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GRIFFITH STADIUM JAW-TO-JAW—Umpire Bill Summers, who wins
all of his arguments on the diamond, also came out on top in this face
to-face jawfest with an unidentified fan in the stands during the fourth
inning of last night’s first Senators-Athletics game. Kansas City players
complained to Summers that the fan, seated behind their dugout, had
been abusive. Following a battle of words, Summers ordered an usher
to move the fan to another seat, where he watched the Senators take a
double-header, 5-4,10-9. AP Photo.
Kansas City Style
HARRV CRAFT, THE QUIET man who manages the
Kansas City-, Athletics, was saying that being next to the
Yankees in Ihe American League is wonderful. “We may
not stay this high up,” Craft cautioned before last night’s
doings at Griffith Stadium, “but I’ll say this much for our
guys—they’re loose, relaxed and happy. It’s a pleasure to be
associated with them.”
In Florida spring training, he adamantly refused to |
predict a finish for his club, and he is just as adamant now.
“I made our goal 70 victories,” Harry reminded. “That's
what I said in Florida, that’s what I say now. We may win
more. We’re off to a good start. When and if we win 70
games we’ll see where we stand in the league.”
The A’s have been hustling for Craft and they've
been getting good pitching. “Very good when it counts,”
Harry was saying, referring to the pitching. “The over-all
record—runs allowed and stuff like that—doesn't match
our standing. This is because we’ve won some games after
giving up eight or nine runs. But when it’s counted we’ve
had some awfully well-pitched games.”
And who is to be given credit for the pitching
improvement? “Not me, certainly,” Craft hastens to
answer. “Give Spud Chandler, our coach, a lot of credit.
Give it to guys like Ned Garver ... the pitchers them
** * *
808 CERV, THE MUSCLE MAN, lined a batting prac
tice pitch into the leftfleld stands. “There's a guy who
rates a salute,” Craft said. “There he is, playing with a
broken, wired-up jaw like nothing happened. Oh. I
suppose it’s been done before but I’ve got to like him
for playing.”
“How does he keep up his strength?” asked a visitor
to the Kansas City dugout, “Years ago, I remember, Carl
Reynolds of the Senators got his jaw broken when Bill
Dickey hit him with a baseball in his fist. Reynolds, when
his jaw was wired, couldn’t take anything except liquid
nourishment. He was out of action for a long time.”
Craft smiled. “That was before the blender,” he said.
“I’ve had my jaw wired, too, and got fruit juice and milk.
Cerv’s got a blender. Shucks, he eats better than most
people, even most ball players.”
After Cerv broke his jaw in a collision at home plate
with Catcher Red Wilson of the Tigers the doctors removed
a plate in his mouth, making a convenient aperture for
a straw. Then Cerv was wired, but not for sound. He
can make noises but he certainly can’t sing “Witch
** * *
“WE’VE GOT 808 ROOMING with Jim Ewell, our
trainer, on this trip,” Craft was explaining. “Ewell fixes
his food in the room. For breakfast, Cerv might have ham,
six eggs, toast and ali the rest. Ewell puts it all in a
blender and Cerv drinks it from a straw.
“Actually, Bob is supposed to be getting the amount
of six meals a day . . . more than he’d get if he were
The other asked. “Doesn’t he miss his steaks?”
•“He has steaks just about every day,” Craft replied.
“They’re about this big,” spreading his hands like a fisher
man, “but when they come out of that blender he sips
them through a straw. Can you imagine a 16-inch Kansas
City steak through a straw?"
The impulse toward disbelief is checked by a look at
Cerv. Bob opened the season with 204 pounds on his 6-foot
frame. He hasn't lost an ounce.
“When Cerv was a Yankee." Craft's questioner said,
“he was supposed to be a pigeon for breaking stuff. What
happened? He’s hitting."
“He's also playing,” Harry said “With the Yankees
he didn’t see much action. You’ve got to play every day
to hit the good curve.”
** * *
A NOTABLE ABSENTEE was Billy Martin, traded last
November to Detroit.
“Was it hard.” Craft was asked, “to give up Martin?”
“I'll have to answer a little obliquely,” Harry confessed.
