The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 16, 1954 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 16, 1954
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 19o4 Stancil Says Wildcats Stronger than in 1953 But Weather May Cause 2nd Delay; Rocky Still Favorite By MURRAY ROSE NEW YORK CJ)—Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano and Ezzard Charles worried more about •• the weather than each other today -as they peered anxiously at the skies and hoped for the best. If the weatherman gives them a break, they'll go at each other at 10:30 p.m., EDT, in their return 15-round title bout at Yankee Sta- •dium. And judging by the gloomy forecast, the gladiators will have to sweat out long hours. Following intermittent rains during the night, the weatherman predicted "rain ending in the afternoon, followed by continued cloudy and cool weather in the evening." If it rains throughout the day and their scrap is -postponed a second time, the fighters as well as the promoting International Boxing Club win have plenty to worry about. Friday Night Out ; Friday night is out because of the IBC's weekly radio-television fight, coming out of Washington this week; Saturday is a question mark, : and next week is even worse. The New York Yankees, come'home Monday and will be playing all week. The IBC can't get the Polo Grounds because the Giants smell a .pennant and don't want the field marred. It could be moved all the way to Sept. 27 or 28. The big hitch on the Saturday date is theater television. Nate Halpern, president of Theater Network Television Inc., doesn't know whether he'll be able to clear the coaxial cable Saturday 'for the closed circuit telecast to theaters coast to coast. He's okay for tonight. ' r Theater cash is an important factor in this promotion. Halpern has 212,000 seats available and the IBC gets a dollar a seat. The decision to postpone last night's; fight was made yesterday shortly after the fighters had been weighed. Charle» Weighed 192*4 Charles tipped the beam at a hefty 192 J /2 pounds. That was one pound more than he ever had scaled for a fight before and seven more than his poundage for his losing 15-rounder to Marciano on June 17. Charles said he wanted the extra weight to add power to his punches. Marciano weighed 18672, one less than he hit for the June affair. As usual when there is a postponement, there was speculation over how the fighters would react "North Little Rock has a stronger team than they had last year." Those are the words of Chick line coach Bill Stancil, who saw the Wildcats run over Subiaco 27-0 in their first game of the season last week. Stancil and head coach Russell Mosley were principal speakers at the weekly meeting of the Blytheville Kiwanis Club yesterday at which time they reviewed the Chicks' 1954 schedule and talked briefly about Friday night's encounter with North Little Rock. Stancil did not elaborate too much- on his scouting trip to North Little Rock other than to tell the Kiwanians that the Wildcats will be waiting for Chicks and will be out to revenge the 2-0 defeat they suffered here last year. Coach Mosley backed Stancil up in his claims about North Little Rock. ''We had it easy against Osceola last week," Kiwanians, "but we he. told needn't the pect ,an easy time this week." Then after speaking to the Ki- wanians, Mosley and Stancil took their preaching to the Chicks' practice field. WorK on Passing They sent the Chicks through their last rough practice pace of the week. The Chicks rest today and run through a light limbering up drill under the lights tonight. For the most part, yesterday's practice session was spent in passing and on pass defense. With Freddie Akers doing most of the tossing, the Chicks ran through their pass plays and at the same time, put their defensive alignment to work defending against the passes. The Chicks also went through a crisp tackling session and looked good. In fact, a few tempers flared and down in the blocking pits, a little blood was spilled as the Chicks reached the peak of their workout. The Chicks are scheduled to depart for North Little Rock early tomorrow morning. They will spend the afternoon resting, preserving their strength for game time. Shawnee Drills For W. Memphis Indians Hit Road Tomorrow Night Seeking 1st Win JOINER — Shawnee's Indians ran through their final rough paces yesterday as they prepared for their first road game of the 1954 season Friday night at West Memphis. Coach Carl Trussell has spent ' most of the week, working on the i Indians' offensive attack and should i have his team in top shape for the ' West Memphis invasion. The Indians' squad was bolstered this week when four more candidates reported for