The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 21, 1966 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, July 21, 1966
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STRINGING ALONG - B. F. Brogden completes the stringing of a tennis racket in the workshop behind his home. Variety is the spice of his life. See Ed Hayes' column. (Cour- News Photo) . The View from Here ED HAYES Jehnis, Anyone? YOU CAN HARDLY SAY THE STRINGING OF TENNIS rackets is a lost art in Blytheville. Not even a vanishing craft. Blytheville, being a small town in the general scheme of things, was never a paradise for racket stringers, or racket swingers, for that matter. Still, there was considerably more tennis action back in the old days, 20, 30, even 40 years ago, than there is today, primarily because there were courts dotted here and there across the face of Blytheville. Today you can count the courts before you run out of fingers. Or thumbs almost. * * * Well, that's O.K. with B. F. Brogdon. He still thinks tennis is a great sport and thinks it's a'rotten shame more attention isn't given to the game here but since there are rare calls these days for refurbishing rackets, he has more time to piddle with furniture refinishing, picture framing, sign painting, running his beagles, fishing and building additions to his home at 1112 Hearn. These are just a few of the things he does after putting to a full day at Farmers Bank. B.F. is the friendly feller with the white hair (he's only 55) and bright blue eyes who sits behind the walk-up window. B. F. is also the guy who once set a national high school football record of nine straight'and 10 of 11 field goals in one game. He did it for the BHS Chickasaws against Osceola. The one kick was blocked. Dry-Docked Two other of B. F.'s heterogeneous arts are in less demand than they were a few years ago. With the advent of metal boats, his boat building skill has been dry-docked. He figures he has built about 150 wooden boats, the biggest measuring 4%xl8 feet. And there are few calls for duck calls. "There's no duck hunting around here anymore," he said sadly, standing in the yard outside his workshop yesterday. How many duck calls has he carved in his day? "Oh, I don't know, two or three hundred, I guess." He sold the calls and gave some of 'em away but one he has held onto since 1937. It's a masterpiece. He takes great pride in it. Would you believe the sounding reed was taken from the bid Ritz Theatre marquee? Believe it. * * * B. F. is rated one of Blytheville High's most versatile all-time great athletes, something you might suspect from the variety of "his hobbies. In football he was probably the nation's greatest high school drop kicker. . .and played quarterback, halfback and end. In track he set marks in the pole vault and hurdles and if I'm not mistaken they are still school records. Once in a state track meet he edged former major leaguer Schoolboy Rowe as high point man. His athletic skills didn't come naturally. He was a work. er. He built a hurdle track and vaulting pit in the alley behind his house on Holly and wore out about a half dozen | footballs practicing those drop kicks. "I used to kick about ' 100 every day at practice." No one had to tell him to do these things. He was a member of the old breed. Something Borrowed Back to tennis. There's no way of telling these things but it can be asserted with reasonable accuracy that B. F. did most of the racket stringing back when tennis flourished, back when men like Jack Robinson, the elder Charles Crigger and Byron Morse, among others, played the game. City and county tournaments were commonplace. It takes between an hour and a half and two hours to string a racket up right and it's best to do it at one crack. The suggested cost of stringing a good racket with 35 feet of nylon gut is $7 but if you ask B. F. today he'll probably only charge you $5. He'll do it for a favor, really. He used to string one or two in the morning and one or two after work. He doesn't even have his own frame to do the work anymore. The racket he just finished was done on a vise Borrowed from attorney Dick Reid, who, interestingly, learned the skill from B. F. * .