
the $25,000 - added Paumonok
Handicap, one of the country’s
top tests for sprinters.
Probable favorite in this six
furlong dash is William M.
Wickham’s White Skies, cham
pion sprinter of 1954 who won
the Paumonok a year ago, and
never has lost a stakes race at
Jamaica. The sprint star has
won seven consecutive New York
White Skies, now a 6-year-old,
hasn’t raced since July 5 when
he won the $62,000 Carter Handi
cap at Aqueduct. He will carry
130 pounds, the same as last year
when Eddie Arcaro got him un
der the wire a hose in front of
Laffango. Arcaro will be aboard
again, seeking his fifth Paumo
nok victory, which would tie him
with the late Laverae Pa tor for
the greatest number, of victories
in this traditional opening day
Probable second choice is Mau
rice Sims’ Bleosbull, with 119
pounds. Blessbull won the In
augural and Palm Beach Handi
caps at Hialeah and finished sec
ond to Ezio in the Lincoln Downs
Inaugural Handicap March 5. Re
will be ridden by Jack Skelly.
The famed Calumet Parm,
which hasn’t raced in New York
since 1952, has entered Mark-
Sm the lorjXV’
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fretting as Sfyotfis
Boy) Williams of the Washing
ton team.
The West held a 3-2 lead
when Taylor went into the ring
with Smith, a southpaw whose
! coaches believed him unbeat
| able. Smith took the initiative
in the opening round only to be
blasted back by the Washington
boy. Then, when Harry halted
his rushing attack to get his
hearings, Taylor moved in and
piled up points.
Smith tried vainly to pull it
out in the third round, but
Taylor met the attack without
giving an inch and Jarred the
Western fighter with looping
right hand shots. At the bell.
Smith was running for cover as
Taylor pounded away with both
hands to the head and body.
The officials voted unanimous
ly in Taylor’s favor and the
verdict was greeted with en
thusiasm by the throng of
Herne Rallies to Win
The West thought it had the
team title in the bag when it
went into the finale with a 4-3
lead and Pitts going against
Horae, whom he had beaten on
two previous occasions. But
there was no denying Horne
this time.
Pitts, a hard hitter, rocked
Horae with both hands in the
Ye-Well with 118 pounds. C. V.
Whitney’s Cold Command, who
finished third in last year’s
Paumonok, tries again under
113 pounds.
Others entered are Beau Gar,
107; tiie E. M. O’Brien entry of
Gaidar, 105, and Brisuet, 108;
King Ranch’s On Your Own,
106; Du« de Per, 115; Bobby
Brocato, 113; Full Flight 113;
Bold Man, 110; Revolt 110, and
Lotus Eater, 107. Gaidar and
Bold Man later were scratched.
The Weather Bureau prom
ised increasing cloudiness with
temperatures near 60, or about
20 degrees higher than. last
April Fool's Day when 35,651
frost-bitten fans came out
If the weather Is good tomor
row, a crowd of more than 50,-
000 is expected to turn out for
the $20,000 added Experimental
Handicap, first major Eastern
test for 3-year-olds with Ken
tucky Derby ambitions. The un
beaten Boston Doge is scheduled
to run tin the Experimental.
The Jamaica spring meeting
always stresses races for 3-year
olds, and two big races for the
sophomores follow the Experi
mental. The $25,000-added
Gotham States, restricted to
horses who have never won a
stakes, will be held April 9. Then
on April 23 comes the SIOO,OOO
Wood Memorial, In which turf
followers anticipate a memorable
meeting between Nashua and
Summer Tan.
Senators to Triple Quota
Os Steals and Hit-Run Plays
Saxton Choice
Over DeMarco
Tonight at 2-1
Tony's Title Hopes
Hinge on Proving
He's Not a Bleeder
BOSTON, April 1 (JP).—Tony
DeMarco’s chances of winning]
the welterweight boxing title
from Johnny Saxton tonight de
pend largely on whether the Bos
ton slugger can prove he’s not
a bleeder.
The healed knot of cartilage
over DeMarco’s left eye and the
chin a sparring partner cut last
December are not as famous as
Heavyweight Champion Rocky
Marciafto’s vulnerable nose, but
could be decisive in the 15-round
battle for the 147-pound title.
The Boston (garden fight is
scheduled to start at 10 pm.,
with no television or radio per
DeMarco, No. 3-ranked chal
lenger from the North End, has
escaped eye cuts in his last five
bouts covering 32 rounds But
in his warmups for a scheduled
December meeting with Joe Mi
cell, Tony was gashed along the
ridge of his chin and the fight
was canceled.
Bad Moments From Cuts
Since then he’s had a 10-round
non-title draw with Lightweight
Champion Jimmy Carter from
which he escaped unscathed.
Paddy DeMarco opened a eut
over Tony’s left eyebrow in Oc
tober, 1953, which Wilbur Wilson
and Carlos Chavez resliced.
Stitches were required in each
case. Tony has been unbeaten
in 16 bouts over the past 21
months, but the cuts have given
him some bad moments.
Os four'Setbacks in DeMarco’s
43-flght professional career, two
came on technical knockouts be
cause of bleeding.
“They tell me-he cuts easily
and bleeds pretty freely,” Saxton
said with more than passing in
terest when he arrived in town.
But DeMarco’s manager. Rip
Valenti, says those days are gone:
“Sure Tony got cut, but he’s
learned a lot since then. Lots of
good lighters have been cut early
See FIGHT, Page C-3
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Rumor of Boone Deal
Rated Silly by Harris
LAKELAND, Pis., April 1 VP).
