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Saturday, July 16, 1966
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«yfli«fll» (Ark.) Courier K«wi - faturtiy, July M, lMt«» HOOKER LICKED Wayne Wins Wad •. Wayne Woodward earned approximately $600 at Cottonwood Raceway last night, The NASCAR ace out of Greenfield, Tenn., won first places in both Class A and C features and won the added attraction, a duel with Hooker Hood. * * * It was not a good night for Hobker on the dirt oval near Osceola. He won the Class A fast heat with Woodward pushing him all the way, but let the Greenfield driver slip past him right at the finish in the A feature. Hooker complained about getting bumped but the claim didn't stand. In the first race of the night, a scheduled 15-lapper between Woodward and Hood, Woodward had the .pole position on the strength of a 14.4 track record on the trials. He had a good lead and then Hooker spun • out on the third lap and that ended, the long-awaited race. * * * Other winners: Class C slow heat — Truman Henderson of Reiser. Class A slow heat — Bobby Voss, Memphis. Class C fast heat — Jackie Joyce, Maiden, Mo. * * * In the Class C fast heat, Hood went over the fence and Woodward spun out. Eurbbie Hays of Portageville, Mo., gave Woodwbrd a good chase in the C feature but couldn't get around him. Hooker led all the way in the A feature, by as much as a straightaway at onetime. Woodward kept inching up, then roared on the inside for the checkered flag when Hooker went a little high. "I'll bet Hooker'll be out for blood Sunday night," observed a ringsider. There is stock racing again tomorrow night at Blytheville Speedway. Casons On Stage Sun. Rain wiped out the «ched- uled American Legion bast- ball doubleheader at Light Brigade Field last night. Walnut Ridge was the foe. It was not announced if the twinbill would be rescheduled. The Blytheville Dud Ca- sons have another pair of games on the books' Sunday afternoon, starting time 1:30. The opponent is Tuckerman. Blytheville record is 29-4. Sly Jacky Cupit SI. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jacky Cupit has been teasing sports writers with talk about changes in his gariie which he says are responsible for the 11- under par 131 he carried into the third round of the Minnesota Golf Clasic today. It may be that Billy Capes, Cupit's partner in the second round Friday, spilled the beans. "Jacky has gotten rid of the loop on his back swing," said Casper, the U.S. Open champion who shot a six-under-par 65 f»r 134. MIGHT TURN MO Ralston Is Upset By KEN HARTNETT MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) Come January, Dennis Ralston says he'll either be a student, a businessman or • tennis professional. The one thing he won't be, says Ralston, is a member of tbe amateur tour. Ralston reserved the right to change his mind. "I don't feel the same way I used to feel about tennis," said the nation's top-ranked player after an upset defeat Friday at the hands of eighth-seeded Frank Froehling in the quarterfinals of the National Clay Courts Tennis Championships. Froehling, a long, lean scrambler from Coral Gables, Fla., stopped the top-seeded Ralston's bid for a third-straight clay courts crown, 2-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-4. .--*'** •In other men's quarter-finals, No. 2 seed, Cliff Richey Dallas Tex., to follow up last week's victory in the Western Open, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-4, 8-6 victory over Stan Smith, Pasadena, Calif., No. 7 seed. DRIVERS FINISH RACE WITH FISTS Wild Time at Speedway Last Sunday Starting time for the stock car races at Blytheville Speedway Sunday night is 8 o'clock, time trials at 6:30. * * * They had a wild time OB the dirt oval last Sunday, especially in the Class C slow heat. Two cars were frozen against the fence on the high side, four piled together in the edge of th« pit area, two hit beside the toner wall and two drivers hopped from their cars to continue the struggle with their fists. * * * Three out of 10 finished the race, a big hand going to Joe Fisher of Cooter who emerged with the win. Sam Swindell of Memphis won the A slow heat race. Slowest time-in gave Otto Scrape of Blytheville first position hi the Class A fast heat, a position he