Independent from Long Beach, California on February 14, 1958 · Page 24
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 24

Long Beach, California
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Friday, February 14, 1958
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Pag* C-2--INDEPENDENT r IIANK IIOLLINGWORTH- Extrniivc Sports Edilor · · In a personal, informal poll conducted by the first person, 'during the past 10 days, I contacted four newsmen who will cover the San Francisco Giants during the coming baseball season. I asked them point blank: . . . " "How do you /Ipure the Giants will \,ind.up In the com-. lag National League pennant r,ace. Mow do you figure the Dodgers will wind up^" Astonishingly, two writers thought the Giants would finish third and the other two thought they, would wind up fourth--despite the fact the Giants wound up deep in the second division .again last season and have made up noticeable personnel changes during the winter. . Even more astonishing, THREE- Bay area writers thought the Dodgers would finish fourth, another fifth and one pegged them for second. None of the writers wanted to be, identified, because they claimed in all honesty that they might change their selections after they had viewed the clubs in spring training. But, why did they relegate the Dodgers--a consistently sound club--so .low, and the place the Giants--just as consistently sour--so high? Their answers came -easily. The Bums were rated so poorly "because of the loss of Roy Campftnella, the one man the' Dodgers could not afford to lose." 'The Giants were rated so highly "because"o£ the one and only Willie Mays." "I've been around baseball a little while," said one writer, "and I've never seen anyone that touches Mays in magnetism \$nd appeal. This guy's the greatest living public relations man created. Let me give you an example. "He made » personal appearance In a big San Francisco gtore one night last week. Believe me, there wasn't much business done that night. Even the clerks wanted to look at WUUo. "Willie made the nicest opening speech I've ever heard an athlete make. He said he was glad to be in San Francisco and very glad that God gave him the ability to be an athlete. Believe me, it brought tears to my eyes to see this mob of people there--whites, Negroes, Japanese and Chinese--just to see, and talk with, Willie. "A little girl about three years old apparently was frightened by the crowds and the flash of cameras. She started to cry. Willie got olf the platform, picked up the little girl and squeezed her to his chest. Her tears stopped and she broke Into a smile. I swear there wasn't a dry eye In the bouse. It pot me, I'll tell you. "The crowd mobbed Willie. They wouldn't let him get. away. They asked h'im question after question. And he loved it. ' "It was all a wonderful experience for a hardened baseball writer. I never will forget when Willie picked up the little girl and told her: " "Honey, It's all right. I'm with you.' "She'was blond and he was black. But, that didn't make any difference* She was a scared little girl and he was Just a man trying-'to comfort her. ' · "With a guy like Willie Mays on the team, the Giants just have/to be a first division club." ; PERHAPS THE MOST -astounding trade in Southland sports circles in many seasons--either football or Baseball- wise--was the one announced Tuesday between the Chicago .Bears and L. A. Rams. The Bears "gave up their offensive I captain, tackle Klina Gilbert, for halfback Jesse Whittenton and end Bob Carey. On first hearing- the news, I was astonished. The Bears 1 gave up one of the recognized great meu In pro football today for what? Carey, who broke his leg two years ago and never_r»- eained his form, stayed out-last season. Whittenton was almost cut by the Rams just before the season opened. However, the Bears were extremely vulnerable at defensive halfback last season! Will Whittenton fill the bill? "Listen," coach Sid Gillman told me after the Rams' ncxt-to-Iast game of the season against Green Bay, "this, kid Whittenton has held my defensive backfleld together. If we should ever give a most-unproved player award, Whittenton would win It hands down." Still - * * * THE ASSIGNMENT of a' "mere" 130 pounds to.Round Table for Saturday's $50,000 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita infuriated owners of Terrang, Promised.Land, Porterhouse and,Find, who figure as Round Table's main contention. "Round Table carried 130 pounds and won two stakes this ·winter easily," chorused the other' owners. "Then, lie galloped to a victory In the Maturity with a 136-pound load. What Is the racing secretary trying to do, lure customers?"That is precisely what the racing secretary hopes to do. If the gallant 4-year-old were loaded with 132 pounds orTnore, trainer Bill Molter wouldn't let him out of the barn. If St. Anthony Takes on Mi Carmel St. Anthony High, virtually eliminated from · GIF playoff contention,. can' play the .spoil- 1 er's part tonight when it goes up against powerful Mt.- Carmel High on the 'Crusaders' court. ..A .Jayvee preliminary will begin at. 7 p.m.' Mt. Carmel is currently tiedj for first place with Caritwell; with records of 9-2, while St.! PA 476: 531 MS B7n S91 fiSS 681 880 CATHOLIC EEAGLJr; W. L. Pet. PF Mt. Carmel ...: S ,2' .818 684 - intwell « 2- .818 633 _jyola 3 .727 558 St. Anthony . 6 9 .853 B9II Cathedral · « s .555 631. Notre Dame 4 7 .363 550 Serra _ 1 10 .090 359 Plus X 1 10 :.000 ' 476 Tonlicnt's Gmnen St. Anthony at Mt. Carm«l. Loyola at Cantwell. . - , Cathedral · at Serra. ' Plus X at Notre Dame. .