Page 8 article text (OCR)
The View from Here ED HAYES • HE WASN'T QUITE THE BIG BRAWNY TYPE WHEN he graduated from high school. At 5'6, 123 pounds, lie was small even for a small school. He knew he wasn't going to earn any big money posing for swim suit or shaving cream advertisements. Perhaps he could pick up a few bucks in trunks if someone wanted to use him in one of those "before" pictures that advertised muscle-building schemes but that was his only hope along those lines. He was cut from the underdog mold. He never knew what it was to be the favorite in any event. * * * Maybe that's why John Seymour tried just a wee bit harder than other guys his wee size. Maybe that's why, when he graduated from Shawnee High in' Joiner, he had piled up 11 varsity letters in three sports. The folks in Osceola think J.W. can inject some of his high-powered determination and enthusiasm into their budding athletes. That's why they reached up to BIytheviUe, plucked him from the productive seventh grade setup here and hired him this week to head the entire Osceola Junior High athletic program. u . * * * . Osceola is on the move. So is Seymour. - He didn't necessarily want to leave Blytheville but here was someone offering him a chance to progress three years .after graduation from Arkansas State. "Blytheville has been very good to me," he said. "I learned a lot under some great coaches. That's the benefit of belonging to a big school. We teach boys things here in J. W. SEYMOUR ... on the move Junior high I didn't even learn in senior high." J.W. said he had been looking for a better job, bigger responsibility. "I'm glad I didn't have to go to Podunk to get it." The coach has a sense of humor. That's as important as anything else. He likes to tell how he "pushed" John Pennell into a world record. Still at A-State (where he earned three track letters) he was entered in the 1963 Civitan Relays in Memphis. Pennell was in the meet. He was very much in it, in fact, springing to 16'2, a world pole vault record at the time. Seymour went out several feet under that "but I held his pole for him." * * * Blytheville is just like home, too, for J.W.'s wife. He met his bride at Arkansas State and they married the summer he took employment here. From a small community near Searcy, she was prepared—willing—to make this her permanent home but now she'll probably teach in Osceola as she does here. Seymour, a man-mountain 5'614, 165 now, didn't want to forget the Blytheville men outside the coaching staff who helped him. Eager and accustomed to doing things on his own, it took him about two years to realize what they meant to him, how they helped the over-all program and aided his own development. * * * In mentioning the fine association he's had with the coaches here, departing coach Charley Eagle's name was dropped. "Of all the coaches here," Seymour said, "I guess Charley's the only coach I haven't heard one word against. Not one word. People just think of him as the assistant basketball coach but they don't know how important he was in the football program, too. "Trumann's getting a good man. I think they know it." BHS football boss Bob Williams knows it for sure. Among other things, he's praised Charley as one of his most perceptive scouts. J.W. had handled some scouting assignments also. At first, he said, he was in over his head. "But the coaches were very kind. They babied me along. "I owe a lot to a lot of people in Bytheville. "Leaving here was the hardest decision I ever had to make in my life, I guess," he said, throwing the line away, not trying to b» dramatic on a warm, undramatic Thursday afternoon. * * * ' . IT'S POSSIBLE A CITY THAT HAS NEVER BEEN represented here in American Legion baseball will show up at Light Brigade Field in the state tournament in August. Pine Bluff hasn't made it to the two previous summer classics because it hasn't had a team since 1959. The new group, under Abbott Goodwin, is already into Its schedule. Pine Bluff Intercity Kiwanis won its first game, 2-1 over Jacksonville, knocking out Stan Brown who posted six triumphs this spring for sharp Arkansas ASM. * * * The Jonesboro Legion team is being handled by Sari Dacus. His boys, too, are already dipping into their game schedule. Jonesboro roared by McCrory 7-0 Sunday. Polly Black handles the business end of Legion business for Jonesboro. Did you know ole Polly Is running for sheriff in Craighead County? He might become the first basketball official in Arkansas to wear a gun on his hip. Which might not be a bad idea hi this hotheid-er, hotbed basketball country. MAJOR LEAGUE STANDINGS NATIONAL LEAGUE W. L. Pet. G.B. San Fran. ... 