The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 25, 1956 · Page 11
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January 25, 1956

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

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KS, NOT BLTfUBYTLLB (A«K.) COURIER NEWS PAGE ELEVEN Hack Hopes Martin's Pepper Is Contagious Bf HARRY OBAYSON NEW YORK — (NBA) — Stan Hack wanted to put some life in tlha Cubs, so the manager sent lor Sie guy who has done nothing but stir it up In baseball since he broke into Hie organized game as a kid 34 years ago. It la exciting even to know that Johnny Leonard Martin will ooaoh the Chicago Nationals. The Wrigleys will be very exciting if any part of Pepper Martin's tremendous enthusiasm rubs off on them. And Martin, now 52, will regale baseball writers with matchless stories while refueling the Bruins with dash and lire. Like Jimmy Durante, the Old Wild Hoss of the Osage has a million of 'em. He noto nly lends himself to good yarns, but doesn't hesitate to make them up. ..• . • AS -^ringleader of toe swashbuckling St. Louts ' -J Oashouse dang from 1931 to '40, Martin enter- Pcppir Martin tained their nation-wide following from the time he arrived at the Bradenton, Pla., training camp until tine last shot was fired. Pepper drove fmm Oklahoma in R st.pt.inn wagon loaded with Only Dons Have Lived Up to Pre- Season Poll By BEN OLAN " The Associated Press It would have taken a guy with a sharply focused crystal ball to correctly predict which earns would be at the top of the nation's college basketball heap at the season's midway mark. The experts who called 'em. as4r ley saw 'em before the start of 16 campaign didn't see 'em too veil. Only Son Francisco, which will e shooting for a record 40th traight victory against California aturday night, has made the boys ook good. The Dons, voted the team most ikely to succeed in the preseason Associated Press poll, still enjoyed guns, fishing tackle and new instruments for his Mississippi Mud- cats, a bizarre band which featured such accomplished musicians as Fiddler Bill McGee, Lon Warneke, Rip Collins, Frenchy Bordagaray and Bob Weiland. * * * THERE NEVER WAS a dull moment on or off the field. No one ever had a more spectacular World Series than did Martin breaking in as a Red Bird regular in 1931, when he practically beat the vaunted Athletics single-handed, batting .500 in seven games and stealing five bases on his own. That performance inspired lyrics. Martin was a center fielder in his biggest Series. When he got into another one in 1934, he was a third baseman fielding the ball with his chest. There never was a more down-to-earth ballplayer than Martin. An immaculate uniform was covered with dirt five minutes after he put it on. Pepper no doubt is the reason why ground crews now drag the iniield after the seventh inning. Rounding first base and then putting on the brakes when he saw he couldn't go for two, Pepper dug big holes on the basepalhs. His famous belly slides left ditches. NO OUTFIELDER COLLIDED with Martin in attempting to catch a fly. Outfielders could feel the earth shake when he was coming. Once one of his shoes .flew off and hit Rip Collins, playing right field that afternoon, on the head. Martin kept in the headlines while managing in the minors. In Sacramento, his bedroom was a sleeping bag in the grandstand. While managing Miami of the Florida International League, he choked an umpire and poked an abusive bleacher fan on the nose. Martin perhaps was happiest of all while in charge of a mass Eliding pit at Uie Brooklyn training camp hard by Vero Beach while the Dodgers were supplying the Miami Sun Sox with talent. The leathery-faced Martin beamed as 700 young players hit and churned the sawdust. Pepper Martin would have stayed there all night. Arkansas Tech Steps Into Fighting Spot For AIC Cage Title After Win By THE ASSOCIATED 'fRESS Arkansas Tech stepped into a contending position for the Arkansai Intercollegiate Conference basketball title last night by trimming Ar kansas A&M while The College of tha Ozarks and Arkansas Btati Teachers were running up big scores against weaker league foes. The Wonder Boys broke up a 3-way jam and took over second place alone with a 79-74 triumph. A&M, which had been tied with Arkansas College and Tech, kept the Techmen busy at the start and again