The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 7, 1968 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 7, 1968
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ffytheyffle (Ark.) Courier News - Friday, June T, 19M, - Pig* VMm Hits Sma By Murray Olderman , ---A Even the ballplayers are making it their favorite topic— the noticeable decline. of hitting in baseball. And elder statesman Mickey Mantle echoes the general feeling when he points to the remarkable improvement in young pitchers as the big- reason. Because of refined coaching throughout the entire baseball structure, pitchers now come on the scene with a .full- assortment 'of breaking stuff— curves, sliders! changeups ..;... A new wrinkle on slumping averages, though,' is the increase in the size of baseball parks-since old bandboxes vanished in places like Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington, Cleveland and, yes, Ebbets Field in Brooklyn .... Baltimore is still feeling shock waves from Frank Robin- inson's dressing room blast at a local columnist after coming home from a road trip; Seems Mrs. Robinson had been saving up the clippings for Frank's return, and he didn't like a couple of the references. And to indicate player mentality, at least a couple of the other Orioles thought Frank should have emphasized his displeasure by throwing his right {probably : would have been an . uppercut, because that's the only way he can throw from the outfield these .days) . . . . ...,....: ........ :__. One "old" savant on the Oriole brain staff disagreed: "Naw, you f nudge, Mi with' your shoulder first and let him throw the first punch." Vr .. All that muttering about Ernie Ladd- quitting pro football to devote himself to wrestling in Australia doesn't make sense to his Kansas City bosses, who know the kind of contract he brought to the Chiefs -last >ear from Houston. It pays 30 Gs a year to Ernie and 25 thou to various members of his immediate family over the next few seasons, then winds up with a grand lump payment -of* a. cool quarter-million around 1975t-^all of, .which big Ernie tosses out the window. if he retires abruptly. ...'- Tennis, too, is succumbing to the lure of .commercialism. .Now the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association has supplanted Spalding and Wilson after 50 years of business and comes 'this year with its own brand of tennis balls for the 1968 U. S. championships— but made in England . .'. . '--.-. ; '. San Diego Charger football coach Sid Gillman, living at LaCosta, Calif-., has become 'hooked oh tennis between seasons. He plays every .day.' During a visit to New York, he went by. Rockefeller Center and saw a court strung out on the terrace. He came back to the hotel'and told his wife, Esther, "Say, I saw four Bds.'playing tennis in the middle of the city like you wouldn't' believe. Two of them were girls, and they hit the ball just like the .boys." .. ... "No wonder," said Esther, holding up a sports section. "The 'girls' were Billie Jean .King and Rosie 'Casals. "The- 'boys' were Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall. ".....; That devout Mormon disciple, Billy Casper, is also taking pool out of the back alleys. The buffalo steak gourmet (arid champion golfer) wields a fancy cue. Says it helps his putting: "There's a similarity in touch." ... "'•' Joe Naniath .chips in with a sentimental reaction to the departure of Sonny Werblin from the New York Jets' scene:' •"I was disappointed.- 'We had much more than ah owner-player relationship. He provided personal guidance. He told me what to do and what not to do. I don't do a thing without talking to him first, and I hope it'll stay that way. I'll miss him around the team." ... ... His knees, both of them now, continue to plague Naniath, who tries to strengthen them with golf. "They hurt like hell around the 17th hole," he muses, "but only if I'm losing." . . . Between you'n'me, almost every pro football coach (both NFL and AFL) is trying to keep tuned to the times' by scouring the market for Negro assistants to avert player dissatisfaction next fall-but the availability of qualified talent is thin .... Third of a Series Atlanta Gridder Hit By Squeeze By WILL GRIMSLEY (Third in six-part Series) Associated Press Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP(— Many of the country's colleges are concerned about the spiralling cost of big time football, and some say it might be a good idea to cut back on high-pressure. recruiting. .' .:•;•' c •".