The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 28, 1954 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 28, 1954
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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ABK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBEE IS, 1954 Irish Unseat Sooners As No. I Grid Team Shawnee Preps for Wilson Game Injury-Riddled Tribe To Play Bulldogs Ar Wilson Friday By Charlie Felts Courier News Correspondent JOINER^-Coach Carl Trussell is singing the blues this week as he goes about the task of attempting to get his Shawnee Indians ready for their game Friday night at Wilson. And he has every right to be blue The Indinans. undermanned since the opening *of football practice, saw their squad dwindle even further due to injuries. Trusseli's iirst string quarterback, Harcey Seymour, will be out of action for at least a month it was announced yesterday, due to a wrenched knee received in last week's game with Marion. And, if that'wasn't enough, Trussell announced that David Starling, the lad who filled in- for Seymour last week, will be a doubtful starter Friday night due to an" arm injury. And—first string end Jim. Bob Dean, 'came up y ester day ^ with, a ankle injury. . . But nevertheless, the Indians are working hard for their game with tbeir arch, "rivals, the Bulldogs. But in spite of their Tribe's spirit, about the only .bright spot around the Shawnee camp is the running of -Stanley Terry. Terry paced the Indians to "their first win'Of the season over Marion last week:and 'has indicated that ^he Intends to take .up right where he left off; The Indians will go to Wilson as heavy underdogs as the Bulldogs have lost but one game this season while winning -over Lepanto and- Marked Tree. Carmelo Costa Still Unbeaten NEW YORK (* —•• Unbeaten Carmelo Costa of Brooklyn is looking for a chance to move up the featherweight' ladder after gaining. a split decision over Washington's Gene Smith. And he'll probably 'get it Nov. 15 against either Percy Bassett of P h 11 a d e 1 p n i a or France's Ray Famechon. .. -' Teddy Brenner, Eastern Parkway matchmaker, said last night after Costa whipped Smith in one of the Arena's most exciting fights he hopes to match the Brooklyn scrapper against either Bassett or Famechon. Meantime, Bobby Bickle headed ' back for his classes at Washburn University in Topeka, Kas., determined to learn more about defense against a left hand, Danny Jo Perez used his left almost exclusively for a unanimous 10-round decision over Bickle at St. Nicholas Arena last, night. , Oklahoma Is No. 2, Iowa Ranked Third By ED WILKS NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame, the pre-season choice, took over the No. 1 spot today as the nation's sports writers and sportscasters made a quick overhaul of the rankings in The Associated Press' weekly college football poll. The Irish, second a week ago | in the first poll of the season, vaulted into the top position with solid support after their impressive 21-0 victory under new coach Terry Brennan in their season opener against Texas last weekend. Notre Dame claimed almost two-thirds of the first place votes on the 154 ballots. Oklahoma's Sooners.. given first place honors last week settled in the No. 2 position. The Sooners, pressed by TCU for their second victory, had a clear edge over the rest of the field. The Irish collected 94 first place votes and a total of 1,438 points (based on 10 points for first, 9 for second, etc) while Oklahoma collared just 24 first and 1,224 points. The experts 'merely reverted to their pre-season selections in naming the two top teams, but they jilted most of their other first week choices with puppy-love abandon. Five of last week's top 10 stumbled and two—Georgia Tech and mi- riois, fifth and sixth a week ago- dropped clear out of the top 20. Maryland Drops to 6th Iowa, with 'its 14-10 surprise against Michigan State, jumped into the No. 3 spot from the No, 12 berth, „ displacing Maryland, the 1953. mythical national champion. The Terps, idle last weekend, dropped to sixth, while UCLA advanced from eighth to fourth and Wisconsin moved in at No. 5 from a tenth-place tie with Baylor last week. The rest of the top 10 lines up like this: Duke, Mississippi, Southern California and Perm. State. Missing, in addition to Georgia Tech and Illinois, both dealt telling blows