The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 20, 1955 · Page 13
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 13

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 20, 1955
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20,19TO BLTTHEVTLLB (ARK.) COUWCT PACE THIRTEEN Yanks See Pennant Victory by Friday By ED WILKS , The Associated Prest Unless Hurricane lone sends them sprawling, the New York Yankees figure they'll have the American League pennant in hand Friday at Boston. Yet, it's possible • the champion may not be decided until alter Sunday's regular-season windup— which would provide an appropriately screwy finish for the screw- Ir race since Casey Stengel was a pup. All sorts of things can happen between now and Sunday, but basically, here's the situation: 1. Any combination 01 New York victories and Cleveland defeats totaling five gives the Yankees and Manager Stengel their sixth pennant in seven years. 2. The Indians, with the'world on a string just a week ago, must sweep their five remaining games and hope the Yanks lose three of their remaining seven to gain at most a tie for the title. New York could clinch, it as early as tomorrow night. To do it, the Yankees would have to sweep their three games at Washington while Cleveland drops a two-game set at Chicago. Even the confident Yanks don't think It will be over that quick, however. They see themselves hauling in the pennant in either the afternoon or night portion, of their twin bill with the Red Sox Friday. The .storm knocked out lasti night's game between the Yankees and Senators. Could be lone will wash out the whole three-game series in Washington — and if so, the Yankees may have to return to Washington after Sunday's Aggies May Provide Tough Yardstick For Mitchell's Porkers FAYETTEVTLLE — The yardstick for Jack Mitchell's first year at Arkansas may be provided in the tough Aggies of Oklahoma A&M next Saturday at Little Rock. The Cowpokes have proven to be rude visitors to fledgling Razorback coaches in War Memorial Stadium twice in the past four years and will be after their third scalp on September 24. Each time they've dealt misery to new Porker coaches,, it has been the start of a long, long season. Otis Douglas opened his Arkansas stay against J. B. Whltworth's "thin thirty" and promptly took a 12-7 loss in the 1950 season. It was the prelude to a 2-8 campaign for the year. Three years later. Bowden Wyatt began a two-year period with the Ra7^>rbacks against the same Oklahoma Aggies. Mr. Whitworth had Just the tonic for the new Porktr machine and edged out a 7-6 win. It proved to be the beginning of a 3-7 season. The painful thing about it all Is that neither Aggie contingent was regarded as a world-beater — just a well-grounded squad primed for an upset. The situation is much the same thl ies 11-10-1 A win would not only when the Porkers had the greatest even up the rivalry, but perhaps ' """ "' •" *"- his season as Mitchell j ''""„ k t cowboy team of -"*>»- even more important — it would keep alive Arkansas' chances of finally getting its War Memorial Stadium record up to .500 in 1955. The Razorbacks opened competition in that stadium in 1948 with an easy 40-6 win over Abilene Christian College. Victories after that were few and far between until lately owing to a crowd-appeal schedule of tough opponents. A pair of important wins there last year (6-0 over Mississippi and 28-15 over Rice) put Arkansas at 9-12 for a seven year period — and three games are slated for the 35.000-seat arena this season. There's no question but that wins Time Ripe The time If now ripe for sfi Arkansas victory. Alter 22 games success. A.33-20 win over the Ag- gies was included in the fine 8-1 season of 1927 while the championship of 1946 under John Barnhill was headlined by a thrilling 21-21 tie against defending national champion Oklahoma A&M. The two schools did not meet in Arkansas' chamolonship years of 1933, 1936 and 1954. 1J| Fire Sltet The two teams have played their 22 past games at five different sites — with Little Rock the latest one to be added to the list. The Razorbacks hold a slim lead in games played at both campus sites — Razorback Stadium and at Lewis Field. Slillwater. On neutral grounds, however, the ahoma A&M. Texas and State would be a large | „.,.., 0 ., , „ order — but a .500 record is mathe- j Aggie's "have always served but the matically possible. i strongest medicine. They lead 2-1 While poor Arkansas seasons I in Little Rock; 2-1 for games at have generally been touched off by ] Fort Smith; and 1-0 in a 1944 game Ashburn, Kaline Set To Claim Batting Titles spread over a 33-ytad period, thf i a loss to the Aggies, the two j al Oklahoma City. Arkansas' mar- lead