The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 9, 1966 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 9, 1966
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P-Bluff, NLR Early Birds By ED HAYES Sports Editor About 100 baseball players, coaches and officials from around the state were expected to roll into town late this afternoon for the American Legion state tournament. Dud Caspn Post 24, sponsor of the event for the second successive season, is looking for personnel from Fort Smith, Bryant, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and North Little Rock to arrive by 5 o'clock this evening, with Batesville and West Memphis wheeling in tomorrow. All but West Memphis are booked to spend the Highland each night until eliminated. The West Memphis club, a strong contender, will probably go home after each game because of the short distance between the two towns. * * * Here's Wednesday's lineup: Pine Bluff vs. De Janis of North Little Rock at 9 a.m.; Colonial Bakery of Little Rock vs. Bryant at 1 p.m.; Batesville vs. West Memphis at 4 p.m.; and the Ely- theville Dud Casons vs. Ker- wins Sporting Goods of Fort Smith at 8 p.m. Blytheville's night game might turn out to be the best of the tournament. The Casons are defending state champions and have a 40-5 season record. The Fort Smith club, state champion Tickets $ J per Session for Adult Fans Admission prices for the American Legion state baseball tournament at Light Brigade Field this week are $1 for Adults; 50 cents for high school studnets and teenagers; and 25 cents for the under-12 set. Each admission ticket is good for one session only. The action Wednesday and Thursday is divided into three sessions each' day, morning; two afternoon games; and the one night game. Inside the grandstand, box seat reservations may be purchased at $10 per box for the tournament. Boxes consist of six—or less—chairs. * * * Ticket buyers are advised to pick up programs at the park. Amon other things, they contain photos of Light Brigade Field and the Blytheville squad. There is no charge for the program. The View from Here ED HAYES * * * Doubt Is Cheap HE EXPECTED CONFIDENCE FOR HIS MONEY. IN'. stead he got doubts. ,. "I don't know about this team," said Billy Pete Ford, : shaking his head, prowling around in the third base coaching " enclosure. He has put up more money for this team than • any other in Arkansas-if you want to exclude the Arkansas • Travelers of the Texas League. And the St. Louis Cardinals put up the money for them. • Ford backs himself. He stands alone in Arkansas. So : do his Batesville semipros. They won the state champion' ship. * * * Still, he's not confident the team is going to do anything at the national tournament in Wichita Friday night. "I don't know," he said once more. "All it's been this year is home runs. We can't build up any runs." Not that he's afraid his sluggers are going to turn into any Babe Ruths. Although he might have fears they'll become Roger . Marises and half the country still hates Rog because he broke the Bambino's unbreakable 60-home-run record. * * * I wonder if Batesville will use Batesville or Osceola uniforms. Osceola's uniforms are sharper but the others have First Hermitage Insurance stitched on their shirts and I guess that's the whole idea, isn't it? But there are six former Osceola Indians with Batesville now, the latest addition Danny Williams. Danny was an outstanding American Legion outfielder last year for Blytheville and now, thanks to AIC and semipro ball, he has turned into a fine producer in any league. He runs the bases better than ever, has a good eye at the plate and the sparkling catch in his dish. Other Indians or former Indians who are to accompany Batesville to Wichita are first baseman Gary Washington, second baseman Bill Landers, outfielders A. C. Williams and Sonny Moss, and pitcher Butch Hopkins. * * * Plus Ray Mann, of course, who retired this year as manager of the Indians. Mann plans a full look at the state American Legion teams here tomorrow, then it's off to Wichita for about a week. And this is a prediction that Ray will be back handling the Indians again next summer. And this a suggestion to the Osceola management to get that wind-damaged Scoreboard back in working order. There was an unkempt flavor this year. NOT ONLY DID THEY DO MANY WRONG THINGS here Sunday afternoon, the Oakville Li'l Abners said the wrong thing, too. The pitchers from Memphis were having a hard time against the Blytheville Legionnaires. Finally Tommy McMurry the visiting shortstop, told the hurler: "Let 'em hit it." He did. Stan Williams singled to left. Sam Singleton slammed his second home run in the fourth. A fan called to Billy Melton the center fielder that he better watch out, next batter Pat Harper was going to do the same thing. Pat swung and missed and looked bad. "Not swinging like that he won't," the fielder shouted back. On the next pitch Harper planted a double against the fence. FOUR-DOT DATA: You might've come across the name of C. J. Cavanaugh in the Courier News Saturday. In a