Despite this being their first home-coming gig for some time, it was a pretty unhyped event. Inside the venue, there were true Supergrass fans from the days of the Jericho Tavern. The unfashionable New Theatre, with its rows of seats, prevented even the most enthusiastic of fans from doing anything more than nod their head in time. Following on from the excellent 22-20s (who must surely strike out on their own soon) Supergrass seemed a little nervous. Whether it was the fact they were performing their less popular material at first, or the white lighting which made the stage look empty, for the first half of the gig, they looked decidedly uneasy. This changed, however, when the lights dimmed and Gaz and Nick reappeared with acoustic guitars on a leather sofa. The audience seemed drawn to the stripped down sound and raw vocals, and sang along. After this acoustic interlude, what followed was brilliant. More up-tempo rock and roll numbers were included between classic songs like ‘Be Alright’, and ‘Pumpin’ on the Stereo’ and the audience loved it. This was the Britpop Supergrass tat Oxford remembered and loved; better lighting displays and clever use of live action images. The experimental Supergrass didn’t hit the right notes, and seemed unwilling to play their familiar songs. Loyal fans know the Britpop sound they like, and maybe Supergrass will acknowledge this.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004
Winner: Steven Winter, Bread SourceCommunication is key for Steven Winter, owner of Norfolk-based artisan bakery Bread Source.Having been in the industry in several different roles for 25 years, he believes staying in touch with fellow bakers, understanding movements in customer and market trends has been vital to Bread Source’s success, particularly regarding its proactive product developments.He has led this by baking daily as well as working to develop the skills of his team. Ensuring they are equipped with the right knowledge will always underpin his ability to spearhead change, he says.“I want to see longevity in artisan baking,” he says, “I can contribute to this common goal by handing down my skills and knowledge through the generations to come.”When Covid hit, Winter saw it as an opportunity to “peak out from behind the curtain of business and be present and closer to customers”. He also reduced the bakery’s range to ensure production capacity wasn’t under pressure and the quality of products could be maintained.Not only does he look to the future, but also the past with some of his spare time spent reading historical bread-based literature. It was this reading that inspired him to reinvent the National Loaf scheme. First developed during the Second World War, the updated version saw Bread Source create a £1 National Loaf designed to be affordable for those facing hardship.The judges said Steven really demonstrated the ‘wow’ factor across all the judging criteria and really stood out as a brilliant baker.“It’s difficult to know where to start because each element of his entry and success was positive and progressive,” said the judges, who added that it was a real pleasure to witness Winter’s future baking ambitions. The Baker of the Year category at the Baking Industry Awards showcases the very best bakers in the UK, their dedication to their craft, business and staff, as well as ability to adapt. Finalist: Daniel Nemeth, Seasons BakeryDaniel Nemeth has clearly had a very strong and progressive year at the helm of Seasons Bakery, based in Ingleton North Yorkshire. He’s also recently opened a second store in Denton, Manchester.Despite recent challenges, including the loss of nearly all the business’ wholesale trade overnight as a result of the first lockdown, Nemeth vowed not to give up.“I knew how many people locally and nationally depended on us,” he says.He kept the bakery open throughout the pandemic, adapting quickly to the changes and taking on staff, including a bakery manager and shop manager, which resulted in business growth. These new team members allow him to focus on the business and products, he says.The judges praised Nemeth for his understanding of product trends, his customer relationships and his understanding of the challenges and requirements of production. His passion for all things bakery and business related, they added, shone through. Finalist: John Lognonné, Davidson of Darras HallJohn Lognonné is senior baker and head of production at the Northumberland-based bakery.He’s now a highly skilled baker, which he attributes to the support of two master bakers who took him under their