Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 53, No. 63, Ed. 1 Wednesday, March 15, 1950 Page: 2 of 12
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Sweetwater Swatter Manager^,,Johnny Bottarini and
2 111 prospective players reported to the "split" spring
training camp at Sportsman Park today and began limber-
ing up their arms and legs for the coding Longhorn League
Th^ Skatters are "split" in
trainingfthis year due to the
factj&haitOaklanil, Calif, and
A I b.ii que r q u e, N. M., are
jpefct^BfeillB at Mesa," Ariz.,
oday. Th^Albuquerque play-
-m atiy of whom will
Win Pennant Again
VERO BEACH. Fla., Mar. IS,
(UP) — Cray-haired Burt Shot
ton east off his World Series
i jitters today and frankly ad-
! initted that he expect- his
Brooklyn Dodge is to win the
National League pennant again.
"J have no problems, unless
you would want to call having
more good players around than
I can use, a problem," he said..
"My big job is to pick the right
"So I'm expecting my buy- u>
win again. We have improved
because all our young players
are a year older. N'ohody has
beat us yet, although I see
where a few of the other dubs
in our league figure they have
a chance to win the pennant
"Maybe they have, hut 1
won't, believe it until they beat
lis, and no one ha- done that up
Shotton was a far cry from
the nervous pilot who directed
the Dodgers in lu.-t year series
against the world champion
Yankees. He seemed certain and
sure and more optimistic than
d We did grant that other clubs
in the league had improved, too,
most of them for the same rea-
son as the, Dodgers—because
■ their young players have had
..another year of experience un-
der their belt.
"Other clubs have made a lot
more personnel changes than the
sDodgers have made, particular-
ly Chicago and Pittsburgh.'" he
jSbserved, "but we'll just have
pto wait until we know whether
Ipey are going to help them.
"Of course, we know Sid Cor-
don and Wfllard Marshall are go-
Slng to help the Braves. I'd take
either one of them in a minute
They could help any club in the
l'nor'ulntfB by?he Sw££
water Reportvr. Ine.
' ^ny. errono"u" reflection upon th*
f,'JUD or rePut!>«on of any
Uerron. ttrn, or corporation. whl-h mav
fi««enr im Reporter's jubtica-
ttona will be cheerfully corrected unon
Uiher. ght <° ♦tentlon Su& pui
jm"2feSwatters have ai-
ded contracts for the
•ventudll^teml up on the
Swatb# renter—will arrive in
;Sweejpateg later this month.
! try:out eahips -,MMesa and Sweet-
! water. The tjays on the West
j Coast are rMWSfwng to the Ari-
j zona quar^efej;" tshiie those near-
! est Sweetwater will train here.
! Manager Bottarini reported
| this morning that the players
| would start off today with condi-
| tioning the principle objective
I Actual workouts will begin in a
Bottarini and Business Man-
j ager Frank Meek- made the fol-
I lowing check-list of players who
jure here or who are expected to
! be here today—
Pitcher Jesse Priest, who was
j with Sweetwater a brief time
| last season. He is the boy with
| the sensational side-arm delivery
land who performed in several re-
lief roles for the Swatters the
I first part of 1919. He has develop-
ed an over-hand pitch and is re-
| ported ready for action.
| Bobby Dollar, a rookie first
| baseman from Iliilsboro, Texas,
i Dollar played semi-pro ball at
| Hillsboro. He is 20 years of age, a
John A. Sams, a rookie pitcher
from Martinsville. Ark. Sams, 22
| years of age. was signed by
Sweetwater scout Dr. E. C. Wil-
liams of Greenbrier, Ark. Sams
has played semi-pro ball and im-
pressed Scout Williams.
Thomas H. Guinn, a rookie
outfielder-catcher from Solgaha-
ehia. Ark. Guinn was signed by
Dr. Williams. He is 21 years of
age and played part of the 1948
season in the Evangeline League
before departing for service in
Uncle Sam's Army.
Alfred Eikins, a rookie out-
fielder from Gordon, Texas. El-
kins is a 21-year-old left-hander
who has been strongly recom-
mended. He graduated from Pea-
cock, Texas High School and has
been living at Aspennont. Eikins
has played only high school and
Freddy Nelson, limited ser-
vice pitcher from Albuquerque.
He pitched for Pauls Valley, Okli*
Schulick, a catcher from Albu-
querque. who was called down
when it was learned that the i
Dukes would need Earl Finley, 1
rookie backstop from St. Louis
who was signed for the Swatters.
Bob Dahn, shortstop for the
Swatters last season, who will
be a pitcher this year. Dahn, who
had one of the best throwing
arms in the league in 1949, may
develop into a fine hurler for
Bjr Bad Wonku
Meeks informed the Reporter
this morning that Lloyd Angella,
who twirled here last season,
would be back again this year.
