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Daily Independent, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1954, Kannapolis, North Carolina f RIOW, APRIt 9, 1934 Your Newspaper THE DAILY Kannapolis, North Carolina SEVEN SIX TEAMS ENTER GRANITE BELT LEAGUE Frankly Speaking By FRANKIE PATTERSON, 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 teams. The Kannapolis American Legion post members, players for the various clubs and the residents of this area should join hands in paying tribute to Sifford for his efficient work. Sifford proudly calls the Legion Junior baseball program "the finest program for kids in the na- tion." That is why he has devoted so many hours, of work to the program. Without his untiring efforts, the pro- gram certainly could not have been such a success. Sifford has resigned the post due to business reasons but is still ready to help in any way possible as another Legion season approaches. THE WORK OF AN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR goes un- noticed throughout every season. His work starts when the first practicei session is called and continues until the club is eliminated and the gear packed in mothballs. This means that he is orf the go each day of the week, attending practice sessions, purchasing equipment and going with the team on road trips. Actually, Sifford served the club in practically every capacity, since he was the treasurer, business manager, equipment keeper and purchaser and everything else that goes toward field- ing a baseball team. Few fans realize the many hours of work that he has contributed to the local teams during the past eight years. Seldom did he miss a practice ses- sion, and he was usually there from start until finish. MEN IN LEGION POSTS THROUGHOUT the nation like H. L. Sifford have made the program rise in prestige each year. Kannapolis' Legion teams have suffered a big loss but'the fans can Test assured that Marvin Mabry, the new athletic officer, will carry on in the same efficient manner. 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 possible. This is the work that H. L. Sifford has contributed to Kannapolis Legion teams. At every game, he was the man running from ticket window to ticket window, checking ball boys and doing the thousand little things that must be done to keep the sport alive. 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 area. LEGION BASEBALL NOTES No news is good news as far as the Kannapolis hopes of landing several players from Mooresville for the Legion season. 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 morning. Coach Marvin Watts expects at least 50 candidates Richmond County again expects to come up with a top- flight club and may be rough to handle Lou Brissie, the national commissioner for the program, 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 Tuesday, April 20. The players for the high school teams will not join the squad until the end of the prep season. TIME TJRIALS SET SATURDAY Owens, Shuman Rated Tops In Big Race At Charlotte DTCT QUALITY Htd I SELECTION PRICE FISHING SUPPLIES BONDS SPORT SHOp Phone 9691' West 'A' St. U5T FOLKS It isn't this hard getting mon- ey out. of hubby, when you tell him. you are having auto re- pair work done at COX MO- TOR CO.. where the best costs less. 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Both Owens and Shuman plan to time trial their cars Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, then hustle off to Columbia, S. C., (for a night race, returning Sunday afternoon for a bid at the purse posted by Promoter Bruton Smith, Sunday afternoon's program will get underway at 2 pirn, with two 15-lap heat races, a 20-lap semi- feature, and a 504ap feature event on tap for the high-banked three- quarter mile speed plant. Golfers Urged To Qualify President Monroe Mauldin today reported that approximately 30 golfers have qualified.for the first annual spring tournament to be staged later this 'month for mem- bers of .the Kannapolis Golf Club. said, "We want at least 60 golfers for the tournament. I wish to urge every member to go to the course today, Saturday and Sunday and get in the 18 qualifying rounds." One week of play will be allotted for playing of each match in the (tournament. Play in the tourna- ment wttl be on a match basis, while the- golfers will qualify by medal. Handsome trophies will go to the champions of the champion- ship, first, second and third flights. Four Afternoon Contests Booked In-League Races A five-game schedule, headed fey the China Grove-Landis clash; tonight, is on tap today as the high school diamond clubs throughout the Kannapolis area resume their battles for positions in the league races. Four of the tilts are booked forj daylight, with the Grover-Jacket clash slated for 8 o'clock at the China Grove diamond. One of the feature afternoon games is slated for Kannapolis Park where the Brown High Lit- tle Wonders oppose the Winecoff Blue Devils at p. m. in a South Piedmont Conference Sou- thern Group encounter. The Won- ders will be seeking their second straight conference win while Winecoff will be out to score its first loop of the season. Either Howard Hall or Buddy Waggoner will be on the hill for the Wonders, white southpaw curve-ball artist Billy Jake Fun- is slated for duty for Winecoff. The only Bother action in the SPC scheduled for the afternoon sends Mooresvilte to Albemarle. The Moors will be out to score a repeat victory over Albemarle, having won a 