“Martin is a fine ball player. He’s an asset. But we re in
a position . . . well, I guess Washington’s in the same
* See WIN. OR DRAW, Pace C-5
Race in A. L.
Grows Tight—
Behind Yanks
By the Associated Press
That’s a torrid race going on
in the American League—be
hind the Yankees, that is.
Only four games separate
| second-place Kansas City and
last-place Baltimore. But the
Athletics are BVi behind the
The Yankees clobbered Chi
cago. 13-0, last night, rapping
three home runs in support of
Johnny Kucks' two-hit pitching
that extended the White Sox’
scoreless slump to 30 innings.
It was the ninth shutout by the
Yankees’ staff this season, the
first for Kucks since he blanked
the White Sox. 3-0, on three
hits May 5, 1957.
The Senators jumped into a
third-place tie with Boston,
just two games behind Kansas
City, by beating the A’s, 5-4
and 10-9.
Boston beat Cleveland. 7-3,
and Baltimore shut out De
troit, 2-0, on Amie Portocar
rero’s six-hitter.
While Kucks, now 4-1 with
Continued on Page C-5, Col. 4
Smirke Wins
4th Derby on
Hard Ridden
Another Irish Colt
Is Second at Epsom;
U. S. Hopes Dashed
EPSOM, England, June 4.
(JP). Hard Ridden, an Irish- i
trained cojt that Sir Victor j
Sassoon acquired for only SBIO. j
won the 179th running of the
Epsom Derby at 18-to-l odds
today. Paddy’s Point, a 100-to
-1 outsider, owned by P. N.
Shane, Ulster businessman, was
a well-beaten second in the field
of 20 three-year-olds.
There was a photo for third
place and after the picture was
studied, the judges awarded the
decision to Arpad Plesch’s Na
gami. fourth choice in the bet
ting at 10-1. Boroco was fourth.
The American-bred Bald Eagle
was unplaced.
Hard Ridden, who was more
or less overlooked in the bet
ting despite his victory in the
Irish Two Thousand Guineas,
gave his titled owner his third
Derby triumph. Sir Victor had
scored with Crepello last year
and with Pinza in 1953.
Fourth Derby for Smirke
It was the fourth Derby vic
tory for 51-year-old Jockey
Charlie Smirke, who last won
In 1952 on Tulyar. He also
rode the 1936 winner. 'Mah
moud,'in the record time of
2:33.8, and Windsor Lad. the
1934 victor. Mahmoud now is
at stud in Kentucky.
(Smirke, widely known as
Cheeky Charlie” because of
his assertiveness, is best re
membered in the United
States for his victory on
Worden II in the second
Washington, D. C.. Interna
tional at Laurel, Md.. in 1953.)
The winner, who was timed
in 2 minutes 41% seconds for
the mile-and-a-half run over
the rolling Epsom Downs
course, is by Hard Sauce-Toute
Belle n.
A crowd of 300,000, including
members of the royal family,
saw Hard Ridden pull ahead
on the uphill stretch and win
Queen Elizabeth, dressed in
a pink coat, and her sister
Margaret, in bright blue,
cheered for the Queen's horse.
Miner’s Lamp, but that colt
never came close.
The weather, which had been
threatening in the morning,
was bright and blue and not
too cool. The track was fast.
Guggenheim Disappointed
Harry F. Guggenheim, New
York copper magnate and
owner of Bald Eagle, had flown
to England to see the race. He
had hoped to add an Epsom
triumph to that scored in the
1953 Kentucky Derby with
Dark Star, the only horse ever
■to finish ahead of the great
Native Dancer.
Another disappointed Ameri
can after the race was Johnny
Longden, veteran English-born
jockey, who flew here to ride
the Canadian-owned Alberta
Blue, also an Irish-bred. Long
den. who has ridden more than
5,300 winners, won the Wood
cote Stakes at Epsom yester
day on Loyal Lady, but had no
luck in today’s Derby. His
mount, like the winner, was an
18-1 shot.
A last-minute switch in odds
made the French-owned Walla
by II the post-time favorite at
See DERBY, Page C-2
Washington vs. Kansas City.
