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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 15, 1942
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SDL BLYTHEVILLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 1942 Byrd Gets Chance At Lew Jenkins, Ex-Champ Local Welterweight Will Get Big Chance At Hot Springs May 11 Opportunity hammers loudly at the door of Aaron "Jack" Byrd, promising young Blytheville welterweight, with announcement today that he has been signed for a 10-round bout with Lew Jenkins, Sweet water, Texas, former lightweight champion of the world. Byrd will meet Jenkins at Hot Springs May 11 in a match arranged by Dr. R. D. Acker man, American Legion promoter in that city where Byrd has appeared in outstanding success in recent weeks, scoring four successive knockouts before Spa fight Jans. Last week he added a fifth knockout to his string in the Legion arena here when he dis- -—>- _ •_ -»^_ ^, i X^U^ AUAl «14 VJ J4L * »*• * v, rr »•»»*» • *^ -»».»r (.aiYltal Still ipcscd of Clmrles "Snooky" Nich^ I JAt A ^«•»-"• j olS) 155 .p OUn(1 er. of Memphis. , Vk«iI •>.'!.• d ri~;t nporl Vl'Sicl'ilii ngairr--rith Washington, one of half dozen majoi league clubs he foimefly solved, Buck Newsom appears^ back v in f ornv that macle- lum r20-game x winner foi three" consecutive years SEWELL AIMS HIGH Details Arranged Yesterday { First announcement that Byrd had been signed for the fight was made here late yesterday by Joe Ciaig. Byrd's manager and trainer, who conferred with Dr. Ackerman by long distance telephone ever details of the sera]). Craig told the Courier News that Hot Springs promoters had agreed to give Byrd a sizeable slice of the gate receipts, 20 per cent, plus expenses. Byrd and Craig both were elated o"ver the match because it marks the first time in years any boxer from this section has been given a shot at a fighter of Jenkins' class and a win by Byrd would put him in a position to be considered one of the nation's foremost welterweight challengers. At a ivy rate, Byrd '-has everything to gain and little to lose. He has only ' to make a , good showing against Jenkins to be in line for faster company and bigger purses. On the other hand, if he is beaten by the Sweetwater swatter, it will not greatly mar his record since Jenkins is a top flight battler. Lost Title to Angoli Jenkins was on top of the lightweight ranks until he was dethroned by Sammy Angoft several months ago. Although the definite site foi the battle has not yet been decided, Ackerman indicated that it wculcl be held either in the Rix Stadium or Ban Johnson basebal field. Byrd, who has been- fighting at around 150 pounds, has agreed to make .145 pounds for the fight while - Jenkins will scale around 142. The Spa promoter has been dickering with the Sweetwater, Texas, battler for a bout here- for the past several months, but could find no suitable opixmerit in this area .until Byrd showed topnotch class in •.winning -his last five fights against good "opposition by knockouts. • •- "••.•• ••; Jenkins, an annual visitor there, is attempting io make a comeback after losing his championship form ff f '/ ' " "Lord Bvron" And w Babe"-Both Winners tf ST. LOUIS—Manager Luke Sew- because of injuries' suffered" in a ell.predicts Browns will finish third in the American League. motorcycle wreck. Fiddling Lifts Tenseness Of Shv Bill McGee 2hr-npions Of Two Major Leagues Steal Spotlight On Opening Day By GEORGE; KWKSKY United Press Staff Con'jspomleivl NEW YORK, April 15.—Only 153 games to go for the Yankees and Lhe Dodgers. Picking up where they left off last September, the Yankees, who play ball with a cold, re- lentle;-,s precision, and the Dodgers hooray for the Bums—are off again on the long trail that leads to the World Just as they . did most of last .season, the Yankees and the Dodgers hogged the spotlight on opening day—which drew a total of 192,075—only 5,704 less than for last year's eight openers. The Dodgers played before the day's largest crowd—42,653 at the Polo Grounds —and licked the Giants, making Iheir debut under Manager Mel Olt, 7-5. The Yankees put on a classic performance in whitewashing the Senators, 7-0, before Vice President Wallace and a capacity crowd of'31,000 at Washington. While the Ynnks and Dodger? carried off the team laurels. Ted Williams, the 20th player in all major league history to bat .400 stole the individual honors. Tall Ted slashed out a home run and two singles to lead the Red Sox to an, 8 to 3 .triumph over the pathetic