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On Page 1: Passenger, Troop Trains Collide Head-On in New Roads, La.; at Least 12 Dead “All the News That Fits, We Print” The Baseball Once-Upon-A Times. SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 1951 FINAL EDITION Including final results of all ball games FIVE CENTS VOL. 1, No.118 Stephens’ Bat Continues Blazing, Boosts Red Sox Past Washington BOSTON — At this point, the hot streak on which Red Sox third baseman Vern Stephens finds himself defies reason. But there may be an explanation. Stephens pounded out four
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  Washington (Starr 3-7) at Boston (Stobbs 7-6), 2 p.m. New York (Reynolds 9-8) at Philadelphia (Fowler 7-3), 2:15 p.m.St. Louis (Pillette 4-13) at Detroit (Trout 10-9), 3:30 p.m.Chicago (Dobson 4-9) at Cleveland (Wynn 14-6),8:30 p.m. ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP)  –  Bill Veeck saidFriday that Eddie Stanky was not his man asnew manager of the St. Louis Browns “Definitely no,” said owner Veeck in com- menting on a story srcinating in Cincinnatithat arrangements had been made for the New York Giants’ fiery second baseman to come here next season. Charley Gehringer took  over as generalmanager of the Detroit Tigers, seven weeksearlier than he had anticipated, so that he canstart building for next year.A surprising announcement from Tiger owner Walter O. Briggs said that Gehringer, anall-time Detroit great, would assume his duties “immediately,” replacing Bill Evans.  Briggs said that the move was to enable Ge- hringer “to start the task of strengthening theDetroit baseball club for the 1952 season.”   Cleveland Mayor Thomas A. Burke desig-nated Monday as Bob Feller Day.The Indians and Cleveland baseball writerswill honor Feller as the pitcher with the mostCleveland victories, 226, with the exception of Denton True (Cy) Young, who had 268.Cy, now 84, will be on hand to pay homageto another hurler with three no-hit victories.  Notes on the Scorecard  Veeck: Report Wrong, Stanky Isn’t Next Pilot   On Page 1: Passenger, Troop Trains Collide Head-On in New Roads, La.; at Least 12 Dead  The Baseball Once-Upon-A Times. “All the News  That Fits, We Print”   FINAL EDITION  Including final results of all ball  games VOL. 1, No.118FIVE CENTS SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 1951 Stephens’ Bat Continues Blazing,  Boosts Red Sox Past Washington BOSTON  —  At this point, the hot streak onwhich Red Sox third baseman Vern Stephensfinds himself defies reason. But there may bean explanation.Stephens pounded out four hits, includinghis 19th home run, Friday night and addedthree RBI as Boston routed Washington, 9-3.It was the league- leading Beantowners’ 23rd win in their past 26 games.In his past 11 games, Stephens has postedeye-popping numbers  —  seven homers, 25RBI and a .426 average. Not bad for a guy who almost didn’t make it to opening day.  On March 16, during an exhibition game inFlorida, Stephens twisted his ankle while chas- ing a drive off the bat of Detroit’s Al Federoff. He was carried off the field on a stretcher amidfears the ankle was fractured.X-rays showed the injury was instead a se-vere sprain. Stephens missed just one week  and was Boston’s clean -up hitter on openingday. But as of July 28, the two-time defendingmajor league RBI king was limping along like,well, a guy with a bum ankle. His 12 homersand 47 RBI projected to modest full-seasontotals of 20 and 77.Since then, Stephens has been hitting like afellow with two good wheels. And he has pul-verized all comers: ♦ On July 29, he kicked off his spree with a double, four-bagger and five RBI againstCleveland. ♦ Aug. 2: A double, homer and four RBI in each end of a doubleheader against St. Louis. ♦ Aug. 3: A double, homer and three RBI against Detroit. ♦ Aug. 9: A homer and three RBI against Philadelphia.Friday he singled home a run in the firstinning, walked and scored in the fourth,cracked a two-run circuit clout in the fifth, andadded singles in the sixth and eighth.In so doing, he made things easy for MelParnell (11-6), who scattered nine hits over eightinnings. Nats starter Connie Marrero (6-8) waschased in the fourth after allowing five runs. AROUND THE HORN Elsewhere in the American League: Harry Simpson broke a scoreless tie with atwo-run homer and the Indians edged the visitingWhite Sox, 2-1, for their sixth consecutive win.Winner Bob Lemon (11-10) allowed one runin eight innings. Sam Zoldak (6-4) fired a seven-hitter as the visiting A’s nipped the Yankees, 4 -3.Gus Zernial cracked his 31st homer for Philly.  