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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 8, 1954
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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER *, 1954 Offensive Power to Be Chicks Big Asset; Line Has Weak Spots Ends, One Guard Big Question Marks as Tribe Nears Opener An offense geared for power and a line which will find inexperience predominating at ends will mark the 1954 team fielded by Blytheville's Chickasaws. Coach Russell Mosley, never associated with a losing team, man or boy, once again is hammering his young charges into a single- wing striking unit. But as in past years, Mosley's attack will contain every element of offensive tactics now commonly in use anywhere — split T, tight Smythe. As they did at ends, the Chicks really took a beating when graduation deprived them of Jones and Michael, two of the top guards of But there's a redeeming feature in the person of Sophomore Jodie Hall, who played a lot of football T, spread, and T and single wing I last year as a freshman. with flankers in addition to the solid Notre Dame box. Box Is Basic Basic in the Tribal Chieftain's wigwam, however, is the box, with a real accent on blocking in the line and downfield. Power to operate this single-wing style should be generated by a big, se'asoned backfield coupled with top-notch tackle-to-tackle strength In the line. One guard position will carry- some inexperience in that tackle- to-tackle lineup and reserve strength up and down the line will have its weak spots, due primarily to lack of schoolec performers. Big question marks hover over the end positions where graduation took three fine football players from the Chicks. This lack of manpower may be offset on defense somewhat when the Chicks are in their 5-4-2 lineup veteran outside linebacks being able to take some of the pressure off the ends. Six End Candidates Then, too, Mosley and assistanl Bill Stancil have six men, two of them lettermen, from which to select a pair of ends. Continued improvement among the candidates could mean sound end play when the contingent gets 9, little game time under its belt. Going along to another weakness, there is the fact that only one letlerman or experienced reserve is available at tackle and none are available at blocking back or halfback. With Kenneth Fisher on the disabled list, no reserve strength is available at fullback — at least as far as experienced boys are concerned. Same may be said for blocking back position, which Charles Abbott deserted to take over fullback during Fisher's absence. Strong Points Jodie is short, well-built and learned how to knock heads scrimmaging with Michael, Jones, Privett, Childress, et al, last year. He can run well, block: well and socks hard on defense. The graduating Michael, who should know, tabs him as a man to watch. Nail is not as large as the average prep coach likes a guard, but he has experience and savvy. Looked good in a recent scrimmage and may nail down that first-string job. .. Huffman and Smythe played on Bill McFarland's junior team last, year. Huffman had done a lot of growing and weighs in at arounc 180. He's a pretty good football player right now and is hustling to earn playing time, which he may well do. Was all-state as a junior last year. CENTER Departed: Leon Privett. Lettermen: Danny Cobb. Prospects: Jimmy Gee, Eddie Per- For three years, Leon Privett held down the center spot for Blytheville. For two of those years, Danny Cobb understudied him, earning letters. Cobb is a fine all-around football player. Only weakness here is lack of experience on the bench. ROOKIE—At nine, Lana Kaye Roberts, blasting out of a sand trap, had to be the youngest entrant in the Ail-American Golf Tournament at Chicago's Tarn O'Shanter. The little Hinsdale, 111., miss had shot the course in 92. (NBA) Gee has played B team ball in years past and Perry is a sophomore who will play a lot of football before le's out of school two years hence. He was member of junior team last To offset these weaK points the Chicks have many strong'ones: A pair of fine, big tackles. are eager to play some football. A good, big backfield which can run. block and tackle. Mosley and Stancil turn out a team in sound physical condition with a good grasp on fundamentals. Here's a position - by - position breakdown on the Chicks as they look