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W/HflBTHI,B (XRK.y CqTTRIEIt MBWi Faces Ace Jackson Team at Haley Gym Friday Night Holland Scheduled To Sit on Bench Coach Jimmy Fisher's Chickasaws — minus ace center Montroe Holland •— will go after their 14th victory of iho eeason here tomorrow night when thty take oh a strong Jackson, Tenii., team. + Fisher salti that It would he nothing short "I a miracle if Holland's ankle, injured Tuesday night against Lcachville, comes around in time to permit the 6-6 pivot man to see action. "It will probably be nt least n v;cek before Holland is playing regularly again," Fisher said. Even with Holland, the Chicks figured to have their hands full with Jnrkson. Hold Win Over Tribe The Golden Bears have handed Blythcville nrie of its three whippings this eeason, turning them back Jff-il in the Chicks' second of the season. They boait all-slaters, a 6-2 Scoring Race Tightening Up Five Boys Figure To Be in Running Down to Wire NEW YORK ifl — It seems as though l('s going (o (ake the postseason tournaments, Just as It did last year, lo decide the 1853 Individual scoring championship among the nation's major college basketball teams. Pennsylvania's Ernie Beck, Seton Hall's Walt Dukes, Seattle's Johnny O'Brien, Washington's Bob Houbregs and Furman's Frank fielvy are putting on n repeat performance of last year's neck-anrt- neck race, NCAA service bureau statistics showed today. It's Clnse. . In games through las! Satlrday, Beck averaged 27.1 points a game, Dukes 27.0, O'Brien IRA, Houbregs 25.3 and Selvy 25.2. Houbregs' figures do not Include last week's three-game (rip to Hawaii. A year ago, Clyde Lovellette of Kansas, Dick Groat of Duke, Chuck Darling of Iowa and Bob Pettlt, of LSU, were within one point n. game of each' other before the tournaments started. Then Lovellette. with 141 points in four games of NCAA play, pulled away. At that lime, Selvy was fifth. Now the Furman flash is in (he tame position but Pelltt, who missed part of Ihe season because of illness, is sixth with 24.9. All six current leaders have excellent cliances to play in either the NCAA or national invitallon tournaments. RcbrtlinOcrs Dukes, the e-foot 11-inch mainstay of the country's lasl major unbeaten team, also Is ahead of Fordham's Ed Conlin In rebounding by a narrow margin, 23.7 a game to 23.3. Chuck Hoxie, of Niagara, is the most accurate shooter with 58.2 of his flclci goal attempts successful, and Virginia's John Dohner is mo5t efficient from the free throw line, with 85.1. Oklahoma City University's Ar- •oid Short Is eighth among the nation's scoring leaders with an average of 24.3 a game. Short has tippert in 115 field goals and made 110 free throws in 14 games. Dickens Signed At Wyoming LARAMIE, Wyo. f/p) — The University of Wyoming yesterday signed Phil Dickens. 38, ot Wofford College at Spartanburg, S. C.. to a. three-year contract as head football coach, Dickens, Wotford head coach for Bix seasons and a star at Tennessee In his college days, was chosen by the Board of Trustees to succeed Bowden Wyatt, another one-time Tennessee player, resigned recently to become head fcotball coach at the University of Arkanr-as. The trustees did riot announce salary terms for Dickens' contract. Wyatt reportedly was paid $10,000 a year. ''• Georeg Mikan of the Minneopo- -lis Lakers in the NBA has been named State Chairman of the Crusade for Freedom drive which started recently in Minnesota. forward named Crenshaw and Ross, a shorter but highly mobile guard. * However, in Blytlievllle's loss early In December it WBK Wlnslow, the Juniors Play Hayti Here Tonight Cn;icli Harold Stockton's Junior HiKh School Papooses, who havt lost only one ball game this season, take on Ilaylt, Mo., juntas al Haley Field jym fonlcht. First same of the rttmblchead- tr hi lo get started at 7 o'clock And will feature the Pap Rces and Hayll's B team. .Tones, Aker«, Ahholl. Hnilpe and Isaacs are expected lo start for the Juniors tonight. Rears' center, who dtiS the most damage, scoring '9 points. Fisher Isn't quite sure who will start In Holland's place tomorrow night. Red Chllrircss may move to the center