Athletics. On Ins first trip to the plate Williams, who was saved from the Army by a Presidential draft rcclassification from 1A to 3A, slammed out a homer with two mates aboard. Williams drove in a total of five runs, tops for the day. But for Williams' hitting feats the glory would have shone on ancient Red Ruffing, 37-yi 3 ar-olcl Yankee righthander. Big Red, starting his 19th major league season, let • the Senators down with three singles and fanned five. In addition Ruffing made two hits and drove in two runs. Bums plasl Hubbell Anybody who saw the Dcdgers beaj; the. Giants in the opsner won't have to wonder why they are called the "Glorious Bums." They plastered Carl Hubbell for f'oui runs in the first inning, ran up a 7-0 lead, and then almost blew it. They made five errors afield and resembled at times the married men playing the single men. D'olf Camilli let a grounder go between his legs, Billy Herman booted a roller, Arky Vaughan threw one a mile ovsr. Camilla's head, Pete Reiser dropped an easy fly and Joe Medwick kicked a single into a double. But the Giants couldn't hit enough irv the pinches and left 10 men stranded. Homers Johnny Mize, the- Giants' $100,000 first baseman, hit a tremendous homer in the seventh off Curt Davis with two on but it wasn't TON mo Alfred Bourne. Augusta, Ga., golf club official, signs a $1,500 check on the shoulder of Byron Nelson, winner of the Master's GoU Tournament at Augusta. At right is the mighty "Babe" Ruth, getting a light for his pipe from cute Actress Teresa Wright after winning- a battle with pneumonia in a Hollywood hospital. The "Babe" is allowed out of bed for a few minutes each day as his recuperation continues. (NEA TELEPHOTOS). By J. P. FRIEND OLD MASTER PREDICTS. "Wee Dickie" Kerr, one of the greatest pitchers of all times, who vindicated professional baseball by Today's Sports Parade loach Of Hurricane Cagers Will Serve As Physical Training Director JONESBORO, April 15.—Morton Hutto, the coach that piloted Jonesboro High School's Hurricane cage's through a perfect season, first iM Arkansas history, has passed his* physical examinations and launched a two-wieks test period yesterday morning at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Ala., to become a physical training director with the Army Air Corps. Hutto is the third Jonesboro' coach to join the Air Corps physi- j cal training director unit within two weeks. Coach Bill Adams of Arkansas State and Coach Cecil Garrison of Junior High have completed their training period and are ' due to draw their first regular as-' signment within the next day or so. R. H. Moore, superintendent of Jonesboro schools, stated that no •eplacement will be made fpr Coach Hutto this year. He was in harge of the JHS physical education program and taught classes throughout the day as required by the stats. These classes will be carried on by other instructors for the remainder of the year. Today's Games Southern League Memphis at Little Rock. Knoxvills at Chattanooga. Atlanta at Nashville. Birmingham at New Orleans. National League ' Boston at Philadelphia. Brooklyn at New York. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati. Chicago at St. LouLs. American League New York at Washington. St. Louis at Chicago. Cleveland at Detroit. Philadelphia at Boston. THE WHISKEY WITHOUT \REGRETS i.y_..» ?«-.._!_ BY JACK GUENTIIER United Press Staff Correspondent •NEW YORK, April 15. (UP)— The baseball season is officially open and for the first time I fully realize the effect the game exerts on public morale. No matter how bad the news on the front page, a man may turn to the his failure to participate in the J major league standings and re- 1919 World Series scandal in which eight of his Chicago White Sox mates sold out to the Cincinnati Reds, toak time out from his duties at the Federal Compress here to nominate the New York Yan- assure himself that the American way still is safe—both Philadelphians are right back in the cellar. * " * There were 42,653 of the faithful i on hand at the Polo Grounds to kces and the St. Louis _ Cardinals Ava t c h the giants re-new hostilities to win out in the major league races that got under way yesterday. Kerr, a • powerful little mite of a man in his heyday, despite a mere 135 pounds, can not see any with the Dodgers and 42,643 of them swear they blungered into the circus by mistake. With Mecl- wick tumbling, Vaughan juggling and 17 Giants walking the tight un_i.u iou ijutiimo. ^tui H.JI; occ uiiy 1.1 , , ,_ club, except possibly the Cleve- •«««, the only party not present land Indians even without Bobby I was ^aigantua Feller, to harass the Yanks. But'' he looks for a Tour-way fight between the Cards. Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League. "Those Yankees appear to have everything, haven't lost very heavily in the draft and should breeze home in n walk," Kerr predicted. "But in the National - it; looks [ike a different stony", he continued. "I followed the teams rather carefully in the Spring through the daily papers and the Sporting News and came up with the Cards. Manager Billy Southworth has it this year: pitching, capable reserves, power at the plate and adequate defense. Pour It Proudly I. W. HARPER NEW YORK (NEA)—Bill McGee felt that his failures of 1941 hung over him. McGee hung back when called.:on to play the fiddle at the barbecue thrown by Carl Hubbell when the Giants visited Oklahoma City on the training trip. .Eventually McGee played "Chicken Reel" and- " Meeting." McGee unfolded as he played. The tenseness of last year was lifted. 'The New Yorks believe the big right- hander has come into his own, as the best pitcher they have had this spring. QUEEN IS WILD I NEW YORK.—His wildness led , manager Joe McCarthy of the Yan- Tne Gold Meaal Whiskey ikses to contemplate the return of WOP!iaqf.BernheimDbtili;niCo..LouJsviJ!e,KvJ Pitcner Mel Queen to the minors. Good Badminton Neighbors enough. Johnny Allen came to Curt Davis' rsscue and put the fire out, fanning Mize and Hank Leiber in the ninth. Pee Wee Reese's homer with one on off Hubbell proved the winning punch. The pennant-favored Cardinals were licked by the Cubs. 5-4, with third baseman Jimmy Brown's error proving costly.. Rookie Johnny Sclimitz halted the Cards in a relief role. Jimmy Wilson, Cub pilot became the first major league manager to get the bum's rush when Umpire Al Barlick chased him. Erorrs Prove Costly Errors by Shortstop Joost and rookie third baseman Bert Haas enabled the Pirates to beat Bucky Walters and the Reds, 4-2. Max Butcher's ^six hit pitching and Al Lopez's -finely single" aided the Pittsburgh, cause. Veteran Johnny Cooney's double and rookie Nanny Fernandez's single gave the Boston Braves a 2-1 triumph over the Phils. Bob Muncrief duplicated Red Three days ago Bobo Newsom became outraged when the Washington "manager, Bucky Harris, passed him by and selected young Sid Hudson to pitch the inaugural against the New York. Yankees The folks who watched the Yanks let the Nats down with no runs and three hits are now agreed that if anyone 'has'the right to be 'outraged it is Hudson. The opening contests were replete with errors. Jimmy Brown's bobble helped the Cubs to whip the Cards, Eddie Joost's muff helped the Pirates trim the Reds and Vaughan's wild throw didn't vill be anything but A-l in Boston's The first major league manager to be bounced From the park was Black Jimmy Wilson, who was ousted in the fourth inning of Chicago's game with St. Louis. To most observers, the action was apt. How can Wilson possible live with a team like the Cubs without being instilled with an overwselming desire to get away from it all? * i: S One of the uay's notable events was the rousing victory which the Cleveland Indians banged out foi their boy manager, Lou Boudreau This support comes as a major surprise—perhaps the biggest produced by the inaugural. Without the services of Bob Feller, it was believed the Indians couldn't give Boudreau anything but love, baby * » • Only 227 more shopping days to Christmas. NO HITS When the local sluggers strike out — Semi-Pro Circuit May Be Organized, i JONESBORO, April 15.—First reports of efforts to organize a six- team semi-pro baseball league in Northeast Arkansas for this Summer were heard here yesterday afternoon when Sadie Stotts, long connected with athletic events in this section, sought to get Jonesboro fans interested. j Stotts, a former NEA League' player, suggested a six-club cir- ( cuit. Among towns mentioned as' possible members were Jonesbcro, 1 Paragould, Caraway, Trumann, Monette, Oscsola, Tyronza, and, others. The latter five had strong' independent clubs last year, while the first two were in the NEA League. ! NO RUNS And your, ream fails to score. • Look to — •The Baseball Standings Although plans are still a bit premature, plans arc to play two games each week, with Sunday games as the big attraction. Such a hague might be operated at a very low cost and if fans gave the boys their ardent support the loop cculd operate without going into the hole. Southern