was able to keep against the fast-pursuing experts. Time - trial rivalry was keen in the A bracket again. Bobby Ward timed 15 seconds but was clocked at 14.8 his second time around (he got the second chance since he was first man on the list). Wayne Woodward and Wayne Hardin hit 14.8 and Hooker Hood 14.9. Woodward won the super- modified feature. * * * Ray Brown of Blytheville Air Force Base, reportedly, circled the Speedway last Sunday for the last time in his Class C car—at least for awhile—since he announced he was being shipped to Viet Nam. Top foreign seed Tony Roghe of Auslraia, lost to No, 4-seeded Marty Riessen, Evanston, 111., 62, 3-*, M 8-6. Australian Owen Davidson defeated third-seeded Charles Pasarell Santurce, P.R., 2-8, 6-S, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8. Ralston 23 has shed 10 pounds since losing in the finals at Wimbledon two weeks ago. Obviously tired from weeks of uninterrupted touring and play talston was off form in matches here. He said that had nothing to d« with his decision. "This is something I've been (linking about a long time," Ralston said, "I've got to earn a iving." * * * The Bakersfieid, Calif., ath- ete said he would lay off tennis after the clay courts "until I •eel like playing again." Ralston withdrew Friday 'rom the tour's next stop, the 'ennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championships at Haverford. He said he would be available : or the Davis Cup zone playoffs with Mexico in August and jlanned to enter the U.S. Cham- rionships at Forest Hills, N.Y., n September. In semifinal mathces today, 'roehling was to play Davidson and Richey was to meet Riessen. In women's singles, No. 2 seed Stephanie De Fina advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Elena Subttats, Mexico. The Hollywood, Fla., girl was to play Esme Emanuel, South Africa today. Nancy Richey, Cliff's sister seeking her fourth straight clay courts' title, was against Australia's Kerry Melville in the other semifinal. . And Jackie Robinson Thought He Had Troubles Worst Over, Scott Eyes Just One Big Win By DAVE BURGIN DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —(NEA)—The biographical blurb about him ;n the Daytona International Speedway press handout is something Wendell Scott will show his grandchildren. It begins, "Wendell Scott Is the only Negro is Grand National racing and one of the most populars drivers on the circuit." In the Speedway garage, a man whose grimy shirt advertised a muffler shop in Atlanta talked about Scott's popularity and presence: "He knows how to get along with people and that's why we let him drive." * * * Scott knows comments like these wouldn't bring cheers in CORE headquarters. But to him, they sound "fine, just fine." So does the platter of applause he hears when he turns into the pits after a race. "Long time coming," he said. "It makes me feel good." At 44, Scott is one of Hie oldest drivers in stock car racing. He has been on the Grand National Tour since 1961, finishing higher in the point standings each year. Currently he stands eighth. To get this far he fought off hardships and ignored indignities in a sport that virtually belongs to southern whites. * * * Wendell Scott has not cracked any racial barriers in the sense he has opened the way for other Negroes. He merely has won a measure of personal acceptance. It has occurred to him LITTLE BIG DREAM — Wendell Scott, the only Negro driver in Grand National stock car racing, is his own. mechanic and occasionally his own pit crew. At 44, his goal is to win one big race before he -retires. that he could concentrate on being a Jackie Robinson of racing, but he says the thought stops right there. "The only way I can help is to be a man and be a good driver. Anyway, things are gettin' better. I still run into a smart aleck now and then, but it's nothing like it used to be." In those early years there were threats and slurs from fans, sneers and cursing from drivers, late-night phone calls to his Danville, Va., home which frightened his wife and six children. "I spent more time duck- in' wrecks than I,did rac- ing," he said. "I've been run off more tracks than I can remember. Worst I ever got was a busted chin. Damage to my cars was what hurt because I couldn't afford to fix 