Arkansas in the ser-j schools have rarely met In R year gin is 4-3 here and 4-3-1 at Stillwater Only four times has the series approached the runaway proportions — the latest coming in Arkansas' 42-7 victory at Stillwater in 1951. Eight of the 22 contests have been decided by less than a touch- do wn. Famous games include the 14-9 win for Arkansas In 1915 (the first Southwest Conference game played by the Razorbacks. Oklahoma A&M was a SWC member from 1915 through 1924); the 9-7 Porker win in 1925; the aforementioned 33-20 Razorback win in 1927: and the tie of 1946. In the 1925 contest, Razorback assistant coach George Cole kicked three field goals for the Porker points — still a conference record. NEW YORK .1*1 — Richie Ashburn of the, Philadelphia Phillies. finishing strong In quest of his first ;*"ational League batting championship, held a commanding 18-point lead today over runnerup Roy Campanella of Brooklyn. , Ashburn. who has hit safely his last 10 games, upped his average seven points to .341 during the surge. Campy his hitting .323. Detroit's Al Kaline has just about clinched the American League title. Breaking out of a slump with six hits in the final two games acainst Cleveland last age to .340. Vic Power of Kansas of eto .340. Vic Power of Kansas City, in second place, is at .318. Willie Mays of the New York ] Giants walloped five, homers in •| last week's games to move into | the National League lead with 48 ! four-baggers. Ted Kluszewski of j Cincinnati is second with 46 while Chicago's Ernie Banks, who broke the major league record by hitting his lifth grand slam of the year last night, is third with 44. Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees heads the American League with 37. He's sidelined with a leg Injury, but Gus Zernial of Kansas City, who is second with 29 appears to have little chance to overtake him. National League umpire Larry Goetz took up umpiring as a hobby while working as a government employee in the Cincinnati post office. Enjoy more than cocr Tastes Mellow as Moonlight $034 '1 +J W> Plus Stale TM NO INCREASE IN PRICE... STILL ONLY «eO.A.««ilWST. CO.. LOUISVILLE.«. • MrHOOf "finish" at Boston to play the trio, which loom Importantly in the pennant issue. . Stengel, hoping the Washington series comes olf on Khedule ,is aiming for a quick clinch to give his veterans a resi- before the World Series opener against Brook, lyn a week from tomorrow. Playing for a swift kill, Stengel sent Whitey Ford (17-7) and Don Larsen (8-2) against Washington in today's scheduled afternoon-night doubleheader. Cardi Beat Cnbi The Senators, only 6-13 against New York for. the season after whipping Cleveland 13-8 and starting the Tribe on a four-game losing streak that dumped them from the lead, will throw Bob Porlerfield (10-17) or Pete Ramos (5-9) and Maury McDermott (B-9) Cleveland Manager Al Lopez forced to win 'em all, will decide on either Early Wynn (16-11) or Herb Score (15-10) against the Vhite Sox's Billy Pierce (14-9) tonight. Only two games were scheduled yesterday. In the National, St. Louis overcame a 5-0 deficit to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 in 12 innings. Detroit, riding high after taking three straight from Cleveland, shut out Kansas City 4-0 behind rookie Bud Black's six- hitter. The Cubs' -nie Banks, who recently set a record for shortstops with" his 40th .home run of the season, knocked off another major league record with his fifth giand-slam homer of the year. Only 10 sluggers, including Babe Ruth, ever had been able to hit as many as four bases-loaded shots in one season before. Banks now has 44 home runs. Football Forum Va. Tech, W. Va. Appear Strong in Southern Circuit Ninth of a series By ART LEWIS Head Coach, West Virginia MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — (NEA) — You wouldn't want me to talk too much about my own team in sizing up the Southern Conference. So I'll skip the bold predictions. Excluding West Virginia, the top- ranking team should be Virginia Tech. The Gobblers were runners- up to us last year, with their only blemish a tie,by defense-minded William and Mary. They'll be plenty tough again, with a superb back in Dickie Beard. Behind them should come Richmond with one o£ the fastest backfields in the country, Frank Pad- jaczkowski providing the power at fullback. We have them for our opener, Sept. 24, and expect trouble. The forward wall is headed by Erik Christensen, shitted from end to tackle. Davidson came up with a surprising 6-3 record last year and again has a veteran team to boost them in the standings. Keep an eye on William and Mary because of a fine bunch of boys returning from service and a batch of sophomores. I understand