The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 24, 1954 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 24, 1954
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS DOUBLE TROUBLE WITH THO*£ WHO KNOW AT FOKE5T HILL'S THE AU5SIE6 TWQ TO Off £ HO AD, T*£i£ BURLY 8OOM-QOOM eov... GAME, CHAMP TRABBRT. U. S. Net Titles Merely Exercise To Cup-Conscious Australians By MURRAY OLDERMAN NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — A mental quirk seems to be the only obstacle to Australia's complete infringement of any American tennis title worth its expense account. Take the U. S. Singles Championships at Forest Hills, starting Aug. 28. Lewis Hoad and Ken Rosewall, the sprightliest of the Aussia horde, could carry our "tuppence" into center court with the surety of a Native Dancer in a claiming race, based on their exceptional class and ability. This is more so because of Tony Trabert's inconsistency and hand blisters. Yet Hoad and Rosewall didn't make it at Wimbledon, and they have been upset a couple of other spots along the route. Why? Because the mental approach to Australian tennis dictates that the Davis Cup matches subordinate all else, according to one prominent American net official. * * * It used to be that when a Kramer or a Sedgman or a Budge or a Vines came on to dominate the amateur game, he was almost invincible, no mater what the tournament. Logically, Hoad should be at that stage now. Built like a fullback, but agile, with tremendous wrist power and one of the great services in net history, he can blow any opponent off the court, including mate Rosewall, when his game is under control. In temperament, he's fairly stoic, so he should be consistent. Yet, like the other mechanical Aussies, he can't" seem to get het up for matches other than the Cup challenge. Rosewall, a Bobby Riggs type retriever, has a magnificent backhand and unparalleled court finesse. He's been handicapped only by a relatively weak service. * * * An appraisal of Aussie strength doesn't end with the 19-year-old wonder kids. Rex Hartwig is a forceful, aggressive player — short, stocky and rugged—but he tends to get discouraged when he gets behind early in a match. As a frontrunner, he's a match for anyone. In the coterie of Coach Harry Hopman this year there's also Neale Fraser, a 20-year-old southpaw with a big game and a service that kicks up high. Against this entourage, the American case must begin and rest with Trabert. * * * You can't count Vic Seixas in Tony's class any longer because he shows signs of being over the hill at 30, and the slight slowing up accentuates the weakness of his ground strokes. Art Larsen can be bothersome and at times brilliant, but he's unpredictable and can't expect to maintain a peak for a week's play. Ham Richardson still has forehand trouble, and Bob Perry is rusty from a service hitch. Straight Clark is in the dark horse class, and, of.course, there's always Card- nar Mulloy. But he's a year older, ' So we're back to Trabert, who hasn't been any ball of fire, what with blisters and unexplained sullenness. His blisters are supposed to be beter and winning makes anyone happy. By JIMMY BEESLIN* NEA Staff Correspondent WLLIAMSPORT, Pa. (NEA) — The Little League World Series, which annually sends this quiet Pennsylvania city of 60,000 onto a baseball binge, holds a four-day spotlight here, Aug. 24 to 27. Normally, youngsters in the 8 to 12-year-old bracket cause a commotion any place, but the 120 Little Leaguers who move in for the" World Series of small-fry baseball figure to completely disrupt Williamsport. The eight regional winners, encompassing every section of the United States and part of Canada, will generate all-time high interest in this seventh World Series held by the Little League. With a record 3500 teams and over 500,000 youngsters engaged in the Little League program this year, the World Series has become a bigger item than ever before. The three playing: dates this tim should draw over 40,000 spectators and will reach far more than tha via network radio anci television Mel Allen will handle the announc ing. "This is our idea of a bona-fid answer to juvenile delinquency, says Pete McGovern, Little Leagu president. What he also could point out i the success of a strapping ex-Littl Leaguer from Connecicut, 18-year old Joey Ja, now a bonus hurler for the Milwaukee Braves. Baseball people are taking it a; a matter of