position. If he does, Bobby Hill will come off the bench to tnke over Childress' forward slot. Othcrvifie, Fisher may pull cither Leon Prlvett or Dexter Wejt off Din bench to fill the vacated pivot post. Privett, s Junior, has the height and bulk to be good under the boards.. He's not quite as fancy a shotmaker as West, hmvei-er. Otherwise, speedy guards Tommy Mosley and Donald Gentry and ball- hawking Johnny O'Brien will • he the first five along with ohll- drc.w. First game, between Blythevllle's once-dcfcalcd B learn and Jackson's Bees, begins at 7 o'clock. Stanky Sounds Off on What Makes Pilot COLUMBUS. O. Wi—Ball players make the manager! So says Eddie Stanky. militant manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, who is "more than optimisllc" about the 1953 pennant chances of his Red Birds. Stanky, voted the 1952 manager of the Year In his Freshman season at the St. _Louis hPlm, told an old limers' baseball group here last ntghl that: "When anyone tells you thai a manager's stralegy did Ihis or that toward winning a pennant, you can mark- It off as so much inalarky. The players win the pennants. No manager can do Ihe hitting, pitch, ing and base-r;mntng which makes tha difference between a-champion and an Rlso-ran. "Catcher Del Rice caupht HI games for us last year; Red Scliocil- I.eon Privett (o replace Holland? Saigh Comments On Sale of Cards Fred Saigh said yesterday he has not been contacted "by anyone named Florida or Williams" in rc- ;ard to Rale of Ills stock in the St. Louis Cardinals. , And a Pittsburgh newspaper Bald lhat Saigh had offered his holdings ' the National League club lo a PiltKburgh syndicate for $4,250,000. Saigh in commenting on reports lhat A. J. Florida and B. Prank Williams. Osccoln financiers, said the Mississippi County men may be dealing 'IhroiiEh, a third party. Williams "Bifid.- tho .group already had confcrretT.B-Uli Saigh, principal stockholder in the National League baseball elub, and lhat Saigh had set n price on his holdings, 'Hie Oscpola man added that no counter offer had bmi made vet. Williams irtcnlificd two of his as- •roclntos ns A.'J. nnd O. H. Florida, brothers anrt also Osccola bankers and real estate executives He said olliers in the Rronp prefer to remain anonymous for the time being. Saigh is disposing ot the Cards kepi a 102 fever a secret and. kept on playing; Stan Musial, Ihe sreatrst plnycr in (lie gnme. n team player, never begged off: Solly He- tmis. hit by pitchers 20 times—at least in intentionally; Enos Slaughter, wlin played with a twisted knee —Ihry arc some of tlic boys who made the Manager of the Year. "We finished third, and our boys pave rvr.vthing they had to finish lhat htoh. This year, with the fines! bull , w ,i m i| )( , majors, we're more than optimistic." The fiery boss of the Cards saia I he had received 'some criticism from fans about, the handling of his personnel in (h e i s t c going of 195?. but declared: "-So long as I'm manager no one, Ihc- prc-is. Ihc fans or the front office will trll me how to handle my ball players." before beginning a prison sentence for income tax evasion. PITTSBURGH M>j — The Pittsburgh Post Ciazctte said today representatives ot Fred Saigh, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, have offered Saigh's majority holdings in the National 'League club to a Pittsburgh syndicate for $-1,250,000. Yanks Have Slim Ranks- No Signers Gil McDougafd, Berra Only Regulars Set By WILL ORIMSLKV NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees have close to a million dollars they're . ready to ladle out in salaries — the largest payroll pot in baseball history — but no club is having more trouble getting dia- con- mond employes « n d e r tract. The plavers' (hems song seems to^ he: 'Mo, gimme more," "You 1 don't realize what a problem it Is lo sign up a hall club lhat has won four straight world championships," said O e o r E e Weiss, general manager of the Yankee empire and Die man with the chronic winter heartache. "I don't (hink there's an organized holriont campaign or anylhln" like thai. Each of these fellows lucres he was grcafly Instru- menlal in onr success and he wants his reward on the pay check." The Yttfikees have signed only two of tlielr regulars for the 1053 season while most other clubs are announcing signings in clusters.