5-0 battle last Friday behind the effective hurling of Wayne Young. However, the China Grove-Lan- dis battle, draws the too interest since it will be the first- night game in this section this season. The tilt was originally scheduled for the afternoon but transferred to an arc contest upon agree- ment of the two schools. The Landis club is currently tied for second place in the loop with a 2-1 record while China Grove has split its two starts. Either Oscar Goodman or Lawrence Robinson will take the hill for Lan- dis tonight, while Jerry Hendrick- son is slated for duty 'by Coach Don Kelly of the Grovers. China Grove Principal Jesse Carson has announced that the Grovers team will play as many games as possible under the lights. He said, "We believe that we shall draw much larger crowds by play- ing at night during the majority of the season. As long as we can have warm weather, we will play at Two games are scheduled in the Cabarrus County Conference this afternoon. The contests send Odell to Bethel and Hartsell to Harris- burg. will be battling for its third straight victory of the loop season and will have Fred Motley on the mound. Benny Pope is set to hurl for Bethel. PITCHING HOLDS KEY Landis-Grover 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 "with two of the clubs facing Atlantic Coast Confer- ence rivals. North Carolina sought to get back into the ACC title chase against South Carolina in the opener of a two-game series at Chapel Hill. N. C. State, loser to Ft. "Lee. Va., 7-2, at Ft. Lee yesterday, moved into" College Park, Md., to give the University of Maryland its first taste 'of ACC competition. Duke met touring Williams Col- lege this afternoon in a final tune- up for the Blue Big Four league opener and important ACC clash with Waks Forest in Durham tomorrow- North Carolina's series with the Gamecocks loomed more important to both clubs in view of their con- trasting success which has run con- trary to pre-season expectations. The Tar Heels, an early season favorite in the ACC race, copped their conference opener against Virginia but then drooped two in a row to Wake Forest and prev- iously winless N. C. Stste, Winston Race Action Opens WINSTON-SALEM Drivers competing in Saturday night's open- ing stock car races at Bowman Gray Stadium will draw for start- ing positions in the sportsmen's heat and feature events, Track Manager Alvin Hawkins announc- ed today. The first race is sched- uled for 8 o'clock, following a warm-up period from 7 until P- m. The plan to have drivers draw for starting positions wag adopted last year and proved very success- ful. At times it gives the faster cars and drivers a break, and at other times the top stars found themselves starting at the reir of the field. Hawkins anticipates the largest field of cars to ever compete at the stadium and by far the largest opening night field; BACK IN FIELD Cary Mid- dlecoff. outstanding professio- nal golfer, is resting in a brac- ket with nine other players with nine other players with a 73 fater the first round of the famed Masters tournament. Scores soared during the first round due to a heavy rain storm. (International) Pair Tied In Masters i Harrison Knotted By Tar Heel Amateur AUGUSTA, Ga. Veteran E. J. (Dutch) 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 "old regulars" of the event couldn't match. In a weird round that started under fair and hot skies but wound up dripping from a violent rain- storm, the expected sub-par scores didn't' materialize Thursday. Jack Burke Jr., and Lloyd Mangrum scored 71's. Ben Hogan, the defending cham- pion, and Dave Douglas of Newark, Del., 'ha'd par 72's and that was it That Harrison managed to tie Patton for the first-day lead was rather amazing. The 43-year old "Arkansas Trav- one of the hottest shooters over the last 15 years in the minor open tournaments but never a ma- jor winner, scored a 34 on the first nine, due mainly to an eagle on the par-five second, where he sank .a 25-footer. Going into the back nine, Harri- son bogeyed the par-four 10th and hookied his shot into the drink on No. 11. While his gallery gave-him up as the rains broke, Harrison worfted his way to a one-over five with a 15-foot putt. Only a slow train through Arkan- sas could have weathered the weather for the next few holes bu1 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 putt. He came home in par as the storm blew over. Patton's 70 best first- day score'by an amateur since Frank Stranahan shot the same figure in the 1949 Masters. Patton is a Morgantown, N. C. lumberman who plays golf for fun but has the dead-pan of a seasoned pro. He struck tremendous drives Thursday and on the'first nine he had the putts to go with nudges of 8, 20, 16, and 15 feet that all dropped for birdies. His putting turned sour on the way back but his drives and ap- proaches were so good that he three-putted two par-five holes and got away with pars. He bogeyed the 10th by firing wide to the left and the 17th by overshooting on his second. Women's Softball Meetings Planned Organizational meetings for girk interested in participating in the various YMCA women's softbal] leagues will be held Monday at the YMCA Physical Director Cora Beam announced today. All players, coaches 3nd man- agers interested in taking part in the program are urged to attend the gatherings. The Morning Leage meeting is scheduled for a.m., with the Evening circuit players and man- agers meeting at 7 p.m. Definite plans for the establish- ment