The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 17, 1942 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 17, 1942
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHE.VILLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY. APRIL 17, 1942 t, t T Byrd To Face 'Tiger" Burns In 10-Rounder Here m SUITED Yankee Stadium Air Would Clear Trosky's Head, Report Harden Local :. Fighter For Match With ^Ex-Champ At Spa ^Tuning up for his scheduled fight May 11 witlr Lew Jenkins, former lightweight title holder, Aaron . "Jack" Byrd, Blytheville welterweight boxer, will meet "Tiger" Burns, tough Sardis, Miss., veteran 'at the American Legion Arena here next Thursday night, -Joe Craig, manager and trainer of "the double-barreled local puncher, has stepped up Byrd's training schedule this week in order that he may be in prime condition for Burns, for years one of the Mid- Sbuth's most formidable glove campaigners. Byrd's punching is remarkably sharp now, but Craig is working to eliminate a few minor flaws in" his style and to build up the fighter's condition so that-he will be able to carry Burns at top speed for 10 rounds unless he is able to score a kayo. This, however, is considered a remote possibility, as the venerable Mississippi rnauier has never been flattened for the count in his long ring career. Craig is of the opinion that Byrd can outpoint Burns, who fights In a southpaw stance. Byrd, who throws his knuckles with blinding speed, will attempt to cut loose with his right hand a fraction of a second ahead of- the Tiger's vaunted left. If the Blytheville buster can beat the Missip- pian to the punch he will be able to take the edge off Burns' attack and Craig is confident that there are. few welters in this part of the country who can hit with Byrd's speed and power. Supporting the Byrd-Burns go on the boxing program here will be a six-round semi-final between Don Burton, veteran Blytheville middleweight, and K. O. Davenport of Memphis. Burton's able left,hand, is expected to give him a : slight 'advantage over his opponent. 1 Craig announced that other bouts',,wiH be arranged to complete the-card, the second professional Champs Could Use E At First Base NEW YORK.—While Ed Levy hit well on the training trip, no one associated with the Yankees is satisfied with the first basing situation. 'Along this line, it is reported that there is nothing wrong with 'Harold Trosky's head that Yankee Stadium air wouldn't cure. Migraine headaches drove Hal Trosky to the bench last season, but you hear that one reason why he went on the voluntarily retired list was that lie wants to get away from the Cleveland club, where he ran into so many miniature revolutions. It is said th<at Trosky, because of seniority, resented the appointment of young Lou Boudreau as manager of the Indians. YANKS RAVE MATERIAL INDIANS COULD USE If it is true that Trosky no longer cares to perform in Cleveland, Alva Bradley would be foolish not i to make the best possible deal for ' him. And the Yankees and their elaborate farm system have men the Tribe could use to advantage. Trosky had the reputation of being the leader of rebellious -Redskins, and something of a clubhouse lawyer, but Joe McCarthy anjd Yankee decorum would take care of that. Where he was a stick-out in Cleveland, he'd be just another ball player in New York. As to his ability, Trosky is no George Sisler, but he at least hits the long ball to which Yankee patrons were accustomed until Ed Levy Has To Prove Himself; HasseLL Slow The Dope Bucket j. r. FKIEND Marshall To Meet Johnson Lou Gcrriu Ed levy tragic illness forced to the .sidelines. Buddy Hassett, who came from the Braves in the Newark Tommy Holmes transaction, has been but there are unmistakable .sign!-: that the tenor has .slowed down. In fact, it is understood Ed Barrow already has asked waivers on him. IT'S HARD TO TllltOW OUT OF LEVY'S REACH Levy, 25, is passable in the field and hits for distance occasionally. High (Pockets stands G feet 5, so it is diffcult, to throw a ball over his head or out of his reach. He is a hustler. Levy has been in the Yankee chain since 1936. 