-.. . . Andy Dudish and; his son, Charlie,"'pr'oljably hope so — or do they? . - . "The pressure has been terru- ic-I've hardly had time study," says Charlie, who is being acclaimed the outstanding high school athlete of the gener- . aoj.. . . -. --•-..'. ' Charlie is ; a prime reason, of why' 'college sports budgets are So'iigh. More than 200 colleges Ha,ve been courting him with visits, letters and telephone calls.' Baseball scouts are swarming all over him. . ^''This phone rings from 8 o'clock in the morning until 12 at night," says Andy, the harried father. "I don't think those Hfeople on the Coast realize tiiere is a three-hour time differ- eritial." " v - : '" ''' ',Charlie is • football coach's dream. He if ie yean old, «• foot-1 and weighs 2fl» pounds. Built like « fullback /with the speed b< a halfback/he Is a pass throwing quarterback. • M MM tariMto NMrdf t* Death Brings SPORT SEASONS overlapping as they do nowadays, a vision of these young men going through a sixth-period basket-/ ball workout at Blytheville High just before the school term ended last week might help remove some thoughts about the current heat. wave. : The 1968-69 BHS cage schedule is described in the accompanying article. (Courier News Photo) Chickasaws By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor .No, you weren't seeing, things the past several days.. Those thermometers placed strategically around our town were registering in the area of 94 degrees in mid-afternoon. Rummer, though . officially still two weeks away, 1 appeared to have arrived with a vengeance. But stop. Think back to the cool (or should we say, colder) days and., nights of January and February.. The'Blytheville High School Chickasaw basketball team was delighting, its fans with "against-pdds" victories while the outdoor temperature hovered in the 30's and 40's. Basketball weather has a way of-being more endurable so long as. you don't find the family chariot bogged down in snow drifts or learn that the kiddies must stay home today because bus number 234 just couldn't traverse the slippery roadway. Then, top, .-there's,no.grass to mow or weeds to remove. : '*• ••'• *•'•• * '. ; • ; .All these _ thoughts,-- were brought to mind the other day when Coach .Dwight Williams released the 1968-69 BHS bas^. .ketball 'schedule. ... -.•"... .'.' .It makes .for pleasant read- ':ing, both game and weather- wise. .. First of all,, the slate of. game's is fewer than last season's, promising longer respites for Williams' men. Twenty-four regular tussles are listed. The Chickasaws will be competing in tfie'-newly-revised triple-A Eastern-Conference. * * * Foes such as West Memphis and Helena will now be pro- viding'conference competition.. - These two schools Were admitted to AAA classification several months ago. Other new faces' appearing on the schedule promise in- flllll!!! 111 Vinee Dooley Avondale High School in suburban Atlanta. He has been twice named a scholastic All-American. .'••''• Thick-necked, muscular with powerful yet graceful moves.he nas been called a new Mickey Mantle. In baseball, he bats over .600,-. pitches, plays shortstop . 'and .outfield. He 'throws right-handed, bats b.bth-.'ways. Coaches such as Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame, Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and ,yince Ppoley of Georgia have labeled him "the finest prospect in the country." .Sonie "say he could be the best football player of all-time. . - .. •.-... ;•' ... * * ,^ '"• i','•'•. 