last weekend, are Texas, No. 4 until bumping into Notre Dame; Michigan State and Baylor The Longhorns wound up 12th,, behind Baylor, with Michigan State another length back at No. 13 after Southpaw Sensation BROOKLYN UB—TFresco Thompson, farm director of the Brooklyn Dddgers, likes to talk about the current sensation of his minor league crop. It's a 23-year old southpaw hurler named Karl Spooner. Playing for Fort Worth in the Texas League, Spooner has won over 20 games and has fanned over 250 batters. In one game he struck out 15. being ranked No. 7. Three Newcomer* Duke, Southern Cal and Perm State are newcomers to the top 10 along with Iowa while Mississippi moved up one notch from ninth. Penn State, the outfit that upset Illinois 14-12, wasn't even listed a week ago, while Duke' and Southern -Cal moved up from 18 and 15 respectively. The top ten with number of first place votes in parenthesis (points based on 10 for first, 9-8-7, 6-5, 4-32-1) 1. Notre Dame (94) 1438 2. Oklahoma 1224 3. Iowa 4. UCLA (3) 746 Wisconsin (7)- 662 Maryland (3) .". 621 Duke (7) 617 Mississippi (3) 328 9. Southern California 249 10. Penn State -- 206 Second Ten 11.'Baylor 163 12. Texas 141 13. Michigan State 132 14. Ohio State (1) 125 15. South Carolina (1) 16. Rice 17. Texas Tech 18. California — 19. Purdue ....' 20T. Florida — 120 102 93 61 93 49 TCU Works Hard for Porkers OVER AND IN—Harold Hauge somersaulted off a 184-foot slide constructed at Chicago's Soldier Field for the Norge Ski Club Tournament. The daring-resident of Seattle won the overall championship. (NEA): Foreign Fighters Dominate Ratings NEW YORK ffl — The steady forward march of foreign fighters and the decline of American boxers is reflected today in the latest ratings which show half of the 80 contenders are from out of the U. S. For the first time. in 25 years, four foreigners are listed among the top ten heavyweights in Ring Magazine's monthly ratings. With the ascension of France's Robert Cohen to the bantamweight throne, foreigners now hold three world titles. Cuba's Kid Gavilan is the welterweight king and Japan's Yoshio Shirai holds the flyweight crown. In the most important division— the heavyweight—Cuba's Nino Valdes moved into the No. 1 contender's spot and England's Don Cockell took over the No. 2 post following Champion Rocky Marciano's eight round knockout of Ezzard Charles. Charles was dropped to third. Germany's Heinz Neuhaus is rated seventh and Canada's Earl Walls, ninth, in the latest reshuffling of the division. Sports Roundup— Giants Will Win the Series By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (#—A man who undertakes to dope the World Series starting: here tomorrow can do one of two thing's. He can take the odds-makers' word for it that Cleveland is virtually a shoo-in because of superior pitching, or he can haul off and make up his own mind without any help from Las Vegas. In our jwn particular case it will be the .atter. We happen to feel that, man for man, the New York Giants have a good deal the more solid ball club and that, given their share of the breaks, they figure to overcome the Indians in six or seven games. The reason we say the National Leaguers are the more solid is that they have an stablished big league star at every position, infield and outfield, whereas the Indians' regular lineup includes three retreads who were found wanting by other major league otfits in recent years. There Are Others Sure, they must, have done all right to have had a part in winning 1H games, but it doesn't make stars of them overnight. They still are Vic Wertz, Dave Philley and George Strickland, who we turned loose by second division clubs—two of them this year—and it seems fair to suggest that they made good because Cleveland had enough pitching to afford them. Philley, veteran of nine undistinguished seasons, was traded to the Indians by the Philadelphia Athletics for a couple of players no one has heard of since. As Philley still can't do anything much except throw, it would be a waste of time to try to compare him with his opposite number in right field, Don Mueller, who led both leagues in total hits. Until late in June, Wertz still was trying to make the Baltimore outfield and getting nowhere. A star at Detroit in 1950, he had lc*t the batting gift and appeared to be on hi* way out. The Indians got him lor a iceond-line pitcrcr they