—Bucky Harris, manager of the
Detroit Tigers, said today a re
port published in Boston that
General Manager Joe Cronin
was trying to get Third Baseman
Ray Boone for the Red Sox is
“one of those silly rumors you
often hear at this time of year.”
! “I know nothing of an offer
1 for Boone from Cronin or from
any one else,” Harris said.
“Anyway,” he added, “we are
not interested in a trade for
Boone aa he figures to be our
best power hitter.”
The report appeared yesterday
in the Boston American and the
Boston Traveler.
Harris trimmed seven players
from the Tigers’ squad yesterday
before the trip north started.
Only one of the seven was a
veteran. Pitcher Dick Marlowe
was optioned to Buffalo along
with Pitchers Babe Birrer and
Jim Stump, Inflelder John
Baumgartner and Outfielder
Chick King. Marlowe has spent
parts of two seasons and all of
two others with the Tigers.
Outfielder George Bullard was
assigned to Little Rock and
Catcher Tom Yewdc was sent to
the Tigers’ rookie camp for as
SARASOTA. Fla., April 1 (JP).
—One of the last acts of the Red
Sox before breaking camp to
head north was to option seven
players to their Louisville farm
The Red Sox start a barn
storming trip tomorrow ending
with an April 10 pre-season ex
hibition with the world cham
pion New York'Giants at Fen
way Park.'
Outfielders Neil Chrisley and
A1 Van Alstyne, Third Baseman
Frank Malaone and Pitchers Hu
man Clevenger, Al SchroD, A1
Curtis and Joe Trimble were
sent to Louisville.
HOUSTON, Tex.. April I.—The
Cleveland Indians and New York
Giants were resuming their base
ball feud hen today after an
exhibition at San Antonio yes
terday that produced much men
wallop than finesse.
Among other things, then
wen 16 ground-rule doubles.
caused by an overflow crowd of
11,649, and a short skirmish in
which Umpire Lon Warneke,
one-time major league pitcher,
pushed a policeman off the field.
The Indians won. 14-11. y
The rhubarb popped up in the
eighth when several fans ran
across the rlghtfield foul line,
blocking Outfielder Al Smith’s
try for a fly ball hit by Bob Len
i non, Giants’ pinch-hitter. Um
i pin Ed Runge ruled it an out
, because of Interference and Leo
Durocher, Giants manager, chal
lenged the decision.
A policeman stationed at the
game tried to join the dispute,
but was pushed off the field by
, Warneke.
1 (JP). —Hoot Evers, the outfielder
the Red Sox, Giants and Tigers
gave up on. is the leading Balti
more hitter in, 32 exhibition
games with an amazing .500 bat
ting mark.
The 34-year-old Evers, who
hasn’t had a really good season
since 1950 when he batted .323
for Detroit and led the league
in triples with 11, hit 4 for 4
yesterday as the Orioles lost to
Pittsburgh, 6-5.
That boosted his output to 16
hits in 32 games, including two
doubles, 13 singles and a two-run
homer that won a ball game
Wednesday and boosted Hoot’s
RBl’s to nine.
Skipper Paul Richards has
been alternating Evers in left
field with Gil Coan and as a
timely pinch-hitter.
SARASOTA, Fla., April 1 (JP).
—The hitting of Stan Lopata, the
Phillies’ veteran catcher, hasn’t
been affected by the experiment
which has him playing left field
in exhibition games.
Lopata, now wearing eye
glasses and sporting a new bat
ting stance, banged out three
hits yesterday as the Phillies
lost to the Red Sox, 6-4. Afield
he played errorless ball.
(JP). —Felipe Montemayor, a
southpaw hitting outfielder of
Mexican ancestry, looks like a
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Club Seeking
Third Straight
Over Redlegs
Star Staff Correspondent
WARE. SHOALS, & C„ April
t I.—The will try three
1 times as many steals and hit
’ and-run plays this season aa
’ last. Manager Chuck Dressen
’ said today, and their running in
1 exhibition games is geared to
! that ratio > »■ .»
i “We have some excellent hit
• and-run batters on this club,”
5 Dressen explained. “Mickey Ver
- non is the best of them, of
’ course, but Roy Slevers, Eddie
t Yost, Jim Busby, Tom Uqiphlett
> and Ernie Oravetz alos have
- shown me they can bit behind
the runner.
» “I have more hit-and-run fel
, lows An this club than I had
r with Brooklyn when 1 first man
aged the Dodgers,” Dressen con
tinued. “Duke Snider and Gil
I Hodges struck out too much to
r be of any value on a hit-and-run.
, I can do more maneuvering with
. this club.”
i Make 11 Steak in 17 Tries
Washington players have at
tempted 17 steals in 15 games
> and have made good on 11. Last
t year they tried only 58 steals all
I year, making good 37 times.
t “I’d say it will work out that
I we’ll be trying to steal about
i three times as much as last sea
son," Dressen said. “A lot of
I times steals will result from hit
i and-run plays that misfire be
i cause the batter messes up by
i missing the ball, but in any
i event we’ll be stealing a lot.
“I like to hit and run,” Chuck
i said. “Even when the batter
; grounds out he advances the
, runner instead of hitting into a
double play. When he misses
the ball he can still protect the
runner by obstructing the
[ catcher’s vision—legally, of
; course.
Should Hit if He Can
“If a batter can reach a pitch
cm a hit-and-run play, it’s a
must that he should whack it,”
Dressen said. “We held a meet
ing on that for about an hour
yesterday and I think the boys
understand pretty well what Z
want from them in that respect.”
It was the Senators’ base run
ning that gained them a 4-3 vie
, tory over Cincinnati ydsterday at
1 nearby Camp Gordon, Ga. In
, the third Inning Ernie Oravets
See SENATORS, Page C 4

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