'em." * * + He's traveled to the Carolinas or Georgia tor a race to be told to go back home, unless an extra car was needed to fatten the field. He got into a modified stock race in Maryland once and won it, competing for $250 first prize. The promoter gave him $36 and told him to hit the road. Wendell Scott figures those days are behind him now. Get This, Girls: Track Guarantees Curves dishwasher," says Delores Stoneback. BERKELEY, Calif. (AP)Gals these days find glamor in track and field. "It's the next best thing to a 15-year-old "You'll be in condition so you won't get tired doing the dishes." Charlotte Cook, a pert 18-year old who has smashed the American records In both the 440 and 880, declares, "Track guarantees a good figure." You wouWn't guess by looking at her that RaNae Bair rates as the best woman javelin thrower in the United Steles. For women track stars these days are feminine, not the prot- •typ« of tbt bulgy muscled gals associated with the sport in the past. Delores, Charlotte and RaNae all compete this weekend in the All American Invitational at the University of California's Edwards Track Stadium, a meet substituted when Poland reneged on commitments to meet the United States team in a dual meet. * * * Following the lead of Russia, the Poles withdrew with the charge they opposed the U. S. actions In Viet Nam. "It was unfair," Miss Cook declared. "Unfair to the athletes and to all the sports fans." Miss Bair doesn't think the ithletei in cither Russia or Poland actually voted not to come to the United States. Sixteen events were scheduled in the track meet today and Miss Cook could well set a new American record in the 400- meter race. She goes again in Sunday's 800. Weighing 121 with a 25-inch waist and standing 5-foot-4\4, Charlotte says, "I eat everything because I run six hours • day and burn it up." Miss Stoneback, who competes against Charlotte in the 400 and also races the 200, started running against boys back Ip the sixth grade. "I'd beat 'em too," recalled the 130-pound youngster who stands »•». "No sense diggin' up the past. Don't forget people down here built stock car racing and this is what I love. I'm not much good to anybody without it." Just once, before he quits, Scott would like to win a big race, like the Daytona 500 or the Rebel 400. He won one Grand National race at Jacksonville -in 1963. "He is a good, consistent driver," the press blurb reads, "and -undoubtedly would do better with first- class equipment." His pale blue 1964 Ford runs 10 to 20 miles an hour slower than the leaders. "I just stand on it, try to stay out of everybody's way and hope it don't blow," he said. "I've been tryin' to get factory help for five years. It takes more than guts and luck in this business. Ford has given Scott two used engines, after they had been raced by one of NAS- CAR's top drivers, Curtis Turner. One engine held together for a half year of racing. To keep his expenses down, Scott is his own mechanic. He even has been his own pit crew, climbing out of his car, gassing it up or changing a tire and taking off again. * * * Lean and stooped, Scott shifts nervously as he speaks, his calloused hands tinkering with mechanisms under the hood. His face is drawn and weathered and a smile is partially hidden behind a ragged mustache. "Figured I'd have to give up racing in December when I got sick. Had to have an ulcer taken out. I'd been sick all my life and didn't know it because I thought that was the way you were supposed to feel. "You should see the cards and letters I got when I was laid up, people asking if they could help. Made me feel good." Some of Wendell Scott's best • friends, it turns out, are stock car drivers. Osccola Games Called Off OSCEOLA — Osceola Indians' semlpro baseball games scheduled here tonight and Sunday afternoon have been called off due to the death of Mrs. Ray Mann yesterday. Ray Mann is the former manager oE the Indians. He retired this year. His wife died suddenly yesterday morning, tor funeral is at First Baptist Church here tomorrow afternoon at 2. The Indians had a game with Lambert Dodge of Memphis tonight and a scuffle with Coca-Cola of Memphis Sunday. Next game for the Indians is Wednesday night at 7:30 on Fairgrounds Diamond No. 1 against Lambert. * * * Osceola