going into their first game of 1954: END Departed: Bobby Hill, Billy Gilbow, Charles Ray Hall. Lettermen: Freddy Rounsaville, Jimmy Bratcher, Chuck Langston. Jimmy Prospects: Fred Hodge, Earls, Drane Adams. Things may not be as tough here &s they would appear despite the lack of experience. Though Roun- Both subs are capable of playing well enough on defense, but lack duty as single wing center, where passing of-ball is important. BLOCKING BACK Departed: Red Childress. Lettermen: Bobby Jones. Prospects: Rene George, Eugene Stephens. Charles Abbott also has played ome blocking back, but with Fisher out of commission, Abbott must be listed as a fullback. Jones is a junior letterman who played three years of junior ball and thus has plenty of experience. He's quite good on defense, can punt and throw. With a lot of T experience, he's a good man to have around if game situation calls for relying heavily on T. A pair of dandy sophomores back up Jones. Neither ever played blocking back before, but both are willing. Stephens was all-state junior high fullback last year while George was a small but very effective lineman. For youngsters, they are both good football players. Their desire to play the game won't hurt their chances, either. Marshall Gets 1 - Hitter As Jaycees Top Rotary Jimmy Marshall turned in a neat one-hit pitching performance yesterday afternoon as he hurled the Jaycees to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Rotary Club in Little League action at the Compress Park. The only hit garnered off Marshall was Branscum's single to start the second inning. From there on, only four batters reached first base-, two on walks, one on a fielder's choice and one on an error. The Jaycees got Marshall a lead early as Ball, the second man to face Rotary pitcher Tom Smith, slammed a homer with Elledge on base. That was enough for Marshall, who was never in serious Sarden to Stick With Basketball NEW YORK (£>)—Madison Square Jarden, where college basketball irst went big time ,is going to stick ( ;ith the sport through at least one more winter despite poor crowds .ast season. The arena has scheduled HALFBACK Departed: Tommy Mosley, Ralph Snider. Lettermen: Freddy Akers, Danny savall and Bratcher lettered, they, Edgmon. didn't see extensive action. I Prospects: James Privett, Wayne nights for college games—11 doubleheaders, .a traditional single game between Notre Dame and New York University and three nights of the Holiday Festival Tournament at Christmas. The National Invitation Tourna- trouble, but the Jaycees picked up an insurance run in the third when Elledge was safe on an error, stole second, took third on an error and scored on Ball's single. Marshall was the master all the way. Only two runners reached second and they died there. And only twice during the six inning game did the Rotarians have two men on base. Aside from the first inning. Smith pitched good ball. He allowed only four hits, two of them coming in the first inning. The victory was Marshall's ninth of the season. JAYCEES AB Elledge, 3b 1 Ball, ss 3 Cobb, Ib 3 Duncan, If 2 Courtney, If 0 . White, c 3 15 I Marshall, p 2 Wicker, rf 1 Cherry, cf 2 Chitrr.on, cf 0 Carson, 2b 2 Totals 19 ROTARY AB Hodge. 3b 3 Huev, ss 2 Baseball Standin By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet GB New York 86 50 .632 Milwaukee .... 81 Brooklyn 81 Philadelphia .. 5 Cincinnati 65 St. Louis 62 Chicago .'.. 58 Pittsburgh 48 Wednesday's Schedule St. Louis at Brooklyn (N) Chicago at New York Milwaukee at Pittsburgh Cincinnati at Philadelphia Tuesday's Results New York 3, Philadelphia 1 innings) (Only game scheduled) 54 56 71 72 74 80 .600 4& -591 5 y 2 .478 21 .474 21 y. .456 24 .420 29 .350 38% (N) (11 Yanks Head West All But Out of Flag Race By BEN PHLEGAE AP Sports Writer The world champion New York Yankees go West today. Barring miracles, they wilt be ex-champs by the time they get home. Not since the last century has a band of Yankees headed into Indian territory with such a faint chance of survival. AMERICAN LEAGUE GB Pet. .710 .679 .626 .449 36 36y 2 38 1/2 52 ~ .445 .431 .333 W L ieveland ..... 98 40 New York ..... 93 44 tiicago ....... 37 52 loston ........ 61 75 Detroit ........ 61 76 Washington ____ 59 78 'hiladelphia ... 46 92 Baltimore ..... 