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Ridgway Selects Five-Man Team to Conduct Preliminary Cease-Fire Talks with Reds
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THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1951
FINAL EDITION Including final results of all ball games
VOL. 1, No. 81
Homer-Happy Dodgers Sweep, Leapfrog Giants into First Place
BROOKLYN — The Dodgers hadn’t been in first place since May 4. The Giants hadn’t been out of first place since May 12. Both teams found themselves in unfamiliar territory Wednesday, the Dodgers overtaking the Giants with a pair of 6-2 Fourth of July wins featuring high-flying offensive fireworks. The doubleheader sweep gave the Dodgers a six-game win streak, the National League lead and a percentage-points advantage over their rivals. Fittingly, Gil Hodges opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning of the first game, and closed the Brooklyn scoring with a two-run clout in the second game. It gave the big first sacker round-trippers in five consecutive games, one short of the major league record held by four players. Hodges has 18 homers for the season, fourth in the National League. The Dodgers hit four other circuit clouts. Backup catcher Rube Walker, getting a rare start in the opener, hit a pair of solo shots. That helped make a winner of Erv Palica (2-3), who allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings, and a loser of Sal Maglie (9-7), who is 1-5 since June 5. Pafko and Pee Wee Reese joined Hodges in the homer parade in the nightcap, helping Ralph Branca (4-1) to a complete game win. Dave Koslo (2-2) took the loss. Bobby Thomson poled his major leagueleading 21st home run in the second game for New York. Duke Snider went hitless in the nightcap, snapping his hit streak at 26 games — one short of the Brooklyn record. AROUND THE HORN Elsewhere in the National League: Rookie Chet Nichols tossed a five-hitter in the first game, and Bob Elliott and Willard Marshall both had five RBI in the second as the Braves swept the visiting Phillies, 3-1 and 15 -5. Nichols (3-3) lowered his ERA to 2.89 with his third complete game. Catcher Walker Cooper broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run home run in the fifth inning off loser Robin Roberts (6-6). Cooper had a homer in the second game as well, but he was overshadowed by Elliott, Marshall and Sid Gordon, who had four hits, three runs and three RBI. Ewell Blackwell threw a five-hitter in a 15-1 Reds win in the opener, and Clyde McCullough hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning of a Pirates 4-2 win in the nightcap as Cincinnati and Pittsburgh split. Blackwell (5-5) contributed his first career home run to the Reds’ 22-hit attack. Pirates starter Bill Werle (3-5) scattered 10 hits in a route-going effort in the second game. Frankie Baumholtz capped a five-run rally with a tie-breaking two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh as the Cubs beat the Cards, 5-3. Cal McLish (3-2) allowed three runs in seven innings to win his third consecutive decision.
Major League Standings
AMERICAN Cleveland Chicago New York Boston Philadelphia Detroit Washington St. Louis W 44 42 39 40 40 36 26 16 L 28 31 31 32 32 31 44 54 PCT. .611 .575 .557 .556 .556 .537 .371 .229 GB --2½ 4 4 4 5½ 17 27 NATIONAL Brooklyn New York St. Louis Chicago Philadelphia Boston Pittsburgh Cincinnati W 42 44 37 34 37 35 29 26 L 30 32 33 32 35 35 42 45 PCT. .583 .579 .529 .515 .514 .500 .408 .366 GB ----4 5 5 6 12½ 15½
Wednesday’s American League Results
New York 4, Washington 2, Gm. 1 New York 5, Washington 0, Gm. 2 Detroit 9, Chicago 2, Gm. 1 Chicago 6, Detroit 4 (10 innings), Gm. 2 Boston 9, Philadelphia 0, Gm. 1 Boston 6, Philadelphia 5, Gm. 2 Cleveland 16, St. Louis 2, Gm. 1 Cleveland 7, St. Louis 5, Gm. 2
Wednesday’s National League Results
Brooklyn 6, New York 2, Gm. 1 Brooklyn 6. New York 2, Gm. 2 Boston 3, Philadelphia 1, Gm. 1 Boston 15, Philadelphia 5, Gm. 2 Cincinnati 15, Pittsburgh 1, Gm. 1 Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 2, Gm. 2 Chicago 5, St. Louis 3, Gm. 1 St. Louis at Chicago, Gm. 2, ppd., rain
Today’s Probable Starting Pitchers
Chicago (Kretlow 4-2) at Detroit (Hutchinson 4-2), 3:30 p.m. Boston (Stobbs 4-6) at Philadelphia (Hooper 7-3), 8 p.m. Washington (Porterfield 2-0) at New York (Kuzava 2-5), 8:30 p.m. Cleveland (Chakales 2-1) at St. Louis (Starr 1-4), 8:30 p.m.