wings but started out as a self-taught lover of all things bread related.For the past five years Lognonné has been working closely with the bakery’s owner to ensure Davidson of Darras Hall becomes a destination for locals, and anyone visiting the area.His expertise sees him immersed in the production of high-quality products, NPD and display. He took the lead on the development of new sweet tarts, using homemade curds and syrup, a high hydration ciabatta and the Ezekiel sourdough which contains five pulses, five seeds and three types of flour. Lognonné has also helped raise the social media profile of the bakery and created a new line of vegan, gluten- and sugar-free products.The judges described him as a very skilled baker who mentors others and leads from the front. Sponsored by
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After three years of radio silence, Farmingdale State College has returned to the broadcast realm with Ram Nation Radio, a newly revamped student-run outlet streaming online music, news and talk shows live.The station’s previous incarnation, WRAM, had broadcast on 89.3 FM before it went off the air in 2011, following a string of equipment problems and waning participation from students. Now, Ram Nation Radio is back, featuring two dozen different shows—from electronica to metal, sports talk to music history.“It really hangs in the balance of student participation,” said Russell Patterson, the director of student activities for the college and founding advisor of Ram Nation. “A club is only as good as the student body’s participation.”Farmingdale State is now the eleventh college or university on Long Island to have a radio station and the fifth to be heard exclusively online.Patterson recalled how WRAM equipment fell into disrepair and the defunct station’s past student leadership failed to balance their workload and radio responsibilities.“Dominoes started to fall,” said Patterson. “Equipment would be damaged and hard to replace.”A media advisory board—which includes the school newspaper, The Rambler, and the Islander Yearbook—had previously tried reviving the station, but those efforts proved unsuccessful. Patterson, who once had his own radio show at the college, was tasked with reviving the radio station last summer.He aims to keep programming fresh, offering listeners something different from other local school radio stations. And he was pleasantly surprised that about 60 budding DJs responded to his recruitment drive—well above the dozen that formerly ran the station.The station re-launched with a campus promotional party on Feb. 11. Live programming is slated to start on St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on Monday this year. Other programming includes Top 40 hits, pop, rock, Christian and an entertainment talk show.“We’re not a traditional station like BLI or Party 103.5,” said Matt Kraemer, an FSC student who serves as the station’s technical director. “We’ll play music you won’t hear anywhere else.”Live shows can be heard from Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., except Monday, when the electronica show airs until 11 p.m.Programming planned for the future includes live shows on Fridays, broadcasting Rams sports games, incorporating a call-in system and, eventually, a 24/7 live broadcast schedule.“We’re going to keep pushing the station to new heights that it hasn’t reached before,” said Patterson.The primary goal, however, is to see more students join Ram Nation Radio—not just on-air personalities, but also in roles such as public relations, business, marketing, street team, and graphic arts.Listeners can tune into Ram Nation online by clicking the “listen live” button or, on a tablet or smart phone, by downloading the TuneIn Radio app. Once the app is installed, search for “Ram Nation Radio.”The station has already come a long way since December, when the studio looked more like a dilapidated storage facility. The only clues to its prior status were the audio console and empty microphone stands left in a backroom that felt as if no one had dared to enter for years. Rehabilitation of the studio was one of the final steps in the re-launch process.Freshly painted, red walls now surround talent in the studio, which is equipped with new gear. The rooms now feel warm, more comfortable and, most importantly, like a radio station. It’s as though the start of a new era has begun.“This station has a lot of potential,” said Melisa Wright, the station’s street team coordinator. “We just need to put ourselves out there. All we have to do is jump headfirst.”