'He reported fresh from Rollins College. The biggest rap against him is that he couldn't make good with the Phils in 40, which is like missing a question on one of those radio quiz programs. Another thing that is no recommendation is that experienced baseball writers traveling with the club consider him a basher. LEVY WAS PAH) $7000 FOR SIGNING WITH YANKS Born Whitner, Levy took that name last year upon meeting his father for the first time. Ed Barrow, realizing the young man might be called by the Yanks, suggested that he return to the Jewish moniker for ihe benefit of the lower east side. He did. Ed Levy is no dumb bell. He got $7000 for signing with the Yankees in the first place. boxing show this year. to .be staged here Notre Dame Parking Lots Being Utilized By Navy PRACTICE SHUTS 111 PI«_[ BLUFF Zebra Grid Squad Totals 45, Including 12 Letter- Today's Sports Parade men; Drills Late By NEA Service NOTRE DAME.—Those who drive to Notre Dame football games next fall are going to be pleasantly surprised at the billiard- like smoothness of parking lots east of the stadium. The Navy, using Notre Dame for its indoctrination program for 1000 midshipmen/, a month, is laying out eight softball fields and six volleyball -courts on this site, and may- add baseball diamonds. There are 12 athletic instructors here. Burton's 411 Service 1411 W. Ash St., - Phone 9531 WASHING - GREASING Rain Checks Given (Cars called lor and delivered] PINE BLUFF, April 18. — Pine Bluff's High School Zebra football teams, thwarted by rain in their previous attempt to open Spring training last week, donned uniforms early this week and are trying to make up for, lost time. Coaches Al Harris and John Woolly were greeted by 45 youths, BY JACK GUENTHElt United Press Stall Correspondent New York, April 17. (UP)—Take a firm grip on the nearest solid object, mates, here comes news of truly staggering proportions—A major racetrack has decided it can iclp win the war by raising funds as well as by boosting morale. Promptly at 5:30 p.m., EWT, Saturday, .Narragan-jctt Park will start sweetening the various charity kitties, with hard cash. This spacious plant on the outskirts of Pawtucket, R. I., is the first to announce a long range plan of contributing to the army, including 12 lettermen 1941 team. Lettermen from the returning are: backs, Loui Bayne, Nick McCullough, Finis Buckner, Shorty Turchi and Bill McNeill; linemen: Julius Brown, Charlie and Howard Johnson, Bill Howard, Tom Eubanks, Jim Hall, and Leonard Austin. The Narragansett system is this: The track will pay the $1,000 purse for this extra race and will cover all incidental expenses i for tickets, for additional labor and for \itilitics. All breakage—es pennies left after the pay-offs are computed—and the track's share of the pari-mutuel handle will be handed to the charities in full. There are 10 Saturdays and one holiday on the Narragansett program and the judge believes the 11 extra races will raise between $55,CCO and 565,000. Additionally, he will hold one entire day for benefit of the Army relief and two JOINS UNCLE SAM Northeast Arkansas ioses one of its finest young coaches and Osceola a. valued citizen Monday with the departure of Leslie N. Speck. Athletic director, coach and instructor at Osceoia High school for two years, "Dukie" has been accepted by the United States Navy for the all-important task of fitting young naval fliers for the stremicus job that i.s before them. Speck joins hundreds of other coaches in the athletic program established and directed by Gene Timney, former heavyweight champion of the ''world and twice conqueror of the great Jack Deinp- sey. In fact. Tunney personally interviewed the Seminole chieftain at Dallas, Texas recently and placed his seal of approval, one of the few to receive the honor. Osceola will miss Speck. He has meant more than just a teacher and coach to the youngsters whom he personally contacted on the athletic field and in the class room. His high ideals and moral conduct have been instrumental in leading the youth of Osceola. They love him and would be willing to sacrifice their lives for him, if necessary. Closely associated with him since he joined the Osceola staff, it has been my very good pleasure to observe the "Duke" on and off the field. The more I was' with him the more I was convinced that we need more men of his type in our schocis. The Navy gave him an "A" rating. My friendship