*' ' * Dick lettered in tennis at University of Arkansas, as did hometowners Harry Farr and the younger Charles Crigger. Crigger and Reid still play the game on the lone court at Blytheville Country Club. Dick and Harry helped raise funds so the YMCA could build a second court at Walker Park. If there are any other active tennis scenes in town, they are well concealed. "Why tennis d.ted out, I don't know," B. F. said. He was speaking sadly again. Not griping, you understand. After all, If tennis were big again, he never would get to build that carport on his house or find time to head for the bushes to hear the enchanting music of his beagles Bit and Tot. .MAJOR LEAGUE STANDINGS NATIONAL LEAGUE W. L. Pet. O'B. Pittsburgh .. 56 36 .609 San Fran. ... 56 38 .596 1 Los Angeles . 51 39 .567 4 Philadel 51 42 .548 5V4 Houston 46 46 .500 10 St. Louis .... 45 46 .495 lOVfe Atlanta 44 49 .473 12Vfe Cincinnati .. 42 50 .457 14 New York ... 40 51 .440 15V4 Chicago 29 63 .315 27 Wednesday's Results Cincinnati 5-5, Chicago 4-1, 2ncj game, 7 innings, darkness New York 3, San Francisco 2, 10 innings St. Louis 6 Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 13, Houston 9 Pittsburgh 8, Los Angeles 5 Today's Games Cincinnati at Chicago Philadelphia at Houston, N New York at San Francisco Atlanta at St. Louis, N Pittsburgh at Los Angeles, N Friday's Games St. Louis at Chicago Pittsburgh at Houston, N New York at Los Angeles, N Philadephia at San Francisco, N Atlanta at Cincinnati, N DODGERS FALL APART Pirates Play Footsie-and Win By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Pittsburgh Pirates are like a salesman. Let them get a foot in the door, and you'll wind up buying their product. The Pirates got good use of a foot Wednesday night and promptly put their product on display for all to see. The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't care for any, but the Pirates were per- suasive and wound up with am 8- victdry. The triumph, coupled with San Francisco's 3-2, 10-inning oss to New York, boosted the irst-place Pirates one game ahead of the Giants in the National League pennant race. The Pirates weren't having too much success with their AMERICAN LEAGUE Baltimore .. Detroit California „ Cleveland .. Minnesota _ Chicago .--. New York . Kansas City Washington Boston Pet. G.B. .663 .556 1<B4 .538 .538 12 12 .473 .462 .451 .417 .417 18 19 20 23% 23% Wednesday's Results Boston 6-0, California 1-1, 2nd game, 10 innings New York 4, Kansas City 0 Chicago 6, Cleveland 3 Minnesota 3, Washington 1 Baltimore 10, Detroit 7 Today's Games Chicago at Cleveland, N Minnesota at Washington, N Detroit at Baltimore, N Kansas City at New York California at Boston Friday's Games Detroit at Cleveland, N Kansas City at Washington, N Chicago at Baltimore, N California at New York, N Minnesota at Boston, N MINORS- TEXAS LEAGUE Two for Trart Protested Game Won LITTLE ROCK (AP) .Pinch hitter Ed Moxey bounced a double with two out in the eighth Wednesday night to spoil Leo Newton's bid for a no-hit, no-run game but Arkansas won 3-1 and swept a doubleheader with Amarillo. An Arkansas protest had paid off when tiie Travelers won a game that had gone to Amarillo 3-2 but was reversed on grounds a photographer can't be ruled to interfere. The Travelers took this one 9-2. Moxey's hit took a bad hop ARKANSAS Amarillo ... Albuquerque Austin El Paso ... Dal-FW W. L. Pet. 55 39 .585 51 42 .548 48 49 51 54 47 46 44 40 .496 .484 .463 .426 G.B. 3% 8% 9V4 IVk 14 and bounced off the right ear of third baseman Bobby Dews, scoring Elijah Johnson from second base, but Arkansas got two in the bottom of the eight to win the nightcap. Arkansas' victory on the replay of the protested game saw Frank Montgomery, who had been the losing pitcher in the original version, getting the decision. Elsewhere in the Texas League, El Paso took a doubleheader from Dallas-Fort Worth, 5-4 and 4-2 and Albuquerque beat Austin 3-2. First Game Amarillo 000 020 000-2 7 1 Arkansas 010 320 30x—9 12 0 Doyle, Coombs (3), Fullen (5) and Hoffman; Montgomery and Zeller. W — Montgomeryy (9-9). L — Doyle (3-10). Home Runs — Amarillo, Rader (9), Deras (5). Second Game Amarillo . 000 000 010-1 3 1 Arkansas . 