The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 12, 1956 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 12, 1956
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BLTTHIYTLLl (ARK.) COURIER NEWI THURSDAY, JANUARY 1» ,1»M Chicks and Trojans Eye First Big 8 Win The View from Here I, U j&, TO THE MORE discriminating readers of this newspaper (all those who read the.sports section, that is), it must be quite apparent by now that George Anderson is no longer the sports speaker of this house. As George himself put it, he has swapped typewriter for plow . . . out Highway 61 way. THIS, THEN, is sort of an open letter to George Anderson »nd his readers and to our (we hope) new readers. We might say at this point that mlthough George will no longer cover it in an official capacity, be will become no stranger to th« Blytheville-Missco sports beat. For one thing he'll continue on u timekeeper for all Chicka- MWS' home basketball games — lit least for the season. It'll take more than 500 acres to keep him down on the farm when there is action at Haley Field or the Gym. • When we first arrived in Blythevilie a little more than a month ago, we were talking to Hie very capable Junior High School Coach John Koldus about George and sports in general. John shook his hod and said he couldn't understand why anyone would quit sports for the farm life. On the other hand there are more than a million or so farm- era in this country (give or take ten miUion) who no doubt think there is nothing more ludicrous than writing sports stories for a living. •Things like that have a way of evening out. i • ' * * * AND SINCE our arrival there h»v« been M direct questions put to us concerning our own past athletic activities. It seems when a guy stands six-four and weighs more ttian 220 pounds he should be a boxer, wrestler, football pl»y«t or at least & basketball player. So at UK outset of our tenure here we would like to . set the record straight.' Although we participated in high school sports and played on some great service basketball teams overseas during the Second World War we discovered a long time ago it was much easier to write about sports. (Albeit the salary is considerably less. Chief, please note.) Several years ago in St. Louis we used to get our shoes shined at a little shop downtown across the street from the Arcade Building. A wrestling promoter had offices in the Arcade and his performers had a habit (as well- paid wrestlers have) of crossing the street and dropping in for a shine. So whenever, we visited this parlor the bootblack would study our size 13's, look us over and ask: "You a rassler?" This particular shoe shine boy had a rotten memory for feet and faces because when we entered the place we were consis- tently stabbed . with this same query. Finally we ran out of clever retorts and changed bootblacks. * * » WHICH BRINGS to mind (conveniently) a story about physical appearances. A true story, of course. Of course. It seems (as stones do) a certain famous- college football team was getting pushed up and down the gridiron one bright and sunny afternoon by a band of small, anemic players from a little school of higher learning. The score at the half was 28-0. The famous coach of the famous team put a match to one of his famous black cigars before entering the dressing room to toss a few insults around. Puffing away he tramped up and down the sweat-stained room and blew devastating, bombastic observations in each recuperating player's face. Until he came upon his big bonus baby. "O.K., you big ape," the coach growled, "what happened to you? Those midgets pushed you around like you wuz in the tank. You oughta be ashamed of yourself. Why, if I wuz as big as you I'd be heavyweight champ of the world!" "Oh, yeah?" growled the ape. "Yeah," growled the Cigar. "Well," growled the ape, "how come you ain't lightweight champ of the world then? You're big enough for that!" * » * BUT TO GET back to ole George. We want to thank him publicly for the kindness and patience he displayed the past month in acquainting us with the local beat. He has made our switch from Mid-West to Mid- South a pleasant one. If and when it comes time for us to write our swan song we hope and pray it will be read as regretfully as his was. Not a few persons have inquired if George has ever farmed before. He doesn't have, to our knowledge, any farming experience but watching him dig through the potpourri of unfiled letters, clippings, etc., etc., on his desk we know he will have no difficulty when it comes to plowing. Maybe it's not too difficult, really, to understand George's decision to abandon the newspaper life. We've only been here a short while but it seems Blythevilie has more than its share of Cadillacs. Somebody's making money and it's not the sports writers. Happy New Years, ole George. One of two Big Eight teams is going to win its first con ference game tonight when Blythevilie and Hot Springs into their basketball act on the Haley Field Gym stage. Both the Trojans (2-0) and Chickasaws (3-0) are