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WAGE SEVEN.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1956

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THUUSDAY, OCTOBER 4,1956 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE SEVEN

Brooklyn

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Scene from the
IDELN ES
by Dick Cramer
Almost-But Not Quite
FUTURE sports writers looking back on 1956 will use "almost" as
the key word in describing this year's major league pennant races.
After three years as the Cinderella team of major league baseball,
the Milwaukee Braves finally appeared to be reaching their goal of
a National League championship. They lasted ALMOST until the
end of the battle, but fate turned against them in the final hour and
the Brooklyn Dodgers made off with the crown for the second year
in a row.
Expectations in Cincinnati and
St. Louis also failed to materialize
as the campaign rang to a close.
The Redleg powerhouse, designed
to give nightmares to any opposing
pitchers, apparently failed to use
{f ''all its ammunition and had to be
content with ALMOST breaking
{┬░the major league record for most
home runs by a team in a year.
The Redlegs tied the mark of 221
set by the Giants in 1947.
For the Cardinals, 1956 was sup-
h.posed to be the year for a return
to contention after a dismal sea-
son in 1955. The best hitting club
n the league set its sights on
> > reaching the .500 mark, at least.
The Cards ALMOST made it. They
AL KALINE fiished with a 76-78 record-as
...almost caught Mantle close as they could come without
reaching their goal.
Not all the disappointments were confined to the National Loop.
The Detroit area was the scene of unhappiness as the season closed
Sunday. The Tigers ALMOST found a first division berth in the Am-
erican League after six years of searching, but failed by two games
of ousting the Boston Red Sox.
One Tiger, Al Kaline, failed to attain a personal goal, too. The
league's top hitter in 1955 recovered from a slow start to challenge
Mickey Mantle for the runs batted in title. As Mantle's hitting slack-
ened from a torrid early season pace, Kaline came close and ALMOST
caught the New Yorker. The final result, however, was 130 RBI's for
Mantle and 128 for-Kaline.

first Series Gun
Hodges Smashes Three Run Homer;
Newcombe, Larsen to Pitch Today

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GIL HODGES
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Shaved!
NEW YORK AB R H O A
Bauer,rf 5 0 2 3 0
jSlaughter, if 5 1 3 3 0
Mantle, cf 3 1 1 4 1
Berra, c 3 0 0 4 0
Skowron, lb 4 0 0 5 3
McDougald, ss 4 0 0 2 6
Martin, 2b-3b 3 1 1 2 1
Carey, 3b 3 6 1 0 1
e Colins 1 0 0 0 0
Turley, p 0 0 0 0 0
Ford, p 1 0 0 1 0
a Wilson 1 0 0 0 0
Kucks, p 0 0 0 0 0
b Cerv 1 0 1 0 0
Morgan, p 0 0 0 0 0
d Byrne 1 0 0 0 0
G. Coleman, 2b 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 35 3 9 24 12
BROOKLYN AB R H 0 A
Gilliamn, 2b 3 0 0 3 1
Reese, ss 4 1 2 1 1
Snider, cf 3 1 1 1 0
Robinson, 3b 4 1 1 2 2
Hodges,lb 4 2 2 4 0
Furllo, rf 4 0 1 2 0
Campanella, c 4 1 1 11 1
Amoros, if 3 0 1 3 0
Maglie, p 3 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 6 9 27 5
a Struck out for Ford in 4th
b singled for Kucks in 6th
c Struck out for Carey in 8th
d Fouled out for Morgan in 8th
New York 200 100 000-3
Brooklyn 023 100 00x-6