WTTG —5, 8 p.m. |
Jay Fullmer vs. Joe Miceli,
WMAL—7, 10 p.m.
file gbetting J&laf SPORTS
Surging Griffs Can Move
Within Game of 2d Tonight
Dodgers Still Await
Decision on Ravine
—The Dodgers’ most Important
contest since they came to Los
Angeles is over today but no
body knows the final score.
The answer is hidden in a
vast pile of election returns
which will show whether the
city’s voters have decided to
give the ball club a site for a
glamorous new stadium in
Chavez Ravine.
The last returns announced
before counting was interrupted
early today put the Dodgers
ahead, 47,471 votes to 43,453.
This moderate advantage was
anything but decisive, since
62.3 per cent of the city’s i
1,105,427 registered voters cast!
ballots in the heaviest non
presidential election turnout in
Los Angeles history.
Both Sides Wary
Principals on both sides were
wary in their statements.
Dodger President Walter
O’Malley met with newsmen
today and said:
“What can I say? It’s just
too close to say anything.”
Someone asked him to record
a victory statement that could
be use j when and if the
Dodgers were found to have
won the election.
“Absolutely not,” he said, re
calling the time in 1951 when
Braves' Homer Surge
Regains League Lead
By the Associated Press
The Braves have rediscovered
the home run, slamming back
into the National League lead
by walloping 12 in their last
four games.
The champions belted five,
their best one-game total of
the year, and made them good
for all but one of their runs in
a 7-6 decision at San Francisco
last night that dumped the
Giants into second place, .010
percentage points behind.
Wes Covington and Hank
Aaron each hit a pair. Cov
ington’s second hauled the
Braves from behind in the
eighth inning and Aaron’s sec
ond clinched it in the ninth.
Oddly, there were at least
two home runs in every Na
tional League game yesterday
—except at Los Angeles. That
cozy-corner in the Coliseum
gave up just one, a sliced shot
into the left-centerfleld seats,
as Cincinnati used a bunch of
walks for an 8-3 victory over
the Dodgers.
Musial Hits Two
St. Louis defeated Pittsburgh,
8-4, on two-run homers by Stan
Musial and Joe Cunningham,
and the Cubs clobbered Phila
delphia, 12-4, with Ernie Banks
hitting his 14th homer, tops in
the league.
The Braves, who set a team
record and led the league in
homers (199) for the first time
since 1900 as they won the pen
nant last season, had been
his Dodgers were just two out
from winning the pennant and
he called his office to order
champagne—only to see the
order made unnecessary when
Bobby Thomson of the New
York Giants hit a game-win
ning home run.
From City Councilman Pat
rick McGee, one of the leaders
of opposition to the stadium
deal, came this statement:
“It’s too soon to tell. But
I’m satisfied. The issue has
been submitted to the people.
And that's what we wanted....
Local Interest Noted
"The outlying districts are
i already showing a leading
margin for the ‘no’ side. And
this may offset the small mar
gin the downtown districts
showed in the early counting.”
The extraordinary local in
terest in the Chavez Ravine
issue was noted by O'Malley.
“I was intrigued.” he said,
“in the interest in the ref
erendum as indicated by the
headlines in the Los Angeles
[newspapers. The senatorial
and gubernatorial elections
were secondary.”
Fans at last night’s Los An
geles-Cincinnati game in the
Coliseum expressed consider
able interest in the early re-
See DODGERS, Page C-5
averging less than one a game
before the current spurt. Cov
ington, with four in the last
ifour games, hit his first in a
two-run fourth that gave the
Braves a 2-2 tie, matching Ray
Jablonski’s two-run homer in
the Giants’ third inning.
Aaron, who has hit eight for
the season, one less than Cov
ington, and Felix Mantilla hit
consecutive homers for a 4-2
lead in the fifth, but Starter
Lew Burdette and Reliever
Gene Conley blew the bulge.
