The News Tribune from Fort Pierce, Florida on January 26, 1953 · Page 5
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The News Tribune from Fort Pierce, Florida · Page 5

Fort Pierce, Florida
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Monday, January 26, 1953
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Pagt 5 NEWS-TRIBUNE, Fort Pierce, Fl.., Monday, January 26, 1953 BOB ENNS An article in the Spring issue of Baseball Magazine brings to mind a time about 12 or 13 years ago when, as a kid, this writer held a most enviable position with a professional baseball organization. It was a job sought after by several and sundry youngsters and my connection was the envy of all T-shiried, bare-footed, tousSe-haired young squirts in the gang. The position \\ as that of peanut J --· ·vendor and cold pop dispenser at ! ga!aes ' 14 of thein ***· a rovv « anci Jaycee field, the home of the Fort Pierce Bombers of the now defunct Class D East Coast league. Besides making sometimes as much as a dollar a night when j terajati ® aal , the stands were packed, it was a chance to become acquainted with the ball players while roasting the peanuts prior to game time. It was a pretty chesry young knocker «ho held that job. lost only seven. But his most notable exploit came in 1S4S when he was with the Tampa Smokers of the Florida In- squint- eyed chanker won 28 games and walked only 55 men in 303 innings. win season, he was fined S20 and suspended for "indifference" when he refused to warm up prior to One-Armed Jimmy Nichols To Give Free Golfing Exhibition At Indian Hills Tomorrow Jimmy Xichols, famous o«ie- armed golfer, tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock will tee off with three sweep at the ball, ending with his hand way in back of his head. His drives are as long as some of the *** ** ** ^*v*'*». niu. tcrc VJJL. v**uji tiinrtr !*JJLI\C «uc «J luux its _\J local pros at the Indian Hills golf j best two-armed golfers. course in a free exhibition open to some of the exploits on the golf i t P ^u * i course seem impossible, but thev In the foursome with Nichols!are -natters of record. In the ! will be Indian Hills- Pros Ralph , course of i Beach Pro Byron Proseus. Nichols, along with other . But not nearly as chesty as the P itchin g *"s 24th game, which be- estiest o^ ==1!" nirrhpr.: ,i, n «·=,= jcame oae of the few he lost. chestiest of all pitchers who was 1 the marvel vendor. of a certain peanut That was Chester (The Great) He's hurled his high, hard one into the dugouts of opposing reams when the heckling got too caustic, She's taken after an FIRST CHOICE--Harry Babcock, star end of the University of Georgia, has been chosen by the San Francisco 49'ers who drew the "bonus pick" at the National Football League meeting in Phil- j adelphia. The 22-year-old pass receiving sensation hsils from Pearl River, N.Y. (AP Wire- photo) such as Bobby ] Jones, Jimmy Thomson, Marlene Bauer and form the nucleus of Spal, ding's famous staff of golf eonsult- ·ants. ! An auto-train crash caused the | loss of Nichols' right arm back Jin 1929 but since that time he I picked up a golf club, tried it out, | worked hard, and now is a par! buster with the best, i Last year he played an exhibi- ! lion round at Indian Hills and was I medalist for the day with a one i under par 71. And that u as in a I high wind. He was playing with . pros Lang and Ansel Snow and | former club champion Duke War- Ten. | He uses a right hand club and | starts his swing with his arm across his chest taking a wide, long *£* ' . ii j i V , ^ ^J"! ««* »° obert Ripley used ** ***"* U ° r Covmgton, stormy petrel of mino^ league baseball, probablvihe most! er wi ~ a bst - be ' s P° ked team - [ fabulous of diamond characters, j mates whea he ^o^ 1 they were considering he never made much 5 *«iing off and we understand that of a mark in the majors although ** b TM major league career WIth he has played with the big boys. The Baseball Magazine devotes an entire article to following the exploits of the diamond nomad who once pitched for the Fort Pierce Bombers and has kept the the Phils was cut short by his tendency to revert to his boxing days in the locker room after games. He has been one of the most hated snd feared Ditchers in base- ,, . · _ . - * _ · _ , .B^Vu-ftSW-.? KuU llt^J H.