23 11 .676 — Houston 20 IS .606 Vk Los Angeles . 19 15 .559 4 Pittsburgh .. 16 14 .533 5 Philadel 15 14 .517 6& Cincinnati .. 14 15 .483 6V4 Atlanta .-.. 16 19 .457 7& New York ... 11 14 .440 7% St. Louis .... 13 17 .433 8 Chicago 7 22 .241 13»A Thursday's Results Chicago 7, Houston 1 St. Louis 2, Philadelphia 0 Los Angeles 4, San Francisco 0 Cincinnati at New York, postponed, rain Only games scheduled Today's Games Chicago at Atlanta, N St. Louis at Cincinnati, N Philadelphia at Houston, N Pittsburgh at Los Angeles, N New York at San Francisco, N Saturday's Games Chicago at Atlanta St. Louis at Cincinnati Pittsburgh at Los Angeles, N Philadelphia at Houston, N New York at San Francisco By JACK HAND Associated Press Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The National and American Football Leagues appeared to be on the threshold of a full-scale contract war today after the New York Giants charged that AFL teams lad made overtures to four of their players. Wellington Mara, president of the NFL's Giants, said Thursday that fullback Tucker Frederickson had been approached by the AFL's Houston Oilers and three other players — center Greg Larson, halfback Steve Thurlow and receiver Bobby Crespino — had been contacted by the San Diego Chargers. The so-called raid attempt AMERICAN LEAGUE W. L. Pet. G.B. Cleveland ... 19 8 .704 — Baltimore ... 18 11 .621 .2 Detroit 17 11 .607 2>A Minnesota .. 16 11 .593 3 California ... 17 14 .548 4 Chicago 14 14 .500 5Vz Washington . 12 18 .400 8& Kansas City . 11 18 .379 9 New York .. 11 19 .367 9'/z Boston 10 21 .323 11 Thursday's Results Minnesota 4, Chicago 3,10 innings Boston 5, Baltimore 1 Washington 7, Cleveland 2 Only games scheduled Today's Games Cleveland at Chicago, N California at Washington, N Detroit at Baltimore, 2, twi- night Kansas City at Boston, N Minnesota at New York, N Saturday's Games Cleveland at Chicago California at Washington Detroit at Baltimore, N Minnesota at New York Kansas City at Boston MINORS— TEXAS LEAGUE W. L. Pet.G.B. Amarfflo ... 22 10 .688 ARKANSAS . 18 12 .600 3 Albu'que ... 17 15 .531 5 El Paso .... 15 14 .517 5% Dal-FW .... 11 19 .367 10 Austin 7 20 .259 12Vi Thursday's Results Amarillo 4-1, Austin 2-0 ARKANSAS 9, El Paso 5 Dallas-Fort Worth 7, Albuquerque 4 Friday's Games Dallas-Fort Worth at Amarillo El Paso at Albuquerque ARKANSAS at Austin INTERNATIONAL Jacksonville 9, Toledo 8 Syracuse 8, Toronto 6 Columbus 4, Richmond 1 Buffalo 3-8, Rochester 2-3 PACIFIC COAST Tulsa 3, Oklahoma City 2 Phoenix 4, Tacoma 3 San Diego 2, Vancouver 1 Seattle 6, Spokane 5 Hawaii 15, Portland 2 Only games scheduled Major *'s THURSDAY'S STARS PITCHING - Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles, pitched a three- hitter for his sixth victory against one defeat as the Dodgers blanked San Francisco 4-0. BATTING - Randy Hundley, Chicago, drove in three runs with a triple and a double and j stole home in the Cubs' 7-1 triumph over Houston. THUNDER OF WAR, COAST TO COAST Grid Leagues Toss Bombs iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiminiiiiininniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Fights iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniini LOS ANGELES-Joe Frazier, 280 „ Philadelphia, knocked out Chuck Leslie, 177, Los Angeles, 3. . PORTLAND, Maine - Ted Whitfield, 146, Amherst, Mass., outpointed Dave Morine, 143, FOR SALE Ultra Modern Public Boat Dock ... Steel-Sub and Superstructure ... Foam Flotation ... Aluminum Covered Boat Storage Slips . . 750 Square Foot Tackle Shop ... 1965 was first operational season on this new 35,000 acre Federal Reservoir... Concession Lease Expires 1988 ... Located on Paved State Highway... Write P. 0. Box 44, Higden, Arkansas .