Curfews are a thing of the past for most college students, but Otis Clarke had to be in his dorm by 4 p.m. from Jan. 26 until Jan. 31.Clarke, a junior majoring in Middle East studies and linguistics, arrived in Egypt on Jan. 19 to study abroad at the American University in Cairo. He had planned to study in Cairo for four months and had enrolled in Egyptian history, anthropology and Arabic language classes before evacuating the country Jan. 31 because of the protests and political unrest in Egypt.Unrest · Otis Clarke looks out over the neighborhood of Zamalek in Cairo from the terrace of his dorm in the American University in Cairo. – Courtesy of Otis Clarke The Egyptian revolution began Jan. 25, just six days after Clarke landed in Egypt. There were street demonstrations, marches, riots and labor strikes in Cairo and throughout the country. The protestors wanted to remove Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from office to bring an end to corruption, repression and reforms of the political system. Mubarak resigned Feb. 11.Clarke was looking forward to experiencing Egyptian culture, but he is now taking the semester off before returning to USC in the fall.“As a Middle East studies major, I was obviously looking for an overseas program in that area,” Clarke said. “The one located in Egypt seemed the most appealing to me because the history of that country is so interesting. Plus, Egypt is one of the more influential countries in the Arab region, both politically and culturally.”Clarke was the only student from USC to attend the American University in Cairo for the spring 2011 semester, but was placed in a dormitory with other college students from universities across the United States. Clarke arrived Jan. 19 for orientation week, but did not understand the extent of the civil unrest in Egypt.“Our orientation leaders and other people at the dorms were keeping us apprised of what was going around us,” he said. “We did have a television, so we were able to watch CNN and Al Jazeera. But even with that sort of access, we still did not know the full extent of the protests.”Because the dorms were located on an island in the neighborhood of Zamalek in Cairo, away from the center of the riots, Clarke said he and his fellow students were never truly fearful for their safety. The private security in the dorms made them even less afraid.“None of us really felt the full effect of the demonstrations because we were so isolated,” Clarke said. “I didn’t witness anything violent firsthand, but it was definitely a unique experience to be in the middle of such an historical event, especially when I got back to the States and saw how bad it really was.”On Jan. 25, the orientation leaders informed the students of the government-imposed curfew, and also urged them not to go anywhere near Tahrir Square, where the largest protests were being held. For the first night of the curfew, the students had to be in their dorms from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m., but by the next day their curfew began at 4 p.m.Lisa Anderson, the president of the American University in Cairo, came to speak to the students in the dorms to let them know they had the option of leaving the country on one of several flights chartered by the U.S. State Department. Clarke boarded a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, flew through Europe and finally reached his hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Jan. 31.Students also had the option to remain in Cairo and wait for any improvement in the situation, but the vast majority chose to leave the dorms.Clarke decided leaving Egypt would be in his best interest because it was unclear whether the situation would improve. Unbeknownst to Clarke at the time, USC had issued a recommendation to evacuate the area as well.“We didn’t have any cell phones or internet access, but I was able to talk to my parents on a landline through calling cards they had provided us with,” Clarke said. “I talked it over with them, and we all agreed it was the best thing for me to leave Cairo.”Clarke said the Egyptian students who were attending orientation week were both concerned and hopeful about the demonstrations.“Most of them were pretty anxious about what was going on,” Clarke said. “They were all definitely hoping that this would lead to a change in Egyptian politics, but I don’t think any of them expected Mubarak to resign from office. They just wanted a step toward democracy.”Clarke said watching the events unfold before him added a new perspective to what he had learned about in classes he took at USC.“I was enrolled in a course last semester that was about the politics of the Middle East,” he said. “We learned about the persistence of the authoritarianism in the region, so it was really interesting to see the people around us rise up on their own.”Clarke now plans to take the rest of the spring semester off, and hopes to get a job in either Sioux Falls or in the Los Angeles area. Nevertheless, Clarke said that leaving Egypt was extremely bittersweet for him because he had so been looking forward to spending four months in Cairo.“At the time it was kind of disappointing, but we were also just so hopeful that this would be bring about some kind of change for the people of Egypt,” Clarke said.
Wellington Police notes for Thursday, July 30, 2015â€¢6:19 p.m. Officers investigated a battery by known suspect(s) in the 700 block W. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢6:47 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.â€¢7:01 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block Shadylane Court, Wellington.â€¢9:35 p.m., Juvenile female, 16, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.â€¢10:07 p.m. Branden D. Jones, 28, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County bench warrant for probation violations for sale of methamphetamine.