winless in the loop. Curtain time is eight o'clock. If past scores mean anything — and they rarely do — the Chicks should be rated one-point favorites tonight. They were behind at the close of the last North Little Rock Wildcat encounter 63-58, while Hot Springs -feand themseivtE -sn short end against the same Wildcats 64-58. But both quintets are hungry so you can forget comparisons. In tonight's preliminary, Coach Hank Prince will send his talented B team out against Burdette. Starting time is 6:15. This game itself should be worth he price of admission. Here's a tip: keep your'eye on little Danny Joe Bratcher. He's hot. The B's have won four games so ar this season, dropped three. Scoring Duel There's a private duel going on n the Chickasaws' ranks — the lealthy kind — between the three .op scorers Fred Hodges (118). Bobby Jones (110) and Freddy <Vkers (109). But the boys aren't looking for individual honors. TJie Chicks are team and that's the way they work: as a unit. There has been particular standout in the Blythevilie record (5-3) thus far. In lieu of a game program both starting lineups are . here listed again with players' uniform numbers in parenthesis. For Blythevilie: Forwards Billy Daniels (60) and Charles Abbot (70), center Fred Hodges (85), am guards Bobby Jones (55) and Freddy Akers (40). Coach Nathan McCauley's Hoi Springs Trojans: Forwards Clyde Rhoden (19) and Phillip Annan (15), center Ronnie Garner (13) and guards Gary , Creighton (4) and midget 5-8 Stephens (2). flfis arp gfhpHnlpH fnr fi return contest tomorrow night _ 7:30. The preliminary whistle wil blow at six o'clock when Johnny Koldus' Papooses line up against Burdette s Junior High boys. Billy Daniels, crack Chickasaw forward, missed yesterday's practice. He was sidelined with a bad cold and required doctor's treatment. He was feeling better this morning, it was reported, and attended school classes. (Thank God for penicillin, Chick fans!) Coach Jimmy Fisher said his team would be severely crippled without the services of big Billy His size will be especially in de mand against the giant visitors. Hot Springs has always put out very fine basketball teams. They haven't been praduclng footba" teams the way they did in the pasl but their cage squads are always great. Annually, in the old Big Seven they were always at the top or near the top of the heap at sea' son's end. Tonight, however, BlythevllK has plans of cementing Ho' Springs to the cellar floor. NCAA Will .Continue Its Control of College Football TV In 1956 By BOB MYERS LOS ANGELES (AP) — The golden anniversary convention of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. must go dowr as one of the calmer, cooler sessions of an organization thai has produced many a stormy meeting. Today the delegates were heading home, and all that remained on the scene was the council, or policy-directing body, to appoinl new members of the important Television, Executive and Tournament committees. Little happened in the convention that was not anticipated. Here is a wrapup of some of the main items of interest: The NCAA voted to continue controlled football television in 1956. It probably will be in similar fashion to regional and national TV last fall but the plan itself will be mapped out by the 1956 TV Committee and approved :>y two thirds cf the voting members via mail poll. The NCAA voted to inaugurate it? own national so-called smal] college basketball championship tournament, over the protests ol the already well-established National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics, which conducts its tournament at Kansas City. Best guess is that the new NCAA college di- Braves Have Seven Left Field Elegibles MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Braves are dugout-deep in left field candidates, and with no squatter's rights at County Stadium seven baseball players are on the run in a wide-open race. The seven players in the running are outfielders Bobby Thomson, Wes plus Chuck Tanner, Andy Pafko. Covington and Al Spangler, first baseman Joe Adcock and first baseman-outfielder Earl Hersh. Manager Charlie Grimm, with long ball threa! George Crowe, •lick-fielding Frank Torre and Adcock available for first base has aald he plans to experiment with Jo« in the outfield. Adcock, 28, slipped to .264 last year, and missed the tail end of the season when a pitch by Jim Heini fractured Ms right v/rist. Rt recently cigned a '56 contract tod reported the break had knitted perfectly and gave him no trouble. • The '23-year-old Harsh, who batted .114 for Atlanta in the Southern Ann. last season, will make the nritch to the outfield because of the Brans' overabundance of first •ioktn. TOomson and Tanner, who split "-- left field chorei In '», both consideration despite poor seasons Thomson, never right after suffer ing a broken ankle in the spring ol 1954, batted .257, Tanner 10 points less. Bob Pellegrini Inks Pro Eagles Pact PHILADELPHIA (*l — The Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League today announced the signing of. Bob