He will report to the Mesa camp.
Others trom the 1949 Swatter
club who will probably return
are Dick Morido, pitcher; Larry
Roach, second baseman; Lyie
Boyd, pitcher; and on the "may-
be" list: Bob Spence, pitcher, Art
Cuitti and Bill Hassey, outfield-
Meeks also said that Tommie
Fox, veteran third baseman sign-
ed for the Swatters, has decided
to quit baseball.
The Swatters who have al-
ready arrived in Sweetwater are
staying in private homes.
In Pro-Amaleur Play
LAKE PAK, Fla.. March la —
i UPi_U. S. open champion Cary
Middlecoff was in position toady
to hit two jackpots in one of
the richest golf touranments in
the country—the pro-amateur at
the Seminole Country Club.
Going into today's final round,
Middlecoff was tied for the lead
both in the professional depart-
ment. where he had a 36-hole
score of 137, and in the best ball
where he was teamed with ama-
teur Robert D. Huntington of
Palm Beach, Fla.
Tied with Middlecoff for the
pro lead was Henry Ransom of
St. Andrews. 111., who is seeking
his third straight victory in this
toureny. Two strokes behind
the two leaders were another
pair at 139—former open cham-
pion Lew Worsham of Oakmont,
Pa., and Seminole assistant Dick
95' Delivers To
Your Door A
Contest Steps Up
Every Nolan County young
lady between the ages of .16-24,
single and a baesball lover, is re-
quested to join the contestant
ranks for Sweetwater's "Miss
Baseball of 1930''.
"Miss Baseball" will receive
many gifts from local merchants
t.s well as a season pass to all
Sweetwater Swatter home base-
To be eligible for the "Miss
Baseball" selection, the entrants
must submit a letter on the sub-
ject—"I like baseball because
The letter must be in the girl's
own handwriting, and not to ex-
ceed 100 words, anil must be
signed, giving age. address and
The identity of "Miss Base-
ball" will be withheld until the
opening Longhorn same here
against Vernon on April 13.
All entries must fie postmark-
ed not later than March. 25 and
mailed to BASEBALL, Box 137.
By I'tiittMl Press
National Invitation Tournament
At Sew York
Duquesne 49. LaSalle 47.
City College of New York 89,
XAIB Tournament At Kansas
Puget Sound 70, Southeastern
Louisiana '59 (overtime).
Brooklyn College 79. Appala-
chian (N. C.) Teachers 75.
East Central Oklahoma 70,
Kansas Wesleyan 68.
Arkansas Tech 75, Morning-
A big welcome to the Sweet-
water Swatters of 1950 is ex-
tended by local baseball fans to-
day as spring training opens at
It will be a long, rough road
to the Longhorn league pen-
nant this year and here's hoping
the Sweetwater boys are up
there in the first division bat-
tling all the way.
And here's a note to the play-
Sweetwater fans will go out
in large numbers to watch you
play—provided that you play
the game as best you can.
We here at Sweetwater don't
expect you Swatters to win ev-
ery game. But we do expect you
to win your share.
As a pre-season prediction, we
\\ill go out on a limb and say
that an attendance record will
be set at Sportsman Park this
year if the Swatters can plav at
or above the fifth-place standing
* * *
"Jittery Joe" Berry
The Vernon Duster manager
this season will be Jonas Arth-
ur Berry, better known as "Jit-
tery Joe." He win act as relief
pitcher for the Vernon club as
well as handle the managerial
Red Smith, sports writer for
the Philadelphia Record, calls
Berry the greatest relief pitch-
er the Athletics ever had.
Smith says ".Titterv Joe" is
mis-named. Ho says the little
1-15-pound hurler is one of the
coolest pitchers in the business.
"It's his hitchy-itchy mound ac-
tivity that won him the name
'Jittery Joe'." Smith says.
CLIFF CLINKS, the Vernon
sports scribe, reports the follow-
ing info about Berry—
"The little relief hurler bases
his success on the fact that he
never throws the same pitch
twice in succession.
" 'I have three speeds for j
curve balls,' Berry says. 'It's the |
change of pace that gets the bat-
ters,' he adds.
"Berry has taken a lot of raz-
zing about his size and weight.
He looks as if a puff of wind
would blow him off the mound.
In fact, a puff of wind did just
that in an exhibition game in
Atlantic City when the Athlet- Lgoing
ics were playing the New YorW faking
"Berry was winding up for the
pitch when a puff of wind unbal-
anced him and he staggered
from the mound. The umpire
ruled it an act-of-God-balk."
* ♦ +
An interesting picture ap-
pears in "The Sporting News"
this week. It is of Paul Pettit,
the sensational ex-high school
pitcher who was given a $100,-
000 bonus to sign with the Pitts-
Pettit has obviously gone in-
to the banking business, as the
picture denotes. He is wearing
a jacket with the emblem —
"Bank of America."
