The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 9, 1956 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, January 9, 1956
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MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 1956 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE MINI SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW Stranohan Story No Mystery Mitliotmre Jast Likes ^• --.,-. . j •.. "•••'•'. '. -••'-. . To P/dy with the Pros By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor Golfers turn professional because they need money. When Frank Stranahan joined the pros last fall, he needed a quick buck like Custer required another- Indian. Stranahan's story is the most unusual 'to connection with the Start of another winter tour, op.enirig with the $32,500 Los Angeles Open over the Rancho Cou'rse," Jan «-9. Most successful playing pros quit the tournament - every Thursday transcontinental grind as quickly as they can afford to. Others play only part time once I they' are established financially. "As Ben Hogan says, competitive {Frank Stranahan g 0 lf. is one hell of a chore. It's " a gypsy's life ... living out of suitcases, travel- J, ing in automobiles or station wagons, frequently * with a trailer hitched on behind. You have to win 5 to eat, and it's toughest when the money runs out 5 halfway through-the trip. The greatest of the shot! makers, including the incomparable Hogan, re- r, quired backing. i; Stranahan, the richest man ever to hit a golf * ball so well, had,ho.such problems. Why, then, did the handsome heir to the spark plug multl- ;. millions .forsake' his amateur standing, fittingly -' enough on last Labor Day,, to put up with the hard," ships the more hardened pros shrta? A * * * '5 STRANAHAN INSISTS THAT not being named to the 1953 Walker Cup team had nothing to do : - with it. ';,.. ,', • . • ,• ; 1 "That doesn't mean I did not consider it a slur "" on my name," explains the. son of the Toledo in'•'< dustriar giant.' "There are three 'requirements! -, best record in recent tournaments,' unquestioned ! ramateur status and ability to represent this coun- Ti ry in international relations. Members of the exec'•' utlve committee of the tJnited States Golf Associ- ation'most certainly could not have faulted me on the. first two colvnts, and whether they knew it or no, I ; always got along Jolly well In England. "Golf is'big business and I wanted to be a part of It — from the ground up. I -would have turned pro several years ago had not my father'objected. ''I prefer medal play-and playing with pros, who in my book are the greatest collection of guys on earth. I wanted to. play with fellows with whom I broke in — Cary Middlecoff, Jules Boros, Q! Piirgol, Bob Tpski, Ted Kroll, Dave Douglas, guys llke'that:,-. J- : ,. '• ..»' " "I grew 'tired of collecting silverware, being low amateur in open tournaments. "I required added Incentive. As an amateur, the pros paid little attention,to me. Now that I am eligible to receive money, I get plenty of attention. You do, you know, when you win tournaments like Eastern Open, which,I did in Baltimore shortly after having the right to go to the pay window." • • • STBANAHAN'S: ANSWER TO why he doesn't pay more attention to the tremendous business •which some day-he will inherit, is that he'does. "Wherever I go, I call on companies selling our product," tie explains,. "but there will be plenty of; time for me to confine myself entirely to business. Tcanriot, however,' play golf with the superior' pros forever":*' Not even the ..Intense Hogan was more dedicated to" the Royal and Ancient than is the 33-year-old Stranahan. There's not enough daylight for the 'World War II Air Force pilot to practice. That's one reason why he likes to play In England, where in the summer it doesn't get dark until midnight. Stranahan's gorgeous red-haired wife, Ann, Is as daffy about golf as her husband. Although she had never.had a club in her hands until she met her husband twb-arid-a-half years ago, Mrs. Stranahan, who travels with him, shoots in the low 80's, plays with the,top'glrl golfers.' "She hits the ball just like a pro," sayi the Strong Boy, 'beaming. Means MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A fumbled punt return in the fourth quarter of the Senior Bowl was the turning point in the game, Coach Buddy Parker of the losing North team said today. This was the situation: The South, was tending «-3. The