The View from Here ED HAYES Guest Column IT'S 8:45 SUNDAY NIGHT. That's what time this column was begun. * * * One afternoon last week I was visiting in one of the coaches' offices at the gym on the Blytheville High campus. The official vacation, season was to begin in a matter, of hours and the coaches, not unlike the students who were beginning to feel the first friskiness of freedom, were kicking up their heels conversationally. Soon the conversation centered around column writing. Another school year was closing and the coaches were interviewing me, not the other way as it is 10 months each year. * * * One of the coaches asked if I had completed my day's work. I said no. I said there was still my column to write. He said: "That only takes about 15 minutes, doesn't it?" I fell out of my chair alternately laughing and sputtering. In my 10 years of writing a daily column only once was I able to slamout a piece in 15 minutes and that was because I had no other choice or anymore time. Even then it was not an original work. Here's what happened. I wrote the column the night before, the bundled it with some other papers. In the morning I place 'the bundle, along with an electric razor on the back of my car while I checked something. * • * *-•• You guessed it. I drove off with the papers and razor forgotten on the rear of the car. They were not there when I got out of the car at work. I drove back, retracing the same path all the way, three times, and found no trace of the column or razor. I did not worry about the razor: I've never seen a razor anywhere that was equal to publishable literature. Besides the razor needed repairing and whoever scooped it up off the street didn't find much of a bargain. Writing Time Varies Normally, not counting research, interviewing or old- fashioned thinking, I can write a column in an hour and'a half. It takes longer quite often and less than that less often. In other words, it varies. This column is a lot of things but I don't think it's hack work: you can't harness it with a set tune.. . . ; . : I am not a particularly fast writer. .That's because I havt '• oo desire to become the swiftest columnist around. So, the coach said O.K., O.K., how about letting him write a column for me? I said fine, fine, I'd be delighted to have him as my guest columnist the next day. "What will your subject be?" I inquired. •*••*. * Well, he didn't know right off. Fact; he 'didri't know 15 minutes later, either. "Hmm," he laughed, "I guess it's harder than I thought, trying to think of something to write about everyday." I could tell by their expressions the other coaches were trying to help him with an idea."I know," he said, his face lighting up like a rich kid's Christmas tree. "The roads around the gym. I'll write about the worst roads in the city that surround the best gym in the state." "Colossal," said his cohorts. "Stupendous." It had been done before, I reminded him, and-more than once. If he insisted, it'd be O.K. but the streets were going to be A-l before next autumn, or so I'd been led to believe. * * * "You could write about how much we need a cafeteria at the high school," one of the other coaches said. "No, that's not sports, is it." Inevitably, the conversation swung to the li'l leagues. All three were for such activity, to a degree, but agreed there was too much emphasis on winning and the uniforms were too fancy. "Give the kids a cap, a T shirt, a ball and a bat and tell 'em to go play ball," although they admitted it was almost too late for that because Li'l League baseball uniforms had become a mark of distinction in Blytheville, shirts and knickers now being a goal of social acceptance with the pre-teens. "Why aren't there more boys ready and willing to play Legion ball?" But they-were getting into deep water that runs muddy now and that, mainly, is why I kept the names of these coaches out at the start of the coumn. I didn't want them to go through the trouble of having their phone's disconnected for a week or so. Don't Quote Me "I'll write the column," the coach said, "but you can leave your name on it. But don't quote me." "If you're going to be a guest columnist, of course I'll put your name on it." That did it. A bell rang somewhere and the party broke up. And another budding columnist bit the dust. Personally, I don't likt to read a columnist who tells his readers how hard it is to'write a column 'and all that but today I had no other choice. This is the'- guest column.that was supposed to be and isn't. • * *'.