- The Brooklyn Dodgers, the Yankees' victims in the last World Scries, for Instance, have signed all of their players. The two regulars who have come to' terms are catcher Yogi Bcrra, whr> autographed a contract for a reported S40.000, a $5,000 raise, and illfielrier Oil M c D o u g a I d, who signed (or what's believed lo be around 520,000. Alllo (Big Chief) Remolds, who has had two trenitmclbus years with the world champions, failed lo get any satisfaction In his second conference with Roy Hamey, assistant general manager, who does the Yankee negotiating. The Oklahoma City rlghl-hander, who had a 20-8 record last season and n-3 the year before, is said to be demanding at least a $7,000 raise over .the $35.000 he collected In 1053. That would be approximately Ihc salary paid Vic Raschi. who also is asking a hike for his 1G pitching victories last season. The Yankees must come to lerms K'ilh telly Ed Lopat, n reliable veteran; Whitey Ford, who is re- lurning from the service; Bob Kusava, Tom Morgan and others. . Also yet to be dealt with across (he bargaining table are youn"' Mickey Mantle, the 1952 World Series hero, and his outfield males prominent Pittsburgh realtor. Saigh announced he would sell his baseball slock shortly after his re- cenl sentencing to 15 months in prison for Income tax evasion. Cardinal holdings include the National League franchise and minor clubs at Houston. Tex., Rocheslcr, N. Y., and Columbus, o. College Basketball By The tlssocfalcrt Press Pcnn 63 Columbia 56 Army 10 Swarthmore BO Cornell 89 Syracuse 65 Vlllanova 93 Cantslus BO Princeton 12 Colgate 61 Tulsa 75 Delrolt 74 Wichita 17 Drake 71 Washington (SI. Louis) 101 Missouri Mines 69 Wnshblirn 79 Bmporia State 68 Parsons 7ft Tulsa Frosh 58 LaSalle 13 Baltimore Loyola 61 Navy 17 Penn State 53 Arkansas State 88 Florida State 77 Arizona 72 Hnrdin-Sitnmons 67 Oregon Stale 78 Idaho 52 Billy Martin and others. Reports have Iho 40 - year - old lize balking al a 20 per cent slash In salary. He is insisting on - carbon copy of his lasl season's contract, which called for 520,000. "I can't, for obvious reasons, lay what our payroll will be this i-ear." said Weiss. "But It's tremendous. You can safely say,it's the largest we've ever had. A 'few years ago a congressional committee revealed Ihe Yankees' payroll as 5660,000. It's known the figure has grown substantially every year since, despite the departure of S90,000-a-year Joe Di- Magglo. Manager Casey Stengel signed a contract before he left for California In the fall. He hinlcd his salary was "close to $100,000." The Skippers Speak — Minnie Minoso of Hie While Sox won the base stealing championship in Ihe American League wilh 22 —but was also caught stealing the most times, 16. Tigers Can Go Only One Way- Up By FRED HUICHINSON Detroit Tigers Manager BRADENTON, F!a. (AP) — There is only one place the Tigers can go and that is up. We finished eighth last year, the first time a Detroit team il«sl year were lack of speed anrt service. If i m hasn't lost his ability, very poor hilling. I believe we have I lie aiirt Km-nn could team up to ever has finished lar. in tilfc eel- T %?*?* l ' m ovcrl! ' "P'imlstlc. butlicuenn''" I think we can climb up as high as ' the first division. After all, we fell from second to lifth lo eighth in two 5-ears. Why can't we come back as fast? W* w'" tlavc a young ball club and, if a couple of kids come through, we should improve our standing. Our basic weaknesses eliminated one weakness Several trades and the addition of some new men from Ihc minors should give us more speed Ihis ycar. As for our hitting, we won't know until the we stand there. Infield Gun* Our Infield cost us lots of games last ycar. I'm looking for Harvey in, our young shortstop, to develop Into » big league star. IfjJ. not this yca'r, then surely next. Owen Friend, who came to us from St. Louis, may settle our second base problem. Al Fcdcroff, j form a capable double play combination. We will upon wilh