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Drill For

Subway Series;

Leg Injury May Sideline Mantle In Opener

Brooklyn Seeks First World Series;
New Yorkers Favored at 13 to 10


NEW YORK (R)-Carl Furillo
rested with a cold and Mickey
Mantle tenderly tested his injured
right leg Monday as the Brooklyn
Dodgers and New York Yankees
held final workouts in their own
parks for Wednesday's World Se-
ries opener at Yankee Stadium.
Furillo is expected to be in the
opening-day ,lineup" at his usual
right field spot but Mantle may
not be ready. The final decision on
the Yankee center-fielder prob-
ably won't be made until shortly
before game time Wednesday.
Leg Improved
"It feels better," said Mantle
4 after swin'ging away for about 10
minutes at the pitching of Coach
Frank Crosetti. Batting lefthand-
ed, he smashed one pitch into the
second deck in right field. How-
ever, he still couln't run freely.
Instead of going to the outfield,
he fooled around with a first base-
man's mitt, just to limber up.
The Yanks will work out at Eb-
bets Field Tuesday afternoon while
the Dodgers will get a look at the
Stadium where the first two games
will be played. Usually, Manager
Casey Stengel turns down an invi-
tation to practice in the other
club's park.
Phil Rizzuto, veteran shortstop,
said this would be the first time
he remembered a Yank pre-Series
practice scheduled for the Brook-
lyn park. Rizzuto and his short-
stop rival, Pee Wee Reese of the
Brooks, have played in, all five
previous Yank-Dodger series.
Yanks 13-10
Despite the doubt about Mantle's
status, the betting men stretched
the odds favoring the Yankees to
13 to 10. The Yanks remained the
6 to 5 choice in the opener. As for
a sweep, you could get 11 to 1 the
Yanks wouldn't do it and 19 to 1
that the Dodgers wouldn't.
The Dodgers, of course, never
have won a Series. ,This will be
their eighth try. The Yanks hold
the record with a 16-4 mark for 20
previous' series and five straight
under Stengel from 1949 through
19Stengel confirmed his earlier
announcement that Whitey Ford
(18-7) will work the opener and
Tommy Byrne (16-5) the second,
on the theory that his lefthanders
would be more effective at the


Stadium than at Brooklyn with its
convenient fences for righthanded
Unless he has to use him on re-
lief in the first two, Stengel prob-
ably will start Bob Grim (7-5) in
the Ebbets Field opener Friday,
following with Bob Turley (17-13)
and Don Larsen (9-2). Grim has
been his most efficient pitcher in
recent weeks.
Walter Alston, Dodger manager,
said Billy Loes (10-4) probably
would start the second game at
New York. He had listed Don New-
combe (20-5) as his opening day
pitcher when he announced his
batting order in Pittsburgh Sun-
day. Big Newk, who -won 10
straight at the start of the season
and had an 18-1 record on Aug.
4, had a 2-4 record the rest of the
Carl Erskine (11-8), another
righthander who struck out 14
Yanks for a new Series record in
1953, probably will work the Fri-
day game with either Johnny Pod-
res (10-10) or Karl Spooner (8-6)
going Saturday. Newcombe prob-
ably would be able to come back
Sunday with three days rest, pro-
vided the best-of-seven series goes
to a fifth game. Clem Labine (13-
5) and Don Bessent (8-1) will be
the relief men.
Sellout Crowd
Another big sellout crowd of
close to 70,000 was due to jam the
S ta d i u m Wednesday. Reserved
seats have been sold out for days.
However, 14,000 bleacher seats at
$2.10 each and standing room in
the grandstand at $4.20 each will
go on sale Wednesday when the
gates open at 8 a.m. CST.
The series will be beamed across
the nation by network radio (Mu-
tual) and television (NBC) to mil-
lions of fans.
The opening game will start at
11 a.m. CST.
Alston's batting order produced
no surprises although it did settle
Tryouts for freshman and
varsity tennis teams will be held
from 3 to 5 p.m. for the remain-
der of the week at, the varsity
-Bill Murphy