League W. L. Pet. "The Cards, however, are cer- hel P tne Dodgers. But the most errors were committed at Chicago. Some 9.879- fans paid to watch the White Sox engage the St. tain to have a fight on their hands with strong opposition from the Dodgers. Reds and Pirates. It should be extremely close with any one of the quartet capable cf finishinc in front. The strong Louis Browns. In many parks the fans found Ruffing's three-hit performance in pitching the Browns to a 3-0 shutout over the White Sox. He faced only 28 men. two double plays wiping out two who hit safely. Lou Boudreau. youngest major league pilot in history, made a carry ihe mthrough, if they get as much as an even toss in the 'breaks.' The stretch should tell." COUNTS ON PRIZE PUPILS Not unlike the Cardinal bosses. Kerr is sold on his prize pupil. Stan Musial. and expects him to play an important role in the flag race. And if the rookie outfielder does come through with his TNT- laclen bat Messrs. Branch Rickey et. al.. can thank Kerr's shrewd judgment of young ball players. Musial reported to Dickie as a lefahanded pitcher at Daytona. Fla.. in the Spring of 1940. On the basis of his 14-5 winning record the year before. Rickey's scouts predicted that in Musial they had a pitching; jewel and wanted the crafty Kerr to take him under his wing. Well. Kerr did more than that. From the very start he liked the handsome. willing youngster'.s mound possibilities. But he also liked the way he stepped into the ball with his bat. So when Musial wasn't taking his pitching turn he patrolled the outfield. The record books tell the rest of the story: in 113 games, and only 28 strikeouts; pitching St. Louis pitching, best in the ushers equipped as air raid war- league, and perfect balance should I dens, walls plastered with warnings to remain calm, and scorecards containing information as to what should be done in an emergency. As one little lady mused while gazing at Schno/zle Lombardi, the only sign they forgot to post was that old favorite—"kindly do not feed the animals." * * * When Babe Ruth released his annual pennant forecasts, most customers were nonplussed to find that the ail-ime great tabbed Pittsburgh to carry off the honors in the national league. Now it appeal's the -Babe was tipped to inside information—Frankie iFrlsch probably told him that he had no intention of using Hamlin and Phelps. * * * The saddest figure of the day was MeJt Ott. Before the game was and inning old. the new Giant manager had made so many trips from his right field post to confer with his pitcher that, he wore a path in the grass. If he maintains his current average—12 round trips in one game—it is to be hoped that a priority board relax and sell him a bicvcle. Nashville 4 Little Rock 3 Atlanta 3 New Orleans 3 Memphis 2 Chattooga. 2 Birminghan l Knoxville 1 xNight game. .800 .750 .600 2 .600 3 .4CO .400 .2CD AMERICAN LEAGUE W. L. Prt. St. Louis 1 0 1.000 New York l o 1.000 Boston l Cleveland 1 Washington 0 Chicago 0 Philadelphia 0 Detroit 0 Green River; ft ah-ay} scores. It's "The Whiskey Without Regrets". One-Punch Life Saver 1 Doesn't Fool Around The finest Green River ever bottltd! 0 1.000 0 1.000 .000 .000 .0:0 .000 CTNOINNATT (O. (UP)—When Joseph Haas, veteran yacht club caretaker who has rescued 40 people from drowning in the Ohio river, pulls 'em out he means they should stay out. •A; youth, disconsolate after an argument with his girl, dashed down the ramp at the club and jumped into the river as the girl and friends looked on. Haaa pulled him out. He jumped in again. Haas wen't back in after him, knocked him. out with one well-placed punch on the jaw, towed him to .shore and turned over the limp, dripping form to the friends who took him away before police arrived. $-35 70c Pint pt Sal. is T:ix NATIONAL LEAGUE W. L. Pet. Boston l Brooklyn l Pittsburgh .. 1 Chicago 1 Philadelphia 0 New York 0 Cincinnati... 0 St. -Louis 0 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 LOCK) 0 1.000 1 .000 .000 .000 .003 Yesterday's Results Southern League Little Hock 3. Memphis 2. iNashville 7. Atlanta 2. Chattanooga 8, Knoxville 1. New Orleans 8, Birmingham 7. winning debut when Cleveland beat Detroit, 5-2. Rookie Les Fleming, j taking Hal Trosky's place at first for the Indians, hit a homer and two singles to lead the Tribe's attack. Leo Durocher. rival pilots of nj,he Giants and Dodgers, who purchased 10 per cent of their salaries in war bonds from Mayor before the opener. record: 18 wins, 5 defeats. 