a brand new our field. In trades with the Browns we acquired Pnb Nifmnn. who is a cinch to play left field for us. Bob is young and has lots of power. We also oht.iinecl Jake Crawford, a long ball bluer who led the Eastern in in limners last year. Frank . , who filled in acceptably after Jerry Priddy broke his leg. also is a caii- oidate. Friend was a regular with the Browns before he went into Cars\vell, who topped the Intema- Lrnsur | n everything' but broken hats—hp had the most homers. Hie most runs batted in and the highest b.itlinp; average- is another outfield is Russ Sullivan, hitter. candidate. So a pood, strong rifrhtnj; Belter Our pitching should be much better List year. Far one thing, I'm looking for comcb.ic-ks by three men who are proven wm ners in the league, Ned Garver. Hal Ncwhouscr and Art Homtc man. Our pitching will be helped bv the return of Ray Herbert, wh'c looked like a very fine pitcher until the army took him two years ago He has the ability either (o start or to relieve. He won't pet out ol service until May bvil he is in Roor shape and will be ready to Jump In and help. I won't predict any particular finish except to say that omside of Ihe Yankees and Indian?, there is not a Rreat deal of difference among the oihor clubs. Fights Last Night ,P-y ,The Associated" Press Detroit—Ezzard Charles, 187. Cincinnati, stopped Tommy Harrison, 181'i, Los Angeles, 9. THTJRSDAT, FEB. B, 1953 ffounrfup— , 'Seminar' Provides Theories on Majors' Vanishing .300 Hitters By GAV1.E TALBOT NEW YORK .(AP) — The talk in the office of the New York Giant shad for some ttmt concerned that vanishing-type of American known as the .300 hitter, There had been vat> lous interesting theories as to why this once-flourishing breed is going the way of th « pa*. senger pigeon and'the buffalo, One member of the seminar insisted that they simply are not' turning out the kind of batters they used to, when almost any. club boasted two or three .players who consistently bettered the. figure which traditionally separates Ihe men from the boys. Another felt equally certain that improved pitching has steadily taken its toll. Krtdla Brnnnlck, who has been secretary of the Giants since Ihe second Cleveland adminislralion and probably ranks as (he greatest living admirer of (he great John J. McOraw, listened patiently to Ihe amateurs and Ihen told them as follows: No Mystery "There's really no mystery about it. There aren't as many big, husky fellows In Ihe game as there were 20 or 25 years ago. At least, it seems to me there are a lol more little guys, and every lasl one of them is standing up there swinging for the fences. "They've learned thai home runs pay off ill money, so why should lliey waste Iheir time trying lo hit singles and doubles Ihe way the old-timers did. Take Ross Youngs, one ot the greatest outfielders we or anybody else ever .had. You could see plainly that all he wanted to do was punch that ball safely— anywhere just so he got a hit. Look for Fat One "A bailer like Uial was difficult to fool. He was out there trying only to meet the ball squarely. He wasn't trying to outguess the pitcher and get that one fat ball he liked and could murder.' Today's pitchers know exactly what is going through the mind of the baiter, and all they have to do is keep him crossed up. I think maybe the average catcher today is a little smarter than they used to be, too, in calling for what the batter Isn't expecting." Pitching N'o Belter There was a brief pause at Ihis point while the Beau Brummel of 42nd Street was asked if he would concede that there might just possibly have been an over-all improvement In pitching skill in the past two decades. After all. there were men who clubbed the old- timers for averages nround .:!SO and still didn't win the batting championship of iheir league. "I honestly don't believe pitching has improved that much, it at all," Brannick said, "in those days you're talking about almost aiiy club could throw a couple of good pitchers e.l you, and many of them were great ones. Are there any greater pitchers today than Ihe Groves and the Johnsons ami the Hubbelis?" Rio Grande Gets Smaller