The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 27, 1955 · Page 13
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 13

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THURSDAT, OCTOBER 27, 1955 BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THIRTEEN Aggie Express Rolls in for 34th Homecoming at Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE— The Texas Aggie express rolls into the Ozarks this coming Saturday and the hopes of the Arkansas Ra?.oibacks (and the Southwest Conference) are that the long climb from the Lone Star State will force a stop. Its' a near record run for the Cadet steam engine as they've gained momentum ignoring five straight cross-roads in a race to the finish. The Porkers hope to make the Ozavk stopover appealing enough for the Aggies to halt this reckless race. Hardly conceded a chance to be included in the 1955 scramble, they've scoied five consecutive victories and look for the Arkansas contest to put them over the toughest half of their schedule. The Porkers recoRnize the impetus behind the Cadet success—virtually a re-write of the i!)M Arkansas season—and consequently know all to well just how hard it will be to derail the Aggies. Fatigue alone was responsible for Arkansas' first loss of the '54 season—but, Texas A&M appears weeks away (if at all) from the giant-killer. Sellout Expected The came will be Arkansas' 34th Homecoming and there's no question but that a sellout-plus crowd of around 27,000 is in store for the 29th renewal of the Porker-Texas A&M series. If this total is reached for the A'&M game, it will brine to 134.030 j the number who have seen Arkansas I in five in-state games triis year— slightly over the record-breaking av- ON THE LEVEL—Milt Rogers has an armful in this 53-pound, 14-ounce striped bass he caught off Scituate, Mass.. Beach. The fish is one of the laroest of soecies taken in this area in a decade. Detroit Tigers Due to Be Sold In Near Future DETROIT I* — A family trust 1 took over the ownership of the i Detroit Tigers 'baseball team today but it appeared only a matter of time before the famous American League franchise would be sold outright. The list of bidders for the property now held in trust for the five children of the late Waller O.j Briggs is growing longer. High! on the list is another famous De- j troit name—Henry Ford II. Still hopeful of keeping the BnggK name on the fine stadium is W. O. (Spike" Brigps Jr., Walter's only son. But his efforts appear Wrapped in legal red tape. Diff«reuce of Opinion The ownership change to the, trust fund was ooe of many legal j technicalities surrounding the baseball franchise. The Briggs Commercial and Development Co. which held the baseball stock, was dissolved effective today under the terms o( the Briggs will. And the stock went into the trust fund. However, rtiere is a difference of legal opinion as to whether a trust can properly own such a precarious property as a baseball team. Another legal question Is wheth e-r Spike Briggs can be a proper bidder for the club since he not only ie » beneficiary of the trust. h« IK one of three executors of it. Briggs, now on the Pacific Coast on a trip, says he hopes to make another bid. He organized a syndicate and offered the development company three million dollars for the club six weeks ago but wa turned down. H Briggs can't get control, the field appears to be wide open. In addition to Ford the interested parties are known to be Bill Veeck, former ownfcr at Cleveland and St. Louis: James D. Norris. the boxing: and hockey operator whose son OWTM the Detroit Red Wings hc:key team; and the National Brewing Co. of Detroit and Baltimore. Shoots' Seek No. 2 In A&M Frosh Game FAYETTEVlLLE — The glare ot a big Homecoming weekend may be in their eyes, but the undefeated Arkansas Shoals will open an important week in athletics with a Friday afternoon game in Razorback Stadium against the Oklahoma A&M freshman. After a pair of Southwest Conference freshman games, the Baby Porkers—alternating a good defense and high scoring offense—hope to be able to put them both together Lo remain unblemished in 1955. They tied Southern Methodist, 0-0, and last Friday toppled Texas Christian. 26-20. A L>0-7 win over TCU last yenr ketps them v.ndeleated in S\VC frosh competition. Head coach Tracy Scott—deep in the hnckfield but rather thin in linemen—is up to his neck in troubles in the front wall. Both starting guards are injured and may miss the Ageie game. Ed Daniels of Earle has a knee injury and might miss the game; while North Little Rock's Jimmy Van Dover is definitely sidelined. Van Dover required 19 stitches in a leg wound suffered in the TCU contest. The Shoats showed sporadic offensive ability against. TCU with Cotton Plant's Dale Boutwell bringing the crowd to its feet with a kickoff return of 90 yards and a TD run from scrimmage for 84 more yards. Another 70-ysrd kickoff return »not lor a touchdown) by Fayetteville's Donnie Stone capped some long runs for the night. Scott indicated that his line needed plenty of work this week on the defense and that he hoped to brush up the Shoat passing attack—stopped cold against TCU. Oldest horse-racing track in the United States is at Saratoga Springs. N.Y. erage of 1964 fwith one more gajne in Little Rock U> eoi. It will a' so push the full season total for seven games above the 200,000 mark (around 204,000) for an average oi nearly 30,000 per game this year. Coach Jack Mitchell made some shifts in his line for the all-important Aggie contest — partly brought about by the dismissal of starting tackle Billy Ray Smith for disciplinary reasons. Senior BiU Puller who has been starling tackle on the other side of 'he line will move into Smith's spot, with Puller's substitute, George Bequette, taking his place. The only other change has sophomore Stuart Perry starting in Wayhmd Roberts' spot at right guard. Mitchell emphatically told his squad at a Monday meeting. "Texas A&M is the finest football team we'll face all season. They have perhaps the finest speed in the nation, depth at every position — and after six games—there's not a 'sophomore' on the team." Coach's Comments Concerning a statement attributed to Aggie coaches about the plight of the Aggie backs, Mitchell had this comment, "I heard where they stated they didn't have a lineman who could start on TCU's team- yet they went out and soundly whipped them. Now I'm told they've re- I ported that not a single one of their backs could make our team." Mitchell continued, "I can only draw one conclusion—we're sure happy that 1 we don't have to play the Texas' A&M coaching staff—they must be the greatest." Mitchell said Arkansas is now learning what the Aggies thoroughly digested a year ago. "They're poised and a year ahead of our progress. In addition, they have better team speed and now that they've started to roll, it'll take a great team effort to stop them." Mitchell indicate dthat he would continue two-unit play—as the best means of winning. "Rrght now we're being hurt by first-year mistakes at crucial times in a game plus a tendency to ease up somewhere during a game." said MticheU. "We simply don't have a team on our schedule that is not capable of scoring once or twice during the slightest let-up on our parl^and the boys have got to realize that." Green Wove on Rise NEW ORLEANS, La. I*—Things are looking up for Tulane. In the first two games for the Green Wave, sophomore quarterback Gene Newton of Shreveport hit for touchdowns via passes — a 31- yarder to Al Cottr:ll against VMI and a 24-yarder to Otis Gilmore against Texas. In 1954 Tulane completed only one touchdown pass. Who Got the Football? CORSICANA. Tex. i/TI—The only casualty at the high school football j game between Corsicana and Waco was L. L. Levy, a spectator. He suffered a block eye when a stray football struck him in the face. Sam Snead Will Limit Golf Play PALM WRINOS, caiif. lolks Sammy, Snead, after two decade* in the golfing limelight, admits he is slowing down and will limit hit tournament appearance* In the future. The slammer to getting: ready to perform for the seventh time as a member of the United States Ryder Cup t*» magaintt the British at the Thunderbird Country Club Nov. 5-6. Talking to golf tutor Alec Morrison, who li on the arrangements committ** lor the cup matches, Snead said: "Twenty years is a mighty long time to be buckln' the breaks and the competition In golf. "It's like butting your head against H wall. Sooner or later something ha* to give. I'm going to limit my»lf to a certain number of tournaments each year," Sam continued. 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