000 010 02x—3 4 : Gerberman, Cayll (8) and Hoffman; Newton, Granger (8) Roque (9) and Breeden. W — Granger (6-0). L-Cayll (9-5). Wednesday's Results ARKANSAS 9-3, Amarillo 2-1 Albuquerque 3, Austin 2 El Paso 5-4, Dallas-Fort Worth 4-2 Today's Games Amarillo at ARKANSAS Austin at Albuquerque Dallas-Fort Worth at El Paso PACIFIC COAST Oklahoma City 6, Tulsa 4 San Diego 1, Denver 0 Tacoma 9, Spokane 6 Indianapolis 4, Vancouver 2 Phoenix 9-4, Seattle 4-3 Portland 2-2, Hawaii 1-4 INTERNATIONAL Toronto 5, Buffalo 0 Rochester 5-11, Syracuse 1-3 Toledo 5 ,Columbus 3 Richmond 8, Jacksonville 6 iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiin BOWLING selling tactics until they put the foot in the right place. The foot belonged 1 to Matty Alou and it, along with the rest of the league's'leading hitter, stepped into the batter's box with two out in the seventh inning and the Pirates trailing 5-2. Don Drysdale fired a pitch that was inside and tow, very Mr. Cub Thanks the Man CHICAGO (AP) - First base-, While Charlie Grimm, long- man Ernie Banks, known as Mr. 2ub, has passed another milestone. His 65th hit of the season Wednesday was the 2,000th of lis career. It was an eighth-inning double off Sam Ellis in me first game of a doubleheader with Cincinnati. It came in Banks' 1,895th major league game, all of tbem with Chicago. The Cubs lost, however, 5-4, and also dropped the nightcap 51 as the game was called after seven innings because of darkness. He was hitless in this one. "I plunked a high fast ball," said Banks, who tipped his cap to a standing ovation from 12,238 Wrigley Field fans. * * * He became the fourth Cub in history with 2,000 hits. Cap Anson leads the parade with 3,081, followed by Stan Hack's 2,193 and James Ryan's 2,156. time Cub and three-time manager of the club, has 2,299 career hits, he collected only 1,454 in a Chicago uniform. "I owe a vote of thanks to Stan Musial," said Banks. "This spring when I got off slowly, I had a talk with Stan he related the various things he used to do when he was in a slump. I fol- owed his advice and it was a big help." Although membership in the majors' 2,000-hit circle is large, low. Alou tried to get away from the ball, and all but his foot was successful. The ball hit thei fpot, Alou went to first and the Dodgers went to pieces. ; Five batters and two pitchers later, the Pirates had six more runs and one of their most enjoyable sales of the season. Gene Michael and Roberto Clemente singled for one run, and Jim Brewer replaced Drysdale. After a wild pitch and a walk to Manny Mota that loaded the bases, Brewer left and Phil Regan came on. Jose Pagan got in enough of a sales talk to tie the game with a denon closed the sale with a three-run homer into the left center-field bleachers. Louis. The Cardinals brokei a S- 3 tie in the fifth on Mike Shannon's run scoring single Jjis third hit off Atlanta's Ken John. _,.„ Banks' 2,000th htt,;« two-run double in the eighth inning, helped Chicago to a *1 lead in the opener but the Reds son. Ernie rallied for four runs in th« ipniiniiiiin*^ 1 COURIER NEWS In other games, Atlanta St. 6-3, * * National League Louis defeated Cincinnati swept Chicago 54 and 5-1 arid Philadelphia outslugged Houston 13-9. The Mets gained their fifth straight victory when Ron Swoboda led off the 10th inning with a homer against Bill Henry. The Mets had taken a 2-1 lead in the eighth on Roy McMillan's homer, but the Giants tied it in the ninth on a walk to Banks is only the second Cub in; wmieMayS) Jack Fisher's wild modern history to join it Hack is the other. Banks, 35, who won successive National League Most Valuable Player awards in 1958 and 3959,, has 1,197 singles, 316 doubles, 79 triples and'408 homers in his collection. His 1,262 runs batted in includes a career total of 10 grand slam homers—five of them in 1955 for a singe season record. TESTS SHOW RYUN'S GOT IT 'Explosive Power' pitch and a single by Jim Hart. Ray Washburn scattered eighl hits and drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single , for St. THURSDAY, 3 VI 3U»M , : PAGE BH3S1' j ninth, the last two on Tommy Harper's triple. Cincinnati also won the seven- inning nightcap that was halted by darkness. Jim O'Toole pitched a five-hitter and ^received support from Don Pavletich's homer and Jim Coker's two-run double. Cookie Rojas drove in four runs for Philadelphia with two singles and a double while Tony Gonzalez knocked in three with a single and a homer. Dick Groat added three hits to th« Phillies' 20-hit