The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 26, 1966 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, July 26, 1966
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BIG LEAGUERS, HAYSHAKERS ALL THE SAME td ROOKIE 'Government Subsidy for BUGS By ROY McHUGH PITTSBURGH - (NBA) .—He was pitching without a cap. He wore the uniform : of the Flemingsburg Aces i and the uniform was too i tight. His socks were fall- i ing down. Nothing about Woodrow Thompson Fry,'man, a tobacco farmer and sandlot lefthander from 'Ewing, Ky., impressed anybody in the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie camp except i the way he could throw a ' baseball. That was in June of last year. Today Woody Fryman wears his Pirate uniform I neatly. He forgets to put ! on his batting helmet oc- i casionally—around his. old i - Kentucky home they never ! bothered with such refinements — but the umpire al- 1 ways reminds him. And his ; .8-3 record at the All-Star ' break was one of the big reasons for the pennant talk emanating from Pitts- j burgh. : * * * ' Recently Fryman pitched ! ?.three consecutive shutouts • and 31 consecutive scoreless ! "innings. To him there is no !;;8ifference between major ; league hitters and hayshak- 1 ers. ' "I pitch the way I did when I was . home," Fry- inan says. "You've got to ! |hrow the ball. If you're ! scared to, you can't turn around and throw it to second base." "Fryman is 23 and mild but direct in his speech. He has short, blond hair and the frame of a man who can work from dawn to dusk with a pitchfork. Although he raises tobacco, he does not smoke or chew it. He is married and the father of a two-year-old son. He and his father and brother farm 283 acres of tobacco, corn and hay. ! The Pirates, Reds and -White Sox all tried to sign Fryman six years ago, but he refused, the story goes, because times were too good; he could make more money off the land. When the government cut the subsidy on tobacco, he changed his mind. Like most other legends, that one is only a half-truth. Times weren't so good that Fryman wouldn't have signed for a bonus. "But I couldn't get no money out of them," he says. Fryman nonetheless had expected to be a farmer for life. As a result, he never made it to high school. Big for his age—he is now 6 feet 2—he was playing baseball with mei, at 13, and soon the Flemingsburg Aces became interessted. Flemingsburg is six miles from Ewing, which Fryman describes as "just a little settlement—no town to it at all." The baseball park was a sandlot with a skinned infield and the games were on Sunday afternoon. "Only way the farm boys could play," Fryman says. "We worked all day and they didn't have good enough lights to play baseball at night." They played slow-pitch Softball at night. Fryman was a roving shortstop, still full of energy after his day in the fields. "Oh, we never whatcha call got up real early," he says. "We got up about 5:30 or 6 to milk the cows." * * * The town of Morehead borrowed him one year to pitch in the state semipro tournament. Morehead won it and Fryman was the tournament's most valuable player. But the blue-grass country remembers him best for his 12-inning perfect game against Athens. He struck out 32 of the 36 batters and threw out two others who bunted. Nobody hit the ball out of the infield. Not long afterward, the Pirates had a tryout at Ver- Fryman Burned Rest Helps Juan By MURRAY CHASS Associated Press Sports Writer Some of his more zealous fans at home say if he wanted to run, Juan Marichal could be elected president of the Dominican Republic. Marichal, however, wouldn't win any popularity contest in the National League, especially with the Pittsburgh Pirates. But then, neither would Herman Franks. Franks and Marichal teamed up Monday and sparked the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victo ry over the first-place Pirates. The triumph moved the Giants to within two percentage points of the lead. Marichal, the ace right-hand- er of the league, originally was scheduled to pitch against Philadelphia Manager Franks decided to save him for the opener of the crucial three-game series with Pittsburgh. Thus, the 28-year-old Dominican rested four days instead of three. The change didn't hurt him. He stopped the Pirates on six hits, halted Roberto Clemente's hitting streak at 17 games, didn't walk anyone and scored the eventual deciding run after an alert bit of base running. Taken together, that gave Marichal his 16th victory against four defeats, his 16th complete game in 23 starts and an earned run average of 1.95. Marichal also extended his walkless streak to none in the last 22 innings and now is averaging only one walk per game. A guy can't become very popular with that kind of record. In the only other NL games, Los Angeles downed Philadelphia 6-3 and New York trimmed Houston 6-4. The Giants handed rookie Woody Fryman his fifth defeat against eight victories. They did it by scoring two runs in the third inning. Ollie Brown singled and beat Fryman's throw to second on Marichal's sacrifice bunt. Tito Fuentes followed with