North team had been moving well in the second half after being 01' played' In the first two periods. It wa* third down on the Soutn 41 for the Southerners and 13 to go. Gorge eHerring of Mississippi Southern punted 43 yards to .Gary Lowe of Michigan State on the North 16. Lowe charged back to the 30 where he was tackled hard and fumbled." < Tulahe guard Tony Sardlsco covered the'ball oh the North 37—arid that was the game as far as Parker was concerned. The : South, coached by -Paul Brown, scored six plays later with Joe Childress, Auburn tailback: ramming over from the two with two minutes and 1! seconds r*- malnlng in the game. That made the score 12-2 and that -vas the way it ended. Brown, coach of ,the pro champion Cleveland Browns,' praised MDxm Goss, 260-pound Southern Methodist tackle and M. L. Brackett. Auburn tackle,'for their .tre mendous defensive. play. Punt Return Win for South Pros Have Good Time In Hula- HONOLULU I*) — The,pros wj; they had fun and the college boys say they got some schooling—and me final score of yesterday's 10th annual Hula Bowl football game bears them but. The 11 pros, playing for the-Hawaii' All - Stars, cwamped a college all-star squad-51-20 before 24,000 in Honolulu Stadium. San Francisco 49er quarterback Y. A. Tittle, who had as good a time,'as anyone tossing six touchdown passes, summed UP for the pros: . "It was lots of fun.. But it's no' this easy at .Kezar Stadium," the 49ers' home ground. Norm Masters, Michigan State tackle, voiced the dressing room views of a number of the 17 mainland college stars'. "The pros were good. I learnec a lot in that game." ' The lessons came thick and fast not only from Tittle but from his 49er teammates Carroll Hardy and Hugh Mcelhlnny, the retiring Doak Walker :of the .Detroit Llona and end Elroy Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams. Hirsch snared three touchdown passes, Hardy caught two and went over a third time on a spectacular 87-yard ,kickoff reverse play with a handoff from -Mcelhenny. Walker also' caught one touchdown pass and booted al] seven extra points. BIG 8 RESULTS North Little Rock .63, Blythevilte Pine Bluff 64, Fort Smith 53 El Dorado 42, Texarkana 38 Little Rock 57, Hot Springs 53 Te« Off Hit Hip - FORT FIERCE, Fla. HI — T. Clifford' Smith coughed while attempting a tee shot and bad to be removed from the golf course. He threw his hip out of joint. Read Courier News Classified Adi. 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Childress, who also scored from outstanding back for the South. Bill Murakowski of Purdue was chosen outstanding back for the North, and End Harold Burnine the two after a 56-yard drive in of Missouri the top lineman lor the first quarter, was named the! the Yankfes. Boxing Managers Guild Set to Throw in Towel By ED CORR1GAN NEW YORK (AP) — Its back broken, its morale shattered, the once-defiant New York Boxing Managers Guild was ready tbday to surrender unconditionally to the State Athletic Commission. • M iatni Probation Will BeWeighedbyNCM LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 50th annual convention of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. (NCAA) opened today with consideration of the University of Miami's probation confronting the administrative council. The Florida school, placed on probation for violation of various NCAA tenets In October, 1954, was to explain its present position at a closed council session. On the opening agenda also were two roundtable discussions on the recruiting problem, with athletic directors and faculty representatives taking part. The NCAA television committee was expected to present its report on the results of the 1954 program tonight, plus recommendations for a 1956 schedule of college football telecasting. Walter Byers, NCAA executive secretary, reported the council wa« "very gratified" with result! at surveys conducted to determine compliance by member school* with NCAA recruiting regulation*. He said that all except two. of the 398 member colleges «nd *nt- versities had returned sighed cw- tificates attesting to their »dh«*- ence to NCAA principle*. Papoose Play Tonight The Junior High Fapooee* oj Coach John Koldus, both A and B teams, engage Iri a cage«- header tonight at Haley Field Oym. Opponents will b« two Poplar Bluff squads. The severely crippled Pap's firs* team will be looking (or It* initial win of the season. The guild's board of governors scheduled a meeting late today, and one informant told the Associated Press the organization would be voted out of existence. Just four says ago the guild voted 66-0 to defy Julius ' Selfand, chairman of the State Athletic Commission, who ordered the 1 guild t o dissolve b y Jan. 16 because he alleged some of the pilots were consorting with criminals. But the swift- moving develop- "ments that fol- %?