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Daily Independent, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1954, Kannapolis, North Carolina f APRIt 9, 1934 Your Newspaper THE DAILY North Carolina SEVEN SIX TEAMS ENTER GRANITE BELT LEAGUE Frankly Speaking By FRANKIE Sports Editor HARVEY L. SIFFORD IS TO BE COMMENDED for his faithful and untiring work during the past eight years as athletic director for the Kannapolis American Legion Junior baseball The Kannapolis American Legion post players for the various clubs and the residents of this area should join hands in paying tribute to Sifford for his efficient Sifford proudly calls the Legion Junior baseball program finest program for kids in the That is why he has devoted so many of work to the Without his untiring the gram certainly could not have been such a Sifford has resigned the post due to business reasons but is still ready to help in any way possible as another Legion season THE WORK OF AN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR goes un- noticed throughout every His work starts when the first session is called and continues until the club is eliminated and the gear packed in This means that he is orf the go each day of the attending practice purchasing equipment and going with the team on road Sifford served the club in practically every since he was the business equipment keeper and purchaser and everything else that goes toward ing a baseball Few fans realize the many hours of work that he has contributed to the local teams during the past eight Seldom did he miss a practice and he was usually there from start until MEN IN LEGION POSTS THROUGHOUT the nation like H. L. Sifford have made the program rise in prestige each Legion teams have suffered a big loss fans can Test assured that Marvin the new athletic will carry on in the same efficient Sifford has sacrificed vacations each summer he has been connected with the Legion program but this was done joyously as he worked daily to aid the Legion teams and coaches in any way This is the work that H. L. Sifford has contributed to Kannapolis Legion At every he was the man running from ticket window to ticket checking ball boys and doing the thousand little things that must be done to keep the sport His work will not be forgotten for many years by the leaders of Beaver Pittman Post No. 115. Nor will his efforts be forgotten by the residents of the LEGION BASEBALL NOTES No news is good news as far as the Kannapolis hopes of landing several players from Mooresville for the Legion The Moors still have not announced plans to field a team Concord's Juniors get the jump on their rivals by opening the 1954 practice season Saturday Coach Marvin Watts expects at least 50 candidates Richmond County again expects to come up with a flight club and may be rough to handle Lou the national commissioner for the will visit with state officials later this month to try to stimulate interest in the program The Kannapolis Juniors hold their first practice of the season April 20. The players for the high school teams will not join the squad until the end of the prep TIME SET SATURDAY Shuman Rated Tops In Big Race At Charlotte QUALITY Htd I SELECTION PRICE FISHING SUPPLIES BONDS SPORT SHOp Phone 9691' West St. FOLKS It isn't this hard getting ey of when you tell you are having auto re- pair work done at COX TOR where the best costs COX guarantees all work and materials to be exactly as Drive in today and have that motor SPECIAL 1941 CHEVROLET TUDOR 165 cox MOTOR CO. 917 S. Main St. Dial 6646 drivers who have gained reputations for their steady driving in the longer field stock car races may day afternoon's event here at lotte Speedway to their Cotton Owens of S and Buddy of both veterans and both with a number of triumphs under their belt will at least share top billing with several other drivers when they go to the posl j Owens has won the Daytona 100-mile race for the past two has a second place in a 250-mile S. Shuman has been in the money in just about every long race he's ever and that's been over a period of about 18 now 38, started when he was 20 years Both Owens and Shuman plan to time trial their cars Saturday afternoon at 1 then hustle off to S. a night returning Sunday afternoon for a bid at the purse posted by Promoter Bruton Sunday afternoon's program will get underway at 2 with two 15-lap heat a 20-lap semi- and a 504ap feature event on tap for the quarter mile speed Golfers Urged To Qualify President Monroe Mauldin today reported that approximately 30 golfers have the first annual spring tournament to be staged later this for bers of Kannapolis Golf want at least 60 golfers for the I wish to urge every member to go to the course Saturday and Sunday and get in the 18 qualifying One week of play will be allotted for playing of each match in the Play in the ment be on a match while golfers will qualify by Handsome trophies will go to the champions of the second and third Four Afternoon Contests Booked Races A headed fey the China is on tap today as the high school diamond clubs throughout the Kannapolis area resume their