a single, driving in Brown, and when Fryman, backing up the plate, tried to get Fuentes coming back to first, Marichal darted for third and made it. He then came home as Hal Lanier grounded into a double play. The third-place Dodgers moved to within IVt games of the top by breaking a 3-3 tie with a three-run rally in the eighth. Al Ferrara singled across the first run, Dick Stuart the second and the third came across on Jim Gilliam's grounder. Stuart earlier homered for Sunday. But Giant Los Angeles while Bill White and John Briggs connected for Philadelphia. Pitcher Dennis Ribant stroked a two-run single that climaxed a four-run outburst in the eighth inning and gave New York enough runs for its record fifth straight victory over Houston. The Astros rallied for two runs in the botto mof the eighth with the help of a dropped fly ball by Billy Murphy and one in the ninth on Sonny Jackson's run-scoring single, but that's as close as they could come. sallies, Ky. Fryman came as he was, wearing his sandlot uniform. "My father talked me into it more than anything else," he says. "He and my brother said, 'Go ahead and give it a try. We'll take care of the farm.' T/it View from Her* ED HAYES TOURNAMENT TIME, READY OR NOT. July hasn't even run out yet and here we have baseball tournaments all over the place. Tournaments, as you know, usually signify the end of something. Or the beginning. In this case it's the end ... or the beginning of the end. If you've been paying attention to such things you've noted boys leagues playoffs all around the city lots. Now we come to the big one as far as the local populace Is concerned: the American Legion district tournament at Light Brigade Field, a five-day event, booked to begin tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. ' * * * This is called the big one, not to minimize the others, but this is the age where the major league scouts scrutinize the young men, where they make up their minds if the player has it or doesn't have it to make his way in the world of professional baseball. Some young men don't hit their athletic maturity until they grind through collegiate careers but nowadays this it somewhat rare. Scouts are a critical breed. They have to be. They're hard to convince but don't forget, they WANT to be convinced. They WANT the boy to be good enough to sign. However, with their reputation at stake, maybe even their jobs, scouts are also swift to turn their thumbs down. * * * American Legion baseball, tournament teams in particular, are a good showcase for college scouts also. Legion ball has opened many a college door for many young men and you don't have to look beyond Blytheville for evidence. Blytheville baseball followers have been a fortunate group In recent years. We've had our share—more than our share, come to think of it—of tournaments, district and state. Last year several of the players who showed here are now making their baseball way for pay. Light Brigade railbirds can match wits with the scouts. In at least one kid in the state show here last year the pros saw something the fans failed—perhaps refused—to appreciate. Who was right? The verdict hasn't come in yet. * * * Thus, we approach the first of two vital Legion runoffs, the district tomorrow, to be followed by the state here, Aug. 10-14. The district opener tomorrow evening puts Paragould against Corning at 4:30, with the Blytheville Dud Casons catching Jonesboro at 8. Rector drew a first-round bye. The bracket setup calls for two more games on both Thursday and Friday, a solo job Saturday night and one or two as needed Sunday afternoon. It's a double-elimination struggle, filled with more hurdles than a steeplechase. If you lose a first or second game, brother, you'd better have yourself a pitching staff. * * * This is the District 2-A tournament. District 2-B has already completed its Shootout and produced West Memphis as the winner. The West Memphians, a good-looking, sturdy group, did it the hard way by beating Helena—in Helena—twice Sunday afternoon. The result is both good news and bad news for Blytheville. West Memphis would surely draw more spectators here for the state than, say, Helena. Of course, West Memphis still isn't in yet: there is still the matter of the District 2 runoff (next week). * * * The West Memphians are right at the door, though. I'd say Blytheville is the only team in the northern section of the district that stands a 50-50 chance of stopping 'em. Four times this season the two teams have opposed each other. Blytheville won the first doubleheader here, West Memphis the second there. In the last set, the Casons were stopped on a no-hitter. Still, if the Blytheville youngsters hadn't booted the ball a couple of times the game might still be going on. * * * I don't know what the ruling will be if Blytheville wins the district this week. It would seem that a playoff would be unnecessary since Blytheville already is assured of a position in the state tournament, a gift that always goes to the host club. I believe Blytheville in that case would prefer skipping the district runoff