\.tJl. l»ili · 1% T t » t baseball circuits of Florida and oaU. b« he's a great drawmg card the southeast in a constant state \ ?? e . 1 f I * e , lefty wuh a fla!r for theatrics always puts oa a good Defending Champ Yero Is Full Game Ahead In 1953 Suncoast Basketball Race of riot over his unbelievable antics. You'll find it some mighty interesting reading even if you've never seen "The Great" pitch a game. show for the fans. He is Chester (The Great) Covington. take him or leave him, he don't give a dam. which is unlikely if you live in Florida. This character Covington, (and j "character" is a mild torched in just about every league i in Florida for the past 20 or 30 years and when last heard from was with a team in Greensboro. N.C. PRICELESS PUBLICITY Fort Pierce got some priceless f"" | publicity over the Muraal Broad- 85 ! casting System Saturday night as , a result of the plush camet that , was relied out for Fred Van Deven- j ter, of the "Treaty Questions" ra- jdio program fame. Although he has culled evervl ^ » eve ? ter happened to be screwball stunt in the books, he's ,;f^ y-^n toe saflrisn were run- soil one of the most effective pitch- j ?TMf " f c , k ^T?^ 5 ana hooked ers ever to climb a pitching mound. m - u ° h !, 0sl f ^TM tle * He's been a oroffesional boxer, a TM* C ^ Sl TM? m £- - .. iK-tent medicine salesman. a ra a_ * e .«f ver Fo ? Plerce ^S road worker and a wrestling rei-]^ plug ^ ^ am ^ S ^^^J^' Q:O program Saturday night. Van Deventer had a fine nshing visit, thanks to preparation by Doug Silver and others who had a hand in seeing that he was led to where eree. According to the article fay Frank Hurley, Jr., chesty Chester msde his baseball debut at 28 but despite a late start, won the Sporting News avrard as the "Minor League Player of 1943.'' He must have been around 40 at the time. Although Hurley's story places Covington's age at 4i. we hare an inkling he's nearer 51. According to Fort Pierce Fier Chief R. M. the big ones are- Even Joe Summerlin. the News- Tibune's perennial "high hook" i man, pitched in and offered to guide Van De T . enter to one of his favorite, but secret, ''honeyholes" where the black bass are thick. I Defending champion Vero Beach remained undefeated in Suncoast Conference court play and a f"'! game ahead of the pack as the loop neared the halfway point in its i current campaign. Lake Worth is j t in the runnerup position a game | ahead of third-place Stuart. I A I0-game schedule faces the j conference this week with half of I the contests billed to start the j week's action Tuesday night. Three league ganes will send Vero to Pahokee. Belle Glade to Lake I Worth and Stuart to Fort Pierce, and all three of the chase leaders are sure of rough evenings in which they must win to retain their po: sltions. In a pair of non-league at- i tractions. Clewiston will play at j Alva -while Seacrest visits Pom- jpano. Clewiston wfll play a league conj test at Belle Glade Thursday night, j Three more league tilts Friday Isend Pahokee to Stuart. Lake i Worth to Seacrest and Fort Pierce 1 to Vero Beach. Seabreeze of Daytona \vill be a non-league guest of Vero Saturday. Vero ran its Suncoast winning the way for the Seahawks. Current standings: W L Pet. Vero Beach 5 0 1.000 Lake Worth 4 i .800 Stuart 3 2 .600 Fon; Pierce 2 2 .500 Belle Glade 2 3 .400 Seacrest 2 3 .400 Pahokee 1 4 ^00 Clewiston o 4 .000 Van Deventer had to leave LU i u i u iici^c iici ^uici .n.. ji. van ueventer nact to leave too "Push" Register, former pro and SOO n. but yesterday said Summer- senii-pro firs-baseman. he 5rst , n n toot- a sm 3 n --.rfr- n,f r^rh played against The Great in 1931 when Chester was with a Miami National Guard team. "He gave his age as 28 in that game,"' Register said, "and later I remember he stayed 37 for vears." took a smaH party out with the desired result: the limit. ON THE OTHER HAND . . . Florida and Fort Pierce took a beating in the Chicago Da3y Trib- iure about a recent cold snap. AD- The last appearance Covingtoa parenQy a Mr. Hal Foust "high' " made oa Jaycee field was on Sanday. July 22. 