Unbeaten Don McMahon
won his fifth in relief, but
needed Ernie Johnson’s help
when the Giants scored with
one out in the ninth on Willie
Mays' triple and an infield
single. The Giants, who have
lost five of their last seven, had
|ll hits. The Braves had a
Continued on Page C-5, Col. 3
Kansas City at Washington
(night)—Urban (4-2) v». Cicotte
Detroit at Baltimore (night)
Lary (5-4) vs Johnson (1-4)
Chicago at New York—Pierce (3-4)
vs Bturdevant (l-2i.
Cleveland at Boston —Narleski (5-4)
! vs. Sullivan (2-1).
Pittsburgh at St. Louis (night)
—Kline («-4) vs. Rrosnan (5-4).
Philadelphia at Chicago—Roberta
(6-5) vs. Drabowski (2-5).
Cincinnati at Los Angeles (night)—
Haddix (3-3) vs. Podres (4-4).
Milwaukee at San Francisco—Rush
'(4-2) vs McCormick (4-1) or Mon
zant (4-3).
Timely Hitting by Plews
Atones for Four Errors
Star Bt*(I Writer
The Senators may not win the pennant—although some
of the goggle-eyed fans who have watched them recently
wouldn’t bet against it—but they’re providing more excite
ment than any drama since Liza was hoppity-skipping it
across the ice barely ahead of Simon Legree’s lash.
They’ve won six of their last seven games and four in a row
to vault from the cellar into a
third-place tie with Boston
and they’re only two games
removed from second place.
They have the chance to pick
up a game tonight when they
tangle again with Kansas City,
5-4 and 10-9 victims of the
spunky Senators before 7,291
emotionally-drained customers
last night at Griffith Stadium.
In that second game, the
Senators blew a 4-0 lea'd,
Major League Standings. Page C-5
rallied to tie the score at 6-6,
trailed again at 9-6, and then
splurged for four runs in the
eighth inning to win. In the
first game, they gave Russ
Kemmerer a 5-0 margin in
the first two innings, then held
on grimly to triumph in an
other game that was doubtful
until the final pitch.
Plews Atones for Errors
In the course of that second
victory, Herb Plews was im-!
paled on a horrible hook as the |
result of committing sour 1
errors—three in one inning—
but many of the fans who had
booed him in his nightmarish
seventh inning cheered him
when he came to bat in the j
eighth with two on base, none j
out. and the Senators trailing
by three runs.
Herb responded nobly, lacing
a double to left-center which
scored both runs. Albie Pear
son beat out a bunt, Plews
going to third. Roy Sievers
popped out. but Clint Courtney
walked to fill the bases before
Jim Lemon grounded to Short
stop Joe DeMaestri, whose
through to second forced
Courtney. Plews scored on the
forceout and Pearson came
across when Mike Baxes threw j
past first base attempting a!
double play.
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nevertheless has a predicament
at third base. Plews is hitting
.297, but the likeable Montanan
played last night as if he was
wearing a rubber glove. Ed
Yost, who seemingly has
slowed a step, is batting .187.
Ties League Record
Cookie was forced to call
time* in the seventh inning of
the second game, stroll to the
mound and summon Plews to
him in an effort to calm the
excitable infielder. He stuck
with him—to yank him then
might have crushed Herb for
his career—and Plews quickly
transformed himself from goat
to hero.
Plews has the consolation of
knowing that Billy Cox, former
slick fielder with the Dodgers,
also made three errors in one
inning, among four other mod
ern National Leaguers. Jimmy
Burke of Milwaukee, then in
the American League, set the
modern mark of four in 1901.
| Herb’s four errors in oni
game tied an American League
record now held by 16 players
:The last previous player to
spend such an unenjoy able time
of it was Eric McNair of the
j White Sox in 1940. David
Brain of the 1906 Braves set
the modern major league rec
ord of five errors in a game.
It was a nightmare episode
for Plews from which he made
a fine recovery. With one out
in the seventh he bobbled Hec
tor Lopez’s grounder, then
fumbled Bob Cerv’s grounder.
After Bill Tuttle walked. Plews
also messed up Vic Power’s
grounder, permitting Lopez to
score. Cerv scored when Hal
Smith forced Power.
A Plews error on Ned Gar
j ver’s grounder in the fifth paved
the way to a four-run Inning
See SENATORS, Page C-8

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