a question about left field, third
base and second base. Junior Gil-
liam, who has played second and
left, will start in left with Don
Zimmer at second and Jackie
Robinson, slimmed down about 10
pounds in the last two weeks, will
be at third.
Mantle Big 'If'
The big "if" of the Yankees is
Mantle. If he plays, the lineup is
pretty well set with Irv Noren in
left, Mantle in center and Hank
Bauer in right. Joe Collins will be
on first, Billy Martin on second
and Gil McDougald on third. Sten-
gel is torn between Rizzuto and
Gerry Coleman for short but is
expected to lean toward the vet-
eran Scooter.
If Mantle can't play, there could
be all sorts of changes. Against a
righthander, like Newcombe, Nor-
en could play center, leaving Bob
Cerv or Elston Howard in left.
Stengel might even decide to send
Collins to rfght field, move Bauer
to left and install Eddie Robinson
on first. However, Collins still
can't run at top speed due to a
torn muscle.
series Opens
On Wednesday
NEW YORK (P)--Schedule and
starting times of the games in the
1955 World Series (Times are East-
ern Standard):
Sept. 28, Wednesday, noon, Yan-
kee Stadium.
Sept. 29, Thursday, noon, Yan-
kee Stadium.
Sept. 30, Friday, noon, Ebbets
Oct. 1, Saturday, noon, Ebbets
Oct. 2, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., Eb-
bets Field (if necessary).
Oct. 3, Monday, noon, Yankee
Stadium (if necessary).
Oct. 4, Tuesday, noon, Yankee
Stadium (if necessary).
(All games will be telecast and
broadcast nationally).
Walker Uncertain
ST. LOUIS (RP)-Manager Harry
Walker of the seventh-place St.1
Louis Cardinals said Monday he
has received no word on his future
with the club and "I guess maybe
they don't know yet, either." 1
Walker, leaving for his home in
Alabama, said he plans to returnr
to St. Louis early next month for
an organization meeting unless no-1
tified otherwise.Z

... to start third game ... doubtful starter
Browns, Lions, Bears
Upset in NFL Contests

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Upsets were the feature attrac-
tion last week end on the pro
football front.
The first slate of the regular
National Football League season
found the Washington Redskins
spilling the world champion Cleve-
land Browns while the Green Bay
Packers stunned the Detroit Lions
and the Baltimore Colts knocked
off the Chicago Bears.
Lebaron Stars
Diminutive Eddie Lebaron led
Washington to its stunning 27-17
upset of Cleveland, throwing two
touchdown passes, running 13
yards for another six points, and
pitching to Leo Halter for 70
yards to set up the final counter.
It marked the first time the Skins
have beaten the Browns since the
champions joined the league in
Lebaron, who played Canadian
ball last season, conceded that it
was his finest performance in a
Redskin uniform and emphasized,
"If we can play this way the rest
of the year .. . we'll be among the
top teams."
Cleveland's chagrined head
coach, Paul Brown, concurred with
Lebaron's statement. "The Red-
skins are better this year and
we're worse," he commented after
seeing his boys suffer their fifth
straight contest, including exhibi-
tion games.
Graham Fails
The Browns, with once-retired
Otto Graham calling signals, failed
to score throughout the first half,
and although George Ratterman
replaced the ex-Northwestern flash
for the final two periods and fired
two scoring aerials, little ex-
marine Lebaron proved too much

for the once-invincible Ohioans.
Another score of long standing
was settled at City Stadium in
Green Bay as Quarterback Tobin
Rote led the Packers to their first
conquest of Detroit in 12 games,
20-17, in a spine-tingling climax.
With less than 20 seconds re-
maining, Rote rendered the 22,217
Packer backers breathless by firing
an 18-yarder to Gary Knafelc for
the six-pointer that started the
Wisconsinites off right in the
Western Division.
The Lions went ahead in the
third quarter, 17-13, when Doak
Walker booted a 12-yard field goal,
the score remaining the same until
Rote took charge of the final 80-
yard march to pay dirt.
The Baltimore Colts startled the
Chicago Bears to kick off the new
season on a winning note, whipping
the Windy City eleven, 23-17, at
Baltimore. Alan Ameche, former
Wisconsin flash, launched his pro
career in brilliant style, bulldozing
79 yards" the first time he carried
the ball for a touchdown. His 194
yards rushing represents a new
Colt one-game record.
Rams Whip 49'ers
Another mild upset on the West
Coast found the Los Angeles Rams
topping the San Francisco Forty-
Niners, 23-14, at San Francisco.
Touchdowns by Tommy McCor-
mick and Porky Taylor plus a
safety iced the fray for Frisco in
the first half.
Saturday night the Philadelphia
Eagles downed the New York
Giants, 27-17, while the Pittsburgh
Steelers, who had to wait until the
baseball Pirates vacated Forbes
Field, nipped the Chicago Cardin-
als in action last night, 14-7.

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