Nagy Seems Big-Leaguer for Certain This Time: Senators Hurler Has Beaten Yankees Twice This Season, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-11


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► JOHNNY LINDELL — The New York Yankees outfielder, who is known to be on the trading block, may come to the •White Sox in the event the South Siders fail to get Dick Wakefield from the j Yanks. Commissioner Happy Chandler ! is expected to render a decision in the j Wakefield case shortly. Nagy Seems Big-Leaguer For Certain This Time i ■ Senators Hurler Has Beaten Yankees Twice This Season By BOB SERLING United Press Sports Writer WASHINGTON, p. C, May 10.— Courage, control and a curve hoisted 30-year-old Steve Nagy to the stature of a major league pitcher today — and that gave the Washington Senators two. Actually, of course, the Senators carry more on their roster. But this much-maligned baseball team has been pooh-poohed as a minor league collection except in a couple of instances. Ray Scarborough is one — arid now Nagy is another. His record to date is two games won and one lost, still far from the coveted 20 victories. But hes beaten the vaunted New York Yankees twice, and that carries a lot of weight in the nations capital. The first time he pitched against the Yankees was April 22. His infield fell apart and blew a five-run lead, but Nagy kept his temper, hitched up his trousers, chewed j his gum a little faster and tortured the Yankees the rest of the way for a 7 to 6 win. Then last week he beaflhe New Yorkers again, 5 to 4. Not only that, but his in-side-the-park home run broke a 4 to 4 tie in the last of the eighth. Actually, after that homer, Washington manager Bucky Harris didnt think Steve had the energy to pitch in the ninth. Nagy insisted, however, and held the Yankees scoreless. After the game he confessed he couldnt have broken a pane of glass with what he had. "They were just so anxious to hit," he laughed, "I got away with nothing." His equipment consists of a beautiful curve ball, control andplenty of heart. He couldnt strike out Shirely Temple with his fast ball, but the Yanks say Nagy is one pitcher in baseball who neednt fear throwing a curve on a 3-2 pitch. Nagy had two major league tryouts before, and he flunked both times. Even now the going is not always easy. He was beaten by Detroit last time out, 9 to 6, but his defense gave up five unearned runs in the process. Even with San Francisco last season his 15-14 record was nothing to behold. But manager Harris was piloting San Diego then and saw the big fellow in action. He was Impressed and asked for Nagy as soon as he was signed as manager of the Senators. The price was 0,000. It looked bad at first, Nagy reported for spring training with a sore arm and Harris told him, "Dont throw until you are ready." He didnt come around until two days before the season opened. A quiet fellow who started pitching in high school and Seton Hall College in New Jersey, Nagy is no Joe Page yet. But hes beaten Joe once— and thats a start.

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