Euro 2020 was supposed to start this Friday in Rome before being postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemicParis, France | AFP | In different circumstances, the eyes of the football world would have been on Rome for the opening game of Euro 2020 this Friday, but instead the tournament was postponed by a year and UEFA are considering changes to the unprecedented format in a Europe shaken by the coronavirus pandemic.The competition will still officially be called Euro 2020 when it finally kicks off on June 11, 2021, presumably at the Stadio Olimpico which was supposed to host the first match between Italy and Turkey.That was before the health crisis forced European football’s governing body to take action in mid-March and delay the tournament by 12 months as the continent became the epicentre of the pandemic.Fast forward almost three months from then and Europe has been traumatised by the impact of Covid-19, with more than 180,000 confirmed deaths and well over two million cases in total.Italy, supposed to be the first port of call for a European Championship staged for the first time in 12 different nations, has suffered 34,000 deaths.Only the UK among European countries, with over 40,000 deaths, has been harder hit. The semi-finals and final of the Euro are due to be played at Wembley in London.Many European countries are gradually coming out of lockdowns but their economies are reeling and there remain fears of a second wave of infections.It will take time for international travel restrictions to be lifted and possibly longer before governments consider it safe to allow gatherings large enough to fill the large stadiums set aside to host matches during the Euro.– Changes to venues? –These are two major unknowns that UEFA must deal with. The body was already facing criticism, including from climate change activists, for its decision to spread the 24-team tournament across the entire continent, with games being played in venues as far apart as Dublin and Baku.However, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently hinted that the number of host cities could be reduced. In an interview with beIN Sports, he admitted to having “some issues” with three cities.“So we will discuss further, and in principle, we will do it in 12 cities. But if not, we are ready to do it in 10, nine or eight,” Ceferin said.A key UEFA Executive Committee meeting set for next Wednesday, June 17, could see an announcement made regarding that as well as regarding a likely change of venue for this year’s postponed Champions League final. Share on: WhatsApp It is not clear which host cities are being called into question, although organisers in Glasgow have insisted that the Scottish city is not affected.UEFA have plenty more to consider, including the issue of reimbursing supporters who had bought tickets for matches before the postponement.It must still work out when to reschedule the play-offs to decide the final four qualified nations for the Euro, but it says that the 2020/21 Nations League competition will still go ahead as planned.Meanwhile, the postponement was not necessarily bad news for competing sides.England manager Gareth Southgate might have been without injured captain Harry Kane and his fellow striker Marcus Rashford, of Manchester United, had the tournament gone ahead this year. Now he can look ahead in the hope that all his key men will be raring to go in 2021.“At one point we were possibly looking at being without Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane, or at the very best both of those not having a lot of football,” Southgate told Sky Sports.“The age of the team you would hope would be better in a year’s time but we have to go and prove that on the pitch.”Currently the top ranked team in the world, Belgium recently moved to tie down coach Roberto Martinez, extending his contract through to 2022.The Netherlands, another of the co-hosts, should have Memphis Depay, one of their standout players, fully fit again after a knee injury, and coach Ronald Koeman will hope to be back on form after being hospitalised with a heart problem in May.However, the delay may not be great news for holders Portugal, whose talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will be 36 by the time the finals eventually come around. All going to plan.