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double play that brought thea
Dodgers rushing to the hill to t
pump his hand and slap him on
the back.
This was hisdfirst series success.
Ebbets Field, known as thet
graveyard of left-handed pitchers
because of its handy left field
stands, turned out to be just that
to Whitey Ford, the top earned runf
pitcher in the American League
and Yankee 19-game winner.
Ford was clipped for five of the1
Brooklyn runs and six hits, includ-
ing Robinson's solo homer and af
three-run blast by Hodges, before
he retired for a pinch hitter inb
the fourth.
Ford Loses Leadf
Holding a 2-0 lead on Mantle'st
homer following the first of three,
singles by Enos Slaughter, Ford
permitted the Dodgers to tie the
score in the second. Robinson's
home run, a 360-foot blow into the
lower left field seats, broke the
ice. Hodges' single and a double
by Carl Furillo evened the score
at 2-2.
With one out in the third, Pee
Wee Reese beat out an infield sin-
gle to McDougald. Duke Snider
followed with a single into short
center. Yankee Manager Casey
Stengel came out to confer with
Ford but left him in to pitch to
Robinson, who flied to Mantle.
Then came Hodges to stroke the
blow that meant the ball game.
Brooklyn's first run in the
fourth came off Johnny Kucks,
the slender right-hander who re-
placed Ford. Roy Campanella
doubled to the far corner in rightI
center and scored on Sandy Am-
oros' single to center.

Maglie skirted disaster inning 27-7, would pitch today's second
after inning. Never was it a sure game at Ebbets Field. He wouldn't
thing that he was going to last. name a third day pitcher for the
TheYans hd mn o fist ndopener at Yankee Stadium tomor-
The Yanks had men on first and
second with nobody out in the M gew.
third but Maglie threw a third Larsen 1-5, a right-hander, to try
called strike past Mantle, made to get even today.
Yogi Berra pop up and escaped Maglie had an 0-1 series record
as Bill Skowron bounced into a before Wednesday's game. He
force play. started the fourth game against
Again in the fifth a single by the Yanks for the Giants in 1951
Hank Bauer and a walk to Mantle and was charged with the defeat,
put men on first and second with In 1954 he started the opener
one out. Both Berra and Skowron against Cleveland but was chased
flied to Amoros. Singles by Andy in the eighth. The Giants, how-
Carey and pinch hitter Bob Cerv ever, won the game.
put two on in the sixth after two The Dodgers acquired Maglie
out but Bauer popped to HodgesI from Cleveland on waivers May
to end it. 15. Since joining the Dodgers he
In the Dodger clubhouse, Maglie won 13 and lost only 5. Five of his
said, "I lucked it out." Manager victories came during the crucial
Walter Alston said Don Newcombe, September drive.

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Williams Failed, Too . .
A FELLOW named Ted Williams was also chasing' Mantle this past
season. The Splendid Splinter staged a long drive to catch Mantle
for the batting leadership and he ALMOST succeeded. But after
Boston closed the season in New York Sunday, Mr. Mantle still had
the edge, .353 to .345.
Mantle was not without his own bit of disappointment. Moving
into September with 48 home runs and an excellent chance to break
Babe Ruth's record of 60 in a season, the Yankee center fielder had
to settle for ALMOST reaching the mark.-His final total was 52.
In the Iational League Philadelphia's Robin Roberts and the
Cincinnati Redlegs' prize rookie Frank Robinson were among those
who failed to achieve personal aims. Roberts ALMOST won 20 games
for the seventh straight year and Robinson ALMOST set a new record
for home runs by a first year player.
The Philadelphia righthander copped 19, while the Cincinnati left
fielder finished with 38 homers to tie the rookie mark.
With the long list of disappointments, it appears the season ap-
parently was ALMOST-but not quite-worth the trouble for the many
who approached great distinction without achieving it.

Maglie Pitches Yanks Dizzy

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BROOKLYN (IP)-Sal Maglie,
Brooklyn's 39-year-old pitching
whiz, had the Yankees so dizzy
in the first 1956 World Series
game yesterday they were seeing
"dots before their eyes."
Billy Martin, Yankee second
baseman, said that when he came
to bat in the second inning he
thought he saw a black dot on
the ball.
"I asked the umpire to look at
it," Martin said. "He did-and
threw it out."
In the fourth inning, Martin
blasted a home run but Maglie
cortinued to get stronger and won

6-3, striking out 10 Yankees dur-
ing the afternoon.
Martin was asked if he thought
Maglie was using some sort of
improper pitch.
"I'm not accusing him of any-
thing," said the scrappy infielder.
"It might have been dirt-it might
have been anything. I wasn't tak-
ing chances."

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