*.' • / It is now 10:50 p.m. That's how long it took to-write this column. LET 'ER ROLL, LET 'ER ROLL! - Jonesboro did just that and the ball stopped inside the line, a perfect bunt for Blytheville's Stan Williams. Searcy Mears (left) is the runner on third base. He came in to run for. winning pitcher Walt Hampton in the seventh and final inning of the night cap LEGION: 6-0; 4-0; 5-4 here yesterday. Blytheville won both games. The Jonesboro players are first baseman Tom Tull (in center of photo) and relief pitcher David Cook (straddling line). The umpire is Paul Stringer and the coach (at right) is Dwight Williams. (Courier News Photo) Winning Weekend For DCs By ED HAYES Sports Editor Blytheville's American Legion baseball team played three seven-inning games over the weekend and won 'em all. The Dud Casons started their season Saturday night with a 6-0 win over Hillcrest High of Memphis; then took Jonesboro twice Sunday afternoon, 4-0 and 5-4. All action was at Light Brigade Field. Next games for the DCs are Tuesday night at Marianna and Friday night at Newport. : The games 'eatured faultless pitching by veterans Jerry McLaughlin and Eddie Carner. * * * McLaughlin, southpaw, •two-hit the Memphians and struck out 14. He walked none. Sunday afternoon, Carner allowed the Jonesboro boys four hits in the opener and whiffed seven. Walt Hampton, a reliever last year, was the winning hurler in the nightcap, thanks to a brilliant comeback . sparked by most of the regulars who returned after riding the bench most of the game, * * * On the other hand, Hampton did not get exactly brilliant backup work during the time he labored as Dwight Williams used the wrapup game to experiment. First baseman Ronnie Yarbrough poked a pair of doubles Saturday night. Catcher Sam Singleton slammed a three-run homer in the sixth inning of the Sunday opener. Shortstop Jimmy Wagner' returned to the Blytheville lineup just in time in the comeback win. He tripled in three runs with a crack to then singled home the tying run in the seventh. * * * Stan Williams, who had bunted safely in the sev- neth, .scored -the winning run on a wild pitch, after a squeeze play that fizzled with Bruce Bat'eman missing the ball, nailed Bobby George at the plate. The Dud Cason Post 24 team has a Saturday night game here with a Coca-Cola of Memphis, then another Sunday doubleheader at home, this time with Batesville. Some of the boys are COURIER NEWS • Outsmarts Himself By TOM SEPPY Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington's Phil Ortega knew he had a no-hitter working against the Boston Red So after the seventh inning and decided he was going all out to get it. That's when he outsmarted himself. "I knew all along that I hadn't given up a hit," Ortega said after Sunday's game. "And after the seventh inning, I said to myself that I was going for it. "I knew I had the bottom of the line-up coming up when I walked out to the mound in the eighth, so I figured I had a good chance to go all the way. That's when I made a mistake." Ortega said Doug Camilli called for a fast ball on Boston's eighth inning leadoff man, Dai- ton Jones, but he shook the Fred Farrell of Brinkley Vault Decides Decathlon ARKADELPH1A, Ark. (AP)F"red Farrell of Brinkley picked up 600 points in the pole vault lere Saturday to capture the Arkansas state high school decathlon. ine Bluff's David Hunter led 3,970 to Farrell's 3,698 after Friday's five events, but Farrell's score in the pole vault gave lim a heavy lead. . The final totals were Farrell 7,183; Hunter 7,120;. Gary Carter of Fayetteville 6,557; Richard Polk of Little Rock Central i,400; Ray Harrison of Pine Jluff 6,389; Bruce Norwood of Pine Bluff 6,238; Bill Stainton of De Queen 6,092, and David Dumond of DeWitt 5,721. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Tuesday, May 31 Adults 75e — Children 25c STARTING TIME — 8:15 P.M. TAG TEAM MATCH 60 Minute time Limit Best 2 Out of 3 Falb KARL VON BRONER And SAUL WINGOFF LYNN ROSSI And DEWAYNEPEEL First Match 90 Minute Time Limit Best 2 Out of 3 Fails Bob Hornby ..—Vfc— Bobby Whitlock A total of 21 athletes competed in the decathlon. Farrell collected 1,000 points to Hunter's 400 in the pole vault by clearing 12-6, which was 2Vi feet better than Hunter. | catcher off. I "I wanted to throw Jones a (change of pace," he said, i "That's when I second guessed I myself arid lost. 1 should have I stuck with the fast ball, which j was working great all day. I "About 75 per cenl of the I pitches I threw were fast balls. jBut I wanted to try to fool Jones." Jones, a left-handed hitter, blooped a single into left field. "After he got the hit, I just pitched to win," Ortega said. "I just tried to get them out of there and protect the lead, but I don't know what went wrong." Joe