'Universities from Oregon to Florida are known to be keenly! interested in landing young Dudish. But one leading Southern coach has been quoted as saying, "I wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole—I don't want to be investigated/' - ; Other coaches are said to be equally leery. ,- j You no longer, land a star ath-: lete by offering-him a fat bonus, staking him to a $5,000 sports, car or putting up a fat trust fund. The National Collegiate; Athletic Aisociation ha: begun to' crick-down on such .practices, and many colleges run scared. But MMM *• a be •» waj* tl skinning the cat, as they say in this red clay .country, and nobody wants to fall under suspicion, least of all successful coaches such as Bryant, Par-: seghian and Doolev. ' "One sports writer said I've put a $200*000 price tag on .Charlie," says Andy. "I kid about it and say that's too low a bid, but it puts me on a spot." . Andy Dudish said he also had been compared- with Harvey Knox. the stepfather of former UCLA star Ronnie Knox who triggered a Pacific Coast conference probe 14 years ago. : , ."When Charlie' was,- in diapers, I gave him.a ball," Andy explains!', ."When he ; was . big. enough to !,stand,.I 'gave him a catcher's riiitt. He could throw a'- football' at three.;-1 wanted to prove I could 'develop an athlete, and I.have. I'm just look- .ing out for the boy's future." (NEXT: Alabama, Football Wall Street Style) ; - . Minor League Rtsults •International League Buffalo 9, Rochester. 2 Syracuse 4, Toledo 2 Jacksonville 3, Louisville 2 Richmond -2, Columbus 1 Pacific Coast League Indianapolis 6, Vancouver 4 Oklahoma City .7,. Spokane 5 Portland '»,' Hawaii 2 . Tiilsa 12, 'Denver 1 Ran Ditgo 5, Tacoma S S, PbotniK 4 Fights TOKYO — Akihisa Someya, | 137, Japan, knocked out Rocky j Alarde, 137, Philippines, 5.. ROCHESTER, Minn. - Pat O'Connor, 156, Rochester, knocked out Willie-Smith, 152, Norfolk,'Va.,' 2. ; "V :'.'•".' SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - Luis Faustiho Pires, Brazil* outpoint- ed Roosevelt Eddie, New York, 10,-heavyweights. : LOS ANGELES-Sho Saijyo, 128%, Tokyo, outpointed Raul Rojas, 130, San Pedro, Calif., 10, nontitle; " • ' ;: • " PORTLAND, Maine.-r. George Johnson, Trenton, N.J., out- pointed Pete Riccitelli Portland, 10, light heavyweights, .LAS VEGAS, Nev,-Nate : W11-. Hams; 147%, ias,Vegas,/stopped Larry Cruz, 151, Salt Lake City, Utah, .- 7; - Armand iourenco, 147%, Las ' Vegas, outpointed Tommy James, 146%, Los Angeles, S. LAS VEGAS, Nev: - Pete Gonzales, 129%, San Diego, out- pointed Rene Macias, 128, Los Angeles, 10. FORD COUNTRY LEADER PORTER WILBANKS Mr. Wllbanks was the lead- ins salesman for the month of May which was his fifth straight month as the leading salesman. See him today for an outstanding' deal on any c»r In stock. . UTTREU-OZIER Ph. PO'S-MM teresting engagements. The season opener, will find Forrest City traveling to the BHS gym on Friday; Nov. 29. The Mustangs are expected to seek advancement to triple- A grouping within a year. MANILA'S LIONS, at the moment coachless with the departure of Gaylori Ward, will invade Blytheville on Dec. 3. The engagement will bring together natural. .Mississippi County foes and .should be. a sure-fire crowd pleaser. The Lions will definitely, miss center John Benson, recent graduate signed by Ar- kansas State, -. * * * Newcomer Batesville follows the Lions on Dec. 6. The Pioneers of Region 2-AA are returning six of last season's 12 varsity team mem-' bers. . Conference action commences at West Memphis on Dec. 10. Coach, Wayne Sims has iost such starters as Randy Helcel, Ronnie Nix and Gilbert Jay, but the Blue Devils are expected to give a good account of themselves in their inaugural AAA season. * * * Conference members to be met are: McCIellan, Jacksonville and Jonesboro besides Helena and West Memphis. Each will be faced in a home- and-home series. North Little Rock, now com- 1 peting in the new AAAA division, will be met in non-conference clashes here and in NLR. Greene County Tech, Paragould, and LEACHVILLE will provide opposition twice dur- ing the season exclusive. of the annual Holiday Tourna-. ment. This event is scheduled for Dec. 27 and 28 at Paragould. .'.*..'*'* Dates have been left open for possibie,participation in the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament, at Jonesboro. on Dec. 30 through Jan. 4. The • state, tournament is slated for Barton Coliseum March .3-8..