The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 27, 1940 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 27, 1940
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PAGE EIGHT Band Greets Rams, Would Lead Them To Slaughter By Aggies By United Press DALLAS, Tex., Dec. 27.—Fordham's football team, which meets the Texas Aggies in the Cotton Bowl Jan. 1, arrives today and will be met by the mayor and a brass band. The players were to be taken from the train to the ceremonial center for a round of .speechmaking on a big firetruck. Coach Jim Crowley plans a light practice .session this afternoon to limber'up Ills players after the 36-hour tram ride. Starting tomorrow, he expects 10 hold two workouts a day. Crowley will not allow his team to participate in the usual round of celebrations. "No dinners or parties for us," lie said. "I've seen too many ball games left at the banquet tables. We'll have our fun after the game." ers In two,heavy workouts yesterday. leading the regulars was •Harry Hopp, starting quarterback just recovered from influenza. East All-Stars Handicapped BERKELEY, Cal., Dec. 27. — Weather permitting, the Eastern college All-Stars will scrimmage today in preparation for their meeting with the Western All- Stars in the Shrine charity game at, 3an Francisco on New Year's Day. Rain forced them indoors yesterday. _ BLYTHEVrLLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRECKLES AND HIS FRIENDS Affectionate Pellov> _ FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1940 BY MERRILL BLOSSER Westerners 'Muddm'. STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Cal.. Dec. 27.—Western All-Stars prepping for che Shrine's charity football game s^ainst the East in San Francisco, Jon. 1, hope to get in another scrimmage session today. Despite a muddy field, the Western boys .scrimmaged two hours and a half yest/iwJay. Paul Christman and Jim Johnson didn't .seem to mind the wet on)!, passing for consistent .gains. 1000 To -I" Shot Wins Title With Average Of .355 Wants to Get Outdoors COLLEGE STATION, Dec. 27.— Coach Homer Norton hoped for an outdoor practice session for his Texas Aggies today. Rain forced them to workout in the college rodeo arena yesterday. The practice consisted mainly of calisthenics and pass catching, but it gave .the boys a chance to work., off their Christmas dinners. Norton told his boys yesterday that "Fordham is coming down to the Cotton Bowl to win, and you'll have to be good to win .next Wednesday." Settle Down to Work MIAMI, Dec. 27.—Mississippi State and Georgetown, opponents in the Orange Bowl game here Jan. 1, were ready to settle down today •• for • their last few practice sessions. Both teams arrived yesterday, were rreeted by the mayor and a -brass band, then toured the city.. Georgetown's football equipment was delayed in transit, so Coach Jack. Hagerty took his boys on a four mile limbering-up hike. He plans''only light workouts each afternoon until the game. Allyn McKeen's Mississippi squad donned hot .weather togs and went through a light workout on Miami field. on all practice sessions will be secret. Heavy Grind Enrts CLEVELAND, Dec. 27.—Western Reserve, held its last heavy practice today'•• before departing, tomorrow for the Sun Bowl in El Paso where they meet'Arizona State, on .New Year's Day. Coach Bill Edwards put the squad through light conditioning exercises yesterday following the gridders' three day Christmas vacation. Smoothness Stressed PASADENA, Cal., Dec. 27.—With all of his squad recovered from the influenza epidemic, that had confined .almost half of - the team at orie time, Coach Clark: Shaughnessy concentrated today on tim- .ing, and working, the Indians back into a smooth working unit. "We have .little time to lose," he said. ".because.the epidemic retarded our practice more than I like to admit. There's still a tremendous amount of work to be .done." When practice was resumed yes- 'terday for the Rose Bowl" game against Nebraska New Year's Day. Shaughnessy found most of his boys in good physical condition, but his biggest worry was Milt Vicinich, 200-pound substitute fullback who was on the sidelines with a wrenched ankle. Dope, By J. r. The Bucket Two of Blytheville's most promising: young amateur fighters — Hugh (Tex) Harbert and Charles '-Chuck) Bn.sscU— square ott tonight at the American Legion arena in the main event of Joe Craig's Yulelide 'ring attraction. Promoter Craig^ has been congratulating himself on matching fhese two youngsters to head his orogram and admits it was a stroke f sheer luck that paved the way* He originally planned Jnmps (Bab) Roberts, Chick grid star, now to give erstwhile a valued NEW YOftK, Dec. 27 (UP) — Hebs Gnrms, one of those 1,000 to 1 .shots, pulled one of the? big sur- I prises of the 1940 baseball season ' by winning the National League Batting championship, the