story out of Pinesville, La., it was stated that Professor Cavanaugh wrote the letter that encouraged the Israel soccer-style placekicker to attend Louisiana College. This is the same Cavanaugh who taught science at Blytheville High 20-plus years ago.... Poplar Bluff was eliminated from the zone two Legion playoffs at St. Ann (St. Louis suburb) over the weekend, surrendering Friday to Jefferson City 5-2 and Saturday 16-3 'to Anheuser-Busch of St. Louis .... John Widner of Leachville is trying to pass a plan that would keep high school graduates out of the Tri-County Senior Pony League next year, even though he had some and won the league championship this summer. Widner is in Li'l Rock helping coach the East all-star basketball team. This is his second turn. In 1957 the coach was on the West side. Leachville LEACHVILLE - Paragould A won the seventh-annual Leachville Little League tournament here Saturday night, decision- ing Bay 3-2. Piggott won third place. The sportsmanship trophy went to Pocahontas. MIDGET In control all the way, Falcons whitewashed Orioles 8-0 in YMCA's Midget tournament last night. Falcons are now in the favored position to cop the tourney, in the finals without a loss, and ready to play winners of the loser's bracket. Orioles are scheduled to play the winner of tonight's Burdette- Twin game. Falcons got off to a one-run lead in the first and this proved enough to wrap it up, but they added three runs on two hits in the third and four in tile fourth on two safeties.. Oriole defense was rather leaky, committing seven errors, all of which affected the scoring. At 8 tonight, Twins and Burdette are scheduled to play, with the winner taking on Orioles Thursday night in finals of the losers' bracket. PIE wee It what was probably the best Pee Wee game of the year, Roosters downed Hornets 8-7 in extra innings, and thus took home the league championship last night at Midget Park. Tied at 5-all in regulation innings, Rooster hitters pushed across three runs in the upper sixth for an apparently safe margin but Hornets refused to play dead. A Rooster error, followed by two Hornet hits, scored two runs and had the tying run on second before the Hornet rally was erased. Roosters scored a run in the first on a lead-off single, followed by a walk and two infield outs. They put together three hits for two runs in the third and added two more in the fourth before Hornets were able to get rolling. Hornets stuffed five runs into their half of the fourth, four coming on a bases-loaded home run, tying the score. Neither team tallied, in the fifth, leaving the fireworks for the sixth inning. This game ended the Pee Wee season. MEXICO CITY (AP) - A record 520 athletes from 18 countries so far have entered the second Little Olympics NEGROES IN RING HERE Luke vs. Al Again Luke Graham, who owns one half of the world tag team wrestling championship, and Al Costello who formerly held one half of the same title, are opponents tonight at Legion Arena. But tonight's action is not championship. Blytheville promoter Herb Welch and Costello lost the tag championship last Wednesday in Nashville to Graham and Carl Von Brauner. Graham's partner tonight is Chin Lee. And Costello's partner is Steve Kovak. * * * Welch has lined up two Negro wrestlers to kick off the 8:30 program. Mad Jurrell, 240, is opposed by Sailor Tom Jones, 235. This battle, like the main event, is best-of-three with an hour time limit. * * * Welch said he and Costello would try to get the championship back. "But this time some provision will have to be made to keep Sol Weingroff out of it," he stated. Gentleman Sol was a ringsider in Nashville when the title changed hands but that didn't keep him from helping his buddy Von Brauner. Admissions tonight are 75 cents for adults, 25 cents for children. Ringside reserved seats may be purchased inside the Arena. Doors open at 6:30. Tanneberger Hurt LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Ricky Tanneberger, the all-state basketball star from Little Rock Central, injured his left hip in practice Monday but East All- Star Coach Jim Cathcart said he did not think it was serious. Both the East and West basketball forces went through two drills in preparation for Saturday afternoon's 2 o'clock battle in Barton Coliseum. Rain shortened afternoon fbot- COURIER NEWS Tuesday, August B, 1966 PAGE E1OH1 ball drills following morning scrimmages. East football Coach Ken Stephens of North Little Rock released a depth chart that placed Ricky Thurow of North Little Rock Dewey Crow quarterback, Holly Grove at fullback and Dennis Berner of Little Rock Hall and Darrell Horton of De Witt at halfbacks on the first unit. The first unit line was composed of ends Bruce Norwood of Pine Bluff and J. B.. Fender- graft of Conway, tackles Greg Lockey of West Memphis and Roger Meyer of Pine Bluff, guards Gary Huggins of Corning and Walter Fisher of De _ Witt and center Fred McCon- fil«««liHiisiBW«iinii«i«i«nii«i«liliuiii»ii«liiniS ne " °f L'"' 6 Rock Catholic. Did Aaron's Wife Cuss? Did Cop Pull His Pistol? scheduled here for