45 93 .326 53 Wednesday's Schedule Philadelphia, at Cleveland (N) New York at Baltimore (N) Boston at Detroit Washington at Chicago (N) Tuesday's Results Washington 5, Philadelphia -4 (Only game scheduled) MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Louisvile 4, Toledo 2 Minneapolis 7, St. Paul 4 Indianapolis 9, Kansas City 8 Columbus 5, Charleston 1 Western League Denver 12, Colorado Springs 2 (2nd game postponed) Sioux City 5, Omaha 2 Des Moines 4., Lincoln 3 Pueblo 5, Wichita 0 The Yankees play 11 of their remaining 17 games on this tour of Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia. They now trail Cleveland by 4 J / 2 lengths. While the Yankee covered wagon grinds around the circuit for the last time, the Indians will be happily ensconced in their wigwam on the banks of the sky blue waters, clipping off their foes one one by one... The big battle, which might go down in history as Casey's Last Stand, is set for Sunday when the Yankee caravan reaches Cleve* * * land for a double-header. The Yankees can't be eliminated positively until after that engagement. • Manager Stengel i£ gambling right at the start with Tommy Byrne tonight in Baltimore, which according to 'American League georgraphy is West. Byrne's First Start A wild man in his previous stints in the majors, Byrne was bought from Seattle last week in a desperation move. Tonight is his first start. While.the Cleveland Tribe stays * # * $64 Question-What Happened to Bums? By ED CORRIGAN BROOKLYN (AP) — Now that the Brooklyn Dodgers have all out given up any hope of winning the National League pennant, the time has come to ask two questions: 1. What caused the downfall of \ of confidence in Alston. Now he a club that was virtually conceded the flag before the start of the in store for rookie! Nation Mourns Warner'sDeath ment will be staged again, the smith D *> Garden said, but no dates were an- j Tj rans c um "ib 2 nounced. Heavy summer rains delayed farm work in Canada. But reports Lendennie, rf 2 Stilwell. c I W. Branscum. 2b 2 Smothers, If ..: 2 show numerous duck broods in the B. Reid, cf 1 flooded areas of Manitoba. Totals 17 R 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 R 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Gridiron Wizard Dies of Cancer PALO ALTO, Calif. (<P) — The world of football mourned today the passing of Glenn Scobey (Pop") Warner ,the old gray wizard of the gridiron. Warner, the great coach, inventor of plays and contributor to the development of the game which occupied his life, .was 83 years old when he died here shortly after noon yesterday, after months of illness with cancer of the throat. From across the nation, past and present greats in the gridiron world sent condolences and voiced heartfelt tributes to the incomparable old man. Born in Springvill, N. Y., and raised on a ranch near Wichita Falls, Tex., Warner intended to be a lawyer and was graduated with a law degree from Cornell in 1894. After a few months of law. he began a grid coaching career which lasted for 47 years of developing winning teams, new plays and great season? : 2. What's Manager Walt Alston? The answer, briefly to the first — if you care-to listen to those closest to the club — is: a combination of injuries and players not living up to expectations. To the second: no. one knows, not even President .Walter O'Malley. declines to repeat it. Well, then, will Alston be retained next year? "We are not making any announcement about it until our usual time," answered O'Malley. "We will go into it after the season is over. This certainly is no time to discuss the matter." As for Alston, who sends his club against the St. Louis Cardi- "There is a ready explanation of, why the Dodgers are in third place and not first place," O'Malley said today. "And you cannot blame the manager for it. He is not responsible for Roy Campanella's hand injury; for Carl Furillo's slump; for the loss of Johnny Pd- dres for six weeks; for Carl Erskine's failure to live up to 1953; for the lack of respectable pitching from Don Newcombe and for! Preacher Roe's almost total ineffectiveness." Won't Repeat It It was just a month ago that O'Malley voiced a complete vote jnals tonight trailing by five games 'with just 17 left to play, he admitted it would take a miracle to win. If he had to put his finger on the one factor that led to the club's downfall, it would be Campanella. "Roy's arm bothered him," sighed Alston, "and he didn't hit within 100 points