LAREDO, Tex. f.'P) — The Rio Grande will never again be Ihe big river it once was. That's Ihe view of the view of Ihe federal men here who record Ihe incessant rise and fall—mostly fall in recent years -of the boundary stream. Dams and reservoirs, they explain, have been built along the stream to such an extent that even n year ot good rain upstream might not restore the historic level. Karl P. Keeler, U.S. hydraulic engineer, says that in 1000 only 10.000 acres on the U.S. side of the river were irrigated below Ft. Juit- man at the lower end of the El Paso Valley. Mexico was then Irrigating 275,000 acres. By 1950. more than 800.000 acres were being Irrigated on the U.S. side and Mexico was Ir- riga'ling almost as much acreage. Arkansas Sportettes — SWC Grid Coaching Picture Changing By CARI, BELL LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Unless recent domes come to a quick halt, a football coach looking for steady employment had better steer clear of the Southwest Conference. Maybe the "pressure" for \vln-' ning teams is no greater than anywhere etse in the country, but it certainly shows more clearly on the surface of the cut-throat Texas and Arkansas circuit. There are seven schools in the Southwest Conference, -hut only two of these will enter the 1053 grid season with the same head coaches they had In 1050. Three Newcomers i Three will have brand spanking new mentors — Arkansas!,which picked Dowden Wyatt to succeed Otis Douglas in the first post-1052 change; TCU. where assistant Abe Martin was moved up when Dutch Meyer retired, and SMU, which is looking for a successor to the resigned—or fired—Rsisly Russell. Oilier changes since 1950 have been Ed Price replacing Blair Cherry at Texas and Hay George taking over from Harry Stileler at Texas A&M. Still around from the '50 coaching fralernily are George Sauer of Baylor, who began his tenure only that year, and the veteran Jess Neely, who seems lo have a lifetime Job at Rice. , Bear at SMU We don't have the faintest idea who will be the next pigskin tutor at SMU, but we're pretty sure it won't be Bear Bryant. Oh yes, Bryant — who almost took the Arkansas job — has been mentioned in Dallas. In turning down an offer from Arkansas, Bryant announced only that it would be impossible for him to accept. That left the impression — as obviously intended, for Kentucky consumption, at least — that he didn't want the deal al Payelteville. That didn't make sense, for Bryant had spent too much lime here courting Arkansas-officials; had confided in his friends that he wanted to return to his home state and reportedly was offered as good a financial deal as he was getting at the University,of Kentucky. . . Since that time, a member of Arkansas' coach-screeningr com - miltee, who was with Bryanl In Lexington the day he pulled out of the Razorback piclure,.has told us Kentucky'refused to release the Bear without a court fight over his Idiig-lerm contract. Bryant chose a peaceful solution, staying on in the Blue Grass slate. It would be wise, we think, to scratch Bryant from the SMU speculation. Brumbehw Favored for SMU Job DALLAS. Ti-x. I/Ft— Mike Brllm- below, an affable fellow known better to fellow football coaches than most, fans In his home state of Texas, may wind up as new rin»- masicr of Southern Methodist's aerial circus. Three other coaches are due for interviews in the quest to fill the vacancy created when H. N. musty) Russell unexpectedly resigned Sunday night because of what lie termed "pressure" from the fans. These three — j. o. (Hiidrtf) Brolhers. former Tulsa University Coach; Andy Pilney, backfield coach at Tulane, and Milburn (Catfish! Smith, Ecast Texas Stale College coach, probably will be Interviewed early next week. Robin Roberts of the Phillies was the only National League hurler to win 20 games in 1352. He won 28 for a fourth place team. -Any why would Meyer, who apparently bowed out voluntarily as coach at his alma mater, TCU, want to give up a leisure assignment as athletic director (here to put his head back on the block? But leave us not gel into SMU speculation. 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