duty. One of these is Stanley Terry, a hard run- halfback who broke a lee two o ana fcasn, played Osceola Junior Seminoles in Action Tonight * 'TAME THE WILDCATS' — Mayor E. R. Jackson, center, as the city's -chief executive, yesterday's officially "ordered" Chick Co-Captain John Fong, left, and halfback Freddie Akers to beat North Little Rock. Mayor Jackson issued an ultimatum to the Chicks to "utilize all of their football knowledge arid cunning to send North Little Rock down in defeat Friday night." (Courier News Photo) second win of the season tonight Another is Joe Jenkins who has when they play host to Trumann In one of the USGA Opens held in the 1920's, golf champion Jock Hutchinson really got into the rough. His caddie laid down his bag and that was lost, too, along with the ball. to the delay. The bookmakers figured it would not make any difference. The odds remained the same. The undefeated. 30-year old Marciano was a 1-5 choice to win and a 5-12 favorite to stop the 33-year old Charles ;ven though he couldn't floor the ex-champ the last time. It was 6-1 against Charles winning by a kayo. Missco Boys Showing Promise at A-State JONESBORO — Coach Glen Harmeson revamped his first team this week, elevating freshmen and other newcomers to key positions, after watching the Arkansas State Indians overpower Memphis Navy in a practice game Saturday. been sidelined for several weeks with illness. Jenkins lettered at guard last year and expected to take up where he left off last season. The. other two are Don Felts and Harper Dates, a pair of ninth graders with no previous high school experience. Th Indians scrimmagd at Hale Field. Game time is In their first game of the season last Thursday night the Osceola i eleven beat Burdette 25-6 and the' lineup for the Trumann game will be probably the same as last week. That would be: C. A. Strange, left end; Doug Meadows, Turrell' left tackle ' BoD Porter, left guard; Caruthersville Boosters Club Sets Meeting Monday under game-like conditions and walked away with a 19-0 victory. ders, right guard; Mark Chitwood, right tackle; J. W. Reese,' right end; Ray Mann, quarterback; Ed by a 18-0 score in their season opener. Lastjweek Shawnee lost to Keiser j \veldon, left halfback; S, E. Stovall, fullback; and Jerry Hill, right halfback. The junior version of the Seminoles boast a team which has plenty of speed and size and have the boys who might go all the way at any time on their opponents. The game tonight will mark the first game of a four game home stand for the Osceola team. Buddy Carter, Binghamton, N.Y. third baseman, had a busy July. He was hiting .344, had to arrange for his official Army discharge and also became a bridegroom. By SONNY SANDERS CARUTHERSVILLE — The Caruthersville Boosters , Club is scheduled to hold its second meeting of the scholastic year tonight at 7:30 at the high school. The movie of the first football game of the season will be shown. Films of the game in which the Portageville 31-0 a member of the Tigers downed were taken by club last Friday night here. Bernie Lay, Boosters Club prei ident, stated Wednesday that a club members are invited and tha a good attendance is expected. At the meeting, a program com MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (best-of-7) Columbus 10, Louisville 7 (10 innings)—(series tied 1-1) Minneapolis 5, Indianapolis 4 (14 innings)—(series tied l-i) Western League semi-finals (best-of-5) Denver 8, Pueblo 0 (Denver leads 2-0) •Des Moines 2, Omaha 1 (series tied 1-1) Texas League finals (best-of-7) Fort Worth 7, Houston 1 (series tied 1-1) Southern Association finals (best-of-7) New Orleans 4, Atlanta 0 (New Orleans leads l-o) mittee will be appointed. Also scheduled to be appointed is an advisory commtitee. Incidentally, the Boosters Club is sponsoring a new radio program on KCRV. The purpose of the program is to entertain and at the same time inform the people of what is occurring at the school. It is broadcast each Friday afternoon at 5:30 on KCRV. Aquatic Brooks Rain Stops Giants At the Polo Grounds, some 15 air miles from Ebfaets Field, the First-place New York Giants and the third-place Milwaukee Braves never left the clubhouse. The temperatures hovered in the 50s and water stood in puddles over the covered infield. In both cases the decision to play or not was in the hands of the umpires. They carne close to calling ;ime at Brooklyn with the score tied at 2-2 after four innings. But after a brief huddle the umps sent the players back on the field and they sloshed to a finish. Only two other games were played. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated Philadelphia 3-1 and Baltimore moved out of the American eague cellar with a 2-1 squeaker over Boston. Nine to Go The Doagers moved within three games of the Giants and have nine to play. The Giants have 11'left including a doubleheader today against the Braves who trail by y 2 lengths. Gil Hodges put the Dodgers on he victory trail against the Reds with his 40th home run in the sixth inning. Three singles, a walk, a bases-loaded double by Pee Wee Reese and an error added five more runs before the inning was over. The magic number remained eight for the Giants. Any combination of eight New York victories and Brooklyn defeats will clinch the pennant for eLo Durocher's men. The season ends a week from Sunday. By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sports Writer They may be dead ducks by next week; but as of today the Brooklyn Dodgers are aquatic kings of the National League. At least four of their victories are thoroughly waterlogged and if they try to play any more games under conditions such as prevailed yesterday, the front office better consider equipping the club with fur-lined swimming suits. The defending champs have discovered some amazing ways to lose games this season, but when the rains come they are unbeatable. Back in May they beat the Phillies 3-0 in six innings in Philadelphia when, rain brought a halt. Then in June they skidded to a 7-6 victory at Milwaukee in five innings, scoring five runs in the fifth. Last week, they repeated over the Braves, 2-1 in five rain-soaked innings just before Hurricane Edna hit Flatbush. Yesterday, the bad weather brought a 10-4 triumph over the lincinnati Redlegs with the Reds screaming that both clubs should have stood in bed. Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet GB Cleveland 105 40 .724 New York 96 48 ..667 8y 2 Chicago 91 55 .623 14 J / 2 Detroit 64 80 .444 40 & Boston 63 81 .438 4iy 2 Washington .... 61 83 .424 43 J / 2 Baltimore 50 96 .342 55 & Philadelphia ... 49 96 .338 56 Today's Games New York at Detroit Only game scheduled Wednesday's Results Baltimore 2, Boston 1 New York at Detroit postponed, rain Only games scheduled NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet OB New York 90 53 .629 Brooklyn ...... 88 57 .607 3 Milwaukee 84 58 .592 5 J /i Cincinnati 69 76 .476 22 Philadelphia 68 76 .472 22& St. Louis 67 77 .465 23 J / 2 Chicago 60 86 .411 31% Pittsburgh .... 51 94 .352 40 Today's Games Milwaukee at New York (2) Cincinnati at Brooklyn Only games scheduled Wednesday's Results Brooklyn 10, Cincinnati 4 St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 1 Milwaukee at New York, postponed, rain Only games scheduled Though the Tribe outscored the Navy team seven touchdowns to one, Harmeson said he was "disappointed" with the showing of his experienced ballplayers. But he was pleased with the performances turned in by hustling freshman candidates. As a result, his starting eleven now includes seven gridders who weren't there at this time last week. These are the boys Harmeson would start if the season opener with Lewis College were being played tomorrow instead of September 25: Ends — Dan Spensieri and Leon Grassmeyer: Tackles — Joe Armenio and Bob Stupek; Guards — Ray Robak and Charles Lutes; Center — Torn Blagg; Quarterback — Bobby Spann and Larry Wilson alternating; Halfbacks — Paul Stovall and Ray Smith; Fullback — Billy Temple- 'ton Grassmeyer, Stupek, and Robak are all freshmen. They, along with Lutes, Smith and Armenio, earned their first team berths on the basis of their performances Saturday. First Team Stopped Harmeson's original first team, made up entirely of experienced ballplayers, was held to a virtual standstill by the Navy team Saturday. But the Tribe took command once the second and third line players went into action. The reserves intercepted six Navy passes. "Our tackling was atrocious until the reserves were sent in," Harmeson declared. "On the other hand, we had good pass protection tnd the blocking after we inter- cepted passes was -excellent." Harmeson said Templeton was the only back on the starting team who measured up to expectations. He's shifting the powerful Pocahontas athlete to fullback in order to put Smith in at halfback. Bobby Spann, the Tribe's veteran quarterback, and Halfback Paul Stovall suffered injuries in the pre-season encounter but they are expected to be ready to scrimmage again Friday. Spiers Looks Good Tommy Spiers looked good in the practice game, Harmeson said, but he's still overweight and slow. "He'll play a lot of ball for us this year and we hope he'll lose about 15 pounds more/' Harmeson said. "He still needs to shed about 15 more pounds." Harmeson called Lutes — a senior from Blytheville — One of the "Two big surprises of the year." 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