official averages revealed today. Garm.s, third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, batted .355 to top his nearest rival, Ernie Lom- 'bnrcli, Cincinnati catcher, by 36 points. Garms' triumph was a surprise to everyone including himself. Not until the last few weeks of the season did Garm.s learn Unit he had a chance to cop the official laurel. Like everyone else Garm.s labored under the impression that n player had to go to bat 400 official times to be recognized at bal- AUTO JES' W0f0'r IT DIED A MIZZABLE P-IGWT HE/.H IN SWOW/ " AW NATS TO IT'S MIGHTY MICE -OF YOU-ALl -~ SMALL AM TELL YEHUD* HE- CAM GO WITH U8? ^ YEMUOI? i*S L Guess THIS , ANSWERS MV QUESTON/ AFRAID MV OTWAH WILL HAVE TO ALONG . OKAY/ LARD WONT Ml KID Todays Sport Parade % HJKNEY MeLKif OR* tint;' champion. Investigation, however, proved that the National League had no such rule. Gnrms played in 103 games and went to bat 358 times, if the National League had had a 400 times at bat rule, Stanley Hack. Cubs' third baseman, would have been the batting champion. Among the players who went to bat 400 or more times Flack was the lender with a .317 average. PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 27 CUP) —Why is Stanford in the Howl? ! This pointed question was-pul; to Clark Shaughnessy during a lull in the Indians first workout for 'Nebraska here yesterday, and the "head man from Palo Alto hud an answer equally direct und concise. "Because Stanford is the most, alert and the quickest team I ever coached or ever saw." These two virtues— quickness of mind and quickness of foot—he credits with Stanford's rise from the cellar of football to the .'roof tops. Shaughnessy placed them ahead of the famed T formation in importance, because, as he explained, the T formation would Ala ,, , , ., r«"in,\», LUC i. luuiiuuun -woiuu Al hough long considered a dan-,have been a flop without the proper rOil*; nii.iPi 4 m n »iin/»li /~?n...^-.o' i , . . ' . J gerous record was member of the University of "Alabama squad, another crack at the chin of his prized heavyweight. Doul in a pinch, offered no hint that, he join .such stalwarts Horns'oy. boys to operate it. "The T formation is he said. "It hills. I have used variations Harbert-Bassett Bout Is ijor Attraction Tonight middle weights will ring at the Legion to entertain boxing Two clover •step into the arena tonight „,, with what promises to be"one of the best amateur scraps staged here this winter. They are "Chuck" Ba.s.seti, former local star and now one of Uncle Sam's fighting men and Hush "Tex" Harbert, one-time Blytheville high school gridder who perl armed in the backfield this past season for Copiah-Lincoln Junior College nt Wesson. Miss. Bassett and Harbert, both accomplished mitt -swingers, will settle a .._. J .... B41ll . Jimmy Lunsford. But the fight fell through when "Bab" spent a hnctic week of initiation into the Alabama "A" Club, when lie learned that Hugh and Chuck were at home for the vacation period he arranged for the bout. The local impressario says that, while he is disappointed over failure to send the heavyweights into the arena again by popular demand, he feels this scrap between 'he middleweight will be just as interesting. From every angle this bout does have all the earmarks of one of those ring "naturals" that matchmakers are constantly seeking. Both are young, talented, colorful, v r • i £ r T ,r ane V s Lhe mis - l have uscd variations y. Cluck Hafey, Lefty O'-jof it ever since T started coaching nhnm ^ r as a bating and that wasn't yesterday. But only chnmpion In seven years in the Uie right kind o players can majors, (four with the Browns and -^ " --- -— • < three with the Bees) Garms had batted over .300 only twice and !,» vr i- • W..«,L, «iJiu j«iu uuw i. IIUIM, VUiini IO1 1 a OiaVCl' w£y±!f ™ J01> IeagUC avera * c P"« Jay Berwanger to use in the Hose Bowl. You remember Jay. of course. One of the greatest football players Chicago or any other ate it. For example, someone • talking with me the other day ? ancl said how I'must yearn for a player was a mere .293. The Pirates bought Garms from the Bees last spring, chiefly at Frankie Fnsch's insistence. Frisch, who had observed Garms from a radio booth in Boston during the 1939 season, wanted him as a utility outfielder and pinch-hitter. Garms. who started his career as an infielder, however, soon took over the third base job. Garms was born at Bangs, Tex., June 26, 1908. and was named for Eugene V. Debs, the late socialist as skillful boxers and potential knock- Eugene v - Debs - . -.-. out artists. 