course that the 'professional ranks will be filled, in the future, almost entirely by graduates of the Litle League program. Ja> is only the first one to reach the majors. And each of this year's contestants knows that. Lions' Manager Tells Why Pros Kill That Split-T Stuff And, He Points Out, Tatum Should Have Known It, Too By JIMMY BRESLIX NEA Staff Correspondent PHILADELPHIA — (NEA) — The way professional sports run into each other these days, it is perfectly obvious that, in the middle of a couple of boiling pennant races, a guy in step with the times should be talking about split-T The eight teams, comprised o; 15 youngsters each, made Williamsport after regional playoffs. The personnel for each regional team is an All-Star aggregation picked from the individual league in which the youngsters played throughou the season. Once chosen, they were sent against similar teams in their on region for the right to make the trip to Williamsport. The eight regions which will b represented in the Series are: New England; New York and Canada Pennsylvania; the Midwest; the Pacific Coast; the Southwest; the Southeast, and the Atlantic Seaboard. The regional winners are flown to Williamsport and housed a Lycoming College during the Series T The boys all are under the* super| vision of Mickey McConnell. Little ' League field director and former Brooklyn Dodger chief scout, and Ed Steitz, physical education director of Springfield College. The Little Leaguers aren't the only baseball people who turn up for "the Series. The Lycoming Hotel lobby each year looks like a baseball convention headquarters. « * * "The baseball people who come in for the Series jam the town," Bob Stirrat, LL promotion director points out. "We expect almost 1000 of them and they come from every part of the country. You see former stars like Lefty Gomez or Ty Cobb or Rogers Hornsby walking around. Then you have people like Walter O'Malley, the Brooklyn president, and Connie Mack of the Athletics." The games themselves, if past Stock Racing Born with Prohibition By HAEEY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Back in the days when Congress infringed on private rights and tried to control a man's thirst, some of the more adept rum hustlers on the Georgia back roads decided they had better make their cars a touch faster than those operated by local revenue agents. So they commenced to soup up This event is a fine illustration of sir jalopies. how car-crazy people are getting This, Ed Otto points out to us, j and why it must be accepted as a big was the birth of the stock car racing sports these days. Seems Otto and craze. some other car people got into what Otto, who promotes auto racing j has become a lively argument these throughout the country and is a vice ! days, American versus foreign cars, president of Bill Prance's National j * « . Association for Stock Car Auto j "WELL," SAID OTTO, "let's put Racing, says that prohibition, if it on a racei a real tough one> and see accomplished nothing else, presented him with a thriving business.- which is the faster." Otto put up $7000 for purses and There is no question about that, j the field was filled quickly. Some For a long time, there was a tendency among a lot of people to dismiss stock and sports car racing at nothing more than a gathering place 60 cars, representing 20 different American and foreign makes, were entered. Each will be manned by a two-man driving team. The car-driver relationship gives roads by speed-limit-conscious pol- a good indication of hew big the sport is getting to be. Fellows like Paul Whiteman, the music man. buy ice. Auto racing has reached the point, however, where it attracts five-i speec j carSr supervise their souping figure Crowds almost every event. upi get drivers to run them. That Indianapolis | pu t s them in the same class as race horse owners. The majority oj cars in Otto's race are owned by people who merely assign drivers—just as you would a jockey—to handle them in the race. * * * THE DRIVERS ARE a story in in themselves, fellows like Herb Thomas, Dick Rathman and Lee Petty, top ranking car jockeys in the NASCAR standings. The three will be in the thick of the 12-hour race at Linden and the minute it ends, will hustle to nearby Newark airport for a flight to Bay Meadows Race Track at San Mated, Calif. They'll get into driving togs for a, 250-mile event Bill Prance is running there the next afternoon. Auto racing, you see, takes over its par- It used to be 500 was the point where you began and stopped talking about car racing. OTTO'S NEXT PROMOTION is a 12-hour LeMans which he'll run over an airport at Linden, N. J., Aug. 21. He expects more than 30.000 to Show up for the noon until midnight affair for American and foreign stock and sports cars. That's what a LeMans is—you put the cars on the track and let them drive for half a day as fast as they can. Just to keep every body sufficiently interested. Otto has tossed in a litle six-day bike business There will be a 15-minute sprint every hour. The boys will step on it over a two Major League Leaders AMERICAN LEAGUE Batting—Noren, New York, .335; Minoso, Chicago, .334; Avila, Cleveland. .327; Fox, Chicago, .322; Mantle, New York, .316. Runs batted in — Doby, Cleveland, 102; Minoso, Chicago, 92; Berra and Mantle, New York, 91; Jensen, Boston, 90. Home runs—Doby, Cleveland, 27; Mantle, New York, 26. Stolen bases — Jensen, Boston, 18; Rivera, and Minoso, Chicago, 14; Fox, Chicago, Jacobs, Philadelphia and Busby, Washington, 11. Pitching (10 decisions) — Feller, Cleveland, 11-2, .846; Consuegra, Chicago, 15-3, .833; Lemon, Cleveland, 18-5, ..783; Reynolds, New York, 10-3, .769; Grim, New York, mile course down runways, right and left turns. with Strikeouts — Turley, Baltimore, 135; Trucks, Chicago, .133; Wynn, Cleveland, 120; Pierce, Chicago, 108; Hoeft, Detroit, 105. NATIONAL LEAGUE Batting—Snider, Brooklyn, .349; Musial, St. Louis, .348; Mueller, New York, .335; Moon. St. Louis, .328; Mays, New York, .327. Runs batted in — Musial, St. Louis, 111: Snider, Brooklyn, 101; Kluszewski, Cincinnati, 98; Hodges Brooklyn, 96; Ennis, Philadelphia, Sleep is left out. Speaking of stock, it is no little item in Ed Otto's event. The average car. he notes, will use up 14 tires, 100 gallons of gas and a gallon of oil while spinning around the Linden track. Shawnee Slate Is Released By Trusseli JOINER — Coach Carl Trusseli of Shawnee High School has his Shawnee Indians running through their pre-season drills this week. He released the 1954 Indian schedule, which finds Earle absent for the first time in several years. Sept. 9—Keiser. Oct. 17—at West Memphis. 24—at Marion. 1—at Wilson. 8—Luxora. 15—at Lepanto. 22—Truman. 29—Crawfordsville. 5—Burdette. 12—at Harrisburg. 19—Hughes. ticipants lock, stock and barrel, i All this and no traffic tickets. 93. Home runs—Mays, New York, 37; Kluszewski, Cincinnati, 36; Sauer, Chicago, 34; Hodges, Brooklyn, Mathews, Milwaukee and Musial, St. Louis, 32. Stolen bases — Bruton, Milwaukee, 26; Fondy, Chicago, 17; Temple, Cincinnati, 16; Moon, St. Louis, 14; Mathews, Milwaukee, Ashburn, Philadelphia and Jablonski, St.. Louis, 8. Pitching (10 decisions) — Antonelli, New York, 18-3, .857; Loes, Brooklyn. 9-3, .750; Nuxhall, Cincinnati, 7-3, .700; Wilhelm, New York, 9-4, .692; Lawrence, St. Louis, 11-5 ,.688 . Strikeouts — Roberts, Philadelphia, 149; Haddix, St. Louis, 142; Erskine, Brooklyn, 137; Antonelli, New York, 110; Spann, Milwaukee, '106. football. There's nothing unusual about it. You swat away mosquitoes at a night football game and later on wear a topcoat to the World Series. That's the way things are done today. So it seemed perfectly normal to find Nick Kerbawy, the Detroit L i o n s' general manager, standing 1 that split-T business and began to throw the ball around. Trat formation and its whole school of football thinking just doesn't go up in this league." At first, this statement was ,a bit of a shocker. The split-T, you see, Doak Walker on a wooden platform high atop Municipal Stadium, watching his team and talking about the split- T. Kerbawy was an excellent guy for a discussion on this. His Lions, a while back, had shaken the system to its roots in handing Jim Tatum's College All-Stars a thorough belting around out in Chicago. Kerbawa smiled when the subject was brought up. "You konw," he said, "Tatum would have looked a lot better if he had forgotten about records hold form, will be tightly contested affairs. Birmingham, Ala., last year's champs, won the final, 1-0. with Joey Sims' pitching the big thing. In 95, it took al shutout for Stamford, Conn., to take the crown, the same for Ham- montown, Pa., the 1949 winner. To win the title, a team must get through three contests. The games are played in the picturesque iLttle League stadium in Williamsport and a touch of old-line sandlot play enters the Series when finances are mentioned. There is no admission to the Series, but the boys pass the hat to gain revenue. Coaches Clinic Sanders Says Hell Take Wingback By HEXRY (RED) SANDERS Football Coach UCLA (Written for AP Newsfeatures) We are one of the few major colleges using the pure single wing-back formation in football, with no variation of the T. All systems are sound; it's a matter of personnel, mas- been billed around the notion as! tery of fundamentals and execution. But I find the single the ultimate in a football attacking formation. You can run with power out of it, they say, and yet retain the passing features of the regular T. —seem to indicate the whole thing is out of .line with the football facts of the matter. OKLAHOMA, A PRACTICALLY unanimous pre-season choice as the nation's top collegiate eleven, uses nothing else but the split-T. Its coach, Bud Wilkinson and Maryland's Tatum, 1953's Coach of the Year, preach this formation's gospel wherever they go, "We have more trouble than usual with the kid who comes up here from a college which uses this attack." Kerbawy said. "He's got to learn that you can't grind out first downs by running wih the ball around here. "Take a look at my lineup out there now," he went on with a wave of his hand to the blue-shirted Lions on the field below. "Bingaman (Les) goes about 315. That Leon Hart is down a bit. He's only 247 now. How are you going to move those guys around and slip a runner through for the four or five yards that split-T business needs to keep operating? You can't do it, that's all. You've got to throw the ball up here. "Our Doak Walker is a fine runner. But he could never crack a line, time after time. wing has certain advantages. In the first place, other schools. care of themselves downiield. are not as accusiomed to meeting j We like speed and will make def- this style of attack as they used to! inite sacrifices to get it, but I be- be because so many teams have | Here you can get fay better in a gone to the T formation. The i single wing: with men of ordinary average football squad these days.; speed than in the T. Both thec on- is unaccustomed to double-teamj ventional T and split T are based blocks. We do more than anybody. J on hitting- fast. We try to concentrate at the point j One of the best plays in football, of attack and let the backs take j still is the running pass, or the optional running pass. The single "should have known that. After all, he's close to Washington, He sees jthe pros play.' Coming from Kerbawy, these observations would have to be accepted as fact. His club has won two straight.NFL titles and appears well loaded for a third. The lesson to be wing is better suited to execute it. The single wing has an advantage over the T because the back takes the ball on a direct pass, with no handoff, and there is one back within a yard of the line of j scrimmage back of the end who is \ open for a pass. . ,, ., . , ., , I am convinced there is more gleaned from them is a valuaole fumb ung ^ tne T y^ ^ single wing because the quarterback handles the ball at least twice. And he is faced with a defensive man on the handoff, so his chance of a fumble is greater. In the single wing the man is far enough back so that he does not face this hazard and he handles the ball only once. If the T moves the ball better but results in fumbles four or fiv* one for the football fan. With it, you can appreciate why the pros don't spend too much time banging the center of the line for a couple of yards as do the collegians. In the past, they were calling pro football nothing more than 11- man basketball. But the very size of the average pro line indicates the advantages of throwing a pass when you have the ball. Well-seasoned, pro linemen j times its advantage over the singl* rs»T*Altr OTA 4-rflinnorl T^Km* rfn-n't" trot: ™-i^_— :— ...^ — _a_ , _i .* ^ «•: i rarely are trapped. They don't get moved, so there's no sense scrambling your brains by running through them. If you want the emphasis on running in this kind of football, you better go to a track meet. 'TATUM," KERBAWY SAID, Beter yet, go see a college game. wing in yards per play is offset. "Jeep" is one wild duck that travels south in style— by train. "Jeep" is the stable pet of a group of racing horses which includes t-h« stakes victor, Dinner Winner. —words dimply oan'-f- deacribe It! 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