Today’s Probable Starting Pitchers
Cincinnati (Fox 3-8) at Pittsburgh (Pollet 2-5), 1:30 p.m. Philadelphia (Miller 0-1) at Boston (Bickford 5-10 or Spahn 5-5), 2 p.m. St. Louis (Munger 4-3 or Chambers 4-9) at Chicago (Klippstein 4-3), 2:30 p.m. New York (Hearn 9-4) at Brooklyn (Newcombe 94), 8:30 p.m.
Indians Continue Mastery of Browns in Doubleheader Sweep
ST. LOUIS — If the Indians win the pennant, they might want to consider voting partial shares of their World Series bonus to the Browns. The Tribe swept St. Louis in a doubleheader Wednesday, 16-2 and 7-5. It gave the league leaders a 10-1 record against the cellar dwellers. Against all other opponents, Cleveland is winning at a .557 clip, a record that would be good for third place in the AL. The first game was a laugher, with Luke Easter, who hit his 11th home run, and Al Rosen driving in four runs each. Early Wynn (10-4), won his fifth consecutive start. The second game was tied 3-3 until Indians starter Steve Gromek (3-1) drew a bases-loaded walk to spark a three-run rally in the top of the eighth. Dale Mitchell had four hits for Cleveland. Matt Batts had three RBI for the Brownies. AROUND THE HORN Elsewhere in the American League: Vic Raschi and Tom Morgan threw complete game wins as the Yankees swept the visiting Senators, 4-2 and 5-0. Raschi (10-3) tossed a seven-hitter for the ninth win in his past 10 decisions. Morgan (4-2) recorded his third shutout, all against the Nats. Mickey McDermott (6-2) fired a two-hitter in the opener, and Willard Nixon (3-4) whiffed seven in the nightcap as the Red Sox swept the visiting A’s, 9-0 and 6-5. McDermott twirled the second shutout in his past four starts. Bobby Doerr had four RBI in the double-dip for Boston. Joe Dobson (4-6) hurled a 10-inning sixhitter as the visiting White Sox beat the Tigers, 6-4, to earn a split of their doubleheader. Johnny Groth had three RBI and Hal Newhouser (4-6) threw seven solid innings as the Tigers won the opener, 9-2
Notes on the Scorecard
Chandler: Pafko Trade Doesn’t Include Snider
CINCINNATI (AP) – Baseball commissioner A.B. Chandler said Wednesday he is convinced that Duke Snider, Brooklyn outfielder, is not to be delivered to the Chicago Cubs next year as part of a deal that sent Andy Pafko to the Dodgers. A sports publication on June 27 published a story that Snider would be part of the deal for the slugging Pafko in exchange for an additional $200,000 in cash. Chandler told a newsman he had discussed the matter with officials of both the Brooklyn and Chicago clubs. All denied, he said, that Snider’s name even was mentioned. Eighteen-year-old John Blanchard, Minneapolis High baseball star, prepared to report to the Kansas City Blues after signing a contract with the club’s parent organization, the New York Yankees, at an amount reported in excess of $50,000. Blanchard will report to the Blues today, less than three weeks after graduating from high school. Yankee scout Joe McDermott signed Blanchard after outbidding 11 other major league teams, including the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants.