with West Memphis, not in dread of facing the team again but pleased to have a nearby outfit of this caliber and spectator potential, to insure a financially successful state tournament, if nothing else. Dud Cason Post 24 extended itself in bidding for this glossy state show. Blytheville stores, motels and restaurants stand to gain greatly, so wouldn't it be nice, similarly, if the Post would profit? COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, JOLT ilt, 1«M FAOB Bom NHHIIIIHIIIIIIIKIIIIUIIIIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIlll BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Tuesday, July 26 Adults 75c — Children 25e STARTING TIME — 8:15 —MAIN EVENT— TAG TEAM MATCH 1-Hr. Time Limit — Best 2 of 3 Falls LUKE GRAHAM And CHIN LEE — Vs.— BILLY WICKS And MARIO MILANO First Match Rowdy "Red" Roberts — Vi. — Dewayne Peal So what could I lose? They said they'd give me a share of the crop, same as if I stayed home." * • * The Pirates signed Fryman for $500 a month and sent him to their farm club in Batavia, N. Y. A few weeks later' they brought him to Pittsburgh for a three-inning workout against the Cleveland Indians in an exhibition game. Fryman held the Indians scoreless, striking out five. He finished the season with Co^ lumbus in the American Association. Clyde King, the Pirates' pitching coach, has no explanation for Fryman, pronouncing him "just a rarity." Fryman can't see it that way. "A boy named George Jones, back home in Kentucky, hit me as well as anybody does up here," Fryman says. " 'Course I know they're better hitters in the majors, the record shows that, but a lot of times it's easier to get the good hit- ers out than the poor ones. In the minors, they hit everything you throw. In the majors they wait for you to make a mistake and if you don't make mistakes you can win " * * * Fryman's mistakes are so few that catcher Jim Pag- liaroni says, "I just let him pitch. He doesn't give walks or get upset and he never runs out of gas, so there's not much to talk about. And he's fearless. He couldn't care less about the name of the guy at the plate." Just as long as it isn't George Jones. Woody Fryman, RUMOR CONFIRMED IN AFL Davis Quits, Woodard Is Boss NEW YORK (-AP) - Milt Woodard has taken over as the new president of the American Football League, succeeding Al Davis. The 55-year-old Woodard, a native of Tacoma, Wash., stepped into the shoes of his old boss, Joe Foss, when the 37- year-old Davis quit Monday in a move that had been long rumored. Davis had replaced Foss as commissioner last April 6. Davis' resignation had been expected Since the recent merger of the AFL and the National Football League, effective in 1970. Davis had opposed the merger. 'I don't know what my position will be when the merger becomes effective in 1970," Woodard said. "That's up to the owners to decide. I have not yet actually signed my contract, ; but I believe it will be for at least three years. i couldn't turn down this op- Germany Whips Soviet; Russian Is Kicked Out LONDON (AP) - Goal- hunting Eusebio of Portugal faced Nobby Stiles, the iron tackier of England, in a duel today that could decide the World Soccer Cup. Critics saw the clash between the two men as the key to the semifinal at London's Wembley Stadium. * * * The winner of today's game will meet West Germany in the final next Saturday. The Germans downed Russia 2-1 at Liverpool-Monday night in a game which saw Russia's Igor Chislenko sent off the field. portunity," he added. Woodard had been assistant to Foss until Davis took ; office. Ha went to Florida then on privaite business while retaining a part- time status with the AFL. Under the terms of the AFL-" NFL merger Pete Rozelle, the NFL commissioner, will be tb,e over-all boss. "No one knows the AFL better than Woodard," said Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills who announced the executive changes. "His experience will be invaluable in guiding us through the transitions we willi experience during the next fe«fc years." Davis • would not reveal hit plans, but said he would-continue to serve the league in an ad-! visory capacity. It is considered^ likely he will collect the remain-" der of his five-year contract at-.< an estimated $60,000 annually. But she doesn't know it. Sue's a good driver. And that's the trouble. You've come to trust her over the years... but really, you can't. Because even the best drivers end up in some of the worst accidents. Drive defensively, and you won't end up on the receiving end of some other driver's mistake or sudden move. At intersections, never assume the right-of-way. Make defensive driving pay off by practicing it every second of every minute you're behind the wheel. It takes extra effort—but that extra effort's worth it. The forty-nine thousand people who died on our highways last year would be the first to agree. If they could. Watch out for the other guy! Published (o save lives in coepmiion with The Advertising Council and ihe National Safety Council. Blytheville Courier News

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