June 15, 1953

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 15, 2003

These were the headlines 50 years ago:

100 Attend Three-Day Giant Try-Out School

&uot;A few possible prospects, but not any ready for the pro jump.&uot;


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That was Skeeter Scalzi’s comment as he wound up the third and final day of his New York Giant-sponsored baseball tryout school yesterday at Peanut Park.

Scalzi, a veteran minor leaguer who has managed at both Portsmouth and Lynchburg in the Piedmont League, has been holding daily try-outs at the local park since Thursday.

Wishful dreams of landing a contract with the Giants lured approximately 100 baseball-minded youths between the ages of 17 and 22 during the three-day session. They came from Isle of Wight, Southampton and Nansemond County and nearby North Carolina localities.

A good many of the aspirants were Negro youths who with the lowering of racial barriers in many minor leagues, are playing the game with renewed intensity.

Of the approximately 100 boys who appeared at the try-out camp, not a single one was signed to a contract.

&uot;Several of the kids looked pretty good,&uot; Scalzi reported, &uot;and with a year or two more experience they might be ready for a fling in Class D ball.

&uot;some were still in high school and they, of course, can’t be signed until either they or the class they started with in high school graduates.&uot;

Scalzi wasn’t in his happiest frame of mind as he packed his gear shortly after 1 o’clock yesterday. Somebody had &uot;borrowed&uot; a brand new catcher’s mitt, foul balls were disappearing with alarming regularity, and as a final blow, a rival scout had signed one of his best prospects.

The rival scout was Jody Hasslett, of the Cleveland Indian organization, who on Friday got Red Johnson, Cradock High School pitching star, to ink his name onto a Cleveland contract. Johnson was supposed to pitch last night at Windsor for Alexander Park.

Suffolk Opposes Broad Creek Nine

Broad Creek Village will provide the proposition for Suffolk’s Athletic Club here this afternoon at 2:30 in the non-league game at Peanut Park.

The local nine has three other games scheduled this week-Alexander Park here Tuesday night, Barlow Place of Portsmouth here Friday and Windsor Saturday night.

Barlow Place is the replacement for Portsmouth’s Phils in the Tri-County League, of which Suffolk, Alexander Park and Windsor are also members.

Red Offensive Continues Rolling South as ROKs Dig in Along New Line

Seoul (AP)-The big Chinese offensive overwhelmed Finger Ridge, Western anchor of the flaming 50-mile front in Eastern Korea yesterday and rolled on south. The weight of the drive, which had hurled back the South Koreans east of the Pukhan River, was shifted suddenly westward.

Nearly 6,000 Chinese Reds hit Finger Ridge, scene of bitter fighting last fall, the ridge was lost by noon.

Then the Chinese surged on south toward the Kyoam Mountain complex.

The Communist onslaught was pressed against the ridge line despite a furious rain of bombs and flaming napalm from about 500 planes.

The Chinese, apparently bent on gaining vital heights before an armistice, drove into the teeth of Allied artillery and small arms fire. They appeared heedless of losses.

The South Koreans to the east along the Pukhan River had only just dug into new positions after being thrown back two miles by the 30,000-man Chinese offensive. On their East flank, about 750 Chinese Reds drove South Koreans from seven positions near Christmas Hills.

Motorcycle Rider Slightly Injured

Mathew Jacobs, 38, Negro, of 316 N. Lloyd St., suffered bruises of the left chest and leg when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a sedan on Cullodan St. at Madison Ave. on Saturday.

Police listed the driver of the car as Wilson Wynn, 41, Negro, of 313 Hunter St. Wynn was going west on Madison when he was struck on the front bumper by Jacobs who lost control of his motorcycle as he was making a left turn, the police report stated.

Yesterday, a car driven by John Fred Wilkins, 31, Negro, of Pitchkettle Rd., hit a car driven by Robert Lee Lewis, 22, of Norfolk as both were traveling east in line of traffic on Milner St., police reported. Damage estimated at $80 was done to Lewis’ car.

On Saturday at noon, a collision occurred at Carolina and Kilby Aves. Between cars driven by Floyd Carr Underwood, 24, of Route 1, Suffolk and Alton C. Brinkley, 49, of 523 Riverview Dr. Underwood, going north on Carolina Ave., made a right turn at Kilby and hit Brinkley who was going on that street, the police reported stated. Damage to Brinkley’s car was estimated at $125.

Percy Bridger, manager of the 7-Up Bottling Company, told police someone broke a window and entered his plant some time over the weekend but nothing had been taken.

– Compiled by Barbara L. Allen