book classifies him as A-l. Speck will miss Osceola, too. There was an unmistakable tremor in his voice and moistness at the eyes as he recalled the many high spots of his two-year career at the Seminole helm. He has a warm spot in his big heart for Osceolans and spent much time in this interview expressing his sincere thanks to everyone for everything—big and little favors frcm the big and little alike. But there is a big job ahead for all of us and "Dukie" believes he is prove in the old catcher's second season at the helm. Wilson is closing out a two-year contract. Soiithworth and Durocher have one-year parchments. Branch Rickey of the Red Birds doesn't believe in giving ager.s long-term contracts, Lurry MacPhail of the Dodgers agrees with the man who brought him up in baseball. HOT SPRINGS, Ark., April 17.-Dr. _R. D. Ackerman, American Legion boxing promoter, announced Thursday night that Don Marshall hard hitting Bauxite 150-pounder, and Joey Johnson, clever Dallas fighter, have been signed to meet on the eight-round semifinal to the Lew Jenkins-Jack Byrd outdoor fight to be staged here May 11. » Marshall- ran up a long string of knockouts in this section until he was stopped twice by Byrd. Johnson also lost a sensational fight to Byrd here. Clothes will be worn this season so you might as well Be a good-humored man .The Baseball Standings f\ .-fc. ^^ SOUTHERN LEAGUE W. L. Pet, Little Rock 4 1 .800 •Nashville 5 2 .714 Atlanta 4 3 .571 New Orleans 4 3 .571 Knoxville 3 4 .429 Memphis 2 4 .333 Birmingham -.2 4 .333 hattanooga .. :• 2 5 .288 AMERICAN LEAGUE W. L. Pet St. Louis : 3 0 1.000 York 3 0 1.000 Boston 3 0 1.000 Detroit 2 1 .667 leveland 1 2 .333 hioago 0 9 .000 Washington 3 0 .000 hildelphia 0 3 .000 NATIONAL LEAGUE . W. L. Pet the navy, the Reci Cross and the j more for New' England charities. USO. The plan is both gratifying | The opening day .profits at Nar- and significant because it is one , ragansett which exceeded $10,00 : ' Catcher Mickey Owen Most Photogenic Player By NEA Service NEW YORK. — Mickey Owen started the season as the most photogenic baseball player. Of hundreds of camera studies at the New York Press Photographers' exhibit, the three baseball pictures picked by the judges feature Owen. First prize went to a photograph of Owen slamming over an Ebbets Field box railing catching a foul from the bat 'of Johnny Rucker. then with the Giants. Views of two different angles of the Brooklyn catcher pursuing the ball on the missed third strike in the world scries drew honorable Admission Always llc-23c Phone'42 Box office opens 7; show starts 7:30 mention. DOG GUARDS SHELL New York.—Boots, Belgian police dog rnascot of the oarsmen, won't let a stranger come within yards of the Columbia boathouse. which was drafted semi-voluntarily and which doesn't force the two- dollar bettor to foot the bills. Painless Scheme Judge James E. Dooley, the ruddy-faced Irisher who bosses Narragansett, has evolved a practically painless scheme which can be applied to every race track in the nation without involving hardships for any. The judge will run one extra race every Saturday and holiday. All proceeds of that race will be donated to charities. Although Dooley is the third track head to contribute, he is the first to provide an equitable method of distributing turf profits among the relief agencies. Churchill Downs has contributed 550,000 and Hialeah $60,030. Although sums may be larger than that which Dooley will donate directly, they weren't the product of u general plan. Weekly Charity llace Actually, few tracks can afford to hand over S5C.OCO or $30.000 at a crack. Only a half dozen of the •big boys are wealthy enough to absorb such gifts. But every track can afford to run at least one race a week for charity. The owners foot part of the cost and the public takes over the rest — but in went lo the Navy. Sincerity Shows Doolcy's sincerity may be found in the facts that he has scheduled these charity days for Saturdays and on labor day and that the charity race will run last on the card. Saturdays and holidays are the big money days at any track. Announcing his contribution, the judge indirectly slapped at his colleagues by remarking that he had intended to offer his plan at the recent congress of the national