1951, when he was hurling for the North Miami Police team in the state semi-pro playoffs. Although he lost 2-1, Covington went all the way against Pat- DO-nrered" writer for that publication, was sorely inconvenienced by the drop in temperature and moaned tearfully to his readers. Bis lachrymose little article la- i f; mented the sudden revelation that rick Air Force Base. aDowed onlv i the temperature does fall below 72 fh e nits and struck out 12. When pitching for the Fort Pierce Bombers he would sometimes throw both ends of a double- in Florida and led off as follows- ' streak to five games with a last quarter rally good for 16 points that toppled winless Clewiston 50(44 in Vero Friday night. An un| daunted Clewiston quintet had ! come from behind to knot the score ! at 34-34 after three periods. 1 Lake Worth pulled into second olace -with two successes. The I Trojans caught Stuart literally ; stone cold Friday night and notched a 47-34 victory, and they led all ! the way to drop Pahokee 67-52 Sat- I urtiay night. Stuart couldn't bit ; from the field until the final seconds of the first half and the result- .ing deficit was too great to make "It's cold here (Fort Pierce) again today. It's cold all up and down a coast that advertises and header bat on some nights he Publicizes itself with pictures of wouldn't even show up for the jpretty girls in bathing suits. game. Manager Jim Poole might learn that his eccentric lefty had v.andered off--to no telling where. ". . . we ~ere frozen out of our deep~ sea fishing plans." he continues, and then went on to pity up. Diminutive Wayne Lisle hit 10 That was in 1341 when he won 22 j the poor tourists fishing from the bridge in their overcoats. It was i indeed a sad tale. ] 'What he didn't say was that the | next day it was jast like summer I-and remained so for more than a i week. It's chilly again today, Mr. ! Foust, but itH be wanner tomorrow and as usual the balmy wfll far out-last chin. FRIED CHICKEN DINNER VEGETABLES, SALAD, DRINK COMPLETE MEAL, $135 AND FOR Ic MORE, OR Complete Meal For 2 Persons 1 26 AV O N ' S RESTAURANT 4th Street -- Arcade Bldg. points to pace Lake Worth Friday, and tallied 25 to provide the spark against Pahokee. Seacrest and Fort Pierce both accounted for their second conference triumphs Friday. Tom Kuhn sank 26 points to lead Fort Pierce to a 53-45 nod over Belle Glade in Fort Pierce, and Seacrest ended a three-game losing skein by dumping Pahokee 49-42 ia Delray Beach. Geston White's 17 points showwed ! Fort Pierce Wins ; Team Golf Match | With Melbourne \ A team of Fort Pierce golfers ISurday afternoon beat an aggre- | gatfon from Melbourne in a tour- .aament at Indian Hills golf and · country club. 16-S. I Leading golfer for the day was "former club chamn : oa Eddie Register who collected low gross honors by carding a 73 for his IS holes. * Foursomes with two players j from each city took part in the ] tournament with four pairs of local i ola;. ers taking all three points po*- \ sible. ] John Lester-Wallace Haupt. Fort I Pierce. 3. and D. F. Bailengee-H. jT. Weeks. Melbourne. 0: Broward j Poppell-Paul ilcDflw ell. FP. 3. and (John Gilbert-Billy Smith. 0; Ber- inard Rubin-Wbltey Hallstrom. FP, 13. and H. A. Sullivan-Kenny Comp- I ton, 0: Chris Miller-Bill Honan, FP, 13. and Billy Stroiid-Joe Realino. 0; I George Gortner-Lou Rossire. FP, i 2 72, and Leroy Foster-J. C Davis, | 7=; George Beridger-Mickey Boy- igis, Melbourne. 2. and Eddie Reg- ;ister-B2! Center, 1; Russell Hoag- i Jess Davis. Melbourne. 2%. and ·Dr. W. D. Lanier-Ralph Rhemfels. I J 2: Cliff Stroud-Ed Smith. Melbourne. 3, and E. R. Enns-Harold Lewis. 