WITH OAK LA X1 •—Marry liar-
tolomel, Sweetwater Swatter
catcher in is reported to
have landed a job with the
Oakland Oaks (Triple-A) of the
Pacific Coast League a* a
third-string catcher. He was
originally slated to play with
Albuquerque this season.
Hits, Beats Dallas
CUERO, Tex.. March 15 (UP)
The Beaumont Rough Necks
bunched their hits when needed
to defeat the Dallas Eagles, 4 to
3. yesterday in a Texas League
A double by Frank Finnegan
in the eighth inning with the
bases loaded drove in the tieing
and winning runs.
Ford Garrison and Bob Mar-
quis slammed first-inning hom-
ers for Beaumont.
Dallas 000 002 010—3 12 0
Beaumont 200 000 02x—4 8 0
Triner, Sanner 4, Sheehan (7)
By PFI'PKR MARTIN
Cardinals' World Series star
now managing Miami ol' the
< \ EA Special Series)
I've made a lot of foolish bon-
ers. as any of my old managers
will attest. But the stickout of
them all happened while I was
still kicking around in the min-
ors—with Syracuse in 1926. to be
Burt Shotton," now bossing the
Dodgers, was managing the
Chiefs, and we were playing in
Toronto. I was
a young, eager
<id who didn't
enow much, but
.Shotton had me
playing shttr t-
.low running the
(Pitching for us.
file score was
t-1 when the
M a p 1 e Leafs
■vent to bat in
,, .. "the last of the
Pepper MarUn ninth. The first
down swinging, out the second
tripled to deep center. Any kind
of a break would give them the
'i he next man up Ijlooped a lit-
tle fly into short left field, i
darted back, caught the ball over
The runner on third bluffed
to the plate. I came hi,
_ a throw to the catcher,
daring the runner to go. -
Anyone in his right mind
knows you should never dare a
runner. You should get rid of
the ball immediately, of course.
But 1 had to be different, and
you know what happened. The
guy suddenly accepted my dare
and lit for the plate.
I was so darn surprised that 1
just stood there like a wooden
Indian, petrified and not think-
ing to throw the ball. By the time
1 did think to get rid of it, the
runner had ciossed me plate
with the winning run.
I had actually held onto the
ball, stood back and watched us
get beat. Burt Shotton was hop-
ping mad. He kept me in the
dressing room for two hours aft-
er the game, bawling me out.
"Young man," he screamed,
"base-runners are like women
drivers. You never know what
they are going to do next. 1 nev-
er want to see you pull that dare
stunt again! Get riu of the ball!"
A week later the same situa-
tion came up. This time I
didn't waste any time cutting
loose with the ball. The throw
was a little high—about 15 feet
too high to be exact—but I at
least made it.
"1 was glad when they moved
me to third base.
You see, you never have to
worry about that play there.
May Become One
Of Top Milers
CHILDRESS, Tex.. March
15, (UP) — fchades or little Jer-
Another half-pint milcr, even
smaller than the University of
Texas perennial running cham-
pion, seems well on the way to-
ward developing into a popular
favorite of track fans—and,
a champion, to boot.
Ho is Joe Sparkman, 17-year-
old Childress high school jun-
ior. who ha> aspirations of fol-
lowing ill the footsteps, literally,
of Thompson and the tatter's
successor at Texas-—Childress-
bred Tom Rogers,
Now, he's looking forward to
the state schoolboy meet in
Austin, where he took a sec-
ond place in last year's mile
Joe bucked .strong winds and
the state's best class B miler at
Amarillo Friday to win a prac-
tice meet between Panhandle
schools in 4:86. He ran against
Bill lmeJ of White Deer, class-B
champion in 1949.
If Joe can cut his time back
to 4:40.8, his speed at the 1949
state meet, he has hopes of tak-
ing home state championship
honors in May.
This year he boasts "the best
condition ever" and a lot more
experience behind him.
The freckle-faced, 135-pound
junior has an unusually long
stride for his 5 feet. 6 inch
stature. He has been the short-
est entrant in any mile race he
Joe is still a comparative new
comer at the gruelling mile
runs, and like all apprentices,
he had to learn a few tricks of
the trade on the way up. His
first mile run as a Childress
high freshman was in 1918. He
made it in 5:05.
By the end of the year the
plucky, brown-haired youngster
was running seventh in the
state meet at Austin, cutting
his time down to 4:55.
Picking up the next year
where he uad left off, Joe ran
sixth among So one-mile en-
trants at thv annual Fort Worth
track show. His time was 4:55.
But two weeks later, he cut his
4:55 time down to 4:40.8 to fin-
ish second in the state meet.