of the leagues will be made at the meetings. All business firms or other persons planning to field teams are urged to have repre- sentatives at the meeting. Dodger Bat Marks Fall Below 1953 Reese Only Regular To Boost Average; Play Yankees Today By UNITED PRESS There's good news today for the Brooklyn Dodgers' National League rivals the "murderer's row" which terrorized pitchers enroute to the 1953 pennant seems to have lost its lethal wallop. That, at least, is the evidence of the Dodgers' 31 Grapefruit League games in which the eight regulars who averaged .307 last season com- bined for a modest .278 percentage. The same eight players averaged 21 home runs last season but hit a total of only 11 homers all spring. Pee Wee Reese, with a .298 spring average compared to his .271 mark last season, is the only Brooklyn regular to surpass his 1953 average in Grapefruit League games. Junior Gilliam matched his .278 of 1953 but Roy Campa- a drop of 38 points, Gil Hodges of 33 points, Jackie Robinson of 6, Duke Snider of 44, Carl Furillo of 36 and Billy Cox of 112. Campanella has hit three hom- ers, Cox, Snider and Furillo have hit two each and Hodges and Rob- inson have connected for only one each. Gilliam and Reese have failed to connect for a single round- tripper. The Dodgers turned three walks into as many runs and tallied three other unearned runs Thursday night as they defeated the Wash- ington Senators, 6-2, and quit the road for friendly Ebbets Field where they meet the New York Yankees today. Preacher Roe blanked the Senators for four inn- ings and then turned over the mound to Joe Black who yielded a two-run homer to Mickey Vernon. 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 open- ing day assignments. Clarence (Bud) Podbielan nailed down Cincinnati's opening day mound chore when he scattered seven hits in six innings in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-1 triumph over the Detroit Tigers. The victory gave the Reds a 4-1 margin over the Tigers in their spring series. Bob Buhl scored his fifth vic- tory of the spring most of any Grapefruit League as he went the distance in the Milwau- kee Braves' 5-3 verdict over the Boston Red Sox. Slugger Ed Math- ews' three-run home run in the third inning provided the Braves the runs they needed to score their first victory in five tries over the Red Sox. 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 to- gether in Memphis, Tenn. In games against minor league teams, the Yankees spoiled Rich- mond's home debut with a 7-2 vic- tory over the Virginians and the Philadelphia Phillies downed Sche- nectady, 7-5, at Bennettsville, S.C. The New York Giants, rained out of their game with the Cleve- kmd Indians at Chattanooga, Tenn., announced the sale of south- 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- pected ,him to be.ready for Tues- day's opener with the Cardinals. 1 Tribe, Braves Rated Top Flag Contenders (Following are two more previews of 1954 major league prospects.) THE CLEVELAND INDIANS Except for Dave Philley, a valuable outfteld acquisition, and rookie hotshot Rudy Regalado. the Cleveland Indians have not materially changed the club that has made a habit of running second to the New York Yankees. Manager Al Lopez has quality pitching and the American Lea- gue's most valuable player. Al Rosen. But he still has the same old problems of infield defense and inconsistent hitting. Still, the po- tential is there for the Tribe to bring an end to the Yanks' pennant monopoly. Down the line: fif he could only hit) Hegan still the head man. backed by Joe Ginsberg and Mickey Grasso, currently out with a broken ankle. the club's distinguishing feature, but Bob Lemon. Mike Garcia and aging Early Wynn can't do it alone. Good years by Bob Feller, Art Houtteman and Dave Hoskins would help. void at first base since Luke Easter's knee re- mains troublesonre. Latest scheme involves experimenting with Rosen at first, making room at third for rookie Regalado, who wields hot bat but is defensive question mark. There are but plenty of base combinations than Bob Avila and George Strickland. Larry Doby and either Wally Westlake or Dale Mitchell will open with Bob Kennedy in reserve. could be the year, but the are many. THE MILWAUKEE BRAVES By International News Service Milwaukee's National League championship aspirations suffered a terrific blow when Bobby Thomson, off-season acquisition from the New York Giants suffered a broken ankle. His prolonged loss robs Braves of cleanup punch and forces outfield of inexperi- enced Henry Aaron. There's also some question whether the Braves gave away too much pitching in trying to strengthen themselves otherwise. Army returnee Chet Nichols, counted upon for big things, has not looked good in spring workouts. The rundown: Crandall is one of game's best and still improv- ing. Well supported by Paul Burris and Sam Calderone. with Warren Spahn. Bob Buhl, Lew Bur- dette. Nichols and rookie Gene Conley expected to bear the brunt Dave Jolly. Jim Wilson and Ernie Johnson figure for spot work and relief. by addition of handyman Danny O'Connell Manager Charley Grimm will go with Joe Adcock at first, O'Connell or Jack Dittmer at second. Johnny Logan at short and slugger Ed Matthews at third. or Jim Pendleton must fill gap left by Thomson injury. Bill Bruton and old pro Andy Pafko dress up other spots against Dodgers depend upon pitching and recovery of Thomson.
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