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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS Dizzy Six-Day Events Attract Maiathon Crc-wds In Cities BY KICIIAHI) McCANN N'EA Ser>lee Sporls Write Want a razzamatazz recipe for something that'll make your head whirl?, ... i Well, take equal parts of" Ihe speed of the 100-yard dash, the ..fury of a Dempsey fight, the rough - and'.tumble hokum of rassling, the ic hysteria of collegiate football, the bitter competition 1 'of a dog fight . —shake well, lake a large gulp and your head'll go 'round, and round and round al . . . The Roller Derby. ,, It Is done on roller skates as maybe. you've guessed. The wheel? j.are made of mapl?, and skaters /wear out three or four pairs in a .race.- The course is a banked track made of pressed wood, 18 la|>s lo ,;;a. .mile, .and the object Is to set , who can skate the required distance :i|frqin Los Angeles, Calif., to wher- .i:'pyer the race Is being held, In Ihc swiftest time. . It's the,brain-child of Leo Selty.- er, formeily <ti moving picture op- eralor on the west coast. Seltzer, , whose hair is generously sprayed with gray at 33—perhaps, because he made $.2.000,000 piomoting '23 "Walkathons, and then lost II—.staged the first derby In Chicago It) August, 1935. ~Tvo Road Shows 7'. Tiic derby has been rolling along jirlskly since with two troupes slag- .Ing shows around Hie countryside •now. ~ Already New York, Chicago (four "Jimesj, Miami (twice), Cincinnati (twice), Louisville (twice), St. Louis, •Kansas City, Indianapolis, Detroit ^Vhd Cleveland have Ihrlllcd lo the jhigh-geared hurdy-gurdy. ~ Now Ihe derbylsls plan to nimble on to Philadelphia, Toledo, Ak- :ron and; out (o the Pacific coast, .: Seltzer, shrewd, Is after another _$2000000 He has copyrighted Ihc .enltre show- (rules ,ctc^) so lhat jthere can be no op]K>sillon. The derby Is conducted somewhat like a six-day bike race. The contestants sleep on cots In the center of the floor In full view of the: crowd and there arc sprints \\hich the skaters call jams. The Roller Derby lasts 21 'dnys, there's a boy and gut on each team and they don't skate all day and night—Just from 7:30 p. until 12 midnight. The boys skate against one another for 15 mlnules, then Ihe girls take the llooi and race for 15 minutes A spiint lasts Uo rnlniifes If the, splinters can't pick, up a lap on the pack^ln that time, then the sprint is foino avail. Ovei taking the tail-end gives the sprinler^a point, passing half Ihe pack gives him two points; and lapping the entire outfit is worti five pojnls. The learn that has Ihc most points at the end of the 21 days wins Split I'rize Moncj i There is a grand award of $1000 for first place, $250 for second and so on ,and there are two cash ( prizes nightly for the most'(Minis gaind from 7:30 to 9:30 and from 10 to 12 • Tl-e skaters, however, usually form cliques and share one another's prize-winnings These cliques add to the Interest and fury of the race. The boy of Team A for instance, will start a sprint for a point, and his pals, B and C, mil, by use of their shoulders and hips and \uds-i>triding legs try to block put his chief opponents, D and E B and c v»lll slow' down the pace of the pursuers so that A is more able to overtake ths pack. Then when he nears the goal his two pals •will'drop back to 11)3 end of the line and try. to enable him to sccot in front of them. However, the opposition drops back also and tries to block him out. This causes!numerous spills, fistfights (hair-pullings in the case of the girls) and now and then painful injuries^ Nearly all ol the ;boys anil girls arc -humid and scraped on the legs and arms and - shoulders from skidding along the wooden floor. Injuries'Are Frequent - J Once, in a while someone is bad— ly Injured—broken arm, or l;g, or a gashed head. Honey Thomas, dainty little fa- < vortte. at,derby fans,: has, had I wo bollarbonss broken; Tiny McDowo- A New Kind Of Ride To. Nowhere. .......rrnvnajijjg ' THE. ' VIMy IT OFF ATANV r,r,\e o AN S'X-OAY BICYCLE W/A'6 CW S\'4T£S IS S\\'£EPlH& RACES HAV£ ££CM HELD IN A'ElV VOW, AW WA,Vi \\'lTH CAPACITY CROWDS CW T/JS SPEED)' M'/> WRA.BLE BOY A\'D GIRL 7£AMS.,, . Ily I (AH It y OUAYSON Siiorla Kililor, NKA Service . CLEVELAND,—John Ludy Riddle is back in the American League after a seven-year wait, and is the. only one attached to the Washington club who doesn't seopi the least bit excited about it. Johnny Riddle, It seems, knew Hint he was all catcher, and sim- look the assignment In stride