The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 17, 1966 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 17, 1966
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The View from Here ED HAYES * * * Four Freshmen ALL FOUR YOUNG MEN WHO PLAYED STATE CHAM- pionship baseball last summer for the American Legion team to Blytheville and moved to the A1C as freshmen this year, wound up as varsity starters. _ •- Blytheville is developing a sound tradition as a Legion baseball center: two state crowns in three years, and now with the big show in their own backyard again this year, the Dud Casons are blessed with better than even odds of making it three trophies in four years. . .• • I'd bet you my last stogey that most coaches in the state right now figure BlythevUle as the team to beat in the Aug. 10 tournament. You could tell these coaches that Dwight Williams has a staggering rebuilding job on his freckled hands but they'll stand unconvinced. * * * Max Briley and Danny Wiliams, off last year's crew, moved right into startng jobs and held 'em, while Russ Fullerton and Mike Ledbetter battled for and won their positions •nd they were out of position when they did it, Fullerton, a hard-hitting, hard-throwing third-sacker for ! ; -the Casons wedged his way Into the lineup at Henderson State f Sis a shortstop ... while Ledbetter, a frisky second baseman, '•"ifeked a job in the outfield at Ouachita. S :; -T "He's an infielder," Buddy Bob Benson said of Ledbetter, »;?'Sut every time I put him in the lineup, he'd get a hit so I *iid to find a place for him." ;?55 Fullerton, whose folks live in Steels, closed out as the Sanderson shortstop and baseball buffs around Light Brigade '•Shield will tell you at the crack of a bat that he certainly : ;|"lMS the arm for the job. •„,;..,„, * * * \?JS Williams (Danny) picked up where he left off in the •Sitete tournament, running smartly on the bases, executing '^glossy plays in the outfield and hitting stylishly. If anything the guy improved his hitting at Henderson where he jacked himself up as a long-ball swinger. - ^ In almost every victory, the Blytheville boy produced a "key contribution for the Reddies. Unfortunately, the collegiate season Is over for all four boys Henderson was eliminated in the NAIA playoffs by Ouachita and Ouachita was clipped in the finale over the weekend on a ninth-inning home run by Arkansas State Teachers. Benson had to lean on cliches and superlatives when he talked about Briley. Max, y'all recall, is the hustltug first baseman, who was named by the Courier News as the most valuable player in the 1965 state tuornament. He established a pace, right from the start, for all Casons . .to follow. He ran and hit well but more important he made the infield look eloquent by digging throw after throw out • of the dust (or mud as on championship day). In the beginning some calloused railbirds thought the boy might be lucky, the way he'd scoop those one-handers and * save an inning but after a long hot summer they took a dif*" fcrent view. - Still more important, Briley was the hustling leader. When flie third out was made, no one came pounding off the diamond any faster than Maxie. People used to pay just to see him run from first to the dugout, like he wanted to be sure he'd get there before his snow cone melted. I""- Will there be someone this summer to take Briley's place?. There are no championships without leaders. * * * Briley batted .453 for the Bears this spring. Benson, who also coaches the gridiron team at Ouachita, commented: "E I had some boys who played football with as much desire as Briley wants to play baseball, I wouldn't lose a game." 1 If others in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference ob" wrved the Blytheville lad similarly, don't be surprised if the name of Max Briley emerges when all-AIC honors are distributed. * * * Back home, Dwight Williams is scheduled to officially begin looking for replacements for the Dannys and Maxes for his new Legion team this Thursday and Friday after school 5 at Light Brigade Field. . . .