battles for positions in the league Four of the tilts are booked forj with the clash slated for 8 o'clock at the China Grove One of the feature afternoon games is slated for Kannapolis Park where the Brown High tle Wonders oppose the Winecoff Blue Devils at p. m. in a South Piedmont Conference thern Group The ders will be seeking their second straight conference win while Winecoff will be out to score its first loop of the Either Howard Hall or Buddy Waggoner will be on the hill for the white southpaw artist Billy Jake is slated for duty for The only Bother action in the SPC scheduled for the afternoon sends to The Moors will be out to score a repeat victory over having won a 5-0 battle last Friday behind the effective hurling of Wayne the China dis draws the too interest since it will be the night game in this section this The tilt was originally scheduled for the afternoon but transferred to an arc contest upon ment of the two The Landis club is currently tied for second place in the loop with a 2-1 record while China Grove has split its two Either Oscar Goodman or Lawrence Robinson will take the hill for dis while Jerry son is slated for duty Coach Don Kelly of the China Grove Principal Jesse Carson has announced that the Grovers team will play as many games as possible under the He believe that we shall draw much larger crowds by ing at night during the majority of the As long as we can have warm we will play at Two games are scheduled in the Cabarrus County Conference this The contests send Odell to Bethel and Hartsell to will be battling for its third straight victory of the loop season and will have Fred Motley on the Benny Pope is set to hurl for PITCHING HOLDS KEY Tilt Heads Prep Action Night Tilt Slated At China Grove College Nines Battle Tough Loop Rivals Three North Carolina Big Four college teams resumed baseball activity Friday two of the clubs facing Atlantic Coast ence North Carolina sought to get back into the ACC title chase against South Carolina in the opener of a series at Chapel N. C. loser to Ft. 7-2, at Ft. Lee moved College to give the University of Maryland its first taste ACC Duke met touring Williams Col- lege this afternoon in a final up for the Blue Big Four league opener and important ACC clash with Waks Forest in Durham North Carolina's series with the Gamecocks loomed more important to both clubs in view of their con- success which has run con- trary to The Tar an early season favorite in the ACC copped their conference opener against Virginia but then drooped two in a row to Wake Forest and iously winless N. C. Winston Race Action Opens WINSTON-SALEM Drivers competing in Saturday night's ing stock car races at Bowman Gray Stadium will draw for ing positions in the heat and feature Track Manager Alvin Hawkins ed The first race is uled for 8 following a warm-up period from 7 until m. The plan to have drivers draw for starting positions wag adopted last year and proved very At times it gives the faster cars and drivers a and at other times the top stars found themselves starting at the reir of the Hawkins anticipates the largest field of cars to ever compete at the stadium and by far the largest opening night BACK IN FIELD Cary Mid- outstanding nal is resting in a ket with nine other players with nine other players with a 73 fater the first round of the famed Masters Scores soared during the first round due to a heavy rain Pair Tied In Masters i Harrison Knotted By Tar Heel Amateur Ga. Veteran E. J. Harrison and brash amateur Billy Jo Patton gave the Masters golf tournament a new look today as they headed into the second round with 70's that the of the event couldn't In a weird round that started under fair and hot skies but wound up dripping from a violent the expected scores materialize Jack Burke and Lloyd Mangrum scored 71's. Ben the defending and Dave Douglas of par 72's and that was it That Harrison managed to tie Patton for the lead was rather The 43-year old one of the hottest shooters over the last 15 years in the minor open tournaments but never a jor scored a 34 on the first due mainly to an eagle on the where he sank 25-footer. Going into the back son bogeyed the 10th and his shot into the drink on No. 11. While his gallery up as the rains Harrison his way to a five with a 15-foot Only a slow train through sas could have weathered the weather for the next few holes Harrison got a par on 12, birdied the 13th after his second landed just off the edge and went on to birdie the 15th with a six-foot He came home in par as the storm blew Patton's 70 best day an amateur since Frank Stranahan shot the same figure in the 1949 Patton is a N. C. lumberman who plays golf for fun but has the of a seasoned pro. He struck tremendous drives Thursday and on nine he had the putts to go with nudges of 8, 20, 16, and 15 feet that all dropped for His putting turned sour on the way back but his drives and were so good that he two holes and got away with He bogeyed the 10th by firing wide to the left and the 17th by overshooting on his Women's Softball Meetings Planned Organizational meetings for girk interested in