Foy followed the Jones blooper witii a single down the right field foul line. Pinch hitter Lenny Green forced Foy, but George Thomas batted for pitcher Jerry Stephenson and drove in Jones with a sacrifice fly. * * * Rico Petrocelli doubled to left, scoring Green, and that was all for Ortega. Reliever Ron Kline came on and retired the side. Boston's two runs were not enough to overcome the three- run lead the Senators got in the first inning on on Lock's homer, the second longest hit in D.C. Stadium. Washington won 3-2. g MONDAY. MAT 30, I9«« | PAGE TEN plIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIUllllllllllllllHIIIIIIIIIIIIIINIIIl heading for senior trips and Boys State, leaving the club at less than regular strength. SATURDAY NIGHT Blllcrest .... 000 000 0—0 2 1 Dud Casons 020 220 x— 6 6 3 HUlcrest — Brooks. Hendarscn (5): Martin and Bradshaw. Dud Casons— McLaugnlin and Singleton. LP — Brooks. FIRST SUNDAY Jonesboro . . 000 000 0—0 4 0 Dud Casons ma 003 X— 4 8 2 Jonesboro — Henry and Orr. Dud Casons — Carner and Singleton. SECOND SUNDAY Jonesboro .. 200 020 o—4 8 2 DUd Casons 000 030 2—5 6 4 Jonesboro—Cook. Henry (7) and Harrelson. Dud Casons— Hampton: Littrell arid Singleton. LP—Cook. Umpires—Jimmy Gee and Paul stringer. A Track Name To Remember SAN FRANJIECO (AP) Watch for the name, Tommy Smith, in the approaching big national and international track meets. He could be the world's fastest man from 100 yards to one-quarter mile. The San Jose State College sprinter captured honors as the outstanding athlete in field of champions at Saturday's California Relays by winning the 440 in 45.7 seconds and making up ground against the anchor man of a world record-shattering relay team. Southern University of Baton Rouge, La., set the record of 39.6 seconds in the 440 relay. Smith started 15 yards behind Southern's George Anderson on the final leg and actually made up half the distance while finishing third. Previously this year, Tommy raced the 220 yard straightaway in 19.5 seconds for a pending world record. Greenwood Sfats ErsTkaJMttag ; , PINE BLUFF, Ark. <AP) - Rum on two wild pitches, a -walk and a hit batter gave Greenwood the edge I'erc Saturday » the Bulldogs defeated St. Anne's of Fort Smith 5-4 for the itate high school baseball championship. . Biggest Stock Car Fic'd Hood Wins Hooker Hood outdid himself | her brolher's cur No. 55. Aim*" at Blytheville Speedway's stock car races last night. He won the feature Class A as usual, and this time picked up first place in the Class A fast heat. His winnings for the night tallied $250. A neat weekend for the popular Memphis driver. He won Friday night at Lakeland in Memphis and again Saturday night in West Memphis. + + * Alma Ward, 25, Memphis, won the powder puff derby in Big Pileup! INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sixteen cars were involved in a fiery pileup at (he start of the 500-mile race today. No drivers were reported seriously injured but two wheels from one car plummeted into the grandstand, Injuring an undetermined- number of spectators. HANTA, Japan - Nobutoshi Tsukamoto, 112, Japan, out- pointed Wonder Boy Ramos, 111, Philippines, 10. previously had won trophies at" Lakeland and Halls, Tcnn. Her brother Buford Ward woiiT first place in the same car Sun-' , day night in the Class C feature'.'; Eurbbie Hays of Portageville; ran second in the field of 24 cars. The red and yellow flags!' got a good workout in this race." Other winners: a new car, No. •14 from Little Rock, slow heat Class C; Jack McCoy, Class A 1 slow heat; and Hays going awaj»" in the Class C fast heat. ' ' ••• + + + Bobby Ward of Conway ran' second in the A feature, nosing out a car from Little Rock. "' There were quite a few new- cars on the track and most of" 'em promised to show at Cotton* wood Raceway Friday night. There were 30 C cars and 20 A racers, the biggest 'field sa. far. •': + + * " Unfortunately there were only 10 C cars available for the poW-- der puff derby, which meant 12 girls who signed up were un»' able to race. There was another crowd of about 2,000 on a chilly, chilly- night. Osceola Indians Lose in the 10th CARAWAY—Osceola's independent Indians bowed in their 1966 opener here yssterday afternoon, 3-2 to the Caraway ;,. Redbirds in the 10th inning. A. C. Williams was docked with . the tough loss. Max Briley headed the four-hit Osceola attack with a pair of singles. Danny Williams and Jimmy Green also rapped singles. . - Osceola has a game at home Saturday night against ' Newport. AUCTION-AUCTION HOTEL NOBLE Blytheville, Arkansas Tuesday, May 31-10 A.M. 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