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PAGE six BI/VTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Texas Swatter Must Beat Byrd To Get Chance At Welter Champion /HOT SPRINGS, May 7.—If Jack Byrd, Ely Uieville, decisions Lew ;Jenkins, former lightweight champion, here 'Monday night, Byrd will receive immediately an offer for bouts in New York," according to a telegram received today from 'Frank Beckman, fight manager. If Jenkins wins, Frank Johnson, :Boston promoter, will take the "sweet swatter from Sweetwater," Tex., to the cultured hub for a championship 'bout with the welterweight titleholder. Red Cochrane. Joh.nson asked Jenkins to cancel the bout with Byrd if not under signed contract, and added, "If you cannot get out of that fight, whatever you do, don't lose it." Both Jenkins and Byrd and their retinue will go to Little Rock Saturday and work out that afternoon at the Eagles Club glm. Baseball Scouts Good Recruiters For Army-Barnes «*• __ -• ST. LOUIS — Don Barnes fired his three-man scouting staff. : "Co^st us around $30,000 a year," explains the president of the St. Louis Browns. "No sense in paying that sort of money in wartime. A baseball scout today is simply digging up talent for the Army." Browns Uncover Another Fine Shortstop In Stephens Foamier Picks Youngster Oat Of Junior Higl Shaughnessy Likes Football Warfare ,/; COLLEGE PARK, Md—Clark Shaughnessy aims to streamline the ; University of Maryland sports pro; gram, but he isn't going to pay ;rnuch attention to tennis, golf, swimming or even baseball. These sports, asserts the new athletic director, are not rough .enough. He wants body contact, "Boxing and wrestling are o. k., : but. they're individual games," says ';'•Shaughnessy.. "Football is a wartime sport. It's contact calls .for teamwork and precision." BY HARRY GRAYSON NEA Service Sports Editor NEW YORK—Vcrnon Decatur Stephens, Jr., is considerable in the way of additional evidence that the St. Louis Browns are getting somewhere with their farm system. Loss of Johnny Berardino to the Army Air Corps seemed like a staggering one to the Little Brownies until the boys got a look at Junior Stephens this spring. Stephens is a sizeable kid standing 5 feet 10 and weighing 185. He is swift enough to have been a sprinter in junior high school. H? is an all-round performer, having competed in basketball for Polytechnic High, Long Beach, Calif., which is famous for its fine athletic teams. He did not go out for track there because students are confined to one sport a semester. Although this is his fifth season in professional baseball, Stephens did not have to register until the second draft. Twenty-one last October, he has not yet been advised as to his status. He is married 18 months. Stephens, a right-hand batter, is something rare in shortstops in that he swats ;» long ball. Charley Keller robbed him of a home run at Yankee Stadium by leaping and reaching into the left field stand at the 402-foot mark. DRIVES IN RUNS; HAS RIFLE ARM Breaking in with Springfield of the Three I and Johnstown of the Mid-Atlanti in 1938, Stephens, with Mayfield, led the Kitty League in runs-batted-in with 121 in '39. In '40, with San Antonio, he led the Texas, a pitchers' league, with 98 runs-batted-in. Although he led off the last thrcs months, he batted in 79 runs for Toledo of the Double A California Boy Fast Oil Feet, Hits Lojijr Ball LANE SCOTT'S Vernon Stephens American Association in '41. He is off to a flying start in the American. Stephens does everything well. "All he has to do is get acquai- ted with the league," beams Manag- er Luke Sewell. ^ Moving rapidly in all directions, Stephens covers a wide range. He has the big hands of the good infielder. A rifle-like arm swings from his shoulder. Although working with Don Gutteridge, who is a .stranger to second base, Stephens has demonstrated that he is u corking hand on a double play. DOESN'T WORRY ABOUT AVERAGE Stephens is u happy-go-lucky chap of good habits. A young broncho out of the far west, he doesn't .sit around the hotel lobby on no evening worrying about his batting average. He knows that all he has to do is keep swinging— that the' average will take care of itself. Stephens has the poise of a veteran. He was raLsed among major leaguers wintering in Long Beach knows Red Rulfiny well What difference does Stephens find between the American Lcar gue and the minors? "Smoother inlields and faster pitchers," he explains, "but you can bank on the ball being around the plate.' Red Kress was Stephens' idol when he first reported to the Browns in '38. He saw more of the peppery redhead at a school the Browns conducted at Santa Monica, Calif., in the spring of '39. Stephens liked Kress becaue he was first