didn't need. On July 8 manager Al Lopez suddenly realized he didn't have » first baseman ,and asked Wertr to five It a whirl. It is true that ttot bif fellow has done better than could have been expected at a strange position, but he still i£ not in the same class with" Whitey Lockma* of Ui« Giant*, woo i» j one of the very best. Strickland From Pirates The Indians obtained their shortstop, Strickland, from the hopeless Pittsburgh Pirates back in '52, mostly because they figured that anyone might do better at the position than Ray Boone. It is true that George has supplied the type of fielding for .which the club was starved, but he is lucky if he hits within 40 points of captain Alvin Dark of the Giants. So there are three important positions at which the National Leaguers excel by a tremendous margin. At no position, infield or outfield do the Indians have quite such a decisive advantage, not even at second base. Bobby Avila, leading hitter of his league, rates over Davey Williams at the plate, but he can't field with the littlest of the Giants or make the double play as well. All this is important .because winning the World Series normallly calls for a team effort. It is seldom that the pitching of either team is sufficiently overpowering to prove decisive by itself. We do not think that the Indians' pitching superiority—real or imaginary—is equal to that of the Giants in hitting and fielding. The Giants are a sound, balanced ball team. The Indians are not. Pirett Again Whips Roberts In Title Bout Ray Pirett still has his southern junior heavyweight wrestling crown today but he. also has a sore head on which to wear it. For the second time in a month Pirett successfully defended his belt against Red Roberts last night, second and third falls in one of the coming from behind to take the wildest and bloodiest bouts ever staged here. Pirett suffered a.gashed forehead his, head against the ringside post during a bit of fisticuffs- that' took place outside the ring. . But Pirett, half conscious, crawled back into the ring, weathered a storm of heavy blows . threw by Roberts, and then pinned him to claim the third fall and the victory Roberts, enraged by not being able to handle the Gripped Frenchman, started swinging at anything or anybody that moved after the bout was over. A male spectator flimed into Pirett after the bout was over. Roberts immediately knocked him into the ropes and he was restrained. Two other wrestlers, Don Fields and Prince Omar who battled in a All Eyes to Be On TCU-Hog Tilt Gome Will Set Off SWC Ract and 500th Tilt for Razorbacks FAYETTEV3LLE — The heavy guns of non-conference warfare will be booming from all around, but when Arkansas meets Texas | Christian in Fort Worth next Sat-1 urday night the eyes of the! league's diplomatic corps (the scouts) will shift to this 1954 Southwest Conference opener. The pace-setter for years in conference competition, their arc-light battle will be the 25th consecutive meeting between the Razorbacks and Horned Frogs, in a series that is now 31 games' old. The rather dubious honor of first place in the conference goes to "the winner — at least for a week. Still well behind in the victory column (TCTJ has won. 17 .to Arkansas' 11 with two ties), the Razorbacks have been fast closing the margin of difference over the last 10 years. The Porkers started it off in 1944 with a 6-6 tie and have maintained a fast pace to win six of the last nine games. The single wing, apparently, has proven to be a vital factor in their recent play. For almost as ; long as anyone -can remember a single or double-wing team, the" Froggies dropped three straight in 1946-7-8 to the Porkers when John Barnhill came to the Razorback campus with his Tennessee system. Barnie's T-tearn of 1949 withstood TCU for one more year then the Christian's caught up with Arkansas. In came Otis Douglas and a split-T and the Texans romped to three straight wins. Porks Won Last Year Not until the present head coach, Bowden Wyatt, made the change back to the single wing (and TCU's new coach, Abe Martin, switched to the T himself) did the Porkers win again, in 1953 with a 13-6 game. ' Texas Christian can take some satisfaction in its home-game advantage over the Porkers, however. Arkansas has won only four of the 15 games played in Fort Worth — the last coming in 1948 27-14. That, incidentally, was the last year