The following hospitals are reporting the shortage in ICU beds:Broward Health NorthBroward Health Medical CenterHoly Cross HospitalWestside Regional HospitalFlorida Medical CenterMemorial Hospital WestPlantation General HospitalWest Kendall Baptist HospitalBaptist Hospital of MiamiJackson Health NorthHomestead HospitalHealth officials say they are concerned that if residents do not follow the guidelines in place, the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to rise and deaths will increase as well.Although there is no shortage of beds, and more beds can be added they health officials say hospitals may become overwhelmed. On Friday, the Florida Department of Health reported a record-shattering increase of 8,942 cases in the state.Now, state officials are reporting several hospitals across Florida have less than 7% of Intensive Care Unit beds available.The lack of beds is said to be due to a number of reasons including COVID-19 patients and other patients sick with other illnesses. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state had 71,000 test results come back on Friday, with a percent positive rate of over 10%.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, left, Rachel Robinson, center, widow of the late Jackie Robinson, and Sharon Robinson, the couple’s daughter, pose in front of a mural-sized photograph of Jackie Robinson in uniform displayed at the Museum of the City of New York, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in New York. The photo is part of “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson,” an exhibition celebrating Robinson’s 100th birthday, mounted in collaboration with The Jackie Robinson Foundation. The exhibit features 30 photographs originally shot for Look Magazine (most never published) and rare Robinson family home movies plus memorabilia related to Robinson’s career. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) How some media covered Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. The stories are retransmitted with no editing from their original versions.___BROOKLYN (AP) — Pete Reiser, key to Brooklyn’s flag chances, blazed a seventh-inning double off the screen a foot inside the right-field foul line at Ebbets Field today to drive across the tying and winning runs as the pilotless Dodgers opened their 1947 campaign with a 5-to-3 victory over the Boston Braves.Although he did not get a hit in four official times at bat, Jackie Robinson, first Negro to play in modern big league ball, signalized his official debut as a Dodger by sprinting home with the deciding run on Reiser’s smash and playing perfect ball at first base.___By Gayle TalbotThe Associated PressBROOKLYN (AP) — If Jackie Robinson felt his nerves jumping or was even conscious that he was about to take part in a momentous baseball event, he kept his feeling remarkably well concealed.Jackie, the first negro to play in a modern big league game, stood around and chatted easily with all comers as his club, the Dodgers, and the opposing Boston Braves took turns warming up for yesterday’s opener. He grinned wide when asked if he felt any “butterflies” in his stomach.“Not a one,” he demurred. “I wish I could say I did, because then maybe I’d have an alibi if I don’t do so good. But I won’t be able to use that as an alibi.”The former U.C.L.A. star sounded as though he meant it very much — that he wanted more than anything else to stand or fail on his own merits as a player, right from the start. He was asked if he had detected any difference thus far between big league play and the minor league variety.“Plenty,” he said without hesitation, “up here,” he tapped his temple a couple of times. “There’s a big difference, believe me. They’re thinking all the time on this team.”How did he like playing first-base, a position totally strange to him up to a few weeks ago?“Fine, fine,” the 28-year-old negro insisted. “I’ve still got an awful lot to learn about it, but I’m glad to play anywhere they want me to. First isn’t as easy, though, as some people think it is.“What I need more than anything right now,” he went on, abruptly changing the subject, “Is an apartment. I’d like to get one over here in Brooklyn if I can. I’ve got my wife and baby boy in a hotel in New York, and when the boy cries at night all we can do is get up and walk with him. That isn’t good.”It was obvious in the opener that Brooklyn fans mean to do everything possible to make their first negro player feel welcome. Every time he came to bat yesterday he was warmly applauded by the stands as a whole, and when he reached in the boxes to make a nice catch of a foul he was similarly awarded.