Oct. 14-25. ler ATLANTA (AP) - A police-1 man who arrested the wife of' Hank Aaron, the Atlanta Braves' slugger, was under suspension today along with two of his superior officers. Police Supt. Fred Berrrnan said Monday the suspensions were routine "pending a thorough and complete investigation" of the charges against Mrs. Aaron and the accusations made against police. Mrs. Aaron was charged with "disorderly conduct-cursing" July 30 at the Atlanta Stadium parking lot. Aaron. Braves' right fielder who .eads the National League with 31 homers and the majors with 85 runs batted in, said the policeman who stopped his wife pulled a gun on Aaron said his attorney will ask when Mrs. Aaron appears in Municipal Court Aug. 16 that the police department get rid of what he called "incompetents on the police force." * * * Police have quoted Patrolman L. W. Bedgood as saying he put his hand on his pistol but did not draw it when he issued the citation to Mrs. Aaron before an Atlanta-San Francisco game. Bedgood and Lts. C. J. Strickland, in charge of the stadium police force, and B. F. Rains, general police supervisor at the stadium, were suspended. DETROIT - Johnny Powell, 161, Detroit, outpointed Ted Wright, 160, Detroit, eight. the year before, sports a 32-11 reading and got into the state on a no-hitter. * * * Apparently there's no easy road for any team. As an example, should the host Dud Casons vault Fort Smith successfully, they would have to tackle either West Memphis or Batesville Thursday night and both teams have beaten Blytheville this year. Blytheville and West Memphis have split in four meetings, while Blytheville has a 2-1 edge on Batesville. One of Blytheville's losses to West Memphis was a no-hit job. It is a double elimination tournament, with the championship game (or games) to be played Sunday afternoon. Next stop for the state champ is the South Central regional in Memphis next week. * * * Registered umpires for all games are John Essary and Jimmy Gee from Blytheville; Paul Stringer from Blytheville Air Force Base; and Raymond Mock from. Biggers. * * * S. D. Bray, commissioner of District 3, is the host commissioner. The state commissioner, expected in tonight, is Glen Kirkpatrick of Magnolia. * * * Dud Cason Post 24 has a 7:30 steak supper lined up for the visiting coaches and officials at the Hut tonight. The Year That Was Shown across the top of the page are scenes from the 1965 American Legion state baseball tournament that was played in Blytheville. At left, umpire Paul Stringer explains ground rules to coaches from Sheridan and Helena who West Memphis Topples Tulsa MIAMI, Okla. (AP)-New Orleans, defending national and regional champion, sees action tonigt in the second round of the Southwest Regional five- state Babe Ruth League baseball tournament. The Louisiana club, which drew a first-round bye, meets Wharton, the East Texas representative in a night game. West Memphis, Ark.,- plays Miami: Okla.. the host team, in the other night game. In a game today Tulsa, Okla., plays Los Alamos, N.M. Monday games found West Memphis defeating Tulsa, 5-2; Miami downing Los Alamos, 113; and Wharton beating San Antonio, the West Texas representative, 5-0. The double-elimination tournament for 13-15 year olds continues through the week to pick a regional champion for the Babe Ruth World Series in Douglas, Ariz., Aug. 20-27. opened the meet. Vince Hahn, the umpire between the coaches, is now umpiring in the New York Professional League. Th» other ump is Ray Smallridge. * * * Nick Heintz of the North Little Rock Optimists reaches for a low throw but gets popped on the chin instead. . North Little Rock was runneri up in the tournament last year,* losing to Blytheville in the final. * * * ' Dwight Williams, Blytheville skipper, congratulates David Self, pitcher from El Dorado. David is on a basketball scholarship at University of Arkansas. * * * Rusty Fnllerton of Blytheville tags out Randy Henry, an All-. AIC infielder, from El Dorado. Randy tried to go to third on this play. You're right, he didn't make it. These are all Courier News photos. * * * . . • The 1966 tournament is scheduled to start at Light Brigade Field here tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. Condition Serious DETROIT (AP) — Doctors say there is no evidence Charlie Dressen has suffered additional heart damage, but • the Detroit Tigers manager remains hospitalized in serious condition. LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Chick Santos, 139%, Oakland, Calif., outpointed Benito Juarez, 140V4, Las Vegas, 10. NEW KING EDWARD TIP CIGARILLO EQUIPMENT CENTER INC. So. 61 Hi-way Ph. PO 3-6863 When The Going Gels Tough.,. ... The Tough Get Going! If you want the toughest truck anywhere, then . . . Come to Equipment Center where the TRUCKS are. All sizes from the I.H.-.1000A Series V* TON Pickup to the 125 TON I.H.-8066 Transporter are available through EQUIPMENT CENTER. Your TRUCK Dealer in Blytheville. .JL When You Think of Trucks Think of J. .QJ EQUIPMENT CENTER Inc. ffl

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