assiciation of state racing commissioners in Chicago but had been given no opportunity to do so. He also remarked that there has been too much debate and too little action. The amazing ignorance and shal- lo'.vness of turf moguls in general was neatly summed up in one bigwig's plaintive whine that "sport writers are forcing us to buy 0111 right to continue in business." In plain language that man doesn't want to buy with money a right that thousands of Americans everywhere are fighting to buy— with their blood and their lives. a. way which doesn't the bettor's profits. cut down Mr.Hr<Qg^qnd Mr. HAH Put On An Act No clownin', Kessler's is a drink. Whose"smoother taste you'll cheer- Gents try it once and never change To other brands,! hear! / o 0 .0 00 0, % S&4c&< ^}\ KESSLER'S [ BUNDED WHISKIY Today's Games Southern League Memphis at New Orleans, nigh game. Atlanta at Chattanooga. Birmingham at Little Rock. Knoxville at Nashville. National League Cincinnati at Chicago. Philadephia at Brooklyn. New York at Boston. St. Louis at Pittsburgh. American League at New York. Washington at Philadephia. Detroit at St. Louis. Chicago at Cleveland. getting in where he can do the most good—quite typical of him MR. ATHLETICS HIMSELF From the time he was big enough to shed his three-cornerec attire, "Dukie" has been' dabbling in sports. They have been a daily part of him practically all his life He got the jump on some of the kids at Frenchman's Bayou—where ie discovered America—by enrolling t school when just five. After completing his gramma vork on schedule he-transferred to leighboring Shawnee at Joiner and •eceived his diploma upon, grad .iation. Arkansas State College Jonesboro, beckoned and Leslie ac cepted. That was the Fall of 1931 During the four years at State ollege Speck compiled a great ;ecord as an all-round athlete. He completed in every major sport and did a first class job in all. Upon graduation it was no shock at all that he should turn to coaching as a profession. Some suspected. His first job was at Hoxie. He did so well with the Mustangs that he was selected for head football coach at his "alma mammy" under a new program. From 1936-39 his college grid teams gained better than an even break, despite limited (you can say that again) material. WRITES LASTING HISTORY Then Dame Fortune "rescued" him and State's loss was Osceola's gain. For Speck took over as head man of the Seminoles the Fall of 1940 which was to begin a new football era. His first year was spent in grounding fundamentals and establishing the system but the tribe won five, lost four and broke even in a game. But in 1941 they really went to town—and how! The record books show 11 consecutive victories with nary a loss for the first perfect season in Seminole history. Nine triumphs were in the Northeast Arkansas Conference and, needless to say, gave them a clear claim to the championship. In addition, the Indians whipped a strong Her- r.ando. Miss., outfit, and overpowered the Paragould Bulldogs in the rain to gain revenge for defeat the year before. Mr. and Mrs. Speck carry the good wishes of all Osceola and surrounding territory who will be looking forward to their return after the duration. Good Luck, Mr. and Mrs. "Dukie"! Boston 3 Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 2 Brooklyn 2 New York 1 hicago 1 Cincinnati 1 Phildalphia 0 0 1.000 all season .66 .667 .667 .333 .333 .333 .000 Soiithworth And Durocher Oh Spot NEW YORK — Three National League managers are considered to be on the spot this season. Billy Soiithworth is expected to guide the Cardinals to the pennant. Jimmy Wilson having disposed of Cubs he didn't want, Chicago looks for the north siclers to im- CH1CKASAW , West Main Near 21st St Prices alwajfl lie and 22e *at. starts 12:45; Sun. starts 1:45 Night shows 6:ft Continuous shows Sat. and Bun. Thursday & Friday DOUBLE FEATURE Two features for the price of one lie and 22c Box office opens 5:45—show starts 6:00 p. m. 'B'ondie Plays Cupid 1 —with— Penny Singleton as Blondic, Arthur Lake as Dagwood, and Larry Simms as Baby Dumpling. —ALSO— 'They Met In Argentina" —with— Maureen O'Hara and James Ellison. Also—Universal News. Road Courier News want ads. IlICE IX 50T1I YEAR Ecorsc. 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