•% re abrupt turnabout. They included: 1. The International Boxing Club headed by'Jim Norris, the biggest promoter In the country, aligning itsell behind Helfand. 2. The refusal of the Maryland state commission to sanction bouts by the London Sporting Club, which has been; operating at St. Nicholas Arena here. 3. The resignation of Al Weill. manager of heavyweight champion Rocky Marclano, from the guild Said one guild member: "Most of us were badly advised when we were lold to 4 refuse to testify at the recent, hearings fand conducted. Everyone knows that the International Boxing Guild (the parent body to the New York local) ran things. But we needed it for the fine things it did In negotiating television and other contracts. - ' "We will ajL Helfand to form an organization acceptable to him, Brooks' Staff Is One That Can Afford to Lose Hurler Podres By HARRY CRAYSON NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK —' (NBA) — Judging by the funereal effect duction into the 'armed forces had in Brooklyn, you'd sus- pec.t that the Dodgers were going to play all 77 home games in Jersey City next season. You'd think that Walter Alston would have to pitch the bat boy, peanut butchers, ushers and such. This recalls a chat with Moe Berg after the World Series last fall. The: talk centered, 'hatural- ly, on young Podres, but the old American ' " League catcher * catcher made an Clem I-abine interesting observation. "Do you recall the fifth game at Certainly if our members are "clean" he cannot object." Bobby Gleason, manager of heavyweight Nino Valdes, said he would try to revive the old "Ring Board of Trade," which would act as a managers' association. Ebbets Field " asked Berg. "It was then that I got the idea that the Brooklyn staff was turn-into a machine which would clip the National League for the next five years." Professor Berg was referring to the way Hoger Craig had tired away at the Yankees with no more regard for the erstwhile Bombers than if they had been the Perth Amboy firemen at a fat man's picnic. The big 24-year-old right-hander actually didn't require help when relieved after yielding two runs ancL.four hits in six Innings. * V * • • Clem Lablne three times had demonstrated that he could contain the. erstwhile Bombers, and Manager Alston simply wasnt taking -any chances. In the' book of Berg and" a lot of other baseball men, those were the key six innings of the Series. With the set locked at two and two and the clubs returning to Yankee Stadium, where the Dodgers again would face Whitey Ford and Tommy Byrne, this game was a must. Don Bessent and Craig coming in fro mTriple A in mid-July to win 13 games between them while losing only 4; gives ycto an idea of the freshness of the Brooklyn staff. The two of them won five games In their first eight days on the premises. The bespectacled Bessent had an 8 and 1 record, .led toe club with an earned-run average of 2.71. Brooklyn has the righthanders, Don Newcoinbe, Carl Erksine, Bilrf Loes, Bessent, Craig, Lablne and Ed Roebuck, and left-handers, Karl Spboner, Sandy Koufax; Ken Lehman and Charley Templeton. That's one more than carried and Buzzy Bavasi could make, a ben«- ficial deal for the one who ian't. • • • . : ...-• . Erakine, 29, should bounce back like an election repeater. He won 20 in, 1953, 18 in '54, reports th»t,dn sorenes8_has_disappeared from hll elbow. Lehman has won M games since last April—in the International League, the play-offs and Santo Domingo. Templeton il a large 21- year-old who bagged 14 for th* sixth-place St. Paul outfit. Johnny Podres had nothing mor* than a 9, and 10 record and ERA ol 3.96 before finding himself In th« World Series. • ,. The Brooklyn front office is vart- ly more concerned about the MM for mof four aging infielders and outfielders than it is about its 'surplus of. pitching. Nobody likes to lose a Podre*. that's for sure. But to say hi* absence will cripple the Dodgers 1» silly. The Brooks, have pitchers to pass around—and, as we should sw in 'M,' all good one*, too. 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