0. Hot TV in Sports issue Goes to Court Today By RALPH BERNSTEIN PHILADELPHLV (*·--The hotly disputed issue of "how much tele- i vision in sports" goes to court ] today in a case that could settle the question onte and for all. " The go\ erc»ner.t opens its antitrust stilt in L" S District Court · ball League's television policy \io- jlates the Sherman anti-trust law. , This case will be \\stehed by 'sports promoters-both professional jand amaiear-throughout the na- ition. The National Collegiate Ath iletic Association is vitally mteresl- |ed in the outcome as its restricted «TV football program cosJd be the !nest government target should !Judge Alan K. Grim ri^e against 1 the XFL. I Grim is hearing the case without i a jury. Although the judge's de, cis:on w ill ha\ e an important bear- sing on the final outcome, it will .not be the last word. Both sides 'ha\e said they'll carry the matter to the U. S. Supreme Court if 4 ihey lose ia District Court. | The case has magnified in importance because of the growth of ie!evision to the soint where s»orts ( promoters claim it has hurt their ^ attendance e \ e n professional ' baseball, heretofore a leading ad- \ocate of live TV in then- parks, recently set up a committee to j make a -new study of tele-, ision I and its effects. Tom Kuhn Leads Cage Loop With 20-Poinl Average Speedy senior guard Tom Kuhn of Fort Pierce currently is show- way among the Suncoast ·'s individual scoring col- with a flat 20-poict average (through the Eagles' first four I league starts. ! Just a hair behind him is Pa- shokee's star guard. Dan Mullis, ' who has hooped S7 points in the , Blue Devils* fi\ e starts in the j league so far for a 19.40 average. ' t Mullis' total is unsurpassed to date , w ith all conference games tabulat- 'ed through Saturday night. I Ten other Suncoast cagers so far · are maintaining pomtnaaking a\er- I ages in excess of 11 a game. In "order, ihey are Hale Williams of ;Vero Beach wkh IS SO, Bob Shrig- j ley of Stuan with 15.40. Eli Engel iof Belle Glade with 14.50, John ! , Jackson of Clewision with 14.75. 'Wayne Lisle of Lake Worth with h-iOO, Bob Barber of Belle Glade I with 13.20, Leroy Pope of Pahokee ;acd Ronnie Phillips of Vero each LSU and Tulsa Tangle for Top National Nods By MERCER BAILEY Associated Press Sports Writer Louisiana State and Tulsa, two of the,nation's basketball powers, tangle tonight and each team has an incentive to win. National prestige is at stake for | both teams. LSU would like to ·avenge an early season loss to J Tulsa, and Tulsa would like to , bounce back from its 61-56 loss to I Houston Saturday night which cost I it the conference lead. ] Tulsa whipped LSU 84-58 a · month ago and that defeat is the fonly blemish on the Tigers' 13- igame record. Tulsa is the second "team in the Missouri Valley Con, ference and LSU is leading the j Southeastern Conference title race, "lulsa ranks llth nationally, LSU U4th. ', with 11.30, J. V. Tanner of Clems- j ton with 11.75 and Geston White of Seacrest with 11.60. KUSTIR INSURANCE INC. Dependable Insurance of All Kinds Room 142 Arcade PHONE 1215 If anyone in town sells it... buys, renis or repairs ... you'll find the name listed in the 'YELLOW PAGES' of voiir Telephone Directory- Turn so the "YELLOW PAGES' fjs:. It's the quick, easy way to find whatever you want whenever you want it. S O U T H E R N SELL T E L E P H O N E A N D T E L E G R A P H COMPANY BLASTS RIGGS HOLLYWOOD C?-- Although favoring a twisted ankle. Frank Kovacs. Oakland. Calif.-, won the Na- tioaal Professional Clay Courts Tennis tourney Sunday, blasting Miami Beach's Bobby Riggs, 7-5. S-6. 6-0. Kxrracs injured an ankle ia a fan Curing Saturday's semi-finals. Mitch, Ft. Lauderdale, and Robert Stubbs. Miami, ·won the doubles title, defeating Y\on Petra. Paris, and Joe Fishback, New York City, 2-6, 6-2. 7-5. NEW YORK I?-- Baseball spring fraining opens three weeks fro;n tomorrow when pitchers and catchers of the Philadelphia Athletics report at West Palm Beach, Fla. a n n o u n c e m e n t . . . Annette's Frozen Custard Bar NOW OPEN Serving Delicious Malts, Shakes, Walk-away Sundaes and Real Frozen Custard! Stop by and give it a trial. Formal Opening to Be Announced Later Annette's Frozen Custard 7th Street and Orange Avenue DOXT MIX DRRTNG WITH DRINKING We're all for a safe and sane year, with no mixing of driving ·with drinking. But, if you're entertaining at home, that's quite different. Our complete stock of all that's finest in Wines and Liquors help make any party or celebration a success. RUSSAK1S PACKAGE STORE There is only ONE Russakis Liquor Store--We have moved from our former location and are now located just around the corner at 112 N. Depot Drive. 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