Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on October 30, 1965 · 25
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Saturday, October 30, 1965
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FLORIDA'S BOWL HOPES AT STAKE . SECTION C V cotoirs IcaWb Ay bum' Mm WW ASL ( BILL McKECHME . . Hall of Famer. Baseball's McKechnie Dies At 78 BRADENTON IB - William (Bill) McKechnie, the mild mannered, soft spoken baseball man they called Deacon, died early yesterday a little more than25yearsafter managing his fourth Xa-t i o n a I League pennant winner and directing the Cincinnati Reds to the world's championship. Death, caused by leukemia and pneumonia, came to the 78 - year - old Hall of Famer and former pilot of the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cards, Boston Braves and Reds, in Manatee Memorial Hospital. He apparently had been recovering when he suffered a relapse. McKechnie, who retired from baseball in 1953 after coaching the Boston Red Sox for two seasons under Lou Boudreau, had made his home here for the past 20 years. His last season as a manager was 1916 when his Reds slumped to sixth place. Cincinnati's victory in 1940 was one of the high points of his big league career that began in 1907 as a second baseman for Pittsburgh. The Reds finished 12 games in front of the second place Brooklyn Dodgers. Then, in a dramatic World Series marred by the death' of Detroit pitcher Bobo Newsom's father, the Reds won in seven games with Paul Derringer defeating Newsom 2-1 on Oct. 8. The Reds haven't won a orld Series since, although they captured the 1961 pennant under Fred Hutchinson, who died of cancer last year. McKechnie's survivors include two sons, Bill Jr. of Bradenton, and James, Syracuse, N.Y., and two daughters, Mrs. Craig White, Trenton, N.J. and Mrs. Don Matchett, Jacksonville. His wife died in 1957. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., EST, Monday at Trinity Methodist Church. Masonic services will be held Sunday night at Toale Bros. Funeral Home. By TOM KELLY Times Sports Editor AUBURN, Ala. - "Family- feuds are the nastiest of all, and the Florida-Auburn football rivalry that resumes here today is a genuine family feud. The two universities knock heads annually in Panhandle Florida recruiting wars, with Auburn getting more than its share of prize players. Dr. Harry Philpott, president of Auburn, was vice president at Florida until early this year. And three of Auburn's outstand ing players make their homes in Florida. These and other emotional intangibles will be lurking in the Halloween Eve background when the Tigers seek to knock Florida's bowl express off the rails at 2:30 EST this afternoon. The game will be televised in Florida, Alabama and other Southern points by NBC (WFLA-TV, Ch. 8). Auburn has been outrageously incmonsistent in stumbling to a 2-3-1 record but despite it all the Tigers still share the Southeastern Conference lead (1-0-1) with Georgia. Florida, 4-1, is ranked seventh in the na tion and stands as a seven-point favorite to win today. A Homecoming crowd of near ly 45,000 fans is expected to en- florida Vs. Auburn WFLA-TV, Ch. 8 Game Time: 2:30 TODAY Football 2 p.m. Florida vs. Auburn. WFLA: Ch. 8. 2:10 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Navy. WSUN: 620 - Radio. 2:30 p.m. Florida vs. Auburn. WINQ Radio; 1010. 2:30 p.m. Mississippi vs. LSU. WILZ: 1590 Radio. 4 p.m. NFL Countdown to Kickott. WTVT - Ch. 13. 7:45 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Florida State. WDAE: 1250 -Radio. 8 p.m. Canadian Pro Football: Vancouver vs. Hamilton. WSUN, Ch. 38. 8:05 p.m. Tampa vs. Jacksonville State University. WFLA: 970 -Radio. 8:45 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Alabama. WSUN : 620 Radio. Miscellaneous 1:30 p.m. Gadabout Gaddis. WFLA, Ch. 8. 2:30 p.m. Bowling: Buzz Fazio vs. Tommy Tuttle. WTVT, Ch. 13. 5 p.m. World Roller Skating Championships, Madrid, Spain and World Championship Timber Carnival, Albany, Ore. WLCY, Ch. 10. 6:30 p.m. Let's Go to the Races. WLCY, Ch. 10. 7:30 p.m. Racing Thrills: Bridgehampton 1964. WSUN, Ch. 38. 10 p.m. Wrestling. WSUN, Ch. U. dorse the Tigers' upset intentions in Cliff Hare Stadium, a "jinx" ball park for Florida since it was dedicated 26 years ago. The Gators never have won here in 10 tries, although the 1939 "dedication" game ended in a 7-7 tie. Steve Spurrier, Florida's record-breaker at quarterback, hopes to become a jinx-breaker as well. Spurrier ranks as the SEC's second-best passer and yardage gainer and is high in the All-America running. He's been throwing more than 35 passes a game to receivers such as ends Charles Casey and Barry Brown and flankers Jack Harper and Richard Trapp. It is expected that he'll throw at least that many today. Tiger Coach Ralph (Shug) Jordan has spent the week trying to convince the world that his team is battered (which seems likely) and will probably be humiliated (which seems highly unlikely). Jordan sighed yesterday, "It's a shame that this game has to be played on television because we're so injury-riddlcd it could be embarrassing. We don't have a starting offensive back who is at full speed." Florida's Ray Graves, however, has seen enough of Auburn on film and in person to be wary. "We can't