on the field and the last to leave, he admired his hustle. Like Kress, Stephens loves to play the game. Jack Fournier plucked Vernon Stephens out of junior high school. It pays to yet 'em young and bring em up right. Clarence Gcis, Little Rock High ithan 14 feet and along comes Cor-' School coach, had 102 hopefuls re- " "' ' " ~ "" porting for Spring grid practice tiie other day. Of this number, he plans to pick 60 for the varsity tryouts. Ho hum! Is there any use reminding Geis of the old saw "the bigger they are ths harder they fall?" Maybe he wants a lot of bench warmers so he can be sure he'll have 11 men on the field when the final gun halts this year's game with the Chicks. Mike Meroney, dean of the local wrestling fraternity, is undergoing hay fever tests in Memphis. Here's hoping Mike is feeling up to par by Monday night and can act as referee for his own card. He's about the only one around here who can make the boys behave themselves. For Mike, they'd wear little Lord Fauntleroy suits. I see where the track experts have decided that no athlete will ever run the mile in four minutes flat. Yeah, and not so long ago they came to the conclusion that no one would ever vault higher nelius Warmerdam, the California school teacher, with his sky-rocketing 15 foot hops. Maybe there won't be a four minute mile, but it doesn't pay to string along with the wise guys. A lot of folks did that on the Derby and wound up with nothing but holes in their pockets. The Blytheville softball team,' under Manager Marshall Blackard, practiced at Haley Field last night. Seems the boys are just about ready to go, and Marshall is tickled pink. In addition to the stars he already has, he's picked up a sweet shortstop named Jimmie Lutes. Looks like the State Championship from where I sit. Only thing is, I'd like to see the boys get an opener scheduled, The fans need to sec the team in action, in order to appreciate 'em. c-d an artificial leg and hunted, fished and climbed hills until he could get, around almost as well sis any normal person. Then he applied for admission to the Air Corps but was rejected. The Air Corps, needing men, relented last March and enlisted him —but not as a pilot. He got a desk job and was happy at the chance to return to aviation in any capacity. He worked hard and recently was promoted to a captain in active service and will fly again at a California Field. His father volunteered in the first World War and was gassed in France. That started a long illness which ended in death after a five year fight against a lung ailment. Read Courier News want ads. Shaughnessy Spurs Maryland Football COLLEGE PARK, Md. (NBA) — Advent of Clark Shaughnessy spurred football at Maryland. Where less than 50 from the 1941 varsity and yearlings ordinarily would report for spring practice, nearly twice that number are drilling. It is evident, of course, that the vast majority of the newcomers have more enthusiasm than ability. Coach Shaughnessy announces that he will cut no one off the squad. The game helps the physical fitness and fortitude of even those who do not come close to making the grade. Sec where "Dairy Maid" Jenkins hired a band to play while he was training for the Byrd fight the other day. Lew must be training his ear for music so he can appreciate the singing of the "Byrds." Ouch! There Has Been Talk of Sports and The War, So It Is Pleasant To Speak of Sports in War; Big Ten Names Names, Figures 15V HARRY GRAYSON N 7 EA Service Sports Editor CHICAGO College athletics U. S. Marines were sent to areas in the Bering Sea in 1891 to stop fishermen from seal poaching. HEAD DODGER REGULAR CINCINNATI—Ed Head is fa-st and Leo Durocher of the Brooklyn Dodgers intends to use the Montreal recruit reguarly as a starting pitcher. John Adams, second president of the United States, once fought with the United States Marines. Best Double Play Combination DLAY GOLF By BY RON NELSON Master of the Masters Reaching for the ball is one of the most common faults. It is especially damaging en iron shots. Player should make certain the i blade of the club lies flat on the i turf. If the toe Ls raised, you are I reaching too much. I H a n d s and arms should be in close to the body. In ljus way y on get punch in your shot. O v e r reaching on an iron shot takes all the snap out of the swing. It cuts down distance. ""Inside a n d outside" is an old swing axiom. Many beginners flight. They fail to keep the right arm in close to the side or they lift the club abruptly. For maximum distance hit inside the line of flight. If your hands and arms are in close to the body, your .swing will be in ancl out. Phil Rizzuto takes toss from Joe Gordon, who circles behind him. forces Glenn McQuillen of Browns at second and