Just before the half, but had to rally to make it close at the finish. A&M is the only team that has beaten Southern State, the leader with a 6-1 mark. Tech now is 5-2. Levin Johnson of A&M scored 20 points and Bonnie Kennett led Tech with 18. Elwa Hughes of State Teachers scored 26 points to set the pace in a 106-73 conquest of Ouachita. Gayle Bone scored 29 points bi the Tigers still suffered the sixt straight AIC loss. The Bears pile' up a big lead in the last hal when they hit 60 per cent of the! shots. Gene Bradley scored 20 points i the last half as Ozarks crushe Henderson 92-10. Bradley, who ha only 2 points in the first half started hitting just after Hender son had tied the score. Top scorers were Claudie Eu banks with 37 for Ozarks an Hubert O'Neal with 14 for Hender son. 47 -Year-Old Kinder May Start for Birds BOSTON ((PI — Ellis Kinder, 41- year-old relief ace sold to St. Louis after eight seasons with the Boston Red Sox. may see action, as a starter as well as in his specialty for the Cardinals this year.' An indication that, the Cards may be planning to use Kinder as a starting pitcher came last night from scout Benny Borgman. "With you relieving and Start- Ing as you said you would, we'll be a lot tougher in the National League race," Borgmann told Kin der and some 600 fans at an appreciation night dinner. College Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Oklahoma City 56, Wichita 55 Bethel (Kan) 73, College of Em poria 68 Concordia (Minn) 85, North Da kota Stat* 77 Central (Mo) 84, Culver-Stockto 62 St. Benedicts (Kan) 79, Fo Hays (Kan) State 64 Arkansas Tech 79, Arkansas &M 76 College Ozarks 92, Henderson 7 San Diego State 90, Los Angele Loyola 81 Mopping plurality 'alloting. But that's as fav as it goes. Utah, Brigham Young and Du- lUesne, each rated a power prior a the season's first basket, are lot among the top' 20 teams. Iowa, onsidered the fourth best team ehind San Francisco, Kentucky nd North Carolina State, was 13th n the latest rankings. And Ala- iama, put in the No. 6 slot at the start, is now in 12th position. Surprise Teams The surprise team's are Dayton, llinois, Temple, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Louisville and Duke. Only Dayton and Illinois from among, this group were listed in he top 10 in the preseason exerting. The Flyers of Dayton, currently •anked No. 2, have -compiled the nation's best record, 14-0. but omething or someone will have o give .in their game .with Louis- 'ille (No. 9) Saturday night. Louis- »ille is 15-1 on the season, having cst only to Western Kentucky. None of the top 10 teams saw ac- .ion on last night's slim card. Oklahoma City, ranked 16th, lipped Wichita 56-55 with a tight stall throughout much of the sec- .nd half. Brooklyn's Jackie OK's Salary Slash By JOE KEICIILER BROOKLYN (AP) — Jackie Robinson, who yesterday swallowed his pride and agreed to a $4,500 slash in salary, served notice today he was prepared to make "the fight of my life" to retain his regular third base job with the Brooklyn Giambra Looks For Quick Shot At Crown NORFOLK, Va. W)—Joey Giam- Dra's hopes for a quick shot at :he world middleweight championship rest on the outcome of his battle with confident Al Andrews tonight in the Norfolk arena. Giambra and Andrews ,both 24, square off in a nationally tele vised 10-rounder. 'This is an important fight for me," said Giambra, the challenger from Buffalo, N. Y. "In fact, it will be my first fight since last Aug. 26 when I fought Bobo Olson. Giambra lost the over-the-weight match with Olson by one point. He said he believed a victory over the veteran from Superior, Wis would help him get a quick crack at the title. He was set for a title shot at Olson until Bobo lost his crown to Sugar Ray, Robinson Dec. 9, the day Giambra was discharged from the Army. "I'm sure I can beat Joey," Andrews said. "I watched him when he fought Olson, liked his style. He looked good to me, but I think I can do all right." Giambra has scored 24 knockouts and won 41 of 46 of his fights. Andrews' record is 43-14-2. Dodgers. "This will by my last year," he said, "and I intend to make it one of my best." The veteran iniielder, now In the twilight of a brilliant nine- year major league career, said in a telephone interview be was already preparing himself for the "big battle" and that his weight was now down to a