—765 mp/i Best— Mario's Time Unchallenged By DALE BURGESS INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. A(P) Thirty or more 10-mile qualifying runs probably will be made Saturday or Sunday in attempts to win the last 10 open spots in the 33-car line-up for the Golden Anniversary 500-mile auto race May 30., None of the unqualified drivers have shown any threats to the qualifying average of 165.899 m.p.h. made last Saturday by Italian-born Mario Andretti. Most of them would be satisfied with a strong 158. All but three of last weekend's 23 qualifiers bettered 159 but only a few of the unqualified have been in that bracket. They include rookie Carl Williams of Kansas City, who was running better than 160 before he crashed Saturday in missing an out-of-control car. He was practicing at nearly 159 Thursday in the repaired Dayton Gerhardt- Ford. Other likely qualifiers include Bobby Unser, Albuquerque, N.M., in a Huffaker-Offenhauser; his brother, Al, in a Lotus- Ford; Cale Yarbrough, Chalotte, S.C., in a Vollstedt-Ford; Bud Tingelstad, Hawthorne, Calif., in a Gerhardt-Offy; Arnie Knepper, Belleville, 111., in a Ceci-Ford; Sammy Sessions, Nashville, Mich., Ward-Offy; Bobby Grim, Indianapolis, Watson Turbo-charged Offy and Bobby Johns, Miami, Fla., in a BRM-Ford. Other strong runs are expected from Eddie Johnson, Richmond Heights, Ohio, shooting for his 15th straight start in a Huffaker-Offy; Al Miller, Roseville, Mich., Lotus-Ford; Bob Wente, St. Louis, Gerhardt- Offy; Dick Atkins, Hayward, Calif., Shrike Offy, and Bob Harkey, Indianapolis, Gerhardt, Offy. After 33 qualifying runs have been completed, a driver can still put a car in the line-up by exceeding the speed of the slowest earlier qualifier, who then is dropped out or bumped. Slowest of last weekend's qualifiers were three rookies, Gary Congdon, Garden Grove, Calif., 158.688; Mel Kenyon, Davenport, Iowa, 158.555, and Art Pollard, Medford, Ore., 157.985. The trials will .run from 11 a.m., EST, to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Philadelphia, 10. LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Gene Bryant, 157,' Henderson, Nev., knocked out Aristeo Chavarin, 165, Hermosillo, Mex., 2. TURIN, Italy -Sandro Maz- zinghi, 160, Italy, stopped Her man Dixon, 160, Miami, 2. TOKYO-Johnny Jamito, 126, Philippines, outpointed Rokuro Ishiyama, 126, Japan, 10. **» 4 was seen as a retaliatory measure by the AFL for the signings of kicker Pete Gogolak by the Giants. Gogolak played out his option with the AFL's Buffalo Bills, became a free agent May 1 and signed with the Giants Tuesday. * * * According to Mara, the four members of the Giants were contacted Tuesday night, just hours after the Gogolak signing. At the time it was predicted that the Gogolak shift might trigger retaliaory measures by the AFL and set off a wholesale contract war. Two other developments on the same front bolstered the opinion that the retaliatory measures would not only be aimed at the Giants but at other NFL clubs as well. Ralph Wilson, owner of the Bills and president of the AFL, said the signing of Gogolak "was a direct provocation against the Bills and the AFL. In due course the Bills may at- tempt to sign players from the other league, particularly the Giants." , * * K Wilson said, "We would like to see Gogolak's contract, as far as the Giants are concerned, rescinded." But he said the AFL had not formulated any plan because that would be up to Al Davis, the new commissioner of the AFL. However, Dave Diles of station WXYZ in Detroit said he had learned that AFL owners had agreed unanimously on "raiding" the NFL of star players. He said one of the major targets was the Detroit Lions and that three players — tackle Alex Karras, linebacker Wayne Walker and receiver Gail Cogdill — already had been contacted. * * * Thurlow said he had been contacted personally by Sid Gillman, coach and general manager of the hargers. Face an Ace Again By BEN OLAN NEW YORK (AP) - Figuring the Majors: Elroy Face, Pittsburgh's veteran reliever, looms as a strong candidate for National League Comeback-of the-Year honors The 38- year-old right-hander has a 3-1 record and a 2.81 earned run average. He won If games in 1959 and 10 the nexi year in relief, but had only three victories in 1964 and five last season. Earl Battey, Minnesota catcher, already has stolen more bases this season than in the last four combined. He has two steals, the second during the Twins' 4-3 triumph over the Chicago White Sox Thursday. Battey did not steal a