Sparkman's early season per-
formance this year at Amarillo
stamped him as a real threat
for regional and state honors.
Next competition on the books
for him will be at Odessa on
2 Sweetwater, Texas, Wednesday", March 15, 19511
Training Camp Briefs
SAN BERNARDO, Calif, Mar.
15 (UP)—Ralph Ktncr escaped
with a slightly sprained right
wrist today as a result of his
head-over bet Is tumble in the
Pittsburgh Pirates' 12 to 7 vic-
tory over the Chicago \v hue Sox
PHOENIX. Ari/., March 15 —
(UP)—"Get two" is the new bat-
tle cry in the New York Giants'
camp and Alvin Dark and Ed-
die Stanky arc doing just that.
The standout keystone com-
bination obtained in the big win-
ter deal with the Boston Braves
reeled off two more double plays
as the Giants beat the Cleveland
Indians, 5 to :i, yesterday. They
have made four double plays
in the last two games.
TAMPA. Fla., March 15 (U1M
Two of the National League's
great name pitchers were the
chief topics of conversation as
the Cincinnati Reds and Boston
Braves met in an exhibition
Johnny Sain, Boston's three-
time 20-game winner who slump-
ed to 10 victories in 1949, was
to start for the first time this
spring today while Ewell Black-
well, the Reds' brilliant right-
hander, was named to hurl
against the Washington Senators
The Reds Ix-at the Philadelphia
Phillies, 7 to 5, yesterday while
the Braves lost to the St. Louis
Cardinals, 5 to 3.
man, tripling with two aboard
and scoring the third run In the
I t < so\, AH/.., March 15 —
(UP) The Cleveland Indians
were beginning to flash the pow-
er today that could make them
an American League pennant
threat in 1950
The power has not been con-
centrated but it has been there.
Imiii v Doby homered In yester-
day's 5 to •'! loss to the New York
Giants. Luke Easter, giant Ne-
gro from the Pacific Coast
League, hit one the previous
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Royal Will Coach
At North Carolina
EL RENO, Qkla., March 15 —
(UPi, — Darrc-11 Royal, former
University of Oklahoma quarter-
back who came here only a
month ago as El Reno High
School coach, has resigned to be-
come freshman coach at North
Carolina State, Raleigh.
He led Oklahoma to. its sec-
ond straight Sugar Bowl triumph
Royal told the school board
here that he had always planned
to coach in a major college, and
since it would be some months
before he started actual coaching
here, he felt the new position of-
fered more opportunities.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.,
March 15 (UP)—The Brooklyn
Dodgers' hospital list numbered
11 players following the addition
of Jackie Robinson and Billy
Robinson pulled a tendon in
his left leg sliding into second
base as the Dodgers beat their
Mobile farmhands, I to 1, in
Yero Beach yesterday. Cox suf-
fered an eye injury when First
baseman Waycn Helardi cujtid-
ed with him attempting to catch
uri infield f'.y.
CLEARWATER, Fla., March
15 (UP) —Fred Sanford had yet
t.o prove be is the No. five start-
ing pitcher for whom Casey
Stengel is searching as the New
York Yankees meet the Phil-
adelphia Phillies today.
Sanford was nicked for all
three Detroit Tiger runs as the
Tigers beat the Yankees, 3 to 1,
yesterday. Dick Kryhoski, for-
mer Yankee, was the hatchet-
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WACO, Tex.. March 15 (UP)—
The three-day annual Stjuthwest
conference swimming meet opens
tomorrow in the Baylor Unlver
sity pool with the University of
i Texas an odds-on favorite.
Rated behind the Longhorns
were Southern Methodist and
Texas A&M, and Baylor was
fourth ranged. Arkansas. Rice
and Texas Christian were not en-
Gussie's Designer Will
Shock Wimbledon. Again
LONDON, March 15 (UP)
California tennis star Gertrude
'Gorgeous Gussie" Moran may
AUSTIN, Tex.. March 15 (UP)
Distance runner Tom Rogers,
a sophomore from Childress, will
be lost to the University of Tex
e tennis togs
as track teUm this season be-
Clyde Littlefield said uxiay.
cause -of a heel
Service By Appointments
Open UntU 7:30 P.M.
N'KXT: Gene Hei-inanskl of
the Dodgers finds that you
can't coach a base-runner
and be. one, too.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 15
(UP)—All surviving teams, in-
cluding defending champion
Hamllne University, will see
action today during the eight
ames of the second round of the
I.A.I.B. basketball tournament.
Hamline, led by the great Hal
Haskins who scored 33 points in
the first round, will appear in the
third game on tonight's program
aeainst Central College of Fay-
ine other night games are
University of Tampa vs. George
Pepperdine; Arkansas Polytech
vs. Indiana State Teachers; and
East Central, Okla., State; vs.
River FaUs, Wis., State.
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