Jack Freeman has a freshman quarterback he's counting on. He's helped along by trackman Jack Yohe and converted signal-caller Al Orieco, with the line manned by 225-pound Bob Lusk, an all-service center at Fort Lee last year. Alter beating only Pennsylvania last year, George Washington should be on the upgrade, led by center Dick Gaspari. Furman is tackling a much tougher schedule under new coach Homer HobbS. Such teams as Army and Auburn shape up mighty tough for the Pur- SMU Rugged on The Ground (This is one of a series discussing Southwest Conference football prospects.) DALLAS Ifl — With a big line 'and a rugged set of backs, Southern Methodist should boast one of the hardest running attacks in recent Southwest Conference football hitsory. Last year SMU set a naw school post-war record for yards gained rushin? with 2,144. The same fellows who rolled up that yardage are back to do their bit for the Mustangs. - With the running pretty well taken care of, it's passing that Is the big question mark as far as the Mustangs are ' concerned because they lost their top thrower of the 1953 and 1954 seasons—Duane Nutt. John Roach, slated to be the starting quarterback, didn't hurl a pass as a sophomore and completed only IT o! 40 last year as Nutt's under- study. Quarterback on the second unit is a sophomore named Ray Masters. He looks like quite a football player, but he did little passing for the freshmen last season and it's problematical what he can do this year with the varsity. But in running, Southern Methodist should be tops. Defensively the Mustangs are due to be stronger against passing attacks than they were in 1954 when they permitted opposition teams to complete more than half of their throws. The defense against rushing should again be very strong. Ponderous Line That ponderous line is something to thinl: about. Tne biggest boys are Don (Tiny) Goff, a right guard who weighs 256 pounds and is 6 feet 5 inches tall, and Eric Knebel, a 6-foot-6 right tackle who lips the beams at 243. Goss, named on the all-regional team by the Football Coaches Association in 1953, played Army football last year. The starting backfield will consist of four seniors—Roach; John Marshall, left halfback; Hal O'Brien, fullback, and Don Mcllhenny, right halfback. They're all terrific runners, The second backfield unit will have Masters at quarterback; Charlie Jackson at left half, David I Mitchell at fullback, and Blake Tucker at right half. Lon Slaughter and Merlyn Murphey are other backs likely to be called upon frequently. The Mustangs need more experience at end and more depth at quarterback but they still look like one of the teams to beat for the conference title. pie Hurricane. Thi Citadel also hat t new regime under Johnny Sauer, »nd tb* Bulldogs are going to b« heard from. Last season they woo only two. VMI Is in tht middle of a rebuilding job, too, but lacks depth. The Keydets will b« loaded wit* sophomores. Washington and Lee it back in the league after dropping out for a year, but play only Davidson in th» conference. You can't till much about the Generals. West Virginia 1> fortunate to have six starters from last year's iquad and the best quarterback in college football in Freddie Wyant, my regular for 25 straight games. We'v» won 23 of those. The kid's so smart that if he gets any smarter, he'll have my job — then who'll feed tha wife and kids? I wouldn't trade my tackles — Bruce Bosley and Sam Huff — for any other pair in the country. Both have been starters like Wyant, for the past three years since entering West Virginia as freshmen. We're solid with seniors In tb* backfield like Joe Marconi, a broth of a boy at 220, and Bobby Moss, a mere 195. I got a couple of boys up from the freshmen who don't figurt M hurt, either. N'EXT: The Missouri VlUer fcf BUI Meek of Houston. Rookie infieldtr Ben Tompldiu e( the Philadelphia PhilllM was a foot- bail star at Texas and pliywl la the 1951 cotton Bowl t»ro«. Qto'tA/ttf ! Complete this picture of the Want an advance idea of what you (and all America) will see in tha '56 Ford this Friday? Simply fill in tha lines 'from stern to stem and back again. When you do, you'll get a hint of the '56 Ford's-new silhouette—styling inspired by the fabulous Ford Thunderbird. But you can't really appreciate this new Ford until you learn about its Lifeguard Design —the first major contribution to driver and passenger safety in accidents. And wait until you test drive that new 202-h.p. Thunderbird Y-8 engine I So prepare yourself for a new fine car from Ford...the fine car at half the fine car price. / Friday, September 23rd. PHILLIPS MOTOR COMPANY Broadway i Chickatawba Mian* 3-4453

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