expect Auburn to keep making costly offensive mistakes. I'm scared to death that one of these Saturdays Auburn is going to put it all together," Graves said. Nobody questions Auburn's defensive strength. The Tigers rank second in the SEC in stop- nine running games. But Flori da's strength is the passing game, and it is here that the Ti gers are suspect. Still, Auburn's biggest victory of the season was a 23-18 triumph over Kentucky, a pass-happy team similar to Florida in attack. Auburn also beat Chattanooga while los ing to Baylor, Georgia Tech and Southern Mississippi and tying Tennessee. Linebacker Bill Cody of Or lando, a likely All-America, (Please see GATORS, 3-C) ' If - ft TJ liSX -'SSs P?rf : i . . v Stiff Color Photo by Bob Morrtn Gaor Aerial Trio Gets Top Billing In Florida-Auburn TV Spectacular University of Florida football opponents are accustomed to seeing double when Gator quarterback Steve Spurrier (11) begins filling the air with passes, but his use of two footballs here is simply for photo purposes. Two of Spur rier's favorite receivers, split end Charley Casey (89) and flanker back Richard Trapp (44) hope to get their hands on the ball often against Auburn in a regionally televised game today at Auburn, Ala. Casey, a senior from Atlanta, leads the Southeastern Conference with 29 catches. Trapp, a sophomore from Bradenton, has caught only five, but one was a TD pass against LSU. Junior Spurrier ranks second in the SEC in both passing and total offense. eminoles 'Remember VPD' Tonialiv By LONNIE BURT Of The Times Staff TALLAHASSEE - There are 16 seniors and 22 juniors on Florida State's football team. If these athletes have memories dating back two years, Virginia Tech should be in for a hard hour tonight. If not, FSU's season may grow progressively longer. Virginia Tech, sporting a surprising 5-1 record and hearing post - season noises, comes to Doak S. Campbell Stadium for an 8 o'clock engagement. The game will be broadcast over WDAE radio (1220) at 7:45 p.m. Two seasons in a row, Florida State has stubbed its toe on a Gobbler club the Semi-noles were supposed to whip. Last year at Blacksburg, Va., the cloud high Indians were derailed 20-11, only defeat in 1964. Back in 1963, VPI came here and pulled a 31-23 stunner with the help of pass interceptions, blocked punts and other Seminole mistakes. This was the- last time Florida State was beaten at Campbell Stadium. "If I can tell anything about our kids," said Coach Bill Peterson yesterday, "we're ready to play a ball game. But, our boys are so tough to BOBBY OWENS . . . Gobbler quarterback. read. Sometimes I don't know when they're up or down." Peterson admits FSU practices this week have been excellent. "Everybody is ready physically except second unit offensive center Bob Urich," continued Peterson. "He's out with a concussion." Seminole backs are in better shape than anytime since the TCU opener. For the first time since that 7-3 setback in Fort Worth, senior left half Phil Spooner is running at top speed. He apparently has shaken a knee injury. Tight end Max Wettstein returns after missing the Georgia and Alabama games. "I told our kids we were starting a new season Saturday night," said Peterson. "We knew our first five games were tough. We won two, should have won three and could have won four. They have to take it from there." There are two offensive lineup changes. David Brag-gins goes back to right tackle in place of Bob Mangan and 223-pound junior fullback Jim Mankins get a starting call. Mankiiig and sophomore left half Bill Moreman ran with some success against Alabama during last Saturday's 21-0 licking. Mankins, a California junior college transfer,' had to make most of his yardage running over people. This was scheduled to be a rebuilding year for Virginia Tech. But things are going so well Gobbler fans think they might grab a bowl assignment if they get by Florida State tonight. Vanderbilt handed VPI its lone setback 21-10. Key to the Gobblers' 'pleasant season has been senior quarterback Bobby Owens, a 173 pounder who played in All-America Bob Schweick-ert's shadow for two years. Owens has rolled up 740 yards in 158 plays, including 40 pass completions in 75 attempts for 584 yards and three touchdowns. His chief target is 6-4 end Gene Fisher who has hauled in 22 receptions for 277 yards. Closest thing FSU can offer is sophomore Jerry Jones with 15 catches for 176 yards. This will be third "Bryant Fraternity" coach FSU has faced this season. Kentucky's Charlie Bradshaw played and coached under Bryant and his Wildcats downed the Semi-noles 26-24. Bryant's Alabama outfit manhandled Florida State last week. And VPI's Jerry Claiborne played and coached under "The Master." Bookies say the Seminoles will "black ball" VPI's member of the clan by 12 points or better. Offensive Starters VIRGINIA TECH McGulgan 04) Fishtr (110) ShMhy (204) Hinly (263) Griffith (IN) Bruct (205) Birtfoot (217) Owtns (173) Leng'b'm (174) Groom (1U) ' Gircli (201) POS. LB LT LG C RG RT RI OB LH RH FB FLA. STATI J. JOMI (115) Williams (2M) Pop (201) tttphtfli (201) Kltlim (221) Braggint (223) Wittitlin (214) Pritchttt (111) Mortman (111) Wtthtrtll (115) Mankins (223) IT'S HERE! 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