'They are by no means lender - He was a four letter man at strangers to local fadnom having 'Howard Payne College (Texas), and "~ a ' ' '• ' ^oke into organized baseball with Abilene in the -West Texas League in 1928. Johnny Mize. Cardinals' first baseman, led the league for the third straight year in total bases (368) and for the second successive year in home runs (43). His school ever had. But I want him against Nebraska. His style isn't the style that fits the T formation. As great as he was. he would be a'liability instead of an asset." In describing his team's alertness, Shaughnessy spoke of his. players' curiosity, their ability to learn, and but not be able to handle himself with the quickness that is so necessary for sharp breaking plays. Stanford has players with speed, but they are also quick and able to exploii the split -second openings that the T formation provides. To this observer, Stanford appears to be outweighed quite a bit by Nebraska, despite the official weight charts issued by the two schools which show only a pound or two difference in the starting- lineups. The Indians, as they worked at. Brookside Park just a punt and a pass from the Rose Bowl, to be as heavy as the chart listed them. The line is down for an average of 199 pounds and the backfield for 187. Nebraska is down for about the same average, wm.irin't e same «°«Wnj | but the. Nebraska team appeared several times here members of Blytheville simon-pure •teams and earned quite a following. . v 'Harbei-t began his beak busting .„«». «f — career at when he participated on a milk firs of like nature in lown until his family All Stars Drill MONTGOMERY. Ala.. Dec. 27. —All Star teams from the North and South, who meet here in the third annual post-season game tomorrow, were scheduled for light signal drills and limbering up exercises today. Predictions for fair and cool weather tomorrow brought cheer to both sides. Both teams have 1 excellent passing attacks, and hope that the game does not bog down as a result of heavy rains that have made the Cramton Bowl Held very heavy. .Vols'-Need Scrimmage EDGSWATER GULF, Miss., Dec. 27.—Coach .Bob Neyland • says that his Tennessee football team needs plenty of scrimmage before meeting Boston College in the Sugar Bowl next Wednesday, but the weather is conspiring against him. A heavy rain cut short the Vols practice yesterday a few hours after they arrived here. Boston College, training at Bay St. Louis. 35 miles west of here has the same problem." fund program at Lubbock. Texas Each year ^thereafter 'he helped in civic project and oth- his home 01 ., ., - - j moved to Blytheville. When Craig offered his boxing knowledge and experience to local youngsters Hugh was among the. first to report. He lost no time in displaying his cleverness and which naturally attracted the critical eye of the instructor. "Tex" easily made the team and • climaxed- the season by winning the novice middleweight title at the Mid-South Golden Gloves tournament at Memphis. Participation in a year round sports program at Use high .school prevented much glove activity last year but Hugh did take part in several matches and won all. most via the knockout route. He has •ust completed a successful season at Copiah-Lincoln, Wesson. Miss. one of the stronger Junior Colleges, and is in the pink of condition save a bit of polishing with the gloves which'he has been getting Lhis week. Bassett has been actively engaged in amateur boxing for approximately seven years with a phenominal victory list, His only loss before his home fans was to Buddy Lovell. North Little Rock's crack welterweight, two years ago. He later fought Aaron Byrd to a spectacular draw, as did Harbert Byrd recently turned pro and is doing all right. Chuck reached his peak as a member of Uncle Sam's fighting forces at Ft. Riley. 'Kansas, where he is now stationed. He had no trouble ;vinr.;r.g the camp middleweight title, knocking out all. His final opponent went out in less ^ faculty for not making the mistakes twice. "They don't know everything, and they know it." he said. "They learn something from every play, and they have the alertness to use this knowledge to an advantage." .r. Shaughnessy didn't say so. being just about as modest a coach as ever gave an order., but he' gets set a new record for a " A grade for alertness, too. He a Cardinal player, topping Rogers hadn't been working with his new Hornsbv's' nrevjo'iic inorL- nr ,n nlavprs Inc* cFi>-;»irr r«,. ,«~.,_ n,_.. » w --, -~r~E-'--v& ».vw£j Hornsby's previous mark of 42. . Prank McCormick, Reds' first baseman, tied Stanley Hack, Ctbs. for the most base hits (191), making the third straight year in which Cincinnati's big infielder has showed the way in hits. He also led in doubles U4) and most times at bat (618). McCormick and- Arky Vaughan, Pirates, were the only players who took part in all their clubs' games. players spring for more than a week or two when lie knew—and named—his starting team for the season that was months away. He was dead right, too. because the elbven men he named when they still were practically strangers to him. will be the eleven men who'll