respectable 210 pounds. "I know everybody, and maybe that includes the Brooklyn front office too, has already conceded the third base job to Bandy Jackson," he said. "But, as far as I'm concerned, he's got to take it away from me. Anr 1 that's not going to be easy because I have no intention of sitting on the bench. H I did't think I could play regularly, I wouldn't have signed for another year. I'd have quit." Great Guy The 37-year-old Robinson hastened to add this wasn't meant to cast' any reflection upon the Jackson, who came to the Dodgers last December in a trade involving Don Hoak, Russ Meyer and others. "Jackson is a great guy and a fine third baseman," he said. 'He'll help the club considerably. If Randy beats me out, it will be all right with me because it will make the club stronger. I know Brooklyn didn't get him to sit on the bench. But neither are they paying me that much,money ($33,- Thunderbird Attracts 42 PALM SPRINGS, Calif., W>— Forty-two top professional golfers, including Shelley Mayfleld and the player he defeated In an exciting playoff here a year ago, Mike Souchak, tee off tomorrow in the 515,000 Thuuderbird Invitational tournament. Souchak, fresh from his recent victory in the $12.500 Callente Open at Tijuana, Mex., and Mayfleld wound up at the end of the regulation 72 holes last year tied at 1 . 270. They battled to another deadlock in an 18-liole playoff, and finally Mayfield edged Souchak on the 20th hole. Lloyd Mangrum, Byron Nelson, Julius Boros, the leading money winner last year, masters champion Gary Middlecoff, and Jimmy Demaret, Freddie Haas, and Jim Ferrier are included in the field. The pros team with Thunderbird amateurs in a pro-am side event the first two rounds on 'a it ball basis. The pros' Individ- Scores COUM in Ore TC- lole main show. SEES FOR HIMSELF—Determined to make the Cubs this spring, Jim Brosnan studies pitching form before a mirror in a Chicago gymnasium. Last year was Bobby's worst. He played in parts of 105 games and batted only .256, the first time he had gone under .300 in seven years. Loop Ploy With Perfect Slate HOLLAND— The Holland Lions finished conference play here las- night with a perfect record of wins and no losses against Pemiscot County teams. Holland boys downed Cooler 82-55. Buddy James with 27 and Jackie Kenley with 20 spearheaded the Lions' drive. Cooler's Wildcats were led by Camel with 15. Holland had a 42-24 halftime adavntage. A preliminary girls game was won by Cooler 43-36. BOYS fits. Cooter F Phillips, 8 F Shea, 12 C Clark, 2 G Camel, 15 , G McClure, 13 Subs: Holland— Canada, 6, Bai- dcras, 2, Kilbum, 2, Lorren, Bridges, Holland Kenley, 20 • James, 27 Jackson, 16 Martin, 2 Smith, 7 Fowler, Leroy Henry, Lewis Henry Cooler— Hamel, 3, Wagster, 2, Mc- NEW YORK W— Mickey Mantle, now the second highest salaried player on the New York Yankees, believes the American League champions will repeat in 1956 if the young pitchers come through. The star cemerfielder, fully recovered from the thigh injury that limited his World Series action to two games, made no predictions concerning his own work for next season but indicated he was due for the greatest year of his career. After signing a contract for a reported 530,000, which represents a $5,000 increase over his 1955 sal ry, Mantle reported today he had been given a clean bill of health by the Yankee club physician for the first time since he injured his right knee in the 1851 World Series. "The doc said the knee is stronger now than at any time since the injury," he said. "Except for slight weakness which the doctors say is only natural following a ton- silectomy, I'm in perfect health. I plan to leave for Florida about week before the regular squad ar- rives and get in playing shape as early as possible." Mantle was rewarded for his fine work last year when he batted .306, drove in 97 runs and led the American League with 37 home runs. Although he has put in five years with the Yankees, Mantle is only 24. Asked about the Yankees' pennant chances for 1956, Mickey replied: 'I believe we can win it again, especially if our pitchers come through for us. In fact, if the young pitchers such as Tom Sturdivant, Bob Wiesler and Bob Grim improve like I think, they will, think the Yankees will have the best team since Ive been with them." 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