-- . : * * * Little Rock Central Is ab. sent from., the., .schedule The large-enrollment school has moved up to, the four-A class and will be meeting similar-sized institutions such as NLR and Fort Smith Northside. The Tigers shared the triple- A Eastern Conference championship with the Chickasaws last season but were upset in the first round of the state tourney. *' * + Williams will be losing his entire starting squad with the graduation of Aubrey Bell, Ben Robinson, Stewart Jerome, Kenny-Beard and Jimmy Moore. The first three were All- Conference selections. Williams; and assistant Jim Dixon, have, however, recently completed sixth-period class drills and are hopeful another aggressive, well-disciplined ball club will be molded by the time you get out that old overcoat (no.snow- shoes, we hope) and gloves to either walk or drive through the chilly air (what a cooling thought) to the Haley Field gym the night after Thanksgiving. - The sports world will join the rest of the nation in paying tribute to theslain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy this weekend in the only way it can—by postponing some events and canceling others. Affected sports include major and minor league baseball, thoroughbred'and harness racing, boxing, auto racing and power boat racing. But all was not harmonious. The New' York 'Mets balked at playing baseball at all Saturday and said they would not show up for their scheduled game against the Giants in San Francisco. New York's Belmont' Park will hold its Saturday racing program against the wishes of its board'of'lrustees by order of the State Racing Commission. Three major league baseball games scheduled for Saturday were postponed and none of the others will'start until after the funeral. Two 'Sunday games also were put off. Today's schedule remains intact. Baseball Commissioner William. D. Eckert .ordered the postponement of Saturday's games in Washington and New York and directed that the start of all other contests be delayed until after the burial. Three games scheduled for the afternoon were changed to night contests. But the Chicago Cubs, whose Wrigley Field has no lights, were forced to postpone their game with Atlanta. The Mets' players took two ballots . Thursday and voted unanimously both times not to play Saturday. The Giants had scheduled Saturday as Bat Day, a club promotion, and a crowd of more than 30,000 was expected. The .Mets' front office backed up the players 100 per cent. Both M. Donald Grant, chairman of the board, and Johnny, Murphy, vice president and,general manager, said they were in complete sympathy with the Mefs' players. Under baseball law, the Giants can insist that the game OPPORTUNITY UNLIMITED! • PART OR FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT • FLEXIBLE HOURS • HIGH HOURLY JNCQME •."•;•>•• Some Earn Up to $100.00 Per Week. "Career Possibles" "The number .one! problem in Eastern.Arkansas, without;* doubt, is 'the lack of job opportunity. If we do not provide our ,people'the opportunity to earn a. good living they will continue to leave Arkansas to>go to the larger cities." . . - ; • —Bill A/txondtr Call PO 8-1036 or writ* toi 2105 W. Main or P. 0. Box 352 Blyth*vilJ», Arkansas m be played and can claim a for- : feit if the• to appear. The Giants : originally an.^ nounced the game would bs£ played at 4 p.m., PDT, Instead ~! of 1 p.m. . ,:„ Elsewhere, ' the America^ Zone Davis Cup tennis ; final its Charlotte, N.C., between tlieB United Stales and Ecuador .wflfe go oh as scheduled. So will tljjE Speedway Open Golf Tourna-.-- ment at Indianapolis, Ind. ':'Belmont Park canceled to.-, day's racing program, which ihT eluded ,the 68th annual Grand' National Steeplechase. The race will'be'run' next Friday. Belmont. wanted to cancel Saturday's card, as well. The state gets about $500,000 in tax revenue from a normal Saturday at Belmont. However, eight New York State tracks—two thoroughbred and six harness plants—canceled today's programs. In California, where Sen. Kennedy was assassinated, the state commission ruled that Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields and Hollywood Park Would^ operate today and Saturday. >the : Kmile Griffith-Andy Hefl- oan 12-round middleweight fight at Oakland was postponed from tonight to Tuesday night. The President's Cup Regatta, at: Washington, D.C., fixture' for'; hydroplanes, has been post-'- poned indefinitely. ,-.? MINIATURE NOW OPEN AT WALKER PARK Hours: Weekdays 7 to 11 Sat. 21o 10 Sun. 2 to 6 swing a little THE TRUE OlMDflE KENTUCKY BOURBON !uT

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