___International News ServiceNEW YORK — For the first time in baseball history a Negro played in a major league game today.The Negro was Jackie Robinson, first-baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who helped his team defeat the Boston Braves 5 to 3.The Dodgers, minus their manager, Leo Durocher, staged a three-run rally in the seventh to give Hal Gregg the decision over Johnny Sain.___By Roscoe McGowenThe New York TimesEven without Skipper Leo Durocher, the good ship “Dodger” proved yesterday that it could sail safely into port, although slightly storm-battered in the process.Managed by Clyde Sukeforth, skipper pro tem, who sent eighteen of his crew into action, the Brooks docked just ahead of the Boston Braves and are sharing the National League lead today — if it never happens again.Flatbush fans, 26,623 of them, who watched their favorite team rally to win, 5-3, had no problem about dividing their cheers. All of them went to an old hero, Pistol Pete Reiser, who has heard that roar of acclaim so many times.(Robinson mentioned only in play-by-play in sixth and 16th paragraphs)___By Arthur DaleyThe New York Times(second half of his column)The debut of Jackie Robinson was quite uneventful, even though he had the unenviable distinction of snuffing out a rally by hitting into a remarkable double play. His dribbler through the box in the fifth should have gone for a safety, but Dick Culler, playing in on the grass, made a diving stop, threw to second for a force while prostrate on the ground, and Connie Ryan nailed the fleet Robbie at first for a dazzling twin killing.The muscular Negro minds his own business and shrewdly makes no effort to push himself. He speaks quietly and intelligently when spoken to and already has made a strong impression. “I was nervous in the first play of my first game at Ebbets Field,” he said with his ready grin, “but nothing has bothered me since.”A veteran Dodger said of him, “Having Jackie on the team is still a little strange, just like anything else that’s new. We just don’t know how to act with him. But he’ll be accepted in time. You can be sure of that. Other sports have had Negroes. Why not baseball? I’m for him, if he can win games. That’s the only test I ask.” And that seems to be the general opinion.Robinson’s tremendous speed afoot did accomplish one thing, since it set up the winning run which he personally carried home. His deft sacrifice bunt was so well placed that Earl Torgeson had to make a hurried throw to Ryan at the bag. And his shot caromed off a Robinson shoulder blade into right field to give both runners an extra base. Then Pete Reiser doubled them both home.___By Bob CookeNew York Herald TribuneThe Brooklyn Dodgers, still without a permanent leader, found an adequate one for their opener yesterday when they grouped themselves behind Pete Reiser, their winged-footed outfielder, who encircled the Boston Braves with as much ease as he did the bases.Reiser scored three runs and drove in two more as Brooklyn staged a snappy world premiere with the kind cooperation of the Bostonians. The score was 5 to 3, and it was Reiser who added up the totals.A solemn crowd of 26,623 customers looked on, none of whom could be accused of relationship to the normal Ebbets Field fan who is frequently guilty of conduct unbecoming to the other boroughs. Both teams were politely cheered when the lineups were announced and John Cashmore, Brooklyn Borough President, was given a timid reception when he threw out the first ball.The game was played in an atmosphere of stillness interrupted only by the patter of Reiser’s feet.A number of observers had been attracted by the presence of Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn’s Negro first baseman, but as the innings passed it was all any one could do to keep their eyes on Reiser.(10th paragraph)Robinson fielded his position admirably, but was held hitless in three attempts. He rapped into a double play in the fifth with runners on first and third.___By Red SmithNew York Herald TribuneBaseball, a game invented in Brooklyn by Larry MacPhail and refined to extreme lengths by Leo Durocher, returned to its birthplace yesterday with both its foster parents missing. Also missing were about 5,800 critters whose absence was unexplained. In spite of honey-and-gold weather, only 26,623 of Ebbets Field’s 32,500 seats were occupied, and there were wide, piebald patches of untented pews in left field. This gave rise of to a rumor considered widely implausible in some quarters — that Durocher has 5,800 friends in Brooklyn. …(12th paragraph)However, Hatten, helped himself with a skillful play on a grounder by Danny Litwhiler when the Braves were threatening in the fourth, and he might have got through all the way if Jackie Robinson could have aided him in the fifth innings.That dark and anxious young man had grounded out the first time he faced Johnny Sain and flied out the second. Now he came up for the third time, with two runners on and one out. He seemed frantic with eagerness, restless as a can of worms.He fouled off the first pitch. Phil Masi, the Boston catcher, caught it but knocked himself goggle-eyed against the Braves dugout and dropped the ball. Robinson took a called strike on the outside corner, then rapped a bleeder toward second which looked like a sure hit for a man of his speed.Cutler, however, dived on the ball, scooped it to Connie Ryan, who tagged second and beat Robbie with a throw to first for a double play. Robinson kicked up dirt with his spikes but made no protest.