when Indianapolis of the American Association pcdditd him to (he Nationals for a comparatively small sum llogan. It Is Manager Hucky Harris and Hie Washington playm and base- tjall writers who ar» a bit bewild-. tied.. Here was an organization searching for a satisfactory catcher ever since Clark arilfith for oi>ci! outfoxed himself and swapped Luke Scwell to the While Sox via - THURSDAY, MAY a close game was run. Riddle makes Ihnl a different .story." Lou Dryer, veteran Columbus .sports editor, and a competent Judge, says that Riddle lias been the finest catcher In the American 'Association for several years. - "Columbus has sent four catchers—Bill OeLancey, Ken O'nca, Enisle pgrodow.sk!, and Mickey Owen—to the National League in as many Masons," explains Dryer, and Riddle Is a better all-round workman than any of them. He' lacks tha batting power that D2- Lanecy had, although he Is a corking hitter. He is more of the Owen Lype." Riddle, who Is 30 and a native of Columbus, Ga., once pjayed semiprofessional ball in the south with Ben Chapman, now his teammate. Leaving the University of Georgia and huge J. Francis i n " Cr "Is sophomore year, he broke 111 professionally with Sonford of the Florida state League In 1927 and was taken to Indianapolis after catching only 22 games. * • * Age noccii'l Deter fngel Donie Hush saw Riddle calch for IndiUnapolis In 1820 and took him to the white Sox In 1930 He the Urowns. What promised to be by (urge, season was threatened noor backstopping. and then. Osceela Prepares For League Opener At New Athletic Field OSCEO] A, Ark:, May 6. — Determined not to be outdone by Us larger co-county capllal, Blyllic- vllle, Osceola was making preparations today for a gala opening of the 1937 Northeast Arkansas season here Friday, following the league opener at lilythcvllle today between (he Giants and Oscola's Indians. • John A. Miller," right hander.; has been nominated by Manager league contest on • the' new high school athletic Held, constructed by the WPA. ' . ,. Klrchoff trimmed hts club down lo the loop limit yesterday With the release of Paul • Lunge, onl- flclder; Henry Zlmmer and George Weber, third base; Wilson Thoele, outfielder, and Robert Lynch, jr.,. catcher. ' ' ' ' ; ' 'Hie traditional rivalry between Ulylhevlllc and Osccola baseball Elmer Klrchoff to carry tlio cl 'ibs of 1)19 past wl|J be revived pitching burden aaainsl the Giants lllls scnsoii and help swell' attend- In the opener here. Manager Her- nllc e club officials believe, schel nobo's choice lo hurl for, the The Indians, farm club of the Omuls remained In duubl. .-A half holiday has been declared for Friday by Mnyor A. S. Rogers. All stores are expected to close and their employes will turn out for the game In an effort lu win Ihc attendance Irophy oifcr- ;d by the Blythcvlllc Lions club. President Joe II. Bcrlig of the Northeast Arkansas League. Floyd Sharp. Wl'A r director, and other distinguished -guests are expected to ,\>c 6'ii hand for the opener. The game will be the Mrst St, Louis Drowns, will be sporting new uniforms bearing the color scheme of the American league club. The home uniforms are white wilh brown trim and brown .ind red stockings. , The .Christian Brothers College band of 40 pieces from Memphis will furnish music for the opening (lay game here. The band's concert from. 3 lo 3:15 o'clock and from 3:45 to - 4 o'clock will- bo broadcast' over WMC, Memphis radio station, with Announcer Bill Fielding here.' for the occasion^ W. J. Peck Joins Hole-in-One Club CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo.—W. J. Peck, of (he Peck Auditing Company, late yesterday afternoon scored 'a hole-in-one' on the Gwln Country Club golf course* near Ihis city. Using a Number 5 wood, peck teed off Into the cnp on the 148-yard Number 8 hole. This hole is practically hidden from the tee box by an Intervening ditch bank. This was the first holc-ln-onc for the local course, and oiis of the few ever scored by a Southeast Missouri golfcr. Peck was in a fivesome comi>osod of Sharon Pale, Lcroy Whitcner, Lamar Thompson, a Mr. Conch, and himself. end of the night's racing. Lyons was set upon by tour of Nygra's Italian admirers as he left the rink and soundly thuniped around the head before rescued. The Roller Derby takes both speed and endurance. It was too imch lor Joie Ray, the old mile runner. And yet Mrs. Ma Bogash, 42-year-old wife of a Wabash rall- "oad fireman, has no trouble skating around as her son's partner. She has been in 11 derbies, and finished In 10 of them. She's there to stay, is Ma Bo;ash. And so, it seems, is the Roller Derby. ell, bla,ck-cyed Irish lass, skated half the race with a broken arm; and Gene Vizena, best of the girl skaters,- w'as almost scalped when Ehe hurtled over the rail at a turn and skidded on the concrete floor- Ing 16 feet below." The excitement gels the fans The other night in Cleveland Billy Lyons, burly former boxer, block- son cd out Jos Nygra, swift idol of the and Soft Ball Schedules To Be Prapsred Tonighl Schedules for the Commercia roft ball league, boys, and tlv girls soft ball league arc slated t< be prepared by committees to night. Tlie leagues will open their sea next wet::, one boys' gam -- .... .— one girls' game being playcc Italians, nnd spilled him. At the [each night and the leagues hold g games on . two ' nights each cek. The games will be played Halcy^'Field, tic park.••;. . high school ath- '// <23a though pulled from a hat. up bob- lied Riddle to rapidlv show unmistakable sl<?ns that he was com- jietmit of solving the coniiirlrum. What puzzles officials and the ank and . file of the Washington "lub is how. with at least five ma- league clubs desperate for catching, a maskman of Riddle's •urarent capabilities was permit- ied to remain with Indianapolis 'or seven long campaigns. Scouls Insist Upon Youth If Riddle stands up, and everybody concerned right now are quite positive that he can't, miss, he will be a strlklng'example of the safety """' methods of baseball scouts Southern League W. I,. Memphis 11 6 Llltle Rock 9 (j Atlanta 10 7 Nashville a B Birmingham o 9 Chattanooga 7 8 New ' Orleans 7n Knoxvlllc 5 13 National League •IV. I* Pittsburgh :9 2 St.' Louis - 8 4 New York 7 5 Chicago fi' o Boston ? 7 7 Philadelphia (j 7 Brooklyn , 4 9 Cincinnati 2 9 Pet .04' .600 .588 .571 .500 .46' .380 ,27B 1'ct .818 .66' 1.583 .500 .500 .452 .308 .182 American New York . Detroit' Bos tor. Philadelphia Cleveland .. Washington League W. a L. r.ct 3 .727 .038 81. Louis :..'..'. 3 Chicago .555 .444 ,364 .333 .300 first and their hesitancy to recommend a nlaycr too far past his 'teens. "I knew Hiddle would do the first time I saw him squat behind the plate," beams Buddy Myer tin eminent second sacker. "A second baseman can tell you about catcher. It's Ihc way he takes command of a ball game that counts For the last couple of years al a club had to do..to beat us out of GENTLEMEN, it seems as though HAKES Undershirts take all tho washing and wear you can give them. They're bound lo go, some day/ol course. But from the first timo on, straight through to tha last, HANES fits snug and trim- clasping close and neat below tho armpils-strelching smoolhly across your chest. And a HAKES (ail goes deep into your shorls. II can't creep out.at your waisU .Every HANES Shirt noods HANES Shorts, No mailer how big YOU are around the hams, you'll havo room to sit, stoop, and walk without pinching or pulling. Colors) guaranteed. Sec your HANES Dgqloi today. P. H. Hanes Knitting Co., Winston-Salem, N. C; caught 25 games for the Pale Hose but. was given back to the Indians' when'it was time to pay for him In June, and there he has b»en ver since. Since being returned to the Doule AA loop, Riddle's batting av- es on succeeding years have ecu .356, 298, .295. .300, .294, 327, nd .325. plenty goad enough for catcher of his caliber He is a ieht-handed hitter. Riddle is built for wear and tear. He stands 5 feet 10y. inches and scales 195 pounds. He appears to be an Intelligent handler of» pitchers, throws like blazes, and his handling of 101 assists in 117 games in 1936 attests :o hts agility. The man is like a big cat on balls lilt in front of the platter. Merchants: Order your HANES from WM. R. MOORE'S Eggs Shaped Like Peanut ' CLEVE| AND (UP)—Mrs. J. R. Dean owns a hen which regularly lays eggs the size and shape of a pon'iint. . *J M E.M PHIS A'ConjpIcte Line of HANES UNDERWEAR JOE ISAACS. Inc. Yesterday's Results Southern tcairue Memphis 13, KnpxvHIc 3. Atlanta 3, New. Orleans 2. Chattanooga 5-2, Birmingham 3-3 Little Rock at' Nashville, rein. NaIIanal League Pittsburgh"5,.-.Brooklyn i. St, LonLs 13, .Boston 1. Cincinnati 8, New York 5. Chicago n, Philadelphia 4. American league New York 7,, Detroit 3. Philadelphia 7, Chicago B. noston at St. Louis, rain. Washington at Cleveland, rain. Read Courier News Wa.it Ads Today's Games Southern l-ea^uc Memphis at Nashville. Atlanta at Birmingham. Little Rock at Knoxville. 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