participating in the various YMCA women's leagues will be held Monday at the YMCA Physical Director Cora Beam announced All coaches 3nd agers interested in taking part in the program are urged to attend the The Morning Leage meeting is scheduled for with the Evening circuit players and agers meeting at 7 p.m. Definite plans for the ment of the leagues will be made at the All business firms or other persons planning to field teams are urged to have at the Dodger Bat Marks Fall Below 1953 Reese Only Regular To Boost Play Yankees Today By UNITED PRESS There's good news today for the Brooklyn National League rivals the which terrorized pitchers enroute to the 1953 pennant seems to have lost its lethal at is the evidence of the 31 Grapefruit League games in which the eight regulars who averaged last season com- for a modest The same eight players averaged 21 home runs last season but hit a total of only 11 homers all Pee Wee with a spring average compared to his mark last is the only Brooklyn regular to surpass his 1953 average in Grapefruit League Junior Gilliam matched his of 1953 but Roy a drop of 38 Gil Hodges of 33 Jackie Robinson of 6, Duke Snider of 44, Carl Furillo of 36 and Billy Cox of 112. Campanella has hit three Snider and Furillo have hit two each and Hodges and inson have connected for only one Gilliam and Reese have failed to connect for a single The Dodgers turned three walks into as many runs and tallied three other unearned runs Thursday night as they defeated the ington 6-2, and quit the road for friendly Ebbets Field where they meet the New York Yankees Preacher Roe blanked the Senators for four ings and then turned over the mound to Joe Black who yielded a homer to Mickey Capable pitching marked most of Thursday's other games as the teams neared the end of their long barnstorming grinds and began beading for home and their ing day Clarence nailed down Cincinnati's opening day mound chore when he scattered seven hits in six innings in the Cincinnati 4-1 triumph over the Detroit The victory gave the Reds a 4-1 margin over the Tigers in their spring Bob Buhl scored his fifth tory of the spring most of any Grapefruit League as he went the distance in the kee 5-3 verdict over the Boston Red Slugger Ed home run in the third inning provided the Braves the runs they needed to score their first victory in five tries over the Red Billy Pierce allowed only one run in eight innings in leading the Chicago White Sox to a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game that marked the first time Negroes and Whites competed gether in Tenn. In games against minor league the Yankees spoiled mond's home debut with a 7-2 tory over the Virginians and the Philadelphia Phillies downed 7-5, at S.C. The New York rained out of their game with the kmd Indians at announced the sale of paw Dave Koslo to the Baltimore Orioles while the Chicago Cubs said slugger would be sidelined with a pulled leg muscle for the next three days but ex- to for day's opener with the 1 Braves Rated Top Flag Contenders are two more previews of 1954 major league THE CLEVELAND INDIANS Except for Dave a valuable and rookie hotshot Rudy the Cleveland Indians have not materially changed the club that has made a habit of running second to the New York Manager Al Lopez has quality pitching and the American most valuable Al But he still has the same old problems of infield defense and inconsistent the is there for the Tribe to bring an end to the pennant Down the fif he could only Hegan still the head backed by Joe Ginsberg and Mickey currently out with a broken the club's distinguishing but Bob Mike Garcia and aging Early Wynn can't do it Good years by Bob Art Houtteman and Dave Hoskins would void at first base since Luke Easter's knee re- mains Latest scheme involves experimenting with Rosen at making room at third for rookie who wields hot bat but is defensive question There are but plenty of base combinations than Bob Avila and George Larry Doby and either Wally Westlake or Dale Mitchell will open with Bob Kennedy in could be the but the are THE MILWAUKEE BRAVES By International News Service Milwaukee's National League championship aspirations suffered a terrific blow when Bobby off-season acquisition from the New York Giants suffered a broken His prolonged loss robs Braves of cleanup punch and forces outfield of Henry There's also some question whether the Braves gave away too much pitching in trying to strengthen themselves Army returnee Chet counted upon for big has not looked good in spring The Crandall is one of best and still Well supported by Paul Burris and Sam with Warren Bob Lew Nichols and rookie Gene Conley expected to bear the brunt Dave Jim Wilson and Ernie Johnson figure for spot work and by addition of handyman Danny O'Connell Manager Charley Grimm will go with Joe Adcock at O'Connell or Jack Dittmer at Johnny Logan at short and slugger Ed Matthews at or Jim Pendleton must fill gap left by Thomson Bruton and old pro Andy dress up other spots against Dodgers depend upon pitching and recovery of CHARLESTON Y Junior Volleyball Club Leaves For Interstate Meet Add