-- "Anyone who thinks he can make the team is invited, E said the coach. s? Be it noted that Dwight Williams is an "equal opportunity JE employer." That's a big thing these days, so ha it noted and |s remembered. Judy, Judy, Judy FOUR-DOT DATA: Judy Ramey of Blytheville has been ;„ elected an Arkansas State cheerleader for next year .... ;» Charlie Partlow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Partlow Jr., S is the first Blytheville boy to enroll for a session at Wally H Moon's baseball camp in Siloam Springs .... Ray GUIiam, r "* former head basketball coach at Trumann, has accepted a • similar post at Harrisburg. Charley Eagle, assistant on the : <" BHS staff, took the Trumann vacancy . . . . S. D. Bray re~ turns as chairman of the Legion baseball program for tha Dud Cason Post 24 Northeast Arkansan Don Williams, S: nephew of Dwight Williams, is playing second base for Spo- K kane in the Pacific Coast League. Jerry Hudgins, coach at t Dell this year, is assigned to pitch for Pittsfield in the Eastern £ League. Shleburn Morton, Paragould pitcher, is with States'"• ville in the West Carolinas League Dennis Townsend of - ; Blytheville received a trophy, most valuable player on tha v-' A-State bowling squad. Wonder if anyone signed him yet for a : summer league at Shamrock. ' EXPANSION DIALOGUES WEDNESDAY NFL Ready for Team X By JACK HAND issociated Press SPorts Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The 6th team in the National Foot- all League still is Team X and will not be named until some ime before the college draft. Pete Rozelle, NFL cemmis- ioner, insisted today mat the wners had made no decision on he expansion club and would ot make any at the spring meetings that opened Monday. We have no deadline," he said ut admitted it should be before he draft. |-i By KATfflE DIBELL £ NEW YORK (AP) - Skitch /Henderson, bearded boo vivant %d band leader for a major » television show, will be worry: .lng about a different kind of Hune-up May 30. :T The mechanically-minded rtnaestro will be watching the "Indianapolis 900-mile race as a Itnember of Ridger Ward's pit *crew. r "I couldn't stand to sit in the "^grandstand," Henderson said. sfl want to know what's going Jjii.* "• .' '••' Henderson admits, however, -4hat he ii primarily a water boy i to the pit. L._;-Mostly I try to flay out of "ttewy." The musician's Interest Is genuine, however. He was an drivir on the Mer- cedes team on the Grand Pri circuit for several years an toured the major sports c; tracks in the United States until eight years ago. This will be the second yea Henderson has watched th Indy 500 from a pit. In 1964, h helped Len Sutton and was ho rifled to watch Eddie Sachs an Dave MacDonald killed. "It was terrible, and it near eliminated me from racing, Henderson said. "When the) lined the cars up to restart th race, they looked like coffins- monsters getting ready to d vour their driven. "But then, this thoroughbred machinery U like a woman- most temperamental, most fern inine. It's only safe whe they're .stopped and the ignitio it off," bt Hid. ^tfff<yf!?^ .•u.* ! *r ^iiSlsliPi: "We are having representatives of the seven cities in here Wednesday," said Rozelle. "They will bring us up to date on stadium plans and make their presentations. We are very proud of the caliber of people who are coming, including governors and mayors." * * * Houston; New Orleans, La.; Seattle, Wash., Cincinnati; Boston; Portland, Ore.; and Phoenix, Ariz, are due to make their best sales pitch to the owners. I Each will have 15 minutes to tell his story. Rozelle expects Team X to be ready to field a ball club for the 1967 season. The league will be divided into an Eastern Confer- formation en college athletes was discussed. The league decided to extend the goal posts 20 feet above the cross bar to help officials in enceand Western Conference!making calls on field goals, with each conference split into """ ' • > ~~'"" > """ two four-club divisions. That will set up playoffs for each conference title before the league championship game. The NFL studied means of winning the all-out talent war with the AFL, expected to flare up next fall. A central scouting system with pooled in- The league denied their was any connection between the innovation and the disputed fiel< goal by Don Chandler of Green Bay in last season's tie playof game with Baltimore. The Colts claimed the field goal was no good, but the Packers wn 13-lf and went on to beat Cleveland for the title. Pro Grid War Is Busting Out By MCRRAY