New York’s Ed Lopat (10 -8) took the loss. Ned Garver improved to 9-8 and had threehits and two RBI as the Browns beat the hostTigers, 6- 4. Detroit’s Jerry Priddy had two triples and three RBI. AMERICAN W L PCT. GB NATIONAL W L PCT. GB Boston 67 40 .626 --- Brooklyn 63 41 .606 ---Chicago 62 46 .574 5½ New York 65 44 .596 ½Cleveland 60 46 .566 6½ St. Louis 53 50 .515 9½ New York 57 49 .538 9½ Philadelphia 56 53 .514 9½Philadelphia 57 52 .523 11 Boston 50 54 .481 13Detroit 53 52 .505 13 Chicago 48 55 .466 14½Washington 42 64 .396 24½ Pittsburgh 48 58 .453 16St. Louis 29 78 .271 38 Cincinnati 39 67 .368 25 Major League Standings Friday’s American League Results   Friday’s National League Results   Cleveland 2, Chicago 1Boston 9, Washington 3St. Louis 6, Detroit 4Philadelphia 4, New York 3Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 2Pittsburgh 1, Chicago 0Boston at Brooklyn, ppd., rainPhiladelphia at New York, ppd., rain Today’s Probable Starting Pitchers   Today’s Probable Starting Pitchers   Boston (Surkont 9-11 and Spahn 7-8) at Brooklyn(Branca 6-5 and Schmitz 3-3), 2, 1:30 p.m.Philadelphia (Roberts 10-10) at New York (Hearn12-6), 1:30 p.m.Pittsburgh (Law 8-5 and Friend 3-6) at Chicago(Rush 7-5 and Kelly 3-3), 2, 2:30 p.m.Cincinnati (Perkowski 4-2) at St. Louis (Lanier 8-5),8:30 p.m. Major League Leaders AMERICAN G AB R H AVG. NATIONAL G AB AVG.R H Fain, Phi. 82 309 65 110 .356 Musial, St.L 101 395 .35287 139Doby, Cle. 92 332 79 117 .352 Wyrostek, Cin.   104 427 .34760 148Avila, Cle. 97 375 61 125 .333 Schoendienst, St.L 92 357 .34563 123Pesky, Bos. 88 314 55 103 .328 Sisler, Phi.   87 333 .34258 114Valo, Phi. 79 295 58 96 .325 Slaughter, St.L 76 276 .33745 93DiMaggio, Bos. 103 459 90 149 .325 Jethroe, Bos. 97 379 .33087 125Michaels, Was. 95 350 44 113 .323 Ashburn, Phi. 109 471 .32585 153Doerr, Bos. 99 382 48 122 .319 Furillo, Bro. 103 441 .32472 143Wertz, Det. 94 354 57 113 .319 Gordon, Bos. 100 375 .31256 117Philley, Phi. 91 355 68 112 .315 Thomson, N.Y. 101 365 .30764 112 HR: Zernial (Phi.) 31; Robinson (Chi.) 22; Wil-liams (Bos). 21; Doby (Cle.) 21; Vollmer (Bos.)21. RBI: Zernial (Phi.) 106; Williams (Bos.) 97;Robinson (Chi.) 93; Vernon (Was.) 79; Rosen(Cle.) 78. Wins: Raschi (N.Y.) 14-4; Wynn (Cle.) 14-6;Pierce (Chi.) 12-4; Parnell (Bos.) 11-6; Lemon(Cle.) 11-10. Strikeouts: Raschi (N.Y.) 119; Reynolds (N.Y.)99; Gray (Det.) 98; McDermott (Bos.) 97; Wynn(Cle.) 94. ERA: Pierce (Chi.) 2.74; Lopat (N.Y.) 2.89;Marrero (Was.) 2.95; Wynn (Cle.) 2.99; Parnell(Bos.) 3.09.   HR: Thomson (N.Y.) 28; Sauer (Chi.) 27;Musial (St.L) 25; Hodges (Bro.) 24; Kiner (Pit.)23. RBI: Musial (St.L) 91; Thomson (N.Y.) 84;Hodges (Bro.) 82; Gordon (Bos.) 82; Sauer (Chi.) 81. Wins: Roe (Bro.) 14-4; Jansen (N.Y.) 13-6;Maglie (N.Y.) 13-9; Newcombe (Bro.) 12-5;Hearn (N.Y.) 12-6. Strikeouts: Newcombe (Bro.) 111; Queen(Pit.) 104; Rush (Chi.) 93; Jansen (N.Y.) 93;Blackwell (Cin.) 88. ERA: Jansen (N.Y.) 2.12; Newcombe (Bro.)2.18; Roe (Bro.) 2.85; Blackwell (Cin.) 2.92;Queen (Pit.) 2.99. Queen Reigns Over Chicago in 1-0 Win loop’s No. 2 strikeout artist, seven whiffs behind leader Don Newcombe of Brooklyn.Queen allowed just four singles in recordinghis third career shutout. Cal McLish (5-6) took the loss despite limiting the Bucs to one run ineight innings. AROUND THE HORN Elsewhere in the National League: Ted Kluszewski tagged a go-ahead three-runhomer in the sixth inning, and Ken Raffensber-ger (7-14) turned in his second consecutiveroute-going win as the visiting Reds dumped theCardinals, 5-2. Johnny Wyrostek, the majors’ leading hitter  since the All-Star break at .391, was 3-for-5with two runs scored.Stan Musial homered for the second consecu-tive game. Starter Harry Brecheen (7-6), took the loss, allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings.CHICAGO  —  Something about the ChicagoCubs seems to bring out the best in Pirates