Two New Clubs Marvin Myles Heads Schedule Adopted At Meeting Granite Belt Baseball League today s set for its second year of tions after directors last night com- peted a field by voting berths to Norwood and ville at a Four clubs China Albemarle and had previously entered the All six of the clubs posted forfeit and entrance fees witb the league last Marvin Myles of Salisbury was elected president of the circuit to replace Brown of who resigned due to business Myles is president of several other leagues in this section and is currently serving as coach at Spencer Myles am sure we wlh have a fine league and I shall do everything possible to aid each club In the I am looking forward to the chance of working with all of the The complete schedule for the 1954 season was also ed at last night's The schedule will be released in the near Another change in the operation schedule found the tors approving the playing of class men by each The pre- vious limited the clubs to three class Under the gue a class man is any player so classified by professional rules who has played pro ball within the past two Any player out of pro baseball during the past two years is regarded as a Three games will be played each week by the members of the All of the agreed last night to play whatever essary at China Grove in the Landis and were not represented at the Clubs and their at last nights meeting China Bruce Eddie Smith Poplin and Bob W. A. Paul Guy felter and Lewis Members of the Kannapolis CA Junior volleyball team will leave today for S. to participate in the fourth annual Carolinas Interstate net Coach Kermit Hinson and the nine members of 1he squad will make their first tournament start Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock and are gunning for their third Charleston won the 1953 event to snap the win This year's tournament is de- signed after the Jast First round play Rain Cancels Tiger Contest MT. PLEASANT Rain forced postponement of yesterday's uled exhibition game between the Mt. Pleasant Tigers of the rus County Conference and leaf of the Rowan County League with the visitors leading by a 1-0 score at the end of two and a half Woodleaf pushed across a run in the second inning on a error and hit to move into the lead be- fore a heavy downpour forced of the tilt for the second Tony Arey was on the hill for the Tigers and had given up only one Goodson for the visitors had been touched only one Coach Charlie Harrill announced today that no new playing date has been arranged by the two efforts will be made to schedule the tilt at a later Mt. Pleasant's next game is scheduled Tuesday afternoon when the Tigers journey to Hartsell for a conference Three Clubs Seek Church Loop Crown The championship of the YMCA Church Volleyball League will be decided tonight at the YMCA when the top three clubs at the end of the regular season chase pate in a special St. John's Reformed won the ular season title and is favored to walk off with the The other clubs in the event are Memorial Methodist and Second activity opens at when Memorial the second place club with a 13-7 goes against the Second Presbyterian holders of a 15-9 The winner of the first round game advances into the finals against St. possessors of a 17-5 Each match is scheduled on a games set finds each club playing the re- maining entries on a single game basis in a round-robin The top four clubs in averages at the end of the round robin wil advance into the grand The four finalists hit in three game The members of the Kannapolis team are Jerry Charles Alton Douglas E. B. Charles Ray Herman Helms and Reid Charleston officials have an- plans to take visiting clubs on a lour city day prior to the start of the one-day The tournament is expected to end early Saturday Racers Roll At Hickory HICKORY Sportsmen and amateur drivers from throughout the Piedmont section of North rolina will assemble here day night for the second in the series of weekly racing Promoter Charlie Combs will present another with four races for the sportsmen and three for the The first race is scheduled for 8 p. m. Junior Johnson of North boro and Ralph Earnhardt will share the spotlight for the race as the two drivers fight for first place in the 1954 point The pair currently is son won last week's feature after Earnhardt's fast mount was ed in a 17-car smash-up on the first lap of the feature Concord Legion Drills To Begin first formal practice of the 1954 season for seeking berths on Con- cord American Legion Junior ball team will be staged Saturday morning at 10 Coach Marvin Watts announced The well-known mentor is ex- at least 50 boys to for the opening of Workouts are scheduled each Saturday until May 1 when daily sessions Concord will draw players from Concord Mt. Odell Hartsell Harrisburg this BASEBALL EQUIPMENT Amateur or Professional We can fill the SPORT SHOP Phone 9691 West St. BONDS Stock Car Races Hickory Speedway Every Sat. Night Sportsmen and Amateurs P. M. First P. M. Tax Included Children Under 12 Free Sanctioned by NASCAR TONY'S LAKE GRAND OPENING APRIL 10th. 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