2:63! earned runs, leader in both dc- ! In Boston, fireman Ted Williams partments. • started a couple* of conflagrations OTHERS MAKE GRADE I of his own when he smacked a Three other youngsters who got ! home run with two mates aboard their baseball Y.tarts under Kerr j in the first inning then returned to arc in the majors, while a fourth j the plate and drove in a couple is just about ready to make his j of more tallies just for luck. Our bid. Phil Masi. ponderous catch- Theodore may b? 3-A in the army, er with the Boston Braves, was under him at Wa'usaw. When Mast was declared a free acent by Judge Illinois Comeback To Mills but there is no indication that he for infraction 01 j placec j a $100.000 price tag. and r i, A'i- hi t transf ?r to SP^S-; that's a lot of price tag. field. Ohio. Kerr notified his fnend. rjRirPINGS Bob Quinn. of the Braves, who j Musia { got ofl to a flying start signed the 19o-pownd lad on the ; bv bag g in g two hits, one a triple. /^ V _>^^1 V c i r» i»*e« v or* rt *•*•»»•« /M-\rJr*f$rif\ A v\ ^3 < v • • . * ^--.t • the opener with Chicago yesterday at St. Louis. But the Cards AMERICAN LEAGUE St. Louis 3. Chicago 0. •New York 7, Washington 0. Boston 8. Philadelphia 3. Cleveland 5, Detroit 2. VILLANOVA ADOPTS T 'PHILADELPHIA,—Clipper Smith, Villanova football coach, has adopted the T forma-tion. {GREEN RIVER KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY, 86 PROOF. Oldetyme Distillers Corp., N.Y. * NATIONAL LEAGUE Boston 2, Philadelphia 1. Brooklyn 7. New York 5. Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 2. Chicago 5. St. Louis 4. ex-Sox star's recommendation and 't regretted. Frank ?' Sally Williams and Dave Freeman Sally Williams, a student; at Scripps College, Claremont, Calif, met Daw Freeman, who attends Pomona in the same town, at the National Badminton Championships in 1940 in Spokane. They were introduced. "became partners, -won the mixed doubles. Later ho found out Sallv attended school only a few blocks away. They defended their title this year in Durham. CHAMPAIGN. (NEA)—Illinois' winter sports season was unusually successful. Basketball team won the Big* Ten title. Hockey team was rated best in the middle west. huge nghthandecl pitcher, also j droppcd a 5 . 4 decision...Whitey with IIIP Braves, and Paul Mas- | KurO wski. the blond blizzard who torson. Phil pitcher, are other ; , ed a whale of a game with Kerr-conched boys under the bi? \ caruthersville several vears ago. tent. cou HAS FUTURE GREAT was called on to pinch hit in the game and responded with a sacrifice... Harry Feldman. former Another of Kerr's boys who is i Blytheville Giant, hurled an inning a "cinch," to ascend the top is • for the New York Giants. Ke Wrestlers were not far behind. L ? u K J cin - Columbus shortstop. ; fanned one and granted no hits... So Doug Mills, basketball coach m " u T """ ~" J >r ' ~* T "~" ~' '—-*- '--^ *•- *«— «.,....., and athletic director, received a traveling clock- with the following card: "For p\itting us back on the sports map.—Student Body." * Read Courier News want nds. With Kerr and Musial at Day- | The Jernts lost to the Beloved tona Beach in 1940. Klein batted j Bums from Brooklyn. 7-5...Bob .348 and drr»ve in 81 runs, drawing I Eisiminger, who won 20 games with 71 base on balsl and scoring 115 j Batesville in the Northeast Ar- runs. He ranked fourth among! kansas League last year, pitched the regular shortstops in fielding ; i 1-3 innings for New Orleans with .900. j against Birmingham yesterday. He So impressed are the Cardinal i did all right, allowing one hit and hip-wigs on Klein that they have no runs. Read Courier News want ads. Expert Tractor Tire Vulcanizing! Don't waith until the last minute to have yonr Tires Repaired— L'ome in NOW - - Materials Limited! SINCLAIR GET A UTILITY CAN Highway 61 North — Phone 2281 when you buy motor oil. Here's how to get long- lasting Opaline or Sinclair Pennsylvania Motor Oil plus 3. handy utility can for the price of the oil alone. Buy Opaline or Sinclair Pennsylvania in a 5-gallon Utility Can. When it's j2mpty, you can use the can for a radiator pail or as a safety can for gasoline or kerosene. This Utility Can is made of heavy, galvanized metal. It has a large opening for refilling and a nozzle with both a large and small opening, made tight with screw caps. Next time you buy motor oil, ask for the 5-gallon Utility Can of Opaline or Sinclair Pennsylvania. tef me deliver to your farm B. J. ALLEN Phone 2005 — Agent — Blytheville, Ark.

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