an Arkansas team won any kind of a grid game on Texas soil. • '-.The TCU-Arkansas series has undoubtedly been the keenest of them all for the Razorbacks. Only four times in their 30 meetings has Texas Christian beaten Arkansas by as much as two touchdowns. Sixteen games have been decided by a "touchdown or less 'and field goals" have figured in the scoring of a half-dozen contests. The two schools first met in 1920 scouts who watched the University of. Arkansas smash Tulsa 41-0 last Saturday. TCU meets Arkansas Saturday night at Fort Worth in fce' Southwest onference opener for both teams. > Walter Roach, TCU bacfcfield coach, told the Frogs they must do "better job of preparation for Arkansas than we did for Oklahoma," if they are to stop the single wing offense of the Porkers. TCU saw movies of the Oklahoma game, which the Frogs lost 21-16, ihen went through a thorough drill. "So far they're in good shape. Other training camps had about the same schedule, with Alight, thorough workouts typical as Baylor prepared for Miami, Texas preliminary bout, clamored into the when TCU was playing as a mem ring. Fields was caught in the face by a blow thrown by Pirett, and Omar, with the help of the Referee Charlie Carr and Promoter Mike Merony finally cornered Roberts and quelled him. In the preliminary bout Fields won over Omar by taking the first and third match. falls in another wild ber of the TTAA (Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association) Arkansas lost, 17-6, but came right back four years later to win their first Southwest Conference game 20-0. Texas. Christian is the newest member of the league (entering in 1924) while Arkansas is one of five charter members still competing. 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The teen-age terrors from Fort j readied for Washington state Southern Methodist set for Georgia Tech, Rice readied for Cornell and Texas A<fcM got set for Georgia. Two Bears Injured Baylor's Bears watched movies of their victory over Vanderbilt and heard scouting repons of Miami before working out until later than usual. The Bears had two players on 1 the injury list—back Ronnie Guess and tackle James Ray Smith—as they were told by Bill Henderson that Miami showed power and deception aplenty in beating Furman 51-13. Texas Coach Ed Price told his Longhorns they lost (21-0) to Notre Dame because they couldn't hold onto the ball and were outranked both offensively and defensively in passing. He blamed four pass interceptions and four fumbles for the loss and commented ; "we also need to improve the tackling in our secondary," before Texas' Saturday afternoon meeting with Washington State. - Arkansas, which -showed that it can move against Tulsa, spent the day working on ways to keep the opposition stationary -in drills at Fayetteville. Coach Bowden Wyatt said the rest of the week's workouts probably will folow the same pattern. End Walt Matthews suff- a milestone in football History. It first started playing on the gridiron early in November of 1894. When the Porkers trot out on Amon Carter Stadium next Saturday they will be playing their play. The Razorbacks started the 1954 season with an overall record of 245 wins, 224 losses and 29 ties. The season will also see them score, their 7,500th point. The start of the year found them needing only 30 to reach that mark. ered a dislocated elbow, in practiot and may miss the Saturday game. Coach Paul (Bear) Bryant left the rough work to the freshmen and congratulated his Texas A&M team on its showing against Oklahoma A&M. Elwood Kettler wa* a pleasant improvement in tnat game. Scout Red Bale told Rice tHat Cornell has a great passer in Bill Degraff and considerable speed in the backfield, adding up to an all- around dangerous team. Coach Jess Neely followed up the report with a stiff workout. Don Mcllhenny got back in. th« lineup at Southern Methodist after missing two weeks due to a back injury. Coach Woody Woodard said Mcllhenny was impressive with his running as the Mustangs — only team in the conference which hasn't played a game— wound up four weeks of uninterrupted drills. ATLANTA LB— The resurgent Atlanta Crackers, who battled into a 3-3 tie in the Dixie Series last night, send Glenn Thompson after the clincher tonight against the Houston Buffs, the Texas League champs. 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