base in Aussie Has Best Score FORT WORTH, Tex. (AP) The Colonial Invitation Go]] Tournament had the usual foreign touch today. Bruce Devlin of Australia lee the field going into the second round. Another Aussie, Peter Thomson, was tied for seconc with Bob Charles, the left-handed New Zealander. Devlin shot ahead in Thursday's opening round with a three-under-par 67, while Thomson and Charles fired 68s over the Colonial Country Club's 7,123-yard layout. * * * Bruce Crampton of Australia and George Knudson of Canada staged a thrilling battle for the 1965 championship and jockeyed 1-2 all fte way, with Crampton finally winning by three strokes. The year before Gary Player of South Africa led the first round. Tied at 69 for fourth place were Bert Weaver, Dan Sikes, Don January and Gene Littler. Doug Sanders, the year's eading winner both in money and tournaments and the favorite here, started out with a 33 on •he front nine but slumped to a 37 coming in and finished at 70 with six others, including Play- New Location! 600 North 6th Next Door to Dixie Pig Buell W. Carter MFA Agent PO 3-3361 1962, '63, and '65 and had only one steal in 1964. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who led the majors in home attendance 2,553,577 last year, are almost 10 percent ahead of their 1965 pace. They lead the big leagues again with 503,643 for 16 playing dates after having attracted 144,696 for their three- game series against the San Francisco Giants which ended Thursday night. Hank Aaron of the Braves, the National League home run leader, has hit nine of his 13 homers on the road and only four in the new Atlanta Stadium. A Robinson, Brooks or Frank, has gotten at least one hit for Baltimore in each of the Orioles' 29 games except one. Bruce Howard, Eddie Fisher and Jack Lamabe of the White Sox combined to hold both Robinsons hitless May 12. 1 had a phone call from Gillman Tuesday night at my home," said Thurlow. "He asked me if I had signed my contract with the Giants. I said I had. He sounded disappointed, but he pursued it further. "He asked me what I was making and he told me in roundabout terms what he could offer me." Larson said. "Gillman didn't make any specific offer, but he said that money wasn't any object if I was interested in playing with San Diego next season." Mara said that Larson had told him that Gillman had remarked, 'We're out to get the Giants.'" * * * Asked to comment on the Giants' charges, Gillman said: "The San Diego Chargers stand on their record. We have never signed anybody in this country who was under contract or who played out his option. Can Mr. Mara say the same?" Don Klosterman of the Oiler*, who reportedly had contracted Frederickson, said he had spoken to Frederickson recently but that he and the player only "exchanged pleasantries." Davis was not available for comment. Neither were the Lions about the Diles' report. COURIER NEWS Friday. M»y 20. IBM PAGE EIGHT Undefeated Foe at 4 Today State Teachers Win Opener SHERMAN, Tex. (AP)- Arkansas State Teachers and New Mexico Highlands, the only undefeated teams in the double elimination tournament, meet at 4 p.m. today in the NAIA Area 2 playoffs. The area winner advances to the national tournament at St. Joseph, Mo. Arkansas and St. Edward's of Texas combined to eliminate Oklahoma Baptist Thursday. Arkansas won its game 10-6 and St. Edward's scored a 2-0 vic- tory. New Mexico Highlands handed Tarleton State its first loss 8-2. Tarleton, which beat St. Edward's Wednesday, meets again at 11 a.m. today. The winner of the morning game faces the afternoon loser tonight. Lovell Garner of Oklahoma Baptist was Thursday's big hitter. He slamed a two-run homer and one that scored three runs. The Big Switch Is To WlLDClTTER KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY Everyone-is wild about Wildcatter... it's the discovery of the year! Even scotch drinkers are joining bourbon drinkers in switching to it. You have to try this fine old-style sour mash Kentucky bourbon to really appreciate its distinctive taste and flavor. Once you do, we believe that you, tbo, will join the big switch to Wildcatter. KKWWf SUNSHT BOUR80N VffllSKFf 80 PROW •WLKITHH WSTIIUKG CO, WUISYUUi KT. At your Ford Healer's Sports Sale m PHILLIPS FORD SALES 300 N. Broadway Blyrhtvillc, Ark.