Major League Leaders
AMERICAN Doby, Cle. Avila, Cle. Minoso, Chi. Wertz, Det. Fain, Phi. Young, St.L Fox, Chi. Busby, Chi. Joost, Phi. Zernial, Phi. G 60 63 65 65 72 70 71 65 70 60 AB 218 238 254 245 275 293 295 248 293 247 R 53 39 59 40 57 34 48 40 66 47 H 79 82 87 82 92 95 94 79 93 78 AVG. .362 .345 .343 .335 .335 .324 .319 .319 .317 .316 NATIONAL Musial, St.L Slaughter, St.L Sisler, Phi. Jethroe, Bos. Jones, Phi. Furillo, Bro.
G 68 53 67 63 67 71 60 72 71 69
AB 272 194 264 245 255 298 220 310 286 292
R 64 38 48 51 51 48 40 56 44 32
H 99 68 91 83 85 99 73 101 93 93
AVG. .364 .351 .345 .339 .333 .332 .332 .326 .325 .318
Casey Buried Near Childhood Ball Field
BUCKHEAD, Ga. – Hugh Casey, a Buckhead boy who made good in Brooklyn, was buried Wednesday in a peaceful little cemetery not far from where he learned to pitch. Sports writers, ball players and fans gathered in Atlanta’s Spring Hill Chapel to pay final tribute to the one-time ace of the Dodger bullpen. His body was then taken through the quiet streets of suburban Buckhead to Mt. Paran Baptist Church, where he was buried beside his father and mother. Casey, who made a career of getting the Dodgers out of trouble, ended his own troubles early Tuesday in an Atlanta hotel room when he pulled the trigger of a shotgun that was pointed at his throat. The baseball world, which knew Casey as a steel-nerved relief pitcher who once appeared as “fireman” in six straight World Series games, was stunned by the suicide. Dr. Charles L. Allen, Methodist minister who officiated at his funeral, said, “I believe Hugh thought he had been knocked out of the box, unjustly perhaps, and he didn’t want to go back to the bench.” Two men who played with Casey in Brooklyn, Dixie Walker and Whit Wyatt, were among the pallbearers. Walker and Wyatt now
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HR: Zernial (Phi.) 19; Mantle (N.Y.) 19; Wertz (Det.) 18; Doby (Cle.) 16; Robinson (Chi.) 15. RBI: Robinson (Chi.) 71; Zernial (Phi.) 66; Williams (Bos.) 59; Fain (Phi.) 58; Doby (Cle.) 58. Wins: Raschi (N.Y.) 10-3; Wynn (Cle.) 10-4; Pierce (Chi.) 9-3; Lopat (N.Y.) 8-4; Garcia (Cle.) 8-5; Trout (Det.) 8-5. Strikeouts: Raschi (N.Y.) 90; Gray (Det.) 70; Trout (Det.) 65; Reynolds (N.Y.) 64; Wynn (Cle.) 63; McDermott (Bos.) 63. ERA: Lopat (N.Y.) 2.27; Pierce (Chi.) 2.40; Wynn (Cle.) 2.92; Parnell (Bos.) 2.97; Marrero (Was.) 3.09.
HR: Thomson (N.Y.) 21; Musial (St.L) 20; Sauer (Chi.) 19; Hodges (Bro.), 18; Pafko (Bro.) 16. RBI: Musial (St.L) 69; Hodges (Bro.) 63; Sauer (Chi.) 62; Thomson (N.Y.) 59; Sisler (Phi.) 54. Wins: Jansen (N.Y.) 10-4; Roe (Bro.) 9-2; Hearn (N.Y.) 9-4; Newcombe (Bro.) 9-4; Maglie (N.Y.) 9-7. Strikeouts: Newcombe (Bro.) 78; Queen (Pit.) 77; Blackwell (Cin.) 68; Rush (Chi.) 66; Maglie (N.Y.) 66. ERA: Jansen (N.Y.) 1.77; Newcombe (Bro.) 1.95; Roe (Bro.) 2.21; Branca (Bro.) 2.60; Blackwell (Cin.) 2.88.
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serve as manager and coach of the Atlanta Crackers, where Casey started and finished his professional career. In between, he spent 12 seasons in the majors.
There was speculation when he arrived in Atlanta last week that Casey, although 37, was planning to get back into a Cracker uniform. Six days later he was dead by his own hand. “You never know what’s in a man’s mind,” Dr. Allen said.