Pellegrini. Unr versity of Maryland linebacker and the Birds' number one draft choice this year. Pro Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Minneapolis 114, Boston 110 Phlladelphin 97, Rochester M e»y they won't b« counted out of I Read Courier Ne»i Classified Ads We Buy Ear Corn FARMERS SOYBEAN CO. "Horn* of SiMlden Seryic." * Hit*o» Phone 3-S1M Covington, 23, and Spangler, 22, were teammates at Jacksonville in the South Atlantic League and both come highly recommended. Covington led the league with .326 batting average while Spangler batted .287. Grimm has said Pafko, 34, still can help the club but, "I don't think he will be able to go 100 games this year." Pafko finished up with a .266 batting average in '55. Few can beat him as a first-rate utility man. vision will eventually kill, or swal low, the NAIA. No Spring Cage Play ' Effective next year, the basket- bull season will start Oct. 15 In stead of Nov. 1, and spring prac Uce was abolished. ' - The convention tightened to some extent its recruiting rules, but an clher proposal to limit the number of visits by an athlete to a campus to one was withdrawn for further study. The Infractions Committee reported that 25 schools are present ly under investigation lor 14 offenses in the area <,; recruiting Neither the identity of the schools nor the alleged infractions was di vulged. Frank N. Gardner o Drake, the chairman, said that in all, 77 cases were dealt with by the committee in 1955. The continued probation of Mi ami of Florida until the next con vention was ratified without de bate. The school has been on the pan for several alleged violations including a loan fund for students athletes, particularly. The NCAA voted to ban Its coaches and officials from func> tioning in high school all-star foot liall and basketball events, effec five- Sept. 1, 1956. Harrison High • Takes Hamilton Quint, 54-51 The Harrison Dragons licked Hamilton High of Memphis here on the home court last night 54-51. Charles Johnson was the highflying Dragon with 18 points. Herman Strickland accounted for 14 and Daniel Walter notched 11. Harrison's next home game is Tuesday night, Jan. 17. The senior boys and girls will swap shots with Newport Colored High School. BIG 8 RESULTS Texarkana 53, Ft. Smith 51 YOU CAN'T STOP TNC QUEIN MARf WITH A CLOTHESLINE . . ~y ... *», ^ •on k/Hf a Mrnodo from hilling yew hovt*. l*t ye* a* k>ff imuranc* - *• right hmd. In Mw right **»**. W»1 be NOBLE GILL AGENCY GLIHCOI ILM. fc£XJt^MM»™™?™E3»>*™"^^ TROTTING AROUND—Bob Hall, the Harlem Globetrotters' new funny man, takes off with referee Pat Kennedy in pursuit during one of the Trotters' impromptu fun sessions. Temple Cagers Fast Become Cinderellas e By BEN OLAN The Associated Press Temple wasn't supposed to set the college basketball world on fire this season, ;-but it's rapidly becoming the nation's Cinderella team. The Owls looked like they couldn't be stopped until Southern Methodist did it twice, once in the pre-season tournament and once in conference play. The Owls have only a 2-1 record Jnce conference play began but boast a 12-2 season record. The Porkers, on the other hand, started off the season with a long losing streak, but since conference play began they have downed 3ay!or and Texas for a 2-0 record, compared to their jiimpresslve season record of 3-8. In other games this weekend, the Texas Aggies are host to the Texas Longhorns at College Station Friday • night while Baylor journeys to Fort Worth Saturday night for a tilt with Texas Christian. The seventh member of the con- The Owls had an 11-10 record last season. They were hopeful, but not overly optimistic, going into the current campaign. Duquesne, La Salle and Syracuse were some <6 the clubs rated ahead of them among the Eastern Independents. Today, however, Temple showed a percet 9-0 slate and was one of four major schools remaining unbeaten. The others are San Francisco (12-0), Dayton (11-0) and St. Francis of Brooklyn (9-0). Whip Villanova Last night, me uwis, ranked 10th in the latest Associated Press poll, whipped Villanova 80-73 after rallyr ing late in the game. Duke's sixth-ranked Blue Devils were the only others among the country's top 10 teams to see action. They beat Clemson 109-80 in an Atlantic Coast Conference tilt. In other games, St. Louis tripped Bradley 73-67 in a Missouri Valley skirmish. Carnegie Tech pulled the upset of the night by edging West Virginia 68-66. Louisville beat Notre Dame 80-75 in overtime. Tennessee defeated Georgia 62-59 in the Southeastern Conference and Columbia knocked off Pennsylvania 82-74 in the Ivy League. Hal (King) Lear scored 37 points Casey Won't Play In Tournaments . LOS ANGELES (#•)—The National Collegiate Athletic Assn. has ruled that Casey Jones, captain and star guard of the University of San Francisco basketball team is ineligible to play in this year's tour- namentt. A resolution asking amendment of NCAA bylaws to permit a review of hardship cases failed to receive a second yesterday at the 50th annual convention and was ruled out of order. The