attack, including a seventh-inning run-scoring single that snapped an 8-8 deadlock. •Democrat LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Jim Ryun's greatness can be measured by a track official's stopwatch but not by medical equipment in a University of Kansas physiology laboratory. Dr. Ed Elbel, a physical education professor at KU, Wednesday that Ryun, said the world's runner, fastest middle-distance differed little in phy- Jean May gathered 210-562 in Wednesday Early Bird League at Strat-0-Lanes. Barbara Larson turned in 186-485; and Betty Dickson 189-474. Fifth-place Ladybugs sparked 729-2062. With two weeks to go, f Troop displaced Nervous Wrecks in first place. STANDINGS W L F Troop 31i4 20% Nervous Wrecks 31 21 Knock-Em-Downs 27"^ 24iJ GoMHngers 22 30 Ladybues 22 30 Unpredlctables 22 30 siological profile from other Jayhawk runners he has tested over the years. : 'The most rigid difference between Jim and anyone else is bis abilityy to expend energy when it's necessary," Elbel said. "I call it explosive power—the ability to go into high gear when he has the desire. It's a matter of perfect timing." Elbel puts the athletes through a 30-minute stint on a treadmill and measures such heart and lung functions as rate and amount of air exchange and pulse rate. Ryun, whose time of 3:51.3 Sunday shattered Michel Jazy's world mile mark by 2.3 seconds, has a pulse rate while reclining which runs a poor second to that of Bill Dodson, a former KU miler wiio had a best of only 3:59 in 1962. Elbel said Ryun's pulse rate on May 21 was 54 to 55 per minute while Dodson was measured at 30 to 32. A low pulse rate often is considered a sign of a well-conditioned athlete. There is no physiological test available, Elbel said, which explains why one trained distance Wed. *'s iiiiiiiiiiaiiiniiiiiiiiniuiiiiiuiiiiiiiuuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiniiiii' By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BATTING — Donn Clendenon, Pittsburgh, drove in five runs, three with a homer that climaxed a six-run rally in the seventh inning and gave the Pirates an 8-5 victory over Los Angeles. PITCHING—Mel Stottlemyer New York, pitched a six-hitter as the Yankees defeated Kansas City 4-0. Jr. Golf Results HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) David Shelby of El Dorado and Jack Cheney Jr. of Little Rock took the first-round lead Wednesday in the 36-hole Arkansas State Junior Golf Championship with rounds of 72. William Cameron of El Dorado was third with 73. The three, plus others In the age 16-17 division and seven boys from the 11-15 division are still in the running for the stats Jitle, which will be decided today. Tim Gray of Benton won the 14-15 division, which was de- ilded In 18 holes, with » 75. Rick Huntley of Fort Smith and Sklppy West of Monticello each had 78. FREE* ** *FREE GREERS FERRY LAKE VACATION SPECIAL -By- Narrows Motels, Inc. Narrows Inn & Restaurant—Narrows Motel Dollar's Motel & Cottages Hwy. 16, Higden, Ark. Adjacent to Narrows Boat Deck & Fun Center Free Boat And Swimming Pool Privileges With Each Room JULY-AUGUST-SEPTEMBER For Reservations Call or Write: NARROWS MOTELS, inc. Rt. 1, Higden, Arkansas Area Code 501-VA 56246 runner will defeat another. Ryun's .difference from nonathlete, however, can measured easily. the be LiEUTEHAnT GOVERHOR Vote for A WORKING LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Politic*! ad ptid for by Emte M*n* THANKS I wish to thank my friends for their many kind remembrances to me during my illness. A special thanks to Rev. R. Roberson, his members, Dr. L. L. Hubener and Dr. R. L. Johnson. I am back in my office again. DR. T. H. KEITH Conley Byrd Is Experienced Conley Byrd is a practicing attorney in little Rock. He has served as a low clerk in the U. S. District Court. From 1954 to 1960, Conley jerved os Arkansas Supreme Court Reporter where he analyzed, headnoted, indexed and supervised the printing of the Decisions of the,Court. It is because of his experience and qualifications that he asks for your vote and support in the Democratic Primary, Tuesday, July 26th. VOTE FOR & ELECT CONLEY BYRD ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT POSITION 4 Political Hi TnU. for fcy Bill Butler

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