hurler Mel Queen. Queen, Pittsburgh’s bazooka -armedrighthander, struck out nine in a four-hit shutoutFriday as the Pirates nipped Chicago, 1-0. Thewin came three days shy of the one-year anniver- sary of perhaps Queen’s best effort as a major  leaguer   —  a five-hit, 2-0 whitewash of the Cub- bies with a career-high 11 strikeouts. In addition to getting credit for Friday’s vic- tory, Queen (6-5) drove in the only run of thecontest with a second inning single. Not only didthe West Virginia native equal his career-high invictories, he also solidified his standing as the THIS WAY TOBOX SCORES Leo’s Lippy Retort:   ‘I Didn’t Pick Bums’   By GAYLE TALBOT  NEW YORK (AP)  –  There was an air of tranquility on the bench of the New York Gi-ants. Manager Leo Durocher was saying thatWillie Mays, in his opinion, is as great a field-ing center fielder now, in his freshman season,as Terry Moore was the best day he ever sawwith the St. Louis Cardinals.Leo, in other words, was on his favoritetopic of the moment, and he was laying it onwith a lavish hand. He said that Willie, the 20-year-old Negro phenom from down south,made the greatest series of catches during the Giants’ recent western road trip that he had ever seen, and he predicted Willie would geteven better. Asked About Dodgers He had just finished describing a bare-handed catch that Willie made of a screamingliner out in Pittsburgh off Rocky Nelson, whenone of his listeners remarked conversationallythat he had just read in the papers where Duro-cher had picked Brooklyn to win the NationalLeague flag, with the Giants finishing second,and St. Louis third.The dandy little manager jumped as thoughhe had been prodded by a hornet. The atmos-  phere of the Giants’ dugout altered appreciably and suddenly became electric. One might say iteven became blue. “Who said I said any such (deleted) thing asthat?” yelled Durocher. “I never said such a (deleted) thing to anybody. Nobody ever asked me. Who says I said it?” He was on his way toward working himself into a fine state. Leo Fumes  None of those present would admit having been the author of the offending item, nor toeven being a friend of the culprit, but Leo wasunmollified. “Well, it’s a hell of a thing,” he fumed,“saying I said something I never said. Whatelse did this story say?”  Well, another man on the bench ventured, italso said that Eddie Sawyer of the Phils wasthe only National League pilot who declined to predict the order of finish at this stage. DUROCHER, Page 2  the Dodgers to win. They said that, in fact, they didn’t feel he had ever entertained such a thought, and it seemed to make him feel better.He was left with only a slightly haunted look on his sun-kissed features.The scrappy little brain who used to pilot theBrooks knows, of course, as well as you and I, that Charlie Dressen’s muscular heroes are  practically going to be out of sight by mid-September. They are much too good for the restof the league.What makes Leo touchy on the subject, saythose close to the situation, is that he knows hecould still be managing Brooklyn today if he hadn’t listened to the monied blandishments of  the Giants.He, Durocher, could be piloting this greatcollection of athletes now performing at EbbetsField and taking those bows instead of his oldlieutenant, Dressen. It must be galling, at that. Page 2 SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 1951 Sc 000 000 000 reboard National League BoxscoresAmerican League Boxscores DUROCHER  “What?” Leo yelped. “Sawyer refused to pick ’em? Why that guy was picking Brooklyn to win back there in May, right after the season started. That’s really rich, that is.   ‘Never Picked Dodgers’   “Me, I never did pick those guys to win it andI never will. Sure, they’ve got a nice little lead,haven’t they? They’re supposed to be hot stuff.But I’ve seen too many things happen in thisgame to think that they’ve got any cinch.   “I might have said this, that they’re a goodclub and the one we’ll have to beat to win the pennant. That’s just stating a fact. It isn’t sayingI pick ’em to win, is it?”   Just Half-Happy The meeting broke up with one and all assur- ing Leo that they didn’t believe he had picked FROM PAGE 1
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