Cards Hope for Replay of Game Lost to Cubs: League to Rule on Conflicting Calls by Umpires Gorman, Dixon, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-26


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Cards Hope for Replay Of Game lost to Cubs League to Rule on Conflicting Calls by Umpires Gorman, Dixon ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 25 UP .—The St. Louis Cardinals were hopeful today that they will get a replay of last nights game with the" Chicago Cubs because of a two-way decision which senior umpire Larry Goetz himself called "lousy." The Cardinals lost the game, 6-2, but it might have been a different story if their fifth-inning rally had not been stopped by conflicting decisions of umpires Tom Gorman and Hal Dixon. | Cardinal manager Eddie Stariky, after : storming from umpire to umpire for 15 j minutes and calling his players off the! field for a brief period, announced to Goetz that the game would be protested. Goetz acted as spokesman for the umpires after the game and told newsmen flatly that "There were two, conflicting decisions." "It was lousy umpiring," he added. "Its embarrassing for us and had for baseball when two umpires give conflicting decisions." He said reports on the dispute would go to the National League office but he didnt want to guess what the outcome would be. The disputed play occurred after the Cardinals .had scored one run with four singles off the Cubs rookie left Jtiander, Jim Davis. There was one out and the bases were loaded when Wally Moon hit a blooper out to left field. Cubs left fielder Ralph Kiner came in on the dead run and got his glove on the ball as it fell in the vicinity of his toenails. Dixon, at third base, waved his arms for the "fair hit" signal. Gorman, at second, thumbed Moon out. Stanky, coaching at third, caught Dixons fair sign. He waved two runs into the plate, then watched in stark amazement as Kiner threw to second, doubling off the runner, according to Gormans call, and retiring the side. Stanky said Dixon denied on the field that he had made a fair hit signal. Dixon wasnt saying, but Goetz statement made it apparent that Dixon had called it a hit and was sticking by that decision. Goetz said the final ruling would have gone Gormans way, anyhow, because he, in the plate umpires judgement, was in the better position to see the play in left field.

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