OLDERMAN WASHINGTON, D.C. .. NBA .. In the new mood of truculence in professional football, Al Davis almost wants the National League to move into Houston, Tex. The subject is pertinent at the moment because the NFL is holding a league meeting in the nation's capital that will lead to another team in 1967. And Davis is the new commissioner of the American Football League, which is vitally concerned since two of its cities, Houston and Boston, are on the NFL expansion list. COURIER NEWS Tuesday, May 17, 1366 g PAGE EIGHT § Fights JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Johnny Wood, 152, South Africa, stopped Joseph Shabtai, 164%, Israel, 4. LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Larry Clark, 141, Las Vegas, outpoint- ed Joe Barrientes, 140, Dallas, Tex., 10. PHOENIX, Ariz. - Manny Elias, Phoenix, outpointed Manny Berrios, Mexico, 12, bantamweights; Manuel Ramos, Mexico, stopped Archie Ray, Phoenix, 8, heavyweights. SAN FRANCISCO - Charley Shippes, 146V4, Oakland, Calif., outpointed Maruo Galvan, 145. Mexico City, 10. Paulie Armstead 144, San Francisco, out- pointed, Pula Serrano, 144, Mexico City, 10. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiniiniiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Major *'s miiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiniiimiiiiiininiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!! 1 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITCHING — Camilo Pascual, Twins, pitched a seven-hitter beating Washington 2-1 for his sixth victory in seven decisions. BATTING - Bernie Allen, Twins, stroked three hits and scored one run in Minnesota's 21 victory over Washington. Clay Predicts LONDON (AP) - World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay claims he will knock out Henry Cooper in their May 21 title fight at London's Arsenal Soccer Stadium. "I will knock Cooper cold with a good, clean punch," he told newsmen Monday. Clay stopped Cooper with cut eyes in the fifth round of their previous London fight in 1963. Asked if he planned to cut up Cooper again, Clay retorted : "I do not deliberately cut people. Cooper is too nice a man for me even to think of such a thing." Clay put in «!x devastating rounds with sparring partner Jimmy Ellis at his White City Stadium gym Monday. "We now," notes Davis, "have substantial organization in Houston with Don Klosterman as, the general manager and Wally Lemm as the new head coach. We welcome any challenge to their supermacy." * * * Meanwhile. Pete Rozelle, the comissioner of the NFL, is playing it cool because he has seven cities with which to play grab-bag. They are, alphabetically, Boston, Cincinnati, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland and Seattle — all of whom are schedled to make presentations before the league meeting tomorrow. "The reason we list Boston and Houston among the seven," says Rozelle, "is the fact we've had strong interest from those cities and they're large markets." Even if they're in the AFL. * * * Whe the NFL chooses the 16th team, Rozelle will split the league into four divisions and set up an attractive scheduling pattern with division playoffs leading to a title game. Here's an inside rundown on the prospects of the bidders for the available franchise. I list them in the order of probability: 1. Seattle — Opens up the Pacific Northwest, a new territory. New stadium issue comes up in election Sept. 20, but there's strong indication University of Washington stadium would be made available on interim basis. Wants NFL to de- aly decision until after election. 2, New Orleans — Great civic interest, has done well In exhibition games. And important for recruiting new talent because it's in the Southeastern Conference zone. Govenor says he'll guarantee a new stadium. Tulane wants to tear down Sugar Bowl, but it can be used meanwhile. 3. Houston ,— Best .stadium facility of all, the Astrodome. City fathers can't go to bat for AFL franchise, because it wouldn't be politic with Oilers in town. But strong private interests want a team there. Would mean another football war, though, and perhaps hurt both leagues. 