___By Dick YoungNew York Daily NewsIt has been said quite often of Pete Reiser, and by no less a person than Branch Rickey, that the kid is somewhat of a “hypo,” meaning hypochondriac. Maybe so, but to the Brooks he’s a hypo, meaning stimulant, and he wasted no time proving it again this season by breaking the Brooks on top of the NL pack with a masterful one-man show in yesterday’s 5-3 opening-day victory over the Braves.(last paragraph)In his debut, Jackie Robinson, the majors’ most-discussed rookie, fielded flawlessly at first base but went hitless in three official trips to the plate. He rolled out to third in the first, lofted a soft fly to left in the third, rifled a hot double-play grounder to short to close out the fifth, and then scored the winning tally on Reiser’s seventh-inning double, after reaching on a sacrifice-error by the Braves’ rookie counterpart — Earl Torgeson.___By Michael GavanNew York Journal-AmericanThe name of the new Brooklyn manager was of comparatively small interest in Flatbush today. Just as long as Pete Reiser can hit the ball and scamper around the bases as he did in the opening game what difference does it make who battles the umpires!Potentially, the best ball player in the business, Pistol Pete could even mean a pennant if he could escape injury and play every day. He’s that good. Fitting example of a healthy Reiser’s unestimable value was provided in the glorious inaugural triumph over the Braves.(Robinson not mentioned in story)___By Bill RoderNew York World-TelegramEBBETS FIELD — Minus last year’s manager and coaches, the Dodgers opened the season here today in the first of three games against the Boston Braves, with Clyde Sukeforth as pro tem pilot.The Dodgers won, 5-3.Before a near sellout throng of 31,000 lefty Joe Hatten pitched against 20-game winner Johnny Sain.Jackie Robinson, first Negro to play in the majors, was on first base for the Dodgers and a newcomer of less than 24 hours, Johnny Jorgenson, was on third base. Jorgenson was purchased last night from the farm in Montreal.___(The following day)By Bill RoederNew York World-TelegramHave the Dodgers gone sane? That’s what Brooklyn fans were asking one another today as they praised Clyde (Pro Tem) Sukeforth’s first managerial performance and reviewed it comparatively, play by play, in terms of what Leo Durocher would have done.Some of the fans thought they detected a rare element of cautious baseball in Sukeforth’s 5-3 opening day victory over the Braves. Are the fans right or wrong? The answer: yes and no. …(8th paragraph)… Howard Schultz replaced Jackie Robinson at first base in the ninth inning.Sukeforth said he ran Tom Taum for Dixie Walker in the sixth inning, when the Dodgers were behind, because speed was required as a precaution against the double play. “We have so many good players on our team that I could afford to make a move like that,” Sukey explained.Reiser, whose two hits, three runs scored and two driven in represented Brooklyn’s effective offense in toto, had a reassuring word for Robinson, who went hitless his first game in the big leagues. “He’ll be all right,” Pete volunteered. “He’ll steady down and he’ll be fine.” Sukeforth had the same to say about the other rookie, Johnny Jorgenson, the overnight regular at third base.___By Arch MurrayThe New York PostEbbets Field — With their lost leader a forlorn figure in California and nobody exactly eager for his old job, the Durocherless Dodgers started out today on the quest that failed a year ago. As Leo himself used to put it, they’ll be out after the Cardinals all over again.Billy Southworth’s resurgent Braves — the same club that knocked them out of the 1946 pennant on the last day of the season — furnished the initial opposition before a sellout house at Ebbets Field. But the world champion Redbirds, heavily favored to repeat, will be the main target as old.Joe Hatten, sophomore southpaw who beat the Bostons four times last year without defeat, opened on the mound with Johnny Sain, curve-balling 20-game winner, as his opponent. Jackie Robinson, the first colored boy ever to don major league flannels, started at first base and batted second for the Dodgers. Thursday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier.