The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 26, 1954 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, August 26, 1954
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PAGE BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, AUGUST *, 1954 Kenneth Fisher Lost To Tribe Indefinitely Dorris Whiffs 16 Rotarians American Legion Continues to Top Little League Blytheville, High School's powerful 1954 offense was dealt a body blow yesterday when Kenneth Fisher, senior 200-pound fullback veteran, was taken to the hospital for an appendectomy. The operation means the big full- * back will be out for weeks as far as actual play is concerned, though Dr John Elliott, team physician, told head Coach Russell Mosley he'll have Fisher up and around in a few days. .^ , , Hospital attendants said tocay .that Fisher is doing fine. "Old Reliable" Fisher was the "old reliable" of last year's single wing attack, often carrying the ball more times than the "entire backfield of the opposition . . . and several times picking up more yards by himself than the opposition could muster. Fisher starred as a sophomore for the Chicks before he came up with a minor injury. Last year he really began hitting his stride and there was little doubt that he would have been perhaps the top schoolboy fullback in Arkansas in 1954. In addition to his running, he was at good passer and a booming punter, looking* great in this latter department in the few drills he had participated in thus far this year. There's Abbott But despite his loss, it could well be that the fullback position will be yet the strongest on the club. Backing up Fisher is junior letterman Charles Abbott, a husky who loves to mix it, and sophomore Eugene Stephens, short on high school experience but who was good enough to make all-state as a junior high gridder last year. As a sophomore last year, Abbott •howed himself to be one of the best all-around football players on the squad. When Red Childress, the departed Chick blocking back, cracked,a cheek bone, Abbott, a second string fullback, moved to blocking back and learned the job well enough in one week to lead the Chicks to a win, over tough North Little Rock. Come Off Bench When Childress came back to the team, Abbott once again was relegated to the bench, but not for long. Coach Russell Mosley used him freely on defense and, as the season progressed, called on him to give the workhorse Fisher a rest. It was in games later in the season that Abbott began showing the running determination which earned him a share of the offensive full- backing duties. He was especially effective in the late stages of the Exchange Bowl game when the Chicks defeated DuPont of Nashville at Jackson, Tenn. Joe Dildy, former Blytheville High School coach, yesterday explained the functions of the Arkansas Resources and Development Commission to members of the Blytheville Kiwanis Club. Dildy, who led Blytheville High School through half of its golden era of football, spoke to the Ki- wanians at the weekly meeting of the club in Hotel Noble. Dildy is now associated with the industrial agency of the Resources and Development Commission as an industrial engineer. Dildy told the Kiwanians the commission is working hand-in- band with private business and industries of the state to further Doug Dorris spun a neat four- hitter at Rotary Club yesterday as the American Legion outfit of Ott Mullins continued to dominate Blytheville Little League play with a 10-0 win. Dorris really had it. He retired the side on three straight strikeouts in the first, second and fifth innings. He fanned two in the sixth and two in the fourth to rack up all but two of the outs via the strikeout method, or a total of 16. Meanwhile Legion batters were making plenty of hay with Rotary hurlers, getting eight hits including a homer by Dorris. The Legions picked up two in the first when Moore and Plunkett singled and Dorris was safe on a fielder's choice. Moore was wiped out on the play but, Plunkett and Dorris scored on RounsavalFs grounder which got through the infield. A single run in the third came on Dorris' homer and the Legions added two more in the fourth on successive singles by Craig, Mullins and Lambert. A five-run outburst in the fifth capped things. Rounsavall, Lovelace, Craig and Mullins were all safe on successive errors when Lambert came through with a single as did Boyd. For the Rotarians, only Hodge and Huey got as far as second base. Rotary AB Hodge, 3b 3 Huey, ss 3 Smith, If-p 3 Branscum, p-3b 3 Reid, cf 2 Stilwell, c 2 Wamble, 2b 2 Wright, rf 2 Cure, If 2 Legion AB Boyd, 2b 3 Moore, ss 3 Plunkett, rf 3 Dorris, p 3 Rounsavall, c 3 Lovelace, Ib 3 Craig, ~3b 3 Mullins. cf 3 Lambert, If 2 Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet GB New York 77 44 .636 — Brooklyn 7549 .605 3% Milwaukee 70 51 .579 7 St. Louis 59 64 .480 19 Philadelphia 58 63 .479 19 Cincinnati 59 66 .472 20 Chicago 48 75 .390 30 Pittsburgh 45 79 .363 33 ^ Thursday's Schedule New York at Chicago (2) Philadelphia at Milwaukee Pittsburgh at St. Louis (N) Only games scheduled Wednesday's Results Brooklyn 13, Cincinnati 2 Milwaukee 4, Philadelphia 3 St. Louis 13, Pittsburgh 0 New York at Chicago, postponed, rain MINOR LEAGUE RESULTS American Association Columbus 5, Kansas City 4 Charleston 10, Indianapolis 3 St. Paul 8, Louisville 0 Toledo 5, Minneapolis 4 Texas League Beaumont 5-5, San Antonio 2-9 Houston 6-3, Shreveport 5-4 (2nd game 10 innings) Tulsa 3, Dallas 2 (10 innings) Fort Worth 8, Oklahoma City 7 Western League Omaha 9, Denver 2 Sioux City 7, Pueblo 0 Des Moines 6-7, Wichita 4-0 Lincoln 3, Colorado Springs 2 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Cleveland 89 35 .718 — New York 85 40 .680 4% Chicago 82 45 .646 8 ] / 2 Detroit 55 69 .444 34 Boston 54 68 .443 34 Washington 51 71 .418 37 Philadelphia 41 82 .333 47y 2 Baltimore 39 86 .312 50 1 / Thursday's Schedule Cleveland at Washington (N) Chicago at Philadelphia 2 (N) Detroit at New York Baltimore at Boston (N) Wednesday's Results Cleveland 4, Philadelphia 3 (10 innings) New York 5, Baltimore 1 Chicago 7, Washington 2 Boston 5, Detroit 3 SHAKE, PAL—Champ Rocky Marciano takes time out from training chores to mitt a young fan at his Grossinger, N.Y., base. Right after this, mild-mannered Rocky went on a strike against photographers when he was asked to don grease paint while posing. (NBA) But for Tailback, Hogs to Field Vets FAYETTEVTLLE — The Arkansas Razorbacks are assured of a new tailback in the 1954 football season — one of a quartet of sophomores who are vying for the position. The remainder of Bowden Wyatt's backfield when the opening whistle is blown on September 25, however, will probably be composed of lettermen of the 1953 single wing. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pet. GB New Orleans Atlanta Birmingham Memphis Chattanooga Little Rock Nashville Mobile 86 54 84 57 75 61 70 69 66 72 60 80 58 80 57 83 .614 — .596 2y 2 .551 9 .504 15'/2 .478 19 .429 26 .420 27 .407 29 Yesterday's Results Birmingham 6, Mobile 3 Bird Sentences Self 2 Little Rock 7, Chattanooga 5 Nashville 4, Memphis 0 New Orleans 8, Atlanta 5 Games Today Mobile at Birmingham ALBION, Pa. UP) — A ruffed grouse hurtled through the plate glass window of the Albion post office and crashed into the office safe. Game Warden William Lee said that it was a clear case of breaking and entering. Sentence was suspended, however, as the errant bird broke its own neck. industrialize the state. Dildy was introduced by Kiwan- ian Charley Brogdon. Herbert Shippen, an Osceola Ki- Chattanooga at Little Rock Nashville at Memphis Atlanta at New Orleans COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. G El Dorado Greenville Meridian Monroe Pine Bluff Hot Springs 79 38 79 39 62 55 52 67 47 70 34 84 Yesterday's Results El Dorado 5, Monroe 2 .675 — .669 y 2 .530 17 .437 28 .402 32 .288 45 J / 2 wanian, was a guest at yesterday's [ Greenville 10, Meridian 3 meeting. Pine Bluff 6, Hot Springs 2 Sports Roundup— Canadian Football Is Coming By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Tht" great Canadian football experiment is only two days away, and the ones who are doing the most sweating about it as the fateful hour approaches are the two American "experts" who have been entrusted with the task of explaining to a nationwide television audience what in the world is going on. High in a booth all by themselves when the Toronto and Ottawa professionals have at one another on Saturday afternoon will be Lindsey Nelson, NBC's able commentator, and Jim Crowley, who learned considerable American football as A member of Notre Dame's famous "Four Horsemen," as coach at Fordham and as president of the Ail-American "Conference, deceased. The Setup Nelson will be expected to call off the play-by-play, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, for his American audience, and Crowley to supply the "color" during periods when there's no action on the field. After thinking it over carefully, they've decided not to have a Canadian within speaking distance. "It would only confuse things," Nelson explains, "to have a Canadian expert coming on every now and then and saying that it hadn't happened quite the way Jim and I told it. We don't want anybody second-guessing us." Eye-Popper The gridiron explorers were up North last week to watch an exhibition game and to see if all their reading-up on the Canadian rules had really sunk in, Crowley's eyes popped when one of the teams, taking advantage of the wider Canadian playing field, suddenly ripped off a triple lateral pass that carried out to the sideline and sprang a man free. "I'll bet your Fordham teams never tossed the ball around like that," a Canadian enthusiast remarked to Crowley. "Not intentionally, a n y w ay," Jim replied, properly awed. "Little Difference" Actually, neither of our nervous experts expects to have too much trouble interpreting the Canadian version unless something unusually peculiar happens, and both of them think the American audience is going to like the swifter moving game very much after a brief indoctrination. "There really isn't A great deal of difference once you get beyond the fact that there's a fifth man in the backfield and that they get only three chances to make a first down instead of four," Nelson says. "There are a lot of other little differences that Jim and I will have to watch for, but they won't mean a lot to the audience." Whjle there is a preponderance of sophomores at every position in the backfield, it's a safe bet—based upon spring practice—that Wyatt will String along with his experienced hands for the Tulsa Hurricane curtain raiser. Better Fullbacks Heading up a list of veterans back for action in '54 and giving reason for a stronger running game is 185-pound Henry Moore, speedy junior from Little Rock. Moore ranked second behind Lamar McHan last year as a ground gainer and toward the end of the season was Arkansas' main threat on the ground. Moore's experience is bound to add strength to the fullback position f he started last year) but primarily it will be improved by increased depth. Running with him Bill Wilson, a senior will who be Jo a year ago was just getting his feet on the Little Rock Junior College and the T-forrnation. Sophomores Benny Berry of Stuttgart and Rogers Overbey of Ozark (now living in Mountain Home') watch in 1954 for its versatility—and with help from sophs Bill Gordon, Sulphur Springs, Texas and Don Reed, Fort, Smith, will be an improved status over last year. Weight at Wingback The only thing the Porkers lacked at the wingback spot in 1953 may be partially remedied in the season ahead — necessary weight. While there's no doubt that the experience of 165-pound Joe Thompson cannot be easily replaced, even the Hot Springs junior will be happy to see adequate reserve strength. A quartet of newcomers ond one holdover squadman are available. Best looking of the newcomers appeared to be 185 pound Ronnie Underwood of Little Rock. Others include Charlie Berrj (twin brother of fullback, Benny) Tommy Meek, Fort Smith; Charli Cole, Magnolia: and holdover Way ne Garrett, Harrison. There's no question but that capable tailback makes the singl wing go. but don't sell experienc short at the other positions. Wyatt' spring program gave indications o round out a sounder department; of a more versatile attack wih wid than was available in 1953. At blocking back, Wyatt has two effective lettermen in Preston Car- er use of the other backfield men. • Tailback Open Wyatt will let his opponents pick penter of Muskogee, Okla,. and Bob- I the tailback for 1954. The one tha by Proctor of Helena. operates best under fire will ge Carpenter was second only to Floyd Sagely as a pass receiver last year (18 for 158 yeardsi. and has the size (186 pounds) to be an asset on both the offensive and defense. Proctor, pound for pound, would be hard to beat anywhere in the co- the nod. Candidates include George Walker Rison, considered to be a fine passer good runner and better-than average punter; Buddy Benson, De- Queen, fastest of the quartet on the ground; Tommy Lockhart, McGehee untry. Only 5 '7. the 162-pound se- ' an accurate aerialist; and Don nior made an ideal alternate with! Christian, Searcy, whose single- Carpenter and also nabbed nine passes for 59 yards. The position will be a key one to wing high school experiences will be an asset. Only Walker and Christian play- FIRST from Border-to-Border STRAIGHT WHISKY FIRST from CoasMo-Coast! AMERICA'S TOP-SELLING STRAIGHT BOURBON KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKY • II PROOF EARLY TIMES DISTILLERY COMPANY k « LOUISVILLE 1; KENTUCKY Lemon Set to Squeeze And Musial Takes Over Stick Lead By BEN T PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer Bob Lemon, who moved from obscurity in the outfield to stardom on the mound, needs only one more victory to complete his sixth season of 20 or more triumphs. Only one other active pitch- re—Lemon's Cleveland teammate Bobby Feller—has enjoyed such success. It took the 33-year-old righthand- er eight seasons of professional ball to decide to concentrate on pitching. But once he put his mind to it in 1948, he became a 20- game winner immediately. One Slump Only a slump in 1951, when he posted a 17-14 record, mars hisj record. Percentagewise, 1954 could be Lemon's best year. He won his 19th game last night, 4-3 over Philadelphia in 10 innings, and he has lost only five. The last 10 triumphs have come in succession. Always a workhorse, Lemon has lost at least 10 every year. Last season he finished with a 21-15 mark. He's the first hurler in either league to reach 19 this year. The Indians had to struggle for place with a 13-0 runaway over Pittsburgh. Lopat Right Eddie Lopat checked the Orioles on three hits, including a home run by Bobby Young for his llth victory. His Yankee support included homers by Yogi Berra, Hank Sauer and Irv Noren. The Dodgers, who hit four home runs Tuesday night in Cincinnati, smashed five in last night's rout of the Redlegs. The Dodgers now trail New York by y/z games with an off day today while the Giants played a doubleheader in Chicago. Milwaukee, seven games behind, used five hits and two Philadelphia errors to shade the Phillies. Stan Musial replaced Duke Snider as the National League batting leader with an average of .347. He collected a double and two singles in five times at bat against the last-place Pirates while Snider went hitless in six times up at Cincinnati. Moon May Reach That 200-Hit Goal By JIM ST. LOUIS (AP) VAN VALKENBURG Wally Moon, the rookie picked to replace popular St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Enos Slaughter, stands a chance to lead the major leagues this year in total their from success last night, corning two runs behind to tie the score at 3-3 in the eighth, then winning on a walk and Hal Narragon's triple in the 10th. Others Win Second-place New York and third-place Chicago also won, leaving Cleveland 4 3 /2 in front of the Yankees and 8y 2 ahead of the White Sox. The Yankees defeated Baltimore 5-1 and Chicago beat Washington 7-2. Boston whipped Detroit 5-3. Brooklyn and Milwaukee gained half a game each in the National League when rain washed out New York's scheduled game in Chicago. The Dodgers thumped Cincinnatii 13-2. Milwaukee shaded Philadelphia 4-3. St. Louis took over fourth ed as frosh last year. The others were ineligible after transferring to Arkansas. Walker led the Shoats with a part in six TD's and six extra points. hits. Moon set a pre-season goal of 200 hits—and he said today he thinks he'll make it. Pressure Not many rookies do that. Ar$ Moon had the extra pressure of pleasing the fans, many of them irked at Slaughter's trade to the New York Yankees on the eve of opening day. Moon got two hits last night to bring his total to 170 in the race with Cardinal Red Schoendienst and Nelson Fox of the Chicago White Sox, each with 168. "The base hit lead would be great, but my main concern is just getting those 200 hits," he said. The 24-year-old Texas A&M graduate admits the goal is a lofty of Golf Champs DETROIT (£) — Golf champions, like movie queens, are more than a little shy about ^confirming their true ages. When Gene Littler won the 1953 United States Golf Association crown in Oklahoma City he was 23 years old. The champion he displaced was Jack Westland who had won the title the year before in Seattle at the age of 47. And Westland had won the USGA crown from Billy Maxwell, who was 22. Westland, at 47, was the oldest title holder. But he ran into youth- age problems on the golf links. He was only 26 when he was the beaten finalist in 1931. That was when Francis Ouimet won the title' at the age of 38, the oldest champion until Westland later came along to .win the title at the age of 47. on e — something like a rookie pitcher setting a standard of 20 victories. Only Seven Only seven players in major league history reached the 200-hit mark in their first trip to the majors. "But what use is a goal if it isn't high? " asked the strong-armed rookie whose speed, base stealing and fielding also has impressed the experts. Moon hasn't given up hope for the National League batting title, but admits it would take "quite a hot streak" to get him on top. He has a .331 average. Cardinal Manager Eddie Stanky said he noticed early that Moon has an excellent eye for the strike zone. Moon now has more walks than any Cardinal except Stan Musial. "Stanky has given me much encouragement, Musial has helped a lot and Red (Schoendienst) has taught me a lot about hitting the screwball," he said. Adams Appliance Co. Inc. JtOW! Look what you get for ••••••••••••^H '2.13 a week! •F.H.A. terms. Plus installation. THIS REGULAR $94.50 YOUNGSTOWN KITCHENS FOOD WASTE DISPOSER NOW ONLY! 4 Ne jwofc*, no odor • Ne Irift Mrftxfo wi/f • N« Borlwflw pa'* • N* wrapping of garboyu, 9095 Mi W [XTRA WHEN YOU BUY... ... any of these Youngstown Kitchens unite: 48', 54', or 66' DeLuxe model Cabinet Sinks; 24', 36', 42' twin- bowl, 42' with drainboard, or 42' with deep bowl Diana ensemble sink; 27' or 48' Jet-Tower** Dishwasher. Easy F.H.A. terms, with no down payment. 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