was. defeated 8-6 by Caraway Tuesday night. Tom Craig was the winning pitcher, Roger Sledge the loser. The Indians are entered in the state semipro tournament next weekend at Caraway. MILWAUKEE (AP) - A pair [ youngsters who haven't won uch of anything tangled today or the national public links tiampionship. They met on the demanding ar 35-36—71 Brown Deer ourse in a scheduled 36-hole dowdown for the tournament's 1st title. Matching shots were Monty iaser, 24, a payroll timekeeper t a Wichita, Kan., aircraft fac- ory, and Dave Ojaa, 21 of Two [arbors, Minn., is a pharmacy tudent at the University of Minnesota. Ojala is a blond six-footer weighing 190. Kaser is a 5-10 BATTING LEADER! NATIONAL LEAGUE Batting (200) at bats) - Stargel, Pittsburgh, .343; Alou, Pittsburgh, .333. Runs — Aaron, Atlanta, 65; Alou, Atlanta, 57. Runs batted in—Aaron, Atlanta, 68; Stargell, Pittsburgh, 64. Hits—Alou Atlanta, 116; Clemente, Pittsburgh, 111. Doubles — Callison Philadelphia, 22; Mays.^San Francisco and Pinson, Cincinnati, 19. Triples—McCarver, St. Louis 9; Alou, Pittsburgh, 7. Home runs — Aaron, Atanta 26; Torre, Atlanta and Stargell. Pittsburgh, 22. Stolen bases — Brock, St. Louis, 34; Wills, Los Angeles 30. AMERICAN LEAGUE Batting (200 at bats)—Snyder Baltimore, .335; Kaline, Detroit .321. Runs — F. Robinson, Baltimore, 68; Aparicio, Baltimore. 62. Runs batted in—B. Robinson Baltimore, 70; Powell, Baltimore, 68. Hits—B. Robinson, Baltimore, and Oiva, Minnesota, 105; F Robinson and Aparicio, Baltimore, 99. Doubles — Yastrzemski, Boston 26; B. Robinson, Baltimore 20. Triples — McAuliffe, Detroit and Scott, Boston, 7; Foy, Boston, Agee, Chicago and Cam- paneris Kansas City, 6. Home runs—F. Robinson Baltimore, 22; Kaline, Detroit, 21. Stolen bases—Agee, Chicago, 28; Campaneris, Kansas City PITCHING RECORDS NATIONAL LEAGUE Pitching (8 decisions)—Cue! ar, Houston, 7-1, .875; Perry San Francisco, 12-2, .857. Strikeouts — Koufax Los An geles 176; Gibson, St. Louis 146. AMERICAN LEAGUE Pitching (8 decisions) — San ford California, 9-2, .818; S Miller, Baltimore, 7-2, .778. Strikeouts—Rcibert, Washing ton 125; McDowell Cleveland 119. Sug and Gene Tied In Ouachita Golf CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) - Sug Wilson of Hot Springs and Gene Rowlette of Arkadelphia took a one-stroke lead into today's second round of the Ouachita Valley Golf tournament. Each had » 12, one over par. and one stroke better than de fending champion Tommy WyUM of Frodyct. HERMON JONES AI80KUICI CW. 1490 Onion An «x»« n«-MM otn lot liuunnc* cat Mtu UBLINX TITLE ROUND Finalists: Hard to Believe 1155-pounder. "One of my greatest surprises is coming here and getting into the championships," said Ka ser. Ojala said he felt that he was just going along for the ride in making his bid. "It is hard to believe fiiat I have made it this far," he said. Kaser, who won the Kansas State Amateur in 1962 and was runnerup this year, moved into the final with a 3 and 2 victory over George Demling of Louisville, Ky. Friday. They were even after the morning 18, each shooting 74. Kaser took a 3-up lead after 27 Fullback D«id« To Htlp Hauston JL HOUSTON (AP) - John He* ry Johnson, 12-year National Football League veteran, decided the Houston Oilers, of the American Football League "might be a team that could us* some help," so he signed with them Friday as a free agent. "1 follow the game pretty closely, and it appeared to me that this could be a team that, with a little help, could go all the way," the 230-pound fullback -said after signing wit General Manager Don Klosterman here Friday. * * * Terms were not disclosed. The 38-year-old star played But his option with the Pittsburgh Sleelers last year. holes with a front nine of 35, and that sealed his victory. He was five over par for the entire distance and Demling was seven over. King Ed's Presents The 'Short Ruts' SATURDAY 8 p.m. 'til Midnite Stop Hunting... ,.look In Your Newspaper Local, State, National and International News Social Happenings and Fashion Tips Interesting Accounts and Pictures of Happenings in the Sports Field Bargains and Special Services Offered in the Classified and Display Ads BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS

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