of last season. The rest of the boys looked to Campy to spark the club. He just didn'fr have it. It's not his fault." home, that other bunch of wild Indians, the Milwaukee Braves, heads East in a lightning foray after the National League title. The best road club in either league, the Braves open their 12- game tour in Pittsburgh trailing the league-leading New York Giants by 4^> games with 19 to play. The trip includes Friday and Saturday games against the Brooklyn Dodgers, who are in third p'lace and still are trying to find, out how it happened, and a three- game set next week in the Polo Grounds starting Tuesday night. The Giants picked up an important half game last night in an 11-inning thriller at Philadelphia, where they Shaded the Phillies 3-1. Nats Win Only one other game was played in the majors. Washington edged Philadelphia 5-4 before a gathering of 460 fans, the smallest crowd ever to attend a game at Washington's Griffith Stadium. Monte Irvin followed two walks with a double to the right field . fence for two New York runs in the llth. Davey Williams walked to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice. Curt Simmons struck out pinch hitter Eric Roden and walked Willie Mays intentionally, bringing up Irvin. The Giants had scored a run in the second and Granny Hamner tied it with his 13th homer in the . eighth. Simmons gave up only six hits in losing". Ruben Gomez, with help from Hoyt Wilhelm when the Phillies loaded the bases in the llth, picked up his !4th victory. • •: The Giants are back home today for a two-game series with Chicago, followed by two each with Cincinnati and St. Louis before the" Milwaukee invasion. The Dodgers, at home for 15 of their , remaining 17 games, entertain St. Louis tonight in the first of two games. Fishermen near Whitefish, Mont., hooked a fish with a coat of fur. Investigation revealed a taxidermist with a flair for practical joeks. players. He coached at Carlisle Indian school, University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University and oth ers. He was advisory coach at San Jose State College as his last official connection with the gridiron. OJ . 0!. The veteran grass racing star. 0 i Frere Jacques, won the Miami 0 j Beach Handicap in 1946 at the age 01 of four, finished second in 1947 1' and fhird in 1948. They are light, but both are real scrappers who have their basic foot- Koneycutt, Tommy Slayton, James Brofdon. Dean Dougherty, Ray | ball down pretty pat. Langston let- j Westbrook, Bobby Bratton. tered as a reserve tackle. He's larg- j Akers is the only member of the j amateur golf, to turn professional er, about 175, but has ^had no prev- first line backfield with the speed I a nd fight it out hand to hand with the grim money players over the tournament trail must have caused much conjecture and eyebrow rais- Sports Roundup— Why Did Stranahan Turn Pro?... By GAYLE TALBOT j be that the two-time British Am- | Whatever the reasons for Stran- NEW YOR KL?)—The decision of j ateur champion simply wearied of j ahan's "wrong .way" flight—most Frank Stranahan, golden boy of shelling out perhaps 520,000 per | pros would love to be in position DELCO WATER PUMPS Pump • Water Pipe Softeners WATER PUMP REPAIR SERVICE General Hardware and Appliance Co. 109 W. Main Ph. 3-4585 nnouncemen t We wish to announce the opening of our new Law Offices in the Harrison Building, 277 W. Walnut Street, B/ytner/7Je, Ark. HARRISON and HARRISON LAWYERS TODD HARRISON — MAX B. HARRISON GUAM, QUIET POWER! PHILLIPS 66 ious experience at end. of a real breakaway runner. He's Hodge is built for an end and j also coming around as a triple- played junior ball two years ago. He j threater and should be a fine all- ing throughout the golfing world. didn't live in Blytheville all of last around ball player. football season. He must go down Edgmon has great power packed as an excellent prospect. ; into his 130-pound frame and is j un ij m ited 'wealth Earls played junior ball last year j fine defensive back, being a great I behind him and' year for the privilege of indulging his hobby and decided to do something about it. As a professional he presumably will be entitled to put down the sum as legitimate operating expense the next time Why would a young to play the game for fun-—one can't help wondering how long it will take for the novelty to wear off. The likeable young man