4. Cincinnati — Great civic interest, like New Orleans, and the promise of a new stadium. Hub of a big population complex that pro football hasn't tapped to the south and west. But could conflict with Cleveland Browns in pulling fans from central Ohio. 5. Boston — Muddled stadium situation. Doubtful they'd have a place to play. Biggest attraction is that it's biggest metropolitan area—with three million to draw from. 6. Phoenix — The Arizonans are go - getters, but they're still five years away in terms of facilities and population. 7. Portland — Good sports city, but why go there, where there's no place to play right now, when you can go to Seattle just up the road? A domed stadium issue was narrowly turned down couple years ago. * * * The AFL, with its own expansion ideas, has adopted an isolation policy. Davis says he's not interested in common drafts, inter-league play, title games or ATHLETE'S FOOT TREAT IT FOR 48e Apply Instant-drying T-4-L, l Batch of chemicals In alcohol. Feel it take hold to check Itch, training In MINUTES. In 3 to i days, Infected skin doughs oft. Watch HEALTHY ikln appear! If not delighted IN ONE HOUR, your Me back at any druj counter. TODAT at Klrby Drui Stores. even a merger. "I read what tne new commissioner says," smiles Carroll Rosenbloom, influential owner of the Baltimore Colts, "and I couldn't agree with him more." And does Davis' challenging welcome to a direct confrontation in Houston affect his expansion thinking? "Davis has switched a lot of us to Houston where maybe it wasn't seriously considered." The fireworks are about to begin. BEARD IN NSW ORLEANS Triumphant Return By BEN THOMAS Associated Press Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) This gracious old city prides tself on its hospitality and has >een trying ever since 1964 to make up for the trouble which befell Frank Beard here. That year the bespectaled golfer came to New Orleans to day golf. H made no money and went away with encephali- is—a killer disease sometimes called sleeping sickness. Beard almost died. He was administered the final rites by a Roman Catholic priest. But he recovered to return to New Or- eans again. Last year Beard returned to the city. A pretty blonde airline hostess named Pat Roberts flew n from Dallas and he two had their first date. They came back together last Oct. 30 and were married. * ¥ ¥ This year Beard conquered the fairways of Lakewood Country Club, beating Jack Nicklaus and Tony Lema for the biggest check of his four-year pro career. Beard won the $20,000 first prize money in the Greater New Orleans Open Monday. Beard started out one stroke behind Nicklaus and Lema. Nicklaus canned a birdie putt on the first hole and appeared ready to walk away with the title. Beard said an eagle at No. 5 a par 5 hole, gave him a lift But the biggest one came on the ninth green where NicklauJ knocked in a birdie putt to tie 'and I managed to got a birdia oo and stay ahead.' Beard fired a sizzling 67 for a 72-hole score of 276. Gardner Dickinson finished second, (wo trokes behind. Nicklaus had tn ettle for a third-place tie with Lema, Miller Barber and Bos Goalby. iniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiin State Golfer Socks 5 Gs NEW ORLEANS (AP)Miller Barber of Texarkana shot a fourth-round 66 for a 279 total and won $5,150 In the Greater New Orleans golf tournament here Monday. John Cook, a Jonesboro, Ark., native now playing out of Minnesota, finished with a 286 and owwon $1,206 and Dick Crawford of El Dorado, Ark., wound up with a S87 ano won $700. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniBiiiiiiimiimmiiiiiiBiiiHiiiiiiwiMiiiiiin Texan Travels at '500' INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (.AP) Jim McElreath of Arlington Tex., practicing for the Memori al Day Indianapolis 500-mile auto race, had the top spee< Monday of 28 drivers who took advantage of bright sunshine for test runs. McElreath, one of the earl> qualifiers last weekend for thf race, hit more than 160 miles an hour in .the Zink-Urschel-Slick trackburner. Marjo Andretti, who captured the pole position Saturday with a record 165.899 m.p.h. ap peared briefly on the track and got to a little over 157 m.p.h. With 18 cars qualifying over the weekend, 15 spots in the 33 car field remain to be filled Sat urday and Sunday. Richard Gilmore ROCKETS! ROCKETS! ROCKETS! ftt Sir, I haws rocket th»t will fit your pocket. 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