take the field for the kickolT against Nebraska. The quickness Shaughnessy spoke of doesn't necessarily mean blind- speed of foot. As Bob Zuppke . saw against Kansas State was either bigger than that or the scales in the Lincoln Field House need repairing. • Stanford is now a 5 to 11 favorite and probably will continue to be until Nebraska's burlies arrive on Sunday and the populace get a look nt their manpower. : *"& ^t-"-*- 1 -' <~>i mix. rt.s aon ^uppKC on weight ^with routine habits and| once P oi "ted out. there is a lot of soon.grew heavy enough to fight | cliflerem <<-' between a player who is e 175-pounders, tough five pounds c * l!ick anc! u player who is speedy. V. T!IP result* \v«M»n iu« r-n.v^n Thu l^ffm- mi.- i-u> ov-.i,v tr, *>*. soon the shy. The results were ,.., the championship and by same— a kayo. His exploits were so convincing that he was induced to enter the heavyweight tournament. A mere matter of 25 and more pounds made little difference for Chuck bre>7,ed through without the loss ; of a single fight to make n clean ' sweep. Veterans say it was the first time in company history that a fighter won the middle," light heavy and heavyweight titles. It will be the' only time they will get to meet for some time. Chuck returns to his company shortly after the holidays and Hugh reports to the Copiah-Lincoln class rooms the mornino- o f January 2. ° . . - .. . The latter may be able to do hundred yaids in much better time. Amateur Legion Arena, 1 8 p.m. fe:ii.nnni>- 'Tex' Harfeert vs. 'Chuck' Sassett Also 5 other bouts, including heavy weight, scrap between Jackie filter, Wilson, vs. .1. I). Ames. Klythc-villc. ADMISSION .... 20c AT THE Wert Optometrist "HE MAKES 'EM SEE" Over Jae IM*C*' store Phone 540 RIGHT Howell Plans Secret Drill EL PASO, Tex., Dec. 27.—Arizona State's football team, opponent of Western Reserve in the Sun -Bowl here Jan. 1, arrived here today -to .complete training. Coach Dixie 1 Howell said that his club would practice in secret for the next five days. Polish Up Offense PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 27.—Coach Biff Jones, following a week's concentration on,a defense to stop Stanford's "T-formation" in the Rose Bowl next Wednesday, plans to -give/ his Nebraska Cornhuskers more /offensive work during the remainder of; his practice time. He, sent thejprobable starting lineup against aecond a,nd third string- BUSINESS FOR SALE If you are interested in one of the most modern up to date Grocery Stores, equipped with a complete Meat Department, doing a fifty thousand dollar business annually, it will pay you dividends to write or call the owner. MR. 0. P. TILGHMON Wardell, Missouri Phone 2030 or Write P. 0. Box No, 851, Blythevillc, Ark. FOR A REAL TASTE THRILL TRY AN ARCADIA CLUB HIGHBALL. YOU CANNOT BUY BETTER QUALITY. • 'u. 90 PROOF fl RCfl Dlfi CLUB httle matter in four rounds or less tonight as the feature attraction of Joe Craig's boxing show. Both boys have won honors in Golden Gloves compelition as members of Craig's team in the past and each has a definite following- amonK Blvtlu'- ville Hght fans. These boys have never faced each other in the ring, however for when Ba.ssett performed here last year he campaigned as a welterweight and many of his followers still recall the great fight Bassett made against hard-hitting Aaron Byrd in his last appearance here. Harbert is strictly a boxer. He is cool under fire and hard to tag. His Sunday punch is a right cross, but he can also throw a mean hook from the port side. It should be a highly satisfactory mill as lonp- as it lasts. Two raw but willing heavyweights are clown for a three rounder in the semi-windup. They are Jackie Ellor, 208-pound Wilson farm boy who aspires to be a box- fighter, and Johnny Ames, a rather cumbersome giant of around 210 pounds. It's haymakers all the way. Joe Craig, who finds opponents rather scarce for his sensational young protege, Jimmy Lunsford. is giving Long Jim a rest' for a short time before he begins conditioning him for the Mid-South Golden Gloves tourney to be held during February in Memphis. Lunsford now has the rather amazing record of 20 wins out of 23 amateur scraps. CAGKH.S IN BOWL COLLEGE STATION, Tex.—Captain Bill Dawson and Bill Henderson, both of whom were expected i-o be standout Texas A. & M. basketball players this season, will be unable to report until January. Both are members of the Aggie football squad now working °out twice daily. Try Our Barbecue RIBS They're Deiidous — PRESCRIPTIONS-^ Safe - - Accurate . Tour Prescription Druggfct Fowler Drug Co Main & First Ph«to 141 FOR SALE SHIBLEY'S BEST FLOUR Barrel . . $430 48 Lb. Sack $!JtS 24 Lb. Sack 65c 50 Lbs. Lard 100 Lbs. Sugar C. ABRAHAM Ash & Broadway $3.15 $4.70 NOW'S THE TIME . TO TRME YOUR , OtD CAR IN ON ONE OF YOUR.. 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