with the rippling muscles is about to discover that he has yanked open man with \ he reaches for a tax form. He's j the door of a brand new golfing no longer an unemployed playboy. ! world. apparently riot a in the world and was a good competitor. He has \ tackier. He is one of toughest run- lanky frame, sound Papoose train- j ners on the squad to tackle and ing, but is probably a year away j hustle hard every minute. He will except where hL- from making a real threat to get j co-captain the team along with \ commC r f rom SU d- denlv forsake the on starting lineup. Adams was a squadman last j Ray Westbrook and James Privett year. He's of trim build with good j are the top replacements. West- size and is a real darkhorse in! brook was a squadman last year the wide open race for a first [ and is a larger boy this year. He has string job. j pretty good speed. TACKLE j Privett is a real prospect up out Departed: None. | out of junior ranks where he was a Lettermen: John Fong, Allen ^ star. He's just getting the feel of Shanks, Warren Moxley. things with the seniors but could . „, :...-. i (-Ha purses Polsgrove, j pleasant and en| viable life of the amateur sportsman an favor of the professional's unending quest of eating money? Especially when well develop into a halfback of' the Akers' caliber, JKL'LLJbSACK Departed: None. Lettermen: Kenneth Fisher, Prospects: Wayne Frank Sparks. Fong and Shanks, both agile, alert and over 200 pounds, figure to be really good high school football players this year. They were good last year when they played nearly all of it for the Maroons. Fong, co-captain, is middle guard on the 5-4 set up. This pair! form, this will be the top "position Is expected to spearhead Chick on the club though Abbott probably Charles Abbott. he figures to win in the dog-eat-dog competition he now faces probably won't do much more than keep the spark plug heir in caddy fees. In the statement he left behind Prospects: Tommy Carney, Norbert Blankenship. as he winged off to Brazil, Frank said such things as that he long- had wished to play the pros on line play. Moxley is a short, stout lad who saw some action last year. He's willing and may be a key man in the event Fong or Shanks had to see some bench time for any reason. Polsgrove is a big rjoy with no experience. Sparks is a good prospect up from last year's tough Junior High team. He's a boy to watch and seems to be catching on fast, He doesn't figure to see too much action this year, though he may surprise. GUARD Departed: Kelly Jones, Billy Mich- Jodt* Hall, Jerry Nail. Prospects: Bo Huffman, Jimmy When Fisher gets back into uni- the ir terms, and that he didn't consider it fair that he was in position to compete all year while his fellow amateurs were restricted in that respect. If the latter were the compelling rorce behind the young man's strange move, and we're not exactly saying it wasn't, then it took a long time to take hold. A more logical explanation might FEWER DEPOSITS! FLITE-FUEL does not require an anti-fouling additive. It burns clean because of its natural high purity components. You can depend on it for lively knock- free power. i will be shifted back to blocking back. Fisher was the Tribe's leading ground-gainer in 1953. Now weighing around 200 pounds, he's in good shape other than for his recent appendectomy. Fisher can kick, kick points, kickoff and pass as well as run. He seems to be headed for a great year and will have had it if he can equal last year's record. A real horse, he may even surpass it. Abbott is probably the second best fullback (next to Fisher) in Arkansas. Weighing 180, he is a ferocious runner who has good speed and great knee action. A junior letter- tude. Blankenship starred in junior man, Abbott also is a solid line-! know-how. high several years ago. This marks his return to football and he has shown that he can make it a successful one. He has good reflexes, good legs, good speed and general backer. It's just a question of time when Carney is a newcomer, but has a he'll be a real threat in the Chick Bruce good set of legs and has fine atti- i back.'ieid. IDONTUKETHAT — MAN-1 MUST GET TO KNOW HIM BETTER GET TO KNOW YOUD HOME FOLK* BETTER./ too. 'GetA FOR YOUR CAR-the only gosolmt to which is added the super aviation fuel component Di-isopropyi. A Phillips exclusive. 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