whips ball to Buddy Hassett at first to nip George McQuinn. Baseball's slickest double play combination was broken up temporarily when Gordon was forced out of Yankee lineup with wrenched back. Today s Games SOUTHEUN LEAGUE Chattanooga at Memphis. Birmingham at Knoxville. Atlanta at Little Rock. New Orleans at Nashville. NATIONAL LEAGUE Boston at Cincinnati. New York at Pittsburgh. Brooklyn at Chicago. Philadelphia at St. Louis. AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland at New York. Chicago at Boston. St. Louis ai Philadelphia. Detroit at Washington. The Marine corps Institute, famous Leathern :.ck correspondence school, was established in 1920. »The Baseball Standings SOUTHERN LEAGUE W. L Pet 19 9 x Atlanta Nashville xLittie Rock 15 13 .679 .530 Memphis ....... N- v w Orleans ..... Birmingham .. . Knoxville ..... .. x— Night game. 13 12 .520 15 14 .517 13 13 .500 13 14 .481 12 14 .462 9 20 .310 AMERICAN LEAGUE and the war: Maj. Austin Streubel, Wisconsin football star, was killed in aerial combat in the East Indies; Lieut. John Van Delester, Purdue swimmer, in artillery action in the Philippines. Lieuts. Ed Valorz and Bob Finwall, former Chicao wrestling captains, and John Loehrke of Wisconsin football met death in line of duty with the Army Air Corps. Bob Ingle of Illinois football and Ken McCarnes of Northwestern basketball were lost in Army Air Corps training accidents. Welles Hodgson, Minnesota's Big Ttn broaci jump champion, was last reported on besieged Cor- rflgidor. Bob "Cassels, Chicago^ holder of the conference pole vault record, is in action with the Army Air Corps in Australia. Bill Smith, Michigan tackle, is a flying officer in Hawaii, his father, Andy Smith, hero of Ann Arbor's point-a-minute football teams, is an officer in the Army Air Corps. A survey shows 1500 Western Conference alumni athletes in active service. Typical is the record of the personnel of the 1940 All-Big Ten football team, comprising members of the last graduating classes before Pearl Harbor. George Franck, Minnesota and New York professional Giant back, and Dave Rankin, Purdue end, are naval aviation cadets at advanced training bases. Ed Frutig, Michigan Few have waited to be drafted and most of them entered officer's training schools. Ohio State provides an index to the rank of athletes in arms with a study of its graduates in the service, 53.5 percent of whom are commissioned. Another 24.3 per cent are non-commissioned, officers, 22.2 per cent enlisted men. There has been a lot of talk about sports and the war, much of it by confirmed knocker-downers. So it is pleasant to speak of sports in the war. completed preliminary end. has training. Don Scott, huge Ohio State quarterback, is an officer at Randolph Field, Texas' West Point of the Air. Tom Harmon, Michigan's two- time All-America left halfback, is a cadet. Ralph Fritz, Michigan guard, is a private in the Army. George Paskvan, Wisconsin fullback, and Joe Lokanc. Northwestern guard, are training for commissions in naval aviation physical training. Paul Hiemenz, Northwestern center, is an engineer engaged in war material production. Urban Odson, 245-pound Minnesotan, and Alf Bauman of Northwestern, the tackles, are still in school. Odson will enter Great Lakes Naval Training Station upon graduation. Bauman's plans are indefinite because of an car operation which disqualifies him for active military service. Likewise typical is the record of Northwestern football captains of the last caght years, six of whom are in uniform. Floyd Chambers. 1941 leader, will be commissioned an ensign following his graduation from" the Naval R. O. T. C. A seventh is completing his medical course before selecting a branch of service. Air service holds the greatest appeal. although undergraduate training provided by such programs as the field artillery R. O. T. C. FLIES DESPITE mmp LEE Son Of Immortal Christy Mathewson Overcomes Handicap To Aid U. S. SARANAC LAKE, N. Y.. May 7. (UP)—Christy Mathewson, Jr.. showing the same kind of courage displayed by his father—the immortal "Big Six" of John J. McGraw's New York Giants — has overcome the handicap of an artificial leg arid become an active captain in the Army Air Corps. ' His mother, Mrs. Christy Mathewson, said .her son, who lost a leg in an air accident in China in 1932 has finally worked his way back into a pilot's seat. Flying with his young bride, the former Margaret Phillips of Philadelphia, en route to become a flying instructor for the Chinese government, Mathewson crashed. His wife was killed and he was hospitalized for months. When he got out Mathewson returned to the Adirondacks, obtain- Too Late to Classify FOR SALE LUMBER. C. C. 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