USP team won the NCAA championship last year and is rated the nation's No. 1 team again this year. Jones played one game of the 1953-54 season with a ruptured appendix, was hospitalized for months, and saw no further action, but under NCAA rules he lost one year of eligibility because of this. The California Basketball Assn. ruled Jones eligible for regular, season play, but he will be dropped when the Dons enter tournament competition in March. to lead Temple to its victory. Villanova battled the Owls on even terms at 70-70 until Hal Reinfeld liil on a three-point play, Guy Rodgers connected on a jump shot and Lear converted two free throws for a seven-point spree. Beat Kentucky The Owls' other victims this season include fifth-ranked Kentucky and two Ivy League clubs, Princeton and Penn. Duke took command in the .ninth minute of its game against Clemson, raced to a 53-38 halftime advantage and then turned the game into a rout. Bill Yarborough netted 38 poin^ • for the losers. Underdog Carnegie Tech, which won only its third game in H starts, had to come from behind in the last two minutes. Allen Frank put Tech in front 66-63 with two quick baskets. Rod Hundley had a hot night for West Virginia with 28 points and 17 rebounds. Louisville, ranked 13th, came from behind in the second half and then registered five straight points in the fourth minute of the overtime to nip the Irish. 41,_ HANDS — Iowa Slate's '•i'jn Mcdsker finds the last thins !ie needs is a hand as he watches a rebound bounce away during contpst at Kansas City. Om? of the paw.s surrounding hirri knocked the ba^ awar. Wells -2" to 16" Irrigation - Industrial - Municipal - Domestic WATER is our BUSINESS Wt Drill For It Pump It Softtn It Filter It Cool It Irrigatt With It GINNERS - TAKE NOTICE: Let us furnish your water needs for fire fighting power unit cooling, for stotif iers. HOME WATER SYSTEMS 3 Y«on to Pay Complete iron removal, filtering and softening systems built to fit your need*. Wt have the answer to your need* for greater water volume and pr«MHrw. • • McKinnon Irrigation Co. Ph«n« 112'«r 190 — Manili, Ark. Surprise Owls And Porks Meet Friday By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Rice Owls, who have surprised Southwest Conference basketball fans with their losses, and the Arkansas Ha- zorbacks, who have surprised the fans with their .victories, leet-Friday night at Fayettpville. Basilio, Saxton Clash Feb. 15 CHICAGO (ff) — Carmen Basilio will defend his welterweight crown against former champion Johnny Saxton, at Chicago Stadium Feb. 15. The nationally televised 15-rounci title scrap, with the Chicago area blacked out, was approved last nighb by the Illinois Athletic Commission. Saxton lost his title to Tony DeMarco, who in turn was dethroned by Basilio. Littlefield Saw a Lot PITTSBURGH Wl — Southpaw Pitcher Dick Littlefield of the Pittsburgh Pirates says he's learned he had a bad 1955 season because he was tipping off batters o- what he was going to pitch. Littlefield had a teammate take movies of a game in St. Louis late in the season. Now that he's had a chance to study them, he hopes to improve on his 5-12 mark of 1955. "I was tipping the hitters in my windup and stretches with men on bases," says Littlefield. "I would come straight up in my stretch before throwing the fast ball and for the curve I was bringing my arms around more." ference, SMU, "which leads'with it 2-0 conference record and a 13-3 season record, is idle until Jan. 28. Olympic Dates Aid US By DAVE BERON1O NBA Correspondent SAN FRANCISCO (NEA) — Jim Kelly, the veteran Minnesota coach, feels the time lapse between the Summer Trials and the Olympic track and field competition at Melbourne in December will help, rather than hurt athletes he's going to condition. Kelly, who is head coach of th» American track and field squad, thinks "it's possible to present a better conditioned team in December than if we followed the usual routine asd jumped of immediately after the Trials. "With the Trials scheduled for June 29-30 at 'the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, any college athlete will have time to attend summer school and make lull plans to be absent from classes in the fall," Kelly points out. • * * "And everyone will have a chance to compete in summer meets, too. Then we'll assemble the team around mid-October and have ftva weeks in which to prepare for the Olympics. "With the Armed Forces giving us full cooperation, I think this situation will give us a better conditioned team by December than if we jumped off right away." Kelly is counting on all but two or three of the 1952 champions for the Melbourne competition. Past Olympic champs Mai wtutfleld, the - class of any middle distance 'field, | and Harrison Dillard, perhaps tho premier hurdler of modern times, are the big returnees. Kelly will receive coaching help from six aids selected from the NCAA meet, thre from the Armed Forces and six from the AAU Championships. FARM LOANS Six Star Feature 1. 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