· | Anthony is deadlocked with ! Cathedral for fourth- at 6-5. ', ! The Saints'dumped the Cru- isaders, 46-46, in their first round contest at St. Anthony. "We beat them by controlling he boards," said 'Coach Jack Errion Thursday, "and thatfs what we'll have to do tonight f we want to stay in the game, kit. Carmel is real tough." Starting 'for the .Saints will, be'Jerry Sneddon and Walt Os-i good at forwards; : Wally Ward, center,. and .Wes Collins and · Allan'-Roman'at guards: Jr. High Gym Meet Slated (Continued C-4, Cols. 7-8) Jordan Seeks GKncher; Wilson Entertains Poly Armstead Northrup Jordan High's basketball team can clinch at least a tie for the Moore League championship tonight when it- entertains last-place Lakewood at Jordan ' " ' HOOM .... 5 _ ·« y . . " 3 Wilson ' -.:.- ___ 2 .Laliewoed ........... . 0 0 1.000 2 .667 pp 319 35S 273 3 :500 383. 325 4 . .333 , .202 371 v 5 .000 184 ~342 Games Tonlrbt ·tfallett, Bob Wright and Jim ailhbrn taking, turns-as scoring leader,, has. proved to be their margin over the pack. Poly, which-whipped Wilson 80-45 in a first-round league fray,' could .pull to within a naif game of Millikan with a repeat tonight. The Hares also will '-be'.trjring^to snap a two- game losing .streak. Poly at Wllnon. Laktwood ar. Jordan. Centennial at Jlllllkan (non-league). the Jordan gym. In the other Moore League game - of the night, Poly ; plays at Wilson Centennial, tied- for the Coast League lead, and Millikan, second-place Moore' team, tangle in. a non-league tilt at the 'Rams gym. · , All three varsity games will be preceded by 6:30 p. m. prelims. . ' . Unbeaten in five loop starts, Jordan figures to post 'No. 6 tonight and cinch first place with two games ' still to be played. - . . . . The Panthers' balanced at tack, with Bill Florentine, Ken Knapp, Rex Shoemaker, Max 1 Paulie ArmsteaS, hitting-con-- sistently with right-hand- head shots, stopped Mickey Northrup in the -8th. round of their scheduled lO-founder at Olym-.; pic Auditorium Thursday night, Armstead weighed . 133,%, North' rup 135. Both fighters are' from Los Angeles. game is a-rematch of a Janu ary encounter in which the Apacl^s posted a 64-57 triumph. LITTLE 'LOOP' HAS ITS WTE' The Long Beach L i t t l e League will hold its annual "baseball nite"-dinner tonight at the Los Altos United Church at 6:30 p.m. . · Several local major league, stars will be honor,eS guests and films of the 1957 all-star game will' be shown. Little League president Carl Hankins Is. In charge of the program. , · City League Basketball . : Gaaper'j Flylnr -A CO, Ollver*« Ko»e The Millikan-'CentennialKoom^ .^^ ^ ^ ctiulfh - 0 t_ Brethren 19. ireuiruii 13. ,, Agates 39. City Transfer 22. Ac? Auto Parks 72,' USS Majoislan- Av«. 18 'lst Methodist 37, Joktr. 23. Jst Presbyterian 63, Wilm.. Cburch 34.. " ,, Luckles 32. FIre'Dept. A 29. GOOIH 49. Sponsorless 41. · '. Independent P-T 33. Fearless -a'..20. L.B."ets 38. Locker Club 25. _ Simmons Barbers-56, Snul/s 52. ,.· GAMES TONIGHT At Bancroft -- 7:15-- Aerodynanj Ics vs Service; S:15--Stress vs. Computing: 9:15--A22 vs. Piping. .. · -At MMMhaU--7:15--Cos Altos Mfn'« Club vs. Pacific Bible Semlnaryt. 8:15' --Nltehawks vs. Leathernecks; 9:15-Feisler Bowling Supply vs. Spiritless. Award to Morrow. DALLAS U.E) -- Bobby,Joe, Morrow, the : sprinting phenom from Abilene Christian College,' was presented Thursday night with .the Sullivan Award' as the '· nation's outstanding am'a- Iteur athlete. ·* ^ for Saturday Two junior high district gymnastic meets will, be held in Long Beach Saturday, it was revealed' Thursday by boys' sports supervisor Rod. Ballard. 3oth -meets are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Seven schools will' compete at Marshall Junior High. They. are: Bancroft, Hughes, Jefferson, Lindbergh, Marshall, Rogers and Stanford. Six schools will'compete at Franklin Jri- High. They are: DeMille, Hamilton,' Hoover, Stephens, Washington a n d Franklin. . ,, Competition will be held in two classes, 8th and grades. Every Junior High School may enter three boys in each of the six events, and if a. 7th- grader qualifies, he then competes as an eighth grader. EVENTS ARE the same for both classes: 1. Free Exercise, Rope : Climb, Parallel Bars, Horizontal, Bars, Tumbling . and Long Horse. · · " The winners .· inv "each- event and each .classification receive ribbons, and all. boys placing among tRe first six in any event automatically qualify for the finals which" will be- held at Poly High School at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. 'Y' Basketball BRUIN STALWART Forward Kent Peterson is one of the standout Wilson High performers who will; do battle against Poly .in a Moore League game tonight. . !AT LONG BEACH STATE Top Track Stars to Aid in Track, Field Clinic Today The second annual Long Beach State College track and field clinic will begin at 3 today with a host of the sport's leading- stars taking part at the 49cr lield. Helping Instruct trackmen from 41 area Junior colleges and high schools will be high jumper Charlie Dumas, distance ace Max Truex, 15-foofr pole vaulters Bon Morris and Jim. Brewer, and discus-thrower Rink Babka--all from SC-and Javelin tosser Dr. Steve Seymour and shotputter Bob Humphries. The clinic will be supervised by Long Beach State track coach Jack Rose. (andenjoia guest-drive today! 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